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CHEMICAL PEELING

If you’ve ever overdone tanning on the beach and peeled afterward, you’re halfway to understanding principle used in chemical peeling. However, it’s not rays of the sun, but an acid solution which is painted on the skin.

Chemical peels use several types of acid solutions to improve and smooth the texture of your facial skin. The acid works by removing damaged outer layers and are sometimes also used on the neck and hands.

Chemical peels vary according to their specific ingredients and strength. The actual depth of the peeling can also depend on other considerations such as how long the solutions remain on the skin and if they are lightly, heavily or vigorously applied. The most commonly performed peel procedures are lightly applied to smooth rough dry skin and aids in control of acne. There are three common types of chemical peels: For superficial peelings, we use a solution known as AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid,) which include glycolic, lactic or fruit acids. AHA treatments may require a series of multiple applications.

Q: Benefits of Chemical Peels?
A: After the top layer of skin is peeled away, new, fresh skin regenerates without imperfections, lines and wrinkles. Deeper chemical peels are an effective treatment for the extreme wrinkling caused by spending too much time in the sun. If your therapeut has selected an AHA peel, no anestesia or sedation is needed. Sometimes, a single treatment can produce that radiant look of younger skin. Additionally, time off from your job and regular activities is not usually required with an AHA peel.

Q: Who would be an Ideal Candidate for Chemical Peels?
A: A person who has a dull texture and colour and wants a fresher look, wrinkled face or who has a face dotted with liver, age and sun spots, freckles or splotching due to taking birth control pills, – would be a good candidate for a chemical peel. However, the procedure does not correct sags, bulges and deep furrows. Those conditions are often better treated by face, brow and eye lifts or Restylane fillers.