What is a Chemical Peel?

A Chemical Peel is a treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin by causing it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. We use several types of peels depending on patient requirements.

Chemical peels refresh the skin by removing its outer damaged layers during the application of the treatment. Some sunspots, irregular pigmentation, freckles and rough scaly patches can be significantly reduced.

Through stimulation of your body’s natural healing process and production of collagen, chemical peels can also reduce fine wrinkles. There is some evidence that it may reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Common names

Fruit Acid Peel, Skin Peel, Facial Peel, AHA Peel, TCA, Glycolic Acid Peel, Lactic Acid Peel

Targeted areas

Face, neck and hands. As hands are more prone to scarring, the results are less predictable

Procedure Information

Procedure Type

Non Surgical

Cost

$99

Improvement

Fine wrinkling can be reduced, most brown marks and pigmentation can be removed or lessened, especially age and ‘liver’ spots (lentigines) and melasma after pregnancy

Results

Seen within 7 days

Recovery Time

Some peels have no downtime while others need 5 to 10 days out of action

Treatable Area's

Face and hands but hands are more prone to scarring and the results are less predictable than the face

How do Chemical Peels work?

When the selected product is applied to your skin, it causes the removal of the top or most sun-damaged layers. As these layers peel off over the next week or so, new unblemished skin forms from the deeper germinal layers.

Chemical peeling stimulates the growth of new healthy skin cells, replacing tired, old and sun-damaged skin.

What is the procedure?

Firstly, the skin is thoroughly cleansed. The product is then applied to your face for a scheduled period of time. At this stage, you may feel a tingling or it may be slightly stingy, this abates after approximately 1 minute.

Once the initial discomfort has worn off, your skin will not be painful but will feel tight. Your skin will also go red and it may be a little swollen over the next 24 hours.

Over the next few days, the skin dries out and starts to peel. Emollient should be applied several times a day to prevent cracking. Some types of peel have no downtime, while others need 5 to 10 days out of action.

What are the possible complications?

Scarring can occur with strong acids or a phenol peel but is almost unknown the more gentle peels that we use. The most common causes of scarring are from infection and pulling the flaking pieces of skin off before they’re ready. Both are avoidable and patients should take extreme care to avoid manipulating the skin while it is flaking.

Cold sores can be activated in those prone to this problem. Anti-viral medication to in this case.

Increased pigmentation can occur, and will resolve over time. Pigmentation changes can also be largely prevented with sunscreen and minimising your sun exposure for 3 months after the peel.

When is the treatment NOT recommended?

The chemical peeling treatment:

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