Chemical Peels in Houston, TX

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what Is A Chemical Peel?

A topical chemical solution, also called a chemical peel, is a skin rejuvenation treatment that blisters the top layer of skin so that it peels away for new, healthy skin regeneration. Once the peeling process of the damaged layer is complete, a fresh layer of skin that looks and feels softer and younger is revealed. Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Shenaq, implements this treatment mainly on a patient’s face, but it can also be applied to the neck, chest, or hands, as well. A chemical peel is regarded as a safe and effective procedure and is used to treat skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, discoloration, rough texture, hyperpigmentation, and other irregularities. 

what are the Types of Chemical Peels?

There are several types of chemical peels offered by our dermatology office. The strength used will be determined based on the skin condition of the patient, as well as the aesthetic goals and desired downtime. Our dermatology office offers the following peels:

  • Superficial/Light Peel: This is the mildest chemical peel. It is performed in a matter of minutes with only about 3-5 days downtime of peeling. During this peel, only the top layer of skin is removed, which causes the skin to immediately look smoother, more even toned, and brighter. These peels are usually comprised of alpha hydroxyl or beta hydroxyl acid, along with salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid. Usually, multiple treatments are recommended to get the best possible results.
  • Medium Depth Peel: This peel goes deeper than a light peel and therefore, provides more dramatic results. This particular peel is usually derived from Trichloroacetic acid (known as TCA); it is a type of acid that penetrates deeper into the skin. A medium depth peel is used to treat hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and sun damage. Since the peel goes deeper, a patient can expect a longer recovery period and should plan ahead since the face can be swollen, itchy and red for about 10 days following the treatment.
  • Deep Peel: This is the strongest chemical peel is the deep peel and is used for deep scarring, excessive wrinkles, and more serious skin irregularities. While these peels promise the most dramatic results, a patient can be quite shocked by his or her appearance immediately following the procedure. High-strength TCA or carbolic acid, or phenol, is used to penetrate the deeper layers of skin. Since this peel is more invasive, some form of anesthesia may be used. Following the peel, the skin will be intensely red comparable to a severe sunburn. The entire face will be swollen and then scab. Intense peeling will occur and the downtime could last 3-4 weeks or longer.

how is a chemical peel performed?

Regardless of the peel used, the overall procedure is similar. The skin will be cleansed thoroughly and the chemical solution will be applied to the face. This process takes just a few minutes and a handheld fan is used to help decrease discomfort. During a light peel, the skin will tingle during treatment. A medium peel will produce a bit more discomfort, and a deep peel will require a numbing agent or anesthesia. The differences between the peels are the type of solution used, the number of steps taken during the actual procedure, as well as the amount of solution that is applied. A soothing ointment will be applied to the skin after the treatment. In the days that follow, the skill will begin to naturall flake and peel away. Patients should avoid picking at the skin or trying to speed up the peeling process in any way because this can result in scarring. Patients should avoid sun exposure and keep their skin protected at all times.

Chemical Peel FAQ

How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Shenaq or a member of his experienced team can go over your costs during your consultation as soon as they have come up with your custom treatment plan. The cost of a chemical peel can vary depending on the formula you choose. Plastic Surgery of Houston takes several payment methods, and we often run specials on 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?
The best chemical peel for you will vary based on your unique skin needs and aesthetic goals. During your consultation with Dr. Shenaq, he will help you choose which type of peel is right for your skin. A few factors you may want to consider are your general health, the type of skin you have, how deep you want the peel to work, the time you can commit to recovery, and what you want the peel to accomplish. For first-time patients, it may be better to select a lighter chemical peel and see what you think of the results. After this, you and Dr. Shenaq may alter your plan to decide the best type of peel for your needs.

Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Dermabrasion and chemical peels are both facial treatments that treat surface irregularities to make your skin a rejuvenated appearance. The main difference is that dermabrasion requires special tools (a shaving instrument or rotating brush ) to clear away the top layer of skin with a careful scraping process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is applied to your skin to dissolve dead skin cells. In your consultation, Dr. Shenaq will explain the pros and cons of both options and help you choose if a chemical peel or dermabrasion best fits your skin goals.

Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Based on the peel used, you might feel some discomfort while it is actively treating your skin. If you get a light peel, you will feel some discomfort; however, this can be alleviated with the use of a small fan. Deep or medium peels are better for deeper issues and give you longer-lasting results; however, they are usually more uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics, medications, and ointments may be used to help you feel more comfortable during the chemical peel. Dr. Shenaq or a member of his team will give you tips on post-treatment skin care to help your skin heal.

Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
You may consider combining a chemical peel with another skin treatment at Plastic Surgery of Houston. In your consultation, be honest with Dr. Shenaq about your skin issues so he can create a comprehensive treatment plan that delivers your best results. This might include adding injectable wrinkle treatments (such as JUVÉDERM® or BOTOX®) along with your chemical peel to refresh your whole face.

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In order to achieve a more flawless, brighter and overall better-looking appearance, there are a number of options available to a patient. Choosing the right treatment is dependent upon the patient’s condition as well as the patient’s personal goals. Chemical peels are ideal for sun-damaged skin, pigmentation, scarring, and other skin irregularities. We invite you to call our dermatology office today to schedule your chemical peel treatment.

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