There are so many various ways to smoothen your skin, chemical peels being one of them. Here a chemical solution is applied to the skin and allowed to soak in. Could you opt for this procedure? Chemical peels are mostly used for cosmetic reasons as it improves and smoothens out the skin’s surface. Chemical peels is also known as derma-peeling, in this procedure a chemical application is used on the skin which causes the top layer or the damaged skin to slough off and gradually peel away. Regeneration of skin occurs and the new skin appears smoother and clearer and when compared to the older skin is less wrinkled. Chemical peels can be helpful as it improves skin which is damaged by overexposure to sun rays, pigmentation issues, acne and scarring of the skin.
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Any individual who is experiencing low self-esteem and psychological issues because of premature ageing of skin or skin problems can undergo treatment by chemical peels. Skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage or ageing, scarring due to accidents or acne scars, uneven pigmentation can be treated with the help of chemical peels. Chemical peels work better on fair complexioned skin as compared to darker skin tone.
Chemical peels procedure is a relatively safe treatment if performed by a qualified, experienced doctor however like all other cosmetic treatments it carries certain risks. Depending on the type of chemical peel used and the strength of the peel, certain complications may arise and they include:
- Redness in the treated area.
- Scaling or crusting.
- Skin pigmentation variation which may be temporary or permanent.
Though most of the risks or complications disappear some days after the treatment, few problems can continue and treatment might be necessary. Consult your doctor if you have any history of herpes outbreak or you are prone to scarring (keloids) as treatment would be given accordingly. Any history of heart diseases could cause complications while undergoing chemical peels treatment.
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Certain precautions to be taken before the treatment include not irritating the skin by shaving, waxing, bleaching or any other hair removal techniques for at least five days before the treatment. Scrubbing of the skin should be avoided. The skin should not be having any active infections at the time of chemical peels treatment.
After the procedure, the doctor will give you certain guidelines to be followed or certain medications can be prescribed too. Few precautions after the procedure include avoiding exposure of the skin to sun rays as the new skin is extremely sensitive and prone to sun burns. Avoid hot showers and strenuous exercises. Do not scratch the flaking skin as it may cause scarring and negate the efficacy of treatment.
Depending on the type of chemical peel used, aftercare routine may vary from each treatment. Superficial chemical peels need only basic aftercare while deep peeling can mean more recovery time and more care. The basic guideline to follow after any chemical peel is to avoid exposure to sun rays as the skin is sensitive. To quicken the healing process, protect the skin from sun exposure. Keep the treated skin moist and rinse with cold water followed by application of any prescribed ointment. Patients who have undergone deep peeling may be put on a liquid diet for some days.