Dermatologist Dr. Harsh Shah's Expert Opinion On Chemical Peels
You know your skin is aging, when you start noticing fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dullness. Worry not! That’s when chemical peels come to the rescue!
The procedure has gained popularity in the recent past, as the best way to combat signs of aging. It improves skin texture and promotes cell regeneration
We asked Dr. Harsh Shah for his expert opinion on what exactly chemical peels are and what they are used for.
Read on to know what he has to say.
Q. To start with, what are chemical peels used to treat?
Chemical peels are typically used to treat superficial skin conditions like:
Acne and its sequelae
Fine lines and wrinkles
Sun damage and
Q. Who is a good candidate for this procedure?
As opposed to general conception, superficial peels are also used on younger patients in their 20s and 30s. Those with fine lines or uneven skin pigmentation (caused by sun damage), are ideal candidates.
Q. How many types of chemical peels are available?
Broadly, there are three types of peels:
Q. What is the procedure like?
The procedure is simple. The skin is cleansed and the peel is applied for about 2 to 5 minutes. This may sting and itch slightly. It is then followed by neutralization and post peel cream application.
Q. What does the skin look and feel like after applying a chemical peel?
Skin may appear reddish, followed by peeling for 1 to 3 days but there aren’t any long-term side effects. Instead, it becomes visibly younger and clearer.
Q. How long does the procedure take and how long do the results last?
A superficial peel takes 20 to 30 mins and hence is also called as a lunchtime peel. The results usually lasts anywhere between 2 to 8 weeks, depending on the type of peel used.
Q. What does the aftercare regime involve?
Avoid sun exposure post the procedure and always apply sun protection. Also, proper home care will help accentuate the result.
Remember, you must consult a dermatologist before taking a decision. Here’s to beautiful skin!