Peel ap­peal

Los­ing dead skin is a great way to re­gen­er­ate a healthy, smooth look says BIJAN BEIGI

EDP Norfolk - - Inside - Bijan Beigi

Treat­ments to tackle prob­lem skin

Su­per­fi­cial peels are easy to ap­ply and the time needed for heal­ing is min­i­mal

AS WE get older our skin can grad­u­ally ap­pear dull and life­less. This can be caused by dead skin cells that ac­cu­mu­late and block pores. How­ever, chem­i­cal peels can help.

By re­mov­ing the dead cells from the sur­face of the skin the peel en­ables new healthy cells to grow back, cre­at­ing smoother look­ing skin and evening out tone. Chem­i­cal peels can also be used to treat blem­ishes, scars and age spots.

There are var­i­ous types of chem­i­cal peel – su­per­fi­cial, medium and deep – and they achieve dif­fer­ent re­sults. So if you are con­sid­er­ing this treat­ment, it is im­por­tant to know what your op­tions are…

Su­per­fi­cial peels are easy to ap­ply and the time needed for heal­ing is min­i­mal. Dur­ing this treat­ment the skin cells are re­moved from the top layer of skin (epi­der­mis) and the chem­i­cal is only left on the skin for a few min­utes.

The skin may feel tight for a cou­ple of hours af­ter­wards but the ef­fects are not long-last­ing or dra­matic and reg­u­lar treat­ment may be needed to main­tain the re­sults. Dur­ing a medium peel the skin cells are re­moved from the top and mid­dle lay­ers of skin by the chem­i­cal, which is left on the skin for a few min­utes.

A burn­ing or sting­ing sen­sa­tion may be felt when the peel is ap­plied and the skin may go brown or red in the days af­ter­wards; it can take up to six weeks for the skin to re­turn to nor­mal and treat­ment is needed ev­ery 6 to 12 months to main­tain the ef­fects. How­ever, medium peels can achieve more dra­matic and long-last­ing re­sults for blem­ishes, fine lines and fa­cial scar­ring and a deep peel will help re­duce more se­vere fa­cial wrin­kles.

The deeper peel is a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure dur­ing which a lo­cal anaes­thetic and seda­tive may be needed and your heart and blood pres­sure need to be mon­i­tored. The treat­ment af­fects deeper lay­ers of skin and some peel­ing, swelling and dis­com­fort may be felt for a few days af­ter­wards. Skin red­ness can last up to three months. How­ever the re­sults of the deeper peel are dra­matic and this one-off treat­ment has last­ing ef­fects, so doesn’t usu­ally need to be re­peated

The most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is to seek ad­vice and go to a rep­utable prac­ti­tioner. Here at Nor­wich Cos­metic Clinic we are happy to talk through all the op­tions and en­sure that you find the best treat­ment for you, so please call us on 01603 877470 to book your free consultati­on now.Š

Above: A peel can have a dra­matic ef­fect on prob­lem skin

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