Unfortunately “Perfect skin” has not been handed out by nature – it has to be bought and this usually comes at an expensive price. No matter how great your skin is at 25, the inevitable age spots, pigmentation marks, red blemishes and sagging will slowly leave their marks on one’s face by the time one reaches 35.
Types of Peels
– Superficial Peels
– Medium Peels – TCA
A Skin Peel is a resurfacing treatment designed to improve and enhance the skin. Its benefits include skin clarity, even skin tone, uniform colour and improved texture. Renova skin & laser Clinic offer a variety of different peeling solutions for various skin conditions including acne, aging, sun damaged , rosacea or hyper pigmentation.
We will choose the most suitable treatment for you following your consultation. At The RENOVA Laser and Skin Clinic we have a broad spectrum of peels which we can tailor to your individual needs to get the best results for you.
Peeling principles are based on the regeneration of skin cells which renew themselves every four weeks.
What Conditions Do a Chemical Peel Treat?
Chemical peels are performed on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
– Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
– Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and family history
– Improve the appearance of mild scarring
– Treat certain types of acne
– Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills (melasma)
– Improve the look and feel of skin that is dull in texture and color
– Areas of sun damage, which may contain pre-cancerous keratoses that appear as scaly spots, may improve after chemical peeling.
Following treatment, new pre-cancerous lesions are less likely to appear.
However, sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may require other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, or soft tissue filler (collagen or fat). Doctor can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for each individual case.
Who Is a Good Candidate For a Chemical Peel?
Generally, fair-skinned patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. However, a good sun screen use afterpeeling is necessary for them.
How Are Chemical Peels Performed?
A chemical peel can be performed in a doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure.
The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes excess oils and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions, such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol), are applied to small areas on the skin. These applications produce a controlled wound, enabling new, regenerated skin to appear.
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
Prior to the chemical peel, your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain drugs and prepare your skin with topical preconditioning medications such as Retin-A, or glycolic acid. After the chemical peel, it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.
Remember to ask your doctor if you need to have someone drive you home.
What to Expect During a Chemical Peel
During a chemical peel, most patients experience a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. Cool compresses may be applied to help alleviate this stinging. A deeper peel may require pain medication during or after the procedure.
What To Expect After the Chemical Peel
Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. Mild peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals until the desired clinical effect is achieved.
You will work with your dermatologist to determine the depth of your peel. This joint decision can vary, depending upon the condition of your skin and the objectives of treatment..
It is important to avoid exposure to the sun after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to complications. Your doctor will prescribe the proper follow-up care to reduce the tendency to develop abnormal skin color after peeling.
What Are the Possible Complications of Chemical Peels?
In certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change in the skin after a chemical peel. Taking birth control pills, subsequent pregnancy, or family history of brownish discoloration on the face may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation.
Although low, there is a risk of scarring in certain areas of the face, and certain individuals may be more prone to scarring. If scarring does occur, it can usually be treated with good results.
Prior to treatment, it is important for a patient to inform the physician of any past history of keloids (scar tissue overgrowth created at the site of a skin injury) or unusual scarring tendencies, as well as any history of recurring cold sores.