Precision Aesthetics offers the following types of Chemical Peels:
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is made from naturally occurring acids found in fruits and other foods. AHA peels can essentially work by exfoliating the skin. They can loosen and remove the layer of dead cells (Keratinocytes) on the skin's surface (the Stratum Corneum), thus revealing the smoother, healthier-looking layer below.
Glycolic Acid Peels
Glycolic Acid, which is derived from sugar cane, is a grade of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) that can be used by physicians for facial peels. Glycolic acid peels can be highly effective and can produce minimum side effects. Glycolic acid peels may also stimulate the growth of collagen, a protein that can help to give skin its structure.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peels can be considered medium-depth peels. They can reach slightly deeper into the skin than Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) peels and can therefore produce stronger results, whilst being suitable for most skin types, including darker-toned skin.
Contact us for more information about the chemical peel that may be best for you.
What’s involved in Chemic Peel treatments?
Various acid concentrations can be used for Chemical Peels. The stronger the concentration, the deeper the peel that can affect tissue. The duration of peels can vary, with some procedures known as "lunchtime peels". These can generally take 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the procedure. The exact length of treatment may depend on how many "coats" of the acid are applied to your skin. Before the procedure, your skin will be cleansed with Acetone alcohol, and the peel can then be applied.
As soon as the acid has reached the intended depth, our surgeon will apply a neutralizing solution. During the application of the peel, you may experience a numbing and/or stinging sensation, but this effect may be very mild. No anaesthesia is needed. Chemical peel recovery time may be largely dependent on the depth of peel - the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery may be. The depth can vary based on the chemical agent, strength or concentration, and other factors.
For a day or two afterwards, your skin may appear slightly red and some flaking may occur, similar to those of mild sunburn. But you can likely return to your usual daily activities immediately. You should use a sun block for several days after treatment, as your skin may be more sensitive to the sun and thus may be more susceptible than usual to sunburn. Your physician may use ice water or a fan to reduce any discomfort. If a high concentration of acid is being used, you may also be given a medication for pain or anxiety.