Chemical peels are another anti-aging treatment option in the peels/dermabrasion family. As one of the oldest skin rejuvenation methods, chemical peels produce incredibly safe, immediate results for anti-aging skin care patients. Like dermabrasion procedures, chemical peels are designed to correct skin problems such as acne, light wrinkles, age spots, large pores, and dull complexions.
How do Chemical Peels Work?
Similar to facials but slightly stronger and much more effective, chemical peels are naturally-occurring acid solutions that are applied to patients' skin and then gently removed. The benefits of chemical peels are also similar to those of dermabrasion procedures, as they treat many of the same skin problems. Depending on the type of chemical peel chosen, the acid solution can be comprised of singular or combined mixtures of alpha-hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acids, or phenol acids. The acid solutions stimulate the growth of new collagen, strip away dead skin cells, remove blemishes and skin imperfections, and improve the tone and texture of skin.
What can I Expect From Treatment?
Depending on the individual needs of patients' skin, there are different levels of intensity to choose from when it comes to chemical peels. The specific acid solution used in certain chemical peels will, in turn, affect the treatment process and the end results, as will patients' varying skin conditions. These are a few reasonable expectations for treatment results, based on the three main chemical peels used today:
- Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) chemical peels are considered to be the lightest, the least intense, and can treat acne, fine lines, and dry skin. Due to the lighter solution, AHA chemical peels also have the shortest treatment and recovery times.
- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) chemical peels are thought of as medium-intensity chemical peels and they can effectively treat light wrinkles, acne, and uneven pigmentation. TCA peels are also the most effective facial peel for darker-skinned patients seeking anti-aging benefits.
- Phenol acid solutions usually constitute the strongest or deepest chemical peels. While this means they create the most noticeable, longest-lasting treatment results, they also require the longest treatment times (over an hour), and involve the longest recovery periods. However, the intensity of phenol chemical peels can successfully rid patients of acne, deep wrinkles, sun damaged skin, and even pre-cancerous growths.
Chemical Peel FAQ
How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost?*
Average Cost of Chemical Peels: $400-800
*Prices will vary depending on the clinic, type of facial peel, and the time required.
How Long is a Chemical Peel Treatment Session?
Facial peels may take anywhere from 1-3 hours.
Do Chemical Peels Hurt?
Most patients only experience mild discomfort with facial peels, which can be reduced with pain medication or numbing creams.
What is the Recovery Time for Chemical Peels?
No down time necessary.
Are There any Side Effects of Chemical Peels?
Redness and temporary swelling are common.
How Long Do Chemical Peel Results Last?
Results can be noticeable for years afterward, even after just 1-2 treatments.
What are Some Other Terms for Chemical Peels?
TCA Peel, Chem Peel, Glycolic Peel, Facial Peel
What are the Benefits of Chemical Peels Over Other Treatments?
Many patients prefer chemical peels to other non-surgical facial treatments because the results are often more effective. Additionally, chemical peels have the ability to treat a wide range of skin problems, so they are considered an all-encompassing skin care solution. Because chemical peels are available in a variety of acid solutions with differing intensities, they are also a very adaptable treatment, capable of benefiting many skin types.