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Chemical TCA Peels
Chemical TCA Peels
Chemical TCA Peels
Chemical TCA Peels
Chemical TCA Peels
Chemical TCA Peels

Chemical TCA Peels

Treatment Snapshot
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Duration Duration
Dependant on area (from 30 mins to 1 hr)
Anaesthesia Anaesthesia
None
Hospital stay Contraindications
Pregnancy, Breast feeding, Recent sun exposure, Anyone taking 'Roaccutane' (or finished a course less than 6 months ago), Cold sores, psoriasis or eczema, broken skin
Downtime Downtime
Peel dependant. No downtime (for majority) however for some up to 1 week before skin flaking reduces
Results Final Result
Brighter, more radiant, clear skin. A more even complexion and youthful appearance
Suitable for Suitable for
Anyone desiring fresher looking skin with improved complexion
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Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the surface of the skin to activate the removal of its superficial layers revealing the new, smoother, less wrinkled skin beneath. The strength of the chemical peel needed will depend on the severity of the skins damaged/ condition.

The chemical peel uses varies of strength from superficial, medium depth to deep and how long it is left on the skin will also effect how much skin will peel following the procedure. Chemical Peels are most commonly used on the face for improvement of uneven skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, scars or acne. However can be used on various parts of the body including acneic backs, sun damaged and ageing décolletage and backs of the hands. Most common forms of acid used to prompt skin benefits, include trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid and phenol. The new skin revealed following treatment is more sensitive to the sun, so it is important to keep applying sunscreen to the treated area until it has fully healed.

Top 5 FAQs for Chemical TCA Peels

What is Chemical Skin Peeling?
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Chemical Skin Peeling is the procedure that applies chemical solutions to the surface of the skin to remove or 'peel' different layers of the skin. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of this product and how long it is left on the skin. The chemical peels used at our clinic usually remove only the most outer layers of the skin. This can lead to freshening of the skin, removal of sunspots and rough scaly patches, as well as reduce freckles and irregular pigmentation. It can also reduce fine wrinkles. There is also some evidence that by removing the top superficial sun damaged skin area, it may also reduce the risk of skin cancer.

What is the history of Chemical Skin Peeling?
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Cleopatra and the ancient Romans used various food acids to peel their skin. In fact many Egyptian women bathed in sour milk, or rubbed fermented grape skins from the bottom of wine barrels over their skin to enhance beauty. Little did they know that they were benefiting from the superficial skin peeling effects of a family of chemicals called hydroxy acids which remove the outer layers of the skin. These acids have now been identified as lactic acid in milk and tartaric acid in grape skins and can be found in a huge number of modern beauty products. In the early 1900's, European and America women underwent 'non-medical' peels in salons with secret formulas, which were probably mild acids. In the early 1950's, the phenol peel was developed. This was a fierce deep peel that could remove years of wrinkles, but also gave peeling a reputation for complications - pigmentation, depigmentation, scarring and even abnormal heart rhythms due to absorption of the chemicals. However, when done under controlled conditions by an experienced physician phenol peeling can be safe and effective. Trichloroacetic acid or TCA, being a more gentle acid, has made a comeback in popularity as it rejuvenates the skin whilst reducing the risk of serious side effects. Other agents used include combination of other chemicals acids.

What happens during consultation?
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At your first consultation with a practitioner, you should explain what you expect from the treatment and how you would like to look afterwards. They will then explain exactly what the treatment will involve and how long it will take for you to recover from it. A medical history should be taken by the practitioner, to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn't have the treatment. Once this is established, you would normally be asked to read some detailed information and sign a consent form indicating that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with the peel procedure recommended.

Am I suitable for Chemical Skin Peels?
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This will be determined at the time of your consultation. In general though, texture changes of the skin, rough or scaly patches (keratoses), fine wrinkles, brown marks or spots, freckles, pigmentation, can be removed or lessened through chemical peel treatments. Age and liver spots (lentigines) can also be reduced. It is important to note however that although deeper lines may improve with this treatment, they will not be removed entirely. However these may be improved by the use of other methods. You will be advised accordingly. You must remember that chemical peeling is not a substitute for a facelift. It does not tighten obviously sagging skin, or remove broken capillaries.

Who should not have Chemical Skin Peels?
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In general it is best to avoid having this treatment if you have a history of keloid scarring, have any ongoing active skin infection, have used the Isotretinoin or Roaccutane in the last 12 months, and have darkly pigmented skin, or red hair with freckled skin. Darker coloured patients are generally unsuitable for the deeper peels owing to the potential for skin bleaching or lightening. Furthermore Afro-Caribbean or Asian skin is often not suited to facial peels because of the risk of lightening of the skin. This is particularly the case with the deeper peels where the top layers of skin are removed In these situations, it is very likely that your skin would not be suited to anything deeper than a mild exfoliation treatment such as a Hydrafacial. Chemical peeling is also not appropriate for people who continue to have excessive sun exposure.

Price Information

From £150

Price dependant on area and specific peel

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