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Chemical Peel in Houston, TX

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Dr. Rolando Morales proudly offers chemical peels at his practices in Houston, TX. A chemical peel is a nonsurgical, less invasive way to improve the appearance of skin. This procedure applies a chemical solution to the top layers of the skin, which works to peel away and destroy damaged or dead cells. Through this peeling process, a rejuvenated layer of skin is left behind. Chemical peels can be used on the face or neck to help improve fine lines, acne scars, uneven skin tone, sun spots, freckles, pigmentation and rough or scaly patches. There are different degrees of peels that offer varying results.

Who Is A Candidate For A Chemical Peel?

Ideal candidates for a chemical peel have mild to moderate skin issues that cannot be resolved through home care or over-the-counter creams and serums. Patients at Morales Plastic Surgery should be in good physical health and do not have active acne breakouts, facial sores, or rashes in the treatment area. Candidates should also avoid sun exposure before and after their chemical peel. This is to ensure that the skin is not further damaged and that the peel can work optimally.

Types Of Chemical Peels

Superficial/Light Peels

A superficial peel exfoliates the top, most outer layer of the skin in order to remove overlying dead skin cells. These peels consist of Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy acid and generally take 3-4 days to complete the peeling process. It is the mildest peel available with the fastest recovery time and the lowest average cost. The results, while effective, are a bit limited compared to a more aggressive peel, and do not last as long.

Medium-Depth Peels

A medium-depth peel consists of Trichloroacetic acid (known as a TCA peel). It penetrates the skin more deeply than the superficial peel, with stronger effects. The trade-off, however, is a less comfortable procedure with a longer recovery time. This procedure also costs more than a superficial peel. Recovery can take a full week or longer.

Deep Peels

A deep peel is the harshest of all chemical peels. It is also the most expensive and has the longest recovery. However, this peel, containing Phenol, does have a much stronger effect and can combat more persistent problems, such as skin lesions and deep wrinkles. Deep chemical peels tend to bleach the top layer of the skin. Therefore, it is not recommended for darker skin tones. These are reserved for individuals with skin wrinkling around the lips, deep wrinkles from sun exposure and deeper scars.

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During/After The Procedure

The process for applying a chemical peel is generally the same for each type, but will vary slightly depending on the level of solution being applied. Anesthesia is not used during this procedure. However, it may be considered for Phenol peels. First, the face is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the chemical agent is brushed on the skin. Patients will experience some mild stinging at this time. The face is then washed and a cool saline compress is applied to act as a neutralizer. Patients will need to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure as much as possible.

Expected Cost

The cost for a chemical peel will vary based depending on the type of treatment performed and the time and care provided during the treatment process. Patients can expect to pay around $800 for a chemical peel. Keep in mind, it is recommended that these be repeated monthly in order to maintain the results.

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Does A Chemical Peel Hurt?

A chemical peel does not hurt. However, it may cause some discomfort. Most patients will feel tingling and a slight burning sensation, which will subside shortly after the procedure has been completed. Phenol peels result in a greater degree of discomfort, but the practitioner should plan for this before the procedure begins.

Can I Combine Procedures?

It is very common to combine a chemical peel with another procedure. Microdermabrasion is one such procedure that provide effective results when combined with a peel. This will be considered a combination program that can be repeated every six weeks.

How To Choose?

There are many alternatives to consider. Individuals looking to reduce fine lines, blotchiness and other mild skin conditions may benefit from a chemical peel, which removes dead skin cells and accelerates the generation of new skin. If deep wrinkles are the issue, a Phenol peel may help, but patients may also want to consider another treatment such as wrinkle relaxers or dermal fillers.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.