About Chemical Peel Treatment
A dull and patchy uneven skin can be considered as the first early sign of aging. Young and healthy skin is smooth and radiant because the skin is able to quickly regenerate and the new cells are brought to the surface and older cells are continuously shed. But as we grow older, the skin's regenerating capability tends to decrease, causing the old dead skin cells to accumulate on top making the skin look dull and patchy. With advancements in technology, one can opt for various non-invasive anti-aging treatment procedures such as light, medium, and deep chemical peels that help reverse signs of aging and promote overall skin rejuvenation.
At Global Aesthetics, we have a team of skilled LCP Certified medical aesthetic specialists and doctors led by Assoc Prof Dr. Morthy, a renowned LCP Certified Aesthetic Physician and Trainer who is an expert in the field of Aesthetic Medicine. With our insignia of “For All Your Aesthetic Needs” at Global Aesthetic we aim to deliver safe, effective, and affordable procedures. Assoc Prof Dr. Morthy is also the course director and regional trainer for Aesthetic Academy Asia (https://aestheticacademy.asia) and International Institute of Wellness and Aesthetic Medicine (www.iiwam.ac).
What is Chemical Peeling?
A chemical peel is one of the most popular and well-known cosmetic medical procedure that involves the careful exfoliation of the skin using a chemical agent, mainly an acid.
The acid removes a uniform amount of damaged skin cells across the treatment area. When done appropriately, this allows the skin to heal, with minimal scarring or color changes as a result of the treatment.
Chemical peels affect two layers of the skin: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the visible outer layer, and the dermis sits just beneath. This deeper layer contains nerve endings, sweat glands, and hair follicles. A chemical peel removes a controlled amount of skin cells from the epidermis. A stronger peel may also remove a small part of the dermis.
Chemical peeling helps to rejuvenate your skin, giving the smooth and less wrinkled skin. The chemical solution in chemical peeling can be applied to the face, neck, or hands.
How is it performed?
The chemical peel procedure helps to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
During a chemical peel, the aesthetic physician applies the exfoliant acid first to the thicker areas of skin, such as the chin, nose, and cheeks, before applying it to the thinner areas around the eyes and mouth.
The chemical peel treatment procedure can be performed as an outpatient procedure in less than an hour. The doctor administering the treatment procedure will first clean the skin and then carry on to apply the chemical solutions usually composed of the alpha-hydroxy acids (e.g., glycolic and lactic acid), mandelic acid, or the Jessner’s solution. Additionally, low concentrations of beta-hydroxy salicylic acid or alpha-keto pyruvic acid has also proven to be excellent for the chemical peeling procedure.
The application of chemicals leads to the creation of controlled exfoliation which allows new skin to take its place while simultaneously minimizing complications, such as scarring and unwanted pigmentary change. After the procedure, the doctor may recommend various ways to help the skin heal, such as applying a mild corticosteroid, moisturizers or unscented emollient to the face for a few days after the treatment.
Chemical peels often cause redness and peeling, which may take 1–2 weeks to go away. It is important to use sunblock and moisturizers after a chemical peel. Staying out of the sun also helps to achieve better results.
Types Of Chemical Peel Procedures
Each person has a different and unique facial ‘topography’ due to which the overall implementation of the type of chemical peel procedure is on a case-by-case basis. Some of the most common chemical peel procedures to improve the evenness of color and texture of the skin to create a youthful look and restores a healthy, luminous, and radiant appearance are as follows-
Superficial or Lunchtime Peel
We recommend superficial peels if skin issues only affect the top layer of the skin.
Because superficial peels do not penetrate the deeper layers, they involve a lower risk of side effects and a quicker recovery.
Superficial peels take 1–7 days to heal. It is important to wear sunscreen after the treatment to protect the new skin as it heals.
As superficial peels are much gentler on the skin than other peels, it may take 3–5 professional treatments for people to see the results they want. People can have superficial peels every 2–5 weeks.
In this skin rejuvenation procedure, Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest, or hands.
We recommend medium-depth peels for:
minor acne scars
Medium-depth chemical peels reach an area called the papillary dermis. This is the upper second layer, closest to the surface of the skin.
Medium-depth peels take 7–14 days to heal. This type of peel causes swelling that will get worse for 48 hours after the treatment and may cause blisters.
The doctors will provide antibiotic and antiviral creams, and it is important to use it as they recommend. Also, avoid sun exposure during healing.
People can wear makeup after 5–7 days.
Glycolic acid (50% - 70%) or trichloroacetic acid (30%) is applied to penetrate the top and middle layers of skin in order to remove damaged skin cells during the medium peel procedure. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some mild scarring.
We do not usually use deep peels, as laser therapy often provides better results in the deeper layers of skin. However, we may recommend a deep peel if a person has:
moderate to severe sun damage
moderate to severe wrinkles
moderate to severe hyperpigmentation
Deep peels can take almost a month to heal. The person will need to recuperate at home, take antiviral medication for 10–14 days, and avoid sun exposure for 3–6 months.
The person will then have to use thick moisturizer.
A person who has a deep chemical peel should not wear makeup for at least 14 days after the procedure.
During the deep peel procedure, trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle and inner layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles, and shallow scars. The procedure is used on the face and can be performed once in 2 - 3 years only. In the case of deep peels, patients are placed under general anaesthesia and cold compresses are used to calm the skin.
Applications of Chemical Peeling Treatment
The chemical peeling procedures are usually done on the face, neck, and hands for treating the following skin problems-
Fine Lines Around the Mouth & Under the Eyes
For the removal of wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth and eyes, chemical peels are very effective. The chemical solution is applied over the outer layer of the old skin, which after exfoliation replaces it with new skin that is smoother and less wrinkled giving it a rejuvenated appearance.
Treating age spots using chemical peels is a great option. The age or sunspot can be removed with the help of a chemical peel giving a more renewed look to the skin.
Mild Facial Scarring
Chemical peels are also very helpful to remove the signs of aging and harmed skin cells. They help to improve the texture and condition of your skin by exfoliating the top layer of dead skin. The skin is gently exfoliated and cleansed using chemical peels that contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA)
The overall appearance of hyperpigmentation conditions such as age spots, melasma, discoloration caused due to acne scarring, etc. can be greatly reduced using chemical peeling procedures. The procedure uses a variety of acids that exfoliate the upper layers of the skin, which helps to give the skin a fresh feel and rejuvenated flawless appearance.
Acne and Acne Scar
Acne scars are formed as a result of the body’s inflammatory response to acne lesions.
For patients who face deep acne scars the most effective treatment is acne chemical peel. The appearance of the acne scars can be eliminated enough with the help of chemical peels or phenol chemical peels which can resurface the skin.
Advanced Cosmetic Procedures at Global Aesthetics
At Global Aesthetics, we ensure our doctors have a solid understanding of facial anatomy, dermato-cosmetics, aging skin, as well as the science behind the technologies and procedures. With an insignia of “For All Your Aesthetic Needs”, our aim is to first understand your facial features & proportions, deliver safe & effective aesthetic procedures and restore your beauty & confidence.
At Global Aesthetics, we also offer
Laser Skin Rejuvenation to refresh & rejuvenate your skin with our elite collection of Lasers.
Skin Booster Rejuvenation to refresh & renew your skin with our new generation of Skin Boosters.
Chemical Skin Rejuvenation for brighter & radiant skin.
Total Facial Augmentation to enhance your features with our Signature Augmentation Procedure.
Jawline & Facial Reshaping to get a smooth & sharp “V” shaped face with a well-defined jawline.
Facial Fat Reduction to get rid of unwanted facial fat.
Botox, Fillers & Booster to restore a naturally youthful look with our Signature combination.
PDO & Aptos Thread-lift to restore your skin’s firmness with our PDO & Aptos Thread-lift procedure.
Tissue Regeneration to restore youthful skin with our Tissue Regenerative procedure.
Reduce excessive sweating with Botulinum procedures.
Get rid of Cellulite & Stretch Marks with our clinically proven treatment.
Tattoo Removal to remove your unwanted tattoos with our state-of-the-art Lasers.
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