Chemical Peels – Adelaide

Chemical Peels For Skin Rejuvenation

Reverse the signs of ageing by having a chemical peel today. Chemical peels are a proven method of creating more youthful appearing skin and also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hiding beneath the top layers of dead skin, you will find a beautiful complexion that is smoother, brighter and more refined, just waiting to show itself.  Chemical peels are the answer when it comes to revealing this inner skin beauty.  If your concern should be clearing up acne breakout, reducing hyper-pigmentation caused by sun damage or reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles then skin peels are also what you are looking for.

What is a Chemical Peel And Why Should I Get One?

Chemical skin peels use enzymes and acids to remove the dead top layer of skin, to reveal a more youthful, clearer and fresher appearing skin. Basically, a chemical peel exfoliates the top layers of your skin.  Instead of using a harsh scrub or dermabrasion, different types of chemical ingredients are used to remove the layers of dead skin.  Apart from curing your skin blemish issues, chemical peels will also allow the skin care products that you use to be absorbed more effectively.

It is a very popular treatment that is used all over the world and helps to treat wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.  Why not come and try chemical peel and see how life-transforming the results can be for you?

What Can a Chemical Peel Do to Help My Skin?

  • Even skin texture and tone.
  • Revive dull looking skin.
  • Rejuvenate and brighten the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Soften and smooth the skin.
  • Reduce the effects of sun damage and eliminate/ reduce skin pigmentation.
  • Help to alleviate acne breakouts and reduce inflammation.
  • Stimulate the production of collagen, creating a plump, youthful appearing skin.

What Does The Skin Peel Procedure Involve?

At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, your skincare expert will prepare your skin, so there is a smooth base ready for the peel.  After the peel has been applied, you may notice a tightening and tingling sensation.  Different skin types, will, of course, react differently.  Depending on which skin peel formula you have chosen, the chemical may be left on for a few hours to neutralize or may only be left on for a few minutes. The manufacturer’s instructions are followed for each peel brand.  The doctor will look for the endpoint where frosting of the skin is visible. 

What Are The Different Types of Chemical Peel?

We have a whole host of chemical peel treatments available which can offer solutions to a range of skin conditions. It is always our aim to offer the mildest treatment that will be effective, but sometimes deeper peels will be the best option.  Our skin expert, Dr Rahma Targett, will access your skin type and condition and recommend a skin peel tailored for you to yield maximal results.

There are basically three different types of chemical peel. The different types indicate just how deeply the chemical peel exfoliates the skin.

  1. Superficial Peel
  2. Medium Peel
  3. Deep Peel

The best chemical peel is chosen according to a persons skin type using the Fitzpatrick Scale. There are six skin types number 1 to 6.

Type 1: White skin, burns easily and doesn’t tan

Type 2:White skin, usually burns, rarely tans

Type 3:Darker skin, burns slightly and tans

Type 4: Light brown skin, rarely burns, tans easily

Type 5: Dark brown skin, rarely burns, tans easily

Type 6:Black skin does not burn

Lighter skinned people of type 1 to type 3 are usually safe to have any type of skin peel. They rarely have problems with hyperpigmentation or scarring.

Type 4 and type 5 skin are restricted to having superficial peels only. This is because this group of people are at risk of hyper or hyperpigmentation and scarring

What is a Superficial Skin Peel?

For skin issues that affect only the top layer of the skin, a superficial skin peel will be recommended.

Because a superficial peel does not involve the deeper layers of skin, they have fewer side effects and a faster recovery time.

Superficial chemical peels usually take from 1 to 7 days to heal. Always wear sunscreen to protect the skin as it heals.

Since superficial chemical peels do not penetrate deeply, 3 to 5 treatments may be required to see the desired results.  treatments may be conducted every 2 to 5 weeks.

What is a Medium Depth Skin Peel?

Medium depth skin peels are good for treating;

  • sun-damaged skin
  • minor acne scars
  • fine wrinkles
  • minor hyperpigmentation

Medium depth peels are able to reach down to a depth known as the papillary dermis. This is the second layer of the skin.

Medium depth peels will take between 7 to 14 days to heal. This type of peel will cause swelling which will get worse following your treatment. It may also cause your skin to blister.

Again, always avoid direct sunlight after your treatment.  You may wear makeup after 5 to 7 days.

What Ingredients Are Used in a Chemical Peel?

Dr Targett our resident skin specialist will determine which chemical peels will work best for your skin type and skin condition. For ageing issues and hyper-pigmentation, usually, a Glycolic Acid Peel will be suggested. For sensitive skin, lactic acid-based peels are often used.  If you are seeking a solution to your acne, then a salicylic acid formula or a combination treatment may be used.

When chemical peels are applied to the skin a white counting will appear after a period of time.  This is known as “frosting”. This frosting marks the endpoint of the peel, so the doctor will know when the chemical has had time to do its job.

Are There Any Side Effects to Chemical Peels?

Medium and deep peels are most susceptible to side effects.

Usually, side effects are only mild and transient. However, some people can develop long-lasting adverse reactions, including;

  • Persistent redness that lasts for months
  • Temporary dark patches of skin
  • Permanent light patches of skin
  • Scarring

If you wish to proceed with having a chemical peel, you will be asked to sign a consent form stating that you acknowledge the risks involved in the procedure.

Skin Peels For Treatment of Acne

People do not often associate chemical peels with acne! Did you know that chemical peels can really help clear up acne prone skin?  Not only can chemical peels for acne help clear up existing active acne,  but they can help reduce the appearance of acne scars as well.  

What Is a Skin Peel For Acne?

Chemical peels are recommended when topical acne medication available from the pharmacy does not produce the desired results. A chemical peel will result in a clearer complexion free from active acne as well as improving the appearance of acne scars.

A chemical peel as the name suggests involves applying a chemical solution to the skin surface.  This will cause the skin to peel and blister over several days.  Fresh new skin will be revealed once the dead skin has peeled off. Additionally, a skin peels will reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and scars associated with acne.  Besides helping to eliminate active acne, an acne peel can make the skin appear smoother and help remove any pigmentation.

Why Are Chemical Peels a Good Treatment For Acne?

Most people do not know that chemical peels can not only treat acne scars but also treat active acne. Additionally, they can treat clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, inflamed breakouts, and mild scarring.

According to Dr Targett, “Chemical peels for acne are an excellent treatment for renewing the outer layer of the skin.  Chemical peels help to keep the pores clear by removing the dead skin cells.  Once the pores are clear, oil from sebaceous glands, as well as bacteria causing acne, are free to flow to the surface of the skin instead of causing an infection beneath the skin.”

Modern chemical peels are much milder than they once were.  You should not have to endure days of hiding away with red flaking skin.

By treating acne with chemical peels you can prevent the formation of acne scars as well as having clean, fresh, and acne free skin.

What Chemicals Are Used In a Chemical Peel For Acne?

There are basically three categories of chemicals peels that are used to treat acne. These are; AHA peels(alpha hydroxy acid), TCA peels (trichloroacetic acid) and Phenol Peels. AHA peels are the most gentle peels, TCA peels are a little stronger and Phenol peels are the strongest type of peel.  AHA peels are mild and used for the treatment of active acne.  TCA peels and Phenol peels are used for acne scars and are much more severe in action and require a longer recovery period.

There is no recovery time necessary, and patients can return home or work immediately after the injection process. There are no specific aftercare instructions and no downtime.

Within about a week, the muscle relaxant will have taken full effect, blocking signals to the sweat glands. You should see a noticeable reduction in sweat by this time. Patients should note that it is common to experience a substantial reduction, rather than complete elimination, of sweating.

The results of this treatment last for 6-8 months. Many patients return for repeat injections in order to maintain its effects.

What Can I Expect After Having A Chemical Peel For Acne?

The recovery period for a chemical peel for acne will depend on the type of chemical peel used.  For active acne, an AHA peel will usually be used.  After effects of an AHA peel include, redness, flaking skin, dryness.  These effects are usually very mild and you will be able to return to normal activities straight away without any downtime.

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Unfortunately, having one treatment alone will not be effective.  However, don’t be discouraged, you will often see visible results after only one treatment.  If you want to have lasting results then regular peels are definitely recommended.  After each peel, you will find that the chemical ingredients are better able to act because the upper dead layer of skin has been removed.

Quantitative Increase of GAG’s

  • Enhanced skin volume.
  • An increased presence of water in the dermis.
  • Wrinkles are smoothed.

Qualitative changes in dermal collagen and elastin

  • Stimulation and reorganisation of the structural dermal components.

Stimulation of fibroblastic function

  • Moisture boost.
  • Increased activity of the fibroblasts.  This causes synthesis of the different macromolecules of the extracellular matrix.

You will need to stop using any retinol or exfoliating products about one week before your appointment.  It is also recommended to stop any hair removal procedures one week before having your peel done.

Usually, you will peel for about five days and have a red complexion throughout this period. The more intense the peel, the more skin flaking will be noticeable.  For milder skin peels, you may not notice any flaking of your skin.  But rest assured it will be occurring at a cellular level.

This is the stage when you will need to take the most care of your skin.  Your face will become more sensitive because the peel has exposed new skin cells. Please be diligent by applying sunscreen every day to the treated area. Dr Targett may recommend other post care treatments at your appointment.

Depending on the severity of the skin peel treatment, some downtime may be a possibility.  It is never a good idea to have a skin peel just before an important event.

Types of Peels Offered at Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine patient safety is considered to be of utmost importance. For this reason, we offer only the safest chemical peels available.  We only offer superficial and medium chemical peels.  Deep peels have a higher chance of complications.

Cosmo Peel 12% – Cosmo Peel 15%

Superficial Chemical Peel intended for the treatment of Solar Lentigines, Superficial Pigmented Lesions, Keratosis Pilaris.

Cosmo Peel 18% – Cosmo Peel 20%

Superficial to Medium Chemical Peel intended for the treatment of Solar & Senile Lentigines, Pigmented Lesions, Elastosis.

Milk Peel

Superficial Chemical Peel intended for the treatment of Mild-Acne, Keratosis Pilaris, Superficial Pigmented Lesions.

Why Choose Advanced Cosmetic Medicine

At ACM We Make The Process Easy
Consistent Treatment by the Same Doctor Every Time
Exceptional After Care
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Friendly Professional Service
Reduced Injection Pain for Your Comfort

Our Commitments

Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.

Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.  Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.

Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve.  At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.

Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.

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SA. 5006

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