Facial peels are treatments that use several types of acid solution to slough off outer layers of dead skin. Also known as chemical peels, they are used to diminish or eliminate skin imperfections, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin.
Facial peels are used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, blemishes, uneven pigmentation and even stretch marks. The treatment can be used for overall rejuvenation of a treatment area such as the face or for spot treating specific skin imperfections.
There are four types of facial peels that are suitable for varying types and severity of skin problems.
Facial peels are administered as outpatient procedures by certified and trained cosmetic dermatologists or plastic surgeons in a clinic, medical facility or hospital. The skin is first cleansed by your doctor. If the treatment is a deep chemical peel, your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area and give you a sedative, if you so request. Patients may also request an anesthetic for milder treatments. Your doctor will then apply the appropriate chemical peel solution and leave it on for a prescribed amount of time. The solution is then washed off with water and petroleum jelly or a soothing solution is applied to the skin. Your doctor will instruct you on the proper care of your skin after treatment.
Results vary according to the type of treatment. There is usually minimal or no skin redness after a light chemical peel, and you should able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment. You will notice that the treated skin has improved texture, tone and color.
For medium chemical peels, you will notice that a superficial crust forms over the treated skin after treatment. The crust eventually sheds off after a few days to a week. A new layer of skin, which at the onset would be reddish, will be revealed. The redness will fade to reveal dramatically improved skin.
Deep facial peels will result in swelling, redness and some discomfort. A crust will also form over the treated skin, which will flake off after a week to ten days to reveal pinkish skin. The pink color will soon diminish and a pale, smooth complexion will emerge.
Facial peels are generally safe when performed by licensed and experienced cosmetic dermatologists or plastic surgeons. There are minimal side effects with light and medium peels; these include a stinging sensation, redness of the skin and crusting that lasts a couple of days after treatment. Deep chemical peels have more serious side effects that include infection and even scarring.
Recovery times vary according to the type of treatment and the physical condition of each patient. In general, however, light facial peels do not require any recovery time. For medium facial peels, full recovery usually takes two weeks. For deep facial peels, complete recovery can take two months or longer. Patients typically need to rest from work and normal activities for one to two weeks after a deep chemical peel.
Multiple treatments (five to eight, depending on the individual) of light or medium chemical peel may be necessary to attain optimum results. Deep facial peels require only one treatment to attain the desired results.
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