Dr. Viral Desai Cosmetic and plastic surgeon, M.Ch., D.N.B., M.S.
Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment that involves using chemicals to exfoliate the skin. The chemical removes the damaged skin cells across the treatment area. When done appropriately, this allows the skin to heal, with minimal scarring or colour changes. Chemical peels can the epidermis and the dermis layers of the skin.
All chemical peels remove skin cells from the epidermis. A stronger peel may also remove a small part of the dermis layer.
Chemical peels can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and other skin related problems.
During a chemical peel, an exfoliant chemical is applied first to the thicker areas of skin, such as the chin, nose, and cheeks, and then to the thinner areas around the eyes and mouth. After the chemical peel, cool saline compresses are used to remove any remaining exfoliant.
Recommended ways to help the skin heal, such as applying a weak vinegar solution or unscented emollient to the face for a few days after the treatment. The process can cause swelling and peeling, which may take 10-14 days to go away, depending on the depth and intensity of the peel. It is important to not apply water, soap or make-up to the face until the skin has healed.
There are three different types of chemical peels based on how deeply they exfoliate the skin: offered at CPLSS which is one of the best cosmetic and plastic surgery clinics in Mumbai:
- superficial peels
- medium-depth peels
- deep peels
The right choice for the patient is made depending on the type and shade of the skin and the issue they are hoping to address.
The side effects of the peel are mild and may last for a few days after the treatment. The treatment can be performed in under 30-45 mins and has minimal downtime after the treatment.
The doctor should have plenty of experience and should use extreme caution when performing a peel for a patient. Thus, always do your research while picking your doctor and location before undergoing any cosmetic treatment.