Face peels are a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. Face peels can help give the appearance of rejuvenation, leaving skin smoother, with reduced fine lines, face peels can also assist with removing pigmentation, soften acne scars and lighten freckles. During this cosmetic surgery procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to peel off.
Superficial chemical peels characteristics Fruit acid peels contain natural chemicals (glycolic acid) and are also known as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). They occur naturally from certain fruits such as grapes, citrus and apples, which are then modified in a laboratory Resorcinol peels cause a slightly deeper peel; much like sunburn Superficial peels do not interfere with your normal everyday activities, so you need not take time off work or stay at home out of the public eye. Several days after each of the peels, flaking or light peeling of the skin will occur.
Deep chemical peels characteristics
The superficial face peels extend to only the top layers of your skin, whilst the deep chemical peels extend to the lower deeper layers of the skin, causing extensive desquamation (exfoliation) of the upper skin layers. Your skin will look as if it has had a very severe sunburn, so most patients choose to remain at home and out of the public eye for 5-7 days.
However you are welcome to leave the house, as long as you don’t go out in the sun at all,you don’t exercise heavily causing excessive sweating, you don’t move your facial muscles more than absolutely necessary, as this may cause premature peeling of the skin resulting in scarring.
Your skin needs to be pre-treated for two weeks prior to the procedure, with retinA cream and hydroquinone cream. These creams prime the skin, and prevent hyperchromasia (darkening) occurring after the face peel.
The face peel consists of a high concentration of trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which burns leaving the skin with a tingly feeling, when applied. For this reason, it must be applied in our operating theatre under very controlled conditions, so that we can help prevent any pain.
During the face peel, your skin will blanche (whiten) and then turn pinkish in colour. Over the next few days, the skin will peel extensively. It is important not to pick at it. We give clear instructions on your follow-up skin care programme at home.
Seven to ten days after the procedure, we advise you to continue using hydroquinone cream, and permit the use of makeup once all the scabs have healed.
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