Chemical Peel


You don’t have to undergo a laser or IPL treatment to say goodbye to bad skin. Medical-grade peels are a great way to enjoy the optimum benefits of science without any downtime. We give you the lowdown on some great treatments on offer at our MediSpa in Burwood.

Now more than ever, there are so many options to choose from when you want to improve the hydration, smoothness and tone in your skin’s appearance. If you don’t want to undergo a laser or IPL treatment, then the enhanced application of a medical-grade peel to your face, hands and décolletage will most likely suit your needs. Even better is that some of them have a little downtime.

So how do medical-grade [chemical] peels work?

Medical-grade peels [chemical peels] are deep skin exfoliation and hydration treatments.

Applied to the treating area, the chemicals are synthesised to first remove a layer of skin through intense exfoliation. This is when your skin will begin to flake off and the regeneration process of the skin begins. The infusion of compounds such as peptides, retinol and myriad then stimulates cellular turnover, revealing new and smoother and younger-looking skin.

How effective are the peels?

Medical-grade peels can help unclog pores, help reduce and clear acne flare-ups, reduce dark spots [hyperpigmentation], help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture and help increase the rate and speed of cellular turnover.

Are there different types of peels?

Yes. There are three different types of peels; light, medium and deep to address a particular skin condition and enhance the results of other cosmetic procedures.

A superficial peel penetrates to the depth of the epidermis [outer layer of the skin] and over a period of time can produce exceptional results. Often referred to as a lunchtime peel, the procedure is safe and requires minimal or no downtime. Most have milder concentrations of salicylic and glycolic acids as well as a lower percentage of trichloracetic acid [TCA] of at least 10-25 %.

But deeper the peel, the more dramatic the results are. Traditionally, the medium peel has a TCA concentration of over 25-35% and when the peel is applied to penetrate deeper into the layer of skin, it is not uncommon for patients to experience more pronounced side-effects. This because different regions of the face may be more responsive to the chemical agents than other areas.

Other factors that you need to take into consideration with medium and deep chemical peels are the different modes of applications required such as pre-treating the skin before the peel and the required length of recovery time if up to seven days.

Along with our superficial and medium peels for skin rejuvenation, Dr Chang will treat patients requiring deep peels in the upper dermis layer for pre-cancerous skin damage and irregular pigmentation.

What are the side effects of a peel?

Though the downtime is fast with superficial peels, there are always side-effects including slight stinging and or slight burning during the procedure, minor and temporary irritation or inflammation following the procedure and the flaking of dead cells as part of the process. You may also experience temporary or permanent changes in your skin colour.

Our controlled environment minimises other effects including infections and scarring, and we also devise a post-treatment home care regime.

Are peels safe?

Yes. Peels are safe when they are applied by certified and/or fully-trained therapists or physicians. It is also important for patients to follow post-treatment procedures at home.

How do I preparing for a peel?

Before we treat your skin, you will first be required to consult with Dr Chang or Michele for the superficial peels. The condition of your skin will be determined along with the best option suited to your requirements. During the consultation, you will also be asked about any medication that you may be on, any history of scarring or any other factor that may hinder the outcome.

You will also be asked not to use any products or medications with retinol along with exfoliates, facial scrubs or depilatory hair removal products seven days before the peel. Michele will also provide you with a skincare regime to help prevent the skin from darkening and protect the natural skin barrier.

As the peel will increase skin sensitivity, you will be required to wear UV protection [SPF 50] and avoid direct sun exposure. This is especially important during the first 48 hours following the procedure.

What can’t peels do?

Though peels can improve fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers will be required to fill in soft tissue. We also recommend laser resurfacing as an alternative. In the same way, peels cannot remove acne scars or broken blood vessels.

Our top three peels:

Hyperpigmentation: The Mela Peel by Dermaceutic |

This is our choice treatment to reduce melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation and pigment spots.

Considered a medium-depth peel, its dynamic chemical compounds reduce skin discolouration to reveal a more radiant and youthful complexion. Using high-performance mandelic acid, idebenone, emblica, retinol and salicylic acid, the chemical compounds collectively target the area and stimulate the production of collagen to create a more even-toned and smoother skin. Unlike other medium depth peels, the Mela Peel’s downtime is minimal and the results are long-lasting with ongoing treatments.

To optimise the effect, we recommend 3-4 follow-up peels.

What type of skin condition does the Mela Peel work best on?

  • all skin types
  • patients over 35-60 who suffer from sunspots
  • patients with freckles
  • patients with melasma and post-inflammatory pigmentation
  • skin with fine lines and wrinkles

Skin Imperfections: China Doll Peel |

If you’re wanting a porcelain complexion, the China Doll Peel [also known as the Hollywood Peel] is just the ticket.

Using a powerful combination of medical-grade carbon serum and Fotona’s Q-switched Nd Yag Laser, the carbon’s deep penetration maximises the laser’s capabilities to destroy hyperpigmentation and other impurities that may be clogging the pores in the upper layers of the skin. With a downtime of approximately 4-5 days, you will be left with a luminous complexion.

To optimise the effect, we recommend 2-3 follow-up peels. A post-skincare regime will also be recommended and tailored by Michele.

The peel is not only extremely popular in Hollywood but is also the treatment of choice with Asian women and global celebrities. Please view our blog on skin lightening.

What type of skin condition does the China Doll Peel work best on?

Stretch Marks & Sun Damage:  Deep Sea Coral Peel by Cosmedix |

This peel is not for the faint-hearted but the results are well worth the discomfort. A medium sea-herb and coral peel, the compounds are penetrated deep within the top layers to hydrate and smoothen sun-damaged skin. After the old skin peels away within 4-5 days, the creases in the skin will begin to look plumper and denser, leaving you with younger skin and even complexion.

We especially love applying the Deep Sea Coral Peel on sun-kissed faces and décolletage. To optimise the effect, we recommend 2-3 follow-up peels. A post-skincare regime will also be recommended and tailored by Michele. Also, view our blog on the peel.

What type of skin condition does the Deep Sea Coral Peel work best on?

Book an appointment to see Michele Hetherington, our senior dermal therapist who has over 20 years of experience. Please contact practice manager, Jane Luong on 97446755

  • Individual results may vary