What are chemical peels and what conditions can be treated with a chemical peel?
Chemical peels involve the brief application of an active solution to the skin, which leads to exfoliation and removal of dead skin cells, cleaning of oil and a deep clean of clogged pores. Chemical peels can revitalise and rejuvenate dull, lifeless skin giving you healthy appearance, as well as minimising fine lines and other signs of ageing.
Chemical peels can also unblock clogged pores which aids in the treatment of acne, whiteheads and blackheads, and can aid dehydrated skin and uneven skin tone and colour. Treatment with chemical peels is not limited to the face, and can be very useful on the neck, back, upper chest and upper arms.
Treatment with chemical peels can also be combined with microdermabrasion or Photo-LED therapy to enhance the rejuvenation process. A series of chemical peels, in conjunction with Dermafrac, microdermabrasion or Laser Genesis and occurring over a period of weeks or months, may be recommended by your dermal therapist.
What does treatment with a chemical peel feel like?
Is there any downtime?
Everyone has different experiences, however treatment with chemical peels is rapid, discomfort is minimal, and the treatment is generally very well tolerated. The highly trained staff at Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine can adjust the treatment if you find that you are becoming too uncomfortable. You can return to your normal activities immediately after treatment with a chemical peel, however you may notice that your skin feels tight and dry, and looks slightly pink.
These effects show that the treatment is working, and should only last for a day or two. Your dermal therapist will provide you with appropriate after-care instructions and post-treatment skin products to optimise your outcome and minimise your period of “down-time”.
How long until I see results after treatment with a chemical peel? How often will I require treatment?
Everyone’s body reacts differently, but the effect of treatment with a chemical peel will be seen after the initial period of mild redness resolves, generally a day or two. However, your skin may feel fresher immediately. Similarly, the treatment effect will last different lengths of time on different skin types.
Treatments may be required every week to every six weeks, depending on your skin type, your treatment goals and the other components of your personally tailored treatment plan.
I have sensitive skin. Is treatment with a chemical peel for me?
Most people tolerate chemical peels very well, however some sensitive skin types may not tolerate chemical peels well, and a different, gentler treatment may be indicated for you. Please discuss your treatment goals and any skin sensitivities with our highly trained staff during your initial consultation, and we can tailor a treatment plan for you.
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How long does treatment with a chemical peel take?
Treatment time depends on the size of the region treated and the type of peel performed. As a general guide, a chemical peel on the face would be expected to take twenty to thirty minutes.
Can treatment with chemical peels be combined with other treatments?
Chemical peel treatments may be performed alone, or may be combined with Photo-LED therapy, which may accelerate the healing and rejuvenation process and lead to faster, longer lasting results.
Is treatment with chemical peels only for women? What about men?
At Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we understand that there is more and more pressure for men to look younger. We know that you want to look your natural best. Our service is discreet and confidential, so why not contact Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, or come in and discuss a chemical peel with our professional staff?
I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Can I have a chemical peel?
At Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, your safety and the safety of your loved ones is our highest priority. Whilst our treatments have been studied extensively for both their safety and effectiveness, at Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we follow the industry best-practice standards of not treating during pregnancy or during breast feeding.
Your qualified dermal clinician can advise you on treatment alternatives to enable you to continue working towards your aesthetic goals throughout your pregnancy and while you are breast feeding.
I have a medical condition. Can I have a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are a very safe treatment. However, if you have an existing or poorly controlled medical condition it may be safer to postpone your treatment. Our highly trained team will discuss your suitability for treatment during your initial assessment.