What is a chemical peel?
A peel is an acceleration of the skins natural exfoliation (shedding). It is a non-invasive and progressive technique meaning best results are normally achieved after a course of peels. The peels themselves are made up of different ingredients depending on what condition you would like treated.
What ingredients are used?
In superficial peels, AHA and BHA (alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid) are used, particularly glycolic acid, the smallest fruit acid molecule. In medium peels, the most widely used agent is TCA (Trichloroatetic acid). The deepest peels are phenol chemical peels.
What are the benefits of peels?
A peel works with your face’s morphology to give natural results that can be seen after the first session, It is an entirely natural and efficient process, administered by a professional. The peel’s discreet effect on your skin will cause your friends to comment on how radiant you look, without them knowing why.
What does a professional peel feel like?
This depends on the type of peel you opt for but and can range from very minimal sensation to some tingling and warmth.
What are the effects?
Depending on the intensity of the peel, you may observe anything from an instant radiance to a sensation similar to a very mild sunburn, slight flaking, or desquamation (shedding) which can last varying amounts of time.
We are often approached by clients after they have had a bad experience and results elsewhere. In this instance we always advise that the client initially return to the original practitioner for corrective treatment. However, the Doctors at Westerwood can usually correct poor results.
There is a whole array of practitioners of varying qualifications, skill and experience. Please make sure you spend some time adequately researching before choosing your practitioner. After all, it is your face.
Points you should clarify when choosing a practitioner;
- Full time aesthetics practitioner or a part time endeavour?
- Qualification and insurance
- How many years’ experience in this particular field
- Number of treatments carried out a month (more than 100)
- Routine 2 week follow up
Length of initial appointment- should ideally be 1 hour