Medi-Facials & Peels
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN A CHEMICAL PEEL TREATMENT?
Chemical Peels, or Skin peels, are a chemical exfoliation procedure used to address skin imperfections by removing damaged skin, stimulating skin cell turnover and increasing collagen production.
This is quick and effective procedure with minimal discomfort. Down time depends on the type and strength of the peel.
Superficial skin peels are well tolerated and do not require pain medication or anaesthetic. Medium-depth peels may require painkillers or anaesthetic prior to treatment.
The procedure begins with the skin being cleansed and prepped to remove impurities and oil from the surface of the skin. The chemical peel solution is then applied to the targeted area(s) and left to work on the skin for 3 – 10 minutes (depending on the skin condition, peel type, discomfort experienced). The peel may be done in either a single or multiple layers.
A mild stinging sensation will be experienced immediately after the application of the peel. This is normal and can be managed by using a fan to blow cool air on the treatment area. Your therapist will encourage you to communicate with them if you become excessively uncomfortable and the peel can be neutralised immediately if there are any concerning reactions.
After the solution has been left for the determined period of time, the therapist will neutralise and remove the peel. The procedure is completed by applying a soothing moisturising cream and sunscreen to the treated area.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE THE RESULTS?
You will notice more even colour, tone and texture of your skin after the healing process (3 – 10 days). As skin cell turnover occurs regularly, the results of a chemical peel are temporary and a series of treatments is recommended for longer lasting and continuous results.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Immediately post-treatment, the face will appear red and feel slightly warm, similar to a mild sunburn. You can apply a tinted moisturiser or high quality camouflage makeup to cover the redness usually several hours after the treatment (or as directed by your therapist).
Over the next few days post-treatment, your skin will feel tight and may darken. The skin will then gradually peel to reveal fresher, newer skin with a more even colour, tone and texture.
The peeling skin should not be picked at, as this can increase the risk of scarring and delay the healing process. The redness and peeling effects generally last 3 – 5 days post-treatment with a superficial peel and up to 14 days with a medium depth peel. It is important to follow any post-treatment care instructions given to you by your therapist.
If you have any concerns before or after your treatment, please contact the clinic to discuss with your therapist.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
When administered by an experienced and qualified therapist in an appropriate clinical setting, the chances of serious complications occurring with chemical peels are very minimal. However, as with all advanced skin treatments, there are risks and potential side effects to be aware of including: Post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, milia and comedone breakouts, scarring, infection, persistent erythema and toxicity.
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