This treatment is a mild approach to acne lesions; it remove the outermost skin layers to revealing the newer, unaffected skin. You can drastically improve the appearance of your skin but if your acne is still very active or you is pregnant, the chemical peels is not for you.
Peels are divided into three types: superficial, medium-depth, and deep.
– Superficial peels are used for superficial scar using Alpha hydroxyacids / Glycolic.
Depending on skin sensitivity, the strength of each acne chemical peel scar ranges from 20 – 70%.
Eyes, ears, lips and clothing are covered for protection. AHA is applied for several minutes depending on the desired depth of the peel.
Water is applied to neutralize and end the chemical process. The solution is then wiped off. There are no after-effects, and you can go back to normal daily life.
Usually you have to repeat the treatment every six weeks or so, for best results.
– The medium-depth peel is used for severe acne scars. Medium chemical peel penetrate the skin more deeply than superficial peel and are usually made from tricholoracetic acid (TCA).
Medium peels are performed as office procedures and require 15-60 minutes. Your surgeon may offer you pain pills or sedatives to help you tolerate intense burning during the peeling agent application.In the five to six days after treatment, the skin may turn dark brown, with white streaks. The newly skin may initially appear reddish, but the discoloration disappear within a week to reveal skin with improved texture and appearance.
Unlike deep peels, medium peels may be performed safely on people with olive and light brown skin. They may also be used in some people with dark brown skin, although the risk of discoloration is higher.
When compared to all simple and serious treatment options, medium chemical peels provide an intermediate level of improvement in skin appearance and they are ideal for the woman who wants more than a superficial peel, but cannot afford the expense or recovery time of a deeper treatment.
– Deep chemical peels for acne scars , including trichloroacetic acid and phenol treatments, act on deeper layers of skin tissue. Just one treatment is required. Because phenol peels are more aggressive peels, they offer some striking advantages, but also impose some striking disadvantages
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A deep chemical peel on face and neck can be extremely painful. Some physicians prefer general anesthesia or local anesthetics combined with intravenous sedatives.
The main disadvantage of phenol is permanent skin pallor; therefore, Deep peel is not recommended for darker skinned individuals such Hispanics, East Indians, Asians and African Americans.
The initial recovery period with a Deep Peel is approximately 10 days to two weeks. Some patients experience discomfort after a deep chemical peel, but this can be controlled with medication.
A few days after the procedure, new skin with a bright pink color will emerge; the pinkness will fade within a few days. Patients should avoid exposure to sunlight and continue to use sun block.
You will be presentable in 2 weeks with makeup.
Cost of a treatment of chemical peel varies between $800 to $1200 depending on the size of the affected area. Time for recovery may vary between 2-4 weeks. The number of treatments and their spacing depends on the patient’s goals, the condition of the patient’s skin, and other factors.
I recommend you to speak to a qualified cosmetic surgeon who can evaluate your skin condition and a variety of other factors to determine what chemical peels for acne would work best for you.
Please consider the recovery period, cost, complexion type, and possible acne scarring home treatments as alternative to an office procedure.
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