Heading now into the warmer months, my cosmetic patients are starting to make plans to undergo elective surgery.
My advice to them is always to prepare their skin and start getting close to an ideal body weight.
These two preparations can go a long way to a satisfied result and their importance cannot be stressed enough.
Slowly mimicking the facelift results
Being physically fit is something I cannot control, but skin quality is something I can – that is why I want to teach you a few things about Chemical Peels.
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Light chemical peels are the most superficial and common peels with mild primary ingredients. This are most commonly alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acid. Light peels remove the top layer of the skin in order to reveal the new layer of healthy skin underneath.
These peels are best for people who are encountering superficial skin problems only.
Lunchtime Chemical Peels
These peels are so quick and easy and you can get back to your normal activities straight after the procedure. This is why they are commonly known as “lunch time” peels.
The procedure goes like this:
- Your skin will be cleansed before gently applying the peel.
- The duration is 10 to 15 min during which you may feel some mild tingling or stinging feeling.
- After the allotted time the peel will be washed off, revealing a pink colored but renewed skin.
The slight redness (and some possible blotches) is totally normal and should fade soon after. These are the only after effects to be expected.
In order to obtain optimum results, different AHA concentrations can be applied weekly or monthly but Yana will typically recommend you repeat it every 4 to 6 weeks, then monthly after that for a glowing a radiant skin.
Alternatives to Surgery
Chemical Peels are one of a very popular series of tools used by Plastic Surgeons to either enhance surgical result or employ as anti-ageing alternatives to surgery. Other options include Botox and Dermal Fillers.
Medium Chemical Peels
When it comes to medium peels, more potent acids are used, such as trichloroaetic acids (TCA). These peels are more intense in the sense that they penetrate further into the skin and can reduce deep acne scars, smaller wrinkles and help even skin tone.
TCA peels have been known to be especially successful in treating patients with darker skin tones.
These peels may require pre-treatment with AHA or Retin-A creams but we will guide you through the whole process.
Because its concentration is closer to that of a deep peel, medium peels can, to a certain extent and depending on the concentration and manner of application, achieve the results of a phenol (deep) peel.
During a medium peel:
Yana will cleanse the skin before applying the peel. The area will then turn a whitish-grey color and we will apply a saline compress to neutralize the acid in the peel. It is normal for your face to swell and burn while the peel is applied. Patients usually report a stinging feeling for around an hour after the treatment.
It roughly takes one week for most patients to recover after a medium peel. Your skin will be itchy and will then start to peel, first turning to a dark brown color and then becoming red.
In order to get the best results out of your medium peel, you should repeat the procedure monthly until you reach the desired effect and thereafter maintain the result with regular treatments every six to 12 months.
The final outcome will show a major improvement once your skin has fully healed.
Deep Chemical Peels
As its name suggests, the third peel category is the strongest: meet the Deep Peel (also called phenol peel). It is a great option if your face is showing deep wrinkles from unprotected sun exposure. It is also ideal for wrinkles around the lips and chin area but its high potency means you need to chat about it in detail with Dr Serrurier.
A full-face phenol peel usually takes Dr Serrurier 1 to 2 hours to perform and only a specialist should perform these peels.
After this procedure, your face will feel burny, itchy and swollen and you must be warned that you could feel unwell and experience moderate to severe pain for a few days.
It will be around two weeks before you can socialize again after a deep peel. But on the plus side, phenol peels give the most dramatic results by far and the effects can last up to ten years!
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
MBBCH (Wits), FCS Plast. Surg (CMSA)
PR. N0. 0304131
Suite A9, Life Fourways Hospital