Chemical Peeling

Chemical peeling is a procedure that involves a pharmaceutical-grade solution to be applied to the skin, thus removing its top layers and promoting regeneration. Naturally, not all chemical peels offer the same amount of depth and strength. 

At Clinica Jóia, we make use of Mesoestetic® and Medik8, both of which are pharmaceutical-grade brands that offer various subtypes of peels and are ideal for treating numerous skin problems. We offer a full menu of peels in various combinations, including Glycolic, Lactic, Salicylic, Mandelic, TCA (trichloroacetic acid), Jessner and Tranexamic Acid peels.

Starting from €120* 

* these fees are periodically revised.

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Typical Uses

As chemical peeling has rejuvenating properties, this treatment is typically used to treat:

The Mesoestetic® and MedPeel® chemical peels may be used to treat numerous skin issues. They are both FDA approved treatments, and are available in a variety of combinations which may be tailored to suit your needs. 

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What It Entails

Chemical peeling is a treatment done by applying a chemical solution over freshly cleansed skin. This unique solution literally peels off the top layers of the skin, revealing the more youthful looking skin which lies hidden underneath.

How It Works

1.During the consultation

If you are interested in getting a chemical face peel, you should start by booking a consultation with our clinic doctor. During the consultation, you will be able to express what you are hoping to gain from this treatment and ask any questions you may have regarding our available peels. Depending on your skin type, a test patch may be required during the consultation to ensure that you are a viable candidate for this procedure. Prior to undergoing a chemical peeling, our clinic doctor may suggest using an exfoliant and/or depigmenting cream for around 1 to a few weeks, or else undergoing light microdermabrasion treatment pre-procedure, as these could allow the peel to work better.

2.During the procedure

The treatment generally lasts around 20 minutes, however, this will depend on the type of peel being used. The treatment involves the administering of a solution, which typically causes a mild stinging sensation, yet, this is all a normal part of the process which indicates the peel is doing its job. Once the peeling solution has had time to work, a neutraliser is used to stop the peeling process. Finally, an ice pack is applied to pleasantly soothe the skin for a few minutes.

3.After the treatment

Post-treatment, our healthcare professionals will guide you towards the best way to care for your skin. Patients should expect redness, a feeling of mild soreness and skin tightness shortly after the treatment. Some swelling and darkening may occur during the first 24 to 48 hours and, depending on the type of peel used, actual shedding of skin may occur up to 7 days after.

How It Works

1.During the consultation

If you are interested in getting a chemical face peel, you should start by booking a consultation with our clinic doctor. During the consultation, you will be able to express what you are hoping to gain from this treatment and ask any questions you may have regarding our available peels. Depending on your skin type, a test patch may be required during the consultation to ensure that you are a viable candidate for this procedure. Prior to undergoing a chemical peeling, our clinic doctor may suggest using an exfoliant and/or depigmenting cream for around 1 to a few weeks, or else undergoing light microdermabrasion treatment pre-procedure, as these could allow the peel to work better.

2.During the procedure

The treatment generally lasts around 20 minutes, however, this will depend on the type of peel being used. The treatment involves the administering of a solution, which typically causes a mild stinging sensation, yet, this is all a normal part of the process which indicates the peel is doing its job. Once the peeling solution has had time to work, a neutraliser is used to stop the peeling process. Finally, an ice pack is applied to pleasantly soothe the skin for a few minutes.

3. After the treatment

Post-treatment, our healthcare professionals will guide you towards the best way to care for your skin. Patients should expect redness, a feeling of mild soreness and skin tightness shortly after the treatment. Some swelling and darkening may occur during the first 24 to 48 hours and, depending on the type of peel used, actual shedding of skin may occur up to 7 days after.

Frequently Asked Questions

When performed by a qualified and experienced doctor, chemical peels are quite safe. Nevertheless, there are some side effects to be aware of.

Post-treatment, patients might experience redness, a feeling of mild soreness and skin tightness. Swelling and darkening may occur in the first 24 to 48 hours and, depending on the chemical being used, shedding of skin may occur up to 7 days after the treatment. Some additional but more rare side effects of chemical peels include blistering, changes in skin colour, scarring, irritation and infection. 

The short answer is Yes! Many notice a significant improvement in the texture and tone of their skin after just one treatment.

This varies depending on the type used, layers applied and reason for treatment. This may vary between 2 - 7 days for initial side effects with full effect to be noticed from 15 days onwards.

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Follow-Up Procedures

Depending on the strength of the peel and the desired result, multiple chemical peel treatments may be required. However, the need for future treatments depends on the area and skin condition being treated, as well as the way your skin reacts to the treatments.

For a more holistic approach, chemical peels can be combined with various skin rejuvenation treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light, platelet rich plasma or mesotherapy. Peels are usually the first treatment recommended by our cosmetic dermatologist before receiving any subsequent treatment such as Botox®, dermal filler, skin resurfacing or thread (suture) lift procedures.

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