Chemical Peels

INTRODUCTION

Chemical Peels

Many factors can contribute to the degradation of normal human skin, from sun damage to the ageing process. Skin impurities can appear in a variety of ways, including fine lines and expression wrinkles, pigmentation spots and skin laxity. In some cases, the skin may merely lose its lustre and start to look rather dull. Regardless of what types of concern you might have in your skin complexion, a medical grade skin peel is often the right choice to correct the imperfections and restore radiance to lacklustre skin.

How do chemical peels work?

Chemical peels work by taking advantage of a natural biological process that is constantly at work in our bodies - when new cells are created, the old cells slough off from the epidermis. Application of chemical peels will help to accelerate the exfoliation of these old cells and stimulate new cell generation. Different layers of the skin are removed at a controlled manner, enabling cell regeneration and structural improvements at more than one level of the skin. The skin layers are  stimulated to form new collagen and elastin, resulting a healthier and more youthful appearance.


What are chemical peels made of?

There are different types of chemical peels available, which vary in strength and are classified according to the depth of treatment: Extra-light, Superficial, Medium and Deep.

At The Lime Tree Clinic, we offer a range of chemical peels using formulations from the renowned cosmeceutical brand Mesoestetic. The chemical peels by Mesoestetic are made from various active substances.

  • Lactic acid, Glycolic acid, Mandelic acid and Citric acid are also known as AHA acids, and are naturally found in milk, fruits, vegetables, and other botanicals
  • Salicylic acid, also known as BHA acid, is derived from willow trees

Are chemical peels safe?

Not all chemicals are bad, and the word “chemical” often give an impression that they are dangerous and may burn the skin. In fact, the active acids that are used in chemical peels are derived from natural ingredients and they are safe to use as long as the procedure is performed by a qualified dermal clinician.

At The Lime Tree Clinic, our qualified cosmetic practitioners exceed all the necessary skills and knowledge needed to review your skin and medical history, to ensure you are deemed suitable for our range of chemical peels.


What are the treatment areas for chemical peels?

Mesoestetic chemical peels can be tailored-made to suit your individual skin type and concerns as they come in various combinations of acid concentrations or strengths as well as adjustable treatment protocols.

  • Mesoestetic Lactic (mono-substance peel)
    • Suitable for dry, dull, and sensitive skin types
    • Can be used on the face, body and hands, and recommended for delicate areas such as the neck due to its high tolerance by the skin
    • Designed to soften expression lines and very superficial wrinkles, and recommended for fading stretch marks
  • Mesoestetic Glycolic (mono-substance peel)
    • Suitable for all skin types
    • Can be used on the face, neck and hands
    • Recommended to address skin ageing associated with uneven tone, fine lines and wrinkles as well as to improve the appearance of stretch marks
  • Mesoestetic Salicylic (mono-substance peel)
    • Suitable for greasy, oily, acne-prone or seborrheic skin (itchy and inflamed skin)
    • Can be used on the face, neck and hands, recommended for areas of body such as upper limbs, back, knees, elbows etc
    • Recommended for reducing the size of dilated pores, fading mild acne scars and moderate actinic keratosis
  • Mesoestetic Mandelic (mono-substance peel)
    • Suitable for thick, greasy, acne-prone or seborrheic skin with dyschromia
    • Can be used on the face, neck and hands
    • Recommended for evening out skin tone, fading dyschromia and reducing dilated pores
  • Modified Jessner (combined peel)
    • Suitable for dark spots, irregular skin tone and ageing skin
    • Can be used on the face, neck and hands
    • Recommended to reduce dark patches and age spots, even out skin tone, and treat skin discoloration due to hyperpigmentation and acne scars

What are the procedures of chemical peel treatment?

The procedure is generally quick and easy to perform and takes about 30 minutes.

Firstly, the face is cleansed with cleansing gel and toner to strip the skin temporarily of its natural oils and allow the acid to be absorbed into the skin effectively.

The peel is then quickly applied onto the area to be treated using gauze or fan brush. As the peel works, our qualified cosmetic practitioner will observe the skin carefully to ensure the peel is removed at the appropriate time, this can take 2 to 10 minutes depending on the strength and type of chemical peels that are being used, as well as the condition of your skin.

You may experience a tingling or stinging sensation during the peeling process. Cool air may be used to ventilate the skin and relieve any discomfort.

Next, your skin may need to be neutralised with peel neutralising spray, and finally, we finish your treatment by applying a moisturiser and sunscreen on top.

Other complementary treatments can be performed after the chemical peel is finished such as medical LED light, face masks and injectable treatments.


Chemical peel treatment aftercare

Some mild redness, itching or irritation may be present after the treatment, as well as a tightening sensation of the skin. This usually settles within 1 to 3 days. Application of a good quality skin care product can help to seal the skin and cover any redness after 24 hours of treatment. The clinic can recommend one suitable for your skin condition. The use of a sunscreen with high sun protection factor is mandatory when outdoors.

During your first consultation, our dermal clinician will provide you with more detailed aftercare instructions based on the type of peel administered.


When can I see the treatment results and how long will they last?

You may notice some results immediately after the first treatment, such as improved texture, clarity of skin, feeling more hydrated and diminished fine lines, though these are more noticeable after a week.

During your initial consultation a customised treatment plan will be created with your input. Usually a course of treatment is between 3-6 treatments, depending on your skin type, skin condition and the goals you are wishing to achieve. If you just want to refresh your skin then a single treatment may be suitable


What is the cost of a chemical peel?

Our chemical peels which include facial assessment and a customised chemical peel treatment plan are $120. Packages of 3 receive 20% off.