Dr. Lapuerta offers Houston, Pearland, and Katy patients the opportunity to have smoother, clearer skin with the help of a professional chemical peel. Customized chemical peels are designed to improve the appearance of blemishes, hyperpigmentation, fine wrinkles and acne scars. Using a caustic solution, the top layer of skin peels away, leaving a new, fresh layer. We offer numerous peels including the popular Obagi Blue Peel and the Vitalize Peel, both of which are favorites among our patients. During the consultation, we will discuss the various peels and create a program to meet your aesthetic goals.
The superficial peel is the mildest peel option that targets the upper layer of skin. Commonly, a diluted glycolic acid is used and left on the skin for several minutes. The doctor will then neutralize the acid to keep the peel at a mild level. There will be slight redness after the treatment, but typically there is no downtime compared to the other peels available. On average, patients will peel for about 3-5 days with this treatment. Patients may need several treatments to achieve the facial look they desire. On average, this is also the least expensive among chemical peel treatments.
MEDIUM DEPTH PEELS
A medium chemical peel treats more than just the top layer of skin. It penetrates deeper to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and skin irregularities. The procedure uses a stronger solution in the form of Trichloreacetic Acid (TCA). The acid will be applied in a controlled condition to manage and limit penetration, and the acid will be neutralized to stop the effects of the peel up to a certain point. The recovery time following a medium peel is about 10 days and patients will need to plan ahead for a short recovery period. This peel costs more than the superficial one, but the results are a bit more dramatic.
A deep chemical peel is the most aggressive approach in chemical peel treatment. It is considered a more invasive procedure and in some cases, patients will need general anesthesia. The substance normally used is called phenol and it aims to treat severe skin wrinkling, deep scars and facial irregularities. Once a patient undergoes a deep peel, it is not advised to have another one. The recovery period may take up to 14 days and the area treated will be bandaged as the wounds are comparable to second-degree burns. The results following a deep peel are usually excellent. The disadvantage to this peel is that there is downtime and it costs significantly more than a mild or medium depth peel.
The chemical application for a peel follows similar steps. The only difference will be the type of acid solution used, the amount applied, and the period of time that it is left on the skin. Once the chemical reaches the target skin layers, a neutralizer will be applied to immediately stop the effects of the acid. Downtime depends on what kind of peel is done. There is no downtime for mild peels but for deep peels, the patient will be in a healing process up to 14 days. After the treatment, it is important that the patient allows the peeling process to occur naturally and do not assist in peeling or pulling at the skin. It is also extremely important to avoid sun exposure for a period of time after the treatment
The harsher the chemical peel, the more expensive the cost. Fees can range from $125 for mild peels to $6,000 for the deeper kind. Although the milder chemical peels cost less, the number of sessions needed to maintain results will increase the long-term price. It is best to consult with the practitioner to understand what peel will garner the best results and then decide if the price and downtime are acceptable.