Posted on: 21 August 2019
A deep chemical peel is the most extensive form of peels you can have. During the process superficial and deeper layers of skin will eventually slough off and reveal fresher, smoother skin. If you have significant skin concerns, a deep peel can give you the best results.
Before you have a deep skin peel, you need to be an ideal candidate. People with deeper skin tones and those with skin that is prone to keloids are not ideal candidates because the skin peel has a higher chance of causing scars or discoloration. Additionally, if you are prone to cold sores, these may resurface during the process and taking antiviral medications could suppress an outbreak. Otherwise, most of the preparation involved may involve stopping certain medications, such as those to treat acne and being gentle with your skin in the weeks leading up to the procedure. You will want to use mild cleansers and avoid anything abrasive, such as skin care products with retinol or acids, or the use of exfoliants. Planning for the weeks after the procedure will be helpful. You should expect swelling, peeling, and changes in skin color for a couple weeks afterward.
You will receive local anesthetic since a deep peel would otherwise be uncomfortable. A strong acid is dabbed on the skin in sections. Once the acid is applied, the skin will change color, or frost. After the acid has been applied for several minutes, it is wiped away, often using a neutralizing agent and sterile saline. The entire procedure will be done is smaller sections to reduce the risk of the acid staying on the skin too long and causing burns. A dressing will be applied to prevent water from touching the treated skin and the dressing may help reduce swelling. You will need someone to take you home after the procedure, since you cannot drive.
Some amount of pain should be expected in the days following the procedure. Typically, the pain can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers, especially NSAIDs, which can help with inflammation and swelling. You can use a fan to blow cool air on your face, which will reduce the burning sensation. Once you can safely remove the dressing, you should be able to use an ice pack on your face, which will also be helpful in reducing pain and swelling. Over the coming days, your skin may change color more and begin to peel off. Do not help the peeling process along and allow it to occur in its own time. After a couple of weeks, your skin should be fully healed and the new skin is revealed. Once it is safe to do so, you can begin applying skin care products and makeup. You should be especially vigilant about protecting your skin from the sun, since it will be more sensitive.
Deep chemical peels are a faster way to reduce common skin concerns, such as wrinkles, scars, or areas of discoloration. To have the best outcome, preparing for the procedure and following your aftercare instructions carefully will minimize the chance of complications.Share