High-intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU applies high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to locally heat the skin for lifting results on the skin. It is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure.
In the deep dermal and sub dermal layer of the skin, the ultrasound energy penetrates to stimulate collagen production by virtue of micro injuries to the tissue. As there is healing of the tissue, there is increased production of collagen and as the collagen fibers organize and shorten, a tightening effect is seen.
Its benefits include:
- Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin tightening
- Improvement in undereye bags and dark circles
- Skin lifting
- Slows down the development of signs of aging on the face and neck
- Improves skin elasticity and facial contour
Chemical Peel Treatment for Dark Skin
Chemical peel is a way to exfoliate the skin with the help of a chemical (made of natural products egg. sugarcane, milk) in a controlled way so that old dead skin peels off and that new skin comes in its place.
There are three basic types of peels:
- Superficial peelsare the mildest type and can be used for all skin types.Egg. glycolic acid.
- Medium peelscan penetrate the skin more deeply than superficial peels and mainly done for deep scars and pigmentation. Egs.Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
- Mixed peel, they are more popular these days. They are combination of various chemicals and therapeutic agents, such as mandalic acid, kojic acid, lactic acid, pyruvic acid and mainly used for rejuvenation of skin.
How a peel is done?
Right before the peel, the skin is cleaned. The chemical (usually a liquid or paste) is then applied to the skin with a small brush, gauze, or cotton-tip applicator and left for few minutes (depending on the condition and type of peel used). Water or alcohol may be used to neutralize it and then it is wiped off. You may feel a little burning during the treatment and mild redness may be there just after the procedure. Dead skin may peel for next two to three days so that new fresh skin can replace. You don’t have to be worry about any of these temporary symptoms and just take proper care of your skin which involves:
- Cleansing and moisturizing the skin daily.
- Sun protection is a must by using a proper sunscreen as recommended by the doctor since the new skin is more susceptible to sun damage.
- Avoid vigorous pricking, self-peeling, scrubbing or using exfoliating agents (e.g. retinoid) one week before and after the peeling.
- Chemical peels are very good and effective and will give you the desired results, provided you approach an experienced dermatologist.