Chemical peels are generally performed for cosmetic purposes at our Cheltenham and Bristol clinics and can improve:
• Fine lines
• Skin discolouration
• Age and sun spots
• Minor scarring
They improve the appearance and texture of facial skin by gently removing its outer, damaged layers.
Robert specialises in the deeper peels that would not be offered by many other cosmetic clinics. These include 25% TCA and 35%TCA peels. We can also offer sedation or anaesthetic for deeper peels, and can combine the procedure with other techniques such as structural fat grafting.
Chemical peels can also be used to treat arms, legs, the neck and hands.
Chemical peels at our clinics in Cheltenham and Bristol can be classified as light or superficial, medium or deep. Based on your unique skin care needs, Robert will use a peel that is most appropriate for your current skin condition and which will produce the best possible aesthetic results.
During the procedure, we apply the chemical peel using a sterile sponge or cotton pad.
Today, there are a number of different types of chemical peels, which vary in ingredients and strength, as well as the depth of peeling. The most frequently performed peels are either alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) or trichloroacetic acid (TCA)-based. The TCA-based peels are much stronger and more appropriate for patients with moderate skin problems.
Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover from a phenol or TCA peel. AHA peels may be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness,
uneven pigmentation and acne.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA.
Chemical peels work by “ungluing” the top layer of damaged and discolored skin so it can peel away and reveal the fresh new skin beneath. By forcing the turnover of the cells, the old dull and damaged cells peel off much more quickly.
Lighter superficial peels using Alpha Hydroxy acids such as Glycolic Acid can be very effective in a series of “no downtime” procedures. Your skin will have a light pink look and flaking or peeling may be unnoticeable. Superficial peels are ideal for improving pigmentation problems, fine wrinkles and sun damage. They can be used anywhere on the face and body.
Special peels containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid) are especially effective for those suffering from acne and oily skin. Salicylic acid has the ability to penetrate the pores as it is soluble in oil. Great for unclogging pores and improving acne. All peels can be adjusted to your skin type and condition, making them extremely customizable. Mr Warr is meticulous in the selection and application of your chemical peel.
Moderate medium-depth peels result in a temporary all-over peeling with deeper pink tone to your skin for several days to a week. These peels are more effective on moderate wrinkles, precancerous skin growths and more problematic pigmentation. Mostly used on the face, medium peels are typically TCA peels.
Usually a TCA peel will produce enough peeling that you may wish to stay in for a few days.
Your skin will feel tight and will look rosy for a few hours to several days. Your chemical peel will cause some flaking and peeling.
Chemical peels may be augmented withVbeam laser for resolving broken blood vessels or resistant pigmentation.
“The facelift was good for lifting the skin but the chemical peel was great. It has made a huge difference to my complexion.”