A chemical peel is a technique that improves the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. It mostly treats facial skin and enhances the body and scarring. It uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. The new skin is usually smoother and has less wrinkles than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun. There are three basic types of chemical peels
- Superficial or lunchtime Peel: It uses Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to exfoliate it gently. This treatment improves the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.
- Medium Peel: Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment improves age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration and also used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis.
- Deep Peel: Tricholoracetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is only for the face and can perform once only.
Cost of Chemical Peel
The cost of chemical peel varies from $150 to $4000 depending upon the type of peel, the condition of your skin, and on other factors, and one geographic area to another.
It also helps improve:
- Acne or Acne scar
- Age and liver spots
- Sun-damaged skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular Skin Pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches