An Austin chemical peel treatment, or chemosurgery, is a process that minimizes the effects of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles over the forehead, about the eyelids and cheeks, and around the mouth. It can also be very effective for superficial acne and skin problems associated with chicken pox and uneven pigmentation. The procedure is not a substitute for a facelift but is often used in conjunction with one. Plastic surgeons have performed this procedure with excellent results. Your doctor can refer you to patients who will discuss their experience with you.
In chemosurgery, a chemical solution is applied to your face. A burning sensation may be experienced when the solution is applied but should pass quickly as the chemical itself acts as a local anesthetic. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, it takes about an hour or longer and is done on an outpatient basis. Afterwards, they may put a mask of adhesive tape over your face which you’ll leave on for a day or two. When the peel is done primarily for skin blemishes or pigmentation problems, tape may not be used.
Right away, within 24 hours of your chemical peel treatment, a crust or scab will form to protect the new skin. Sometimes this is removed through gentle washing with soap and water followed by the application of ointments, creams or moisturizers. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions. Once the crust has fallen off, the new skin appears deep red. It’s similar to a bad sunburn. Gradually, your skin will lighten to a pinkish hue. When the new skin has been regenerated completely after several weeks, it will be a bit lighter in color than it was prior to your procedure. Birthmarks or freckles often disappear. If you have heavy freckles, a line may appear between your chin and neck.
Abnormal sensations, such as itching and tingling, may be experienced as the skin heals. These sensations can be alleviated with cool compresses and appropriate medication. You should be up and around in a day or two after surgery, but should refrain from strenuous activity for two to three weeks.
Since the procedure strips the skin of its protective layer of pigmentation, you should avoid direct sunlight completely for the first three weeks to avoid making your skin tone uneven. Afterwards, when pigmentation returns, any sun exposure should be accompanied with a sunblock.
It will be about three weeks before you can wear light makeup and feel comfortable in public. Most surgeons recommend non-allergenic makeup to avoid irritation to the new skin. If you are interested in having a chemical peel in Austin, please contact Personique® today for a free consultation. Visit our Personique® on the Spot page to learn more about the types of chemical peels offered at our Barton Creek Square Mall location.
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Benefits Of Chemical Peels
- Diminish the appearance of sun damage
- Reduction of blotchy patches
- Can clear up inflammation and reduce the appearance of acne
- Smooths out and eliminates scarring
- Lightens skin and improves dull, ruddy complexions
- Reveals smoother, fresher skin and restores a silkier texture
- Removes age spots
- Improves collagen growth
- Gets rid of dead skin cell build up