The Initial Risks and Side Effects of Medium and Deep Facial Peels
Patients will need time to recover. This comes as a result of the acid application.
For medium peels recovery time can last for between 1 and 2 weeks, but redness can last for a month. Patients are also unable to return to work for 1 week. After treatment, expect red, swollen and stinging skin. As swelling decreases, treated skin will form a crust, and in some cases patches of skin may darken.
After a deep chemical peel, there will be severe redness and swelling, as well as burning and throbbing. Your eyelids may also swell shut and a doctor will apply a surgical dressing to the treated skin.
Deep peels require several follow up visits to the doctor, as well as soaking the treated skin and applying ointment several times a day for at least 2 weeks.
Treated skin may lose the ability to tan and may become lighter or darker than other areas.
Both medium and deep facial peels leave the skin susceptible to bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
The Serious Risks of Chemical Peels
As it appears as though you’re getting instant results due to the initial softening, smoothing, tightening and lifting of the skin, patients believe peels to be an effective treatment. However serial use of medium or deep peels can cause serious and irreversible skin damage.
Medium and deep chemical peels can lead to premature skin aging. Regular use thins the skin and causes it to sag which makes patients look much older.
The deeper down that you exfoliate the skin, the more damage you are causing. When you get so far down to the dermis, you get past your stem cell layer and reach the skin’s collagen supplies. Penetrating this deep causes damage to the skin’s collagen. This temporarily increases collagen production leading to temporary aesthetic benefits, but in the long run the damage far outweighs the benefits.
Due to the severe nature of the treatments, the skin is also left highly vulnerable to free radicals, toxins and pollutants from anywhere between 7 days to a month. When skin is left that vulnerable it doesn’t always repair to the same level again.
Skin is also left highly sensitive to UV damage, which can increase the visible signs of aging and in severe cases lead to skin conditions, including cancer.
It’s also more susceptible to damage from toxins such as alcohol or smoking. In its damaged state the skin cannot defend itself against these external sources.
Patients with deeper skin tones are also at a particularly higher risk. The risk of post-inflammatory/post-peel hyperpigmentation increases significantly. Avoid using deep peels when treating Black, Asian, Hispanic and Latino skin tones.¹
Major complications have also been reported to include significant scarring, dyspigmentation, allergic reactions, airway obstruction caused by swelling, toxic shock syndrome, cardiotoxicity, and corneal damage.²
Alternative Treatment To Medium + Deep Facial Peels
Dermoi recommend the PCA skin signature peel as the only safe and effective peel. This superficial peel will not go past the base layer of the epidermis and resultantly will not cause deep internal damage to the skin. The aesthetic benefits of the skin are also not compromised.
This treatment uses PCA Skin formulations.