Facial peel treatments are designed to accelerate the removal of old dead cells at the surface of the skin, bringing forth the softer, smoother skin below. Their aim is to remove pigmentation and resurface the skin. They are essentially an accelerated form of exfoliation induced by the use of chemical products.
How do they work?
Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin and it can be used in all areas of the body. The chemical agent is applied to your skin where you may feel a warm and tingling sensation which could last 5-10 minutes. After a time an anti-inflammatory cream will be applied and your skin may be slightly pink to red depending on the peel used. The new regenerated skin is more uniform in colour, smoother and less wrinkled, giving a more youthful look, with a reduction in pitted scars.
Which Chemical peel?
There are different types of peels, differing in their intensity.
Alphahydroxy acids (AHA) These are the lightest, mildest most superficial peels. They are commonly used and remove the outer layer of cells, lightly exfoliating the skin to give a healthy glow. AHA may be used to treat fine wrinkling, sun damage and areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) This is a medium depth peel which targets surface wrinkles and blemishes. This penetrates further into the skin to reduce small wrinkles and acne scars, and to even out skin colour and tone.
Phenol This is the strongest peel for deep peeling. It is not used at our clinic due to increased need for downtime associated with this treatment and our experience with our patients who prefer the above treatments. Our expert doctor will during your consultation take a detailed history and examination. After this a prescriptive peel, tailor made for your skin needs and type will be planned and applied. This is very much a specialised area needing this individualised approach.
For further details concerning your personal treatment, you can arrange a consultation with a Dr Cosmetic Physician.