Could Chemical Peels Provide the Solution to Skin Problems?
The facelift has been used for decades to correct skin problems, but there is another treatment that could also present a solution to skin problems – the chemical peel. To learn more about chemical peels and their results, please read our detailed information below.
Which Problems Can Chemical Peels Be Used for?
A chemical peel can be used for a variety of skin problems on the face. For example, a chemical peel can be used to reduce the appearance of sun-damaged skin, pigmentation, wrinkles and skin texture problems. Chemical peels can also improve the overall appearance of the skin.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
During a chemical peel treatment, the cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist will remove the top layers of the skin. The top layers of the skin are removed in a bid to induce collagen remodelling, which leads a younger and healthier looking skin.
Does a Chemical Peel Treatment Require Downtime?
Normal chemical peels usually do not require any downtime, but it may vary according to the type of chemical peel you are about to take advantage of. Recovery times are determined by the type and the strength of a peel, because that will determine its depth. The deeper a chemical peel, the longer the recovery time. However, deeper chemical peels tend to show greater skin improvement as well.
Which Chemical Peel Treatment Is Used at the Dr Lanzer Clinic?
Due to the evolution of beauty techniques and treatments, there is a great variety of chemical peels on the market today. However, the preferred chemical peel at the Dr Lanzer Clinic is the Glycolic Acid Treatment.
The Glycolic Acid Treatment works in the same manner as a normal chemical peel, but it can be used in larger concentrations. When using higher concentrations of the chemical peel, it is possible to remove dead outer layers of skin rapidly, as well as the accompanying oil, dirt or any makeup that is left on the skin.
Treatment with a Glycolic Acid Peel may leave you with a rejuvenated and younger looking skin, this is because the treatment is able to unblock the pores of the skin and reveal the rejuvenated, younger looking skin underneath the dead skin layers.
As is the case with most chemical peel treatments, a treatment with Glycolic Acid Peel does not require any downtime. However, patients may experience some transient redness shortly after the treatment has been executed.
Why Should I Have My Chemical Peel at a Cosmetic Surgery Facility?
Everyone is aware of the existence of the so-called retail chemical peels. Not all retail chemical peels are bad for you, but there are some dangers connected to the use of them. To inform you about the risks involved with retail chemical peels, please read our overview below.
Suitability for Your Skin Type
Retail chemical peels are created with the general public in mind, which means that these chemical peels are not made for your skin specifically. While such things can be taken into account at a facility specialising in chemical peels, it is not taken into account by the manufacturers of these retail chemical peels.
There are certain groups of people who are more susceptible to the risks of retail chemical peels than others. These groups include:
- patients taking acne medication;
- patients with a dark complexion;
- patients with red hair, freckles and a pale complexion;
- patients with a history of keloids;
- patients with abnormal skin pigmentation;
- patients with facial warts;
- patients with recent and/or severe cold sore outbreaks.
Complications of Retail Chemical Peel
Retail chemical peels may lead to a number of complications. One of the most severe complications is infection, since unsuitable chemical peel may cause an outbreak of the herpes virus; this is the virus responsible for the outbreak of cold sores. These are peels sold over the internet or without a doctor.
In addition to infection, there are also some minor side-effects you may encounter with retail chemical peels; this includes scarring and changes in skin colour. To avoid these problems, it is always recommended to have a chemical peel done by a licensed and experienced dermatologist.
What Happens Before a Chemical Peel?
Before a chemical peel will be considered by a licensed dermatologist, there will be a thorough review of your medical history. During this process, it is important to answer all questions truthfully and with as much detail as possible.
Patients who use a retinoid crème, also known under the name tretinoin, should mention this to the medical staff. The use of such a crème may enhance the penetration of certain chemical peels, so it is important to mention during the review of your medical history.
Once you have discussed your medical history, there will also be a physical exam before you can continue with a chemical peel; this is done to prevent any complications and to determine which type of chemical peel will be best for your skin type.
What Happens After a Chemical Peel?
Even though there is limited recovery time associated with the chemical peel, Dr Lanzer may give you some recommendations for the cleaning, moisturising and the application of protective ointments on your skin. The aftercare does somewhat depend on the type of chemical peel you had. For example, a medium chemical peel will require less aftercare than a deep chemical peel.
Patients who experience slight discomfort after the procedure may use some ice packs for pain relief. However, many patients prefer the breeze of a fan, since it feels a little less rough on the skin. Patients can also use some over-the-counter pain relief if necessary. However, before you take any medications, it is recommended to call the Dr Lanzer clinic and ask the medical staff which over-the-counter medications are safe for you to take.
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All photographs represent one person’s experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.