A CHEMICAL PEEL is a technique used to improve the appearance of skin on any part of the body but especially the face, neck, back and hands. A solution is applied to skin that regenerates the skin so that it appears lighter, smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The end result depends on the type of peel used.
A thorough evaluation by a dermatologist is important to consider the type of peel appropriate for the patients skin problem .
Chemical peels have good results in treating a number of conditions including Acne(pimples), Acne scars, Skin Pigmentation, Aging skin, Wrinkles, Sun damaged skin, Sagging skin, Skin pores.
Minimal , tolerable, transient stinging sensation might be felt with mild peels and skin totally recovers after 1-2 days. If strong /medium depth peels are done there can be peeling for 3-4 days .
The dermatologist decides the number of sessions a patient has depending on the skin type and the type of condition, but usually at least 3-4 treatments about one month apart are necessary to obtain optimum results. The results that one achieves are almost permanent and one can expect results from second sitting onwards.
Generally no/minimal side effects, if used under proper supervision of a dermatologist , however very rarely minimal redness or peeling of the skin might be noticed for maximum 1-2 hours .
Depending on the severity of the condition and skin type, the dermatologist will decide the number of sittings a patient requires. However generally 3-4 sittings are required to control moderate pigmentation.
Patients having active infection, wounds, taking photosensitive medicines, should generally avoid peels and if at all planning for the peels, it should be under dermatologist’s supervision.
Patient should protect skin from sun exposure, use sunscreen daily post peel and moisturiser if excessive dryness is experienced.