Dr Brad’s Chemical Peel Treatments In Bristol – Face, Neck And Body.
Any good cosmetic doctor will tell you that a chemical peel is a fundamental essential of any skincare regime designed to protect and rejuvenate the skin.
Unfortunately, this is woefully unappreciated by most people, who simply do not realise how powerfully effective and safe a chemical peel is in treating a wide range of common conditions.
I am not referring to a facial mask or facial massage offered by most beauticians. I am referring to professional, medical grade chemical peels.
What is a Medical Grade Chemical Peel?
Medical grade chemical peel treatments involve the application of a carefully formulated and manufactured solution of acids and co-factors to carefully pre-prepared skin, delivered by a doctor under carefully controlled conditions to obtain predictably impressive results with a minimum of risk.
They are more intense and effective than home or personal use chemical peel kits or those milder peels offered by your local beauty salon which would usually be categorised as “Very Superficial“.
Medical grade skin peels work by exfoliating dead cells, revealing fresh skin below. It enhances cell growth and turnover which all combine to make skin look younger and healthier.
How are Medical Grade Chemical Peels Categorised?
They can be categorised into one of three categories: superficial, medium or deep.
- Superficial chemical peels only penetrate into the epidermis (the top layer of the skin).
People of any age, skin type or racial origin can use this type of peel on almost any part of the body. Teenagers with acne can use it too although I only treat people 18 years of age and over. This is often referred to as a “lunchtime peel” because people could theoretically receive this type of chemical peel treatment and then return to the workplace without looking too inflamed.
- Medium depth chemical peels can penetrate into the papillary dermis (upper part of the middle layer of the skin).
Suitable for any Caucasian over the age of 21 wanting a more intense peel experience and result and who are prepared to experience more intense temporary inflammation and peeling than with a superficial peel. People with darker skin types should not usually have this type of peel due to the higher risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
They can again be used on almost any part of the body.
- Deep chemical peels can penetrate into the deeper layers of the reticular dermis (deeper part of the middle layer of the skin).
These are not commonly recommended and carry a much higher risk of side effects and long term complications. Dr Brad does not offer “deep” peels over large areas.
What Conditions Can Be Treated Effectively by Medical Grade Chemical Peels?
- Aged Skin ie photo-damage, sagging and wrinkling.
This is damage caused by the cumulative effects of exposure to the sun’s ultra violet rays over the years. This causes skin to lose collagen, become thin and affected by pigment spots (solar lentigines). The loss of collagen and damage to microscopic elastin fibres causes a loss of volume and elasticity that promotes the development of fine lines and wrinkles. A series of 4-6 medical grade chemical peels can result in a noticeable improvement in all of these aspects.
Acne vulgaris is a common and prominent problem for all too many young and older people. The causes and mechanisms of acne development are incompletely understood by medical science and over the counter treatments can be frustratingly ineffective. Adults may benefit from any of my superficial or medium depth peels. Teenagers may benefit from a superficial peel if the have written parental consent. Teenagers over the age of 18 may receive this treatment. Medical grade chemical peels can help to reduce the frequency and severity of acne symptoms whilst also improving the appearance of pore size, post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation and scarring. The more severe the scarring, the more a medium depth peel might be preferred over a superficial peel.
I have specific peel solutions dedicated to treating and improving acne-prone skin.
- Pigmentation Problems
The most common pigmentation problem I treat with chemical peels is melasma, which is where some areas of the skin exhibit patchy areas of darkness. This tends to occur in UV exposed areas such as the face and is caused by selective hyperactivity of melanocytes in the epidermis. A chemical peel is effective in removing excess melanocytes from the epidermis resulting in an improvement in appearance. A skin lightening cream (also known as a “bleaching cream”) is used in conjunction with my peels for best results.
The erythema of rosacea can be improved by the application of a superficial chemical peel. The duration and strength of teh peel might have to be limited to reduce the risk of inflammation but the right aftercare products can also help with this aspect.
Which Range of Chemical Peels Does Dr Brad Offer?
- For superficial peels, I use Neostrata ProSystem rejuvenating peels.
This contains the powerful alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) “glycolic acid” and comes in 4 different concentrations, 20%, 35%, 50% and 70%.
Glycolic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid) is preferred over salicylic acid (a beta-hydroxy acid) peel product. This is because salicylic acid is more likely to thin the skin while glycolic acid is more likely to add volume to the extracellular matrix of the skin for a more youthful look and better overall result.
Neostrata ProSystem peels are tried and tested, established to be safe and able to produce reliable improvements in the appearance and quality of skin.
A series of 6 peels is recommended, 3-6 weeks apart, alongside a custom regimen of modern cosmecueutical products used at home for optimum results.
A maintenance peel is then recommended every 6-8 weeks to maintain the maximal benefits of your peel and skin care regimen.
- For oily, acne prone skin, I offer the Neostrata ProSystem Clarifying Peel which contains 20% mandelic acid and 10% citric acid.
This can be taken alone or at the same time as a rejuvenating peel.
- For skin affected by melasma or unwanted sun spot pigmentation, I offer the Neostrata ProSystem Brightening Peel, which contains 30% citric acid.
This can also be taken alone or at the same time as a rejuvenating peel.
- For medium depth peels, I use Skin Tech 15% Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peels.
These 15% TCA peels are more intense and can deliver faster, more effective results than a superficial peel. The trade off is the acceptance that your skin will obviously be peeling few days than with the superficial peel. The outer layer of the skin can become brown and crusty as it separates and peels off over 5-10 days.
A medium depth peel can be repeated once after 4-6 weeks, alongside a custom regimen of modern cosmecueutical products used at home for optimum results.
A medium depth peel can then be repeated annually if you desire and/or you can optionally use a superficial glycolic acid peel 6-8 weekly throughout the year to keep you looking your best.
Whatever you decide, even if you only have the one medium depth peel, the visible benefits will last for a long time.
- For deep peels, I use Skin Tech 43% Trichloroacetic Acid peels.
I use this product to treat very small areas (less than 1cm diameter) of particularly prominent or stubborn hyperpigmentation or UV induced brown spots. I often use this in conjunction with a medium depth 15% TCA peel regime in addition to bleaching agents for home use.
What Happens in A Chemical Peel Session?
I will welcome you to the appointment and if it’s the first time that we have met then we will have a consultation for up to one hour to discuss all aspects of your aesthetics. You will complete a medical questionnaire. If you decide to go ahead with a peel then I will recommend and provide the necessary pre-peel products for you to use (pre-peel products not required for medium-depth peel though). We will then schedule a series of dates for you to attend for your peels.
(If you are unwilling to go through the recommended pre-peel cosmeceutical regime then we can go ahead and perform a first treatment on the same day)
When you attend for your peel, I will prepare your skin with a cleanser. I’ll then prepare and carefully apply the peel solution for 5-7 minutes, monitoring you carefully throughout the treatment. Once that is complete, I will neutralise the peel solution and apply some high end cosmeceuticals to your skin to aid the recovery. We will then re-discuss the specifics of your home skin care regime and you can leave.
In conclusion, I am very pleased to be able to bring these highly effective and modern medical grade chemical peel treatments to my patients in Bristol. Improving the quality of your skin is just as important as any other aesthetic treatment so can be used alongside Botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers and microneedling to give the best results. Call on 07588971425 or email for a consultation today.