This method of treatment can restore the youthful appearance of your skin, removing hyperpigmentation due to prolonged exposure to the sun, wrinkles, rashes or post-acne scars. Your skin will look younger, broader and fresher than before, even if not all the imperfections have been removed. Deeper wrinkles and other irregularities will require the application of other treatments or techniques.
The chemicals used are glycolic acid for wrinkles and superficial irritation and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) for deeper irregularities and discoloration. For a more aggressive treatment is needed medical vacation for a few days to several weeks. There can also be used combinations of acids weak if used by themselves, but powerfull in combination.
These substances can be used in many different concentrations, depending on the depth we want for the peeling. More than one session may be required to achieve the desired result.
The healed skin after such a treatment will be able to produce pigment as before and will not be faded. However, patients are advised to use cosmetics with UV blockers or avoid sun exposure for several months after the treatment.
The same treatment can be used to "mitigate" the appearance of unsightly stretch marks.
- remove superficial wrinkles
- removes superficial irritation
- corrects pigmentation issues
- can be used on neck or other body areas
- are sometimes useful pretreatment with Retinoid A or AHA creams
- is the choice for darker skins
- depth of peeling can be adjusted
- several treatments are necessary to achieve and maintain the desired result.
No anesthesia is required for this type of peeling for the substance itself has an anesthetic effect. Mild sedatives may be used before and during the treatment to help the patient relax.
The surgeon will carefully apply the solution on clean skin, peeling in advance. You will feel a sting or burning sensations as the solution is applied. A treatment of the entire face lasts about 15 minutes. Two or more chemical peels must be applied to achieve the desired result. Sunscreen is important. The doctor will indicate special products with UVA and UVB blockers to be used daily.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is chemical peeling?
The chemical peeling is the process which uses chemicals like acetic hydroxy acid, glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid to remove the surface layers of the skin and rejuvenate damaged and aging skin.
When can a chemical peel be applied?
The treatment can be applied whenever there is a lesion to be removed. It is better to be performed in winter. The minimum age limit is 13-14 years old. No maximum age limit.
What can you learn from an evaluation session for chemical peeling?
Injected area becomes red, warm and painful to the touch, these changes lasting for several hours to several days, depending on the genetic material of each of us. At this time it is not advisable to administer anti-inflammatory agents as they can annihilate the lipolytic effect.
How is the chemical peeling done?
The skin is previously treated with special cleansing products or undergoes microdermabrasion to remove natural fats located in the skin. Then apply successive layers of acid. The response time of the acid is established before the treatment and before its expiry the acid is neutralize and the acid product is removed, or the acid is carefully monitored by your doctor and the doctor will act as needed to neutralize it.
What to expect after a chemical peel?
The sensation that you feel is that of a sunburn or wind burn on the face. If the skin is stretched excessively, exaggerated facial mimicry can cause bleeding cracks. The skin should be left to heal naturally without rushing the "peeling". If you do not meet these guidelines severe scarring may appear.
Is chemical peeling a painful procedure?
You may experience a feeling of warmth and stretch depending on depth peeling. The doctor may place a fan near your face to reduce these feelings.
When will I see the first results after a chemical peel?
You will notice a pink skin that shows up under the peeling. It is forbidden to "help" speed up the healing process by eliminating peelings. Depending on the depth of the peeling, in a few weeks the pink coloration disappears.
What are the risks of chemical peeling?
If you have oral herpes it must be treated with Acyclovir. This product significantly reduces the risk of spreading viral infection. If you have a disease flare during the healing period the virus may spread to the face, resulting in severe and permanent scarring.
Pay attention to scaling!
For deeper peels it takes several weeks for full recovery.
Hyperpigmentation (excessive coloration of the skin) or hypopigmentation (skin discoloration) are possible incidents . They are temporary.
Infection occurs in exceptional cases, pay proper care for erythema and desquamation of the skin.
Scars can occur only if the after peeling care instructions are not followed.
What are the most important contraindications of chemical peeling?
- In continuous and systematic exposure to the sun peeling is contraindicated.
- You must immediately notify your doctor if you have a herpes eruption. Acute herpes, warts, history of keloid scars are absolute contraindications.
- Accutane administration during the past year is also a contraindication to this procedure .
- Pregnancy, lactation, history of autoimmune disease, radiation or chemotherapy treatments, all of which represent situations where peeling should be avoided.
- Sunburn or wind chapped skin, recent hair removal by using wax or depilatory creams are also situations in which peeling is contraindicated.
Although these treatments are very effective, 1% of the patients do not achieve the desired results!