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Chemical peels improve dull, weathered skin; freckling; pigmentation; sun damage; fine wrinkling and shallow acne scars. Skin Integrity offers a variety of chemical peels so that we are able to assess your specific concerns and individualise your treatment to offer you the best outcome.
Your skin is a living organ made up of millions of cells. Every day thousands of cells die, fall off and are replaced by new cells from below. Unfortunately, as we age, this becomes a slower and more haphazard process, making your skin unable to shed dark blotches and sun damage.
The function of skin peels is to create an even controlled shedding of several layers of damaged cells. This exposes a new, fresh layer of skin with a more even colour and a smoother texture. In addition, the peel stimulates new cells to grow, thereby tightening the skin, which decreases wrinkling. Some peels also infuse a combination of vitamins and anti-oxidants into the skin to help with pigmentation, acne, oiliness or other issues.
There are several types of peels, each using a different substance or combination of products to create its peeling effect:
This is a very superficial peel made from mild organic acids such as glycolic from sugar cane. Glycolic peels rehydrate the skin, stimulate collagen production, increase the effectiveness of skin care products and reduce skin blockages with minimal down time.
Lactic acid rehydrates the skin and is excellent after filler or anti-wrinkle injections. It plumps the skin making it appear youthful, hydrated and glowing.
This peels increases circulation in skin. Re-oxygenating and revitalizing the skin gives an incredible glow to the complexion. An excellent pick me up for dull lifeless skin.
This peel offers a defence against environmental stress and oxidative damage. This anti-oxidant peel works to prevent the most significant contributors to the ageing process. This peel exfoliates, hydrates, calms and delivers radiant glowing skin.
A chemical free peel ideal for oil, shiny, congested or acne prone skin. It reduces visible pore size and helps regulate oiliness.
This peel combines Vitamin A & C. Vitamin A resurfaces and increases cell turnover. Vitamin C strengthens the skin. Contains powerful anti-oxidants and helps to brighten the complexion.
Our very best medium depth peel to dramatically reduce the visible signs of ageing. It restores growth of healthy skin cells, increases cell turnover, increase moisture levels and is excellent for lines/wrinkles, melasma, superficial scarring and thickened skin.
Although one peel can significantly improve the appearance of the skin, some skin problems are deeper than others. It is possible that you may require more than one peel to achieve good results. If you decide that you are interested in a chemical peel, you will need to have a consultation with Dr Wassall. He will examine your skin and discuss the potential benefits and risks of a peel for your particular skin type and condition. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for a peel, creams will be prescribed for you to use for a few weeks before your peel in order to prepare your skin for peeling. Good skin preparation helps ensure the peel penetrates the skin evenly and reduces the risk of complications.
A solution is applied to your skin. This is usually associated with two to three minutes of a burning sensation. This burning is so brief that most patients choose not to use any sedation or anaesthesia.
When the chemical is applied to the skin, it causes the top layers of cells to dehydrate and peel off over a period of several days. When the old skin has peeled off, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin which has a smoother texture and a more even colour. Peels containing vitamins and anti-oxidants are designed to cause minimal skin shedding.
The depth of the peel can be customised to match your requirements with the amount of downtime you are prepared to tolerate. Deeper peels result in more downtime but may achieve more dramatic results. Most people take around three days to heal from a resurfacing peel. During the healing process there is no pain, but the skin may look as if it is sunburned.
Anyone who has a peel is more sensitive to sunlight for at least six to eight weeks after their peel. During this time it is very important to protect the new skin with sunscreen, hats and the avoidance of strong sunlight. However, most people are anxious to protect their new improved skin from the damage of sun exposure and they continue to wear sunscreen daily even after they have healed completely. Using certain skin care products after a peel results in enhancement of the cosmetic benefits as well as improving the longevity of the peel.
Complications in this type of treatment are infrequent. In the worst case a permanent mark or scar can result. This is extremely rare and when it occurs is normally related to an abnormality such as people who have a disorder of healing, picking or cold sore infection.
In rare instances cold sore infection can be activated which may spread over the peeled area and in the worst case leave a scar. Peeling or picking the skin before it is ready to peel of its own accord will result in prolonged healing and possibly a permanent mark. Excessive pigmentation may occur, particularly in those who tan easily or if there is unprotected sun exposure within two months of the peel. It is virtually unknown that this does not totally respond to fading creams if treated when it appears.
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