Chemical Face Peels
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance appearance and self-confidence. Chemical Peel Therapy may be performed in conjunction with other treatments. However a chemical peel is not a substitute for a facelift, and does not prevent or slow the ageing process.
Chemical peeling uses a solution in order to improve the skin’s appearance. It can reduce or eliminate fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, correct uneven skin pigmentation, treat acne and soften the appearance of scars caused by acne. The procedure can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun damage as well as skin blemishes common with age and heredity. Chemical peels can be performed on the face, hands and other body areas.
What conditions can improve with treatment?
Age and Liver spots (Lentigines) usually categorised by flat, brown areas with round edges most commonly found on the face, hands, back and feet. They are age related and sun damage related, but have nothing to do with the liver. While they can be unsightly, they are not usually dangerous. Solar keratosis and hyper pigmented areas due to hormonal changes and sun damage can also be improved.
What is TCA?
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) can be successful in the effective treatments of:
Are there any medical exclusions?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you have a history of cold sores, you should inform the doctor/nurse prior to the procedure. You may be better suited to an alternative treatment or product. The practitioner will review your medical history with you during your initial consultation prior to administering any treatment.
During your initial consultation it is important that you discuss your expectations with the treatment practitioner. Do not hesitate to ask questions or express any concerns that you may have. The nurse will explain the procedure including the benefits and any potential risks, aftercare and full costs.
Possible side effects
All products have a potential for allergic reactions. It is important the patient informs the practitioner of any known allergies.
Transient reactions may include redness to the skin, itchiness, dryness and in some cases swelling.
It is common for most patients to experience transient hyperpigmentation. This will settle during the course of treatments and with the use of appropriate treatment creams and sun protection.
Although very rare, there may be in some cases a risk of blistering.
Anaesthesia is not required for TCA peels. Two or more TCA peels may be required to obtain the desired improvements.
TCA peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure and to use a sun protection cream (minimum SPF 30) for several weeks following treatment. Failure to do so may result in unintended colour changes in the skin.
Skin Preparation may be required on darker skin tones and hyper pigmented areas. This involves using a bleach and blend cream two weeks prior to TCA peels.
How is treatment administered?
The procedure involves a chemical solution that is applied to the skin. The solution causes the layer of skin to separate and peel off. The new regenerated skin underneath is usually smoother, less wrinkled and more even in tone and colour than the old skin.
How long will the treatment take?
Generally allow one hour. Typically, the skin is first cleansed thoroughly. The TCA solution is then carefully applied. A slight stinging sensation may be felt but this will quickly pass.
TCA face peels post treatment advice