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Chemical peels

Chemical peels Croydon

Each of us would like to look young, healthy and fresh for as long as possible. Imperfect skin may give the impression of being neglected and become the source of discomfort. Aesthetic medicine can easily deal with such problems. One of the most popular methods of prolonging skin’s fresh looks is chemical/skin peel.

What is a chemical peel in Croydon?

Chemical peel (also known as chemexfoliation or derma-peeling) is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it "blister" and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. In Top Medical Clinic Croydon, we offer mid-depth peel with the use of glycolic acid.

What are the indications for the chemical peel?

Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are ideal candidates for chemical peels. Darker skin types may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated.

When it comes to patient’s age, chemical peel is suitable at any age. In teenagers, it evens the skin and tightens pores, in people in their 20s it helps to maintain smooth and bright skin; in people after 30 it can give the skin a healthier and more even appearance. It also allows for a quick skin rejuvenation and revitalisation in older people.

What skin problems does the treatment help to solve?

  • wrinkles caused by sun damage
  • age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma)
  • scars caused by acne
  • enlarged skin pores
  • fine wrinkles
  • stretch marks
  • uneven skin tone
  • certain types of acne
  • skin dull in texture and colour
  • couperose skin

What are the contraindications to chemical peels?

  • scarring
  • active cold sore or any other viral or bacterial skin infections
  • sunburns
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • keloid-prone skin
  • recent radioactive or Chemotherapy treatments
  • skin which was recently waxed or depilated
  • moles or birthmarks in the area to be treated

How is the procedure performed?

First, the doctor removes make-up and cleans the skin with a disinfecting solution. A protective mask is used for eyes and some Vaseline may be applied on lips to avoid any skin irritation. Then the chemical peel is applied. The patient may experience some stinging or burning sensation but they will pass fairly quickly. The time of application and the strength of the substance are adjusted to the skin type and individual needs of the patient. After the amount of time determined by the doctor the solution is gently removed.

How many procedures are needed to achieve the desired effect?

Usually, chemical peels are performed in series of 4-6-12 at 1-3 week intervals.

What are the post-treatment recommendations?

Depending upon the type of chemical peel in Croydon, a reaction similar to sunburn occurs following the procedure. Peeling usually involves redness followed by scaling that ends within three to seven days. The patient should use some intensive moisturiser and under no condition should they scrape off the skin or expose it to strong sunlight. Wearing sunscreen every day and avoiding sunbathing for at least a month are strongly recommended.

What are the possible side effects?

There is a risk of bacterial infection, which can be easily avoided if the skin is properly cleaned, hydrated and moisturised. There might be some redness which passes after some time. The red skin needs to be adequately protected against sun. Among the rarest side effects is the risk of developing a temporary or permanent colour change in the skin (hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation).