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Peels FAQs

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a chemical peel:

  • sun-damaged skin
  • significant facial wrinkling
  • skin colour is uneven with blotchiness, sunspots and brown spots
  • scars that have made the surface of your skin uneven
  • reduction of large pores
  • certain precancerous skin growths
  • improve dry and dehydrated skin
  • provide more radiant and youthful looking skin

Other characteristics of the skin, such as its thickness and texture, may influence whether you are a good candidate for chemical peels. If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.

Pros:

  • No anesthesia or sedation is needed.
  • Light and medium chemical peels have minimal aftercare and recovery.
  • Deep chemical peels have long-lasting effects on treating deep wrinkles.

Cons:

  • After peel, there will be sun sensitivity and pores may appear larger.
  • Deep chemical peels may have a bleaching effect.
  • Can exacerbate skin disorders, including allergic reactions or cold sores.

These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering chemical peels. If you wish to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.

Your options will depend on the treatment depth you require and your therapists will recommend an approach based upon your aesthetic goals. The amount of time you can allow for recovery may be an important factor to consider when selecting a particular chemical peel or determining the extent of treatment.

  • Glycolic (AHA) peel
  • Trichloracetic (TCA) acid peel
  • Phenol peels
  • Croton oil peels
  • To find out if chemical peels that suited to your skin, see our dermal therapists for a customised treatment plan for you.

Depending on the type of peel and number of treatments you already have, the peel will be applied to the skin for up to 15 minutes. You should feel a mild tingling sensation during the chemical peel. No pain-relief is required before or after treatment. Depending on the type of peel and the depth of treatment, there is usually little redness of the skin afterwards.

Depending on the type of peel and number of treatments you already have, the peel will be applied to the skin for up to 15 minutes. You should feel a mild tingling sensation during the chemical peel. No pain-relief is required before or after treatment. Depending on the type of peel and the depth of treatment, there is usually little redness of the skin afterwards.

Because of the persistence of skin pinkness following deeper chemical peel procedures, it may take months before you can fully appreciate your new look. Most patients feel that the results are definitely worth waiting for and, in the case of deeper treatments, the benefits are relatively long-lasting. Superficial resurfacing procedures may need to be repeated periodically in order to maintain their benefits.

Your skin will continue to age, and wrinkles caused by movement of your facial muscles will eventually reappear. Some wrinkles may recur sooner than others, depending on their location as well as the type and extent of your chemical peel treatment. Despite this, you can expect that improvements in skin quality and texture achieved by a chemical peel will make your complexion appear younger and fresher for many years to come.

Peels can be applied weekly depending on the recommended treatment program set up for you to suit your skin condition and goals to achieve.

We will provide you with pre-treatment instructions depending on the depth of your treatment. This would include:

  • Applying special creams, lotion or gels to your skin for a few weeks or longer.
  • May also be given oral medications prior to treatment.
  • Stop smoking few weeks before to promote better healing.
  • Avoid taking certain anti-inflammatory drugs or medications that might increase bleeding.
  • Keeping hydrated before and after treatment.

Depending on the type of peel and the depth of the treatment, chemical peels starts from around $100 per treatment (milk peel) to around $300 (cosmo peel). Ask our trained therapists for a chemical peel that would suit your needs and condition. For a full price list, click here.

Chemical peels produce controlled injury to the skin, which promote growth of new skin and improved appearance. A variety of chemicals can be used as peeling agents and include glycolic, trichloroacetic (TCA), salicylic and resorcinol. The different chemical solutions produce different degrees of injury to the skin.

Chemical peels are used for the treatment of photo-aging (from sun damage), wrinkles, scarring, precancerous lesions, and discoloration (including melasma, freckles, and age spots).

There are numerous chemical peels and each one is performed differently. In general, chemical peels usually begin with vigorous cleansing of the skin, followed by application of the appropriate peel.

Glycolic Acid – probably due to the fact that all skin types benefit from Glycolic Acid – is the most commonly recognized chemical peel solution. Salicylic Acid is also very common for use in combatting the causes of oily skin and breakouts.

Most peels can be performed within a few minutes, depending on size of the area being treated.

The state of your skin after a peel depends on the type of chemical used and your skin type. Superficial peels have limited effects. Medium peels may cause some redness and the deeper peels may require 10-14 days to recover.

Generally chemical peels are done once every 2-3 weeks, until the desired results are achieved. Maintenance peels can then be performed once a month.

With good sun protection, results can last months, even years. This is dependent upon the depth of the peel. The deeper peels generally provide a long-lasting effect.

Superficial peels are quite safe, although minor irritation of the skin can occur. The risk of deep peels can include infection, scarring, redness, and discoloration. During a very deep peel (administered under the care of a physician only), anesthesia should be used and vital signs monitored.

Light Peels: The light peel takes approximately three to five days to complete the shedding process. No downtime required.

Medium Peels: Medium peels usually persist for five to seven days. The skin may or may not flake and fall away. AHAs can produce some redness with little or no flaking, depending on the individual.

Deep Peels: May take several weeks to fully recover. This type of peel is usually effective in treating hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles.

You can use a mild cleanser (Green Tea Cleanser) and always include either Hyaluronic Replenishing Serum / Green Tea Anti-Oxidant Serum as often as needed. You may resume regular skincare 3-5 days after a peel or once redness or peeling is no longer apparent.