Skin damage is not restricted to just the outermost layers of skin. Extensive skin damage can occur due to the aging process, prolonged exposure to sunlight, exposure to the pollutants in the outside environment, injuries, and a number of other factors. In addition to this, cancerous pre-growths may also appear in the deep layers of skin which can be hard to detect and cause you to develop unsightly lesions.

Fortunately, there’s a solution to these aesthetic problems and that is through the power of the deep facial chemical peel.

This type of chemical peel utilizes strong chemicals that penetrate into the deeper layers of skin to help correct deep wrinkles and other defects that may occur. Physicians usually use strong chemicals such as phenol in order to penetrate down to the bottom-most layers of skin.

Usually, local anesthesia, combined with a sedative is provided for this treatment as there is some minor discomfort associated with the strong nature of the chemicals used.

An Overview of the Treatment

Deep chemical peels require a pre-treatment process that usually takes up to eight weeks. This is done to prepare the facial skin for the treatment and ensures accelerated healing once the procedure is completed.

The pre-treatment process includes the application of retinoic acid in the form of a gel or cream. Retinoic acid is derived from vitamin A and is used to thin out the layers of the skin. This allows the phenol to penetrate deeper into the skin. This pretreatment process also allows the chemical solution to spread more evenly.

There are several steps involved in a deep chemical peel. Some of the basic steps are mentioned below.

• The patient is first given a sedative to help them relax along with the application of local anesthesia to the treatment area. The face is then cleansed of any impurities that may hinder the treatment process.

• Once that process is completed, the physician will then apply the phenol in specific locations.

• After the phenol is applied, it will then be diluted and neutralized on the face using water.

• An ointment is applied in thick coatings over the face after the phenol and water mix. The ointment is thick so that it can help prevent dryness and discomfort for long durations of time. The ointment must remain undisturbed until your doctor removes it.

Patients usually take a couple of weeks to fully recover and can go back to their normal routine soon after. Painkillers are often prescribed by doctors who help with sleep during the recovery period.

Temporary post-treatment conditions include dryness, patchy skin, redness, crusting and peeling. These conditions last for a few days before disappearing completely. While the initial swelling disappears within the first three weeks, the overall redness might take a little longer to completely disappear.

One thorough deep chemical peel produces long-lasting results that look outstanding. You may experience some minor discomfort, but it is temporary and should subside soon after the treatment is completed.

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Deep chemical peels are perfect for those looking for substantial improvements to their face, without having to undergo a highly invasive procedure. If you’re interested in learning more about the treatment, contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery & Laser Center to learn more.