Chemical peel

Our skin can appear ‘imperfect’ in many different ways, and everyone has their own, individual skin complaints and concerns. However, a treatment like a chemical peel can solve a multitude of skin blemishes and imperfections.

As the name would suggest, a chemical peel allows the old skin cells on the surface of the face to ‘peel’ away, exposing fresher, younger and brighter skin underneath. The top layer of the skin (the epidermis) is constantly affected by everyday circumstances, such as pollution and sun damage, and therefore ages more rapidly than the skin underneath.

During a chemical peel, which usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes to perform, you will be required to have some form of anaesthetic prior to your treatment. For lighter peels, a topical numbing local anaesthetic will usually suffice, but for more intensive peels, you may be sedated. The stronger peels which usually have the most benefit are stronger concentrations of TCA at between 20 to 30% solutions.

The peel will be applied to the face and left to work which is indicated by the appearance of a frost like colour to the treated skin. The peel is then washed off. After the procedure, you will experience some redness and peeling as standard (the level of which is variable depending on the strength of your peel). The amount of time you should take off work will depend on what sort of chemical peel you have had but usually it takes about two weeks for the skin to peel off completely.

Best results of a chemical peel will be seen between two and four weeks after your initial treatment, when the superficial layer of skin has come away from the face and the new skin has had time to heal and adjust.

Peels are available on the high street in beauty salons and spas, and even some at-home remedies have peeling qualities. However, these treatments are of a different nature to those administered by a plastic surgeon. Whilst high-street products and treatments generally focus on providing exfoliation and improving the complexion, medically-led chemical peels are somewhat different.

The main advantage of having a chemical peel with a cosmetic surgeon over having one on the high street is the level of results they can elicit. Mr. Chana uses different peels to those that are readily available in beauty salons and spas, and they not only have a much bigger impact on the complexion and the quality of the skin, but can hugely reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and imperfections.

Chemical peels vary in strength, and which one is right for you will be subject to a consultation with Mr. Chana. During this consultation, he will assess your skin type and any skin complaints you might have, before recommending a specific treatment plan and what kind of chemical peel you would be most suited to. Mr. Chana tends to uses TCA peels. For some situations he may even recommend fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment.

If you are interested in a chemical peel with Mr. Jag Chana, your consultation is the most important part of the whole treatment. Not only will it allow Mr. Chana to assess you and make a recommendation, but it will also provide ample opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and allay any concerns you might have about the treatment.

Surgery time
30 to 60 minutes
Hospital stay
Day case
Time off work
2 weeks
Full recovery
2 to 4 weeks
Best results
3 months
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