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Chemical Peel - Skin Rejuvenation in Newport Beach, CA

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A chemical peel is a facial rejuvenation treatment that removes the top layer of skin to reveal another fresh layer and promote new skin tissue growth. It is a safe and effective way to attain a clear, softer appearance. Dr. Domanskis’ Newport Beach cosmetic surgery practice offers several chemical peel options depending on the patient’s skin and desired results. A chemical peel uses an acid solution to create the peeling effect; the solutions used range from mild, medium or deep. There are a number of skin problems a chemical peel can resolve, such as fine lines, acne scars, pigmentation, rough textures, and spotty areas.

Types of Chemical Peels

Superficial/Light Peels

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.

Additional Alternatives

While a superficial peel results in a positive outcome for many of our patients, some will require a stronger treatment to tackle certain skin imperfections. There are more aggressive chemical peels on the market, but with the latest advancements in laser skin rejuvenation, we prefer to recommend a laser treatment. Our office offers the MIXTO Fractionated CO2 laser for patients that desire and/or require a deeper penetration. We offer laser treatment for the face, neck and chest. All laser treatments are performed by Dr. Domanskis and can result in gorgeous, clear skin. It can help clear up more severe skin irregularties such as wrinkles, age spots, and scars, as well as spur the production of collagen under the skin for a tighter appearance.

During/After a Chemical Peel

The chemical application for a chemical peel follows similar steps, but the solution grade used may change depending on the patient's skin condition and type. So, in terms of superficial chemical peels, the primary difference in the peel from patient to patient 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 varies for each patient, but on average, patients will peel for about 5-7 days (or less). After the treatment, it is important that the patient allow 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.

Expected Cost

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.

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Chemical Peel FAQs

How Painful?

Depending on the peel used, there may be some general discomfort. With the lighter peels, patients will feel some stinging but it goes away quickly with the use of a handheld fan. The peeling process itself does not cause any pain. Medium and deep peels are more painful, and thus skin medications and antibiotics may be used to assist with any discomfort.

Peel or Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is a facial rejuvenation procedure that treats surface irregularities, giving the skin a softer appearance. Dermabrasion works in many ways similar to a chemical peel. The difference, is that dermabrasion use surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument) to remove the top layer of skin through a surgical scraping process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is rubbed into the skin. Both techniques result in a brighter, smoother complexion.

Other Options For Me?

There are many skin treatments to consider depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals and skin condition. Chemical peels promote new skin regeneration and is best to treat skin irregularities. For facial conditions in which wrinkles are significant, a BOTOX or injectable filler may be a better option. There are also a number of laser treatments to consider as well.

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