Solving Difficult Skin Problems
Is your skin seriously sun-damaged? Do you have skin pigmentation or significant wrinkles or skin texture problems? If you would like to get major improvements of the quality of your skin, then a chemical peeling treatment may be for you. It is a method of removing damaged outer layers of skin, regenerating and resurfacing the skin. After the natural healing process, the regenerated skin is softer, supple and it creates a more youthful appearance.
Typical Conditions Where Chemical Peels Are Effective:
- Sun damaged skin
- Superficial scarring
- Acne vulgaris and rosacea
- Dry and dehydrated skin
Choosing The Right Chemical Peel Treatment
The choice of the type and depth of the peel is determined by your skin condition and what you want to achieve. It is also a function of the recovery time and post-peel care that you are willing to manage. You need to discuss your needs and the options with an experienced professional practitioner like Feel Young Again’s therapist.
Chemical Peel Treatments Are Not For Everyone
In fact some people may not be suitable for a chemical peel treatment. Factors to consider are
- their occupation (if leading to excessive sun exposure)
- the nature of their skin (too thick, too oily may cause uneven unsatisfactory results)
- Some medical conditions
Contra-indications of chemical peels:
- Active HSV
- Isotretinoin for 1 year (medium, deep peels)
- Inadequate sun protection
- Physical or mental stress
- Neurotic excoriations
- Pregnancy or Lactation
- Recent head and neck surgery
- If you have a history of herpes simplex infection, you should inform your practitioner. You should be started on antiviral prophylaxis several days before and after the peel.This will help minimize chances of unwanted viral reactivation.
Key facts About Chemical Peels
There are different types or levels of chemical peels: Superficial, Medium and Deep. And Different acids can be used.
A Superficial Chemical Peel
A superficial peel uses naturally occurring fruit acids called Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
After application, exfoliation typically occurs over the next few days and the healing process is usually completed within 7 – 10 days.
Multiple treatments may be required to achieve the required results and these treatments must be spaced several weeks apart.
A Medium Depth Chemical Peel
A medium depth chemical peel uses Salicylic acid results in a deeper peel which lightens the skin.
After application, exfoliation typically occurs over the next few days and the healing process is usually complete within 10 – 14 days.
A Deep Chemical Peel
A deep chemical peel uses Phenol mixed with water soap and croton oil and penetrates the skin deeply greatly reducing the appearance of wrinkles, rough and discoloured patches of skin.
The procedure usually takes half an hour. A moisturizing, sunblock & antiseptic cream is then applied after the treatment and for few days later, the skin peels revealing the healthy new skin beneath.
Professional Expertise Is Key To Your Satisfaction
Chemical peels cause a skin wound. So great care must be applied when the peel is done and monitoring/ follow-up is essential after the procedure. Incorrectly applied chemical peels can cause itchy red skin and, depending on the depth of the peel, healing time can substantially increase and leave scarring. Infections are rare but may occur if not monitored by a professional.
Our staff are highly trained and experienced in the application of chemical peels. They can tailor a treatment to your skin type and condition, giving you the results you desire.
Be Aware Of The Possible Side-effects
Chemical peeling may result in a profound improvement in the quality of facial skin, but this treatment also has potential complications. Our professional therapist will discuss with you what may apply to you.
Results and complications are generally related to the depth of peel.
Erythema generally subsides within 90 days but may become prolonged and even manifest as hyperpigmentation.
Patients at increased risk are those taking oral contraceptive pills, exogenous estrogens, or other photosensitizing medications.
Itching, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation & Delayed healing may lead to hypertrophic scarring.
We Help You Minimize The Risk Of These Complications
- We instruct patients to use sunscreen daily for 1-2 months following a chemical peel.
- We educate them in the appropriate application of camouflaging makeup.
- Infectious complications are unusual but happen from time to time so we monitor vigilantly and ensure aggressive therapy with oral and topical antibiotics.
- Herpes exacerbations are treated with oral and topical acyclovir until resolution.
Most of these lesions respond rapidly and completely to this treatment and rarely cause scarring.
Find Out How We Can Help You Improve Your Skin!
Come and have a confidential conversation with our qualified therapist in the privacy and comfort of our well-appointed professional suite.