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A 'Chemical Peel' is a cosmetic technique used to resurface, and improve the appearance of the skin using a special, chemical solution. Although most often used to treat the face, Chemical Peels may also be used to treat skin on the arms, legs, hands, neck, back and buttocks.
Next-to muscle-relaxing injections, Chemical Peels are perhaps the most common non-invasive procedure available, offering patients an incredible complexion boost by stripping away the skin's damaged, superficial layer and revealing a newer, fresher layer of skin beneath.
How does the chemical peel work?
Chemical Peels range from the mild (the glycolic or salicylic) to the deep (a high strength TCA) and are achieved by applying a special, acidic irritant directly to the skin. This helps to buff away the damaged skin on the surface and allows new, fresh skin to form. The chemical solution reacts with the epidermis in such a way that it creates a superficial wound which the body then endeavours to heal by stimulating cell regrowth.
Beforehand, we will cleanse the skin. Chemical agents will then be applied to the skin, then left for a few minutes to start breaking down the epidermis layer. During this time, patients may experience some slight stinging or a mild sensation of heat. We will then remove the solution, and soothe the treated area with a cold compress.
What does it do?
Chemical Peels are fantastically restorative and are especially popular amongst those seeking relief from serious skin complaints such as acne or hyperpigmentation. Many will also opt for a Chemical Peel when in search of special skin radiance for an important occasion or event.
Pending your choice of peel, you can expect to see improvements in everything from skin clarity to oil-control and scarring. They are also known for dramatically reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, sun damage, age spots, pigmentation and melasma.
How long will the results last for?
Light Chemical Peels will leave your skin looking more taut and hydrated for around 1-2 months, whereas moderate peels will see results for up to 6 months.
Results will also depend on how well you continue to care for your skin, as best results are achieved through diligent skincare, ample moisturising and careful protection from the sun ( like Heliocare SPF 50) We will be happy to advise you on how to best care for your particular skin type, and extend the results of your chemical peel for as long as humanly possible.
A course of at least 3-6 is recommended with a gap of 4 weeks.
How long does it take?
On average, a chemical peel should take no longer than an hour to complete. Depending on the nature of the peel but you should start seeing results of your chemical peel from anywhere between day 2 and day 10
When can I return to work?
Mild peels will require little to no downtime at all, and patients should be able to return to normal work duties the following day, if not before.
Price per Peel £75
(includes your prep product you require two weeks prior to your treatment)
Course of 3 £200
Course of 6 £400