All chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin so that a smoother, more evenly pigmented, glowing layer of skin can appear. There are three basic categories of chemical peels, but at Wimpole Aesthetics we favour AHA and TCA peels as they are less invasive than Phenol peels which require at least two to three weeks’ downtime.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are found in plants and food such as citrus fruits, apples, grapes, sugar cane and sour milk. The acid breaks the intracellular bonds of the epidermis and accelerates the sloughing of the superficial dead skin cells of the epidermis.
Lactic acid and glycolic acids are the two most common AHA acids found in skincare products. This peel is considered a light peel and patients will require multiple treatments to see results.
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. The result of TCA peels produces more dramatic results than AHA peels. Clients may require more than one peel to achieve the desired results.
After cleansing the skin to remove any oils, the peeling agent is carefully applied. Within minutes, there is a very warm sensation that feels like sunburn. This lasts for a few minutes and is rapidly relieved by the application of cool compresses. Very rarely, there may be some swelling, especially around the eyes for the first two days, but discomfort is minimal. By the third or fourth day, the skin has a tight feeling and sheds. This is replaced by skin with a pink colour and smooth texture, usually on days five to seven.
You will then start to see a dramatic improvement to skin condition, with a reduction in many of the signs of skin ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage.
Do chemical peels hurt?
AHA and TCA peels are painless; you will experience a slight stinging to the skin when the chemical is applied to your skin. Your skin is exposed to the chemical for approximately two to three minutes. When combined with microdermabrasion, there is a slight abrasive sensation during the procedure.
Do I need to take time off work to have a chemical peel treatment?
It is not necessary to take time off work, but your skin may look a little red immediately after the treatment.
Who can benefit from a chemical peel?
Most people who have sun damage such as multiple solar keratosis, pigmentation abnormalities, certain types of acne, and fine wrinkling might benefit from a chemical peel. Peels are often used to treat fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth. Wrinkles caused by sun damage, ageing, and hereditary factors can often be reduced with this procedure. Microdermabrasion is often combined with a chemical peel to refine the outer appearance of the skin.
How much improvement will I see after a chemical peel?
The amount of improvement is individual and depends on the initial condition of the patient’s skin. Maximum improvement of damaged skin and wrinkling ranges from 50% to 85% and, although 100% percent improvement is not possible, most patients view the results as dramatic.
How much does a chemical peel cost?
The price of chemical peels ranges from £75 to £600 The price of the treatment will depend on the type of chemical peel that is recommended.
At Wimpole Aesthetics, we provide a wide variety of medical treatments and non-surgical rejuvenating procedures in the field of anti-ageing and aesthetic medicine. Our medical director Dr Joshua Berkowitz stays abreast of the latest developments in this field, but always ensures that any treatment we offer can deliver safe and effective results.
We love to hear our patients tell us that we have the feel of a local clinic right in the heart of London’s medical district.
YOUR STEP BY STEP PROCESS
1. GET IN TOUCH
If you’ve been considering an aesthetic treatment to rejuvenate your skin or reshape your body, then the first step is to get in touch with the clinic to arrange a consultation with our medical director Dr Joshua Berkowitz or one of his team, depending on your requirements.
2. AT THE CLINIC
The consultation is an essential part of the patient journey as it gives us the opportunity to discuss your objectives and the outcome you’re hoping to achieve. We will talk you through the procedure or treatment plan, clearly explain any possible risks and the results you can expect, as well as answer all of your questions.
3. YOUR TREATMENT
Procedures at Wimpole Aesthetics are carried out under the direction of our medical director Dr Joshua Berkowitz and his team. We aim to deliver practical, safe and effective medical aesthetic alternatives to cosmetic surgery whilst always respecting a patient’s privacy, dignity and confidentiality.
4. POST TREATMENT
Our care and support continues after you leave the clinic. You are provided with comprehensive aftercare advice appropriate to the treatment you have received and we welcome patients getting in touch if they have any questions regarding their experience and results.