Chemical Peel Overview
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
"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
"My Aesthetician, Emily McLaughlin, is fantastic and I highly recommend her for your skin rejuvenation needs. She is very knowledgeable, courteous, and thorough. I have had one peel and two skin pen sessions with her and I am very pleased with the results thus far. I am looking forward to more sessions with her to improve my skin texture and tone. She is also very quick to answer any of my text messages, which is a big plus for me, as I am very busy and can't always take time to call and leave messages with the office staff."- E.N. / Facebook / Jun 07, 2016
"It was great seeing you, too. You're so pleasant, sweet and knowledgeable. The peel went well! My peeling was intense, to say the least, but well worth the hassle for the result I see. My fine lines have lessened, pores are smaller, and I have clearer/brighter skin! I feel like the bags under my eyes look better, too. I'm a fan! Cannot wait to see the results after the next peel!! Thanks for everything. You've made this a fun experience!"- D.C. / Office Visit / Sep 08, 2016
"Andrea besides being an excellent aesthetician, she is also a great person. Always smiling,with a great, positive attitude. I`ve been going to PVPS for 4 years now. My skin looks better now, than when I was in my 20s. My skin is healthier and it glows like never before. Andrea taught me how to take care of my skin, giving my face a little love and attention with the right products. I always leave Andrea feeling relaxed and refreshed."- M.G. / Facebook / Jul 22, 2016
"Andrea is my Aesthetician, she has done wonders for my skin! I’ve just finished my third ZO 3 step peel and I’m so excited to see my skin transforming. My hyperpigmentation is lighter, pores smaller, and skin texture is better. My friends have even commented on how good my skin looks! I use the ZO facial products morning and night as part of my skin care routine and love this line so much. Andrea has been amazing at customizing my skin care needs!"- T.N. / Office Visit / Aug 16, 2016
Chemical Peel Expected 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 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.