If you want young skin without wrinkles, you can opt for a chemical peel. The epidermis is removed and deep wrinkles are almost completely erased.
What is a chemical peel?
With a chemical peel, the epidermis is partly removed with an etching liquid. This causes an extremely accelerated form of skin renewal so that the skin will undergo rejuvenation (not to be confused with a normal peeling where only dead skin cells are erased).
A chemical peel is ideal for correcting:
- Fine to medium wrinkles
- Wrinkles around the mouth
- Skin damaged by sunlight
Before starting a chemical peel, the skin must be prepared for 4 to 6 weeks with a special day and night cream. These will activate skin renewal somewhat and reduce the risk of complications.
Types of chemical peels
Glycolic acid peeling
The glycolic acid peel is the simplest and superficial of all chemical peels. To achieve a good result, the treatment must be repeated several times. This usually happens in three times with an increasing concentration of the product.
It is ideal for treating fine wrinkles.
The TCA peeling (TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid) works deeper on the skin and is therefore relatively painful. The top layer of skin dries up and sheds the aged cells (desquamation). The skin responds to this with an enormous production of collagen and young skin cells. Smooth, fresh and firm skin is the result.
The phenol peel is the most powerful of all chemical peels. The results are usually amazing. Collagen and cell renewal is stimulated in such a way that wrinkles and lines are literally wiped away.
- Changes in pigmentation may occur, both hypo- and hyperpigmentation. It is therefore not suitable for dark skin types.
- The skin may become infected after treatment.
- Phenol, because it is absorbed by the bloodstream, can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and lowering of blood pressure. In contrast, side effects are uncommon with the less powerful TCA peels. However, TCA can lead to very good results in terms of wrinkles and skin renewal.