Chemical peels are often used to improve various skin conditions such as skin texture, fine lines, and pigmentation. Superficial peels are generally safe to use, but sensitive and darker skins to need to be careful. They are generally an effective option for skin rejuvenation but may require regular use.
Most chemical peels are primarily acids derived from plants or vitamins, which aim to remove the outer layers of the skin. Generally, they are classified based on the depth of skin penetration. They contain various types of acid for example, beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid; alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic or glycolic acid; trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or blended peels which may have different combinations of lactic, salicylic, mandelic, and glycolic acids. Retinoids (Vitamin A derived) are considered peels because they cause peeling of the skin when used regularly. Some peels require neutralization to stop their action, whilst others are self-neutralizing.
- Skin renewal peel £120.00
- Salicylic acid anti-inflammatory peel course of 3 £360.00
- Glycolic 40% peel treatment course of 3 £400.00
- Glycolic 40% peel top up only £150.00
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peel can be superficial or a medium depth peeling agent depending on the concentration used. It is self-neutralizing and is often combined with other types of peel such as glycolic or salicylic acid.
Glycolic peels are very effective at treating photodamage, are quick to apply, and generally result in mild erythema (redness) and short recovery period. They can result in burning of stinging during the peel application and there is a risk of ulceration if the peel remains on too long. The depth of peel can therefore be altered depending on the length of time it is left on.
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Chemical Peels Crystal Palace, London
The London and Surrey Aesthetics Clinic in Crystal Palace, London offers chemical peels as a treatment option for patients seeking skin rejuvenation.
A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that uses a chemical solution to exfoliate and remove the outer layers of the skin. This process can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, skin texture, dullness, and hyperpigmentation.
Prior to booking a chemical peel treatment with our experienced consultant, patients will undergo a consultation to assess their skin type, concerns, and suitability for the treatment. During the consultation, patients can also discuss the expected results, recovery process, and any potential risks or complications.
During the chemical peel treatment, the consultant will apply a chemical solution to the patient’s face, which will cause the top layer of the skin to peel off. The duration and intensity of the treatment will depend on the patient’s skin type and concerns.
After the treatment, patients may experience some redness, peeling, and sensitivity in the treated area. It is important to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen during the recovery period to protect the newly exposed skin.
Potential Risks and Complications
While chemical peels are generally safe and effective, there is a small risk of complications, such as infection, scarring, and changes in skin pigmentation. Patients will discuss these risks with our consultant prior to undergoing the treatment.
Aftercare and Follow-up
After the chemical peel treatment, it is important to avoid excessive exercise immediately after treatment. Do not use any retinol products for 4 weeks. If any redness persists, do not go back to using glycolic aid or any other exfoliant acids until this has resolved. Avoid using sunbed, sunbathe, sauna or steam room for 7 days after a peer. Protect against UV light with minimum SPF of factor 30. Avoid electrolysis, waxing and bleaching the face for 7 days post peel. Do not swim in chlorinated water for 5 days. Avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours after treatment (increases risk of bruising). It is important to use the skincare your aesthetic practitioner has recommended. For example, using a richer moisturizer.
Patients may also schedule follow-up appointments with their consultant to monitor their progress and assess the need for additional treatments or adjustments to their skincare routine.
Cost and Duration
The cost and duration of a chemical peel treatment can vary depending on several factors, such as the type and intensity of the peel, the area being treated, and the consultant’s fees. Patients should discuss these details with their consultant prior to booking the treatment. Normally, chemical peels require a series of at least 3 treatments to help.
Preparation for the Treatment
Prior to the chemical peel treatment, patients may need to prepare their skin by avoiding certain skincare products or treatments for a period of time. This generally means retinoids for 5 days prior to peel. Patients should also inform their consultant of any medications or medical conditions that may affect the treatment or recovery process. For example, you cannot use acne medication for at least 6 months prior to treatment.
Types of Chemical Peels
There are several types of chemical peels available, including superficial, medium, and deep peels. The type of peel used will depend on the patient’s skin type, concerns, and desired results.
- Superficial Peel: This type of peel is the mildest and is typically used to treat minor skin concerns, such as fine lines and mild acne. Superficial peels use a gentle acid, such as alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin.
- Medium Peel: A medium peel is more intense than a superficial peel and can treat more significant skin concerns, such as deeper wrinkles and moderate acne. This type of peel uses a stronger acid, such as trichloroacetic acid (TCA), to penetrate deeper into the skin.
- Deep Peel: A deep peel is the most intense type of peel and is typically used to treat more severe skin concerns, such as deep wrinkles and scars. This type of peel uses a strong acid, such as phenol, to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin. There is considerable down time and therefore they are rarely used today. These should be performed by plastic surgeons or dermatologists.
The results of a chemical peel treatment can vary depending on the type and intensity of the peel, as well as the patient’s skin type and concerns. In general, chemical peels can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation, and other skin imperfections.
Patients may notice an improvement in the texture and tone of their skin, as well as a reduction in the appearance of sun damage and age spots. However, it is important to note that the results of a chemical peel treatment are not permanent, and patients may require additional treatments to maintain their results.
Chemical peels can be an effective treatment option for patients seeking to improve the appearance of their skin. By understanding the types of peels available, the expected results, and the potential risks and complications, patients can make an informed decision about whether this treatment is right for them.