A chemical peel treats the skin by exfoliating the dermis at varying depths and aims to improve the appearance of flaws, uneven skin pigmentation and fine lines.

A chemical peel will stimulate new epidermal growth and the production of collagen and elastin, substances that both contribute to skin tone.

There are three levels of chemical peel. Each one works to a different depth and intensity according to the specific needs and desires of the individual patient. However, generally, the skin becomes smoother, more radiant and glowing.


Light Chemical Peel:
After a light chemical peel there may be some redness. This usually disappears within an hour.

Medium Chemical Peel:
After a medium chemical peel the skin will peel or flake slightly for 3-7 days after the treatment.
Visible results appear gradually over a period of 6 weeks.

Deep Chemical Peel: possible reactions
After a deep chemical peel, the skin will peel or flake significantly for a week after the treatment. Sun exposure is not recommended for at least a month following this chemical peel.


There are 3 types of chemical peels: Light, Medium and Deep.


Light chemical peel

the light chemical peel is a combination of fruit acids is used (like glycolic acid). This more gentle treatment focuses on achieving a noticeably healthy glow to dull skin.
Once the skin is perfectly clean, Dr Kestemont applies a mixture of mild fruit acids to the face. The solution used for a light chemical peel stays on the face for 2-5 minutes before being carefully rinsed off. The whole process lasts around 15 minutes.

A soothing cream is then applied to the face to calm any redness that may appear following the treatment. Any redness will gradually disappear within an hour after the chemical peel.
A light chemical peel stimulates the circulation, hydrates and rejuvenates the dermis. The face has a lasting radiance boost.


Medium chemical peel

This treatment uses fruit acids (such as glycolic acid) or trichloroacetic acid and focuses on improving facial flaws such as uneven pigmentation, scars and fine lines. The skin becomes smoother and facial features more harmonious. Dr Kestemont will apply a trichloroacetic acid-based solution at varying degrees of concentration. The actual depth of the chemical peel will depend on the specific requirements of each patient.

With a medium chemical peel the more frequent the application of the chemical solution, the deeper the peel and the longer the recovery for the skin. The skin may crust/peel over 3 to 7 days following this treatment.

A soothing cream is applied to the face to reduce any redness that may appear following the treatment.
A medium chemical peel works deeper into the middle layers of the dermis and the skin becomes significantly smoother and radiant.


Deep chemical peel

This treatment uses a strong chemical, phenol. Results are similar to that of a face lift. The solution penetrates into the lower dermal layers and thus treats uneven pigmentation and deeper facial wrinkles. Overall skin quality is improved and radiance boosted.

During the deep chemical peel, a paste is applied to the skin (no make-up and perfectly clean) and left on for around 5 minutes. The product is then rinsed off and the skin thoroughly cleaned. A soothing and healing cream is then applied.

With a deep chemical peel, the skin becomes radiant, intensely smooth and may even appear slightly more toned.


Light Chemical Peel:
To achieve optimal results, 4 sessions at 15-day intervals are recommended.

Medium Chemical Peel:
To achieve optimal and durable results, 3 to 4 sessions at 3-week intervals are recommended.

Deep Chemical Peel:
Due to the in-depth nature of this chemical peel (an anti-aging treatment that is akin to a facial lift) only one session is required to achieve optimal results.