What are facial peels?
Facial peels are formulations (usually acidic) that exfoliate or peel the top layer(s) of skin which expedites new collagen formation, reduces pigmentation and reduces the appearance of sun damage in skin. They improve the texture and tone of facial skin.
Who is suitable for a facial peel?
If you are concerned by fine lines, dull skin, uneven pigmentation, the texture or tone of your skin, you may be suitable for a facial peel.
If you are very tanned, have a dark skin pigmentation type, pregnant, breast-feeding, on blood-thinning medication or have significant health problems, this will need to be assessed and you may be advised to wait or not to have facial peels.
There are variations depending on your individual anatomy and goals. The standard treatment is carried out in the office preparing your skin first and then applying layers of the peel until the desired skin layer has been treated. The peel formulation is then removed, and your skin protected with post-peel solutions. Very mild peels can be carried out at home. Milder peels are usually recommended to be carried out as part of a course of 4 to 6 peels, 1 to 2 weeks apart rather than as a single treatment. Deeper peels require skin preparation 4 to 6 weeks in advance and are usually a single treatment rather than a course of peels.
Facial peels can be done on their own or in combination with other procedures. Common combinations include wrinkle reduction treatments, dermal fillers and to maintain or enhance the results of facial rejuvenation surgery such as facelifts.
Duration of treatment
15 to 90 minutes depending on the areas treated and the type of peel. If other procedures are planned at the same time, the overall treatment time is longer.
You will need to protect your skin from the sun. You may be asked to use specific post-peel products to protect and heal your skin.
The recovery time depends on the strength of the peel undertaken. Mild peels need little to no downtime. Deeper peels need up to 2 weeks off work. Apart from very mild peels, peeling usually starts around day 3 post peel and can last up to 2 weeks.
Unfortunately, complications can occur after all treatments and you need to be aware of this. Ms Nugent will do her utmost to reduce your risk as much as she can. This includes the health and procedure advice she gives you before treatment, the care and precautions she takes during the treatment and the advice she gives you after the treatment. Some of the complications that can happen include infection, scarring, under-treatment, over-treatment, hypopigmentation, demarcation between treated and untreated areas, allergic reaction.
Most patients who undergo facial peel treatment are very pleased with their results and say that it significantly improved the appearance of their skin. Success depends on being prepared for your treatment, choosing the right procedure, the treatment itself and recovering well. All steps in the journey are crucial!
Download the detailed information booklet on this page to read more and book a consultation to discuss your individual circumstances with Ms Nugent!