Chemical Peels for Wrinkles

Chemical peels is an effective technique for wrinkle removal. This technique is also effective in treatment of skin damage by sun, pigmentation, blemishes, pre-cancerous growth and blotchy skin. Chemical peels do not completely stops the normal aging effects, but can delay their appearance. Chemical peels are needed every 2 to 6 months, but their effect is immediate. Some facts about chemical peels for wrinkles and their different types are discussed in this article.

Types of Chemical Peels

There are 3 different kinds of chemical peels which are as follows:

Light Chemical Peels –

  • In light chemical peels, BHA (Betahydroxy acids) and AHA (Alphahydroxy acids) are used to treat wrinkled skin.
  • Bleach can be mixed with AHA solution sometimes for people who wants to go for skin resurfacing or TCA peeling.
  • This method is done without sedation or anesthesia. Thus, the person undergoing the light peel, will feel a little sting.
  • This treatment would last for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Within 1 or 2 days, you can resume your normal routine.
  • Mild skin dryness, irritation, redness and flaking is normal in this peeling.

Medium Chemical Peels –

  • This method uses a TCA (Tricholoroacetic acid) solution.
  • It is done after thorough cleansing of the face.
  • Light sedatives can be used, but solution itself gives a slight numbing effect to the skin.
  • To achieve the full effects of medium peel, you have to take more than two treatments within 1 to 2 months time intervals.

Deep Chemical Peels –

  • This method gives the most wonderful results as this method uses Phenol as the solution.
  • It is the strongest solution to undergo deep wrinkles.
  • This method can effectively remove pre-cancerous growth, smooths coarse winkles and removes blotchiness.
  • The treatment lasts for 1 to 2 hours and used only for face.
  • Sedatives are used for this treatment.
  • This deep chemical peel is especially for people with thin and fair skin and having superficial wrinkles.
  • After the treatment, eyes will swell and you have to wear dressing.
  • Some scabs or crusts will also appear which will last for 8 to 10 days.
  • After 8 to 10 days, you can resume your normal routine.
  • Liquid diets should be taken for a week.
  • Make sure you have some one to look after you during the recovery time.

Chemical peels can do wonders on the skin, but there are also some risks. These may include infection, scarring, swelling, outbreaks of cold sore and changed skin tone. Hence, to reduce these risks, doctor’ s instructions should be followed completely.

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