About Chemical Peels
For the highest quality results from a chemical peel treatment, SkinMD can provide you with several choices in exfoliating solutions (such as salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic and lactic acids) to reveal more radiant skin. At our Hurst and Weatherford, TX offices, we administer chemical peels to improve skin abnormalities like scars, fine lines, wrinkles, rough patches, hyperpigmentation, and more. Chemical peels remove dead, damaged skin cells by applying a personalized acidic solution onto the skin that causes the upper layer to slough off. When your skin heals and starts to repair and rejuvenate itself, you may see a smoother, clearer complexion. A chemical peel is a nonsurgical way to fight your signs of aging, revitalize a dull complexion, and add radiance to wherever it is placed on your skin.
Variations of Chemical Peels
In our Hurst and Weatherford, TX offices, we perform chemical peels in multiple levels of strength (light, medium, and deep) to meet our patients' skin concerns.
Light peels: You can receive a light peel during your lunchtime and return back to your routine. This level of peel will remove the outer skin layer (the epidermis), giving your face a more radiant appearance and smoother texture. We recommend that you receive a light chemical peel about once a month for the ideal glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This level of peel reaches further into the skin, and patients generally decide to have this strength of facial treatment during an extended weekend. You may also need to ready yourself for increased discomfort during and up to one hour following the peel. Medium-depth peels are designed for men and women who have deeper damage to their skin including deeper lines and darker pigmentation problems.
Deep peels: The strongest of the three levels of peels is the deep chemical peel, and it does require the lengthiest recovery time. This is an aggressive procedure that can leave your face itchy, peeling, and swollen for 2 – 3 weeks. Patients who get a deep chemical peel generally have age or dark spots, sun damage, prominent acne scars, and deep scars. Since this level of chemical peel is usually uncomfortable, we may provide you with an anesthetic before your peel.
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Chemical Peel Ideal Candidates
Chemical peels are excellent facial treatments that can address a variety of dermatological issues for young or old. Both men and women can benefit from a chemical peel on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, or legs. Candidates for a chemical peel at SkinMD will have a skin assessment in our Hurst or Weatherford, TX office before we select a chemical peel for your unique needs. Some of the skin issues you may have (one or more) can include:
- Acne scar marks
- Age lines
- Discolored or unevenly colored skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Flaky, dry skin
- Freckles or sun spots
- Rough texture (not improved with lotions or creams)
- Sun damaged skin
We may recommend peels of varying strengths to match your concerns.
Chemical Peel Procedure Technique
During your appointment at SkinMD, we will have you lying in a comfortable position to administer your treatment. We will ensure your skin is cleaned prior to applying the personalized solution to the face, neck, or both. Then, we will spread the chemical peel solution onto your skin and allow it to work for a set amount of time that will be determined at the consultation. Next, we will clean the peel off your skin and put on a neutralizing agent. No matter what level of chemical peel you have treated on your skin, you should bring sunscreen and/or a hat to wear afterward outside to protect against UV exposure.
What to Expect with Chemical Peel
Based on the strength of the chemical peel you receive, you should expect the treated area to peel and itch from several days to two or more weeks. A member of our team will go over ways to care for your face during your procedure. Please remember that no matter how badly your skin itches throughout the recovery, it's not a good idea to peel the skin off. You may create scarring to your skin!
Chemical Peel Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a chemical peel cost?
A member of our aesthetics team can go over your costs during your consultation as soon as you have a custom treatment plan. Costs for a chemical peel will vary depending on the strength, products, and ingredients involved. SkinMD takes several payments methods and there are often specials on treatments like chemical peels.
What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
Which level of chemical peel is best for you will vary based on your specific skin issues and aesthetic goals. In your initial consultation at SkinMD, we can help you choose which formula is best for your skin. A few things we might take into consideration are your concerns for your skin, your general health, skin type, the time you can commit to recovery, and what you want the peel to accomplish. Initially, it's better to select a light chemical peel and decide what you think of the results. After this, you and your provider may adjust your peel to lighter or deeper for best results.
Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Chemical peels and dermabrasion are both facial treatments that address surface skin. The main difference is that dermabrasion requires special tools (an exfoliation instrument or rotating brush) to clear away the surface skin layer, debris, and dead skin cells. A chemical peel applies a caustic solution to your skin to dissolve damaged skin cells. In your initial consultation, we will explain the pros and cons of both options and help you choose if dermabrasion or a chemical peel best fits your skin goals.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Based on the chemicals selected, you might feel mild discomfort throughout the treatment and shortly after. If you choose a light peel, you may notice a little discomfort; however, this can be alleviated with a small fan. Deep or medium peels are beneficial for more profound issues and give you longer-lasting results; however, they usually cause greater discomfort. Numbing cream, medications, and ointments may be used to help you feel more comfortable during your chemical peel.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
You may consider combining a chemical peel with another treatment at SkinMD. In your initial consultation, be open when describing all your skin concern so we can develop a unique treatment plan to achieve your goals. Your plan might include an injectable treatment for wrinkles (such as Juvéderm or BOTOX) plus a chemical peel to refresh your entire face.
Revitalize Your Skin Today
If you have never had facial treatments, SkinMD can assist you in determining a suitable option for your complexion. Your freshly revived skin will respond by looking bright and become touchably smooth. Contact our office in Hurst or Weatherford, TX to make an appointment for your skin consultation today for a medical-grade chemical peel at SkinMD.