Chemical peel, also known as “Chemexfoliation” or “Derma-Peeling”, is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave one’s skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. It helps make skin look smoother and younger. It is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of the skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands.
One can Improve:
- Acne or acne scars
- Age and liver spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches
- Sun-damaged skin
The surgeon selects the best chemical or chemical mix for the individual patient. A solution is applied using a sponge, cotton pad, cotton swab or brush to the areas to be treated (or the entire face, avoiding the eyes, brows and lips). There are 3 types of chemical peels:
- Superficial Chemical Peels
Just like the name describes, chemical peeling using these agents is a superficial exfoliation that aims for only the top most layers of skin.
- Medium-Depth Chemical Peels
It is aimed for the middle layers of the skin. Unlike superficial chemical peeling, this kind of treatment should be used cautiously for dark-skinned individuals, because of the greater risk of post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation.
- Deep Chemical Peels
It is a superb treatment which can generate remarkable improvements within a single procedure that can last for a long time. However, this treatment is more aggressive and therefore has some inconveniences like long healing time and uncomfortable conditions such as swelling, oozing etc.
Benefits of the Procedure:
- Superficial peels
Used to improve the appearance of pigment changes in the skin, acne scars, mild sun damage, or fine wrinkles in all skin types. They can be done on the face and on other parts of the body. A superficial peel may also be used to prepare the skin for a deeper peel.
- Medium peels
Used to treat mild to moderate wrinkles, long-term sun damage, pigment changes, and precancerous lesions of the skin (usually caused by sun exposure). Medium peels are used most often on the face.
- Deep peels
Are used to treat severe wrinkles, long-term sun damage, pronounced pigment changes, and lesions and growths on the skin. They are done only on the face. Deep peels are not done on darker skin types, because they bleach the skin.Chemical peels are sometimes done with dermabrasion or laser resurfacing for a more dramatic overall effect.