Chemical peel can restore a more youthful appearance to wrinkled, unevenly pigmented, sun-damaged, or blotchy skin by removing the skin’s damaged layers. Undergoing a chemical peel can restore a healthy, youthful glow that cannot be achieved with a Facelift or similar surgical procedures. While a Facelift is performed to improve skin and soft tissue sagging, chemical peels work by removing the build up of dead skin cells, which make skin look thick, dull with clogged pores.
Chemical peels can enhance the appearance of facial and other skin on men of all ages. Individuals with sagging and excessive skin are not candidates for this procedure since chemical peeling improves skin quality but does not lift or reduce excess skin.
In general, the best candidates for chemical peels are men:
- In good physical health.
- Unhappy with the appearance of fine wrinkles, brown/age spots and pigmentation.
- Wanting to look more refreshed.
- Free of active skin infections, including most kinds of acne.
- Wanting to lighten scars (especially from acne).
- Free from large or unusual scar formations, such as keloids.
Types of Chemical Peel
The types of chemical peels differ based on how deeply the chemical penetrates and what type of chemical solution is used. Factors that may affect the depth of a peel include the acid concentration in the peeling agent, the number of coats that are applied, and the amount of time allowed before the acid is neutralised.
Superficial peels such as alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy peels can be used on all skin types. The procedure is painless, without down time and can be repeated weekly for up to six weeks.
Medium peels such as TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) may be used in variou strengths, however the most commonly used strength is 35% which removes darker sun spots/freckles, age spots, improves texture, smoothness, skin tone, fine wrinkles, acne scars and open pores.
Chemical Peel Procedure
Prior to undergoing a chemical peel, your skin may have to be prepared to accept the peel. This generally consists of pre-treating the skin for a number of weeks with Retin A or AHA creams. Pre-treatment helps to optimise the beneficial effects of the peel. Your practitioner will advise you on how to prepare your skin prior to treatment.
All chemical peels involve applying the peel solution to remove the outer layers of skin so that a smoother, more evenly pigmented, glowing layer of skin can appear. Depeneding on your needs, the peel solution may be applied to your entire face or just to certain problem areas. You will feel a slight burning sensation as the solution is applied but it goes away quickly as the chemical itself acts like an anaesthetic.
The duration of procedure varies depending on the type and strength of peel used.
Following the Procedure
Following your treatment rest and limited movement is advised, in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Appropriate care of the skin after the peel is also very important to speed healing, help results last longer, prevent infection, and avoid colour changes in the treated area caused by sun exposure.
It is important to follow the specific post-treatment instructions in order for your face to heal properly.
You may experience some minor swelling, depending on the type and strength of the peel used. After your treatment, your skin will be clearer, smoother and radiant. You can go back to work and carry on with your usual daily routine, as there is no redness or flaking to your skin. It is important to use sunscreen following the treatment , as the new skin is more susceptible to sun damage.
Risks & Complications
For information regarding the risks and complications associated with chemical Peel please refer to Risks and Complications of chemical peel