Chemical Peels in Richmond, VA
Aging is one of the most concerning problems for men and women in the Richmond area. A chemical peel is a great way to eliminate damaged, aged skin to give you a refreshed, younger appearance. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers chemical peels for men and women in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.
What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that use special combinations of chemical to remove layers of damaged skin. The peels are designed to penetrate the skin to a certain depth based on the characteristics of your skin damage. Our MedSpa offers:
- Light chemical peels to exfoliate the skin and remove superficial imperfections
- Medium chemical peels to reduce mild to moderate lines and wrinkles
- Deep chemical peels for more advanced and severe skin damage
Benefits of Chemical Peels
We recommend chemical peels because the treatment is customized to the unique needs of your skin. The treatment not only removes flaws but also promotes the development of younger skin. Chemical peels are also excellent alternatives to surgery in some cases.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Chemical Peels?
The ideal candidate for a chemical peel has one or more of the following cosmetic problems:
- Uneven pigmentation
- Dry, dull complexion
- Lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
If you have lax skin that hangs downward on your face, we may recommend a facelift prior to your chemical peel treatments.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel does involve using medical-grade chemicals, so you should only have the procedure performed by an experienced medical esthetician or board-certified plastic surgeon. The best way to proceed with your chemical peel treatment is to schedule a consultation at Richmond Plastic Surgeons.
What Should I Expect During My Chemical Peels Treatment?
The combination of chemicals and the amount of time that the chemicals remain on your skin is based on the type of peel.
Light Chemical Peel
For a light chemical peel, we use a combination of alphahydroxy and betahydroxy acids. Most patients can remain comfortable during the treatment without the use of a topical or local anesthesia. You may experience a slight stinging sensation. A light chemical peel takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Light chemical peels are recommended for fine wrinkles, some acne scars, uneven pigmentation and rough or dry skin.
Medium Chemical Peel
A medium chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid. A sedative may be required for the treatment. Medium chemical peels take about 15 minutes and are recommended for surface wrinkles, moderate sun damage and imperfections in pigmentation.
Deep Chemical Peel
We use phenol acid for our deep chemical peels that is recommended for treating severe pigmentation problems and deeper wrinkles. These types of peels can also be used for treating certain types of skin lesions. The treatment can lighten the skin color, so they are not appropriate for patients with dark skin tones. A deep chemical peel that is applied to the entire face takes one to two hours. Treatments in isolated areas of the face can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes. Deep chemical peels do require the use of anesthesia.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Chemical Peels?
When performed properly by one of our specially-trained medical estheticians, chemical peels do not result in scarring.
When Will I See the Results?
Healing time varies for each type of chemical peel.
- With a light chemical peel, the skin may flake and be dry and red. You should stay home for the first 24 hours.
- If you have a medium chemical peel, expect your skin to be swollen for the first seven days. You will need to limit your activities for seven to 10 days. You may notice small whiteheads developing in the treatment area. This is normal, and we will provide special products to use when cleaning your skin.
- Deep chemical peels require the longest healing time. You may be prescribed a pain medication to help with the discomfort. The area is bandaged for one to two days, and you will need to use an antiseptic medication to prevent infection. After seven to 10 days, the area will be covered in a scab. You should allow the scab to fall off naturally. Your skin will have a red appearance and gradually return to a natural color over the following weeks.
Your skin is more likely to be damaged by sunlight until it is fully healed, so you should avoid being outdoors as much as possible and use an appropriate sunscreen when you are outside.
Smoking can delay the healing of the skin, so you may need to refrain from smoking for at least one week after your chemical peel.
What Are Possible Complications of Chemical Peels?
All medical-grade treatments carry some degree of risk. The possible complications that may result from a chemical peel are:
- Uneven skin coloration
- Cold sores in patients with a history of cold sores or herpes
How Long Will the Results of Chemical Peels Last?
Deep chemical peels offer the longest-lasting results. Light chemical peels can be performed monthly to keep your skin looking refreshed.
How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost in Richmond?
Chemical peels are elective and not covered by insurance. After your consultation, we provide a detailed cost so that you can review your budget and be prepared to pay for the procedure. We accept several payment options, and financing is available through CareCredit®.
If you want to dramatically change your appearance or simply exfoliate the skin, a chemical peel may be right for you. If you live in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia, contact Richmond Plastic Surgeons to schedule your personal consultation.