What are the benefits of skin peels?

Do you want your skin to look refreshed, rejuvenated and more youthful? Don’t want to undergo any surgical procedures? You may be interested in a skin peel.

But what exactly is a skin peel and how is it beneficial to your skin?

What is a skin peel?

A skin peel is a non-invasive procedure that aims to improve the appearance of your facial skin.

Sometimes referred to as a chemical skin peel, the chemicals are applied directly to the skin and then peeled off. This removes the top layer of the skin, which encourages cell renewal. The underlying skin layers then form a new rejuvenated surface, causing you to appear more youthful.

There is a range of different skin peels which can be used. The concentration of acid will vary from each skin peel – the higher concentration of acid, the deeper the peel will be, which means you will have a longer recovery period.

Centre for Surgery uses the Obagi Blue skin peel which has a low concentration of salicylic acid. This means while you will need multiple treatments – generally six – there is little downtime associated with this particular skin peel.

What areas can be treated?

Obagi Blue Radiance skin peel is suitable for both men and women who are wishing to improve the appearance of their skin. It is suitable for use on all skin colours and types.

The skin peel can be used not only on the face but also on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs.

Obagi Blue Radiance skin peel will successfully treat fine lines, wrinkles, oily skin, large pores, acne, and age spots.

How does the treatment work?

Prior to starting any treatment, your skin will be cleaned and any make-up will be removed. A protective gel may be applied to your skin, particularly on areas such as around the edges of your eyes and mouth. You will be given eye patches to protect the eyelids.

The salicylic acid is then sponged onto the treatment area. Within the first minute of the acid being applied, you may feel tightness or a warm sensation. However, there is no need to panic – this sensation will only last around one minute. A second layer will then be applied to the skin, which is then left on the skin for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, the acid will be sponged off the skin. Sunscreen may also be applied to the skin to help protect the skin from sun exposure and help you achieve the best results.

What happens after treatment?

After treatment, you may notice your skin appears tight and may show signs of redness.

Skin will start to peel two to three days after treatment. This will continue for the next few days, with the total recovery period being seven to 10 days.

Following the procedure, you will need to avoid excess sun exposure. This is because the skin peel exposes a new layer of skin, which is more prone to sun damage. You may wish to avoid having a skin peel before going on a beach holiday.

So what exactly are the benefits of a skin peel?

There are numerous benefits to undergoing skin peels, including:

  • No surgery – no knives or needles will be used
  • No anaesthetic
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Improved tone or texture of the skin
  • Immediate results

Prior to having treatment, make sure to have a consultation with a qualified, experienced practitioner. They will be able to assess your skin and determine whether or not you are suitable for treatment and what type of skin peel you require.

Are you interested in having a skin peel? Contact Centre for Surgery for more details or to book a consultation. 

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