There are a lot of benefits of chemical peels. Either of them make your skin younger-looking, free of wrinkles, blemishes, uneven pigmentation regions and even acne. These are very simple cosmetic procedures that can improve your appearance and enhance your self-confidence.Different types of chemical peel provide with different benefits.
Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs)- mild chemical peel:
- Makes your dry skin smoother
- Improves your skin impaired by the sun
- Controls acne
- If combined with bleaching agent it can eliminate pigment problems
- Can be used as TCA pre-treatment
- Convenient for people who do not have time for long recovery period
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)-medium-depth chemical peel:
- Removes thin facial lines
- Eliminates kin flaws and birthmarks
- Improve skin pigmentation
Phenol- deep chemical peel:
- Improves blemishes
- Removes deeper skin lines
- Removes birthmarks
- Eliminates pre-cancerous growths
- Corrects acne scars and controls acne
- Provides long-lasting effects
- A single treatment is needed
The risks and considerations
All types of chemical peels involve certain risks and possible complications. Of course, if performed by a qualified plastic surgeon these risks are minimal but they still can occur. These uncertainties are associated with individual factors and may include unpredictable scarring and infections.
AHA treatment may cause skin redness, irritation and burning. And since several sessions are required the skin should adjust to these sensations with time.
Middle-depth chemical peel with TCA may cause some unpredicted discoloration of your skin. Normally your skin should be able to produce pigment as before. You will be advised to avoid sun exposure for a few months and use strong sun-block. In addition, this type of chemical peel is more suitable for dark-skinned people. You will need several treatment sessions with TCA solution.
Phenol provides deep chemical peel. Be aware that your skin will be lighter in color after this procedure and will not be able to tan because of inability to produce pigment. Treatment with phenol may cause discoloration of the skin – some areas may be lighter than the others. Phenol solution should not be used on patients with previous heart problems, since it may cause undesired effects. Make sure your doctor knows if you had any problems with your health in the past or recently.
Be aware that this type of chemical peel is not recommended for dark-skinned people. It also requires a long recovery period of even two months. You will always have to wear sun protection and strong sunblock.
Although chemical peels are sometimes used with facelift, you should not think that this treatment is like a surgical procedure. You must have realistic expectations, since the results are not as noticeable as that of the surgery. In case you still have any questions about the procedure, its benefits and risks, do not hesitate to consult your doctor before chemical peel.