Since there are several different types of superficial peels, their cost varies. The average cost of a chemical peel is approximately $650.
A chemical peel is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure used to improve the overall texture and appearance of new, healthy skin. Superficial peels use a chemical solution applied to the skin that gently removes the skin’s outermost layer, revealing more youthful skin with fewer imperfections and fine lines, more even texture and tone, and minimized scarring and pitting.
Chemical peeling may also stimulate the production of collagen, which also improves the skin’s overall appearance. There are two types of deep chemical peels offered by MedSpa.
A glycolic peel is a type of peel which uses a highly concentrated glycolic acid solution – usually 30% to 40% – to remove the outermost layer of skin. Glycolic acid is a powerful exfoliant that helps minimize imperfections, improve the skin’s overall appearance, and rejuvenate the look of the skin by gently removing the skin’s first layer, revealing more evenly toned layers beneath.
Salicylic acid is a type of peel which uses beta-hydroxy acid that acts as a powerful exfoliant. When used at prescription strength, as in a salicylic acid peel, salicylic acid works to slough off the outermost layer of skin, eliminating imperfections and revealing smoother, more youthful skin below.
Because a chemical peel is a non-invasive, non-surgical type of cosmetic treatment, you will not require any downtime for recovery. However, while it is possible for you to resume your regular activities almost immediately after your chemical peel, you may experience some redness, swelling and discomfort following your treatment. Treated areas will take one to two weeks to heal from a chemical peel fully.
A chemical peel treatment ordinarily takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform. While a single chemical peel treatment can result in visibly improved skin tone and texture, several treatments are often recommended for maximum benefit and optimal results. Many patients will have four to six peels spaced one or two months apart.
If you have primarily superficial facial imperfections, including shallow scarring and wrinkling, dullness and some unevenness and discolouration, you are likely a good candidate for a chemical peel. You should be in good health, without a history of abnormal scarring or other skin conditions, such as cold sores. More severe wrinkling, sagging, or very deep scars may not show dramatic improvement from chemical peels and may require more invasive procedures, such as a facelift.
Generally, fairer skin types tend to be more responsive to chemical peels.
Chemical peels can improve the overall tone and texture of the skin and help reduce or eliminate other skin concerns, such as wrinkles or moderate scarring. Since these concerns, when they appear on the face, can result in self-consciousness or lowered self-esteem, improving facial skin’s tone and texture can help enhance the quality of life by improving self-confidence and self-image.
While chemical peel treatments are generally very safe, there are some risks. These include:
Changes in skin colour: Skin may become permanently darkened after a chemical peel treatment. This is more common in people with darker skin.
Redness and swelling: Some redness and swelling after a chemical peel are entirely normal.
Infection: Bacterial or fungal infections may occur during the healing process.
Scarring: Scarring rarely occurs and is usually concentrated in the lower part of the face.
At SpaMedica, our clinical professionals will work closely with you to determine your specific facial concerns and choose what type of chemical peel will result in the best outcomes. Our staff are experienced, talented and highly professional and will perform your chemical peel in SpaMedica’s state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, staff and clinicians are available to answer any questions that may arise during your recovery period and will advise on the benefits of repeat chemical peels following your recovery.
Before your procedure, you can consult with the clinical team at SpaMedica to determine what type of chemical peel treatment is best for you. During your procedure, an aesthetician will apply the chemical solution to your skin and will gently remove the solution after enough time has passed for the active ingredients to take effect. Immediately following your procedure, you will be advised to avoid sun exposure, as your skin will be extremely sensitive to sunlight and susceptible to sun damage.
Chemical peels are outpatient procedures, meaning you can go home after treatment. After your chemical peel, you will enjoy a reduction in fine lines and scarring with minimal side effects and downtime.
You may pair other non-surgical procedures with your chemical peel for more dramatic results. Microdermabrasion and microneedling pair well with chemical peels. Speak with the clinicians at SpaMedica to determine whether any of our other non-surgical techniques can help you better achieve your optimal desired results.
Prior to your chemical peel, avoid at-home exfoliation and do not perform any hair removal techniques for about a week. Sun exposure should also be avoided, and you should not wear makeup to your appointment.