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Medical Skin Peels


Medical Chemical Peels

* Please note that individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

One of the most frequently stated concerns we are asked to help with at CapeMAC is “Doctor, can you regain my once blemish-free complexion?”
Many of us are concerned with different types of skin blemishes such as uneven dark patches, dark spots, annoying freckles or an uneven skin tone. As people age, sun damage can frequently appear on the back of hands, neck, chest and face. This common condition, also referred to as photo-ageing, is typically and mainly caused by sun exposure, resulting in the production of more melanin, the substance that gives your skin colour. Besides sun exposure, the process of ageing, acne and clogged pores can leave a person’s skin with an uneven skin tone, fine lines, scarring and a flawed complexion.
The good news is, long gone are the days of our skin being a clear indicator of our past and serving as a nagging reminder for us, and others, about how we have cared for our skin over the years. Patients can choose from a wide range of advanced skin treatments which have proven to be safe. Medical or chemical peels are among them.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical skin peel is a medical procedure, which involves the controlled application of certain chemical solutions to the skin in order to dissolve the upper layer of the skin and remove dead skin cells. This then stimulates the production of new cells; new tissue emerges, and fresher skin is revealed, resulting in a younger, healthier appearance and smoother texture of the skin. Patients can feel their best again, while getting their skin tone, healthy glow and confidence back.


Chemical peels typically available are:
(1) mild or superficial peels
(2) medium peels and
(3) strong or deep peels.


How deep or strong your peels is varies based on the chemicals used, the strength of the chemicals used and the length of time the solution is applied. The chemical formula used can be adjusted based on the individual’s needs and skin type. Your Doctor will consult with you prior to the peel in order to determine the best peel treatment for your concerns. CapeMAC offers the Obagi Blue Peels® range, PCA skin peels, md:ceuticals peel range, Neostrata peel range.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Chemical skin peels are one of the most common skin treatments performed. Not only the Medical Aesthetics Industry but also in the Beauty Salons and Spa Industries know about the fantastic benefits of a course of skin peels. Whether you desire overall younger and fresher looking skin, or would like to tackle a particular blemish such as pigmentation, acne, uneven skin tone or texture, a medical peel will improve your skin drastically. Chemical peels are typically performed on the face, neck décolleté or hands.*

One of the least invasive ways to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, chemical peels offer a whole host of beauty benefits:

  • Improve the overall look and feel of skin
  • Improve the skin tone for a brighter, glowing complexion
  • Improve the texture as a result of exfoliation, increased cell renewal and enhanced collagen growth
  • Treat fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage and ageing
  • Treat mild scarring
  • Treat certain types of acne and acne scarring and minimise blemishes
  • Treat types of pigmentation: Reduce age spots, freckles and dark patches
  • Reasonable price
  • Quick treatment, patients can virtually have a peel in their lunch break
  • Quick recovery
  • Increased confidence thanks to a smooth, glowing complexion


* Please note individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Chemical Skin Peel CapeMAC Dr Bagwandeen

Chemical Peel Ranges available at CapeMAC

Obagi Blue Peel at Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre

Obagi Blue Peels®


For more information on Obagi Blue Peels®, click here or contact us at CapeMAC.


ICON PCA Skin Products at Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre

PCA Skin Peels


For more information on PCA Skin Peels, contact us at CapeMAC.


mdceuticals Peels CapeMAC Dr Bagwandeen

md:ceuticals Peels


For more information on md:ceuticals peels, contact us at CapeMAC.


Neostrata Peels CapeMAC Dr Bagwandeen

Neostrata Peels


For more information on Neostrata peels, click here or contact us at CapeMAC.


FAQ Chemical Peel - Questions frequently asked by Patients

Am I a suitable candidate?

The best candidates for chemical peels are typically people with fair complexions. However, there are specific peels that can be performed on patients with a darker skin type, which gives excellent results.

Which areas can be treated?

Chemical peels can be performed on almost any part of the body; the most common areas being face, neck, décolleté, hands and back.

How will I know which peel is right for my skin?

There are various options to peel the skin. Dr Bagwandeen will first need to examine the skin to determine the nature of the blemishes and then the best form of treatment for it.

What are the possible side effects?

If the peel is performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner, and if the patients follows the Doctor’s after-care instructions, there should be no or very rare side effects. However, some patients might develop:

  • Redness that is persistent and lasts for several weeks or months
  • Temporary darkening of the skin.
  • Lighter skin colour (medium and deep peels).
  • Scarring (very rare when peel performed correctly).

What is the cost of a medical peel?

Use our “Prices” section for an up-to-date overview on available treatment options and price ranges for aesthetics treatments at CapeMAC. Contact us now at CapeMAC to book an appointment with Dr Bagwandeen as a first step towards revealing a more radiant and confident you.

How do I best choose the right practitioner and practice for my peel?

Your decision as to which practice or practitioner to choose should be based on the practitioner’s reputation, the practitioner’s apparent skill and the practitioner’s experience. In addition, the practitioner’s ability to communicate with you in a manner that is professional, sincere, unhurried and that makes you feel comfortable is of utmost importance. Please also see the information on “How to choose a Medical Aesthetics Practitioner”. We hope this helps you make the right choice.

What is the downtime after my peel?

The amount of downtime after a chemical peel depends on the strength of the peel. A light peel, also referred to as a “lunch time peel”, requires no downtime. After a medium or deep peel, you will have downtime. While a medium peel might put you off work for 1-3 days, a deep chemical peel can require the patient to stay at home for 10 days to 3 weeks.

What is the recovery time after my peel?

Chemical peels—whether light, medium or deep—all involve the removal of the upper layers of the skin, this is known as an ablative skin procedure. Each patient’s experience is unique. Some patients, but not all, can experience swelling, redness, sensitivity, flaking and peeling.


Superficial Peel
Downtime: none
Expect: mild redness, some flaking.
Healing time: The skin can take 5-7 days to fully heal.
Wear make-up: Possible within a few hours after the peel, ideally, the next day.
Follow-up visit: Not required. A course of 4-6 peels, however, is recommended with intervals of 4-6 weeks to achieve the desired result.


Medium Peel
Downtime: 1-3 days off work
Expect: redness and swelling for about 48 hours, and scaling/crusting, which will flake and peel off within 5-14 days.
Healing time: The skin can take 5-14 days to fully heal.
Wear make-up: after 5-7 days.
Follow-up visit: Required.


Deep Peel
Downtime: 10 days to 3 weeks off work.
Expect: redness for around 2-3 weeks. The treated area will require medical after-care for about 3-4 days.
Healing time: Skin re-growth takes 10-14 days; the skin may take up to 2-3 months to fully heal
Wear make-up: Not earlier than 14 days after the procedure.
Follow-up visit: Several follow-up visits required.


* Please note individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

What will be the results of my peel?

A peel removes dead skin cells and stimulates the production of new cells. Once the skin has healed completely, patients will see an overall improvement in the texture, tone and colour of their skin. The skin will feel refreshed and alive and it will have a beautiful glow, resulting in a younger, healthier appearance. To get the desired results by virtue of a mild or lunchtime peel, you may need to have 4-6 peels.


* Please note individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Will the results be permanent?

No. The results are not permanent because our skin continues to age. Patients are likely to develop new skin blemishes over time. For that reason, some patients repeat peels or courses of peels.

How is the procedure done?

Depending on the chemical peel you are being treated for, you might be required to follow a pre-peel skin treatment plan. This pre-care will take about 2-4 weeks and is designed to help improve results and reduce possible side effects. Dr Bagwandeen will let you know whether or not this is necessary.
On the day of your peel, your skin will first be thoroughly cleaned to make sure that there is neither dirt nor grease left on the skin. (If you are having a deep peel, you will receive topical anaesthesia at this stage). The specific chemical peel solution is then applied quickly and evenly to the patient’s face, neck and décolleté, or whichever area being treated. Once the solution has been applied to the skin, it is left on the skin for a specific amount of time to penetrate into the skin and work at just the right intensity. This can be as short as 1 minute for a superficial peel and up to several minutes for a deep peel. The chemical peel solution is then removed thoroughly and a neutraliser will be applied if necessary to make sure that the chemical peeling process is stopped. A specific after-care-cream is then applied to the skin to keep it moisturised and feeling good. Lastly a recommended sun protection product is evenly applied to the skin to protect it from the sun. The doctor will further recommend an after-care cream for you to take home and apply for the days following the medical peel. (If you have a deep peel, you will have a wound that requires special medical after-care products; no after-care cream or sun protection will be applied).

What must I do/not do after my peel?

All medical skin peels require some home care. The following list gives an overview over what might be required to ensure that you get the best results from your peel.

  • Depending on the peel performed, Dr Bagwandeen will recommend a moisturiser and/or ointment to keep your skin moist and supple. Please use it as directed.
  • Your skin will flake, peel and scab to some extent. In order to prevent infection, do not rub, scratch or take off scabs.
  • If your skin burns, itches, or swells, please contact us. To prevent infection, do not rub or scratch.Do not use tanning beds or other type of tanning devices and keep out of direct sunlight for a certain time, as directed.
  • Do not apply make-up for a certain time, as directed.
  • Depending on the peel performed, Dr Bagwandeen might prescribe antiviral medication for a few days to prevent infection. Please use it as directed.
  • After the skin has healed, to maintain your fresh, new skin, apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin from the sun.

To find out if a medical skin peel is the right facial rejuvenation treatment for you, or to book an appointment with Dr Manoj Bagwandeen, please contact us at Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre. Dr Manoj Bagwandeen will be glad to discuss any queries and questions you may have about skin peels.

* Please note individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

As you inform yourself about medical skin peels, why not treat yourself to a computerised Facial Analysis at CapeMAC to identify and highlight problems with wrinkles, pigmentation, oiliness and acne? Simply contact us at CapeMAC.

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