A common question my patients ask is about the difference between laser rejuvination and chemical peels and whether chemical peels are effective. Okay, that makes two questions.
A way of answering those questions is to describe when I would recommend chemical peels. Depending on the depth of the peel (controlled by the concentration of the chemicals and how long you leave the chemicals in contact with the skin) chemical peels work by exfoliation of the superficial layer of the skin with or without triggering a inflammatory response from the skin which will have a rejuvenate effect.
At the right depth, I can use a peel like the Obagi Blue Peel to treat pigmentation and laxity (lines and wrinkles)
Unlike laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels do not cause any thermal effect and are therefore less likely to trigger complications like post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, making it the treatment of choice for patients with darker skin types.
These are before and after images of a patient following 1 treatment with the Obagi Blue Peel:
Yes Chemical Peels do work. And yes, you do need to exercise good skin care and sun protection pre and post treatmentto get the best result.
Mrs CC Kat is a leading Midlands Consultant Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She is a full member of both British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and British Association of Aesthetic , Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) as well as several international aesthetic surgery associations. She worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust but now runs her private practice, CC Kat Aesthetics – Birmingham Laser, Skin and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, full time. For more information, visit www.cckat.com or call 08453731818