Skin Peels and Microdermabrasion in Perth
What are Chemical Peel and Dermabrasion?
Chemical Peel and Dermabrasion are procedures designed to refresh the appearance of your skin. A Chemical Peel aims to produce an exfoliation of the outer layers of the skin while a Dermabrasion utilises a technique similar to "sandpapering". The skin removed can be superficial or deep. The more superficial techniques usually aim at giving the skin a "fresh, clean" look. However, they will not remove the wrinkles. The deeper methods may try to remove wrinkles, such as those around the lips. The deeper the technique, the greater is the chance for complications such as altered pigmentation of the skin and scarring. You should discuss with your surgeon what you hope to achieve by these techniques so that he or she may determine which technique is best suited to your requirements.
Are these methods alternatives to a Facelift?
There are limitations in what can be achieved by these exfoliation techniques and thus they should be considered complimentary to, rather than an alternative, for a Facelift.
Which procedure is better for me?
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step in considering this treatment. You should frankly discuss your goals and expectations, and your plastic surgeon will explain to you which technique is right for you. To minimise the effects of aging in the face characterised by the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or sun damage, either Chemical Peel or Dermabrasion may be suggested. Their effects are similar.
How is Dermabrasion performed?
Under local or general anaesthesia, a high-speed rotating device is used. The wire brush, or the diamond abrasion sander removes the upper layer of skin. Depending on the extent of the treatment, the face may be left exposed, or covered with a Mressing for a few days.
How is a Chemical Peel performed?
A liquid chemical solution is applied to the face. The face may be left exposed, covered with ointment, or covered with a mask made with layers of adhesive tape with openings for eyes and mouth. The chemical "burns off" the upper layer of skin. This is then replaced during the healing process with new, younger looking skin.
Will I be hospitalised for the procedure?
Chemical Peel and Dermabrasion may be performed as a Day Case or alternatively with a short hospital stay.
What results can I expect?
With both procedures, after the normal healing period the skin will appear slightly pinker and firmer. As a result you should appear more youthful and refreshed.
Are there any risks or side effects?
The deeper the Chemical Peel or Dermabrasion the better the result. However the potential for alteration in skin colour and areas of scarring due to delayed healing and infection increases. A conservative procedure usually results in rapid healing with minimal risk of side effects.
When can I resume normal activities?
Returning to your usual routine is an individual matter. Your surgeon will advise you on your schedule, and under normal circumstances you would return to your regular routine in approximately two weeks. Your surgeon will also advise you about resuming use of cosmetics and how to protect your skin from the sun.