The skin resurfacing peeling eliminates the superficial layers of the skin. Unlike dermabrasion, who’s process is to mechanically resurfacing the skin, the chemoexfoliation is a chemical abrasion that rejuvenates the skin.
The peeling agents used -either natural or chemicals, depending on their abrasive nature - will remove a uniform thickness of the skin. This process can be done on the epidermis –or superficial layer of the skin- and deeper layers –the superficial and middle dermis- in accordance with the willing result.
The intensity of the process is chosen accordingly with the enhancement to be done to the defective area, the quality of the skin, and the willing results. In order to maximise the results of deeper skin layers pilling, it is necessary that the skin is carefully groomed before the process. The skin should be carefully cleaned, treated with fruit acids or vitamin A acid products, and an antibiotic treatment will have been taken. These recommendations will be made by the surgeon in charge 2 to 3 weeks ahead of the operation so that the skin is perfectly prepared for the peeling process.
Then the first act will be to clean and sterilise the skin. The surgeon then applies the peeling agent with regards with the characteristics defining each peeling (density, exposure time) in accordance with the extent of the skin imperfections and its condition so the best result is attained.
The peeling agent used and the intensity of the treatment will define the post-operative treatment. For exfoliating effect peeling, as the action is emphasised on the epidermis only -the superficial layer of the skin- the post-operative treatment is light. All areas can be treated by respecting standard precautions, especially the use of a sunscreen.
Deeper layers peeling removes the epidermis and upper dermis by carefully chemically burning these zones. At this stage, than newly uncover by peeling dermis displays redness, swelling and weeping.
For these deeper peeling, a reddish or pinky aspect of the skin is due for several weeks. The patient will apply emollient creams especially aimed at sensitive skin, sunscreen protection and will avoid the sun lights. The use of make-up to hide these temporary effects is possible 10 days after the operation. The resurfacing peeling will prove a rejuvenation of the skin by giving it a smoother appearance. Defects the patient wishes to see attenuates will be effectively treated.