Cosmetic Dermatology

Chemical Peeling 
 

Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. A solution is applied to the skin which causes it to separate, peel off, and allows new skin to regenerate. The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin, and may also be more even in color.Millions of chemical peels are performed each year. Dermatologist have used various peeling agents for decades and are experts in performing all types of this chemical surgery. Today, with the public's increasing the effects in rejuvenating skin and slowing the effects of the aging process, chemical peeling has emerged as an exciting anti-aging procedure. Results of chemical peels may also be enhanced by new laser/light-based rejuvenation techniques. A thorough evaluation by your dermatologist is necessary before choosing a chemical peel program.
 
What can a chemical peel do?
 
chemical peeling is used to treat fine lines. especially under the eyes and around the mouth. Wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging, and hereditary factors can be reduced or even eliminated with this procedure. However, sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond to peeling and may require other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures. A dermatologist can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for each individual case. Mild scaring and certain types of acne may also be treated with chemicals peels. In addition, pigmentation of the skin in the form of sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, blotchiess due to taking birth control pills,and skin that is dull in texture and color may be improved with chemical peeling. Areas of sun-damaged skin and scaling patches may Improve after chemical peeling as well. Sun screens and sun blocks must be used in conjunction with chemical peels in order to decrease the chance of the reappearance of lesions.
 
How are chemical peels performed?
 
Depending upon the type of peel, there may be a mild to severe sun burning sensation. Superficial peeling usually involves redness, followed by scaling that lasts three to five days. Medium-depth and deep peeling can sometimes result in swelling and blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off Over a period of 7 to 14 days or longer. Some peels may require surgical tape to be placed on part or all of the skin that is treated. It is important to avoid overexposure to the sun immediately after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to injury. Your dermatologist will prescribe appropriate follow-up care to help the skin heal.
 



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