What are Chemical Peels?
Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic is pleased to offer chemical peel treatments for men and women who want to resolve skin flaws, including scars, wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, rough patches, and hyperpigmentation. At both of our San Antonio, TX offices, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher provides patients with multiple options for high-quality chemical peel facial treatments. Chemical peels involve the use of medical-grade chemical solutions (such as salicylic, glycolic, lactic, and trichloroacetic acids) that cause the visible layer to peel off and dissolve dead, damaged skin cells. Each of our noninvasive chemical peel treatments can be personalized to fit your specific needs and concerns.
What Are The Benefits Of A Chemical Peel?
A personalized chemical peel treatment at Lone Star Dermatology Clinic offers a number of excellent benefits to repair and rejuvenate your skin, including:
- Eliminating dead and damaged skin cells
- Reducing lines and wrinkles
- Balancing skin tone and texture
- Improving skin imperfections, spots, veins, discoloration, and more
- Softening and smoothing skin
- Creating a brighter complexion
- Minimizing pores and acne scars
- Achieving more youthful-looking skin
- Pairing with other aesthetic procedures to boost results
Am I a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Seeking the suggestions of a skin specialist is the first part of the journey to smooth, healthy skin. A team member at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic will assess your skin during an examination in our San Antonio, TX office before selecting a chemical peel treatment for optimal results. Chemical peel candidates typically have visible issues on their skin, like scaly patches, flaky skin, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and more. We may recommend different levels of chemical peels to meet your needs.
How Are Chemical Peels Performed?
Our professional team at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic can assess your skin in a consultation in order to create a customized treatment plan for your skin type. We will make sure the skin is cleaned prior to applying the personalized solution to the face and/or neck. Next, we will brush the solution onto the skin and allow it to work for a set length of time. Then, we will wash the peel off your skin and apply a neutralizing agent. You may want to bring sunscreen and/or a hat to wear outside after the peel to avoid sun exposure. You can expect the treated area to peel and itch, from several days to a couple of weeks. We will provide instructions on how to care for your skin at home. To avoid any scarring, it's essential to remember not to pull the skin off during the flaking process. When your skin recovers and begins to repair itself, you should see a smoother, clearer complexion.
What can I expect after a chemical peel?
Based on the type of peel you have, you should expect your face to itch and peel for a few days up to a couple of weeks. Dr. Boucher will go over ways to care for your skin after your appointment. Please remember that no matter how badly your skin itches during the healing process, it is never helpful to peel the skin off. You may create scarring on your skin!
Chemical Peel FAQ
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Boucher will go over your costs during your consultation after he has developed your chemical peel treatment plan. The cost of a chemical peel can vary based on the formula you get. Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic takes several payments methods, and there are often specials on facial 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 depend on your unique skin issues and cosmetic goals. During your consultation with Dr. Boucher, he can help you decide which chemical peel is right for your skin. Some factors you might consider are your overall health, the type of skin you have, how deep you want the peel to work, how long you can spend in recovery, and what concerns you have about the appearance of your skin. Initially, it may be better to start with a light chemical peel and decide how you like the results. After this, you and Dr. Boucher might alter your treatment plan to find the best chemical peel level for your skin.
Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Both dermabrasion and chemical peels are facial treatments that address surface blemishes to make your skin a softer appearance. The difference is that dermabrasion uses special tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument ) to clear away the top layer of skin through a careful scraping process. A chemical peel applies a caustic solution to your skin to dissolve damaged skin cells. In your initial consultation, Dr. Boucher will explain the pros and cons of each treatment and help you decide whether dermabrasion or a chemical peel is best for your skin goals.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Based on the formula used, you might feel mild discomfort during and shortly after your peel. If you get a lighter peel, you will probably notice some discomfort but this goes away quickly with the use of a handheld fan. Medium and deep peels are better for deeper skin issues and longer-lasting results; however, they are usually more uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics, skin medications, and ointments may be used to minimize your discomfort during the chemical peel. Dr. Boucher or a member of his team will discuss skin care after your chemical peel to extend your results.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
You may consider combining a chemical peel with another nonsurgical skin treatment at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic. During your initial consultation, be honest with Dr. Boucher when describing your skin concerns so he can develop a personalized treatment plan to best address your goals. Your plan might include an injectable treatment for wrinkles ( such as JUVÉDERM® or BOTOX® ) plus a chemical peel to refresh your entire appearance.
Great Skin Starts Here
If you are searching for a solution to improve scars, rough patches, sun spots, or signs of aging, a chemical peel may be a great option for your needs and goals. At Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic, our customized chemical peel facial treatments help men and women achieve a softer, more radiant complexion. Reach out to us in San Antonio, TX to book your skin consultation with Dr. Boucher.