What is a peel and what is its objective?
The peel is an operation of dermatological chemical surgery, a process that must be performed by a doctor and that aims to produce a slight burn on the skin in order to eliminate scars, blemishes or other defects.. It is a century-old technique that, despite the appearance of many sophisticated techniques, is still a rising value and is becoming more and more practical.
When can a peel be performed? Who and for what?
The peeling should always be done in times of low insolation, therefore, it is not advisable to do it in summer because the patient can be burned despite intense photoprotection.
A peel can be done to any person, it is a technique that involves a personalized treatment. In addition, the duration of the results is definitive: if what we want is to eliminate acne spots or scars, after having undergone the peeling -if this has been effective- they will have been eliminated. It is necessary to emphasize, that the peelings not only serve for esthetic ends, some ambulatory peels are preventive to avoid certain skin cancers. We are not only talking about a purely aesthetic procedure but about a true preventive medicine.
How many sessions are necessary to obtain the desired results?
There are two types of peelings, the ambulatory or superficial and the deep ones, and these can be medium or intermediate. The number of sessions depends on the type of skin and the availability of the patient. If we want to be quick we will use deep, more aggressive peels, but that require a state of domiciliation of 8 to 10 days. In the case that we want the patient to maintain a daily life, we will have to use softer peels, but we will need more sessions to maintain the same results.
After performing a peel what precautions should be taken?
Fundamentally in all the peelings is sun protection, but it also depends on the depth of the peel we make. And it depends on the patient, there are gentle or more intense treatments at home, even with antibiotics and antihistamines. It must be emphasized that there are some patients who, due to the type of skin they have, require a previous treatment so that the skin responds well, in those cases everything will expand a little more.
When can daily activities be resumed after the peeling?
If we talk about superficial peels, the resumption of activity to everyday life is immediate. In deep peels, they require a treatment period of approximately 7 to 10 home days.