A chemical peel is an anti-aging cosmetic procedure resulting in a smoother more radiant complexion. During a chemical peel, a solution is brushed over the skin resulting in exfoliation of the outer surface layer of skin cells (epidermis).
The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
A chemical peel is effectively a non-surgical facelift, for visible improvements without it being obvious you have ‘had anything done’. We recommend a course of multiple treatments, depending on your personal face treatment needs, followed by top up treatments twice a year to maintain the results.
After a chemical peel your skin will be more sensitive to UV rays; it is important that you follow the aftercare programme recommended by your practitioner, including application of daily sunscreen for at least a month after treatment.
A superficial chemical peel uses a mild acid such as alpha-hydroxy acid to exfoliate the outer layer of your skin. The chemical is applied to your skin and left for a few minutes to allow removal of dead cells.
Your skin may feel tight immediately after treatment but this should fade after a couple of hours. Superficial chemical peels can be an effective treatment for mild skin discolouration and rough skin on the face or neck.
A medium chemical peel uses a stronger acid such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or glycolic acid (GA), which penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin. A medium chemical peel can be an effective treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and moderate skin discolouration. It may also be able to treat pre-cancerous skin growths such as actinic keratosis. Given the stronger chemical used, the effects of a TCA or GA peel will be greater, however, so are the after effects such as burning, stinging or red/brown discolouration that may be experienced can take up to 6 weeks to resolve.
Treatment is needed every 6 to 12 months to maintain the effects