What is it?
Is a chemical peel right for me?
Ideal candidates for a chemical peel procedure are individuals who wish to improve the appearance of their skin and have realistic expectations about the results that this procedure provides. Dr Yeoh will work with you to determine the depth of your peel. This joint decision depends upon the condition of your skin and the objectives of the treatment.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
Chemical peels can be performed on the face, neck or hands in order to:
- Improve the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun damage, aging and hereditary factors
- Improve the appearance of acne and acne scarring
- Decrease pore size
- Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches due to pregnancy or birth control pills (melasma)
- Provide a healthy, vibrant glow to skin that is dull in texture and color
What can I expect during the treatment?
The skin is thoroughly cleansed to remove excess oil. A peeling solution (choice depends on your skin type) is applied to the whole face for about 2-10 minutes, then neutralized with a soothing cream. During the procedure, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation with a mild stinging sensation that lasts about 5 to 10 minutes. This fades away as the chemical peel is neutralized. A healing and soothing cream is prescribed for 7 days.
Does a chemical peel have any side effects?
Depending upon the type of chemical peel, a reaction similar to a sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling, redness, and scaling can result but will fade within 3 to 7 days.
For deeper peels, mild flaking of the skin begins 3 days later and continues to peel for a few days afterwards. Prior to treatment, it is important for a patient to inform the physician of any past history of keloid (scar tissue overgrowth) or unusual scarring tendencies, as well as any history of recurring cold sores.
The new skin that emerges following a chemical peel is temporarily more sensitive to the sun. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure after a chemical peel since the new skin is fragile and more susceptible to the sun's rays.
How long is the recovery period after a chemical peel?
The recovery time after a chemical peel depends on the type of peel administered, because each type of peel affects the skin to a different degree.
- Light chemical peels require virtually no recovery time. Though the skin may be mildly irritated after the peel, patients can return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.
- Medium chemical peels: new layer of skin appears 3 to 7 days after treatment, and the skin will be fully healed in about two weeks.
How often should I receive subsequent treatments?
How do I prepare for a chemical peel?
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