Skin peels are not something new to mankind, they have existed for over 3000 years. Ancient Egyptian women, with Cleopatra being the most notable one, used to bathe in sour milk and rub their faces with fermented grape skins to smoothen the skin and enhance their beauty. These were in fact the earliest forms of what is known as lactic and glycolic peel today respectively.
Chemical peels, along with botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, complete the perfect triumvirate needed for the ideal facial rejuvenation. It is not enough to just remove the wrinkles, and improve the shape and contour of the face, we also have to improve the condition of the skin and to rejuvenate it back to an earlier time.
What can chemical peels do for you?
Some of the ideal areas to treat are: the face, décolletage area, lips, back as well as the arms and legs.
These unique non-invasive peels can give dramatic results for:
- Dull lifeless skin
- Aging, sun damaged skin
- Irregular pigmentation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Active acne
- Dark eye circles
- Dark / discoloured lips
- Keratosis pilaris (chicken bumps skin on arms & legs)
How does it work?
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It takes as much as 28 days to fully regenerate, with the tough outer layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, acting as an impenetrable barrier protecting the body from injury, infection, pollution and the ever more harmful sun rays. It also however acts as an effective barrier which can not be penetrated by any of the expensive over the counter creams.
Over the years, many past events like severe sunburn or acne scarring will remain on the outer layer of the skin. As the skin takes so long to regenerate, the thicker skin with blemishes are never removed completely, and the fresh new skin underneath has never given a chance to come to the surface. These result in lackluster and uneven skin tone.
With the process of peeling we are speeding up the regeneration of the skin, and by wiping out some of these blemishes, we are allowing the healthy new skin to come to the surface. In addition, the process of chemical peeling induces new collagen to rush up to the surface of the skin. A good analogy is that of pruning a withering rose, achieving a subsequent new growth and fresh beauty.
How long does a chemical peel procedure take?
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes on average and involves gently applying the special peel solutions to the treatment areas.
Does it hurt?
With the superficial peels, the only discomfort is that of a stinging which can be reduced with the use of numbing cream prior to the procedure. A cooling fan can be applied to the face during the treatment for the ultimate comfort.
Is it safe?
All of the peels we use are considered as superficial peels, which are very safe and the clinician is always in control. Post treatment instruction will be explained and should be followed to minimize complications such as hyperpigmentation. Sun block should be used regularly throughout the course of treatments.