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Glycolic Acid & TCA Peel

What is a chemical peel ?

A chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance appearance and self-confidence. Chemical peel therapy may be performed in conjunction with other treatments. However, a chemical peel is not a substitute for a facelift and does not prevent or slow the ageing process.

Chemical peeling uses a chemical solution in order to improve the skin's appearance. It can reduce or eliminate fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, correct uneven skin pigmentation, treat acne and soften the appearance of scars caused by acne. The procedure can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun damage as well as skin blemishes common with age and heredity. Chemical peels can be performed on the face, hands and all other body areas.

The results of the peel depend on the depth of the treatment, and the depth of the peel also relates directly to your visual appearance over the next week. After a Superficial Peel, one will be able to go back to work the next day. If having a Medium Peel, one will probably need to take time off depending on how sensitive one is about ones appearance. It is ideal to have a peel just before a quiet at home weekend to allow some recovery, before going back to work the next week. Following a Superficial peel, the skin will appear slightly dry and flaky, which can be concealed with moisturiser or a moisturising foundation. After a Medium Peel, the skin will be more dry and flaky than with a Superficial peel, and generally one will not want to have planned engagements for that week. Everything will have settled one week after the peel, with fresher looking skin.

With both a Superficial and a Medium peel, the skin will feel dry and hot and will appear pink. It will feel like severe sun burn. The skin will then start to look cracked and feel thirsty. With a Medium peel, the side effects will be more evident than with a Superficial peel.


TCA peel

TCA is a strong acid and reacts with the protein molecules of the epidermis and dermis to cause cell death by coagulation of the proteins. Cell death is followed by shedding / peeling normally at day 5 to 7. Clinically it can reduce fine lines, remove surface pigmentation, improve hydration, smooth skin, reduce coarseness and improve texture. It can improve deeper lines, remove yellow / grey colour and improve elasticity. Best results are seen at 24 weeks. The use of home care products before and after treatment is essential if prescribed. Avoid ultraviolet exposure for 3 months following treatment.


Glycolic acid peel

Glycolic acid is a member of the alpha hydroxy acid family. It penetrates the stratum corneum and ruptures the bonds between the corneocytes. Furthermore, it restores and restructures DNA, stimulating normal collagen synthesis. Glycolic acid is a weak acid; it is neutralised by the tissues as it penetrates. Clinically it can reduce fine lines, remove surface pigmentation, improve hydration, smooth skin, reduce coarseness and improve texture. Best results are seen at 12 weeks. The use of home care products before and after treatment must be followed if prescribed.


What conditions can improve with treatment ?

Age and liver spots (Lentigines) usually categorised by fat, brown areas with round edges, usually found on the face, hands, back and feet. They are age-related and photo-ageing related and have nothing to do with the liver. While they are unsightly, they are not usually dangerous. Solar keratosis and hyperpigmented areas due to hormonal changes and photo damage can also be improved.


How is treatment administered ?

The procedure involves a chemical solution which is applied to the skin. The solution causes the layer of skin to separate and peel off. The new regenerated skin underneath is usually smoother, less wrinkled and more even in both tone and colour than the old skin.


Are there any medical exclusions ?

Pregnant or breast feeding women should wait to be treated. If you have a history of cold sores you should inform the doctor prior to the procedure. You may be better suited to an alternative treatment or product. The doctor will review your medical history with you, during an initial consultation, prior to administering any treatment.


Expected Treatment Outcomes:

DAY 1: Immediately post peel the patient leaves the clinic with moisturising sunblock applied. The skin will look slightly red for a couple of hours and will generally feel zingy. The patient should avoid extremes of heat exposure and sun exposure. Regular application of moisturisers is required. The patient should not attempt to peel off the skin or use abrasives, scrub creams or products containing acid or retinol during this week. The process cannot be speeded up; everything will settle after one week. Wait patiently.

DAY 2: The skin will begin to feel tight and the treatment creams recommended should be applied regularly as required for comfort. Sun protection at least factor 25 should be applied.

DAY 3: Some pigmentation change may be noticed at this stage as the skin begins to dry and may start to flake. The treatment creams recommended should be used twice daily or more as desired.

DAYS 4-7: The Skin continues to peel and the healing process takes place. The patient should continue with the recommended creams and sun protection.

DAY 8: Peeling process has finished and if using glycolic acid products, they may be restarted.