We offer a range of medical-grade chemical peels, with different strengths (from superficial to deep peels) and different active ingredients to suit different skin types and concerns.
Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the surface of the skin to produce the careful removal of its outer layers. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of the product (superficial, medium or deep) and how long it is left on the skin. By removing the upper layers of the skin which are often dead or damaged, we can improve the texture and radiance of the skin, and leave it looking and feeling younger, softer and smoother.
Depending on the issues you're addressing with the procedure, you'll choose a chemical peel in one of three depths:
Light Chemical Peel
A light (superficial) chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis). It's used to treat fine wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone and dryness. You might have a light peel every 2 to 5 weeks.
Medium Chemical Peel
A medium chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and from portions of the upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). It's used to treat wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone. You might need to repeat the procedure to achieve or maintain the desired result.
Deep Chemical Peel
A deep chemical peel removes skin cells even deeper. Your doctor might recommend one for deeper wrinkles, scars or precancerous growths. You won't need repeat procedures to get the full effect.
What Can Chemical Peels Treat?Chemical peels can be used on most areas of the body, but are commonly used on the face or the backs of the hands to improve the appearance of: * Rough skin texture * Fine lines and wrinkles * Age spots * Sun damage * Blemishes * Acne * Acne scars * Actinic keratosis (precancerous skin growths)
What Are The Benefits Of Chemical Peels?Chemical peels can provide a variety of benefits for many skin types and tones. As a highly customisable treatment, we can tailor your chemical peel treatment to your skin type and concerns specifically, creating effective and beautiful benefits for a wide variety of patients. Other benefits of receiving a chemical peel include: * Improving the skin’s color, clarity, tone and texture * Stimulating new collagen and healthy skin cell growth, resulting in a radiant complexion * Reducing discoloration caused by sun damage * Helping to clear up breakouts * Smoothing away the look of fine lines and wrinkles * Increasing hydration of the skin * Addressing visible skin imperfections and scars * Enabling skincare products used at home to be more effective because a peel can remove several layers of skin build-up and congestion, allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin
What is a Light Chemical Peel?Light chemical peels are also known as glycolic acid peels, AHA chemical peels, or salicylic acid chemical peels. Glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that occurs naturally in sugar cane, is the most common ingredient of light chemical peels. The ingredients and formulation of a light chemical peel, however, depend upon the specific patient’s skin care needs. With light chemical peels, the chemical solution is left on the skin for a relatively short amount of time. When applied to the face or another part of the body, the AHA chemical peel solution works by removing the outer layers of skin so that a new, smooth layer of skin is revealed. The action of the chemical solution stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, essential components of healthy, youthful skin. Candidates for Light Chemical Peels Good candidates for light chemical peels are patients who have relatively mild skin imperfections and conditions, and who want to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of their skin without the recovery time of harsher treatments. Glycolic acid peels ( AHA chemical peels) are a safe and effective way to improve the look of sun-damaged skin, and they are helpful in reducing mild acne scars and fine lines. Because these light chemical peels exfoliate the surface of the skin and unclog pores, they are also considered and effective type of chemical peel for acne treatment.
What is a Medium Chemical Peel?The chemicals used for this type of peel will remove skin cells from both the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and upper part of your middle layer of skin (dermis). Agents frequently used for medium depth chemical peeling include TCA (trichloroacetic acid), Jessner's solution and glycolic acid. Medium peels penetrate to a deeper level, working to stimulate collagen production and improve elasticity for firmer skin. Trichloroacetic acid and glycolic acid are commonly used medium chemical peels – they are often chosen to treat acne scars, deeper wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. The ZO Skin Health 3-Step Peel is a popular option. It utilises a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to help improve skin health and treat many signs of ageing. This is a more intensive treatment, which requires a couple of days downtime. The aim is to deeply exfoliate the skin which, in turn, stimulates new epidermal and dermal growth, increased collagen production and more evenly distributed melanin. The new skin that grows has improved surface texture and appearance. Candidates for Medium Chemical Peels Medium-depth chemical peels are effective on all skin types and tones. A more aggressive treatment than superficial chemical peels, they are used to improve the appearance of uneven skin, fine lines, acne scarring and sun damaged skin. Medium-depth chemical peels can be used the face, neck and most places of the body, but are most commonly used on the face and backs of hands.
What is a Deep Chemical Peel?More intensive peels are used to deliver significant improvement to skin conditions and concerns, such as deep acne scarring and wrinkles. Compared to light and medium options, deep chemical peels have more dramatic results, and usually only a single treatment is needed. A phenol peel is typically used for this kind of treatment and uses carbolic acid to treat the skin. It is suitable only for treating the whole face, rather than specific areas. There will be more downtime with this kind of treatment, with redness and peeling lasting about a week. Deep chemical peel procedure steps: - You will be given a sedative to relax along with a local anesthetic to numb your face. _ Your face will go through a stepwise cleansing process. - Phenol is brushed onto the area after an appropriate time interval. - The chemical is neutralized with water. - A thick coat of ointment is smoothed over your skin, to prevent dryness and pain. The ointment must stay in place. Sometimes your doctor will cover your skin with strips of tape or medicated gauze rather than ointment. Candidates for Deep Chemical Peels A deep peel may be used if you have deep facial wrinkles, sun damaged skin, scars, uneven skin tone areas that appear blotchy or even pre-cancerous growths, deep facial chemical peels might be the right choice for you. The strongest chemical will be used.
What parts of the body can you get a chemical peel?While phenol peels are only suited for the face, other forms of chemical peels can be performed on various areas of the body including the neck, chest, arms, hands and legs. For chemical peels of the body, a combination of glycolic acid (the primary ingredient of a superficial peel) and trichloroacetic acid (the primary ingredient in a medium-depth skin peel) are typically applied. These types of peels are essentially facilitated to address skin issues such as sun damage, and to even out and improve pigmentation and overall skin texture.