Chemical Peels

Peels work by resurfacing the superficial layer of skin and inducing collagen re-modelling

Improves sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, pigmentation and scarring

Used in cosmetic treatments for many years and generally safe

Light to medium depth peels have less downtime and are safer, especially in darker skin types

Glycolic acid peel

Improves mild to moderate sun-damage, including: fine wrinkles, freckles, pigmentation, rough texture and scarring

Can also be used for acne, melasma and keratoses

Best results seen after a series of 4-5 peels, spaced about a month apart

What areas can be treated?

Many areas of the body can be improved, but most popular areas are the face and neck

What about risks, side effects, downtime and how long will it last?

  • Each session lasts around 15-20 minutes, depending on the area treated
  • 1 session will show some initial benefits
  • Best results can be seen after a few (4-5) sessions, spaced a few weeks apart, improvement lasts for 6-9 months
  • 6 monthly touch up sessions can help maintain the improvement
  • Very mild discomfort during the treatment can be reduced with numbing cream and blowing cool air over the skin
  • Mild redness, swelling, dryness and itching after treatment usually resolves in a few days
  • Skin peeling usually takes a few days to a week to complete
  • Sun protection is imperative; other peels, laser treatment, dermabrasion and retinols should be avoided shortly after/before treatment
  • Little downtime, normal activities can be resumed soon after
  • Risk of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation (PIH) is generally low, but can be more common in darker skin