What Are Chemical Peels?
As part of VIP Plastic Surgery’s skin rejuvenation treatments, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is proud to offer a variety of chemical peels for his Las Vegas, NV patients. A chemical peel is a facial treatment that removes the top layer of skin to reveal another fresh layer and promote new skin tissue growth. It is a safe and effective way to attain a clear, softer appearance. Most of our patients remark that after their treatment, they feel as if their skin has a new, natural “glow.” There are different degrees of peels depending on the patient’s cosmetic goals. Chemical peels can improve skin irregularities such as fine wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation, and rough textures.
Chemical Peels Reviews
"59 Years Old - Way Too Many Wrinkles/lines - Zero Self Confidence. Henderson, NV - I owe Dr Khorsandi and all his staff so much for their kindness, their help, their professionalism. Being under their care is like having an extended family taking care of you !"- R. / RealSelf / Sep 10, 2015
"Fraxel for Acne Scars - Henderson, NV - I had been struggling with acne scars for a few years now and had tried a lot of different things from facials to peels , skincare ect. My friend Patricia told me about different treatments they had that could help me , so I decided to consult with Dr. Khorsandi about fraxel. After my consultation I set the date for my first fraxel , I'm 6 days out today and already see major improvements in my acne scar size, I can only imagine how my face will look after my second."- S. / RealSelf / Dec 15, 2015
"This is my favorite place for all of my procedures. Sarah is my favorite aesthetician, ever! She takes care of my face with lasers and peels, has successfully removed 90% of this awful arm tattoo and does laser hair removal on my whole body. I highly, highly recommend VIP and SARAH! I look forward to our monthly pain sessions lol"- J.L. / Yelp / Oct 13, 2019
"When researching plastic surgeons you always want to make sure they are a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon! Dr. Khorsandi and staff are very very well educated and knowledgeable on all aspects! They have the best understanding of care and answer all my concerns! They are very helpful and know the latest in techniques, products, procedures and is also very personable in understanding what I'm looking to achieve. I was shocked to see He has the largest Inventory of skincare and Mel is the best with Faces! I loved my "ZO Blue Peel Radiance" I'm looking forward to my skin becoming Renewed and radiant! I will see noticeable results in only one treatment! No pain and no down time at all! Can't wait to come back for my second treatment! Thank you team Khorsandi!!!! Patty and Mel and especially Dr. Khorsandi! Love everything about your VIP Center! Thank you again for making me look younger!!!!"- J.D. / Yelp / Apr 05, 2017
"My experience with Dr Khorsandi and Melanie has been truly amazing.Melanie has a great personality and she is really professional.Thank you dr Khorsandi for having Melanie on your team."- R.W. / Yelp / Sep 16, 2018
Types of Chemical Peels
The superficial peel is the mildest peel option that targets the upper layer of skin. Commonly, a diluted glycolic acid is used and left on the skin for several minutes. The doctor will then neutralize the acid to keep the peel at a mild level. There will be slight redness after the treatment, but typically there is no downtime compared to the other peels available. On average, patients will peel for about 3-5 days with this treatment. Patients may need several treatments to achieve the facial look they desire. On average, this is also the least expensive among chemical peel treatments.
Medium Depth Peels
A medium chemical peel treats more than just the top layer of skin. It penetrates deeper to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and skin irregularities. The procedure uses a stronger solution in the form of Trichloreacetic Acid (TCA). The acid will be applied in a controlled condition to manage and limit penetration, and the acid will be neutralized to stop the effects of the peel up to a certain point. The recovery time following a medium peel is about 10 days and patients will need to plan ahead for a short recovery period. This peel costs more than the superficial one, but the results are a bit more dramatic.
A deep chemical peel is the most aggressive approach in chemical peel treatment. It is considered a more invasive procedure and in some cases patients will need general anesthesia. The substance normally used is called phenol and it aims to treat severe skin wrinkling, deep scars and facial irregularities. Once a patient undergoes a deep peel, it is not advised to have another one. The recovery period may take up to 14 days and the area treated will be bandaged as the wounds are comparable to second-degree burns. The results following a deep peel are usually excellent. The disadvantage to this peel is that there is downtime and it costs significantly more than a mild or medium depth peel.
During/After the Chemical Peel
The chemical application for a peel follows similar steps. The only difference will be the type of acid solution used, the amount applied, and the period of time that it is left on the skin. Once the chemical reaches the target skin layers, a neutralizer will be applied to immediately stop the effects of the acid. Downtime depends on what kind of peel is done. There is no downtime for mild peels but for deep peels, patient will be in a healing process up to 14 days. After the treatment, it is important that the patient allow the peeling process to occur naturally and do not assist in peeling or pulling at the skin. It is also extremely important to avoid sun exposure for a period of time after the treatment.
The harsher the chemical peel, the more expensive the cost. Fees can range from $125 for mild peels to $6,000 for the deeper kind. Although the milder chemical peels cost less, the number of sessions needed to maintain results will increase the long-term price. It is best to consult with the practitioner to understand what peel will garner the best results and then decide if the price and downtime are acceptable.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $200 - $500
- Average Procedure Time
- 30-45 Minutes
- Procedure Recovery Location
Chemical Peel FAQs
Depending on the peel used, there may be some general discomfort. With the lighter peels, patients will feel some stinging but it goes away quickly with the use of a handheld fan. The peeling process itself does not cause any pain. Medium and deep peels are more painful, and thus skin medications and antibiotics may be used to assist with any discomfort.
Peel or Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a facial rejuvenation procedure that treats surface irregularities, giving the skin a softer appearance. Dermabrasion works in many ways similar to a chemical peel. The difference, is that dermabrasion use surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument) to remove the top layer of skin through a surgical scraping process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is rubbed into the skin. Both techniques result in a brighter, smoother complexion.
Other Options For Me?
There are many skin treatments to consider depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals and skin condition. Chemical peels promote new skin regeneration and is best to treat skin irregularities. For facial conditions in which wrinkles are significant, a BOTOX or injectable filler may be a better option. There are also a number of laser treatments to consider as well.
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