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Chemical Peel

Chemical peels use a variety of solutions formulated to remove the damaged outermost layers of the skin. This process reveals healthier, smoother facial skin. This exfoliating treatment is designed for West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients with facial blemishes, acne scarring, uneven skin pigmentation, or wrinkles.

Is a chemical peel right for me?

Chemical peels are effective against a variety of skin issues such as sun spots, scars, fine lines, freckles, and rough or dull skin. This treatment is usually performed on the face, though some patients do request treatment on other areas of the body, such as their hands or neck. In general, patients with fair skin and light hair respond best to this technique. Patients who are currently taking Accutane or Retin-A may not be a good candidate for a peel, though most other adults in good overall health can safely receive this treatment.

How much do chemical peels cost?

Chemical peels vary in cost depending on the type of solution being used for the treatment, among other variables. In the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area, the cost averages $400 to $800 per treatment.

How involved is the chemical peel procedure?

The solutions used for this treatment vary in strength. Some treat only the outermost layer of skin; these are considered to be less invasive than a peel designed to penetrate deeper into the skin. A deeper chemical peel results in more dramatic improvement, though it requires a lengthier recovery process and is considered to be a more invasive procedure. The various options available for chemical peels performed in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area include trichloroacetic acid (TCA), alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) and Phenol.

Chemical peels are performed with local anesthesia, and usually take about an hour. After the face is cleansed, a chemical solution is applied onto the skin's surface. You may notice a mild stinging or hot sensation. This solution is left on for a period of time, and then rinsed off. Patients are then free to leave the office and return to their daily routine.

How long is the recovery after chemical peels?

A few days after receiving a peel treatment, the outer layer of skin begins to peel like a sunburn. The newly exposed layer of skin is healthier and smoother than the older, damaged layer that has been gently removed. Depending on the strength of the peel, recovery can take anywhere from two to ten days. You may experience some skin redness or other sunburn-like sensations. The skin exposed by the peel will be sensitive to sunlight; be sure to wear sunscreen at all times.

What should I do next?

A chemical peel can help you achieve clearer, smoother skin. Call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your consultation.