Chemical peels are one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin.
Due to time, factors such as age, diet, sun exposure and repetitive facial movement can contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles in the face
On top of that, the development of pigmentation irregularities and acne scars causes skin to lose its youthful and smooth visual appearance. Usually preformed on the face neck and hands,. many different types of chemical peels can reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles & scars and even treat pre-cancerous skin marks. Superficial peels are the mildest form of chemical peels and are used on all skin types. These peels usually involve liquid containing a mild (dilute) acid, most of the time it is called glycolic acid. In some cases Dry ice (also known as, solid carbon dioxide) is also used. Two to three weeks before the procedure, you will need to begin preparing your skin my cleansing it twice a day, applying a cream and sunscreen everyday to make the treatment go as smoothly as possible. In many cases, daily use of topical medicine such as Tretinoin helps with the healing process and allows for skin to peel evenly and reduces chance of infection. Right before the peel, we clean the skin to avoid any chance in infection. The chemical being used (can be in paste of liquid form) is then applied to the treatment area with gauze or cotton tipped applicators. The chemical is allowed to sit on the skin for several minutes, and then water or an alcohol solution is used to neutralize the acid and finish the chemical reaction. For any discomfort, we offer a handheld fan to cool the skin. Superficial peels are done on a common basis, where patients do not need to be admitted to the hospital and do not require general anesthesia. This procedure causes only slight discomfort afterwards. Most people can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment. The skin heals quickly after a superficial chemical peel procedure.
Any visual problems you may encounter can be covered up my cosmetic makeup.
A superficial peel may slightly reduce but does not eliminate sun damage and signs of aging. The results may not appear for some time, but eventually when results do show they will be minimal. If you would like a stronger effect, repeating the peels are often needed to attain the result the patient wants.
For more information about Superficial Chemical Peels, or any of the other services we provide here at Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic, feel free to call or drop in to us at any time.