WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?
A chemical peel in Seattle is a procedure that involves an acid to be applied to the skin on your face, neck, or hands that interacts with the epidermal layer (depending on the strength and procedure) causing it to exfoliate, which eventually causes the skin to peel off. The new, resulting skin is much smoother and can also be absent of previous scars or discolorations.
- 1 There are typically three different types of chemical peels:
- 2 WHAT SHOULD FIRST BE DONE BEFORE CONSIDERING A CHEMICAL PEEL?
- 3 WHO IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL?
- 4 ARE CHEMICAL PEELS PAINFUL?
- 5 WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF A CHEMICAL PEEL?
- 6 WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?
There are typically three different types of chemical peels:
- Superficial or Lunchtime peel: Involves a weak acid such as alpha-hydroxy that is applied to the outer layer of the skin. Once it penetrates the skin, it causes the skin to exfoliate producing improved skin appearance. This procedure is typically used for removing mild skin discoloration and is also the mildest treatment.
- Medium Peel: Involves glycolic or trichloroacetic acid and is applied to the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to treat wrinkles, age spots, freckles, and moderate skin discoloration.
- Deep Peel: Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is typically involved where the objective is to deeply penetrate the middle layer of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. This treatment removes moderate lines, wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and even mild scars. The result of this treatment will be dramatically visible by the patient. This treatment is used on the face and can only be performed once.
WHAT SHOULD FIRST BE DONE BEFORE CONSIDERING A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Before considering a chemical peel, make sure to visit a dermatologic surgeon for a consultancy. The dermatologist will be able to analyze your skin type and make a conclusion as to what procedure needs to be employed for most effective and safest results.
WHO IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL?
People that are light-haired or fair skinned are generally the best candidates for a chemical peel. Chemical peels are not effective for dark-skinned patients. Chemical peels are not recommended for individuals with a history of skin disease, herpes, infections, and other long-term chronic illnesses.
CONSULT WITH A DERMATOLOGIST FOR MORE DETAILS.
ARE CHEMICAL PEELS PAINFUL?
Chemical peels are not known to be stingy but not significantly painful. The type of chemical peel you receive reflects on the strength of acid being utilized. Most acids used in treatment are trichloroacetic acid, glycolic, lactic or other fruit acids. Once these acids are applied, your skin will exhibit redness, irritation, and crustiness, which will all go away after your skin begins to recover.
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Potential side effects can be:
- Reactivation of cold sores
- Temporary or permanent change in skin color.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?
The type of chemical peel plays an important role in determining the after effects of a chemical peel. In general cases, it is not recommended to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Prolonged sun exposure could lead to potential health risk as your newly rejuvenated skin is sensitive to light.
Consult with your doctor.
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