faq's - chemical peels

What is an AHA or a Glycolic Peel?
A superficial alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) chemical peel, also more well known as a Glycolic peel, is a quick, no downtime procedure that renews the skin by lifting dead cells off the surface of your skin and stimulating the metabolism of the cells underneath. With a series of AHA chemical peels you can achieve substantial improvement in the appearance of superficial lines and uneven pigmentation, whilst making your skin look and feel softer, smoother, and more radiant.
At Winelands Aesthetic, Medical & Dental we carry NeoStratawinelandsmedical and Lamellewinelandsmedical medical ranges of AHA peels.

Who would benefit from exfoliation treatments such as Glycolic Peels?
Many skin problems are associated with excessive build-up of dead cells making the skin toughened and dull. Problems are exacerbated by exposure to the sun, pollution and other environmental factors, leading to skin damage and disease.

  • Mild exfoliation treatments are usually suitable for all skin types including those patients with acne or sensitive skin
  • All skin types can be treated
  • All age groups, even the very young, can be treated
  • All areas of the body can be treated
  • Patients with hormonal pigmentation problems, such as epidermal melasma
  • Individuals who have sunspots, sun-damaged skin, dry, ageing skin, oily skin with enlarged pores and acne scarring, are also good candidates.

What Results can be expected after having a chemical peel done?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent
  • Skin tone evens out and improvement of overall skin colour
  • Texture becomes more refined and smooth
  • Oily or acne prone skin is improved
  • Rehydrated tired, damaged skin
  • Refined pores, appearing smaller, and diminished spots
  • Improved colour and smoothness of old scars
  • Skin appears healthier and more youthful
  • Increased natural skin glow and radiance
  • Overall improvement in skin condition

Can I expect severe flaking after a chemical peel, what can I expect?
Usually the skin is normal immediately after a mild Alpha Hydroxy Acid peel and make-up may be applied after your session.
Depending on the strength of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid chemical peel, a mild redness of the skin may occur following the procedure followed by mild scaling that ends within three to seven days.
Mild Alpha Hydroxy Acid peels may be repeated at one to four-week intervals for a series of 6 peels until the desired clinical effect is achieved. With each additional treatment, you should see incremental gains in the overall appearance of the skin.
Your skin usually feels tighter and smoother but may also feel a little sting or itch.
You will care for your skin by using a mild non-abrasive cleanser or other mild products for five days as well as protecting your new skin with adequate sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as an active ingredient.
In addition, it is best to avoid sun exposure 2 weeks prior to a course of treatments, during and 2 weeks after.

How many treatments are needed?
Results can be seen after the third or fourth treatment. For best results, 4 to 8 treatments are needed, 2 weeks apart.

What are the costs involved?
A Chemical peel can range anything from R450 to R800 depending on the product range and strength used and the areas to be treated.

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