Skin Peels, Non Invasive Caci and Isologen
A skin peel involves the application of a chemical solution (of varying strengths) to facial areas. The procedure reduces imperfections by peeling away the skin's top layers. Skin peels can be used on all skin types and skin colours and will not change the colour of your skin. Here are three main types of skin peel:
Superficial peels: This type of skin peel has the ability to improve pigment imperfections, scaring from acne and minor sun damage. These are the mildest of all the available peels and can therefore be used on any type of skin. The peeling solution usually contains an active substance called alphahydroxy acid, and sometimes dry ice can be used. The solution is put on the skin and is left to work on the face for between three and seven minutes, after which water is used to neutralize and wash off the solution. Then the skin is dried gently.
Medium peels: These peels penetrate the skin to a deeper level, where it can actually remove skin cells. This sometimes causes a sun-burned appearance initially. They are used to treat more long term sun damage, moderate wrinkles, precancerous lesion and changes in pigmentation. The main peeling agent fro this type of peel is Trichloroacetic acid. The total procedure takes around 20 minutes.
Deep peels: This kind of peel is used to treat long term sun damage to the skin, severe wrinkles, darker pigment changes and growths on the skin. It is less common than the other two. Like medium peels, it will temporarily leave the skin with red appearance. When you are undergoing a deep peel, in some instances you may receive intravenous fluids and have your heart monitored. This is due to the fact that phenol, the active substance in this type of peel, can be toxic in large doses. For this reason you will have one area of the face treated at a time and then take a fifteen minute break before moving on to the next area, to avoid excessive absorption. You can only have a deep peel once.