Information about chemical peels

Chemical peels are a type of cosmetic surgery that you can undertake if you desire to improve the texture of the skin on and around your face. It's a common cosmetic procedure that is undergone by many, but not spoken of much. In that respect, we've assembled this article in order to inform you about the chemical peel process so that you can know what to expect from it.

In a chemical peel, different chemicals are used in order to make the face appear more smooth and unblemished. It's a procedure that is commonly undertaken by those who have problems with blemishes, differently colored portions of skin, or wrinkles occurring on their face. The process can work to remove skin growths that may be precursors to cancer, and it can help to control an acne problem. One neat aspect of chemical peels that is not common amongst other cosmetic procedures is the fact that you can sometimes get your insurance carrier to foot the bill. There are a few different chemicals that are used in the chemical peel process, and we'll give you a basic idea of what the different acids are and how they work to help the face.

Alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs, work to help smooth out any dry or rough patches of skin that occur on the face. They can also help to improve sun damage to the face, as well as helping to control acne problems. One down-side to this chemical type is that you may need to undergo a series of peels in order to achieve the desired results. Another type of acid that is commonly used in the chemical peel process is known as trichloroacetic acid, or TCA. This acid works to help clear up wrinkles on the face, as well as working towards removing blemishes and helping to ease pigment problems in the face. This acid is the type of acid that is most commonly used for those with dark skin. The acid takes between ten and fifteen minutes to achieve the full result, and the healing for a TCA peel usually occurs quicker than the healing process that is involved with Alpha-hydroxy acids. Last, but not least, in the chemical peel arsenal is phenol. This type of chemical is commonly used to help correct the coloring of blotches on the face, as well as helping to smooth out wrinkles and assisting in removing skin growths that may lead to cancer.

Chemical peels are an outpatient procedure that doesn't require anesthesia in order to be performed. After the peel is performed, you will likely be asked to care for your face by applying Retin-A, a cream that helps to supply your skin with much-needed Vitamin A. After the procedure, you may experience flaking of the skin or a swelling of the face. Within seven to ten days, you should be able to completely see what the result of your procedure will look like. Remember to keep realistic expectations with the procedure and you're sure to be pleased!

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