Medium Grade Chemical Peel Guide
What Is A Medium-Depth Chemical Peel?
Also referred to as a TCA Peel, a Medium-depth Chemical Peel involves applying a chemical exfoliant to the skin It causes controlled damaged to your epidermis as well as all or part of the top layer (papillary dermis). Regenerative changes are ignited and the skin’s texture and tone is restored in only one setting. In a Medium-depth Chemical Peel, the most common agents that are combined are glycolic acid, Jessner’s solution (a mix by Dr. Max Jessner of rescorcinol, lactic acid and salicylic acid) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
Since the inflammatory response, nature of destruction and level of penetration are determined by the strength of the peel, a moderate destruction is caused by a Medium-depth Chemical Peel and provides immediate results when it is compared to a Vi Peel or Superficial Peel. A Medium-depth Chemical Peel may be applied to the body, neck and face and is highly effecting in enhancing the skin’s vitality, eliminating fine wrinkles, improving mild photo aging and superficial discoloration and smooth texture. There is only moderate downtime and it may be applied as many as four times a year.
Who Is This Medium Grade Chemical Peel Guide For?
The Medium-depth Chemical Peel is ideal for individuals wanting results that are more dramatic than the ones offered by a Superficial Peel but who want to avoid the recovery time and risk the deeper peels are associated with.
Medium-depth Chemical Peels, unlike deeper-grade peels, can be safely performed on individuals with light brown and olive skin. They can be used also on dark brown skin stones, however there is a small risk of discoloration that you should discuss with your doctor ahead of time.
How Does This Medium Grade Chemical Peel Guide Treatment Feel?
The Medium-depth Chemical Peel is a type of in-office treatment that might required sedatives or pain management at the discretion of your doctor since there might be an intensive burning sensation while the peeling agent is being applied. During the treatment procedures, first the skin is cleansed and the solution is then evenly applied using a cotton-tipped applicator, small brush or gauze to a single area at a time. Usually the solution will remain on the skin for a maximum of 25 minutes 0 with the burning sensations lasting around 5 to 10 minutes. The solution is then neutralized through applying iced saline using cotton or gauze; that eliminates any discomfort you might be having. Then your face is covered with an ointment that promotes healing and helps keep your skin moist. Post-operative pain management isn’t necessary.
How Long Does The Procedure Take
For the face a Medium-depth Chemical Peel will take 15-60 minutes; more time is needed for larger body types.
Are There Any Immediate Side Effects?
Following a Medium-depth Chemical Peel procedures, mild peeling, flaking, cracking, crusting/scabbing, redness and swelling may be expected. Frequently your skin might also become stiff and turner a dark shade before it starts the peeling process. This downtime prior to your skin being restored may last from 5 up to 10 days, and will depend on how fast your skin heals.
Physically you can return to regular activities immediately after your treatment. However, you might not want to be seen in public due to your appearance. You should feel comfortable with being out in public in around seven days. You will have a flushed appearance that slowly fades away over several weeks following your treatment.
Take the caution of making sure your skin is properly moisturized before and following your treatment to help lessen the effects dramatically. Your doctor may recommend an appropriate time frame for applying makeup. Usually you will be able to apply it several days following treatment.
What Results Can You Anticipate?
Medium-depth Chemical Peel results include brighter and clearer over all skin, reduction in dark under-eye circles, pore size, age spots and fine wrinkles, as well as improved skin tone and texture. The effects will last from six months up to one year, and improvements might persist longer if you follow a good skincare maintenance regimen with treatments such as superficial chemical peels or microdermabrasion. It is important to remember that dynamic wrinkles or acne scarring are not reduced by Medium-depth Chemical Peels.
What Is The Recommended Course Of Action For Optimal Results?
You should repeat a Medium-depth Chemical Peel every 4-6 months for optimal results.
Who Should Perform The Treatment?
Only a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who is a specialist in Medium-depth Chemical Peels should be administered this type of treatment. Board certification should come from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to help ensure the doctor has met nationally recognized standards for skills, experience, knowledge and education to effectively and safely administer the treatment.