As the time passes by, our skin suffers from various factors, such as environmental pollution, sunlight, smoking or alcohol consumption. All these factors, combined with the intense stress of modern life and age, lead to a delay in skin regeneration and cell renewal. The "old" cells stack on the surface of the skin, preventing the new ones from emerging. Thus, our skin acquires a dull appearance, loses its elasticity and several open or closed pores appear. The solution to these problems is provided by Chemical Peeling.
Until recently, Chemical Peels used solutions that caused uncontrollable burns on the skin with often unpredictable results. This, however, led to intense irritation or reduced effectiveness of the treatment. Modern methods increase the efficiency rate and offer even absorption of the chemical peel, with better results and with the least possible irritation.
Chemical Peelings are mainly applied on the following areas:
Each patient’s tolerance to the severity of each treatment plays an important role in choosing the appropriate chemical peeling.
The 9 most widely used chemical solutions known for their unique effectiveness in the treatment of particular Dermatological problems are: A-Hydroxy Acids (AHA), Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), Mandelic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Kochic Acid, Jessner Solution and Phenol.
Chemical Peelings are strongly advised to performed by a specialized Doctor, Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon. No anesthesia is needed and the treatment is completed within a very short period of time. During the treatment, the appropriate chemical solution is applied to the face in order to remove the required layer of the skin. Essentially, Chemical Peeling causes a controlled mild burn on the skin, in order for the exfoliation to begin.
Surface peelings have weaker effect; thus, they should be repeated every month. Deeper peelings are quite strong and therefore it is recommended to be repeated less often, as they require more healing time. The amount of skin exfoliation depends on the skin type and the patient’s needs, and consequently on the type of solution used.
In general, the deeper the peeling, the more immediately visible its effect, but also the longer the recovery. However, regardless of the depth of the exfoliation, there is a complete skin regeneration and rejuvenation.
In general, depending on the chemical agent used and the depth of penetration, the treatment can be repeated 3-8 times a year. However, the Dermatologist - Venereologist Dr. Amalia Tsiatoura emphasizes that it is very important to follow the instructions for recovery and proper use of the sunscreen after the treatment, in order to have the full benefits of the it.
Chemical Peeling is especially effective in people who have spots and freckles, wrinkles or scars, and generally in people who have facial skin discoloration. Its purpose is to smooth scars and signs of aging as well as to offer skin renewal.
An important factor in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment is the requirements and expectations of each individual patient. The Chemical Peeling method does not promise permanent facial regeneration. The face and skin are living organisms that are subject to deterioration over time. Each patient should, therefore, be aware of the possible effects, as well as of the appearance of mild erythema in the first days after treatment.
The deeper the penetration of the chemical solution, the more immediate its effects visibility, and proportionally increasing the required recovery time.
The proven personalized effectiveness of chemical peeling makes it an ideal choice for men and women of all ages who wish:
The ideal period is after the end of summer and more specifically, during the months when there is no intense humidity and sunshine. Sun exposure should be avoided after the treatment and the use of a sunscreen with a high protection index is essential.
Exception is the use of Mandelic Acid that can be safely applied even in the summer months, winning the title of "Summer Peeling".
Chemical Peeling is not recommended for people with infections, or people with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis, as well as for people with open sores on the face. The suspicion or existence of skin cancer or more specifically, melanoma, is an inhibitory factor for the application of this treatment.
Also, people with sunburn are not allowed to do Chemical Peeling treatment. Finally, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid Chemical Peeling treatment.