Dr Philippe Kestemont, face and neck surgeon in Nice, France

Aesthetic medicine in Nice – Exfoliating treatment

A peel is a treatment that exfoliates the dermis deep down to permanently reduce marks, scars, spots and fine lines. The peel stimulates the dermis deep down, accelerating the production of collagen and elastin, the substances responsible for dermal tone. There are three types of peel. Each ‘peels’ the skin of the face at different intensities to meet the needs and expectations of each patient. The skin’s surface is smoothed, and the complexion is radiant and illuminated.


Dr Philippe Kestemont and Dr Soraya Sadi answer your questions about Peeling!


There are three different types of peel. The superficial peel, the medium peel and the deep peel.

Peeling: superficial peeling

Superficial peeling with fruit acids (glycolic acid) is a light treatment whose main aim is to give a deeply luminous touch to skin lacking radiance. Dr. Philippe Kestemont, a specialist in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine for the face and neck, who will welcome you to his Nice-based practice, applies a fruity cocktail to cleansed, makeup-free skin. The solution applied during the superficial peel acts on the facial skin for 2 to 5 minutes before being carefully rinsed off.

Total treatment time is approximately 15 minutes. The superficial peel stimulates blood circulation, moisturizes and revitalizes the dermis. It also effectively reduces superficial scarring. The face is given a lasting radiance.

Peeling: Medium peel

A medium peel using fruit acids (glycolic acid) or trichloroacetic acid is an aesthetic treatment whose main aim is to reduce marks on the face, such as spots, scars and fine lines. Skin is smoothed and facial features regain their serenity.

During a medium peel treatment, Dr. Philippe Kestemont, Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine of the Face and Neck in Nice, France, applies a trichloroacetic acid-based solution in varying concentrations. The depth of the peel applied is determined by the needs presented, and is different for each patient. With a medium peel, the more times the skin is touched, the deeper the peel and the longer it takes for the skin to peel.

The medium peel smoothes the skin more or less deeply, restoring tension to the tissues and giving a radiant glow to the complexion.

Deep peeling

A phenol-based deep peel is an aesthetic treatment whose effect is comparable to that of a facelift. Skin blemishes and fine lines are treated in depth. Skin quality is improved, and the complexion is brighter. During the deep peeling treatment, a paste is applied to the cleansed face for approximately 5 minutes.

After a deep peel, the complexion is radiant, the skin deeply smoothed and subtly tautened.

Number of sessions


To optimize the results of LED treatment, 5 to 10 sessions spaced 1 to 2 weeks apart are recommended.

Thereafter, one maintenance session per month is recommended.


Superficial peeling:

To optimize the results of superficial peeling, 4 treatment sessions 15 days apart will offer the best results.

Medium peel :

For best results, 3 to 4 medium peel treatment sessions 3 weeks apart will deliver the most convincing, long-lasting results.

Deep peeling :

In the case of deep peeling, as an anti-aging treatment whose effect is comparable to that of a facelift, only one session is needed to achieve the best results.

Continuation of treatment

Superficial peel :

After treatment, a soothing cream is applied to reduce any redness. These gradually disappear within an hour of treatment.

Medium peel:
The peeling time is between 3 and 7 days. A soothing cream is then applied to reduce any post-treatment redness.

Deep peeling :
The skin is then thoroughly cleansed and the solution rinsed off. A soothing, healing cream is then applied to the treated face.