What is peeling?
Chemical peeling is one of the most popular noninvasive cosmetic procedures in the market. Chemical peeling is mostly used for improving appearance of face skin, but at the same time it can also be used for improving that of neck and hands. It provides cleaning of damaged upper layer of skin and emergence of a livelier and shinier layer from under.
Who are eligible candidates for peeling?
If you feel uncomfortable due to one of the reasons below, you may be a good candidate for chemical peeling procedure:
- Scars related to acne or pimples
- Skin changes related to aging
- Slight lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin blemish
- Rough skin and flaking blemishes
- Skin damaged by sun
It is important to pay attention that chemical peeling is not a permanent solution and there are cases on which it is not effective. For example, deep lines, wrinkles and deep scars cannot be fixed with peeling. In order to treat these problems, more invasive procedures are better options.
What are the purposes of peeling?
In problems related to upper layer of skin such as surface wrinkles, blemishes, freckles and scars, it is aimed to reveal the livelier and shinier layers by removing damaged skin layers.
How many types of peelings are there?
Chemicals used are phenol, trichloroacetic acid, alpha hydroxy acids. There are three types of peelings: Surface (light, for minimal results), medium (effective on uneven pigmentation, wrinkles in low-medium levels and it provides a smoother look to skin) and deep (applied on much deeper problems like severe photoaging).
How peeling is done?
Chemical peeling procedure is operated with application of peeling solution after cleaning the skin. After the procedure, moisturizer creams and sunscreen are applied.
How is the peeling application frequency?
- Surface peeling, 6-8 sessions, each 2 weeks
- Medium level peeling, 2-4 sessions, each 2-4 months
- Deep peeling, usually one session is enough.
How is the recovery period? How long resting is needed?
All chemical peeling treatments had a recovery period despite being very short. Different results may arise depending on the depth of peeling. While there may be dry, light flaking after surface peeling, medium level peeling may cause rash. There may be flaking after deep peeling, however it recovers in a couple of days and skin returns back to its normal situation. After peeling, sunscreen and recommended moisturizers should be used. Additionally, for a couple of days, no makeup should be applied, hot bath should be avoided. While no resting is usually needed in surface peelings, 5-7 days of resting may be needed in medium and deep level peelings until flaking recovers.
What are the peeling complications?
While complications are rare after peeling, the possibility of emergence of complications may rise as the level deepens. Blemishes, bruises, allergic reactions, long lasting rash, scar, and infection are rarely seen complications.
When will we see absolute results of peeling?
The results will be seen immediately after the procedure. As the swellings and rashes are reduced, recovery will continue in time.