Monday, January 16, 2006

Chemical Peel

Chemical peeling uses a chemical solution in order to improve the skin's appearance. It can reduce or eliminate fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, correct uneven skin pigmentation, remove pre-cancerous skin growths, and soften acne or treat the scars caused by acne. The procedure can also treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and scarring, as well as skin blemishes common with age and heredity. Chemical peels can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs.

Substances used for Chemical Peels:
1. Alphahydroxy Acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels that can often provide smoother, brighter-looking skin. AHA peels may be used to treat:
AHA peels may cause:
Generally, no anesthesia is needed for AHA peels since they cause only a slight stinging sensation during application. Protecting skin from the sun is important following AHA peels.

2. Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations. It is most commonly used for:
Results of TCA peel are usually less dramatic than, and not as long-lasting as, those of a phenol peel. More than one TCA peel may be needed to achieve the desired result. TCA-peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for several months. It also may produce some unintended color changes in the skin. It can be used on the neck or other body areas, and may require pre-treatment with Retin-A or AHA creams. It is preferable to a phenol peel for darker-skinned patients. Anesthesia is not usually required for TCA peels because the chemical solution acts as an anesthetic. Sedation may be used before and during the procedure to help the patient relax. Two or more TCA peels may be needed over several months to obtain the desired result, although mild TCA peels may be repeated more frequently. Protecting skin from the sun is important following a TCA peel.

3. Phenol is the strongest of the chemical solutions and produces a deep peel. It is mainly used to:

Recovery may be slow and complete healing may take several months. After a phenol peel, new skin may lose its ability to produce pigment. Skin be lighter in color, and will always have to be protected from the sun. Phenol may pose a special risk for patients with a history of heart disease. Protecting skin from the sun is also important following a phenol peel.

Cost in the Philippines:
Widely varies. Depends on the type of chemical and the coverage of treatment

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