Estetica offers a range of chemical peels that can reveal fresher, younger looking skin in a matter of weeks. Cosmetic peels will enhance your appearance and self-confidence, while some chemical peels may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften facial acne scars, and even control acne.
Chemical peels commonly contain alpha hydroxyacids, naturally occurring acids found in fruits and other foods that have been proven to be effective in treating a range of conditions including skin dryness, liver or sun spots, fine facial wrinkles and enlarged pores, while improving skin texture. Light peels are conducted in courses of six to eight treatments, with no less than a four-week interval in between each. This type of peel leaves the skin with a red glow, lasting for only a day or so.
Several different types of peels are offered for different therapeutic effects. Skin Medica Re-Vitalize peels are excellent for exfoliation to reveal younger, vibrant skin. Neostrata alpha hydroxy peels come in different strengths to revitalize skin and diminish wrinkles. Salicylic acid and Jessner peels penetrate acne to create clearer complexions. Depending on your treatment goals, we usually recommend Obagi, Skin Medica or Neostrata creams in between peels to maximize results.
Chemical peeling is a popular treatment which uses carefully selected chemicals to shed the upper layer of the skin. It is these upper layers which are often the cause of dull complexions and congested pores as they contain many dead skin cells. The peel allows the healthy underlying skin to be revealed resulting in a fresh and more youthful glow.
Different types of skin respond better to different types of peel. We will individually tailor your chemical peel after careful assessment of your skin type and condition. A peel can be very mild with no downtime but requiring several applications, or it can be more aggressive achieving results in just 1 or 2 treatments. We recommend specific peels in advance of other treatments, for example light therapy for rejuvenation, as it can amplify the result of the other therapies. Peels can also be an ideal treatment to undertake prior to using the right products at home. Quite simply, why waste time and money moisturising the dead skin on the surface? Remove this upper layer and your creams and serums will be able to penetrate the healthy skin below. You will see that "glow" of radiance!
Typically chemical peels are performed on the face, neck or hands. They will treat all wrinkles and can be particularly helpful in minimising the fine lines under the eye and around the mouth which are areas traditionally difficult to treat with other anti-wrinkle treatments. They also improve the appearance of mild scarring including acne scars. They will treat certain types of acne and will reduce outbreaks and clogged pores. In addition they will minimise age and sun spots, pregnancy related pigmentation (melasma) and freckling.
Areas of sun damage, which may contain pre-cancerous actinic keratosis which first appear as scaly spots may improve after a chemical peel and following treatment new precancerous lesions have been shown to be less likely to appear.
Q. Who should consider a chemical peel?
A. Chemical peels can be used on many different types of skin. They will be individually tailored for each person's skin type and skin condition. Deeper peels are fantastic for more mature skins as removal of the upper layer of the skin effectively treats the signs of ageing. Younger skins may benefit from lighter peels resulting in a refreshed appearance and acne sufferers often seem dramatic improvements as well. You may be recommended a course of peels to produce the best results.
Q. What does it involve?
A. After consultation the skin is cleaned. Then one or more peeling solutions are applied to the area being treated. We offer a number of different peels such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid and depigmentation peels. The chemical produces a warm feeling which can be followed by some mild stinging. The extent of the discomfort is directly related to the depth of the chosen peel. Burning sensations are usually short lasting. Unwanted side effects can be managed by a cool compress or sometimes oral analgesia may be recommended. Most clients tolerate this without any problem.
Q. What should I expect after a chemical peel?
A. After a chemical peel it is very important to use a high factor sunscreen every day. With light peels there will be some redness, followed by scaling that ends within 3-7 days. Mild and moderate peels are often repeated at 1-4 week intervals until the desired clinical effect is achieved.
Medium and deep peels may produce swelling and blistering as well. As the blisters break they turn to crust and become brown. This then peels off over a period of 7-14 days. It is important not to pick at these crusts as this could cause scarring. Scarring is not likely if you follow the after care instructions which will be provided to you.
You will be recommended or prescribed the appropriate products to use before, during and following your chemical peels.
Q. What are the possible complications of having a peel?
A. Certain skin types are at risk of developing temporary or permanent colour changes. This is more likely in dark skin types or with hormonal changes (subsequent pregnancy or use of oral contraceptive pill.)
There is a very small risk of scarring with the deeper peels. If you are susceptible to scarring you may not be suitable for chemical peeling because of this risk. If you suffer with cold sores these may be reactivated by the treatment, and you may be advised to use antiviral medications (aciclovir) before your treatment to prevent this.
At estetica we offer , salicylic acid peel , glycolic acid peel and TCA peel