The concept of chemical peels is not new. It is one of the oldest treatments to make the skin look healthy and fresh. Chemical peels typically involve applying a medical-grade acidic solution to the skin in order to remove dull and damaged skin layers. This results in a smoother, younger-looking, and more rejuvenated skin surface coming on top.
Chemical peels can be used to treat a variety of skin problems, such as:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
While chemical peels are used for facial rejuvenation in most cases, this treatment can be applied to other body areas as well, such as the neck and chest.
Table of Contents
- 1 Types of Chemical Peels
- 2 Who is the best candidate for a chemical peel?
- 3 Pre-Treatment Instructions
- 4 Procedure
- 5 Post-Treatment Instructions
- 6 Key Benefits of Chemical Peels
- 7 How much does a professional-grade chemical peel cost?
- 8 Are chemical peels good for skin improvement?
- 9 How long does it take for a chemical peel to heal?
- 10 Is a chemical peel painful?
- 11 When will I see the results?
- 12 Can I wear makeup following a chemical peel?
- 13 Is chemical peel treatment permanent?
- 14 How many treatments do you need for a chemical peel?
- 15 What are the side effects of chemical peeling?
- 16 Consult An Expert
Types of Chemical Peels
There are three main types of chemical peels, and they include:
Light Chemical Peel
Also known as superficial peel, this treatment involves using mild acids such as alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) to remove the outermost skin layer. These peels generally help treat problems like fine wrinkles, skin dryness, pigmented spots, and acne. Cosmeticians usually recommend this treatment every two to five weeks for ideal results.
- Medium Chemical Peel
A medium chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to remove skin cells from the upper and middle layers of the skin. This peeling solution penetrates deeper than light peels, targeting the outermost skin layer and the upper portion of the middle skin layer. It mainly helps treat skin tone problems, acne scars, and wrinkles.
- Deep Chemical Peel
This type of chemical peel generally uses phenol acid to fully penetrate the middle layer of the skin and remove damaged skin cells. It is recommended for deeper scars, wrinkles, and even precancerous formations. This peeling treatment is not usually recommended more than once in a lifetime.
Who is the best candidate for a chemical peel?
Generally, a good candidate for a chemical peel is someone who has fair skin with light hair. People with a darker skin tone may also have a peeling treatment, but they may end up with an uneven skin tone afterward.
Moreover, people with deeper creases, sagginess, and bulges are not likely to benefit much from chemical peels. Such people can significantly improve their appearance with procedures like an eyelid lift, brow lift, or facelift.
It is best to discuss your candidacy criteria with a dermatologist to determine whether chemical peeling fits your requirements.
Your doctor may advise you to follow the instructions below to prepare for a chemical peeling treatment:
- Avoid using retinol for at least 48 hours before the treatment.
- Avoid using Accutane for about six months.
- Inform your practitioner about any medications you currently take.
- Take antiviral medication if you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters.
- Avoid Botox treatment or dermal fillers on or around the treatment area.
- Do not use hair removal products, including epilating and waxing, at least a week before the peel.
- If you are undergoing a deep chemical peel, arrange a ride home because this treatment requires sedation before the procedure.
The chemical peeling treatment varies depending on the peeling solution used. Here is a brief overview.
Light Chemical Peel
- Your dermatologist will apply an AHA or BHA-based peeling solution to your skin using a brush, sponge, or gauze. The treatment area will start whitening shortly afterward.
- The peeling solution may cause a stinging sensation, which is generally tolerable.
- The doctor will remove the peeling solution by washing or through a neutralizing solution once the exfoliation is complete.
Medium Chemical Peel
- During this procedure, the doctor will use a gauze or applicator to apply trichloroacetic acid, sometimes combined with an AHA-based solution. This will cause the treated area to whiten.
- They will apply a cold compress to the treated region to reduce the burning sensation caused by the peeling solution. A medium chemical peel doesn’t, however, require neutralizing.
- The burning or stinging sensation may last around 20 minutes.
Deep Chemical Peel
- Your doctor will administer IV sedation to keep you relaxed during the procedure.
- Once the sedation comes into effect, they will apply phenol, or carbonic acid, to the skin using an applicator. The treated area will turn white or grey.
- The doctor may divide the procedure into different phases, each one spaced out at a 15-minute interval. This step will help limit your skin’s exposure to phenol. The entire procedure may take around 90 minutes, depending on the treatment area’s size.
Proper adherence to aftercare instructions increases the effectiveness of chemical peeling treatment. Here are the top ways to take care of the treated region after the procedure.
- Your skin may be extra sensitive right after the treatment. So, use cool water instead of hot water for cleansing.
- Avoid using soap for skin cleansing, as it can dry your skin and cause irritation.
- Use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 when walking out in the sun.
- Avoid touching or picking at the treated area for a few days after the treatment.
- Avoid going to saunas or under high temperatures.
- Avoid strenuous physical activities for about two weeks.
- Use a high-quality moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and nourished.
- Do not use retinol-based products for about ten days.
- Wait for at least 2-3 weeks before undergoing another skincare treatment.
Key Benefits of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels offer the following benefits:
- Decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Lifts the skin for a firmer appearance
- Minimizes acne
- Minimizes large pores in the skin
- Reduces the appearance of sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration
- Improves the appearance of scars
- Smoothens and balances the skin texture
- Chemical peels can be customized to match the needs of the client
How much does a professional-grade chemical peel cost?
The cost of chemical peel treatment in Dubai starts from 475 AED. The exact price of the treatment may vary from person to person, depending on the following factors:
- Type of peel
- The skin problem being treated
- Number of treatment sessions
- The desired results
- The expertise of the practitioner
- Location and reputation of the clinic
Are chemical peels good for skin improvement?
Chemical peels can improve various skin issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, uneven skin tones, and other skin imperfections.
How long does it take for a chemical peel to heal?
This depends on the type of chemical peel used, it takes between 3-14 days, but the redness usually persists for some time.
Is a chemical peel painful?
Most chemical peels have a burning sensation effect, but your practitioner will give you guidelines on how to relieve this depending on the type of peel used.
When will I see the results?
The results of a chemical peel are usually visible within a week or two.
Can I wear makeup following a chemical peel?
Makeup can be worn once the skin has finished flaking off.
Is chemical peel treatment permanent?
While chemical peel treatment dramatically improves your appearance, the results are not permanent. The natural aging process and sun exposure affect the skin tone and texture over time.
How many treatments do you need for a chemical peel?
Typically, you may need to get three to five peels to achieve your rejuvenation goals. These peels are generally provided every two to five weeks.
What are the side effects of chemical peeling?
The most common side effects of chemical peels include the following:
- Swelling and redness
- Changes in skin tone
- Bacterial or viral infection
Consult An Expert
EuroMed Clinic is a top-rated medical-cosmetic facility providing quality treatments, including chemical peels, in Dubai. To get in touch, call us at +971 4 394 5422. To book a consultation online, fill out the form below.
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