All skin peels involve applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin so that a smoother, more evenly pigmented, glowing layer of skin can appear. There are different categories of chemical peels. Each type works differently and produces various results. The choice of peel will be determined by the clinician and the patient. In general, the stronger the chemical, the deeper the peel, and the more impressive the results. However, the deeper the peel, the more pain the patient is likely to experience and the recovery time will be longer than for a light peel.
Chemical Peels can be used to treat a number of skin imperfections including:
• Sun Spots
• Hand and Neck Rejuvenation
Light or “lunch hour” peels are the mildest of the chemical peels. Light peels remove only the outer layers of the skin to smooth out fine wrinkles and/or rough, dry skin. This peel may also be used to improve the texture of sun-damaged skin, balance out skin pigmentation, or diminish some types of acne scars. These peels are often repeated to achieve the desired results.
This is generally used to treat skin with moderate sun damage, surface wrinkles, and/or uneven tone or pigment abnormalities.
How long does it take?
The entire procedure takes approximately up to one hour.
Is the procedure painful?
During the procedure, most people feel a brief burning sensation, followed by a feeling of numbness or stinging. The sensation will vary depending on the type of peel.
Do I need to take time off work to have a peel?
It is not necessary to take time off work but your skin may appear a bit red right after the peel. Patients are advised not to use any make-up for 24 hours.
Can I sun bath after a peel?
After the peel, sunbathing is not recommended. A strong sun protector (SPF30+) should be worn.