Medical Peels

Medical Peels

All procedures under Local Anaesthetic as necessary.

This procedure can help restore sun damaged, wrinkled, blemished, acne- scarred skin or blotchy skin to its original youthful radiant appearance. The aims are a smoother, more even-toned textured skin.

The skin will look younger, tighter and fresher than before, although it cannot remove all facial lines and blemishes. Obviously, the patient’s expectations must be realistic.*

Dr Elsey may suggest other treatments for deeper lines wrinkles and other flaws.

Like taking the top layer of skin off an onion, a fresher new layer is revealed underneath. Stripping away the top layer of the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) takes away the dead skin cells and the skin is stimulated to renew itself.

Everybody has a busy life these days and people generally do not want to go out of circulation while they recover from a skin peel. For this reason the peels offered by Dr Elsey are superficial or medium- depth only.

A tingling sensation or mild discomfort may be experienced, and every effort is made to ensure the patient experience is a pleasant one. This means that usually there is negligible down-time or  only a day or two is required afterwards where the patient may not want to attend a social engagement.

Each individual’s skin is unique .Dr Elsey will take a detailed history and examination to explore how sensitive the patient’s skin is. And the patient’s relevant past medical history.

Dr Elsey will want to know what the patient is looking to achieve. If the patient is aiming to refresh the skin a milder peel will be chosen. If the patient is looking for rejuvenation a more powerful peel may be suitable.

Extreme caution is exercised with first peel, often starting from the mildest. This can be increased in strength as appropriate for the subsequent peels, tailoring the treatment to each patient individually. Over a course of 5 peels, each separated by a week to two weeks there is a noticeable improvement in the skin texture, quality and radiance by the end of the course.

Deep peels are now out-moded. Deep peels entail considerable pain and discomfort afterwards and the need to take time off for recovery The deeper the peel, the longer the. down- time afterwards. For these reasons deep peels are not offered at The Erme Clinic.


Dr Elsey offers the following:

Type of Peels

A superficial, kaolin based glycolic acid peel for greasy, acne-prone skin, visible pores, excess sebum and dermatological facial cleansing. *

A superficial peel containing glycolic acid for dull complexions and wrinkles. The top layer of the skin is stimulated to smooth and soften skin. *

A medium depth peel containing mandelic acid, idebenone, emblica, retinol and salicylic acid for pigmentation spots, post pregnancy dark spots, melasma and post- inflammatory pigmentation. *

A medium depth  Trichloracetic acid. Retinol peel is available in two strengths for ageing skin, smoker’s lines, dark spots,wrinkles,sunspots to rejuvenate the skin.



The peel itself takes about 10 to 15 minutes and the entire treatment lasts about 30 minutes. You will be a little pink or even slightly red afterwards but smoother more radiant skin is a definite benefit. *

Are you a candidate for a peel?

A peel can be chosen to suit you if you have slight wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, blotchiness, unevenness, acne, acne scars, black heads or sun-damaged skin.

You may not be a candidate if you have oral herpes (cold sores).Preventative treatment with an anti-viral agent such as Zovirax in advance may be advised.

With the particular peels that Dr Elsey offers a pre-peel skin regimen is not necessary.



Patients are advised on after care and two particular specialised products are prescribed to repair and protect the skin. The skin must be protected from the sun and any other UV exposure and the patient will be advised how long they need to use high factor UV block for depending on the strength of the peel used.
Having just made the effort to erase sun damage it doesn’t make any sense to expose the skin again to this injury.

Your skin may feel as though it has windburn for a few days with the more powerful peels and the skin feel tight. This is to be expected. The skin should feel normal after 3 to 4 days at the most.

* Results may vary from person to person.

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Erme Clinic
Unit 11, Drake Mill Business Park,
Plymouth PL6 7PS

All work is compliant with NICE guidelines. It is our policy to refer any problems that can or should be treated on the NHS back to your GP. Dr Elsey offers all these treatments personally.

Details on this website are provided for information purposes only. Opinions voiced reflect Dr Elsey’s current practice which is subject to change at anytime.