If you are interested in a chemical peel, you will begin by meeting with our clinic doctor for a consultation. During the consultation, you will be able to discuss what you are hoping to gain from this treatment and to ask any questions you may have regarding our available peels. The aesthetic nursing team at Clinica Jóia will assist our clinic doctor with your subsequent peel. They are also peel user trained. Before undergoing a peel, our clinic doctor may suggest using an exfoliant and/or depigmenting cream from one to a few weeks prior to the peel. Light microdermabrasion may also be advised before the procedure to allow the peel to work better. A test patch may also be advised during the consultation, especially if your skin type is dark or tanned.
The treatment itself generally lasts around 20 minutes, however, this will depend on the type and strength of the peel used. The solution will be applied to your skin and once the allotted time has passed, a neutraliser will be applied and cleaned off. Sometimes you may have an ice pack applied to the skin post treatment for a few minutes. During the treatment you will likely experience a stinging sensation, however this is normal and indicates the peel is doing its job.
Our healthcare professionals will then give you information on how to care for your skin post-treatment. This may also include the use of particular products. After the procedure, you should expect redness and a feeling of mild soreness and skin tightness shortly afterwards. Some swelling and darkening may occur in the first 24 to 48 hours. Actual shedding of skin may occur up to 7 days after. This does not always happen, and depends on the kind of peel used. We use the most advanced peel preparations; those targeting the deeper skin layers are designed to specifically protect the top layer of your skin. Apart from this, some other side effects of chemical peels can include blistering of skin, changes in skin colour, scarring, irritation and infection.
At Clinica Jóia, chemical peels can be combined with various skin rejuvenation treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light, platelet rich plasma or mesotherapy for a more holistic approach. Peels are usually the first treatment recommended by the cosmetic dermatologist before any subsequent Botox®, dermal filler, skin resurfacing or thread (suture) lift procedures.