What are chemical peels?

Chemical Peels reveal smoother, healthier skin by dissolving the connection holding dead skin cells together on the surface. At Hans Place Practice, we offer light, gentle peels, such as glycolic and salicylic peels, as well as medium peels, including ICP and Obagi, which penetrate the skin more deeply. Which type of peel will work best for you depends on the condition of your skin.

What are medium peels?

As the name implies, medium-depth peels are stronger than light peels, as they remove the outer layer of the skin as well as the upper dermis. The results are more significant than with a light peel, following a recovery period of five to seven days.

We offer two types of medium peels:

  • Jessner’s peel A Jessner’s peel is a mild medium peel and designed to treat sun damage, fine lines, uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, age spots and freckling. It uses a combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol (an exfoliating agent) and doesn’t have the strength of the Obaji Blue peel (see below). However it works in a similar way, exfoliating and reaching into the dermis to stimulate collage production. Results include tighter and smoother skin, more even pigmentation, minimised pores and improved fine lines.
  • Obagi Blue peel Using a slow-acting trichloroacetic acid (TCA) solution, this peel is recommended for more severe fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, sun damage and freckling. Because Obagi Blue peel solution is slow acting, your practitioner can control the peel process and its depth, and therefore reduce the risk of complications. Results include tighter, less wrinkled skin with a more youthful appearance, reduction of hyper-pigmentation and a healthy pink glow. Prior to getting a medium-depth peel, we may recommend a four- to six-week course of Retin A cream to prepare the skin. Retin A, which is derived from vitamin A, penetrates the dermis layer of the skin and stimulates collagen production. This helps achieve a better result and shorter recovery when deeper peels are used. All peels – light or medium – will produce a better result if used in a series. However, no peels can help improve or eliminate sagging or excess skin.

What are light peels?

Light or superficial peels are usually made from natural substances (such as alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids) that are often derived from sugar cane and fruits. Available in varying strengths for different indications, these ‘lunchtime’ peels are designed to gently remove the top layer of skin.

We offer two types of light peels:

  • Glycolic peels Glycolic peels are designed for skin that has become dull and needs refreshing. Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid that effectively – yet gently – exfoliates the dead skin layer, revealing clearer, fresher skin. Glycolic peels are also sometimes performed in combination with microdermabrasion treatment. Results include smoother, fresher skin texture, and a reduction in fine lines and uneven pigmentation. We may recommend a serious of peels to achieve the best result, typical six sessions at intervals of two to four weeks.
  • Salicylic peels Ideal for age spots, acne and acne-prone oily skin, salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy peel that is self-neutralising with limited penetration. Similar to the glycolic peel, the salicylic peel exfoliates the outer surface of the skin. Results include a clearing of clogged pores and oily areas of the face, with an overall improvement in skin texture. Salicylic peels may also help fade superficial age spots and areas of pigmentation.

To book a consultation with Dr Comins please call Hans Place Practice on 0207 584 1642

I really couldn’t recommend Dr Mike…
I really couldn’t recommend Dr Mike Cummins and his team more. I had Vaser Lipo on my inner and outer thighs, and knees. I have received impeccable service, care and thought for my well being from start to finish. I felt very comfortable with Mike from the start who has a wonderful bed wide manner...
- Caitlin
Amazing quality of expertise and care
Hans Place, Dr Comins and the team come with my highest recommendation. I recently had Vaser Lipo to my abdomen and inner thighs from start to end the level of expertise, service and care was outstanding. During every interaction the team made sure to put me at ease and answer my questions, I felt confident...
- Anonymous
Thanks dr Comins...you are a magician
I can only highly recommend anyone who considers Vaser Lipo. Dr Mike Comins is a great surgeon and the whole journey has been handled extremely from the consultation where Dr Comins explains you in details the process and what you can expect… to the aftercare where Dr Comins checked up on me regularly to monitor...
- Renaud Dessertenne
Awesome and such a friendly team
Awesome and such a friendly team
- Paul
Highly Recommend Dr Comins
Dr Mike Comins is highly professional with great attention to detail. I am two weeks post op and although I have been advised that results will take between 6 weeks, with full healing and definition up to 6 months I can honestly say that I can already see the benefits. I have a naturally slender...
- 9th July patient
Really good experience. I had VASER Lipo on the chest, flanks and abdomen. Dr Mike listened to everything that I wanted and so far so good. I’m only 2 weeks post op so there’s still some swelling around the flanks and all over in general but it’s looking amazing in comparison to what it was....
- Michael
‘Top Up’ Procedure
This was a ‘top up’ procedure following the original lipo on the abdomen and a knee (!) in September 2019. Really pleased with the results especially as Mike finally got a fatty lump out of my knee which has been there for many many years and on my 3rd attempt to try and remove it....
- Marina
BEST VASER LIPO EVER dr Mike Cummins Is not just a plastic surgeon he is a fantastic artist who gave me what I always dreamed of. I travelled to Lebanon and turkey to meet so many surgeons but there was always something missing!! Even I actually booked with one then in March just before lockdown...
- Kamjou
Very professional
Highly recommend Dr Comin, he and his team are very professional. The procedure and what was going to happen after was explained to me very thoroughly and Dr Comin was patient with all my questions. It took me a while to decide whether to go for the procedure but i am happy i did; so...
- MonB
From the moment I booked my initial…
From the moment I booked my initial consultation I felt at ease and confident I had chosen the right place. My consultation with Mr Comins was easy to arrange and very straight forward. After doing a lot research myself into the procedure I was able to speak openly about my expectations and fears regarding the...
- Martin Lyons

Meet Dr Mike Comins

As a leading practitioner in aesthetic medicine, Dr Mike Comins founded Hans Place Aesthetic Practice in 1999. Dr Mike Comins has always been at the forefront of his industry, being both the Medical Director of The Private Clinic Group and the President of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine.

Dr Mike Comins practices aesthetic medicine as opposed to cosmetic surgery. All his treatments are walk in/walk out without the need for general anaesthetic or overnight hospital stay.

Hans Place Practice was one of the first clinics in the UK to specifically focus on non invasive, minimally invasive and minor surgical aesthetic treatments.

Dr Mike Comins MBBS MRCGP FBACD is a fellow of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine. He was also president of the college from 2009-2011.

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