Chemical peels are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments available, because they can rejuvenate and give youth to your skin, without the need for surgery. In fact, surgery has little effect upon the quality of the skin itself and cannot get rid of fine wrinkles and sun-damage related blemishes.
Dull, patchy or generally aged looking skin is a natural part of the ageing process; but these changes are accelerated if you have been a sun-worshipper, or smoker. Many patients want to reduce the appearance of ageing, sun damage and blemishes in the skin on their faces, neck and hands, without undergoing surgery. Chemical peels allow a patient to effectively have ‘new’ skin on their face, neck and hands which will leave them looking brighter and fresher. It will also treat and protect against some pre-cancerous skin lesions.
Chemical peels are most commonly used on the face, although they can also be used on the neck and even the hands. Peels are simple, quick and incredibly effective, and because they are non-surgical, they pose far fewer risks and potential side-effects than some of their equivalent treatments.
Mr. Coady will apply the chemical to the epidermis (the top later of the skin) and leave it on the skin for a set amount of time (which varies depending on the type of peel you opt for). Peels are either superficial, medium or deep, and Mr. Coady offers four type of peel: Alpha Hydroxy, Alpha/Beta, Glycolic and Tricholoracetic acid peels.
A superficial peel is used to remove skin cells from the epidermis only, and thus provides only temporary results – although these results should be visible fairly quickly. It is only left on for a few minutes, and shouldn’t cause any discomfort for more than one or two hours.
A medium peel removes dead skin cells from the epidermis and the upper dermis (the middle layer of skin on the face). These are not left on for long either, but it can take up to six weeks for your skin to return completely back to normal after a medium peel. Additionally, the skin may turn red or brown after the peel, although this should fade in a few days.
Deep peels penetrate the epidermis, upper dermis and the lower dermis, which leaves the skin exposed after treatment completely fresh and new. This peel can be left on for 30 minutes or more, depending on the desired effect – Mr. Coady will assess your individual case and discuss this with you in your pre-procedure consultation. After your treatment, you may experience some peeling, redness and/or discomfort for the first few days, and potentially some swelling. This shouldn’t last more than two weeks, and all redness should subside within three months. A deep peel should have very long-lasting results, and might not ever have to be repeated.
For a deep peel, a local anaesthetic might be required during the treatment, but otherwise no numbing will be required as the procedure is quick and only mildly uncomfortable.
There are potential side-effects associated with chemical peels, which include lightening or darkening of the skin after treatment, recurring cold sores if you’ve had them before or scarring (although this is rare). If you follow the aftercare advice offered to you by Mr. Coady you will greatly minimise these risks. Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun as it heals, which means that you will have to wear a high factor sun cream for at least a month after treatment.
As there is quite a lot to take in, and various kinds of chemical peel, it can be very helpful to arrange a consultation with a practitioner like Mr. Martin Coady prior to any sort of treatment. Here, he can assess your needs and tell you what the best option for your skin type and desired outcome is. He will also be able to tell you about any health measures you should take prior to your treatment, and how best to look after yourself afterwards. On top of all that, it gives you an opportunity to ask questions and garner a full understanding of the treatment before you decide it is for you. Book a consultation with Mr. Coady today to discuss chemical peels.