A chemical peel involves the application of a special solution to the surface of the skin to reveal the fresh skin beneath. It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including:
- Fine wrinkling
- Blotchy skin
- Dry skin
- Age spots
- Sun damage
Chemical peels are most often performed on the face but may also be beneficial on the neck, chest, back, hands, arms and legs. The different kind of peels are performed according to the indications and skin types.
They do result in more peeling and it can take 10 to 14 days for the skin to totally heal. Therefore these peels need to be planned with consideration of social engagements but there should be no restrictions with respect to normal lifestyle.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q:Will a chemical peel help my skin?
Chemical peel is a procedure that rejuvenates skin. In almost all cases, patients will notice a improved vitality of skin.
Q:How long does it take to have a chemical peel?
About thirty minutes in total, hence it has often been referred to as “the lunch time peel”.
Q:Can I go right back to work?
In most cases, work or other normal activities may be resumed immediately.
Q:Is a chemical peel painful?
No, There is a mild degree of “tingling” or a slightly itchy sensation while the peeling agent is in contact with the skin. Upon neutralizing the peel, the skin feels fresh and smooth without discomfort.
Q:Can I go out into the sun after having a chemical peel?
You may go outside, but sunscreen must be worn for at least a few days after the peel as your skin will likely be a little more sensitive to sun exposure.
Q:How many chemical peels should I have and how often is it recommended?
Many individuals find that a peel performed every four to six weeks gives optimal results. Peelings complement the regular use of other products such as glycolic acid containing preparations that can be used on a regular basis at home. The short term exposure of a higher concentration of glycolic acid on a periodic basis helps maintain skin health and appearance.
Q:Will a chemical peel remove deep lines or wrinkles?
A glycolic acid peel will not remove deep lines. Laser resurfacing is recommended in most cases where wrinkles are advanced. However, a peel will often improve the tone, texture, smoothness and appearance of skin.