A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing technique used to improve the appearance and surface of the skin. In this procedure, chemical solutions such as glycolic acid, carbolic acid, lactic acid, trichloroacetic acid, or salicylic acid are used on the skin to create a controlled wound that blisters the skin and is then peeled off so that it could make way for new skin. It is an outpatient procedure meaning that you won’t have to stay in the hospital overnight.
There are different types of chemical peels that have their characteristic benefits. Here, we will discuss them in detail.
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Types of Chemical Peels
The effect of each type of peel is different. Stronger peel uses stronger acids and requires more downtime when compared to weaker peels. The lasting time of peels depends upon the strength of a peel. Stronger peels last for a longer time as compared to weaker peel.
Below is the list of different peels along with their functionality.
Light Peel or Superficial Peel
It is the basic type of peel and is also the weakest one. It uses weak acids such as the Alpha-hydroxy acid to penetrate the outer layer of skin and doesn’t penetrate deeper into the skin. The chemicals used in this peel are weaker so it only exfoliates the outer layer of skin and leaves the deeper tissues unaffected. The effects of this peel are mild.
Benefits of Superficial Peel
Since light peels use weakest chemicals, so there is no downtime of the procedure. It can improve the appearance of mild discolored skin and refreshes it. There is almost no discomfort involved in the procedure. The lasting time of this peel is low.
In this peel stronger acids are used to peel off the skin. However, the acids used are not as strong as the deep peel. The chemicals usually used are Glycolic or Trichloroacetic acids. These chemicals travel deeper into the skin as compared to light peel. This peel penetrates both the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove all the dead cells.
Benefits of Medium Peel
There is downtime associated with this peel. The technique is very effective in improving fine lines, wrinkles as well as age spots. It is also effective in the treatment of the moderate discoloration. This peel is also effective in treating rough skin. There is discomfort involved in the procedure. This procedure lasts longer when compared to light peel.
This type of peel uses the strongest acids among all the peels. The acids usually used are Tricholoracetic acid or phenol acid. The chemicals used in this peel penetrate deeper into the skin. The acids used to penetrate the middle layer of the skin and reach the inner layers. The penetration power of this peel is stronger than any other peel.
Benefits of Deep Peel
Due to the strong acids used in this peel, the downtime of this peel is more than any other peel. This type of peel is effective in treating shallow scars, freckles, age spots, and moderate lines. The procedure is painful and usually, local anesthesia is given to the person receiving it. The effects of this procedure are clearly visible. The age of this peel is higher than any other type of peel.
The choice of the peel depends entirely on you. The doctor will give you the details and will tell you about the type of peel best suited for your skin type but the decision is yours. Dubai Cosmetic Surgery® is offering the best Chemical Peel treatment. We also offer free online consultation with highly skilled cosmetic surgeons. All you need to do is fill the form below and you are good to go.