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Skin Care- A To Z Of Chemical Peeling- Part 2

Feb 21, 2008
Cosmetic skin Procedures> Chemical peeling> Medium

Medium depth peeling, as the name implies is stronger than superficial AHA peel but milder than deep peeling done with phenol. Trichloroacetic acid is the common chemical used to perform medium depth peels. Different concentrations of TCA may be used to perform medium depth peeling. Medium depth peeling may have to be repeated after some months.

Effects of medium peels:

TCA peels are commonly used to treat superficial skin spots, fine wrinkles, skin blemishes, uneven pigmentation, and other superficial skin problems that are not easily removed with superficial peeling.

About The Procedure:

The procedure for medium peeling with TCA may take about fifteen minutes. Generally no anesthesia is used as the chemical itself anesthetizes the skin. Your doctor may give you a little sedation to make you feel comfortable. Sometimes doctors prepare the skin for TCA peels by treating it with AHA or retinoid treatment for some days.

In this treatment, the face is washed thoroughly and dried and then TCA is applied over the required area. You will feel stinging sensation when the solution is applied. Some swelling, redness and blistering may appear after the treatment. That will go away as the new skin appears. Protection from sun is necessary after this treatment and it may be about a week or more before you can go back to work. It is important to discuss the procedure, the effects and any other question you may have with your doctor before you get a medium depth peel done.

Cosmetic skin Procedures> Chemical peeling> Deep

Deep peeling is the most intensive chemical peeling procedure. Deep peeling of skin is carried out with phenol which is a strong chemical. If you are getting deep peeling done, you must talk to your doctor if you have any cardiac problem. You must tell your doctor about any other health problem you may be having.

Effects Of Deep Peels:

Deep peeling with phenol removes pre-cancerous lesions, large skin blots or blotches, and deeper wrinkles. After getting treated with phenol, skin loses its ability to tan. This means that it stops making pigment to protect itself from sun rays. You will have to protect yourself from sun for your life with utmost care. Note it.

About The Procedure:

This procedure should be ideally carried out in a hospital setting. Normally this peeling is carried out under full anesthesia. The time of treatment may vary and it may take upto two hours for the whole treatment. After application of phenol solution, your doctor will apply tape or petroleum jelly over the treated skin. It takes about two hours for full face phenol peeling. It may be two to three weeks before you can go back to work. After phenol peeling your face may swell quite a lot and you may be advised to take liquid diet for a few days. You will also need help in the beginning of the recovery period. This peeling also lightens the skin substantially and may leave a line of demarkation. It is therefore not advised for dark skinned people.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.
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