Medical Chemical Peels
What is a Medical Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels, otherwise referred to as chemical skin peels or derma peeling, are used to treat dull-looking skin or skin suffering from blemishes, acne, sun damage, large pores and fine lines. At Avanthills Aesthetics Skin & Laser Clinic we use the NeoStrata Pro Systems Peels.
NeoStrata® ProSystem is a highly effective, superficial peeling system used by medical skincare professionals that is clinically proven to achieve outstanding and predictable results in skincare.
What treatments can be achieved by using a Medical Chemical Peel?
The NeoStrata ProSystem of peels offers the flexibility of a suite of peels for different skin concerns, this enables a more personal, flexible treatment:
Four Rejuvenating Glycolic Acid Peels – 20%, 35%, 50%, 70% Glycolic Acid concentrations.
Two targeted benefit peels:
Clarifying Peel – for oily, acne prone skin
Brightening Peel – to help control the signs of pigmentation and sun damage.
NeoStrata® ProSystem utilises three alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), that are naturally occurring “fruit acids” found in fruits and other foods:
Glycolic Acid is found naturally in sugar cane
Citric Acid is found naturally in citrus fruits
Mandelic acid found naturally in almonds
NeoStrata Peels are also neutralised at the end of the treatment to ensure your skincare professional has the maximum control over your chemical peel procedure. This allows your skincare professional to design a treatment program to specifically meet your individual needs and manage your skin concerns effectively. The NeoStrata Peels ProSystem is a high strength, medical grade skin treatment that is only available in Dermatologist and medical clinics.
There are three different degrees of chemical peel – superficial, medium and deep – and each should be considered individually depending on the problem being treated.
Superficial peels make skin brighter and appear more vibrant by removing cells from the epidermis, the top layer of skin. They are widely available over the counter but can also be applied by beauty therapists and trained medical staff. After application, the liquid peel is left on the skin for a few minutes before being removed. You may feel some tightness and your skin might appear sunburned. Superficial peels require regular treatments to maintain any improvements since the effects are more temporary.
NeoStrata® ProSystem superficial peels, often referred to as “lunchtime peels”, are brief in-office procedures that are performed under the supervision of a dermatologist or a qualified health professional. Often there is no noticeable healing or recovery time and skin looks and feels normal within a few hours to a day. For some patients, the healing/recovery can take a few days and up to a week or longer.
A medium peel is a deeper treatment that removes skin cells from the upper part of the dermis and grenz zone, a narrow layer beneath the epidermis. As with a superficial peel, they should be applied to the skin and left for a few minutes before being removed. A medium peel with trichloroacetic acid can be used to treat fine lines, uneven pigmentation, melasma and teenage acne and, when performed by a qualified professional, are effective and reliable. Unlike the superficial treatments, a medium peel need only be repeated every 6 to 12 months.
Deep peels act on both the papillary and reticular dermis and should only be carried out by skilled professionals. It is normal for a local anaesthetic and sedative to be used during the procedure. The peel is left on the face for around half an hour before it is thoroughly removed. In the days after the procedure the treated area will be sore and there may be some redness for several weeks or, in some cases, several months. Because the effects of a deep peel last for much longer, it is not necessary to repeat the treatment.
Aftercare and Risks of a Chemical Peel
After any chemical peel, irrespective of the depth, it is extremely important to wear a high SPF sun cream for at least a month following the procedure, since the new skin exposed by the treatment is especially prone to sun damage. In a very limited number of cases, a chemical peel can affect the skin’s pigmentation, making it appear lighter or darker than before. It may also cause a recurrence of the cold sore or herpes simplex virus. If you have any doubts about the correct aftercare or whether a chemical peel is right for your skin, you should seek advice from a specialist practitioner or clinic.