Should I Get a Chemical Peel?
Over 1.3 million Chemical Peels were performed in 2016 making it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. A Chemical Peel can transform dull, wrinkled, or sun-damaged skin to give you a renewed look of youthful radiance.
If you are wondering whether a Chemical Peel is right for you, we have a few questions and answers about this procedure.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A Chemical Peel is a treatment that involves applying a precise chemical solution to the face to improve the appearance of your skin. A Chemical Peel can also be performed on other areas of the body, such as the neck and upper chest.
A Chemical Peel contains a solution that removes old skin cells, allowing new ones to grow. The new skin cells appear more radiant, healthy, and bright and the deeper chemical peels eliminate fine and deep wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.
Deep Chemical Peels
Deep chemical peels are performed under twilight anesthesia and immediate recovery time is about 10 days after which you can be on the public with make-up.
What can be treated with a Chemical Peel?
In general, Chemical peels treat sun damaged skin. Some of the most popular reasons for getting a Chemical Peel are:
- To treat skin discoloration such as age spots, dark patches or melasma (mask of pregnancy).
- To treat fine and deep wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and cheeks.
- To treat uneven skin surface due to acne scars.
For severe wrinkles or significantly uneven skin, other treatment options, such as a facelift, may be more appropriate. Treatment options can be discussed at your consultation.
What does the procedure involve?
Light chemical peels are performed by one of our highly-experienced and qualified staff members. Most light peels may cause a little tingling on application of the solution and require little or no healing time. The light peel is completed in 20-30 minutes.
A deep Chemical Peel is performed under twilight anesthesia and takes an hour to complete. The healing time until you can be out in the public is 7-10 days.
How long do Peel results last?
A deep Chemical Peel not only replaces old skin with new but it also tightens the collagen in the skin which is the reason wrinkles are eliminated. The new skin is pink and fades with time to the normal color. Results of the deep peel lasts forever as long as sun protection is practiced.
For light-to-medium peels, results can be seen within a couple of weeks. Many patients opt to have frequent Chemical Peels every 4-6 weeks to maintain the results and speed up skin cell turnover.
Are Chemical Peels safe?
In expert hands, all chemical peels are safe and effective.
Risks involved with Chemical Peels include:
- Cold sore outbreak
- Swelling of the skin, more commonly around the eyes
- Sunlight sensitivity
- Skin color changes – either lighter or darker
However, you can limit the risk to yourself by declaring all medical conditions to our team prior to the procedure, and by following the pre- and post-procedure advice given to you.
How much does a Chemical Peel cost?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the average cost of a light Chemical Peel in 2016 was $673. The cost of your treatment will vary dependent on the skin condition being treated and whether a light, medium, or deep peel is required. Deep Chemical Peels range on price from $4,000- $6,000.
To get an accurate cost, please call our office today for a consultation. Arrange one today by calling 970.766-3223 or by emailing [email protected].