Chemical Peel

Chemical Peeling removes the outer layers of the skin. This removes some sunspots and rough scaly patches, and reduces freckles and irregular pigmentation and makes the skin look fresher.
It also reduces fine wrinkles. It is safest and most effective on the face. Hands can be peeled but the risk of scarring is higher.

Type of Peels:

There are a variety of chemical skin peels depending on the different chemical used. Glycolic acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) a more superficial peel is achieved by this method. It is often sold in lesser strength for self use at home. The TCA (Trichloracetic acid) peel achieves a superficial to medium peel. We at Rodney Street Clinic use The Obagi Blue Peel it is a TCA peel mixed with a blue dye which help to gage the depth of the peel. Phenol peels results in a deeper peel but carries a higher risk of scarring and pigmentation changes.

The Obagi Blue Peel:

This peel is used in conjunction with the Obagi Nu-Derm system a set of creams applied in preparation for the peel.

How is the peel carried out?

The peel is usually carried out as an outpatient office procedure without sedation. A burning sensation is felt which passed off in a few minutes with cooling with a fan. The application takes about one hour. There is a blue tint to the face which washes off in a couple of days. There will be slight swelling for two to three days and the peeling starts. The face should be healed in 7 to 10 days.

What conditions can be treated?

Chemical peels can treat sun damage, acne and acne scarring, age spots and fine wrinkles. It may also be used to improve skin texture and exfoliate the skin. It may be used the back and chest as well as the face.

How many treatments are required?

This depends on the condition of the skin and the depth of peel required. Often more than one peel is required to achieve the desired effect.

How much does it cost?

A peel cost about £ 500 to £ 750. Ring the clinic for details.

Are there any complications?

Complications are rare. Pigmentation changes can occur in those who are prone to pigmentation changes.

Meet Your Surgeon

Mr Juma is a Plastic Surgeon with 25 years of medical experience who has a long established reputation within his field. He is a Senior NHS Plastic Surgeon, a Medical Examiner and Honorary Lecturer who is renowned for being a perfectionist.

For your peace of mind, Mr Juma is GMC registered and a member of the Plastic Surgery UK membership bodies BAAPS and BAPRAS.

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