What is it? Mild to strong acid solutions used to deep clean or remove damaged layers of skin.
Normal healing time: none to several days, depending on the procedure and strength of chemicals used.
Average price in the US: $200 per procedure.
chemical peel is as an extra deep clean in which dead skin and damaged
out layers are removed.
The skin peeling
procedure can be used in conjunction with a face lift,
and is most often used for purely cosmetic reasons - either to improve
the skin's texture, to soften wrinkles and acne
facial scars, or as an effective treatment for uneven skin pigmentation.
most commonly used in the process include phenol acid, trichloroacetic
acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acid (AHA) and in varying formulas
and degrees of strength. Since they leave the skin unprotected
from the sun, post-procedural care almost always includes
the use of a strong sunscreen following a medium or deep chemical
In some cases,
chemical peels can serve to control severe acne
and even remove pre-cancerous growths, making it a procedure that
may qualify for certain types of insurance when used in this way.
The cost for a professional chemical peel varies by area, although
in the US it usually averages around $200 per procedure.
More about chemical peels around the Web:
Web, learn specific questions to ask your doctor before you
undergo the treatment, and discover related discussion topics,
before-and-after photos, FAQs and information that will help
you decide if a chemical peel is right for you...
Chemical Peel - Extensive discussion from the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons detailing how to prepare for a chemical peel, risks
and benefits, post-treatment care, related illustrations.
Peel - Plastic Surgery Health Guide - From the University
of Maryland Medical Center with related facts to consider,
post-procedural care, with information on phenol chemical
solutions, alphahydroxy and trichloroacetic acids.
Peel Information & Photos - Benefits and risks, details
on how the procedure is performed, post-treatment care, average
costs, related articles and a before-and-after photo gallery.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.