What product is used?
At the Mid Yorkshire Skin Clinic we use medical grade skin peels applied only by medical professionals. Products used include leading skin care brands Neostrata and Obagi Medical.
How do chemical peels work?
A chemical skin peel works by removing old dead cells at the surface of the skin to promote new cell growth, consequently, improving the appearance and texture of the skin giving a more youthful, healthy glow. Chemical skin peels reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne, scars, blemishes and pigment problems. Glycolic acid peels in a variety of strengths are used in clinic. For optimum results a course of 4-6 treatments is recommended. Home care products can be recommended for use pre and post peel if necessary/desired. The effectiveness of a chemical peel and the recovery time will vary depending on the depth of the treatment.
How popular is this treatment?
Facial peels have grown enormously in popularity over the past twenty-five years and now it can be a very effective treatment when performed by an experienced practitioner. Chemical peels are now the 5th commonest cosmetic procedure in the U.S. Official statistics reveal that just over 616,000 procedures were performed in 2016, an increase of 2.1% on 2015 figures. As yet, no similar reliable figures are available for the U.K., but there is evidence that treatments are growing very rapidly.
What areas can be treated?
What conditions can be treated?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Crepy skin
- Dry or rough skin texture
- Dull skin/clarity
- Uneven skin tone/pigmentation
- Age spots
- Acne scarring
What happens during my consultation?
During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping the medical specialist to determine whether the chemical peel is an appropriate product/treatment for you to receive and whether it will help you achieve the results that you are looking for. This will also reduce the risk of any unwanted side effects from the treatment. During this consultation the potential risks and aftercare recommendations are discussed. You may also require this face to face assessment to determine how many peels you will require to achieve desired results.
What happens during my treatment appointment?
You will be made comfortable on a couch with your hair and clothing protected. Your skin will be cleaned with warm water followed by a pre-peel cleanser.
The peel solution is applied using a small brush or gauze. The solution is left for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer (Usually around 5 minutes). The peel solution is then neutralised using the solution provided. The peel can be neutralised at any time should it not be tolerated very well by the patient. The skin is cleansed and aftercare cream and SPF is applied.
What’s the aftercare advice?
You will be given verbal and written advice. You should expect to feel skin tightness and erythema resembling sunburn. This should subside by the following day. It is extremely important to wear moisturiser with an SPF every day for at least one month following a chemical peel.
How long do the results last?
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
- Anyone allergic to any of the ingredients in the products
- Skin infection at the injection site
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
Before and after chemical peel treatments
Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs)
A course of peels may be required with results lasting for around one year; perhaps one superficial maintenance peel may be required around 6 months. A medium depth peel may need to be repeated between 6-12 months.
Skin redness resembling sunburn on the day of treatment. Occasionally mild swelling, skin peeling and dry skin can occur. Most patients can undergo glycolic peeling without any side effects.