Chemical Peels for Wrinkles

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Wrinkles are considered to be a visible imprint of a person’s age upon their body. For some this is recognised to be a mark of pride whereas for others this can be a source of extreme self-consciousness. For those who desire to reduce the appearance of wrinkles then chemical peels may be an advisable treatment option.

Wrinkle formation

A wrinkle is a crease within the skin, which is most commonly caused by the natural process of ageing. Other factors such as repeated use of specific facial expressions, sun damage (photo ageing), poor hydration and smoking can also result in the increased likelihood of the occurrence of wrinkles.

Most wrinkles appear upon parts of the body where the level of sun exposure is at its greatest. Hence, the face, the neck, the top of the forearm and the back of the hands are the areas where wrinkles appear.

There are two types of wrinkles: fine lines and deep furrows, most anti-wrinkle treatments target fine lines.  Chemical peels are amongst the variety of treatments that are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Chemical peels used to treat wrinkles

Chemical peels can be an effective treatment to reduce the appearance of superficial wrinkles. Glycolic peels (superficial peels) can make a slight difference upon the visibility of fine wrinkles. The deeper chemical peels- medium depth (commonly TCA) and phenol peel are able to penetrate deeper into the skin, therefore they are more effective in smoothing out the appearance of fine lines. 

The wrinkles which chemical peels are especially useful in reducing the appearance of are: wrinkles upon the forehead, cheeks, around the eyes and vertical lines around the mouth.

After undergoing a chemical peel your skin is not immune to ageing and therefore new wrinkles can appear over time. This is even true for the deep phenol peel.

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