Whether it is due to a desire to look younger or to correct sun damaged or scarred skins the number of people having skin peels has rapidly risen in recent years.

A skin peel is a none surgical procedure used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin topeel off. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Chemical peels are broadly defined by the depth of damage in the skin that they produce. They are categorised as superficial, medium, and deep.

Superficial peels do not usually require anaesthetic. Clients are expected to feel  a burning sensation when the solution is applied. Deeper peels often require extensive local anaesthetic and sometimes a general anaesthetic. The peeling process begins with the application of an acetone or alcohol which is wiped over the area to be treated. The peeling solution is then applied for the appropriate time period and then halted by the application of a neutralizing solution. Bandages are then applied to the treated area and the customer is sent home with aftercare advice.

Side effects of chemical peels usually depend upon the depth of the peel.

Superficial Peels:

Side effects can include:

  • Patches of brown and white skin on your face after treatment but this should only be temporary.
  • Reddening of the Skin
  • Burning
  • Blisters

Deep peel side effects include:

  • hypopigmentation (loss of pigment in the skin).
  • Scarring

If you have had complications after a skin peel that may put the company or practitioner at fault for negligence then you may be entitled to claim for compensation.