A chemical peel works by removing old dead cells at the surface of the skin to promote new cell growth, consequently, improving the appearance and texture of the skin giving a more youthful, healthy glow. Chemical peels reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne, scars, blemishes and pigment problems. Glycolic acid peels in a variety of strengths are used in the clinic.
For optimum results, a course of 4-6 treatments is recommended. Home care products can be recommended for use pre and post peel if necessary/desired. The effectiveness of a chemical peel and the recovery time will vary depending on the depth of the treatment.
A course of peels may be required with results lasting for around one year; perhaps one superficial maintenance peel may be required around 6 months. A medium depth peel may need to be repeated between 6-12 months.
What is the exact procedure?
You will be made comfortable on a couch with your hair and clothing protected. Your skin will be cleaned with warm water, followed by a pre-peel cleanser. All patients should be encouraged to use high SPF prior to after peeling. Those with darker skin may also be pretreatment with hydroquinone preparations. Usually, the treatment may take a time period of three weeks as the pretreatment some procedure has to follow and after the process also two weeks prior after treatment has to be followed.
The peel solution is applied using a small brush or gauze. The solution is left for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer (Usually around 5 minutes). The peel solution is then neutralized using the solution provided. The peel can be neutralized at any time should it not be tolerated very well by the patient. The skin is cleansed and aftercare cream and SPF is applied. Recovery time depends on the type of peel and can last as long as months. Since pearls are generally considered as most cosmetic procedures are not covered by standard health insurance policies.
Benefits for the chemical peels: