Medical Peels

Medical Peels are known for delivering long-lasting results after a brief healing process. The procedure is ideally suited to clients wishing to address deeper wrinkles, superficial blemishes, scars, uneven pigmentation, sunspots and dark under eye circles.

We offer a number of prescription peel procedures using:

Glycolic acids

These revitalise dull, tired and aged skins. The Medical Peels are suitable for all skin types and peel strengths are graded to your skin. A course of six is recommended for maximum visible results.

Trichloracetic acid (TCA)

TCA peels are medium strength Medical Peels performed only by our Doctor. They achieve a more profound skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing than other peels. TCA peels are recommended for severely pigmented, sun damaged or wrinkled skin. Recovery time is longer, although the results are more dramatic.

Summary of Your Treatment

Procedure Time

30-60 minutes

Full Recovery

Approx 1-7 days - depending on peel


After 1-6 treatments - depending on peel

Back to Work

Approx 1-7 days – depending on peel

Sensitivity Period

Approx 1-7 days – depending on peel

Duration of Results

Approx 6-12 months – depending on peel


Topical - depending on peel

Number of Medical Peels?

1-4 for best results

Risk and complications

Skin irritation, infection, scarring

What skin conditions can Medical Peels be used for?

Acne: A course of Medical Peels will exfoliate the skin and allow dead skin cells to be removed more effectively. This unblocks hair follicles and pores and reduces the appearance of pimples, improving the overall skin condition of clients suffering from acne.

Fine lines and wrinkles: A course of Medical Peels can reduce fine line and wrinkles, particularly under the eyes, around the mouth and improve sun damaged or aging skin.

Rough skin texture: A course of Medical Peels can improve rough skin texture by increasing the amount of collagen in the upper layer of skin.

Lentigines: or Large Freckles appear as dark spots on the skin and are often referred to as Liver Spots or Age Spots: A course of Medical Peels can lighten large freckles and improve the appearance of sun damaged skin.

Melasma: is dark skin discoloration, which appears as patches usually found on the cheeks, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead and is common in women who are taking hormonal treatment. A course of Medical Peels can lighten the appearance of dark discoloured skin caused by melasma.

Hyperpigmentation: caused by excess skin pigment in the skin, which can result in uneven skin tone. A course of Medical Peels can lighten and even out the skin tone.

What happens during the treatment?

The skin is first cleansed in preparation for treatment, and then the prescription peel is applied. The timings are specific, so the cells renew to leave a new layer of skin that is smoother, and more youthful looking. In some circumstances we may layer the peels to target specific skin concerns.

Does it hurt?

During your treatment you will experience a slight itching feeling, however this will pass quickly. We offer clients a small hand held fan to reduce sensation.

Will the skin come away from my face?

There are various grades of glycolic and trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels. For glycolic medical peels – skin will ‘flake’ 2-3 days post treatment. For stronger TCA peels, the skin will usually ‘peel’ after 24-48 hours. This can last for 3-7 days, before leaving you with a healthier more youthful complexion.

What happens after my treatment?

Glycolic Peels
You can resume normal everyday activities, although there will be a ‘redness’ to your skin, before flaking starts approximately 2-3 days post treatment. It will take approximately 7 days for new skin to show and we advise make-up is avoided in order to maximise the results of the skin rejuvenation.

Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels
You will begin to peel approximately 24-48 hours after the treatment and the peeling will last generally 2-5 days. There is no pain but the skin looks as if it has severe sunburn. You will be more sensitive to sunlight for 4-8 weeks and we recommend you avoid all sun exposure in order to maximise the results of the skin rejuvenation.

How long will it last?

Glycolic Peels
For best results, clients typically complete a prescribed series of peels, with each treatment spaced between one and three weeks apart.

Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels
10 to 15 % TCA may be repeated at four-week intervals until the desired clinical effect is achieved. The results, with appropriate after care can be seen for 8-12months post treatment.
Although individual treatment plans vary so the number of treatments will depend on your goals, the condition of your skin and the doctors on-going assessments.

We suggest that following your Medical Peel you

Use a gentle face wash

A day or two after your peel you should start washing your face twice a day. It’s important that you keep anything off your face that could potentially irritate your skin. So if your usual products (cosmeceuticals) contain any retinoic acid, like Retin-A, or acne products, like benzoyl peroxide, you should stop using those until you have healed.

Do not exfoliate your skin until total healing has completed.


Following your Medical Peel you must keep your face well moisturised. Peels can leave your skin vulnerable to cracking and drying out. Just like with your face wash, it’s important to use a moisturiser that’s free of anti-aging or anti-acne chemicals to avoid further irritation.

Stay out of the Sun

Medical Peels help to reduce skin pigmentations which are usually caused by sun and aging. So exposing peeled skin to the sun could cause new pigmentations that may become permanent.

We recommend avoiding the sun completely until your skin has healed, which for stronger Medical Peels may be a period of 4-8 weeks. Once you’re back in the sun, regularly apply a high-SPF to protect further damage to your skin.




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