Chemical peel, also called dermapeeling or chem-exfoliation, is a non-surgical procedure that is designed to regenerate surface skin. It works by prompting rapid exfoliation in the outer layer of skin, uncovering new, fresh skin that is usually smoother, brighter, and healthier than the skin that was peeled away, improving overall skin condition and appearance. Chemical peel procedures are used in the treatment of a number of skin conditions and may be done at varied levels of intensity – light, medium or deep peels – depending upon the goals of treatment.
Chemical peel procedures are commonly used to treat symptoms of photo damage – sun damage – in the skin, such as skin thickening, rough patches, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, or precancerous skin lesions. Many of the visible affects of aging can be treated with chemical peel as well, including fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and other pigmentation problems. It is also commonly used in the treatment of acne and to minimize the appearance of some forms of mild to moderate scarring.
The first step in a chemical peel procedure is a thorough examination of the skin, during which Dr. Arroyo will evaluate factors like skin type, skin sensitivity, overall skin condition and the skin issues you seek to improve. These factors will then be used in determining the proper chemical peel solution and intensity for your treatment.Then, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, and an applicator will be used to apply the chemical solution to the treatment area, beginning on the forehead and gradually moving on to cover the entire face and, in many cases, the neck area. Patients may experience some stinging as the solution is applied. When deep chemical peeling is done, anesthesia may be used to minimize patient discomfort. Depending upon the type of solution used and the depth of chemical peel treatment, the procedure may take anywhere from 20 minutes to more than an hour.
After effects will vary according to the depth of treatment. After a light chemical peel, patients generally experience skin redness, irritation and peeling – rather like a sunburn – that can last for 3 to 5 days. Medium or deep chemical peel treatment may result in redness, inflammation, peeling and some blistering, affects that can last between 7 and 14 days. Skin improvements are seen after the healing process is complete, and vary from one person to another, depending upon the overall condition of skin and the skin issues treated, among other factors. For some skin issues, a series of chemical peel treatments are necessary for optimal improvement in the condition and appearance of skin.
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