Do you want glowing skin and to enhance and prolong the results from your injectable treatments? Regular chemical peels may just be the solution.

Chemical peeling is a centuries-old practice, Queen Cleopatra, was famously known to bathe in sour milk which contains lactic acid. This improved the look and texture of her skin.

There are numerous benefits to having a chemical peel and despite popular belief you don’t even have to peel for a peel to be effective. At Dr Kate Aesthetics we offer a range of peels. Some have zero to minimal peeling with no downtime and won’t even stop you socialising. Some do cause more peeling but we will work out which is going to be more suitable for you and your skin’s needs.

Peels are a needle-free painless treatment. A combination of acids are applied to the skin. This improves the skin’s surface, and imperfections and accelerates cell turnover. This stimulates the reconstruction of collagen and elastin deep within the skin layer. With some peels the results can be seen instantly. With some peels, the results take 2 to 3 weeks to show.

Dr Kate has peels which are suitable for all skin types. Chemical peels are effective as a single treatment for instant visible glow and rejuvenation or a series of peels can be done as part of a programme to target particular skin complaints and give even better results.

There are peels which are suitable all year round even before a holiday in the sun and there are peels available whatever your skin type or age.

Chemical Peels Treatment London
The Perfect Peel, available at Dr. Kate Aesthetics, London

Peels can help with fine lines, dullness, acne, pigmentation, dry skin, red skin, ageing tired skin, skin that is suffering from the effects of pollution, large pores, Oily skin, and skin in need of general rejuvenation.

A chemical peel uses a special solution which is a combination of acids and sometimes vitamins and amino acids to improve the appearance of your skin by gently exfoliating the top layer. The new skin is typically smoother, less wrinkled, and more even-toned.

Our skin cell cycle is the time it takes for healthy new skin cells to work their way from the bottom layers of the skin to the surface and the time they stick around before they are shed as they become old and damaged. As we get older this skin cell cycle and cell renewal process slows down.

On average a skin cycle is 5-6 weeks. At the age of 19-21, the process can take 14-21 days compared to a middle-aged adult where it is estimated to be 28 days. As we grow older, this skin cycle slows to about 45-60 days in our 40’s and 50’s. It can further slow to about 60-90 days in our 50’s and 60’s. A chemical peel speeds up this process and gets our skin to behave more like it did in our youth.

There are three types of peels, each determined by how deep the solution penetrates the skin.

Superficial Peels

A superficial peel only affects the outermost layer of your skin, known as the epidermis. This type of peel uses glycolic or lactic acid. As these chemicals are applied to your skin and left to penetrate for a short time, you may feel a warm or tingling sensation.

Afterwards, you may have some redness and mild swelling that should go away in 1 to 2 days. Although you may see some improvement in your skin immediately after the procedure, A series of superficial peels over several weeks may be needed for optimal results

Medial Peels

Also called medium-depth peels, these treatments go deeper than superficial peels into the dermis—the middle layer—of your skin. They use Trichloroacetic (TCA) acid or Jessner’s solution and remove damaged cells to lessen wrinkles, age spots, blotchy skin colouration, sun damage and freckles. The doctor will determine how long to leave this solution on your skin before neutralizing it with water or another agent. As with superficial peels, a series of medium peels may be required for optimal results but usually over a longer period of time such as months

Deep Peels

Deep peels fully penetrate the middle layer of your skin and are used only on very wrinkled or sun-damaged skin. Only one treatment is usually necessary for optimal results but it will take approximately two weeks for all the dead skin cells to peel off before revealing smooth new skin beneath it. Because this peel uses Phenol—a strong chemical—pain medication and an anaesthetic is required during treatment.

Looking after your skin and getting it into a healthy condition will improve the results from other aesthetic treatments such as injectables. Having regular chemical peels will also prolong your results and overall enhance and elevate your results. Quality aesthetic treatments are an investment. Having regular chemical peels will help to protect this investment and help you to get the most out of your treatments.

When considering a chemical peel it is important to consult with a specialist first who can help you determine what type of peel is best suited for your needs as well as go over any risks involved with the treatment. Be sure to follow all post-treatment care instructions provided by your doctor to ensure optimal results and healing.