About Chemical Peels
For the highest quality results from chemical peel treatments, Luminary Plastic Surgery provides you with different choices. Your individualized chemical peel with exfoliating solutions (such as salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic, and lactic acids) will reveal smoother, healthier skin. At our office in Houston, TX, plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion offers chemical peel treatments that decrease skin irregularities, such as wrinkles, fine lines, scars, dry patches, hyperpigmentation problems, and more. Chemical peels clear away damaged, dead skin cells using an individualized treatment on the skin that causes the surface layer to slough off. When your skin recovers and starts to repair and rejuvenate itself, you will see a smoother, clearer complexion. A chemical peel facial is a nonsurgical technique to make your complexion luminous and is used for the face and neck.
Variations of Chemical Peels
In our Houston, TX office, we offer chemical peels in various strengths (light, medium, and deep) to accommodate our patients' skin goals.
Light peels: You can receive a light peel, such as our Micropeel, on a lunch hour and go right back to your routine. This type of peel will remove the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis), giving your facial features a more radiant appearance and smoother texture. We usually recommend that you schedule a light peel at least once a month for the ideal glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This type of peel goes further into the skin, and patients generally decide to have this type of facial treatment during an extended weekend. You may also want to ready yourself for increased discomfort during and about one hour following the treatment. Medium-depth peels are for patients who have deeper damage to their skin, like deeper lines and darker pigmentation problems. For mild to moderate complexion improvement, ask about Vitalize or TCA peels.
Deep peels: The strongest of the three levels of peels is the deep peel, and it does require the longest recovery time. This is an aggressive treatment that may leave your face swollen, peeling, and itchy for a few weeks. Patients who have a deep chemical peel typically have age or dark spots, sun damage, entrenched acne scars, and/or deep scars. Since this type of chemical peel is generally uncomfortable for patients, we may provide you with anesthetic as a part of your treatment.
Seeking the advice of a skin specialist is the first step in the journey to smooth, healthy skin. A team member at Luminary Plastic Surgery will evaluate your skin during an examination in our Houston, TX office before selecting a chemical peel for optimal results. Chemical peel patients, both men and women, may have visible issues with their skin, such as scars, rough patches, hyperpigmentation, flaky skin, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and more. We can recommend different levels of peels to meet your goals.
On the day of your appointment at Luminary Plastic Surgery, we will have you lying in a comfortable position to administer your treatment. A team member will ensure the skin is cleaned prior to applying the personalized solution to the face and/or neck. We will brush the solution onto the skin and allow it to work for an appropriate length of time that will be determined in your chemical peel consultation. Then, we will clean the peel off your skin and put on a neutralizing agent. Patients may want to bring sunscreen and a hat to wear outside following the treatment to avoid sun exposure.
What to Expect
Based on the type of chemical peel you have, you should expect your skin to peel and itch from several days to two or more weeks. Dr. Couvillion or a member of his team will talk about how to treat your face during your appointment. Please remember that no matter how badly your skin itches throughout the healing process, it's not a good idea to pull the skin off. You may create scarring on your facial skin!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Couvillion can discuss your costs during your consultation once he has decided on your personalized treatment plan. Costs for a chemical peel will vary, depending on the intensity you choose. Luminary Plastic Surgery takes several payment 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 specific skin concerns and aesthetic goals. In your initial consultation with Dr. Couvillion, he can help you decide which chemical peel is best for your skin. A few things you might want to consider are your general health, the type of skin you have, the depth of your skin concerns, the time you can commit to recovery, and what you want the peel to accomplish. For your first peel, it is better to try a light chemical peel and decide what you think of the results. After this, you and Dr. Couvillion can adjust your treatment plan to find the best type of peel for you.
Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Both dermabrasion and chemical peels are facial treatments that treat surface irregularities to make your skin a softer appearance. The difference is that dermabrasion requires special tools (a shaving instrument or rotating brush) to clear away the surface skin layer with a careful exfoliating process. A chemical peel applies a caustic solution to your skin to dissolve dead skin cells. In your initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion will discuss the pros and cons of each and help you choose if dermabrasion or a chemical peel is best for your skin goals.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Based on the peel selected, you might feel mild discomfort during the application process. If you get a light peel, you will notice a little discomfort; however, this can be alleviated with the use of a small fan. Deep or medium peels are better for deeper skin issues and longer-lasting results; however, they can cause greater discomfort. Numbing cream, skin medications, and soothing ointments may be used to help you feel more comfortable during your chemical peel. Dr. Couvillion or a member of his team will discuss how to care for your skin after a peel to maintain your results.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
A chemical peel may be combined with another nonsurgical skin treatment at Luminary Plastic Surgery. In your initial consultation, be open with Dr. Couvillion when describing your skin problems so he can develop a comprehensive treatment plan that delivers your best results. Your plan might include adding an injectable treatment for wrinkles (such as Juvéderm or BOTOX), plus a chemical peel to refresh your entire face.
Great Skin Starts here
If you are new to professional facial treatments, Luminary Plastic Surgery can help you find the perfect pampering for your skin. Your freshly rejuvenated skin will respond by looking radiant and soft. Contact our office in Houston, TX to schedule your skin assessment today for a chemical peel.
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