Chemical peels are nonsurgical solutions to improve the appearance of the skin. Dr. Sorensen uses premier skin care lines, such as La Roche-Posay’s Biomedic products, to deliver the best results to Boise patients. A chemical peel creates a rejuvenated layer of skin by destroying damaged or dead skin cells. There are several degrees of the solution that offer different results. Dr. Sorensen can perform chemical peels on the face and neck to improve fine lines, acne scars, uneven skin tone, freckles, sun spots, pigmentation and rough or scaly patches.
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Types of Chemical Peels
A superficial peel exfoliates the top, most outer layer of the skin in order to remove overlying dead skin cells. These peels consist of Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy acid and generally take 3-4 days to complete the peeling process. It is the mildest peel available with the fastest recovery time and the lowest average cost. The results, while effective, are a bit limited compared to a more aggressive peel, and do not last as long.
Medium Depth Peels
A medium depth peel consists of Trichloroacetic acid (known as a TCA peel). It penetrates the skin more deeply than the superficial peel, with stronger effects. The trade-off, however, is a less comfortable procedure with a longer recovery time. This procedure also costs more than a superficial peel. Recovery can take a full week or longer.
A deep peel is the harshest of all chemical peels. It is also the most expensive and has the longest recovery. However, this peel, containing Phenol, does have a much stronger effect and can combat more persistent problems, such as skin lesions and deep wrinkles. Deep chemical peels tend to bleach the top layer of the skin. Therefore, it is not recommended for darker skin tones. These are reserved for individuals with skin wrinkling around the lips, deep wrinkles from sun exposure and deeper scars.
During/After the Procedure
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, it may be considered for Phenol peels. First, the face is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the chemical agent is brushed on the skin. Patients will experience some mild stinging at this time. The face is then washed and a cool saline compress is applied to act as a neutralizer. Patients will need to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure as much as possible.
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. A medium chemical peel will run between $1,000-$2,000. This process can be repeated every six months. 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost Per Treatment
- $80 - $125
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- May Require Multiple Sessions
- Procedure Recovery Location
Chemical Peel FAQS
Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?
A chemical peel does not hurt. However, it may cause some discomfort. Most patients will feel tingling and a slight burning sensation, which will subside shortly after the procedure has been completed. Phenol peels result in a greater degree of discomfort, but the practitioner should plan for this before the procedure begins.
Can I Combine Procedures?
It is very common to combine a chemical peel with another procedure. BOTOX, an injectable filler, and Microdermabrasion are all procedures that provide effective results when combined with a peel.
How to Choose?
There are many alternatives to consider. Individuals looking to reduce fine lines, blotchiness and other mild 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 Phenol peel may help, but patients may also want to consider another treatment such as BOTOX or Dysport.