FACIAL / CHEMICAL PEEL

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Facial Peels have been around for hundred of years but contemporary plastic surgeons use three different classes of peels (light, medium and deep) suited to an invidividual’s skin type, skin colour and degree of sensitivity. Chemical peels can enhance the appearance of your skin in terms of texture, fine wrinkling and pigmentation changes. Various ingredients such as salicylic acid (BHA), lactic acid (AHA), retinoic acid (a vitamin A derivative), Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) and Phenol can be used depeding upon the particular requirements and needs of an individual’s skin. The choice, type and strength of the chemical peel is custom tailored to your skin.

Procedure: Restore wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun-damaged facial skin, using a chemical solution to peel away skin’s top layers. Works best on fair, thin skin with superficial wrinkles.
Length: 1 to 2 hours for full face.
Anesthesia: None; sedation & EKG monitoring may be used.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Full-face phenol peel may require admission for 1 to 2 days.
Side Effects: Both: Temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness; acute sensitivity to sun. Phenol: Permanent lightening of treated skin; permanent loss of ability to tan.
Risks: Both: Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.Phenol: Abnormal color changes (permanent); heart irregularities (rare).
Recovery: Phenol: Formation of new skin: 7 to 21 days. Normal activities: 2 to 4 weeks. Full healing and fading of redness: 3 to 6 months TCA: New skin within 5 to 10 days.
Duration of
Results:
Phenol: permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. TCA: variable (temporary).