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Chemical Peels

What is Chemical Peel?

Chemical peel is an application of medicine that causes removal of the damaged outer layers of the skin. This leads to skin regeneration and improves the appearance of the facial skin making it smooth and glowing.

Chemical peels can treat a variety of skin imperfections including blemishes, wrinkles, uneven skin tone,pigmentation and acne scars. There are three types of chemical peels including the phenol peel which is the strongest, the trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel, and the alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peel which is the mildest.

Who is a candidate for a Chemical Peel?

Candidates for chemical peel include men and women who are looking to improve wrinkles and other blemishes of the facial skin. It is also important that chemical peel candidates be in good physical health, and have realistic expectations. The chemical peel can be particularly effective in treating fine wrinkles on the cheeks, forehead and eye area as well as vertical wrinkles around the mouth.

What kind of peels are offered by DISHA SKIN AND LASER INSTITUTE ?

Disha offers a variety of peeling options for different indications. This includes Glycolic acid and lactic acid peels ( Alpha Hydroxy acids), Salicylic acid ( Beta hydroxy acid), easy TCA peel, Pyruvic acid, yellow peel, Nomelan phenol peel and various other combinations

What is an Alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peel?

The AHA, or alphahydroxy acid, peel is the mildest of the chemical peels and may use glycolic, lactic acid to produce a brighter and smoother skin appearance. AHA peels can treat rough, dry or sun-damaged skin and can help to control acne. 6 or more peels may be necessary in order to achieve the best results. Maintenance peels can be done regularly at interval of 2-3 months once you get your rejuvenated look back.

What is a TCA peel?

The TCA, or trichloroacetic acid, peel can be used in varying strengths but most often is used as a medium-depth peel to improve fine surface wrinkles, pigment problems and superficial blemishes. TCA peels tend to involve a shorter and easier recovery.

What is a nomelan phenol peel?

Nomelan phenol peel contains phenol, trichloroacetic acid, retinoic acid, and a mixture of hydroxy acids (glycolic, ascorbic, salicylic, and mandelic), with phytic acid. It is primarily used to depigment very dark or thick skin areas.

What is a Salicylic acid peel?

Salicylic acid is known primarily for its skin peeling properties. An application of high concentration produces a white coat on papules, pustules and comedones within minutes of application. Often the cover of the pustules is broken, allowing the acid to take action from the epithelium of the follicle towards the sebaceous gland. This peel is therefore used in treatment of active acne lesions and for treatment of black heads.

It also has anti-inflammatory (inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandin), anti-itching, antiseptic, antimicrobial (reduces Propionibacterium acne), astringent, anti-aging (accelerates the removal of corneocytes), photo protective (has derivatives that absorb RUVB) and antiepidermoplastic properties.

It is a safe peel that does not carry risk of burns.

What is yellow peel?

Yellow peel has a compound called as Retinol in it and is primarily used in treatment of skin aging manifestations (wrinkles, sagging, dryness photo aging, hyper pigmentations and stretch marks. The peeling is combined with other anti-aging repairer or de-pigmentation treatments. (Other Chemical peels, laser, IPL). It is a stay on peel and has to be kept on for 8 hrs.

What is pyruvic acid peel?

Pyruvic acid causes decrease in oil secretion on face and also prevents blockage of pores and is therefore indicated for the treatment of acne in all its forms. It stimulates the synthesis of collagen, elastin and helps in skin rejuvenation. It's extremely acidic pH causes the peel to penetrate evenly and slowly with just a slight burning sensation. After implementation, it is normal for a mild erythema to appear, which will go away after a few hours.

What form of anesthesia is chemical peel performed with?

Anesthesia is not necessary for chemical peel. An anesthetic is included in the chemical solution of phenol and TCA peels. With the AHA peel, only a slight stinging sensation is felt.

What is the recovery like after a chemical peel?

The recovery after an AHA peel is the mildest. It takes about thirty minutes to complete an AHA peel hence it has often been referred to as "the lunch time peel". In most cases, work or other normal activities may be resumed immediately after an AHA peel.

Recovery after a phenol peel may take some time (about a week).

Are there any adverse effects after peels?
Some patients may experience some minor and temporary stinging, redness, irritation, crusting flaking, scaling or dryness after a peel. This is usually reversible. It is important to follow the care advised by the doctor after a peel. The skin should be strictly protected from the sun after undergoing a chemical peel.

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