Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin which is typically performed on the face, neck or hands. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
Chemical peeling is often used to treat fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth. Wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging and hereditary factors can often be reduced or even eliminated with this procedure.
However, more severe wrinkles do not respond well to peeling and may require other kinds of cosmetic procedures. At Cosmeticare we will always only offer the best solution tailored to meet your needs.
Mild scarring and certain types of acne can also be treated with chemical peels. In addition, pigmentation of the skin in the form of sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, and skin that is dull in texture and colour may be improved with chemical peeling.
Prior to treatments, instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs and the preparation of the skin with topical pre-conditioning medications. The patient may be advised to clean the area with an antiseptic soap the day before surgery. At the time of treatment, the skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils, and the eyes and hair are protected.
One or more chemical solutions - an Alpha Hydroxy Acid, such as Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, or Lactic Acid; Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA); used. During a chemical peel the solution is applied to small areas on the skin. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, refreshed skin to appear. Most patients experience a warm to somewhat hot sensation which lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation.
Depending upon the type of peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following a chemical peel. There may be little, or no ‘down-time’ after you peel depending on the treatment type selected. Some of the stronger peels may result in a redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. You will be prescribed a proper follow-up regime after your chemical peel.
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