A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the facial skin to remove the top layer and to reveal the fresh new skin beneath. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking. This treatment can be used to treat scars, wrinkles and skin discoloration. A chemical peel can be performed on its own or in combination with other cosmetic procedures as indicated.
Consultation and Treatment
Before you consider chemical peeling, a physical examination and consultation will take place with our surgical expert. Photographs are taken and the face is carefully assessed helping to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Chemical peels can be performed at different depths, depending on the skin problem that is addressed.
Light Chemical Peel
This removes only the superficial layer of skin cells and can be used to treat fine wrinkles, acne and uneven skin tone. It can be applied as often as once a week for up to six weeks depending on the desired outcome.
Medium Chemical Peel
This removes the superficial layer of skin cells and also the top layer of the intermediate layer of skin cells “dermis” and is effective to treat skin wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone. This can be repeated after one year to maintain results.
Deep Chemical Peel
This removes a deeper layer of skin cells. It can be used to treat deep wrinkles and scars. A deeper peel usually produces more pronounced results. But the recover times are also longer.
Chemical face peels are applied directly to the cleansed skin. For a light chemical peel there is no need for local anaesthesia, for deeper peels local anaesthesia or painkiller may be used.
After a chemical peel of any depth, cooling is applied and a regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and protective ointments are prescribed.
FAQ: Chemical Peeling
How often can chemical peelings be performed?
Chemical peels are used to remove or exfoliate the top layer of dead skin, allowing new, more youthful, healthy skin to show through. It differs based on whether you are treating sun damage, fine lines, sun spots, textures, or pores. Mild chemical peels can be done once a month to exfoliate the skin and to improve skin texture. Conversely deeper peels are typically only performed every 3-6 months for best results.