Chemical peels stimulate shedding of the top layer of the skin, allowing healthy cells to migrate from the basal layers. Peels are effective in the treatment of acne, enlarged pores, pigmentation and fine lines. A superficial glycolic peel may be done to brighten up and rejuvenate the complexion and treat acne. The TCA peel is a medium depth peel which offers more dramatic results than a superficial peel. For abnormal pigmentation eg. melasma, a course of 4 “melanostop peels” each spaced 2 weeks apart is recommended together with a depigmenting cream to be used at home.
The most effective treatment for pigmentation is the Dermamelan depigmenting treatment, requiring an “in-clinic” mask applied by Dr. Pather, and home treatment which needs to be strictly adhered to. Dr. Pather is trained and experienced in treating pigmentation problems in ethnic skin types.
DERMAL ROLLER TREATMENTS
The dermal roller is a device using micro medical needling which stimulates the skin to produce more collagen. It is used to treat hyperpigmentation, scars, stretch marks and wrinkles. Prior to treatment, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the area to be treated. The treatments is combined with the application of a serum for optimal results. The treatment itself causes temporary minor bleeding and redness.
Patients using Roaccutane should not have either of these treatments for at least 6 months after Roaccutane is discontinued. Daily use of sunblock is mandatory for at least 2 weeks following either type of treatment.