What are chemical peels

Chemical peels have remained a popular and effective solution for resurfacing the skin for over 100 years. In this time frame, many other procedures for skin rejuvenation have come and gone, but peeling has persisted as a reliable, efficacious and cost-effective method of skin renewal.

Over the past number of decades, laser treatments have come to the forefront and become one of the major tools in facial rejuvenation. To some extent, chemical peels have been relegated to second place. However, there is a large body of scientific knowledge in relation to the chemistry and clinical outcome of chemical peel procedures, such that a resurgence of their popularity can now be seen. With this increased knowledge, chemical peels have found a place alongside other treatments. At Aesthetic Harmony, we routinely perform chemical peels in combination with other treatments such as vascular laser and picosecond pigment laser to obtain the best possible results.

Traditionally, chemical peels are classified according to the depth of the peel. Ranging from very superficial, superficial, medium to deep. As doctors, we select the best peel for our patients depending on their skin needs.

We use many different chemical peels including: lactic acid, mandelic acid, salicylic acid, trichloracetic acid (TCA) and Jessner peels.

Who is a suitable candidate

There are several categories of patients who may benefit from chemical peel treatments.

Patients with pigment concerns where there is an excess of melanin in the first layer of the skin (epidermis), such as freckles and various types of melasma.

Chemical peels work well to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the colour and texture of the skin, as well as reducing pore size. It is therefore helpful for people with tired and dull-appearing skin.

It is also helpful for acne sufferers, as well as milder instances of acne scarring.

What to expect

A consultation is essential to determine your suitability for a chemical peel that forms part of an overall skin management plan.

Skin preparation
Skin preparation is one of the most important concepts of chemical peeling. It encourages uniform penetration of the peeling agent, increases the healing time post-peel and also minimises the possibility of complications.

The procedure
Depending on the peel selected, there may be a period of social down time following the procedure.

How are we unique

As doctors, we adopt a strictly medical and scientific approach to chemical peeling. All patients undergo a detailed skin assessment to determine suitability for and the type of chemical peel to be used. A chemical peel is then prescribed according to your clinical needs. This forms only part of the overall management plan to improve skin health.

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