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Chemical Peels Gone Wrong

If you have experienced a chemical peel gone wrong, we can help you make a claim for compensation. The experts at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors – the UK’s leading cosmetic surgery law firm – have many years of experience supporting people just like you, and helping to recover a significant financial reward that can help you improve your quality of life.

We have a success rate of over 95% of all negligence claims cases that we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence. This has led to our clients being awarded over £3 million in compensation – and counting. So let us help you today.


To get in touch with a team of specialists and begin your no win, no fee claim, call Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors today on 0800 634 0285 or request a callback using our online contact form.

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About chemical peels

A chemical skin peel – also known as a glycolic acid peel – is one of the oldest anti-ageing treatments, used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands.

Chemical peels can be used to treat acne, liver spots and sun-damaged skin, among other skin imperfections.

Light chemical peel

A light chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin using a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and maleic acid.

The cosmetic surgeon cleanses the patient’s skin and brushes the chemical solution onto the skin, leaving it on for a few minutes.

The chemical peel is then washed off and neutralised. If the treatment is successful the patient’s skin will seem refreshed. The effects of light peels are temporary, so repeated treatment is required to maintain the effect.

Medium chemical peel

A medium chemical peel removes the skin cells from both the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and the upper part of the dermis (the middle layer of skin) using glycolic or trichloroacetic acid.

This type of treatment is often used to improve age spots, fine lines, wrinkles and moderate skin discolouration.

The surgeon brushes the chemicals onto the patient’s skin, where it is left for a few minutes. The chemicals are then neutralised with a cool saline compress.

The procedure takes about 40 minutes and the treatment is required every six to 12 months to maintain the effect.

Deep chemical peel

A deep chemical peel penetrates several layers of skin and actually causes a second-degree skin burn.

This chemical peel is used only on the patient’s face. Tricholoracetic acid or phenol is sometimes used to remove moderate lines and shallow scars.

Having been given a local anaesthetic, the patient’s face is cleansed and then the chemical solution is brushed onto the area after an appropriate time interval. The chemical is neutralised with water and a thick coat of ointment is smoothed over the patient’s skin to prevent dryness.

A deep chemical peel may take up to 90 minutes. This type of treatment can normally only be performed once, but remains popular as it makes the most significant improvement in skin appearance of the three types of chemical peel procedures.

Examples of negligence

In the hands of a cosmetic practitioner who is properly trained, chemical peels are usually safe treatments.

However, the treatment can go wrong if the standard of care afforded to you was not of an acceptable level. The following problems could indicate negligence:

  • Permanent skin damage
  • Permanent skin discoloration
  • Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation of the skin
  • Inappropriate scarring

How we can help

We are the leading UK cosmetic surgery law firm and have a reputation for delivering outstanding results for patients who have suffered as a result of chemical peel negligence.

We can answer any questions you may have about the claims process and will be here to support you through what can be a stressful experience. But we will take that stress from you, leading the process with decisiveness and only requiring your input when absolutely necessary. However, we ensure you are kept in the loop at all times.

With a combination of specialist expertise and many years of experience representing those in the same situation as you, who is better placed to help you claim the compensation you deserve?


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