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Treatment Spotlight: What is a Deep Chemical Peel?

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Treatment Spotlight: What is a Deep Chemical Peel?

In our first blog on chemical peels we discussed some of the more superficial peels that help with superficial irregularities and discolorations. To continue the conversation, we will talk a little more about the deeper peels and what you can expect from them.

Superficial peels are usually glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid at lower concentrations. Once you increase the concentration or use trichloroacetic acid or jessner’s solution you can increase the penetration of a peel.

The type of chemical you choose, and what concentration, will determine how deep the peel will go. A deeper peel will show significant results.

A deep chemical peel will have more effect on collagen then a superficial peel. You can expect some skin tightening and improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, as well as pore size. This is not as significant as a laser, but it is definitely the cost-effective way to go.

The deep chemical peels are usually performed by a physician due to the higher risks involved. The risks include disruption of pigment, cold sore outbreak, and even scarring. You should have this performed by a physician or mid-level practitioner with experience in deep chemical peels.

With the deep chemical peel you can expect one week of down time, a more significant amount of peeling, and even some post peeling redness that can last for a month or two. This redness is easily covered with make up.

In our office, we use trichloroacetic acid peels for our deeper peels. With this peel you can expect approximately one week of downtime, improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, improvement in pore size, tightening, and an overall improvement in collagen that continues for a few months after the peel. A lot of the results that you get with this peel are similar to the results that you would get with some resurfacing lasers, but at less than half the cost. A normal deep chemical peel cost will range in price from $250-$500.

If you are interested in a superficial chemical peel or a deep chemical peel, please contact our office for a complimentary consultation to see what peel is the best for you.

~Dr. Jenniger Janiga