Chemical Peels

WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?

A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels can make a tremendous difference to a number of conditions, Including: Acne scars ; Ageing skin ; Crow’s feet ; Scars ; Sun damaged skin ; Sagging skin and wrinkles. A thorough evaluation is imperative before embarking upon a chemical peel.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES?

There are three basic types of chemical peels: Superficial, Medium and Deep.

In a superficial peel alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate the top layer of skin (epidermis) and to gently exfoliate it. The effect is to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands. The effects of the medium and deep peels is to penetrate sequentially deeper layers of the skin and thereby promote greater peeling and a more dramatic effect. They will tend to be used where the pre-existing skin imperfections or damage form ultraviolet exposure, skin ageing or acne scarring is greater. Superficial and medium peels are usually prescribed as a course of treatments in order to achieve the maximum benefit.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS WITH THEM?

Chemical peels are usually safe treatments, if performed by someone who is experienced and qualified. However, there are some risks, including: your skin may appear darker or lighter than normal after treatment, which can be permanent; if you’ve had cold sores in the past, there’s a chance the treatment could cause them to recur; you may develop scarring or an infection after treatment, although this is rare

As it heals, your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so you’ll need to use sun cream for a period after treatment.

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