What Is A Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical exfoliant (acid or base) is applied to remove damaged layers of skin. Chemical peels are graded (very superficial to deep) depending on the depth of penetration and the layer of skin that is removed with a peel. Depending on the amount and depth of photodamage, real improvement in sun spots, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation may require different depths of chemical peels.
What Are The Benefits of Chemical Peels?
Corrective peels have been shown to be an excellent, non-invasive way to improve skin tone and texture as well as reverse aging effects caused by the sun, environment, and genetics. Chemical Peels are Effective for a broad range of problems including:
- Sun damaged skin and age spots on the face, hands, shoulders/back, chest, and neck
- Fine lines and wrinkles including: Crow’s feet, lipstick lines, fine lines around eyes
- Acne scars (better with medium/deep peels)
- Destruction of skin lesions
- Lighter and spot peels require no sedation
Very Superficial to Superficial Peels
For lighter more superficial peels, glycolic acid in varying strengths (20–70%), Jessner’s solution, and low strength TCA are used and are able to be performed in the office. The skin is thoroughly cleansed and degreased. The agent is applied to the face evenly. A mild stinging or burning is experienced which abates rapidly. These peels can be done by any of our experienced Master Aestheticians at any of our office locations.
Regular treatments are best for maximum results and often purchased in packages of 6, which helps lowers the price per peel.
SkinCeuticals and PCA professional treatments are scientifically formulated to gently stimulate, firm, and tighten the skin. Advanced ingredients are carefully blended and work synergistically to remove dull, damaged surface layers without the downtime often associated with chemical peels. SkinCeuticals and PCA use a combination of treatments including enhanced jessner, blended TCA, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, and peel alternatives for correction.
SkinCeuticals GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL
SkinCeuticals Glycolic Acid Peel is the most common glycolic chemical peel performed with different strength options available depending on patient tolerance and needs. This peel accelerates skin cell turnover for improvement of dry, dull skin and helps with fine lines and wrinkles. It is also completely safe and non-toxic. It can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands and back and comes with minimal irritaion. Cost: $95
SkinCeuticals SALISYLIC ACID PEEL
SkinCeuticals Salicylic Acid Peel is best for oily and acne prone skin. This peel also increases cell turnover, which stimulates collagen, and also helps reduce breakouts and post-lesion discoloration. There is no downtime though mild peeling will likely occur. Cost: $95
SkinCeuticals PIGMENT BALANCING MASQUE
The SkinCeuticals Pigment Balancing Masque is one of the newest treatments for brightening the skin. This masque targets uneven skin tones with a combination of skin brightening, anti-inflammatory and peeling agents, stimulating cell turnover and revealing the healthy skin below. If a mottled complexion and uneven skin tone is a concern, this is a great choice for a peel. It does not contain hydroquinone but has similar effectiveness. Cost: $125
SkinCeuticals ADVANCED CORRECTIVE PEEL
The SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective Peel helps minimize the appearance of large pores, evens skin tone and texture, restores brighter skin, and improves stubborn discoloration. This peel is safe for all skin types and Fitzpatrick I-V. Cost: $135
PCA SENSI PEEL
Sensi Peel is gently formulated for first timers, ethnic skin, and other extremely sensitive skin types. Sensi peel will strengthen and brighten the skin while treating sun damage and pigmentation. This treatment also provides anti imflammatory, anti-acne and antibacterial action, making it an excellent choice for helping to calm rosacea or inflammation due to ingrown hairs from shaving. Cost: $105
PCA JESSNER PEEL
This PCA peel comes with hydroquinone and is an enhanced Jessner’s formula for those who want even skin tone and have no sensitivity to hydroquinone. The Jessner peel is great for pigmentation, melasma, and discolorations of any kind. It also helps inhibit active acne and correct post inflammatory hyperpigmentation hyperpigmentation from acne. Cost: $115
PCA ULTRA PEEL I is formulated to treat dehydrated, mature skin. It will help treat pigment disorders, fine lines, sun damaged skin and acne. Mild to moderate exfoliation will be experienced leaving the skin more plump, hydrated and ultra soft. Cost: $120
PCA ULTRA PEEL FORTE is a deeper and more active peel used on those with resilient skin who have more dramatic wrinkling, sun damage, and acne scarring. Ultra Peel Forte will effectively treat aging skin, acne, pigment disorders, smoker’s skin and photo damaged skin. This treatment is ideal for aging skin in need of rejuvenation and also those who have already experienced chemical peels. Cost: $170
PCA SMOOTHING BODY PEEL this two step system will even discoloration while smoothing and brightening the skin. The Pre Peel Accelerator mask provides nourishing ingredients that soften and hydrate the skin’s surface. Smoothing body peel will give dramatic changes in the skin’s appearance and texture. An excellent choice for treating rough, dehydrated, sun damaged or acneic skin on the arms, back, chest and hands. Cost: Hands $75, Chest $95, Back and Arms $150
These treatments create mild occlusion to enhance absorption of the vitamins, antioxidants and rich actives into the skin for maximum benefits.
PCA ESTHETIQUE PEEL combines retinol and lactic acid with an age defying blend of polyphenols and humectants to treat aging skin, laxity, sensitive acne and hyperpigmentation. Used alone or in combination with any PCA SKIN chemical peel, it offers immediate smoothing, brightening and firming benefits to create glowing healthy skin. Cost: $85 / $15 if added to another peel
PCA ULTRA PEEL II is an advanced hydrating treatment that encourages additional flaking and peeling. This may be used alone or on top of any PCA peel. This cream mask will plump, hydrate and moisturize aging skin. The retinol (vitamin A) content helps increase cell turnover to keep skin looking fresh, while vitamin C strengthens the skin by helping to increase the skin’s collagen and elastin network. This peel works well on all skin types and conditions. $85/ $15 if added to another peel
All chemical peels are recommended in a series of 6 treatments for maximum benefits. You can purchase a full package at one time by purchasing 5 chemical peels and receiving the 6th peel for free. For upcoming specials on chemical peels, visit our Specials & Events page.
We also have a 5 month skin program that utilizes peels, lasers, and products specifically designed to tackle individual patients concerns and improve the overall health and look of the skin.
Recovery from Very Superficial to Superficial Peels
Immediately following the procedure, the skin may appear red. Peeling begins to occur over the next 1–3 days. The underlying skin will appear slightly pink and healthier. Sunscreen and moisturizers are recommended. Make-up can be used. Improvement can be seen after just one peel and continues with subsequent peels, which can be performed weekly.
Medium to Deep Peels
Medium depth chemical peels are performed using TCA (30–40%). They may be performed under local anesthesia in the office or in the operating room under sedation. The agent is applied to the face evenly and the depth of penetration carefully monitored. Deep chemical peels are performed using Baker’s solution under sedation and monitoring. Deep chemical peels are only appropriate for select patients. Because of the depth and strength of these peels, Dr. Thompson treats all patients undergoing a medium to deep chemical peel.
Recovery from Medium to Deep Peels
The skin may appear red and swollen immediately following the procedure. The swelling is more pronounced with a deep chemical peel. The skin will turn brown over 48 hours and slough over the next 7–10 days. Make-up and sunscreen / moisturizer can then be used. The underlying skin will appear pinker and healthier. This pink appearance completely fades in 2–3 weeks and is easily covered with make–up. Continued improvement from these peels can be seen even up to a year following the procedure. A medium depth peel can be repeated every 6 months to 1 year. A deep chemical peel can only be done once.