in Midvale, UT
ABOUT CHEMICAL PEELS
To provide the best results for chemical peel treatments, Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah provides patients with numerous options. Your unique facial treatment with chemical solutions (such as glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and trichloroacetic acids) will give you healthier, more radiant skin. At our Midvale, UT office, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kirk Moore offers chemical peel treatments that help to decrease skin irregularities, such as wrinkles, fine lines, scars, dry patches, hyperpigmentation issues, and more. Chemical peels clear away damaged, dead skin cells using a personalized treatment on your skin, which causes the surface layer to peel off. As your skin heals and begins to rejuvenate and repair itself, you will notice a clearer, smoother complexion emerge. A chemical peel treatment is a noninvasive technique to make your skin for the face and neck appear young and luminous.
VARIATIONS OF CHEMICAL PEELS
At our Midvale, UT office, we offer chemical peels in various strengths (light, medium, and deep) to accommodate our patients’ skin care goals.
Light peels: You can have a light chemical peel on a lunch hour and go right back to your day. This type of peel will remove the top layer of your skin (the epidermis), giving your facial features a brighter appearance and softer texture. We typically suggest that you schedule a light peel at least once a month for the best glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This type of chemical peel goes deeper into your skin. You may prefer to do this type of facial rejuvenation treatment over a long weekend. You will also want to prepare yourself for more discomfort during and after treatment as this option is more intense than a light peel. Medium-depth peels are for patients who have significant damage to their skin, like deeper wrinkles and darker pigmentation issues.
Deep peels: The most advanced of the three types of chemical peels is the deep peel, and it will require the longest recovery time. This is an aggressive treatment that may leave your face swollen, peeling, and itchy for a few weeks. Patients who have a deep peel typically have dark age spots, sun-damaged skin, entrenched acne scars, and/or deep-seated scars. As this type of peel is generally uncomfortable for most patients, we may provide you with anesthetic as a part of your treatment.
Seeking the advice of a skin professional is the first step of your journey to achieving smooth, healthy skin. A team member at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah can assess your skin during an examination before choosing a chemical peel treatment that will provide optimal results. Chemical peel candidates, both men and women, will have noticeable issues with their skin. These issues can include scars, rough patches, hyperpigmentation, flaky skin, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and much more. We will suggest different levels of chemical peels, depending on the condition of your skin and your goals.
On the day of your procedure at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah, we will have you lying down in a relaxed position to administer your peel. We will make sure your skin is cleansed before applying the customized solution onto your face and/or neck. Your treatment will begin with the solution being brushed onto your face. From there, it will set for a specific amount of time, which will be discussed during your treatment planning session. Then, we will wash the solution off your face and apply a neutralizing agent. You may want to bring a light sunscreen and a hat to wear outside after the treatment to avoid sun exposure.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Depending on the type of peel you have, you can expect your skin to itch and peel for a few days or up to a couple of weeks. Dr. Moore or a member of his skilled team will go over skin care tips and maintenance for you to follow after your chemical peel. Please keep in mind that no matter how much your skin itches during the healing process, it is never a good idea to pull the skin off. You could cause scarring to your facial skin by doing this.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Moore will discuss your costs during your consultation once he has decided on your personalized treatment plan. The cost of a chemical peel can vary based on the intensity you choose. Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah accepts many payment methods, and we often run specials on skin treatments (like chemical peels and facials). You may also consider buying a package of several chemical peel treatments.
What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
The best chemical peel for you will depend on your unique skin concerns and cosmetic goals. During your consultation with Dr. Moore, he will help you decide which type of peel is right for your skin. Some factors you may want to consider are your overall health, your skin type, 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. For your first peel, it is better to try a lighter peel and see how you like the results. From there, you and Dr. Moore can adjust your treatment plan to find the best chemical peel level for you.
Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Both dermabrasion and chemical peels are facial rejuvenation procedures that treat surface irregularities to give your skin a softer appearance. The difference is that dermabrasion uses surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument) to remove the top layer of skin through a careful scraping process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is applied to your skin to dissolve dead skin cells. During your consultation, Dr. Moore will discuss the advantages of each and help you decide whether a chemical peel or dermabrasion is best for your needs and goals.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Depending on the peel used, you may have some discomfort during the application process. If you get a lighter peel, you will feel some stinging. However, this goes away quickly with the use of a handheld fan. Medium and deep peels are good for deeper skin problems and longer-lasting results, but they can be more uncomfortable. Topical anesthetics, skin medications, and soothing ointments can be applied to minimize your discomfort during the treatment. Dr. Moore or a member of his team will discuss how to care for your skin after a peel to maintain your results.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
A chemical peel may be combined with another nonsurgical skin treatment at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah. During your consultation, be honest with Dr. Moore about your skin and cosmetic issues so he can create a comprehensive treatment plan that delivers your best results. This may include adding injectable wrinkle treatments (like BOTOX or Juvéderm) along with your chemical peel to rejuvenate your whole appearance.
GREAT SKIN STARTS HERE
Even if you are new to professional facial treatments, our experienced team at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah will help you find the perfect pampering for your skin. Your newly rejuvenated skin will thank you by looking radiant and caressingly soft. Call our office in Midvale, UT to schedule your skin assessment today for a chemical peel.