FAQS

Facial Peels

Facial Peels

  • What is the difference between 'light' and 'deep' facial peels?
    • There are many different types of facial peels. Some peels are only very ‘light’, removing the very superficial layers of skin. These ‘light’ peels are excellent for freshening up your complexion and giving your skin that healthy glow without any downtime.

      Deeper peels such as ‘TCA’ peels go much deeper into the skin and remove many more layers. These peels are designed to bring about more significant improvements in the skin but also carry approximately 1 week of downtime (* Results may vary from patient to patient).

      Medium / deep peels should only be performed by an experienced Doctor.

  • What are the benefits of a Light Peel?
    • Benefits of Light Peels include:

      • Exfoliation: Removes dull layers of dead skin
      • Complexion: Mild improvement of pigmentation
      • Rejuvenation: Creating a “glow” type appearance within the skin
      • No downtime: (*Results may vary from patient to patient)
      • Safe: Very little risk of complications.
  • What ingredients are used for a light peel?
    • Light peels are usually performed with Alpha hydroxyl Acid (AHA), which are mild organic acids derived from various sources such as sugar cane, milk, and fruit. The most commonly used are glycolic and lactic acids, which dissolve the lipid bonds that bind together non living skin cells in the outer layer of the skin (stratum conreum). AHA’s also help the living layers of the skin thicken and retain water, thereby “plumping” the skin and decreasing fine wrinkling. A thinner stratum corneum also means improved clarity of the skin, and better absorption of other topical agents, such as “bleaching: creams, retinolds, antioxidants, ect.

      Low concentrations of AHA’s are available in a variety of consumer skin care products. Products with a higher concentration (more acidity) are more effective, and are available only from licensed practitioners.

      High concentrations of AHA are the basis for light, or “lunchtime” peels, and are often combined with herbal or fruit extracts (“pumpkin peel”, “blueberry peel”, ect.). As the concentration of AHA increases, so does the incidence of side effects such as redness, irritation, blistering and peeling, and increases the likelihood of sun damage and discoloration in patients who do not use sunscreen.

  • What can I expect after a light peel?
    • Although there is no downtime with a light chemical peel, patients can expect some mild flaking of the skin for up to a week following treatment (*Results may vary from patient to patient).

  • Results. What and when can I expect them?
    • A typical exfoliation regimen for a new patient would consist of daily home use of an alpha-hydroxy lotion for 2 weeks, followed by a light peel or microdermabrasion. Results can be achieved more quickly by utilising a series of microdermabrasions and/or light peels performed every 2 weeks for a total of 4-6 treatments, with occasional “maintenance” treatments as needed, usually every 3 months.

  • Are there any risks of complications?
    • Light peels are a very safe procedure, the risk of any serious complication is extremely rare.

  • Which clinics can I undertake the procedure?
    • Your initial Facial Peel consultation and subsequent procedure can be undertaken at one of our cosmetic clinics in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide or the Gold Coast.

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