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Chemical peels are designed to improve the texture of the skin on various parts of the body including the face, arms, hands, legs, neck, and chest. Peels address fine lines, hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration or age spots), sun-damaged skin, light freckling, and mild scarring. Chemical peels range in strength and stronger peels go deeper but also have more recovery and chance of complications. Facial peels can be combined with other surgical procedures such as a facelift for an overall improved and younger look. Call Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA to schedule a private consult with one of our plastic surgeons to learn more about chemical peels.


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At Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston chemical peels can help revitalize your skin, reduce skin imperfections, and enhance your overall appearance with several great benefits, like:

  • Offering customizable peel options
  • Removing dead and damaged skin cells
  • Reducing wrinkles and lines
  • Balancing skin texture and tone
  • Diminishing skin discoloration, spots, sun damage, and more
  • Shrinking large pores
  • Softening and smoothing the skin
  • Brightening the complexion


The best candidates for chemical peels:

  • Are concerned about their skin tone or complexion
  • Have fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, or uneven texture
  • Desire long-term results
  • Desire fresher, healthier skin
  • Have adequate recovery time and can stay out of the sun after the treatment


Before any chemical peel Reston patients will have their skin assessed to determine the exact concerns and the most appropriate type of peel. During the initial consultation with one of our licensed estheticians, any pre-procedure treatment medications will be discussed.

Sometimes pre-treatment is recommended for 4-6 weeks before a chemical peel for certain skin types. Once you are ready for a treatment, the skin will be thoroughly cleansed and prepped prior to the peel. The length of treatment depends on the type of peel administered. Afterward, the patient will need to follow a skincare routine to protect the skin and enhance the effects of the peel. Additional treatments may be scheduled for maximum results.


The superficial/light chemical peel is the mildest form that works by removing the outermost layer of skin. The peel is usually a diluted version of glycolic acid that is left on the skin for a few minutes. Afterward, the skin will be slightly red, but there will be no downtime. The patient’s skin may peel slightly for 3 – 5 days and a series of treatments are usually required for optimal results.


A medium depth peel removes several layers of skin to treat deeper skin problems. These peels are good for moderate to severe lines and wrinkles, as well as moderate scars and other skin problems. Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), is applied in a controlled manner for a specific length of time. After a certain point, the acid will be neutralized to stop its effects. The recovery period is about ten days for this peel and the results will be more dramatic than a light peel. The risk is higher for hyperpigmentation in patients with darker skin tones.


A deep peel produces the most dramatic results, so it is reserved for more serious skin conditions. Since it’s an invasive procedure, local anesthesia or numbing cream may be used. Phenol is used for severe lines and wrinkles, various facial irregularities, and deep acne scars. It takes a patient at least 14 days to recover since the peel is similar to second-degree burns. Most patients will only need one peel to reach their aesthetic goals. This treatment is reserved for patients with extensive damage, or those who desire a deeper result after trying more subtle options. This is not often used in patients with darker skin tone as it can make dark spots worse.


Problematic skin problems can be peeled away with a light, medium, or deep chemical peel.

The peels are great at clearing up a number of skin issues, such as fine lines and wrinkles or tone and texture issues, to leave you with better, clearer, more rejuvenated skin. Call our office to schedule a consultation to learn how a chemical peel could benefit you.

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Recovery Time 1-2 Weeks
Starting Cost From: $175

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