Hardwick Clinic
Hardwick Clinic

Treatments


Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion

Skin resurfacing treatments come in many different varieties, but their common aim is usually to improve the appearance and quality of the skin, improve skin tone and remove blemishes and fine lines. These procedures aim to remove dead skin from the surface and to stimulate the dermis underneath. At Hardwick clinic we offer two major forms of treatment. We also offer Plasma Pen resurfacing which is described in a separate section.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peel

This treatment is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin making it look younger and rejuvenated. There are a wide range of products available to allow us to deliver you a tailor-made treatment

It involves the application of chemical solutions to the skin surface, which causes dead skin to fall off, leaving regenerated smoother, brighter and more youthful skin. This helps normalise cell turnover and formation of pores. It stimulates the skin cells and reduces the appearance of fine-lines and wrinkles. It stimulates production of moisture. It reduces the appearance of aging skin, rough skin, sallowness, fine-lines and wrinkes.

This can be useful to treat the results of sun damage, to improve the appearance of mild scarring, to treat specific types of acne, reduce pigmentation, age spots, freckles and dark patches.

Peels come in a variety of strengths and your Doctor will help you choose the appropriate range of treatment and post-treatment care plans for more youthful skin. There may be some immediate stinging sensation during treatment. The skin may be flushed and erythema may last for 1-2 hours.

At hardwick clinic we are licensed and trained to use medical grade professional peels (e.g. glycolic acid) and will design a bespoke treatment plan for you

Photodynamic Therapy

To enhance the effect of the chemical peel it can be combined with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and carefully selected skin care products and/or lymphatic drainage.

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Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a procedure which involves a removal of the top layer of skin with a small hand-held device. It is considered to be a non-invasive procedure. Microdermabrasion exfoliate the skin, reduce signs of aging, reduces appearance of scars and make the skin appear more even. The procedure is usually painless and takes approximately 20-30 min to complete. At Hardwick Clinic we combine microdermabrasion with other skin rejuvenation procedures to optimise the results. An example of a combine procedure would be microdermabrasion, microcurrent and photodynamic therapy (PDT). As a guide, it is recommended to complete 4 to 12 procedures two to four weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

Photodynamic Therapy following microdermabrasion

To enhance the effect of the chemical peel it can be combined with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and carefully selected skin care products and/or lymphatic drainage combined with a soothing facemask to take home.

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Preparing for your treatment

Your doctor will inform you at the free consultation about the best ways to prepare for these treatments. We can prescribe professional cosmetics 2 weeks prior to treatment and for post-treatment use. This will optimise the response to the peel or microdermabrasion and support skin rejuvenation afterwards.

For male clients it is important to have shaved approximately 3-4 hours before treatment.

A full description of our extensive line of skincare products is available here.


Conditions suitable for these treatments

Your doctor will always discuss these treatment with you and design a treatment plan based on your skin. In general these procedures are excellent for the following:

  • Reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Treat the results of sun damage
  • Improve the appearance of mild scarring
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Reduce pigmentation, post inflammatory pigmentation, age spots, freckles and dark patches
  • Improve the look of skin that is dull in texture and color
When can a chemical peel / dermabrasion not be performed?

You should not have such treatments in the following circumstances:

  • Active Coldsore - herpes labialis / simplex
  • Roaccutane use within past 6 months
  • Recent surgery (healing wound)
  • Recent radiotherapy
  • Sunburn from Insufficient sun protection
How many treatments do I need to have?

For Chemical Peels: Usually 4-6 peels are required. Occasionally the number of peels need to be increased to achieve optimal results. The usual intervals between peels are:

  • 4 weeks for treatment of aging, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, roughness and sun damaged skin
  • 2 weeks for acne and oily skin

For Microdermabrasion: Usually 6-12 treatments are required, with a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks between treatments.

**Results described here are indicative and may vary from patient to patient

Further Information

To learn more about ageing and how it affects our skin, you can read more about ageing here.

For further details about this and other procedures, please contact us for more information.

Additional treatments may be available, please contact us for more information

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