The skin is the body’s largest organ and is made up on millions of cells. Thousands of new cells replace old, dead skin cells on a daily basis. But with age and due to certain environmental and lifestyle factors this process begins to slow down. This results in layers of dead cells accumulating on the skin’s surface, that in turn make the skin look uneven, darker than usual and dull. Chemical peels speed up skin cell turnover essentially making them skin resurfacing and exfoliation agents. The basic aim of chemical peels is to replace the outer, dead layers of tired, sallow, blemished and wrinkled skin to reveal the underlying areas of fresher, younger looking skin. It also promotes the generation of collagen in the skin.
How does a chemical peel work?
A chemical peel uses a solution applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. It tightens the skin, reduces wrinkling, evens out any pigmentation and restores a more youthful appearance.
What skin conditions does a chemical peel work on?
Chemical peels can effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions including:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Shallow acne scars
How many types of peels are there?
There are a variety of peels ranging from the superficial depth peels to the deep ones, each for a different set of indications. Peels contain a form of acidic compounds (AHAs), glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or a combination of a few varieties.
What does the treatment entail?
Depending on your skin type and the desired results, our doctors may recommend a superficial, medium, or deep chemical peel. Next they will select the proper chemical or mix of chemicals (glycolic acid, salicylic acid or a TCA peel for instance) and apply the solution to various areas of skin. Once applied, the chemical produces a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin. This stimulates the production of new skin from beneath.
How will the treatment feel?
Chemical peels can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands and even the arms and legs.
Most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last as long as ten minutes followed by a mild stinging sensation.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Reactions to chemical peels range from mild to more pronounced. Generally, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery. Peels are great first line treatments for many conditions and great maintenance in between other treatments. Depending on the type of peel, recovery time can range from minimal with no real “peeling” to a few days of mild redness and exfoliation. Patients generally see improved skin tone and texture with each treatment. Following a chemical peel, your new skin will be tighter, smoother and brighter than it was before. Following any skin peel, it is important that you avoid any exposure to the sun. Your new skin is very sensitive and susceptible to injury. Always apply a wide spectrum (UVA and UVB blocking) sunblock of at least SPF 15 20 minutes before you go outside. Our doctors will prescribe a proper home skin care treatment program to ensure proper healing.
The SkinLab Advantage
At SkinLab, all chemical peel procedures are conducted only by Medical Doctors, under strict guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety at all times.