What Do Chemical Peels Do?
The purpose of a chemical peel is to create even and controlled shedding of several layers of damaged cells, thereby exposing a new layer of skin with a smoother texture and more even color. In addition to this, a peel stimulates the growth of new cells, thereby tightening the skin and reducing wrinkling.
Chemical peel treatment
A chemical peel treatment also stimulates the growth of new collagen in the skin. This is similar to adding new padding under a worn out carpet. If the skin is thin, it easily wrinkles. When chemical peels are combined with other agents like Retin A, it promotes thickening of the skin layers and reduces wrinkles and creases on the skin’s surface.
Why Consider Chemical Peels?
With aging, the process of skin cells dying and getting replaced by new cells becomes slower and more haphazard. Also, years of sun exposure can lead to brown spots and premature aging of skin. The result of this is a dull and lifeless complexion.
A series of chemical peels helps rejuvenate the skin. This non-invasive treatment uses TCA or Trichloroacetic acid to restore wrinkled, freckled, blemished, scarred, sun damaged and unevenly pigmented skin. Peel treatment has been safely used for over 30 years.
What Areas Does It Treat?
Derma peeling or chemical peels can be used on the full face or specific areas like the forehead, around the mouth or eyes, hands and chest. Though one peel significantly improves the appearance of the skin, certain skin problems go deeper than others and might require a series of peels for optimal results.
How And Where Is It Performed?
Peel treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure. A solution containing Trichloroacetic acid is applied to the skin. This usually involves 2 to 3 minutes of burning and a stinging sensation. However, this sensation is brief and most patients choose not to use any anesthesia or sedation. A cool compress will then be applied, followed by ointment.
Does It Involve Any Side Effects?
The most common side effect after peel treatment is brown discoloration of the skin. Generally, this is reversible but can be permanent in rare cases. This side effect is more common in people who have sun exposure after the treatment and who don’t use a full spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
What Is The Down Time?
The majority of patients take 5 to 7 days to heal from an average TCA peel. The skin looks as if it’s had severe sunburn, so most patients prefer to stay home during the healing process. If you’re not too self-conscious about your looks, you can work during part of your recovery period.
What Precautions Do I Need To Take?
Patients who’ve had TCA peels are more sensitive to sunlight for at least 6 to 8 weeks after treatment. During this time, they should use a full spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen of at least SPF 30 at all times.
Chemical peel treatment is one of the most preferred and commonly used methods for skin rejuvenation. If you are interested in knowing more about this treatment or similar other methods for skin rejuvenation, fix up a personal consultation session with a specialist in your area.