A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve the condition of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin causing it to blister and peel off to be replaced by new skin, which is smoother and less wrinkled.
Usually performed to the face, neck and hands chemical peels can be used to treat wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage, and in some cases damage caused by hereditary conditions. They are also used to repair skin damage from conditions such as acne and also scar tissue.
Peels work better on certain types of skin but usually work best on a patient with fair hair and skin although it can also work well for patients with darker skin depending on the skin complaint that needs treating. The procedure is performed in-surgery by a doctor or cosmetic dentist using the application of glycolic, salicylic or carbolic acids to small areas of the skin. The existing skin will be thoroughly cleansed of oil and dirt before the chemical peel is applied. It is important to consult your clinician before the peel as certain medication such as antibiotics can have an adverse affect on treatment.
During the treatment it is usual to experience a warm or hot sensation that lasts for about ten minutes. This is usually followed by a mild stinging sensation. This can be combated with cold compresses used during the procedure. After the treatment it is usual to experience a pain similar to sunburn which can be treated using pain relief medication. The peeling of the skin occurs after three to seven days following the treatment and may need to be repeated at intervals after the initial application, depending on how successfully the skin reacts. There are risks associated with chemical peels involving skin reactions to treatment so you will need to thoroughly consult a Brentwood dentist before being treated.
A successful chemical peel can completely rejuvenate wrinkled and old looking skin. Although it is not the most pleasant of procedures it is capable of producing stunning results making the patient look younger and healthier.