What are Chemical Peels?
For the highest quality results from chemical peel facial treatments, Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco provides you with different options. Your customized facial treatment with chemical solutions (such as salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic, and lactic acids) will give you healthier, more radiant skin. At our San Francisco, CA office, Dr. Tracy Evans and her team offer chemical peel treatments that resolve skin abnormalities like fine lines, wrinkles, scars, dry patches, hyperpigmentation issues, and more. Chemical peels clear away dead, damaged skin cells using a customized solution on the skin that causes the surface layer to slough off. When your skin heals and starts to rejuvenate and repair itself, you will see a smoother, clearer complexion. A chemical peel facial is a nonsurgical method to make your skin radiant and is used for the face and neck.
Variations of Chemical Peels
At our San Francisco, CA office, we provide chemical peels in different strengths (light, medium, and deep) to meet our patients' skin care needs and goals.
Light peels: You can receive a light chemical peel during your lunchtime and go right back to your day. This level of peel will remove the outer skin layer (the epidermis), giving your facial features a more radiant appearance and softer texture. We usually recommend that you schedule a light chemical peel at least once a month for the ideal glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This type of chemical peel goes further into your skin, and you'll generally prefer to have this level of facial treatment over an extended weekend. You may also want to prepare yourself for increased discomfort during and around an hour following the treatment. Medium-depth peels are for patients who have significant damage to their skin, such as deeper lines and darker pigmentation problems.
Deep peels: The strongest of the three levels of peels is the deep peel treatment, and it will require the most recovery time. This is an aggressive procedure that may leave your face swollen, peeling, and itchy for a few weeks. Patients who get a deep peel usually have dark age spots, sun damage, prominent acne scars, or deep-seated scars. As this type of chemical peel is generally uncomfortable for most patients, we may provide you with an anesthetic before your procedure.
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Who is a Candidate for a chemical Peel?
Seeking the recommendations of an aesthetic specialist is the first step in the journey to smooth, healthy skin. A team member at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco can evaluate your skin during an exam in our San Francisco, CA office before selecting a chemical peel treatment for best results. Chemical peel candidates of both genders will have visible problems on their skin, such as rough patches, acne scars, flaky skin, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and much more. We will suggest multiple types of chemical peels to match your needs.
How does a chemical Peel work?
On the day of your procedure at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco, we will have you lying in a comfortable position to administer your peel. We will ensure the skin is cleaned before applying the customized solution to your face, neck, or both. We will spread the solution onto your face and allow it to work for an appropriate amount of time that will be discussed in your chemical peel planning session. Finally, we will wash the peel off your face and apply a neutralizing agent. Patients should bring sunscreen and/or a hat to wear outside after the peel to avoid UV exposure.
What can I Expect after a chemical peel?
Based on the strength of the chemical peel you receive, you can expect your skin to itch and peel from several days to two or more weeks. Dr. Evans or a member of her team will discuss how to care for your face during your appointment. Please remember that no matter how much your skin itches during the recovery, it's never helpful to peel the skin off. You could create scarring on your delicate skin!
Chemical Peel FAQ
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Evans will talk about your costs in your consultation once she has made your custom treatment plan. Costs for a chemical peel will vary depending on the intensity you select. Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco takes many payments methods, and we often run specials on skin treatments like chemical peels. Buying a package with several chemical peel treatments can also help you save money.
What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
Which level of chemical peel is best for you will vary based on your unique skin needs and aesthetic goals. During your initial consultation, we will help you select which formula is best for your skin. Some factors you might want to consider are your overall health, your skin type, the depth of your skin concerns, the time you can commit to recovery, and what concerns you have about the appearance of your skin. For first-time patients, it may be better to try a lighter peel and decide what you think of the results. After this, we might alter your treatment plan to discover the best type of peel for you.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Based on the formula used, you might feel mild discomfort during the application process. If you get a light peel, you will feel some discomfort, but it can be alleviated with the use of a small fan. Deep or medium peels are good for deeper problems and longer-lasting results; however, they typically cause greater discomfort. Numbing cream, skin medications, and soothing ointments may be used to minimize your discomfort during the treatment. Dr. Evans or a member of her team will give you tips on skin care after your chemical peel to help your skin heal.
Great Skin Starts here
If you are new to treatments to rejuvenate the skin, Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco can help you determine the ideal pampering for your needs. Your freshly revived skin will thank you by looking bright and touchably smooth. Call our office in San Francisco, CA, to make an appointment for your skin examination today for a professional chemical peel.