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Facial Chemical Peels, Cheshire

Chemical peels are an aesthetic procedure performed to achieve better skin tone and to reduce fine wrinkles on the face. The chemical solution removes the outer layers of skin to treat the effects of sun damage and ageing; fine wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and rough skin. Because some peels affect pigmentation, they may not be appropriate for darker skinned individuals.

Reasons for Considering a Chemical Peel:


  • Reduce facial wrinkles and lines.
  • Improve sun-damaged skin.
  • Correct age spots and pigmentation problems.
  • Lighten scars (especially from acne).
  • General Procedure

At the time of your chemical peel, any active skin disease, infection, or acne needs to be under control in order to maximize results. There are several different types of chemical solutions which can be used, ranging from a mild solution to a very strong one.

The surgeon will select what is best, based on skin condition, color, and the desired result. During the procedure, the skin is first cleansed of oils. The solution is then carefully applied to remove the layers of damaged skin. At this point, the skin will turn white; a frost-like effect.

Recovery Process

After a chemical peel, the skin will have a pinkish color, and a thin crust or scab may form over the area. Recovery time varies depending upon the depth of the chemical peel. Stronger solutions burn deeper and will take longer to heal.

In general any scabbing will have come off by 10-14 days. Residual pinkness will be left which may take many weeks to settle. This is easily covered with make up. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the procedure, which can be treated effectively with simple analgesia.

Limitations and Complications

After the procedure, slight changes in pigmentation can occur. These are most pronounced with deeper peels when pigmentation may be reduced. Darkening of the skin can occur, particularly with sunshine exposure. Sun block should be applied to the treated areas until all the pinkness resolves. Cold sores, (herpes infection), can be reactivated and my require treatment.


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