Chemical peels, also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling.
Makes use of a chemical on the face which leads into the peeling off the skin thus letting new skin to replace it. The new, regenerated skin is generally smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin that comes is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun. This is a cosmetic treatment, which is not usually available on the NHS and needs to be paid for as a private treatment. Remember, no cosmetic procedure is without risks and all these must be discussed prior to going ahead with any treatment.
Conditions treated by a Chemical Peel
Chemical Peels are primarily performed on the face, neck or hands and can be used for:
- Lessening fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treat wrinkles caused due to aging, sun damage and hereditary factors
- Enhance the appearance of mild scarring
- Treat some types of acne
- Lessen freckles, age spots and dark patches due to pregnancy or taking contraceptive pills
- Enhance the look and feel of skin that’s dull in texture and color
After this treatment, areas of sun damage, which might contain, which could possibly contain pre cancerous keratoses that appear as scaly spots, might improve after the treatment. Once this procedure gets over, it’s less likely that new pre-cancerous lesions will appear. However, the fact is that bulges, sags and extreme severe wrinkles don’t respond well to chemical peels. They might require other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as a facelift, brow lift, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, eyelid lift or soft tissue filler (fat or collagen). For each individual case, a consultant cosmetic surgeon can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment.
Perfect for this Procedure
Usually, fair skinned and light haired patients are perfect candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types might also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated.
Chemical peels in Pune can be carried out in a consultant dermatologist’s or cosmetic surgeon’s consulting room or in a cosmetic surgery center as an outpatient procedure. The skin is thoroughly cleansed with an agent that removes surplus oils and the eyes and hair are protected. One or more chemical solutions, such as trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or carbolic acid are applied to small areas on the skin. These applications thus produce a controlled wound, enabling new, regenerated skin to appear.
Prior to this procedure, your doctor at the cosmetic clinic in Pune might ask you to stop taking some medicines and prepare your skin with topical preconditioning medications such as glycolic acid or tretinion. It’s vital that you use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily after undergoing this procedure. If at all you have been prescribed oral antibiotics or an oral antiviral medicine by the dermatologist, you must begin taking those as directed. Generally, the doctor prescribes the oral antibiotics depending on the depth of the chemical peel.