Chemical peels which consist of a chemical solution that is applied to the skin can drastically improve the appearance of the skin by causing the skin to "blister" and eventually peel off, revealing a new healthier layer of skin. Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scars, freckles, pigmentation, even the skin tone, treat acne and enhance the overall look and feel of the skin.
Before beginning, Dr Tladi will clean your skin thoroughly. After applying the chemical solution to the skin, you may feel a slight burning sensation. Depending on the type of chemical peel, it should feel something like a sunburn. Peeling usually involves redness followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days after your peel. After your peel your new skin will be fairly sensitive, so you will need to avoid the sun for several months after treatment. Downtime after the peel will depend on the type of chemical peel, but Dr Tladi will explain this aspect to you upon assessment.
• Medium peels – these are slightly more intense. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is often used in these types of peels to penetrate the skin more deeply than superficial peels and cause a second-degree burn of the skin.
• Deep peels – this type usually include phenol which penetrates several layers of skin and causes a second-degree burn of the skin. They are used only on the face. A chemical called phenol is usually used for a deep peel. This type may only be done on fair skin. A deep peel can also only be done once in one's lifetime.