Have you ever been the victim of a negligent chemical peel? Claims National can provide you with free help and advice in relation to making a claim for compensation for your negligent chemical peel.
Chemical peels, whilst effective, can be very dangerous if done incorrectly. Some of the most common injuries incurred by chemical peels are severe burns, redness which continues a considerable time after treatment or excessive swelling.
If your procedure hasn’t had the desired effect or you have ever been the victim of someone else’s professional negligence then we may be able to help you with a claim for compensation.
Chemical skin peels are preceded widely across the world in order to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands, usually making it smoother and looking more youthful. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than one million Americans receive chemical peel treatments each year, with the UK being no exception of this popularity. It is one of the oldest anti-ageing treatments and is carried out by applying an acid solution to the skin to remove dead skin cells from the surface, promoting new cell growth. Chemical peels can be used to treat acne, liver spots, and sun damaged skin.
Although most chemical procedures carried out in the UK are successful, the numbers of negligent chemical peel cases are increasing. If your chemical peel fails due to the negligence of the cosmetic surgeon applying your treatment, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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How are chemical peels effective?
There are three different levels of chemical peels available in the UK, each with different acidic strength, with different effectiveness.
The lowest strength of chemical peel treatment is when a lightly acidic solution is applied to the face, removing the outer layer of the skin. Before the chemical peel is applied, the cosmetic surgeon will cleanse the client’s face, before gently brushing the solution onto the skin, ensuring that no acids reach into the client’s eyes or mouth. After being on for a few minutes, the cosmetic surgeon will wash off the chemical peel, and neutralizing the skin, leaving the patient’s face feeling refreshed. It is significant that your cosmetic surgeon undergoes an allergy test prior to you receiving the full treatment, to ensure that it is safe for you to undergo a chemical peel. It is also important that your cosmetic surgeon informs you of the risks of the treatment, and the fact that the results a light chemical peel are temporary, and therefore repeated treatment may be necessary.
A medium chemical peel treatment is good for improving age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration. The process is carried out by applying a slightly more acidic solution to the face, which removes both the top, and second layer of the skin. As with a light chemical peel, the cosmetic surgeon will cleanse your face first, before brushing the chemical peel onto your skin. After being left on for a couple of minutes, the cosmetic surgeon will neutralize the acids, and wash the solution off your face. It is important that your cosmetic surgeon warns you about the risks associated with undergoing a chemical peel, as well as informing you that a medium chemical peel is required every six to twelve months to maintain the benefits of the treatment.
A deep chemical peel is the most effective of the three types of chemical peel. First, the client is given a local anesthetic before the cosmetic surgeon cleanses their skin, and neutralizes the chemical with water. Ointment is applied to the face, followed by the chemical peel. The ointment is used to prevent the skin from becoming dry. The chemical peel used in this procedure is much stronger than the solution used in the other two types of treatment. It actually causes second degree burns to the skin, and penetrates several layers of the skin. This type of chemical peel may take up to 90 minutes, and can have devastating effects if performed negligently. It is vital that your cosmetic surgeon informs you about the risks of a deep chemical peel, and also informs you that a deep chemical peel can only be performed on you once.
The most common effects of a failed chemical peel include:
- Permanent skin damage
- Permanent skin discoloration
- Hyper-pigmentation of the skin
- Inappropriate scarring