Richard Zinn

Richard Zinn is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a special interest in breast and cosmetic surgery.
1 Verona Lane 3002 Melbourne, Victoria
Phone: (03) 8658 6655

Chemical Peel

Procedure: Chemical peel
Indication: Fine lines, variable pigmentation, facial rejuvenation, skin tightening
Duration: 40 minutes
Associated procedures: Muscle relaxing injection, facial filler, facial fat fills, blepharoplasty, facelift
Anaesthesia: None
Incision: None
Length of hospital stay: None
Recovery: Three – five days. Mild erythema (redness), superficial desquamation (peeling)

A chemical peel comprises of naturally occurring purified fruit acids. When these are applied in a controlled way to the skin, there is a removal of superficial layers of the epidermis. This helps to even skin pigmentation, reduce the size of pores, tighten skin and remove fine lines.

The procedure is quick and has minimal downtime. It should be repeated four to six weekly. With time, an increasing concentration of acid can be used which will yield more dramatic results. A peel may be performed alone or with other procedures.

Superficial peels

Superficial peels (also considered lunchtime peels) are lighter, less concentrated peels that can be performed regularly. Their target is mainly the epidermis. Their impact is irregular pigmentation and improved complexion, skin tightening, pore size reduction and the removal of fine wrinkles.

Medium to deep peels

Higher concentration chemical peels should be performed once or twice a year. They penetrate deeper into the dermis. Their impact includes collagen tightening, clearing irregular pigmentation and the removal of fine to course wrinkles. With greater impact, there is greater downtime due to redness and desquamation.

Dr. Zinn uses a consultation to assess your goals of therapy, rule out any risk of using the chemical peel, and explain potential complications and recovery. Your skin is assessed and a chemical peel selected to address your concerns. Other procedures may be performed before your peel, such as facial fillers or muscle relaxing injections, if requested.