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Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels - What it is

What is a chemical peel?


It is a solution applied to the skin which aims to improve the appearance of the skin. 

What can be improved with a chemical peel? 

  • Acne scars 
  • Aging skin 
  • Crow's feet 
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Melasma (discolouration around the face)
  • Scars 
  • Sun damaged skin 
  • Sagging skin 
  • Wrinkles 
There are three basic types of chemical peels- Superficial, Medium and Deep peels which are used to achieve different objectives. Your plastic surgeon will be able to advise you accordingly. 

Can everyone have a peel? 

Patients with darker skin have a higher chance of complications. Chemical peels are also not recommended for during active skin infections or skin disease, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores or in patients with psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.

If you have taken Accutane in last six months or have have used Retin-A, Renova, or products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 2 days you should avoid chemical peels. 

Patients who are nursing or breast feeding are not advised to have a chemical peel.

Your plastic surgeon will be able to guide you further.

Are chemical peels painful?

Depending on the type of peel used, patients can report feeling a stinging sensation, mild pain or a slight burning sensation. 

After the peel, you may be given creams to protect your skin (eg sunblock or moisturiser). Sometimes a mild painkiller may also be prescribed. 

Are there any side effects? 

  • Temporary or permanent change in skin colour
  • Scarring
  • Reactivation of cold sores





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