A Chemical Peel is a cosmetic procedure where an acid solution is applied to the skin to remove the outermost layer, or layers, of skin.
The intention behind the procedure is that in removing these layers of skin, softer and smoother skin is left behind.
There are three main types of peels performed, which are known as superficial, medium and deep peels.
This is the least invasive process, often called the ‘Lunchtime Peel’. It takes no more than twenty minutes and removes only the first layer of skin. Normally, the skin heals completely in 3-7 days and with minimal redness and flaking.
A medium peel is also normally done in one sitting. The skin is soaked in a solution, and it is often performed on the neck, hands and other areas. Recovery time is usually 7-14 days during which time there is a requirement to take anti-viral medication. The skin will normally be red and swollen and may turn a brownish colour during the 7-14 day period. The skin is soaked several times and ointment should be provided in order to prevent scabs and scars. Under medical advice this procedure can be repeated more than once.
The procedure should only be carried out by a doctor and once in a lifetime. It is normally performed under a local anaesthetic, or sedation. Several layers of skin are removed in order to address deep wrinkles, creases, uneven colour or to remove pre-cancerous growths. The recovery period can be up to three weeks.
There are risks associated with the process of chemical peeling which can lead to a chemical peel claim, these include:
- Contrast in coloration of the treated skin
- Reactivation of herpes simplex infections
- Heart, kidney or liver damage (this is because carbolic chemicals can damage the heart muscle)
- Irritation or skin reaction
Think your chemical peel may have gone wrong?
If you are suffering any of the above symptoms it is important that you seek medical help immediately. You should have been advised of the risk and side effects at the time you had your treatment and should have given your proper consent.
The use of chemicals can be dangerous and the clinic or medical establishment where your procedure was carried out has a duty of care to ensure their staff are properly trained and that the procedure is performed correctly and to the standard required of healthcare professionals.
If you think you have suffered as a result of a failure to meet this duty of care we can help you seek chemical peel compensation. We have access to expert specialist doctors nationally who can help with your recovery and corrective treatment.
Our legal expertise means we can help you with recovery of compensation for the cost of corrective treatment, as well as for the pain and suffering you have sustained, loss of earning and other expenses you have incurred. You may have also suffered an adverse psychological reaction to the treatment. We can support you in finding treatment and receiving advice to assist your recovery.
We have over 25 years’ experience in assisting and helping clients with chemical peel compensation claims. We have legal staff with backgrounds as healthcare professionals, making our service not only discreet but expert too.
Frequently asked questions
Will I have to pay if we lose the case?
Most of our cases are dealt on a no win no fee arrangement, this means if we do not win, you do not pay. If we win, we take a percentage of the claim that is agreed together before the claims process is started.
How long will my claim take?
This depends on the strength of your case and the nature of the evidence. We would expect this type of case to take around 9-12 months to resolve, or longer if the issues are complex. However, we will always do everything in our power to speed the process up for you.
Can I choose between a male or female lawyer to deal with my claim?
Yes you can, we are more than happy for you to choose either to suit you.