Chemical and laser skin peels are treatment methods used to correct damaged skin tissue. These methods have been successfully used to treat skin problems caused by aging, sun, and other poor environmental factors. Chemical and laser skin peel are quite a favorite to many people for various reasons. One, chemical skin peels are a cheaper cosmetic treatment option compared to other treatment techniques. This approach is also ideal for patients with wrinkles and sagging skin, which is unable to undergo surgical procedures for various personal or medical reasons.
A unique chemical & laser skin peel the approach required to deal with different kind of skin problems. Since chemical and laser skin peels use chemical compounds, your doctor will need access to your medical background and all information regarding your allergens. This is key to ensuring that the type of chemical picked does not negatively react with your body. Different patients will also need a different kind of chemicals depending on what results they want. Another critical determinant of the choice of chemical to be used is skin type. When the doctor is working on a youthful, elastic skin the compound to be used will be different compared to when he’s working on an elderly patient whose skin has lost its elasticity. Here are some of the chemical and laser skin peels methods used:
This is a non-surgical skin treatment method where fillers are injected through tiny pores to improve your facial and skin features. These injections rejuvenate the skin by eliminating wrinkles, enhancing your lips, raising depressions and replacing any lost skin tissues.
There are various types of facial fillers to choose from. Some of the fillers are multipurpose designed to solve more than one problem. In other cases, you may have to use a particular filler to achieve the desired goal such as lip augmentation. Examples of facial fillers include:
- Juvederm facial filler – Juvederm filler contains hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid is our body’s natural filler substance. Over time, the acids effectiveness diminishes resulting in the formation of wrinkles and sometimes the loss of skin elasticity. Juvederm, therefore, helps to supplement the presence of this chemical in our skin tissues correcting both moderate and severe folds and wrinkles.
- Restylane facial filler – This is a dermal filler used to make the skin appear and feel more voluminous. The soft tissue filler is made of a biodegradable gel containing hyaluronic acid. It is mainly used to smoothen wrinkles and folds around the eyes and the mouth.
- Collagen – Collagen is a known natural protein that supports various tissues in the body including the skin, ligaments, and tendons. The collagen zyderm/zyplast dermal fillers are soft tissues extracted from cow skin capable of reducing scars, lines, and wrinkles on the face. These will temporarily rejuvenate the skin before your body eventually absorbs them.
- Sculptra – This is an FDA approved synthetic filler that’s key in correction lipoatrophy, the loss of facial volume especially in HIV patients. The filler contains polylactic acid that helps to fill up depressions in the face creating even and sleeker facial contours.
- Radiesse – Radiesse is used to correct both moderate and severe skin folds and wrinkles. The filler contains calcium hydroxyapatite, proven to have a longer lasting effect on the skin compared to other dermal fillers. Presence of this chemical and microspheres in the body enables the body to develop collagen around them which increases the volume of tissues where injected.
- Captique – This filler is mainly used to reduce wrinkles around the mouth and nose. It is a soft tissue filler with hyaluronic acid that helps to supplement the natural occurring skincare compound in the body.
The entire facial filler session doesn’t take more than 20 minutes. The needed recovery time is also just as minimal. Patients are usually cleared to resume their jobs after 24 hours, but they’ll be urged to stay away from strenuous activities and to avoid rubbing the injected site.
Some of the side effects caused by chemical skin fillers include allergic reactions, swelling, temporary bruising and redness at the injection site, discoloration, tenderness, and numbness. These side effects are rare when a patient has passed as a good candidate for chemical dermal fillers.
Facial filler injections are efficient, but one of their drawbacks is that they are not a permanent solution. With this treatment, you will need to have an injection at certain intervals to continue enjoying their benefits. Some of the chemicals used are powerful enough to last you for a year or so before you have to get another injection.
Botox is a chemical compound extracted from a toxic bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. This bacterium is dangerous, and its usage has resulted in muscle paralysis and even death in some patients. The Botox compound, however, is very safe and the FDA has also approved it for use in cosmetic treatments. Botox has been used to correct fine lines on the forehead, around the neck, furrows found between the eyes and other facial musculature.
Botox injections deliver quick results. Patients can start noticing smoother skin within three days, and maximum results can become visible after just one week! They provide incredible results, but unfortunately, they are also not permanent. Depending on the type of skin and the injection site these results will last for 3-4 months after which you can go for another injection.
A Botox injection session takes less than 10 minutes, and patients can go back to work the following day. You should avoid lifting heavy objects and other demanding physical activities in the first 24 hours.
Botox injection candidates will have to stop taking anti-inflammatories, and Vitamin E at least ten days before the surgery to reduce chances of bruising and other side effects. Pregnant, lactating, and individuals with neuromuscular problems should avoid this treatment.
Laser skin peel is used to reverse the effects caused by excessive exposure to the sun, aging, and other hereditary factors. Through this method, your skin is exposed to a laser beam that removes the damaged top layer of your skin. As this layer is safely peeled out, it disappears with the imperfections on your skin allowing a young and vibrant new collagen and skin cells layer to come forth. This new layer will hence be both youthful and healthier than the previous one.
This procedure is ideal for patients with uneven pigmentation, stubborn lines, wrinkles and superficial facial scars like acne. For one to pass as a candidate for this procedure, you should have non-oily and elastic skin with a good medical history.
Quick laser peels are performed under local anesthesia but when the surface to be covered is too big then general or intravenous anesthesia may be considered. With the patient at rest, the doctor will then regulate laser beam light navigating it to all the target skin surface. The time needed for this procedure depends on how much skin is to be covered. Partial laser peels take around 45 minutes while extensive resurfacing can last for 2 hours.
Recovery time from this treatment is roughly two weeks. Some patient may have redness or pinkness of the skin even after recovery. In such cases, you’ll be advised to cover the area with makeup before it disappears.
Use of laser beams exposes you to the risk of getting the permanent dark skin (Hyperpigmentation) or lightening of the skin (Hypopigmentation). Getting an infection is also possible. Other side effects include moderate irritation, swelling, skin redness and other rare cases of burning and scarring.
Chemicals can be used to perform a skin peel where the damaged top layer of the skin is removed paving the way for a fresher and healthier layer to develop. In this treatment, a chemical is usually applied gently to the target area which could be the neck, face or hands. This approach has been used to solve skin problems such as:
- Treating acne
- Reducing fine lines around the mouth and below the eyes
- Treating wrinkles
- Reducing mild scarring
- Reducing freckles, dark patches and age spots
- Enhancing the feel and appearance of the skin
These are some of the benefits that skin peels can deliver. Not all patients can, however, enjoy them. Individuals with a darker complexion, for instance, are discouraged from using chemical skin peels because it can result in an uneven skin tone. People with severe wrinkles may also have to seek alternative treatments because the condition could be too stubborn to be treated with chemical peels.
The chemical skin peel is an outpatient treatment whose duration depends on how much skin is peeled. Before the surgery, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned, and then the chemical solutions of choice are applied. Some patients will only require one chemical while in others several solutions are used. It is also important to disclose your medical history so that the compound used does not cause an allergic or any other harmful reactions. It’s common to experience a burning and stinging sensation during and a few minutes after the peel. Cold compresses and pain medication may be issued to reduce discomfort.
Swelling and blisters are some of the complications associated with deep and medium-deep skin peeling.
Other Chemical & laser skin peel methods
Scar repair – chemical and laser skin peel techniques can also be applied when repairing scars. The choice of chemical or laser to be used is determined by the extent of the scar and the patient’s needs.
Chemical and Laser Skin Peels Insurance Details
Chemical and laser skin peel costs are never reimbursed unless prescribed by a medical practitioner and approved by your insurance carrier.