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Deep Chemical (Croton Oil) Peels

Things like stress, ageing, product build-up, pollution and the environment can leave your skin looking dull instead of bright and vibrant. While a thorough at-home skin care routine is important to help maintain the appearance of your skin, many people require routine professional skin treatments to help achieve a better complexion or smoother skin. Dr McManamny offers deep chemical peels because they work deep in the skin and target a number of skin concerns, often helping to improve the tone and texture of your complexion.

What Can Deep Chemical Peels Treat?

Fine Line and Wrinkles

Fine Line and Wrinkles

Deep chemical peel treatments can be tailored to treat specific areas of your face. These focus areas may include fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth or along your lower eyelids. Wrinkles can be caused by environmental factors, such as sun damage, or they can be the result of volume loss caused by facial ageing. Deep chemical peels can be helpful in reducing wrinkles that cannot be corrected through facelift surgery.

Acne and Acne Scarring

Acne and Acne Scarring

Acne affects men and women of all ages. The visible bumps and ridges on your skin left from acne can sometimes be reduced through deep chemical skin peels, which may help improve the texture or appearance of your skin. Patients with chronic acne may also find a reduction in acne through the deep chemical peel option, because chemical peels may help target some of the factors that contribute to acne. This treatment may also be helpful for addressing visible scarring caused by acne.

Skin Discoloration

Skin Discoloration

Patients with sun damage, brown spots and redness may see an improvement in the tone of their skin after having a deep chemical peel. For many people, skin discoloration can be difficult to hide using makeup. By reducing the damaged outer layer of skin cells, deep chemical peels are able to provide a more even skin tone and less-mottled complexion.

Deep Croton Oil Chemical Peel

Dr McManamny’s deep chemical peels use croton oil to achieve positive skin peel results. Patients are placed under mild sedation during treatment to reduce discomfort yet enable an effective chemical peel procedure. Treatment information: A chemical mixture that contains croton oil is applied to the surface of your face. The chemical mixture is designed to remove the outer layers of your skin that contain dead skin cells and bacteria. After the peel is applied, an ointment is gently applied to the skin, which aims to keep the skin moisturised during the healing and recovery process.

Addressing Your Skin Peel Concerns


Your skin will start flaking within several hours of treatment. You may experience some redness and facial numbing. Most patients’ skin peels for up to two weeks, after which time the skin may still appear pink. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight, as this can detrimentally affect the quality of your results or put you at higher risk of scarring.


Deep chemical peels are not intended to leave any lasting scarring but this may be a risk if there's a complication or premature sun exposure. Patients may experience some temporary skin discoloration which tends to fade over time. This can vary from patient to patient, so be sure you do understand the risks of having a peel.

Cost of Chemical Peels

The cost of your deep chemical peel will vary depending on the size of your treatment area. A detailed Chemical Peel PRICE quote will be provided during your consultation, which will outline the costs of this procedure.


Sedation is used to reduce pain and discomfort during a deep chemical peel treatment. A topical ointment is also applied following your treatment to help ease discomfort. Ask your Surgeon for post-treatment care instructions and be sure to follow these instructions precisely.

Frequently Asked Questions About Deep Chemical Peels

When can I wear makeup following my treatment?

Patients should avoid applying makeup for several days after having a skin peel. Depending on the extent of your chemical peel treatment, you should be able to wear makeup within the first week, but ask your Surgeon for details.

Can I wear sunscreen following my treatment?

Sun exposure is NOT recommended during your healing and recovery period, and you need to avoid exposing your skin to sunlight for the prescribed period of time. If you have ANY exposure to sunlight, YES, quality sunscreen is recommended. Patients must apply quality sunscreen prior to going into the sunlight, especially for the first six weeks after their treatment. It is also advised that patients routinely wear sunscreen following their treatment to prolong the quality of their results. Note that incidental sun exposure can be had through skylights, car windows and other windows or doors.

Will my skin feel itchy during my recovery?

Some patients may feel minor skin irritation in addition to dryness and peeling. Using a moisturiser is recommended and can help with these side effects.

Are there any RISKS to having a deep chemical peel?

Yes, any surgical or invasive procedure carries RISKS, including a deep chemical peel. Before proceeding, be sure you read and understand the risks information provided to you during a consultation. You should also seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner (a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon recognised by AHPRA). It is also imperative you DO NOT SMOKE and that you follow your Surgeon's pre-op and post-treatment skin care instructions. Please also be aware that deep chemical peel or Croton Oil treatments, experiences, recovery time frames, results and scars can vary significantly from patient to patient. For a general overview, review the plastic surgery risks page.


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