One of the key tools to non-surgically reduce fine lines, brown discolouration from sun damage, tighten eyelid skin and create a fresh rejuvenate glow, is a chemical peel at Guelph Facial Plastics.

What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are unique and powerful, non-surgical skin care treatments used to improve the look of adverse skin conditions while renewing skin tone. The formulas used in chemical peel treatments can vary from mild to quite potent and should only be administered by a trained skin care professional. At Guelph Facial Plastics, all chemical peels are performed by one of North America’s top cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeons, Dr. Matthew Brace. With years of experience, Dr. Brace is able to successfully tailor each chemical peel treatment to your unique skin type and skin needs with little risk of side effects.

What are chemical peels used for?

  • Reduce fine lines around the eyes and mouth
  • Smoothen wrinkles
  • Remove brown discolouration from melasma or sun damage
  • Tighten eyelid skin
  • Fade mild scarring
  • Treat certain strains of acne
  • Rejuvenate and renew the overall look and feel of skin
  • Remove pre-cancerous skin lesions

Depending on the strength and application method of the peel, any or a number of these results can be achieved in as little as one session.

How does a chemical peel work?

Chemical peels work to gently remove the upper layers of skin off of the face. Rather than using physical particles (as is done with microdermabrasion for example) a chemical solution is applied to the skin to create a type of controlled wound. This “wound” helps the skin, from the level of the epidermis down to the dermis, peel off and reveal the smoother, clearer, renewed skin underneath.

Dr. Brace uses a combination of both TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) and Jessner’s Solution (a mixture of salicylic acid, resorcinol, and lactic acid in 95% ethanol) to expertly renew the epidermal layer of skin. A peel normally takes between 15 to 30 minutes in our Guelph clinic. Depending on the size of the area being treated or the severity of each patient’s concerns. If the full face is being treated, Dr. Brace will work in sections to make the experience more comfortable for each patient.

This procedure is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, however it can be performed on all skin types. The majority of our patients have described the sensation of the peel as slightly burning then slightly stinging but completely tolerable. Once the peel has been fully removed, Dr. Brace will apply a cool compress to help ease these initial sensations.

During a free initial consultation, Dr. Brace will walk you through the entire procedure and ensure you’re fully knowledgeable of how the treatment will impact your skin and what you can expect afterward.

What can I expect after a chemical peel treatment?

As this is an outpatient procedure, no overnight stay is required. Following the procedure the skin will turn white in colour, and Dr. Brace may ask that you keep the area moisturized with polysporin or other non-medicated ointment. Skin will start to turn pink after a few hours before eventually starting to peel off. To allow skin optimal time to recover, we suggest booking this procedure on a Friday so you and your skin can have the weekend to recuperate at home.

Dr. Brace and his team will hold a follow up meeting one week post procedure to ensure patient satisfaction. Also answer any questions that may arise. During this week it is important to stay out of the sun and avoid any UVA exposure, as well as keeping the treated area clean and moisturized. Depending on the strength of your peel, makeup should be avoided during this time. Once the skin has healed, SPF must be applied daily as the skin will now be extra sensitive to sun exposure.

Renew Your Skin: Chemical Peels | Guelph Facial Plastics

A day or two after treatment when the skin starts to flake off. All of our patients will begin to notice the incredible results. Full results can be seen after about a week, once Dr. Brace confirms the area has healed. Treated skin will be touchably softer, more toned and firmer. Although only one session is usually needed to yield results, talk to Dr. Brace to plan your optimal chemical peel schedule.

If you’re thinking about trying a chemical peel, trust your skin with the experts. Book your free consultation with Dr. Brace today to see if a chemical peel is suitable for you.


Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

All in-office treatments, procedures, and appointments have resumed. At Guelph Facial Plastics we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVID-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.
  • You must call from your vehicle upon arrival before entering the clinic. We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. For your safety, all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to continue to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments.
  • Cosmetic surgery has not resumed at Guelph General Hospital, however, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of undergoing surgery at a Clinic 360 - a fully-equipped private surgical center.

We look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment.

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