Chemical peels: change the skin? - Results of the procedure

March 9, 2008

  • Chemical peels: change the skin?
  • Results of the procedure
  • Risks

What should I expect after the procedure

The recovery time after a chemical peel procedures depends on the type and depth. In order to accelerate the healing process of the skin, to ensure the long-term effect, prevent infection and uneven discoloration of the face, it is important to provide proper care after peeling. Proper skin care after a peel is very similar to the care that should be implemented before the procedure. It includes:

  • Regular cleansing of the skin with water or that prescribed by your doctor.
  • Changing the dressing or ointment, is superimposed on the wound (for moderate and deep peels).
  • Daily moisturizing of the skin.
  • Avoiding sunlight, until you can use sunscreen Sunscreen is not just for the beach  Sunscreen is not just for the beach
 . After peeling sunscreen should be used every day, because the new skin is more susceptible to sunburn.

Some doctors recommend using a night cream tretinoin the second or third week after peeling.

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Superficial peels

Superficial peeling is done on an outpatient basis and does not require anesthesia and causes only mild discomfort after the procedure. Most people can immediately return to their usual activities. After superficial peeling skin heals quickly. The skin may turn pink. Also, there is a minimal peeling. To hide redness, you may use cosmetics.

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Mild peels

Mild peels are usually done on an outpatient basis, but you may need a few days off to recover. Mild peels cause skin burns second degree. The skin needs about 5-7 days to heal, until you can use makeup to hide the redness. After the peeling the pain is almost gone. However, there may be small lumps, especially if the procedure were subjected to the eye area. The skin in 2-3 days after the procedure is reddish-brown to become solid and then within several days will delaminate.

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Deep peels

Deep peeling of the skin causes deep burns of the second degree. Growing up new skin takes 10 to 14 days. The skin is bright red from 3 weeks to 2 months (for each person individually). But most people need about 2 weeks omitting from work. Complete healing of the skin may take several months.

  • To reduce the pain after the peel can take pain medications.
  • Some people may experience severe swelling, especially in the area around the eyes. If you hold your head up high on the pillow, it can help reduce swelling. Also assume corticosteroids during the formation of the more serious tumors.
  • You may be given a short course of treatment with antiviral drugs and antibiotics Antibiotics - whether they will help you in the foreseeable future?  Antibiotics - whether they will help you in the foreseeable future?
   to prevent infection after the peel.
  • After a deep peel is very important to properly care for the wound. You may be asked to wash your face several times a day to reduce crusting. And you'll have to visit the doctor's office for inspection and cleansing your wound.

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For what it's done

  • Superficial peeling is done to improve the appearance of skin with pigmentation changes, acne Acne: facial trouble  Acne: facial trouble
 , Moderate sunburn or removing small wrinkles on all skin types. Peeling can be performed on the face or any other body parts. Also superficial peeling can be carried out to prepare the skin for a deeper exfoliation.
  • Moderate peeling is used to remove light or medium wrinkles, sunburn, pigmentation changes and precancerous skin conditions (usually after a sunburn). The most common mild peeling is done on the face.
  • Deep peeling is used to treat deep wrinkles, severe sunburn, pronounced pigment changes, and lesions and growths on the skin. This kind of peeling is done only on the face. Contraindications for the procedure is a dark skin type How to determine your skin type  How to determine your skin type
 , As it will be lightened.

Chemical peels are sometimes done before the dermabrasion or laser resurfacing for a more pronounced overall effect.

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Contraindications to the chemical peel (with the exception of the surface) are:

  • The use of isotretinoin (a drug for the treatment of acne).
  • Recently conducted surgery or radiation therapy on his face. This may complicate the regeneration of the skin on the face.
  • The presence of HSV infection in the area being treated.
  • Malfunction of the immune system. This can slow recovery and increase the risk of infection and discoloration of the skin after peeling.
  • Allergic to certain drugs.

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How well it works

In part, the result of a chemical peel depends on its depth.

  • Superficial peels can reduce but not completely eliminate sunburn and signs of aging. The results may not appear immediately. And when the manifest, may be minimal. To achieve the desired effect it is necessary to repeat the procedure peeling regularly.
  • Moderate peeling can be particularly effective in removing pigment changes, wrinkles and symptoms of sunburn. For best results, treatment may be repeated after 3-6 months.
  • Deep peel eliminates wrinkles and tightens the skin. The results can often be pronounced. The procedure of deep phenol chemical peel can not be repeated.

On the results of the procedure may affect your skin type, taking care of her before and after peeling, the skill level of the physician and your lifestyle after the procedure. Some skin problems are solved with the help of peels are better than others. People with fair skin, limiting the sunlight on the skin after the procedure, provides a better result than the owners of dark skin, or those people who continue to spend a lot of time in the sun.

Before you decide to carry out a chemical peel, discuss with your doctor the results that you expect.

Change the color and texture of the skin caused by aging and sun exposure may continue to develop after a chemical peel. This procedure is not a permanent solution to these problems.