Chemical Peels Explained
Chemical Peels are one of our most popular and most effective treatment options. They can be customised to treat a wide range of skin concerns, including fine lines and ageing, acne, and congestion and pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Plus, they are affordable, comfortable, and have minimal downtime!
While you may be apprehensive if you’ve seen that infamous Sex & The City scene where Samantha receives a peel, we can assure you this treatment has come a long way! In just 30 minutes, we can refine and rejuvenate the skin to promote a brighter, smoother, more youthful complexion.
Here’s what you need to know about Chemical Peels…
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical Peels use acids to remove the old, top layers of the skin to reveal the fresh, new layers underneath. The acids in superficial peels work to gently dissolve the bonds between the dead skin cells, allowing them to shed. More intensive peels work on a deeper layer of the skin, creating a controlled injury to encourage cell turnover and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
Deeper peels will have a greater number of complications and a longer recovery, but also will result in a greater improvement in the skin.
We can determine which strength of peel is best for you, based on your concerns, the health of your skin and downtime requirements.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of peels needed will vary based on your concerns. While you can just have one to refine and refresh the skin, we generally recommend a series of 6. This will help to really target your concerns and encourage lasting changes within the skin.
We can also gradually increase the strength of your peels throughout your program to ensure we can achieve the best results while maintaining the integrity of your skin.
Who are Chemical Peels suitable for?
As Chemical Peels are highly customisable, they are suitable for most skin types - even sensitive.
Your therapist will be able to assess your skin type and recommend the best option for you. Please note, some skin types and people (including pregnant women) may not be the best candidates for Chemical Peels. In this case, our Custom Medi-Facials are usually recommended.
How should I prepare for a Chemical Peel?
Before we commence treatments, you may be required to prep your skin with cosmeceutical skincare and active ingredients. This will help to strengthen your skin and ensure it is able to safely tolerate the acids used in our professional peels.
There are also some products and treatments that should be avoided in the lead up to your treatment:
• One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, depilatory creams, and laser hair removal.
• Two to three days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, Differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA), or benzoyl peroxide.
• Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as laser treatments, cosmetic fillers, or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.
What should I expect post-treatment?
Immediately post-peel, your skin will look flushed and feel warm. This can last anywhere from a few hours to 24 hours. A few days after your treatment, your skin may begin flaking or peeling for up to a week. The intensity and duration will depend on the strength of the peel used.
Once this subsides, you will see the fresh, new skin underneath! Your complexion should look clearer, brighter and more even. Your results will continue to improve throughout your treatment plan.
Is there any downtime?
Downtime with our Chemical Peels is usually minimal. You may experience some redness, flaking and mild peeling. Your skin may also feel warm, tight and a little itchy as the skin sheds. This generally subsides around one week post-treatment.
After this time, you may also experience skin purging. This process involves the skin breaking out post-treatment as any underlying congestion is brought to the surface. While it may be disheartening (particularly for those who are not prone to breakouts) it is actually a good thing as it is helping to improve skin health. As you continue with your peel plan, purging will likely subside as underlying congestion is lessened.
Can I combine Peels with other treatments?
Yes, often we recommend a treatment plan that incorporates peels alongside facials, needling and cosmetic injectables. This provides a comprehensive and targeted approach to your skin and aesthetic concerns.
We recommend booking a consultation with our team of therapists and cosmetic injectors to discuss the perfect treatment plan for your needs.
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