At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, we offer an extensive menu of Chemical Peels for you to choose from. As the regulations for chemical peels vary in many states, it is very important that you find a provider who has adequate training and experience in skin resurfacing. At our facility, one of our highly trained and qualified providers may offer you a choice of peel techniques, or suggest a combination of procedures to obtain the best result for you. During your initial consultation, it is important that you discuss your expectations with your provider. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns that you may have. Expect your provider to explain the planned procedure in detail, including its risks and benefits, the recovery period and the costs.
Types of Chemical Peels
A superficial peel works in the epidermis, the top layers of skin. This treatment is comprised of one or more resurfacing agents such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and retinoic acid to resurface, brighten, and improve the tone of the skin. These peels produce the best results in series of three, scheduled 4-6 weeks apart. Superficial peels typically produce some flaking, but sometimes microscopic expedited exfoliation is produced; no matter the amount of visual peeling you experience you will certainly be improving texture and producing collagen.
Medium Depth Peels
A medium depth peel works in the dermis, the lower layers of skin. These peels typically consists of Trichloroacetic acid (known as a TCA peel), along with other resurfacing agents such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, retinoic acid, and resorcinol. It penetrates the skin more deeply than a superficial peel, with stronger resurfacing effects. Typically medium depth peels produce more improved retexturization than superficial peels, and work well to reduce scars and hyperpigmentation, especially in series of 3. The trade-off, however, is a less comfortable procedure with a longer recovery time with more substantial flaking and peeling. This procedure also costs more than a superficial peel. Recovery can take a 5-10 days.
During/After YOUR PEEL
The process for applying a chemical peel is generally the same for each type, but will vary slightly depending on the level of solution being applied. Anesthesia is not used during this procedure, however, topical numbing solution may be an option. First, the face is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the chemical agent is then applied to the skin. Patients will experience some mild to intense stinging at this time. The chemical peel is either neutralized, or may even be a self-neutralizing peel which stays on the skin for several hours; any initial discomfort during application lessens considerably by the end of the procedure. Patients will need follow their post peel protocol which will be provided during the treatment, and limit sun exposure as much as possible.
Chemical Peel FAQs
Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?
A chemical peel is not considered painful. However, it may cause discomfort. Most patients will feel tingling and a slight to moderate burning sensation, which will subside shortly after the procedure has been completed. Deeper peels result in a greater degree of discomfort, but the practitioner should plan for this before the procedure begins.
It is very common to combine a chemical peel with another procedure. Microdermabrasion is one such procedure that provide effective results when combined with a peel, as is Epidermal leveling. This will be considered a combination program that can be repeated every few weeks, as your provider recommends.
How to Choose?
Your provider will assess your skin’s appearance and your concerns to make the proper recommendations for you. Individuals looking to reduce fine lines, blotchiness and other skin conditions may benefit from a chemical peel, which removes dead skin cells and accelerates the generation of new skin. If deep wrinkles are the issue, a deeper peel may help. Patients may also want to consider another treatment such as BOTOX, Dysport, or injectable fillers to work harmoniously with the result of chemical peels to reduce wrinkles.
Chemical Peel Reviews
"The Best - I don't know what this last reviewer was talking about. My experience with everyone at PVPS has been the best. From the office staff to the aestheticians to the nurses to the doctors service and expertise are superb. Dr. Burk just completed my third surgery--facelift followed by two full-face lasers, each surgery a year apart. He has changed my life in the most positive way. I highly recommend PVPS whether you are going for fillers, routine peels, surgery, or other procedures. They treat every patient as a VIP. Their occasional educational luncheons with speakers (that always includes one of the drs) are great events and their winter and summer events are a lot of fun with the opportunuty to save on products and fillers."- K. / Vitals / Jan 16, 2014
"Dr. Hickman was referred to me by one of the physicians in the hospital...she is truly one of the most professional and competent physicians I have ever encountered. I had breast augmentation and a chemical peel and only experienced minimal pain with an amazing outcome. I'm just thrilled and greatful for her expertise and skilled hands. Her staff are all so sweet and made me right at home...the office itself is beautiful, modern and clean."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 23, 2011
"Secret shopper review: Appointment Scheduling Experience: Naomi cheerfully answered the phone welcoming me to the PVPS. I explained to her I was interested in receiving a facial and possibly some time to discuss the colorscience makeup line so I didn't have to make two appointments. She was very accommodating and offered me an appointment the next day which I booked. She directed me to the website where I could find the new patient forms needed for my visit as well. She was a pleasure to speak with. Check In Experience: I was the 'bad' patient and forgot my completed paperwork at my office and showed up at exactly my appointment time (5:00pm) instead of a little more to complete the paperwork I had forgotten. When I checked in I told the front desk (I forgot her name) and she handed me the portfolio to complete the paperwork there. She never once got flustered because I was 'that' patient. Aesthetician Experience: When Andrea called me back she welcomed me again and thanked me for being there. We walked back to the room and we chatted a little along with way. We stopped in the hallway where I saw the array of makeup. I am a little obsessed with makeup which I told Andrea. She did a quick examine of what she thought my skin needed in the hallway due to the natural sunlight coming through the door. She mentioned a series of chemical peels and a moisturizer, which I had never had before and I told her this. I think she could sense the fear I had because I have seen some horrible chemical peels so I was a little reluctant. She explained in great detail the process and why those people I referenced looked the way they did. It made sense once she explained it so I proceeded with the peel. After she obtained an informed consent, which she gave ample time to read through she started the peel. She explained every step and what to expect which I greatly appreciated and that made me feel even more comfortable with my decision to have the procedure. When the peel was complete we went back to the hallway to discuss which makeup was best suited for my skin. She applied the testers and did the color match that I had requested. I was very interested in the Primer but after applying the testers and discussing the options, it was determined I didn't really need the Primer. I appreciated her honesty with that and appreciate that she did not try to sell me something I didn't need. I am beyond satisfied with not only my experience but my peel and makeup as well. I go back in 4 weeks for my 2nd one of the series. I will definitely continue with Andrea not only because of her personality but because of her in depth knowledge of the products. Check Out Experience: I closed up shop with the ladies and Barbara checked me out. She rang up ALL my products and the peel. I wanted to utilize two cards for these transactions and this was by no means a problem at all. She welcomed that. She made my return appointment and bagged my items. Storming was an understatement when I left and she wished me a safe drive home and I left."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Aug 25, 2015
"As my next birthday approaches, I have to take a moment to thank my friend and aesthetician, Chris Weber. I have been a loyal client for 20 years now and people say I have never looked better!! When I met Chris, I used tanning beds, smoked cigarettes, and washed my face with bar soap. She introduced me to the value of good skincare - habits, products and peels - doing the little things to put off the bigger ones. She taught me to invest in the basic - glowing, radiant skin. Thanks to her, I now teach my teenage daughter skincare before makeup. Chris is knowledgeable, dedicated and caring and will help you look and feel your best! When I started with PVPS, it consisted of only Dr. Rumsey and Dr. Burk. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow and to be a part of it. I've attended skincare lunches, charity events, and raced for causes - they are always giving back to our community. I have to thank Dr. Robin Burk for doing an incredible job reconstructing my husbands nose post cancer as well. Thank you Chris and my PVPS family! With gratitude and admiration... L."- L.D. / Office Visit / Sep 28, 2015
"I was at the Fernandina office last week and saw Kim Lindsey. Kim was very polite and thorough. I completely enjoyed the experience. I was a little "green" and a little nervous but Kim put me at ease and I enjoyed working with her. Kim did a vitalize peel and microderm and put be on the Obagi skincare line. I am going back for two more peels and will see Kim again in October. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Kim Lindsey."- S.B. / Office Visit / Sep 29, 2015
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 and obtain progressive improvement. A medium chemical peel will run between $375-$2,000. This process can be repeated as your provider recommends. 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.