Chemical Peel

Definition - What does Chemical Peel mean?

A chemical peel is a treatment that encourages new skin to grow through controlled damage to the upper layers of skin. New skin develops, and the old skin peels away. The new skin layer is usually smoother than the old one. Chemical peels are performed to treat acne scars, sun damage, and fine lines and wrinkles. The depth of the peel will depend on the results required in individual circumstances. The depth of the peel will also affect recovery time and the risk of complications.

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Chemical peels should only be applied by a qualified person such as a dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon. There are various types of chemical peels. Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA), retinoic acid, and phenol-croton oil are among the chemicals used. A Jessner’s peel consists of a combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol.

Surgeons class chemical peels as being light, medium, or deep depending on the depth to which the skin is affected by the technique. Light peels are comparatively painless, medium peels may require a light sedative, and deep peels will require sedation and a local anesthetic.

Surgeons warn that the effects of a peel are not necessarily permanent. A light to medium peel treatment may require maintenance treatments to sustain the results initially obtained.

The chemical peel process begins by removing oils and fats from the surface of the skin using acetone or surgical alcohol. Next, the doctor applies the chemical peel agent, and it is left on for a period of time before the process is ended with a neutralizing solution. The area is then bandaged.

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