Chemical Peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin for face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The newly regenerated skin is usually smoother, less wrinkled than the old skin.
During a Chemical Peeling procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin in the desired area, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes followed by a stinging sensation. The chemical solution will exfoliate the skin which will make it “blister” and eventually peel off. The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the condition being treated, they can vary from 6-10 treatments with 3-4 days of recovery to several weeks of recovery, and more.
Peeling usually depending upon the type of chemical peel involves redness followed by scaling that end within three to seven days and a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Mild peels may be repeated after the first peel, one to four-week intervals until the patient gets the look is looking for.
Medium-depth and deep peeling may result in swelling as well as blisters that may break, crust, turn brown, and peel off over a period of seven to 14 days. Medium-depth peels may be repeated in six to 12 months, if necessary.
After treatment, the patient may need bandages for several days on specific parts or all of the skin that was treated. Also, avoid the sun for several months after a chemical peel since the new skin will be sensitive and use sunscreen every day.
It’s necessary to mention that according to the specific treatment it can take time for results to be seen and one or more treatments if the desired result is not seen. The patient should keep in mind that chemical peel results might not be permanent. As the patient ages will continue to acquire lines by squinting and smiling. New sun damage also can reverse the results and cause changes in skin color.