Does Chemical Peeling Lighten The Skin?

Chemical peeling is a popular type of cosmetic surgery which can improve skin tone and address several skin challenges. This treatment also helps with uneven skin tone, acne scars, and fine and deep wrinkles. Often, new patients wonder if the cure they need will turn their skin into light.

Chemical peels for skin whitening can be perplexing due to contradictory information and misunderstandings. We shall investigate the scientific basis for chemical peels and their efficacy in whitening skin. Let us begin!

How do chemical peels work? 

The chemical is applied to the skin layer for a specific period designated by the kind and strength of the solution. This period loosens the bonds between the other skin cell layers so that the dead layer of the skin can be naturally peeled off. The removal of dead skin cells and fresh cell growth enhance the skin’s confidence. Chemical peels can be apparent medium or deep, depending on texture. 

What to Do Before a Chemical Peel?

Before a chemical peel, your doctor will likely: 

Be ready for questions regarding your present medical problems, medicine, and previous surgeries that you underwent.

Your doctor will explore your skin and the site to be treated to select a peel therapy that works for you and investigate how factors like skin tone and thickness can alter the results. Expectations will be discussed. Inform your doctor of your goals, objectives, and risks. Ensure you get information on the number of treatments, recovery times, and possible outcomes.

Your doctor may have you take antiviral before your procedure. Your doctor can recommend antivirals before and after the therapy to prevent viral infections. Use retinoid cream. The doctor may prescribe your retinoid cream, like Renova or Retin-A, to enhance healing effectiveness during therapy.

Your doctor may recommend retinoid cream, hydroquinone, or both before or after surgery to reduce side effects.  Avoid the sun without protection. Electrolysis and depilatories should be avoided one week before the peel. 

Facial masks, washes, hair colours, permanent waves or hair straightening treatments should also be avoided the week before your peel. From 24 hours before your peel, avoid shaving the treated areas.  Arrange a ride home. 

What to Expect During and After?

During surgery:

The treated skin will gradually lighten. 

  1. While on your skin, the chemical solution may sting. 
  2. Your doctor will neutralise or wash to remove the chemical solution from the treated skin. 
  3. The treated skin will gradually lighten. 
  4. After a few minutes, your doctor gently applies cool compresses to the treated skin. A hand-held fan may also be offered to chill your skin. No neutralizing solution is needed. 
  5. A burning and stinging sensation can last 20 minutes. 
  6. Patients will receive IV fluids and monitor their heart rates during a deep chemical peel. 
  7. Carbolic acid (phenol) will be administered to your skin by your doctor using a cotton-tipped applicator. Skin will turn white or grey after treatment. 
  8. Your doctor will perform the surgery in sections 15 minutes apart to decrease phenol exposure. Full-face surgery may take 90 minutes. 

Post-Treatment Care:

A light chemical peel improves skin texture, tone, and fine wrinkles. Effects are minimal but grow more obvious with subsequent treatments. The skin, after a medium chemical peel, is smoother. After a deep chemical peel, the treated areas will look and feel different. The results may not last. Ageing and UV damage may cause skin colour changes and wrinkles. 

What Benefits Can Chemical Peels Offer?

Chemical peels can:

  • Reduce skin roughness and improve beauty. 
  • Wrinkles around the lips and eyes may be minimized. 
  • Combat sun damage and ageing. 
  • Treat acne scars. 
  • Manage active acne. 
  • Hormonal birth control pills or pregnancy can change skin tone and make one face the problems of freckles, age spots or dark patches.

Can You Lighten Skin With a Chemical Peel?

A peel is a procedure that involves applying a chemical to the skin. This causes the surface to shed dead cells and exposes a new, healthier look. Such techniques may be applied to reduce the appearance of age spots, sun damage, and uneven skin pigmentation, thus, in a generalized manner, giving the skin a fair complexion.

Chemical peels are the best face treatment for anyone who wants dramatically improved skin texture. Chemical peels minimize scarring, smooth skin, and remove blemishes. 

The Cost of Chemical Peels in Islamabad:

The cost of chemical peels in Islamabad starts at PKR 20,000 and is tailored to each client. The targeted goals, peel type, and treatment area can affect the cost. Ordinary chemical peels remove damaged skin layers. Peels can be combined with injectables to enhance skin even further. 

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