Chemical peel

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A chemical peel is a non-invasive method used to brighten and rejuvenate ageing skin. It can make skin look less wrinkled, smooth out acne scars and enlarged pores and remove pigment spots. It also has a positive impact on oily skin. Chemical peels are a safe and easy way to freshen your skin; read on to see if a chemical peel is right for you!

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peeling is a quick and effective procedure used to rejuvenate and regenerate the skin of the face, neck and lower neck. It can also be used on the skin of the back of the arms and the back. The procedure is suitable for just about anyone who is looking for a quick improvement in their skin appearance, the smoothing of wrinkles or repairing skin damaged by sun. The procedure lasts several minutes; a peeling solution of a variety of substances is used, most often hydroxyl acid. During the treatment the surgeon applies the solution to the face with a small brush. The skin's own regeneration is visible immediately following the procedure.

Based on the depth of the damaged skin and also according to the chosen concentration and length of application we divide peels into three categories:

  • light

  • medium-deep

  • deep

The most common solutions used in chemical peeling are:

  • glycolic acid

The dermatologist applies to the skin a very smooth glycolic acid (a biological substance obtained from sugar cane) in various concentrations (15%, 40% and 70%). Based on the chosen concentration and the length of application it can be a light, medium or deep peeling. This peeling is one that will show immediate effect. This substance causes the skin's top layer to disintegrate. It is subsequently peeled away and the skin below is regenerated. Because of this, the skin looks younger and fresh. The treatment is performed with an equal application of an active solution to the areas to be treated. After a few minutes, the solution is neutralized and wiped off. The procedure is usually performed in several sessions, approximately 4 to 6 times, depending on the skin type. It may be combined with other methods, such as face -lift.

  • Jessner’s Peel

This is the solution used for deep peeling. It is a concentrate of resorcinol, lactic acid and salicylic acid. Pigment spots, acne, small scars and other skin roughness can be removed with it. A red rash, small crusts and swellings can appear and may last for a week or longer following the treatment. But the final effect in the form of smoother and cleaner skin will appear within 7 to 10 days.

  • TCA

Less concentrated TCA peeling immediately separates the top skin layers, removes gentle wrinkles and improves the skin's structure. In higher concentration it is used instead of laser treatments to smooth small acne scars or facial wrinkles. Usually, the solution is applied only once and the effect appears in one to two weeks. Extensive use of sun protection cremes is necessary following the treatment. 

  • Tretinoin

Tretinoin is used for acne treatments and is applied in concentrations of one to five percent. This procedure has an immediate effect, although the skin may peel for a few days following the treatment. It is necessary to avoid sun exposure during the treatment. 

Why chemical peel Prague?

Prague has many attractive features for those considering a chemical peel abroad. Its location in Central Europe is easy to access; its mild climate is conducive to healing and its experienced clinics and chemical peel surgeons ensure you'll receive the best possible care. Chemical peel Prague costs are often much more affordable than in the UK or with the NHS. For more information about getting to and around the Czech Republic, please visit our handy cosmetic surgery Prague info guide.  

Are you a good candidate for a chemical peel?

If you decide that chemical peeling may be a good choice for you to improve your skin, be sure to get fully informed on the treatment, the procedure and any after-effects or follow-up care. You should bear in mind that chemical peeling cannot replace any surgical treatment, such as dermabrasion. Nevertheless, it can improve your appearance and give you a younger look. If your expectations are realistic, you are probably a good candidate for this type of procedure.

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Chemical peeling

Before the operation

Discuss your expectations and ideas with your surgeon. If you have deep acne scars or deep wrinkles he/she may recommend another more effective procedure for you. The surgeon will assess your skin problems and the state of your skin. He/she will usually recommend cremes with a low content of glycolic acid, which you will apply 10-14 days prior to your treatment. They will hopefully assist in the peeling process. If you suffer from any drug allergies, be sure to tell your surgeon right away.

Anesthesia

The treatment is not painful and no anesthesia is required. In extreme cases, you may feel light pinching.

After the treatment

Your skin will be slightly red after the operation and small crusts may start to form. Within 5-14 days the skin will start to gently peel away. One side- effect to medium-deep and deep peeling is an inflammation or loss of skin colour. In classic chemical peeling, it is important to avoid sun exposure during the treatment and to use sun-block cremes. In so-called biopeeling (a new generation chemical peel) sun protection is not needed. The surgeon will recommend a facial treatment to apply to the treated skin. Usually these are cremes to calm and regenerate the skin.

How long will the results last?

Chemical peeling will give you a younger and more radiant look. It regenerates the skin but it does not prevent your skin from further signs of ageing or the development of new wrinkles. It is safe to repeat the procedure after some time, and many people do choose to have follow-up chemical peels.

Updated: 2007-11-26

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