Chemical peeling removes the outer layers of the skin to leave your face looking younger, fresher and brighter.
It will remove some sunspots and rough scaly patches and reduces freckles and irregular pigmentation, such as liver or age spots. It also reduces fine wrinkles but it is not a substitute for a facelift. It does not tighten sagging skin, stimulate collagen production or remove broken capillaries. It is not appropriate for people who will have excessive chronic sun exposure-related skin changes.
Chemical peels are safest and most effective on the face and are often used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments, such as eyelid lifts/eyebag removal (blepharoplasty) and fillers.
Mr Malhotra recommends taking two paracetemol tablets 30 minutes before the peel unless it is being done at the same time as another procedure under sedation or a general anaesthetic.
First, the skin is thoroughly cleaned and degreased. After cleansing, Mr Malhotra marks out your face in sections — your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin — so that the peel can be applied systematically.
The chemical, its strength tailored to suit your age and the amount of damage to your skin, is then applied. It is neutralised with saline solution as soon as it goes frosty — usually after 15-25 seconds.
Depending on the extent of skin damage and the part of the face being treated, the chemical may be applied more than once before it is neutralised.
Gauze swabs dipped in iced water are then applied to soothe the skin and minimise stinging.