Discover the most advanced treatments in peelings
PEELINGS or CHEMICAL PEELINGS are methods with which a part of the epidermis or all of it is replaced to smooth the skin. This can lead to a restructuring of the collagen, which helps to heal sun damage, wrinkles, pigmentation abnormalities and scarring.
We use various concentrations of trichloroacetic and acetylsalicylic acid depending on the depth in the skin we want to reach, the method that we are using and the skin phototype. This method involves the application of a chemical product to loosen old and damaged cells so they are replaced by regenerated, smooth and soft skin with fewer marks and wrinkles.
The peeling can be superficial, medium-depth or deep-depth depending the skin type and the goal to achieve.
With a chemical peeling, we manage to change the skin texture, as well as to treat skin spots, fine wrinkles, enlarged pores and scars. Chemical peelings can also be used to treat expression lines and those caused by the sun and the years. These peelings are useful to smooth superficial wrinkles and to change dull skin. When wrinkles are deeper, the peelings are combined with fillers such as hyaluronic acid, which plumps and hydrates the skin.
They are also useful to reduce skin oil and to treat large pores and certain types of acne.
Skin marks and scars derived from acne can be treated with a tricholoroacetic peeling –always keeping in mind the skin type. They are usually combined with scar fillers and microdermabrasion.
PROCEDURE AND PRECAUTIONS
The patient can feel a burning or itching sensation during the procedure that stop when facial masks and moisturizers are applied.
In the days following the procedure it is very important to use high SPF sunscreen.
The patient leaves the medical centre with erythematous skin –slightly irritated, like prolonged sun exposure– that will subsequently lead to skin flaking.
Peelings are recommended every fifteen or twenty days and an average of five sessions.
Patients taking isotretinoin –drug to treat acne– should wait six months after the last dose of the drug before starting any peeling treatment.
TYPES OF PEELING
There are different types of peeling depending on the applied acid molecule. Their effect varies depending on its pH and concentration.
- Lactic acid
- Glycolic acid
- Salicylic acid
- Mandelic acid
- Retinoic acid
- Trichloroacetic acid
It is essential that your doctor explains in detail what changes your skin is going to have, as well as guidelines to consider before and after the treatment.