Chemical Peels/CO2 Laser Peels
The small damaged veins appearing on the surface of the skin, generally, on face or legs are called Spider veins. They are red, purple or blue in color and are generally flat or have a slight bulge.
For cosmetic reasons, people wish to remove them, otherwise, they do not cause any harm or pain. As the name suggests, Spider veins appear like webs, branches or thin lines.
CO2 Laser Peels
The CO2 laser peels do resurface of the skin, giving it a smoother, softer and younger skin. Outer layers of damaged skin are removed effectively thus treating sun damage, deeper facial lines, wrinkles, and scarring.
Deeper layers of damaged skin are removed and stimulation is provided for the regeneration of healthy skin.
A local anesthetic is employed while performing this procedure.
The procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes.
CO2 and erbium are the most commonly used laser resurfacing treatments. Each laser vaporizes skin cells damaged at the surface-level.
The following three Chemical Peel are used widely
A mild acid like Alpha-hydroxy acid is used in this type of peel. The objective is to gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin. The mild acid penetrates only the outer layer of skin and gently exfoliates it. This treatment refreshes the skin and improves the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well.
It takes a maximum of seven days to heal.
This peel penetrates the middle layers of the skin and removes damaged skin cells. Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to the skin. A significant improvement is seen in fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, freckles, and moderate skin discoloration.
It also can be used to smoothen rough skin and treat actinic keratosis-like precancerous skin growths.
It takes a maximum of fifteen days to heal.
To remove damaged cells and thus moderate lines, freckles and shallow scars and age spots, Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin. Patients see a dramatic improvement in their skin appearance. The procedure which is used on the face can only be performed once.
It takes around twenty days to heal.
Follow the instructions from your therapist judiciously. You might need to apply creams and lotions, soak the skin or even take antiviral medication. Sun exposure and smoking should be avoided after the treatment.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
One of the oldest methods, it has been successfully used to treat skin issues like warts, scars, enlarged oil glands on the nose, wrinkles, etc.
The latest version of CO2 laser resurfacing employs very short pulsed light energy (ultra pulse) or continuous light beams. These light beams are delivered in a scanning pattern. Thin layers of skin are removed with minimal heat damage. It takes up to two weeks of recovery time.
After laser resurfacing, an itching or stinging feeling might last for up to 72 hours. After 5 to 7 days of the treatment, your skin will become dry and peel off.
The doctor will prescribe certain medication for taking care of swelling and redness and advice you on managing the treated skin.
The side effects of Laser resurfacing:
- Reactivation of herpes cold sores
- Bacterial infection
- Laser’s heat might cause Burns or other injuries
- Scarring might happen
- There might be changes in the skin’s pigmentation, including areas of darker or lighter skin