Just as the name suggests, chemical peel treatments use a chemical solution in the procedure. The treatment is used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. How it works is that the solution is applied on the skin, left on for a specified amount of time, and then dissolved and removed, causing the outer layer of the skin to peel off and reveal a new layer of skin underneath that is smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking.
This procedure also stimulates the production of new collagen, which can help improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness.
Benefits of Chemical Peel Treatments
Chemical treatment comes with a lot of benefits including
Improving the skin texture: Chemical peels are used to shed off the old rusty skin and reveal the softer, smoother, and more glowing skin underneath. It also stimulates the growth of new healthy skin cells to keep the skin firm and vibrant. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, hence improving the skin texture.
Reduces acne: People who have acne are prone to dark spots on the face or where the acne was. Using chemical peels can help reduce the appearance of these spots or acne scars. Chemical peels can help reduce acne and improve the appearance of acne scars. The treatment exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores, which also reduces the formation of new acne lesions.
Improves skin tone: Chemical peels exfoliate the skin and remove the outer dead layer of skin, leaving smooth and even-toned skin, hence reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other skin discolorations.
Boosts collagen production: Chemical peels can stimulate the production of collagen, a protein essential to keep the skin elastic and healthy, hence helping to improve the overall appearance.
Minimal downtime: Chemical peel treatments in India are one of the non-invasive cosmetic procedures that require minimal to no downtime at all. There may be some side effects such as redness and peeling, which usually go away on their own within a period of time.
Customizable: One of the best things patients love about chemical peel is that the treatment is customizable. This means the healthcare provider can help choose and tailor the procedure to match the patient’s specific needs and requirements.
Overall, chemical peels are a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of the skin and keep it healthy. It has no downtime and is customizable, so patients can get specified treatments tailored to their specific needs.
Types of Chemical Peels
Different chemical peel treatments are used to treat different concerns of the skin. The three main common ones are;
Superficial Peels: Also known as “lunchtime peels”, superficial peels are the most common because they are mild and the least invasive type. During this procedure, the surgeon exfoliates the skin using a mild acid, such as alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). These treatments are best used for minor skin concerns such as fine lines, acne, and uneven skin tone.
Medium Peels: Medium peels are a little stronger than superficial peels. They are best effective when the surgeon wants to penetrate deeper into the skin. The products used here contain stronger acids, such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and glycolic acid. Medium peels are most effective to treat more significant skin issues like age spots, deeper wrinkles, and acne scars.
Deep Peels: As the name suggests, deep peels are even stronger than the above two. They are the most invasive and use the strongest acids, such as phenol. Deep peels are used in severe skin cases to treat skin issues such as sun damage, scars, and deep wrinkles. As expected because of the depth of penetration, this kind of treatment takes more time for recovery. It may also come with more severe side effects such as discomfort during and after the procedure.
Dr. Rinky Kapoor of The Esthetic Clinics offers multiple treatment options to different patients depending on their specific skin concerns. Patients can easily reach out and schedule an appointment for a consultation and to determine the most suitable chemical peel treatment for them.
Who is the Best Candidate for Chemical Peel Treatments
Anyone can be a good candidate for chemical peel treatment really. The treatment is beneficial for all skin types and can be used to treat different skin conditions. However, even so, there are some factors that make a good candidate.
People who want to improve the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, fine lines, sun damage, acne, and hyperpigmentation can consider chemical peel treatment after an evaluation with a cosmetologist or qualified dermatologist.
Keep in mind, chemical peel treatments are not the most effective for all people. People with certain medical conditions and skin issues may not be good candidates for chemical peels. Some conditions that the treatment is not suitable for are;
- Allergies or sensitive reactions to the chemicals used in the peel
- Active skin infections, such as herpes simplex
- Eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Use of certain medications, such as Accutane or Retin-A
It is important for patients to consult with a qualified dermatologist or skincare professional to determine the appropriate chemical peel for their unique skin types and concerns.
Preparation for Chemical Peel Treatments
Like any other medical or cosmetic procedure, both patients and healthcare providers need to go through some preparations and observe some precautions to make sure the treatment procedure is smooth and the results are optimal.
Here are the typical steps involved in preparing for a chemical peel:
Consultation: Once a patient decides to get a chemical peel treatment, they first have to find the most suitable chemical peel clinic for them. Upon choosing the professional they want to work with, consultation comes before the actual treatment.
This is important to discuss their concerns, goals, and expectations, and for the patient to also understand the potential benefits and complications.
Skin preparation: In the time leading up to the treatments, the doctor can issue some instructions to prepare the skin for the procedure. Patients may be asked to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds, as well as any other skin treatments like waxing and depilatory creams that can cause irritation.
They may also be asked to avoid all products containing retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) for at least a week before the treatment.
Medication adjustments: The doctor may also advise against taking some medications that may interfere with the procedure or sabotage the expected results. For example, patients taking medication that increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, or acne medications, may be asked to adjust the dosage or stop taking them altogether, until after the treatment.
Skin testing: A couple of tests may be required depending on the severity of the skin issue, or the treatment to be done. This helps determine how the skin will react to the chemical solution. It may involve applying a small amount of the solution to a small area of the skin and monitoring it for any negative reactions.
Post-treatment care: The few days or weeks following the treatment are just as important as the few days before the treatment. A professional dermatologist will provide certain instructions on how to take care of the skin after the chemical peel treatment. This may include advice on how to manage any discomfort or redness, and how to protect the skin from sun exposure.
What to Expect During and After Chemical Peel Treatment
Here’s what patients can generally expect during and after a chemical peel treatment:
During the treatment
Right before applying the solution, the dermatologist will cleanse the skin thoroughly. He will then apply the solution to the skin and leave it on for a specific period of time. The amount of time needed to leave the solution on the skin depends on the type and strength of the peel.
During the application, the patient may also experience some mild burning or stinging sensations. After the solution has been left on for the specified amount of time, it is then neutralized and removed.
After the treatment
Patients may experience some side effects such as redness and slightly swollen immediately after the treatment. This, however, subsides within a few hours. They may also experience some peeling and flaking of the skin after the treatment, which can last for several days and subside.
The healthcare provider will advise against direct sun exposure and to wear sunscreen with a high SPF to protect the newly exposed skin. He/ she may also ask the patients to avoid using harsh skin care products and exfoliants.
When the effects of the treatment start to take cause, patients will notice the improvement of their skin with a smoother texture, reduced fine lines, and more even-toned skin.
It’s important to note that the recovery time and results will vary depending on different factors such as the strength and type of peel, individual skin type, sensitivity, and how well the patients follow the doctor’s instructions and takes care of themselves.
Recovery and Aftercare for Chemical Peels
Aftercare for chemical peels is important to make sure that healing takes place as expected and for optimal results to be achieved. Here are some tips to recover and care for the skin after the chemical peel treatment:
- The Esthetic Clinic dermatologist will provide aftercare instructions specifically for the individual type of chemical peel treatment a patient received. Carefully following all these instructions will help ensure optimal results.
- Patients are advised to avoid direct sun exposure for at least 48 hours after the treatment. Some tips to keep the skin from direct sunrays include wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher or a wide-brimmed hat when outside.
- Avoid using skin care products that contain retinoids and harsh exfoliants that may cause irritation for a couple of days after the treatment.
- Moisturize the skin regularly with a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to help soothe and hydrate the skin.
- Avoid picking or peeling the skin. This can cause scarring, infections, and other adverse side effects.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet to support the skin’s healing process.
- Use cool compresses or aloe vera gel, to help soothe any discomfort or redness.
- Attend all the follow-up appointments scheduled by the dermatologist or the aesthetician to promote the best possible results.
There is no one formula to take care of the skin after the treatment. It is also not complicated. All the patients are asked to do is follow all the doctor’s instructions and it will be well. Being gentle with the skin is the key to healing faster and better. Be patient and give it the time it needs to completely heal.
Following the above tips and any other specific instructions from the healthcare provider will help ensure optimal results.
Potential Risk of Complications and Side Effects of Chemical Peels
Chemical peel treatments have been proven effective in most cases. However, they also come with some potential risks and side effects. Some of these risks include:
Skin irritation: Chemical peels can cause skin irritation, redness, and itching. This is, however, usually temporary and subsides after a few days.
Hyperpigmentation: Chemical peel treatments use chemical solutions which may cause hyperpigmentation as a side effect. They may cause the skin to darken or lighten more and is more likely to occur in people with darker skin tones.
Infection: Chemical peels get rid of the dead skin to reveal a smoother, more delicate layer of skin that may have fresh tiny openings/ pores that can increase the risk of infection. In this case, proper aftercare is crucial to prevent infections.
Scarring: If chemical peels are not performed well, they may cause scarring. If the patients have a history of scarring, their skin may also be prone to scarring.
Allergic reactions: Allergic reactions occur in patients with sensitive skin and those allergic to some ingredients in the chemical peel solutions. This may cause symptoms such as swelling, itching, rashes, and redness.
Sun sensitivity: After a chemical peel, the skin is more sensitive to the sun. It is important to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen to prevent any damage or cause other potential complications.
Acne breakouts: Some people may experience acne breakouts after a chemical peel. This is, however, usually temporary and fades on its own.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Rinky Kapoor would discuss the risks and potential side effects of chemical peels, before performing the procedure. She will also advise on the best way to care for the skin after the procedure, minimize the risks, and support maximum healing.
Chemical Peel Treatment Cost in India
There are three main factors that affect chemical peel treatment cost in India; patient factors, peel factors, and post-peel care factors.
In the patient’s factors, the skin type, age of the patient, and medical history are determined by the doctors as they will largely contribute to the outcome of the treatments. For example, patients with dark or sensitive skin may require a gentler peel solution to avoid causing pigmentation or scarring.
Similarly, older patients may have more fine lines and wrinkles that require a stronger peel solution to achieve the desired result. Better still, patients who have a history of skin allergies or other skin conditions may need a different type of peel solution or a more cautious approach to avoid adverse reactions.
When it comes to the peel factors, the type, concentration, and pH level of the chemical peel solution used may affect the cost. Different types of acids, such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or trichloroacetic acid (TCA), are used for different treatments and come at different prices.
The post-peel care factors that affect the cost of the treatments refer to all the services that come after the procedure. This may include additional treatments, aftercare products, follow-up appointments and consultations, and other additional services provided after the actual treatment.
Chemical Peel Clinics/ Professionals in India
There are many chemical peel treatment clinics in India that patients can opt for. Patients can also find professionals such as Dr. Rinky Kapoor of The Esthetic Clinics who can take care of their needs and help them achieve their desired skin quality.
Here are a few ways to find a chemical peel clinic or professional in India:
Ask for referrals: Friends, family, and colleagues who have undergone the same procedures and treatments make the perfect recommendation. This way, patients also get real-time reviews from people they know personally and can trust.
Search online: A simple search such as “Chemical peel clinic in India” on Google, Bing, or other search engines would provide a long list of highly-rated clinics and professionals with outstanding reviews.
Check with professional organizations: Patients can check with professional organizations like the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists (IADVL) or the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to find a qualified chemical peel professional in their area.
Consult with the primary care physician: Patients can also consult and find a good recommendation from their primary healthcare provider. Since they are in the medical field, chances are they have connections to the best dermatologist or cosmetologist in the area.