What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels (derma peeling, chemexfoliation) are non-surgical rejuvenating skin treatments that employ chemical solutions to exfoliate and remove the damaged outer most layers of skin cells in order to reveal smooth, youthfully radiant skin. Chemical peels may improve the appearance of several problematic skin conditions affecting the face, neck and hands, including:
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scaly patches on the skin
- Liver spots
- Sun-damaged skin
- Rough skin
What are the different options and types of chemical peels?
During your chemical peel, carefully calibrated chemical solutions comprised of alphahydroxy acids, phenols, or trichloroacetic acids will be delicately applied to your skin, in order to remove the damaged outermost skin cells as well as to improve the overall condition and appearance of your skin.
Do chemical peels have different strengths?
Chemical peels are offered in three strengths:
- Light Chemical Peel (superficial peel): this is the mildest form of peel, which is appropriate for all skin types. It is ideal for patients suffering from acne, uneven skin pigmentation, dryness or fine lines. Light chemical peels provide subtle improvements to the skin through the combined use of glycolic acid, alphahydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, which gently exfoliate the skin. They remove only the outermost layer (epidermis), and leave the skin looking healthy, refreshed and glowing. Because of the gentle nature of the exfoliation, patients can return to their normal activities immediately following their treatment, and can safely schedule light chemical peels weekly for up to six consecutive weeks.
- Medium Chemical Peel: involves a more intensive peel that is geared towards patients who are seeking to correct deeper wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. Medium chemical peels utilize TCA (trichloroacetic acid), often in conjunction with glycolic acid, to remove skin cells from both the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and the upper part of the deeper skin layer (dermis). You may be given a pain reliever and/or oral sedative to reduce pain during the 30-40 minute peel. However, there is generally minimal pain following the procedure. Many patients take two to five days off from work after a medium peel to allow their skin to heal to the point where makeup can cover the post-treatment redness, peeling and discoloration.
- Deep Chemical Peel: is the most intensive form of peel. Deep chemical peels use the powerful chemical phenol to penetrate to the deepest layer of the skin, in order to correct and treat deep facial wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, scars, and pre-cancerous growths. You may need a local anesthetic and an oral or intravenous sedative to manage any discomfort. Deep chemical peels often necessitate an eight-week pre-treatment regimen with prescription strength Retin-A to prep the skin and expedite the healing process. After the deep peel, skin regrowth takes between 10-14 days, and many patients take one to two weeks off from work to allow the skin to heal and the redness to dissipate. Although complete healing of the skin may take several months, the deep chemical peel may produces dramatic results that can last more than 10 years.
After assessing your treatment goals and current skin condition, Dr. Sinno will recommend the appropriate chemical peel strength and formula to ensure that your aesthetic objectives are safely and successfully fulfilled.
What is the post chemical peel advice and care?
– Day procedure
Chemical peeling generally takes 10-20 minutes, after which, you may be released to return home or back to work etc.
– Are bandages needed after chemical peeling?
No bandages are generally necessary after mild chemical peeling. For medium or strong chemical peels, we recommend antibiotic ointment such as polysporin to be applied to the affected areas daily until complete recovery, which may vary from two to six weeks, depending on the depth and strength of the peel.
– When can I resume regular showers and washing after chemical peeling?
Showers can be resumed the same day after mild chemical peeling. Dr. Sinno recommends that his patients avoid hot baths or showers for at least 24 hours after medium to strong chemical peeling.
– When can I resume normal activity and exercise after chemical peeling?
You will be advised to refrain from all activities that may increase your heart rate or blood pressure including exercise, sexual activity, stressful situations, etc. for at least 24 hours after medium and strong chemical peeling. There are no physical restrictions after mild peels.
Patients are generally able to go back to work and drive after mild chemical peels.
– General Healing
Although very rare, some patients may experience swelling and bruising that will peak one to two days after injections and usually subsides within a few days.
Before and After Gallery
Please Click here for representative examples of pre- and post-operative photos of patients from the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Disclaimer: before and after photos are only intended for informative purposes, do not constitute a guarantee for results and satisfaction, and are simply a representation of the result of the procedure. Written consents of patients have been obtained prior to the publishing of any such photos. Generally, the pre-operative photos are shown to the left and the post-operative photos are shown to the right.
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Dr. Sinno and his well-trained Eternelle team have worked hard to create a welcoming and comforting environment. They will take the time to thoroughly explain your arm lift procedure details and options. Your procedure will be uniquely customized to reflect your personal aesthetic goals. We look forward to providing you with a safe and comfortable experience, as well as delivering you the treatment that you deserve.
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