Chemical peels help to significantly improve the appearance of the skin. In this process, a chemical solution is applied to the affected regions on your skin, which make it "blister" and peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled.
Chemical peels could be done on your face, neck, or hands. They help in:
- Reducing fine lines which occur under the eyes and around the mouth
- Treating wrinkles caused by continuous exposure to sunlight and aging
- Reducing mild scars
- Treating certain types of acne
- Treating freckles, and melasma caused due to pregnancy or consumption of birth control pills
- Improving the appearance and tone of skin
- You would be an appropriate candidate for a chemical peel if you are fair-skinned and light-haired.
The surgeon will, first of all, thoroughly cleanse your skin. Then, one or more chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid, will be applied to small regions in your skin to create a controlled wound. This helps the growth and development of the new skin in the place of the old skin.
Recovery and results
Chemical peeling generally causes redness and scaling that subsides within three to seven days. Mild peels could be repeated at one to four-week intervals.
Medium-depth and deep peeling may sometimes result in inflammation as well as blisters which would peel off over seven to 14 days. Medium-depth peels could be repeated at intervals of six to 12 months, if needed.
Avoid direct exposure to sunlight for several months following the procedure.
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