About Chemical Peels
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.
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
Chemical Peel Reviews
"Shima is a wonderful aesthetic master! She took the time in my consultation to thoroughly go over all the products I was currently using and then started me on a regimen that was correct for my skin. She included chemical peels and facials in my regimen as well. My skin has never looked better. I’m 36 years old and get mistaken for my 20s all the time. I give credit to Shima for this!"- J.S. / Yelp / Feb 11, 2021
"Shima is a wonderful aesthetic master! She took the time in my consultation to thoroughly go over all the products I was currently using and then started me on a regimen that was correct for my skin. She included chemical peels and facials in my regimen as well. My skin has never looked better. I’m 36 years old and get mistaken for my 20s all the time. I give credit to Shima for this!"- J.L. / Facebook / Feb 11, 2021
"Shima is a wonderful esthetic master! She took the time in my consultation to thoroughly go over all the products I was currently using and then started me on a regimen that was correct for my skin. She included chemical peels and facials in my regimen as well. My skin has never looked better. I’m 36 years old and get mistaken for my 20s all the time. I give credit to Shima for this!"- J.S. / Google / Feb 11, 2021
"I had a chemical peel at Austin-Weston with Shima for the new year. The experience was easy due to clear instructions and thorough explanations of how the peel works and what I should expect, plus included sunscreen and lotion to use after my appointment. Recommendations were made to pursue a peel by Shima after a consultation, which really helped me to understand what type of skin I have and what procedures and treatments Austin-Weston can provide to help me on my skin journey! I’ve noticed a huge reduction in the size of my pores and a new smoothness to my skin post-peel. A little over 2 weeks later and my skin has healed beautifully!"- B. / Google / Jan 25, 2021
"I have had two appointment with Shima, one for a chemical peel and the other for a Halo Laser treatment. Shima is excellent at explaining the procedures and she is awesome at what she does. I did not have any discomfort and I am pleased with the results. I would highly recommend her!!"- D.B. / Google / Mar 04, 2021
What to Expect
Before any chemical peel, the skin will be assessed to determine the exact concerns and the most appropriate type of peel. During your initial consultation with one of our licensed estheticians, your skin will be assessed and 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.
Medium Depth Peels
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $175
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
Peel Away Your Skin Problems
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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