Medical Skin Peels Treatment

No matter what your age, there are some skin care basics that are universal to help maintain healthy skin for life. Skin ageing is due to genetic factors as well as environmental factors including sun exposure, dehydration, some medications, and smoking. These result in uneven or blotchy appearance to the skin, due to age spots, uneven pigmentation, broken capillaries, fine lines and deep wrinkles. Medical Skin Peels at Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic, Melbourne can be effective for neck, face or hand. It will help to improve the look and feel of your skin.

What is Skin Peeling?

Skin is a dynamic organ. Every day cells divide in the deep layer of the skin and migrate to the superficial layer called the epidermis. As new cells grow, old cells slough off from the epidermis. Chemical peels skin treatments involve the application of a chemical solution to the face, which causes an accelerated form of exfoliation of these dead cells. Skin Peel Treatment work by removing different layers of the skin allowing damaged cells to be removed and replaced by fresher new skin during healing. And also the underlying skin layers are stimulated to form new collagen and elastin, which in turns creating a healthier and more youthful appearance. There are many different peels available. Facial peels are divided into superficial, medium and deep. What we do in our clinic is superficial peels that remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Superficial skin peel usually is done using Lactic and Glycolic acids or Alpha hydroxy acid, and ideally should be performed once a week. It rejuvenates the skin and decreases the incidence of acne and blackheads. Skin peels can be performed on any areas of the body that suffer from sun damage or uneven pigmentation and scars including face, hands, neck, décolleté, arms, and legs.

What happens during the treatment?

The treated area should be free from cosmetic make-up. For one of the commonest peeling agents used, glycolic acid or Alpha hydroxy acid the procedure is generally quick and easy to perform. The face is cleansed with cleansing gel and toner to strip the skin temporarily of its natural oils and allow the glycolic acid to be absorbed into the skin. The peel is then quickly painted onto the area to be treated and As the peel works, your therapist watches the skin carefully so that the peel can be stopped and removed at the appropriate time which could take 10-20 minutes, depending on the strength and type of peel used. We can also use massage or steam to increase the penetration of peel. Then the skin will be neutralised with peel neutralising gel and finally, a moisturiser and sunscreen are used.

Benefits of Medi Peels

You will gradually notice reduced fine line and smoothness of the skin. Depending on the ingredients used, you may experience mild to moderate flaking or peeling of the treated area over the subsequent week. And it is really beneficial for:
Fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
Rough and photo-aged skin
Uneven skin pigmentation
Enlarged pores, blackheads & whiteheads
Acne and Acne scars

Are there any contraindications to a chemical peel?

Taking Accutane or similar medication
Direct sun exposure in last 4 weeks
Taking blood thinning medication
Pregnancy or breastfeeding in the first few months
Any injectable or fillers within 72 hours
Sunburn or active rosacea
Cold sore or fever blister without premedication
Waxing within 7 to 14 days
Skin disorders
Skin that forms keloid
Being a type I diabetic

How many treatments are recommended?

To gain maximum benefit we usually recommend that this procedure be repeated weekly for 4-6 weeks to obtain a good result, which can then be maintained with monthly peels.

What should I do before and after the treatment?

Avoid direct sun exposure, spray tanning or sun beds for 3 weeks before and after treatment and if going in the sun a high SPF sunscreen should be applied.
Discontinue Retinoic acids for 48 hours prior and after the treatment
Don’t do heavy or sweaty workouts within 24 hours.
Don’t use make-up or perfumed soaps for 24 hours following treatment.
Don’t use sauna, steam room, public swimming pools, or hot bath or shower for 24 hours. Treated areas should be cared for by gentle washing with soap and water without scrubbing or rubbing.
Don’t pick off any dead or peeling skin as this may cause bleeding and discolouration, or even mild scarring;
Avoid waxing and any kind of skin resurfacing treatments for 2 weeks after your treatment.
Any skin care cream enriched with vitamin A, E and C will improve the results.

Are there any side effects?

During the treatment, you may experience a moderate burning sensation that lasts up to 10 minutes for each layer applied.
Immediately after the procedure, your skin may feel a little hot and appear a little pink for the first hours.
Some people may experience a little redness, as well as tightening of the skin, similar to mild sunburn. This should only last for a short period of time and should not create discomfort.
Results will vary, but most people will see a significant improvement in their skin condition, especially if they combine treatment with skincare products, which contain vitamin A, C, E and antioxidants.