What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are acids which remove the outer layer of the skin revealing fresher looking skin below. Depending on the strength of the peel uneven pigmentation, blemishes and fine lines can be improved. Unlike many of the peels available on the high street clinics Mr Chana only uses peels that produce a definite and visible effect. The commonest type of peel that is used is the TCA peel.
How are chemical peels administered?
Since these peels are strong they require some form of numbing cream. For deeper peels some sedation may be required. The recovery period is approximately 1 to 2 weeks depending on the strength of the peel during which time the surface skin will slough off revealing the fresh and rejuvenated skin below.
Which areas can be treated?
The face, neck, chest and even the hands can be treated with peels. The peel can be effective in reducing pigmentation, fine lines and improving the overall complexion of the skin.
Many of Mr Chana’s patients who have undergone facelift surgery have chemical peels after the procedure to rejuvenate the skin. Although facial ageing causes loose skin which can be corrected with surgery, the overall rejuvenating effect can be considerably further enhanced by treating the surface of the skin with a chemical peel.
What are the side effects and risks?
During the recovery some redness can occur with the deep peels which may persist beyond the first two weeks but this will eventually subside.
Uneven skin colour and changes in the degree of pigmentation are a potential side effect although rare in Caucasian skin. It is important to use high factor sun block daily for several months after the peel.
Some patients can suffer reactivation of cold sores and medication to prevent this may be prescribed.