A chemical peel involves the application of a solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing damaged outer layers. It is helpful for individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation. Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are used for this purpose. Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, offers all three types of peels, which range from light, moderate to medium, and deep treatments.
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Dr. Stephenson’s chemical peels are structured for individuals of all skin types and colors. The best candidates for this treatment are those who:
- Are in overall good health
- Have fine wrinkles, mild hyperpigmentation, and diminished skin tone
- Have not used Accutane in the last two years
- Do not have specific dermatologic medical conditions that would preclude peels
What To Expect
Dr. Stephenson will provide pre-treatment instructions during the consultation. The vast majority of chemical peels may be safely performed in our office. Dr. Stephenson will select the best chemical or chemical mix for the individual patient. Sometimes Retin-A, a prescription medication derived from Vitamin A, is used to pre-treat the skin, especially if a TCA peel is going to be used. The Retin-A thins out the skin’s surface layer, allowing the TCA solution to penetrate more deeply and evenly. Hydroquinone, a bleaching agent, is sometimes used in conjunction with Retin-A, especially if a patient has blotchy areas or pigmentation problems. A solution is applied using a sponge, cotton pad, cotton swab or brush to the areas to be treated (or the entire face, avoiding the eyes, brows and lips). After the peel, Dr. Stephenson will apply an after peel ointment to complete the treatment.
Chemical Peel Recovery
After an AHA peel, it is common to experience some temporary flaking or scaling, redness, and dryness of the skin. However, these conditions will disappear as the skin adjusts to treatment. After a TCA peel, Dr. Stephenson may prescribe a mild pain medication to relieve any tingling or mild discomfort. TCA peels may cause some swelling depending the strength of the peel used. An after peel ointment will be applied to the face and patients will be instructed on the frequency of application of this ointment as part of the post-op home care. To help aid healing, it is essential that patients follow these specific instructions. The use of sunscreen is strongly recommended after a chemical peel. NIA24® Signature SPF 50 sunscreen offers effective protection. Additionally our signature green tea, Power of three retinol soldiers and vitamin C serum provide excellent maintenance of the new healthy skin
The costs for a chemical peel varies depending on the type and grade of peel used. Superficial (light) chemical peels start at about $125-$300; medium (TCA) peels run about $1,000-$2,000, and the most extensive peel, one that includes Phenol, will start at around $2,500. Keep in mind, it is recommended that light and medium peels be repeated for the best results. A deep peel usually only needs to be completed once and provides lasting results.
Get Clear Skin!
Chemical peels are an effective, nonsurgical solution for patients desiring clearer skin. They help peel away dead skin cells and leave behind a glowing, fresh complexion. Call our office today for a complete skin consultation and learn which chemical peel will benefit you and help attain the right results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $125 - $2,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-3 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location