Cosmetic Dermatology

Chemical Peels

What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are liquids brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. The aim of this cosmetic procedure is to improve the appearance of the facial skin – for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone.

There are many types of chemical peels ranging from superficial peels to deep peels depending on the condition. Many conditions can be dramatically improved by being treated with chemical peels. These include: acne, acne scars, lines and wrinkles, photo ageing, greasy skin, localized hyper-pigmentation (lentigo – age spots) and melasma.

The effects of a peel can be:

  • Rejuvenated and brighter skin
  • Revival of dull skin
  • Removal of dead skin cells
  • Even skin texture and tone
  • Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smoother, softer skin
  • Eliminated pigmentation and reduced effects of sun damage
  • Reduction of inflammation and breakouts caused by acne
  • Hydrated and nourished skin
  • Stimulated collagen production for plump and youthful looking skin

Treatment & Recovery

Very superficial and superficial peels are slightly uncomfortable but not painful. There is slight stinging and burning sensation that ceases as soon as the peel is neutralised. Retinol peels are absolutely painless.

Medium peels cause a quite intense burning and stinging sensation for 2-5 minutes that ceases once the peel is neutralised. Resorcinol peels cause a slight burning sensation once the peel is taken off.

Deep peels instead require local anaesthetic with sedation and may need a one-day hospitalisation.

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