Chemical peels, also known as derma peeling or chemexfoliation, address wrinkles, acne scars and simply rejuvenates the skin’s outer layer by removing the old damaged layers. Chemical peel solutions are chemicals and vary in strength, so it’s important to fully understand how it works.
Wrinkles and scars create a less than smooth surface, chemical peel solutions work to smooth the texture of the facial skin causing the old, damaged, and dead skin to peel off revealing a fresh regenerated smooth layer. Depending on the severity of the wrinkles and scars, multiple treatments may be required in order to achieve your desired aesthetic goals.
Not all chemical peels require a cosmetic professional and can be purchased over the counter. But if you’re looking for prescription strength chemical peels, it’s important to find a skin care professional. Having a professional plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or esthetician perform the chemical peel treatment, will give you better results and the chance of less treatments repeated.
- Treat a dull complexion
- Fine Lines
- Rough Skin Surface
- Sun Spots and Freckles
- Age Spots
- Acne Scars (not all can be treated)
- Uneven skin tones and discolorations
Does the chemical peel require anesthesia?
Anesthesia may or may not be used, depending on the type of treatment you’re looking to get. Light chemical peels can be done in the medical office with minimal discomfort and without anesthetic. you may not need any pain killers, because there’s a light stinging sensation as the chemical peel is being applied and that’s it.
The deep peels, on the other hand, can be quite painful and most doctors will perform the treatment under heavy sedation or general anesthesia
Risks involved in chemical peels
It is recommended you don’t try a chemical peel at home. The risk of injury to the eyes and softer tissue on the face is high. Leaving the acid application on your face to the professionals is the best advice anyone can give you.
Depending on your skin tone, chemical peels may not be recommended for you. The risk of discoloration in the skin is also a concern. Therefore, leave it to the chemical peel providers to evaluate your skin type and which treatment will work best for you.
Remember, the deeper the chemical peel, the higher the risk. The professional strength treatments should only be administered by a licensed professional, otherwise you may end up with worse skin issues.
- Injury to the skin
- Scars on the skin
- Pigmentation changes
- White heads known as milia
- Irreversible texture changes
What can I expect after the treatment?
The treatment itself does not take that long. Over the next few weeks, the outer skin will begin to peel, revealing a regenerated new virgin skin. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and protect the newly revealed layer in order to eliminate or decrease the risk of damaging the new skin. Your new treatment results will reveal:
- Brighter complexion
- A smooth skin layer
- Improvement in Even Skin Tones
- Less fine lines and wrinkles
How much chemical do peels cost?
The cost of a chemical peel is not covered by insurance, but it will vary depending on the type of peel you’re getting. Whether it requires anesthesia or not will also make a difference in the price. Most patients find this skin rejuvenation treatment very affordable, when compared to other cosmetic non-surgical procedures.
Is this treatment right for me and what else do I need to know?
It’s important to consult with your dermatologist or a certified cosmetic provider. They will know, based on your skin tone, whether this treatment is right for you. We recommend finding a skin care provider you trust to share and discuss your aesthetic goals with. Post your question on our cosmetic community board to get answers from doctors and other patients who have experience in chemical peels.
Due to the weeks of skin peeling after the treatment, scheduling your treatment around your vacation might be a good idea. It is also important to stay away from the sun. The winter months are generally a great time to have this treatment done, or you must protect your skin and stay indoors.