Chemical Peels

Chemical peels

In this article, we answer all of your questions about chemical peels and give you all the information you need to know before having one.

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Chemical Peels

When should I have a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

Acne scars

Aging skin

Crow’s feet

Hyperpigmentation

Melasma

Scars

Sun damaged skin

Sagging skin

Wrinkles

Who is not appropriate for a chemical peel?

Generally light haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for a chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark skinned patients. The procedure is not recommended for people with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or herpes. Other people who are advised not to have a chemical peel are:

Nursing or pregnant

Have taken Accutane in the last six months

Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea

If you have used retin-A, renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleached or skin-lightening agents or other acid based products in the last 48 hours.

Are chemical peels painful?

Chemical peels sting but do not cause a great deal of pain. The gentlest peeks use alpha-hydroxy, glycolic, lactic or fruit gentles which are also gentle. They may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting but as the skin begins to adjust, all of the side effects will lessen.

Trichloroacetic acids are used for stronger peelings. They remove wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems. Phenol is the strongest of all treatments and removes deep lines and wrinkles on the face. This specific type of chemical peel will sting more than those with gentler acids. After the treatment, there may be redness, swelling and irritation but the use of creams and gels will reduce these effects. Also the doctor may prescribe medicines that will help relieve the problems after the peel.

                What are the complications or potential side effects of a chemical peel?

Temporary or permanent change in skin colour, particularly for women on birth control pills, who subsequently become pregnant or have a history of brownish facial discoloration.

Scarring

Reactivation of cold sores

How many chemical peels are needed?

A course of six glycolic peels is recommended for optimum results over a six to twelve week period.

All you need to know about botox and dermal fillers.

dermal fillers

Cosmetic surgery is a type of plastic surgery that aims to improve a person’s appearance. Procedures are now available for almost any part of the body and are now more popular than ever. In this article, we will be discussing two types of cosmetic surgery including Botox and Dermal Fillers.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers can be used for cosmetic surgery and are made up out of hyaluronic acid and can be used to work with the body’s remaining collagen and elastin, supporting the important proteins to give skin a more full and youthful appearance. Due to this, dermal fillers are used for the filling of:

  • Smoker’s lines
  • Permanent frown lines
  • Nasolabia folds
  • Crows feet

However, dermal fillers are not limited to these fillings.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Dermal fillers vary from each person. This depends on the type of hyaluronic acid used, as well as, how well it is suited to the purpose and to the certain individual. There are approximately 160 different types of hyaluronic acid available such as Restylane and Belotero. Your practitioner should be able to advise you on what is right for you and your body as well as your circumstances.

Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

Due to dermal fillers being a type of cosmetic surgery, they do come with side effects. These effects will usually occur immediately after having your injection; however they are normally temporary and should disappear within a few days of having your injection. These include:

  • Itching and tenderness.

Botox Treatments

Botox is a type of cosmetic surgery and is a chemical produced by the botulinum bacteria. Muscles in the body become weak and inactive when Botox is injected with this protein derivative toxin. This helps to stop the muscles from functioning by blocking neuromuscular transmission. This stops the chemical message from the nerve to the muscle.

Since 1978, Botox has been used within cosmetic surgery as a treatment for patients with eye squints by weakening the over active eye muscles. However from then, Botox has been used in a variety of therapeutic areas including:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Facial spasm
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spasmodic neck
  • Writers cramps
  • Tics

There are also many other treatments in which Botox is used for. The use of Botox for cosmetic surgery has become widespread over the last decade or so. However people must know that Botox can be harmful if taken in large doses.

Procedure of Botox

Botulinum toxin is administered by diluting the powder in saline and injecting it directly into neuromuscular tissue. The process of Botox takes roughly 5 – 10 minutes.  It will then take approximately 24 – 72 hours for the Botox to take effect. However, in a rare circumstance, it might take as long as five days for the full effect of Botox to be seen.

Risks and Side Effects of Botox

Botox is usually well tolerated within individual, however there are still a few side effects that you need to be cautious about, these include:

  • Mild pain, fluid build-up or reddening of the skin where the Botox was injected.
  • Mild nausea.
  • Neck weakness.
  • Flu-like illness.
  • Dry mouth.

There are other symptoms that you can develop after having Botox that are not stated above.

Cosmetic Surgery

If you are looking to have cosmetic surgery such as Botox or dermal fillers, please look into this and have this procedure taken out by a professional or at a specialist surgery. If cosmetic surgery is carried out correctly, the treatment should last you anywhere from 2 to 6 months depending on the individual. However the results of the filler should be instantly recognisable.