About Skin Peels
What is Skin Peels?
Improve the appearance of your skin with skin peels
If you have acnes, scars, age spots, freckles, wrinkles, fine lines, or dark patches you may consider getting skin peels. Chemical skin peels are effective in treating a wide range of skin conditions and result in better and flawless looking skin.
What are chemical skin peels?
Chemical skin peels use chemicals to peel off or remove the existing skin and allows new skin to replace it. The new skin is smoother, fresh, and beautiful than the earlier skin. Chemical peels are performed on the face, neck, and hands. They are used for treating the following problems
- Fine lines around the eyes and around the mouth
- Mild scarring
- Age-spots, freckles, and dark spots caused due to pregnancy and intake of birth-control pills
The procedure is performed by a trained and qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. The skin is thoroughly cleansed to remove any excess oil and dirt. Then a chemical solution, such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, or lactic acid or carbolic acid is applied to small areas on the skin. These applications allow new, regenerated skin to appear.
Most people feel a burning sensation during the procedure but it goes away within 5-10 minutes. Putting cool compresses helps ease the pain and tingling sensation in most cases. In case the pain persists the patient can be given pain relieving medication.
Who is the best candidate?
People who have fair complexion and light hair are considered ideal candidates for skin peels. People who have darken skin tone can go for skin peels but they may experience uneven skin tone after the procedure. People who suffer from bulges, skin sags, and deep wrinkles also do not respond well to this cosmetic procedure. Before going for chemical peels, patients need to discuss their medical history. Certain medications are known to affect the effectiveness of the chemical peels so doctors usually recommend patients to stop taking such medications a few weeks prior to the chemical peels treatment.
Some of the possible complications that are associated with skin peels are • Temporary or permanent colour change in the skin • Scarring • Infection • swelling • Cold sores • Herpes outbreak Before going for chemical peels you must discuss your surgeon or dermatologist if you have any scarring tendency or if you have had herpes outbreak in the past. The dermatologist would decide which skin peel would be safe and effective for you.
What is the Cost?
The cost of chemical peels can vary from region to region and from dermatologist to dermatologist. The average cost is however $600-$900. The final cost would depend on your individual skin condition and the type of skin peel that you choose.