Warning: Are you using the wrong chemical peel?

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A chemical peel is a skin care treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove dead...

A chemical peel is a skin care treatment that uses a chemical solution to remove dead skin from your face as well as your neck and hands. The new skin that regenerates after the old sloughs off is usually smoother and less wrinkled. The price of the cosmetic procedure varies from region to region, but the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that the average cost for a chemical peel is $764. Not sure which chemical peel is the one for you? Read on for prices and the various peels available.

Costs of chemical peels

  • Choose a licensed dermatologist, esthetician or plastic surgeon with training in performing chemicals peels. The cost of your procedure will increase with a professional versus an amateur, but you run the risk of more serious complications with an unlicensed practitioner.
  • Factor in other fees including anesthesia and prescription costs. Depending on the type of chemical peel you receive, you may need anesthesia during the procedure, which costs extra. If you need any medication during the recovery period, you will also need to pay extra for the prescription.

Chemical peels: Which one is the best for you?

  • Choose an alpha hydroxy acid peel (AHA) if you have fine wrinkles, dryness, uneven pigmentation or acne. AHA peels are the mildest procedure and offer immediate results.
  • Choose a beta hydroxy acid peel (BHA) if you have acne, whiteheads, blackheads or acne scars. BHA peels are considered mild to moderate procedures and are more effective than AHA peels for treating acne problems.
  • Choose a Jessner's peel if you have acne, discoloration, moderate wrinkling or sun damage. Jessner's peels are also mild to moderate procedures that are especially effective at treating skin discoloration.
  • Choose a retinoic acid peel is you have scars, wrinkles or pigmentation problems. Retinoic acid treatments are a moderate procedure. You will not see results until the third day after the peel. You may need multiple treatments for optimal results.
  • Choose a trichloroacetic acid peel (TCA) if you have darker skin, fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes or skin pigment problems. TCA peels are moderate procedures that are usually more painful than the previous four peels. TCA is also approved by the FDA to treat pre-cancer (actinic keratosis).
  • Choose a phenol peel if you have sun damage, age spots, course or deep wrinkles or precancerous growths. Phenol peels are the most intense procedure and often require sedation. Improvement to the skin is often dramatic with a phenol peel.

If you think a chemical peel is the right skin care treatment for you, contact an Atlanta-area dermatologist for more information.

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