ABOUT CHEMICAL PEELS
To provide the best results from chemical peel facial treatments, Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa provides you with options. Your individualized facial treatment with chemical solutions (such as glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and trichloroacetic acids) will give you healthier, more radiant skin. At our Tacoma, WA office, our skilled team of plastic surgeons offers chemical peel treatments that help to decrease skin abnormalities, like wrinkles, fine lines, scars, rough patches, hyperpigmentation issues, and more. Chemical peels clear away dead, damaged skin cells by using an individualized peel on your skin, which causes the surface layer to peel off. As your skin heals and begins to rejuvenate and repair itself, you will notice a clearer, smoother complexion emerge. A chemical peel treatment is a noninvasive technique to make your skin radiant. It can be used for the neck and face.
Variations of Chemical Peels
At our Tacoma, WA office, we perform chemical peels at various levels of strength (light, medium, and deep) to meet our patients' varying skin care goals.
Light peels: You can have a light chemical peel during your lunchtime and go right back to work, if you wish. This level of peel will remove the top skin layer (the epidermis), giving your face a brighter appearance and softer texture. We typically suggest that you receive a light chemical peel about once a month for the best glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This level of chemical peel reaches deeper into your skin, and you'll usually prefer to do this strength of facial rejuvenation treatment over a long weekend. You may also need to prepare yourself for more discomfort during and up to an hour after the treatment. Medium-depth peels are designed for patients who have significant damage to their skin, including deeper wrinkles and darker pigmentation issues.
Deep peels: The most advanced of the three types of chemical peels is the deep chemical peel. This treatment requires the lengthiest recovery time. It is an aggressive procedure that can leave your face swollen, peeling, and itchy for 2 – 3 weeks. Patients who get a deep peel typically have dark age spots, sun-damaged skin, prominent acne scars, and deep-seated scars. As this level of peel is usually uncomfortable for most patients, we can provide you with local anesthesia before your peel.
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Getting the recommendations of a cosmetic professional is the first step in the journey to healthy, smooth skin. A team member at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa can assess your skin in an exam in our Tacoma, WA office before choosing a chemical peel treatment for best results. Chemical peel candidates, both women and men, should have noticeable concerns on their skin, such as scars, rough patches, hyperpigmentation, flaky skin, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and much more. We may suggest varying strengths of chemical peels to match your goals.
During your procedure at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa, we will have you lie down in a relaxed position to administer your peel. We will make sure your skin is cleansed before applying the customized solution to your face and neck. Then, we will spread the solution onto your face and let it set for a specific amount of time, which will be discussed in your treatment planning session. Next, we will wash the solution off your face and apply a neutralizing agent. You should bring a light sunscreen and/or a hat to wear outside after the peel to protect against UV exposure.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Depending on the strength of the peel you receive, you can expect the treated area to itch and peel from a few days to a couple of weeks. A member of our team will talk with you about ways to care for your skin during and after your procedure. Please keep in mind that no matter how much your skin itches during recovery, it is never good to peel the skin off. By doing this, you could ultimately cause scarring to your skin!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does a chemical peel cost?
We will go over your costs during your consultation as soon as your custom treatment plan has been decided on. The cost of a chemical peel can vary based on the formula you have selected. Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa accepts many payments methods, and there are often specials on treatments, like chemical peels. You may also consider buying a package of several chemical peel treatments.
What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
The best chemical peel for you will depend on your unique skin issues and cosmetic goals. During your consultation, we will help you choose which type of peel is right for your skin. Some factors you may consider are your overall health, your skin type, how deep you want the peel to work, how long you can spend in recovery, and what concerns you have about the appearance of your skin. Initially, it's better to select a lighter peel and see how you like the results. From there, you and your aesthetician may alter your plan to decide the best chemical peel level for your skin.
Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Chemical peels and dermabrasion are both facial rejuvenation procedures that address surface blemishes to give your skin a smoother appearance. The main difference is that dermabrasion uses surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument) to remove the top layer of skin through a careful scraping process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is applied to your skin to dissolve damaged skin cells. During your consultation, we will explain the advantages of both options and help you decide whether a chemical peel or dermabrasion best fits your needs and goals.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Depending on the chemicals used, you may experience some discomfort during the application process. If you choose a lighter peel, you may feel some stinging, but this typically goes away quickly with the use of a handheld fan. Medium and deep peels are good for deeper problems and give you longer-lasting results, but they are usually more uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics, medications, and ointments can be applied to minimize your soreness during the treatment. A member of our team will discuss post-treatment skin care to help your skin heal.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
You may consider combining a chemical peel with another skin treatment at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa. During your consultation, be honest with us about your skin and cosmetic issues so we can create a unique treatment plan to achieve your goals. This may include injectable wrinkle treatments (like BOTOX or Juvéderm) along with your chemical peel to rejuvenate your whole appearance.
GREAT SKIN STARTS HERE
Even if you have never had professional facial treatments, Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa will help you determine the best option for your needs. Your newly revived skin will thank you by looking bright and caressingly smooth. Call our office in Tacoma, WA to make an appointment for your skin consultation today for a professional chemical peel.