Chemical peels have been around for quite some time, as a tried and true way of reducing acne, wrinkles, sun damage, and scarring. At Capizzi MD, we provide these treatments to many of our patients who are seeking to gradually improve their skin in combination with a medical grade skincare regimen. Or, who are seeking to maintain results from a more aggressive treatment, like the MicroLaser Peel.
The chemical peel process is quite simple. After a Licensed Medical Aesthetician determines it is the right treatment for your needs, you will schedule your first peel. Get ready to relax and enjoy radiant, glowing skin while experiencing world-class care from our amazing providers.
Discontinue retinol use at least three days prior to your chemical peel appointment. Prepare for an hour of relaxation in our luxurious office. Your skin will be prepped, consisting of a gentle cleanse and dermaplane. The dermaplane will remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This helps the chemical peel treatment saturate the skin and provide better and more consistent results.
Afterwards, the chemical peel will be applied to your skin and you will notice a tingling sensation that persists for about two minutes. After you notice the sensation subside, your provider will apply Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar to soothe your skin and speed the healing process. Peels produce the best results when part of a series, at this point we will help you schedule your next peel.
Read on to continue learning more about our chemical peels, recovery/downtime, pricing, and more.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment that carefully exfoliates the skin using an acid. While this may sound intimidating, these peels are formulated to ensure that your skin receives the perfect treatment without being damaged. This chemical exfoliation stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, while gently resurfacing and smoothing. These peels are very successful in approaching the following concerns:
- Enlarged pores
- Redness and Rosacea
Types of chemical peels
Depending on your goals and skin type, there are many “levels” of chemical peel that will help address your needs. All chemical peels used in our office are medical-grade, meaning they are not available over-the-counter and must be applied in a medical setting by a licensed provider.
Are often recommended to younger patients (teens to early 30’s) in search of relief from active acne breakouts or light texture concerns. These will gently resurface the first layers of your epidermis with minimal peeling.
These are recommended to combat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, minor hyperpigmentation, and minor scarring. This level of peel is often recommended to patients in their mid 20’s – 40’s depending on skin type and texture. They contain the same acids as the superficial peels, but in higher concentrations and can be combined with retinol to improve results. Expect light to moderate peeling with these peels.
These peels are aggressive and often contain more powerful chemicals such as phenol to produce deep resurfacing. These are used to produce results for moderate to severe sun damage, wrinkles, and pigmentation concerns such as melasma. Depending on skin issues, we often see that laser treatments such as the MicroLaser Peel are more beneficial for patients seeking these types of results.
Recovery and Downtime
Once you leave the office after a chemical peel, you will notice only slight redness on the first day or two after the treatment. Depending on the level of chemical peel you received, you may notice slight to moderate peeling on days 3-5 after your treatment. This peeling will happen around the areas that you move the most (cheeks, chin, around the mouth). Do not pick! Continue to keep the area clean and moisturized. The peeling will resolve itself within the first week.
No strict downtime is necessary after these treatments but we do recommend that you wear a hat if spending time in the sun and continue to be vigilant about applying sunscreen. During your recovery, feel free to reach out to your Aesthetician or to our Capizzi MD office at any time should you have a question or concern.
Cost of Chemical Peel Treatments
These treatments are very accessible for any budget and generally cost $200-300. Packages are available for reduce cost per treatment.
Professional vs. At-Home Chemical Peels
Recently there has been an increase in popularity with at-home chemical peels. While these treatments are often cheaper and have zero downtime, they do not pack the same punch as medical-grade treatments.
When the aim is to improve your skin, we definitely encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our providers before deciding the best route to take for yourself. Chemical peels can be a great option for patients looking to remedy skin damage and fine lines, without breaking the bank. When you choose a skilled,
licensed aesthetician at Capizzi MD Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care to help you care for your skin, they will make sure you are taken care of around the clock and will help you build a treatment plan to make your dreams into reality.