A chemical peel is not harmful to your skin. Made from some of the safest chemicals like Glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid, a chemical peel will not burn or irritate your skin.
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure that uses a chemical solution to remove the top layers of the skin, resulting in exfoliation and eventually peeling off for the treatment of scars, skin discoloration, and wrinkles. It exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin, ravaged by years of exposure to elements, sun, wind, heat and cold temperatures.
By eliminating the damaged skin cells, a chemical peel stimulates the production of collagen and allows new, healthier skin layers to emerge. The non-invasive treatment can enhance skin texture and quality and give you a smoother and more youthful appearance. Chemical peels can often be applied in the face but can also be used for the arms, neck, back, chest, and legs.
There are three options for chemical peel treatments: light, medium or deep.
The light superficial peel is a mild acid that penetrates the outer layers of the skin for exfoliation and often used for mild skin discoloration and rough skin.
The medium peel is a Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid that gets into the middle and outer layers of skin to deal with damaged skin cells to help with age spots, freckles, and fine lines and wrinkles. It may also treat precancerous skin growths.
The deep peel is phenol or trichloroacetic acid that penetrates the middle layer of the skin and, similarly to the medium peel, can remove damaged skin cells, age spots, moderate lines, and shallow scars. The deep peel can only be performed once.
NEO•PEEL is an in-office superficial peel that combines glycolic acid with skin brightening agents to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone and texture and help promote renewed smoothness and radiance.
Chemical peels have much to offer you:
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Anyone in good physical health, starting in adolescence, is a good candidate for a chemical peel. Light hair and fair-skinned individuals are among the best candidates for a chemical peel treatment. However, people with an existing cut or infection or have active skin diseases should avoid a chemical peel.
A chemical peel procedure can cause scarring on rare occasions or an infection that reactivates cold sores. There may be a temporary or permanent change in the color of your skin, especially for women on birth control pills, usually to a darker than normal tone (hyperpigmentation), or redness.
The results of your procedure will depend on the type of chemical peel you choose. For example, light treatment can diminish the appearance of fine wrinkles and enhance skin texture and tone. You should feel smoother skin after medium procedure and a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the treated area with a deep chemical peel.
Recovery from your chemical peel Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Workman says depends on the type of peel used in your procedure. It’s important to properly clean and moisturize your skin as well as use protective ointments.
For the lighter chemical peel, you can expect your skin to be dry and red and take up to a week to heal properly. You can use cream or lotion to soothe the area until your skin heals up. Make sure to use the right amount of sunscreen when outside. Your skin may be lighter or darker than normal temporarily.
For a medium chemical peel, your skin will likely be red and swollen, especially in the first 48 hours. It may feel stinging and a little tight. When the swelling goes down, your skin may form a crust and darken and develop brown blotches. It’s also possible that blisters may form and break. On average, the recovery period lasts one to two weeks. The skin usually crusts and then peels off within that time. Make sure to soak the skin each day and apply ointment to soothe the area. It is best to avoid sunlight until you are completely healed. Redness on the treated area can last for several months.
For the deep chemical peel, the recovery period takes two to three weeks. You can expect redness and swelling as well as burning and throbbing sensation. You will need to soak your skin four to six times each day and then apply ointment for the first two weeks. You may require a bandage on the treated area. It is possible that your eyelids may swell and that your skin can turn to a lighter or darker appearance. Vancouver chemical peel patients usually take antiviral medication for two weeks. You’ll need to avoid sun exposure for up to six months.
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