Patients seeking a nonsurgical method to improve the appearance of their skin may consider a chemical peel. This is a procedure that minimizes the signs of aging by applying a caustic solution to the surface of the skin so that damaged skin can peel away leaving a fresh, rejuvenation appearance. Sun damage can cause uneven pigmentation and wrinkles, and the natural aging process slows down collagen production and skin cell turnover. In combination, these things make your skin look dull and you look older.
Chemical peels remove the outer layers of the skin to reveal new skin beneath. A peel diminishes skin imperfections and signs of aging by peeling away the damaged layers of the dermis. The chemical agent penetrates the epidermis, causing the old skin to peel away and be replaced by new, healthier skin. Chemical peels are used to improve:
- Sun damaged skin
- Unevenly pigmented skin
- Finely wrinkled skin
- Acne scars and blemishes
- Collagen production
- Cell turnover
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Types of Chemical Peels
There are several types of chemical peels patients can consider, depending on their aesthetic goals and how much downtime they are willing to have. Superficial/light peels exfoliate the top, most outer layer of the skin. These peels consist of Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy acid and generally take 3-4 days to complete the peeling process. Medium depth peels consist of Trichloroacetic acid (known as a TCA peel). It penetrates the skin more deeply than the superficial peel, with stronger effects. The third kind of peel is a deep peel, which uses Phenol. It is the harshest of all chemical peels, the most expensive and has the longest recovery. Dr. Decherd offers a light TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel, which is stronger than AHA (alphahydroxy acid) peels, and produce good results. TCA peels are also good for patients with darker skin because they have a bleaching agent. This makes it easier to remove darker areas of skin pigmentation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $125 - $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- May Require Multiple Sessions
- Procedure Recovery Location
Chemical Peel FAQs
Does It Hurt?
Chemical peels generally do not hurt. There will be some slight stinging once the solution is applied to the face, but a fan is usually used to help ease this. After the procedure, the peeling of the skin does not hurt. Deep chemical peels, however, can cause discomfort and pain. Medications are often provided for the recovery and in some cases, anesthesia is used during the treatment.
What Are The Results?
With a chemical peel, Dr. Decherd can rejuvenate your skin and make you look years younger.
Is It Safe?
Various forms of BOTOX have been used for decades for a number of medical uses. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of forehead lines and wrinkles and is considered safe and effective for cosmetic treatment.
What Does This Cost?
The cost for a chemical peel will vary based depending on the type of treatment performed and the time and care provided during the treatment process. Patients can expect to pay between $125-$300 for a superficial chemical peel. Keep in mind, it is recommended that these be repeated monthly in order to maintain the results. A medium chemical peel will run between $1,000-$2,000. This process can be repeated every six months. Deep chemical peels are the most invasive and often require physician skill and pre-op and post-op medications. They run between $2,500-$6,000, but are long-lasting.