There are various depth of chemical peels. Ranging from superficial to deep chemical. Superficial chemical peels are a lot safer on the skin, with very little side effects and downtime, where as deep chemical peels, usually have some down time and there are side effects associated with these peels and there is a risk of infection too.
What does chemical peel treat?
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
Three basic types of chemical peels
What should first be done before considering a chemical peel?
A thorough evaluation by a qualified skincare therapist or dermatologist is imperative before embarking upon a chemical peel.
Who is not a candidate for a chemical peel?
Generally light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. With your dark skins, you just have to be more careful as these skins are prone to post inflammatory pigmentation after a chemical peel.
Contra indications for chemical peels
Are chemical peels painful?
Chemicals peels sting but do not cause a great deal of pain. The gentlest peels use alpha-hydroxy, glycolic, lactic or fruit acids are also gentle. They may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting but as the skin begins to adjust all these problems will lessen. Trichloroacetic acids are used for stronger peelings. They remove wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems. Phenol is the strongest of all treatments and removes deep lines and wrinkles on the face.
What are the complications or potential side effects of a chemical peel?
What can I expect after having a chemical peel?
Superficial peels require one to seven days to heal. Treated skin will initially be red and may scale. Lotion or cream should be applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can usually be worn the next day.
Medium peels require seven to 14 days to heal. Treated skin will initially be red and swollen. Swelling worsens for the first 48 hours. Eyelids may swell shut. Blisters may form and break. Skin crusts and peels off in seven to 14 days. Skin must be soaked daily for a specified period, followed by ointment application. Antiviral medication is taken for 10 to 14 days. Mild lotion or cream may be applied. Avoid all sun exposure until healing is complete. Camouflage makeup may be worn after five to seven days. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor progress.
Deep peels require 14 to 21 days to heal. The treated area will be bandaged. Skin must be soaked four to six times daily, followed by ointment application for the first 14 days. Afterwards a thick moisturizer is applied for the next 14 days. Antiviral medication is taken for 10 to 14 days. Mild lotion or cream may be applied. Avoid all sun exposure for three to six months. Camouflage makeup may be worn after 14 days. Several follow-up appointments will be necessary to monitor progress. Sun exposure and smoking after a chemical peel must be avoided because they can cause unwanted side effects, including infection and scarring.
Aesthetic age preventing Lamelle peels
These peels are designed for the skin where the signs of ageing are not obvious, but the client requires an improvement in texture, fine lines and small amounts of abnormal pigmentation. These peels use Glycolic Acid in very low concentrations and Lactic Acid mixtures as their active treatment. They have no to very low downtimes while still creating changes on the skin that are remarkable.
Aesthetic age correcting Lamelle peels
These peels are focused on the treatment of the signs & symptoms of photo ageing e.g. Poor texture, lines, wrinkles and laxity. The peel solutions used are Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Fruit Acid) based. They have minimal peeling on the skin after a peel.
Aesthetic pigmentation correcting Lamelle peels
These peels are focused on the treatment of severe sun damage with pigmentation irregularities, melasma, and age spots. The key ingredient of these peels is Salicylic Acid which has been placed in a self-neutralising base. These peels do create peeling of the skin for a few days after a peel. These peels are only done in the winter months.
Aesthetic acne correcting Lamelle peels
These peels are focused on treating all kinds of acne, from mild, moderate to severe acne. The key ingredient of these peels is Salicylic Acid. These peels treat congested skin on the face & body, excessively oily skin, mild & moderate inflamed acne, mild & moderate non inflamed acne & acne scarring.