Young skin generates a fresh cycling of cells every day, supported by a framework of fibrous tissues to maintain supple, tight and voluminous skin. As we promote skin care we don’t simply focus on the surface layer of skin, but the underlying layers invisible to the naked eye. Ageing causes a rapid decline in the condition of our cells starting from the deepest layers and moves outward to finally affect our epidermis. Over time the natural exfoliating process where new skin cells replace old ones slows down. Where collagen and elastin fibres that were once strong and abundant, are now more aged, fragile and less likely to regenerate.
Based on the slow decline of the tissues, skin cells that suffer from poor nutrition, sun damage, lack of hydration and improper skincare products, come to light. Our patients at The Face Institute come to us with skin care concerns such as hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines and excessive dryness every day. Many of our patients didn’t realise the changes in their skin over the years until Dr Gerarchi and his team walk them through a complete skin analysis that points out these noticeable changes. During the analysis, the team at The Face Institute will suggest a chemical peel to help reduce these changes in the skin that are noticeable signs of ageing.
Summary of common skin conditions addressed by a chemical peel:
- Wrinkles and folds in the skin
- Simple lines
- Dry skin
- Impurities causing blackheads
- Uneven texture
- Acne scarring
- Large pore visibility
What is the process of a chemical peel?
A chemical peel involves a solution of one or more exfoliating agents—a variety of cosmeceutical acids—being applied to the skin to remove the rough upper layer of skin and stimulate the rejuvenation of new skin cells. As the solution is lightly applied to the skin after a thorough exfoliation of the skin, the skin begins to blister to slough away this topmost damaged layer that we see. These chemical peels generally result in tighter, smoother skin that is relatively free of fine lines and blemishes, such as age spots and uneven pigmentation.
Different Types of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are classified as light, medium and deep according to the depth that they penetrate the skin. Light and medium facial peels are used for superficial wrinkles and discolouration, and deep chemical peels are used for more severe conditions, like severe acne. The deeper the chemical peel, the longer the recovery time required. However, most people can return to their normal activities immediately after a light chemical peel.
Depending on the type of skin, the age of the patient or if they’ve had experience with chemical peels before and are comfortable with deeper peels, we would generally suggest each patient begin with the lightest peel. Starting with a lighter peel can offer the best starting treatment to see projected results, and we can always increase the strength of the peel in future therapies.
Chemical peels can be repeated as necessary to achieve and maintain the desired results, and Dr Gerarchi and his team will suggest a quarterly treatment plan should you decide to begin chemical peels.
To schedule your consultation for a chemical peel and uncover radiant skin, call The Face Institute today on 02 9412 4599.
Please feel free free to call us on (02) 9412 4599 or email if you would like any additional information about this procedure.