What Is a Chemical Skin Peel?
A chemical skin peel, also known as a medical skin peel is a non-surgical procedure which improves the appearance of the skin.
During the skin peeling treatment, a solution is applied to your skin which penetrates and exfoliates it, removing dead skin cells and stimulating the growth of new skin cells.
This process reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and open pores, whilst simultaneously targeting blemishes, acne and pigmentation. Medical skin peels usually target the skin on the face, neck or hands.
How Does Skin Peel Treatment Work?
Chemical skin peels emove the damaged top layers of your skin to reveal the fresher, clearer and softer layers of skin underneath. Prior to the procedure, a dermatologist will thoroughly cleanse your face.
Your hair will be tied back, and you will be asked to wear goggles to protect your eyes. During the skin peeling treatment, an exfoliant acid will be applied to the areas of your skin that you want to be treated.
Typically, your dermatologist will begin with the thicker areas of your skin, such as your cheeks, nose or chin, before moving onto the thinner areas around your mouth and eyes. After the treatment, your dermatologist may use cool saline compresses to remove any remaining acid.
Am I a Good Candidate for this Treatment?
You should avoid arranging a skin peeling treatment if you are pregnant, or if you have taken an oral acne medication called isotretinoin in the last six months. If you are unsure about whether you are a good candidate for medical skin peels, it is a good idea to book a consultation.
During which one of our friendly dermatologists will determine whether a medical skin peel is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does A Skin Peel Treatment Take?
The duration of your skin peeling treatment depends on whether you are having a light, medium or deep chemical peel. Typically, the treatment lasts for anytime between 30 to 90minutes, with light skin peels being quicker, and deep skin peels taking longer.
What Type Of Chemical Peel Is The Right One For Me?
There are three different types of medical skin peel: light, medium and deep. Light skin peeling treatments only penetrate the outermost layer of skin. These peels use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid, which addresses issues such as uneven pigmentation, acne and fine wrinkles.
For more serious issues, such as acne scarring or deeper wrinkles, a medium peel is required. These peels use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid, which penetrates the middle and outer layers of the skin.
Finally, if you have deep facial wrinkles, scarring or an uneven skin tone, then a deep skin peeling treatment is likely to be right for you. These peels often use phenol or trichloroacetic acid to penetrate deeper levels of skin.
These skin peeling treatments generally take longer to administer and a local anaesthetic may be required to numb pain. If you are unsure about which skin peeling treatment is for you, you can discuss the potential options in a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist or a licensed healthcare provider.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The number of skin peeling treatments that you need depends on the type of treatment being administered. If you have a light skin peel, the treatment may have to be repeated monthly to maintain the look. If you have a medium skin peel, treatment will need to be repeated every six to twelve months to maintain the effects.
Finally, if you have a deep skin peel, then the results can last for up to ten years without the need to repeate the procedure.
What Can I Expect After A Medical Skin Peeling Treatment?
The amount of aftercare that is required following your skin peeling treatment depends on the type of medical skin peel. Typically, light skin peels do not require much downtime, whilst medium and deep skin peels can require two to three weeks of recovery time.
It is a good idea to arrange for a friend to pick you up and drive you back from the clinic. Additionally, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun after your chemical skin peel, so you should use sunscreen for at least a month after the procedure.
What Is The Chemical Peel Recovery Time?
Typically, your skin will appear red during the first 24 hours following your chemical skin peel. This is perfectly normal, and a moisturizer can be used to soothe the skin. For three to four days following the treatment, your skin will appear dry and flaky.
It is best to let the skin peeling treatment occur naturally, and not to pick or peel the skin yourself. After four days, most of the peeling should be complete, but it can take up to a week before fresh, new skin grows. Within one to two weeks, your skin should have completely healed.
When Will I See The Results?
The time it takes for you to see results from your chemical skin peel depends on the kind of treatment that you have had. If you have had a light medical skin peel, then it typically takes two to three weeks to see the full effect of the procedure.
If you have had a medium or a deep chemical skin peel, it can take as long as four months for your skin to heal and for new skin to grow. However, the results from medium and deep medical skin peels will last longer than light peels.
Are Skin Peels Risky?
When they are performed by a qualified and experienced medical professional, skin peeling treatments are exceptionally safe. There is a very small risk of infection or scarring, and, for people with certain skin types, there is also a small risk of developing a temporary or permanent change in skin tone, either lightening or darkening.
Do They Have Any Side Effects?
Medical skin peeling treatments do not typically produce any side effects. However, if you have had cold sores before, then there is a risk of them returning after your skin peeling treatment.
How Do I Book My Consultation?
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