MEDICAL PROCEDURES > CHEMICAL PEELS
A chemical peel is a procedure that involves the application of one or more chemical substances on the skin, causing an acceleration of cellular renewal. It has an immediate, generally visible effect consisting of (more or less deep) skin exfoliation as well as late effects of skin regeneration, repairing the dermal matrix (formation of new collagen) and leaving it without certain cosmetic defects like spots, wrinkles, dehydration, etc.
Advantages of chemical peels
It can be done at any time of the year, on any skin type, and in any part of the body (with an appropriate selection of peel)
It is fast and simple
It is typically an outpatient procedure and does not require hospitalisation.
Painless in most cases
Immediate results: smoother, healthier, more luminous and hydrated skin.
Facial ageing due to sun exposure (photoageing), fine and expression wrinkles, pigmented spots (senile lentigines, melasma, freckles…), skin irregularities (acne, keratosis, dry skin…), sagging skin, stretch marks, scars, open pores…
The selection of the peel largely depends on the phototype of the patient’s skin, but other aspects such as skin preparation, sun exposure, and expectations also have an influence. The best candidates for the application of peels are individuals with white skin, blonde hair, and light eyes (low phototypes) due to the reduced risk of hyperpigmentation.
Do not apply retinoic acid creams the night before. If you forget this and actually do it, talk to your physician before applying the peel.
Do not perform vigorous exercises within 7 days after application.
Sun exposure should be avoided for 3-7 days and adequate photoprotection should be used.
The effectiveness of the peel depends on many factors such as the knowledge of the chemical to be used, the characteristics of the skin to be treated (phototype, thickness, ethnic inheritance, hypersensitivity…), the formulation of each substance (concentration, pH…), contact time, etc.
The peel can be superficial, medium, or deep depending on the depth of the action of the chemical used. The greater the depth of action, the greater the stimulation and skin repair, but also, the higher the possibility of complications.
• Dr. Gabriel Serrano Sanmiguel