Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
Chemical Peels for Rejuvenating Skin
Chemical peels are a popular treatment for rejuvenating skin. Chemical peels can be applied to the face and other areas of the body, such as the chest, décolletage, or the hands and create a beautiful rejuvenated appearance. Chemical peels are also effective in improving areas that have undergone damage from the sun. Although chemical peels are typically considered to be a cosmetic procedure, their administration can actually remove pre-cancerous cells and also potentially prevent additional cancerous cells from developing.
There are a wide variety of peeling agents that can be used depending upon the individual patient and their needs, including salicylic acid with supplementary ingredients, lactic acid, glycolic acid, croton oil, phenol, and TCA to name a few. To ensure an effective healing process and improve the results of the procedure, it may also be recommended that the skin be prepared with retinoids, and that patients follow a predetermined skin care routine following administration.
At Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, we offer a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, specializing in facial reconstruction, facial surgery, corrective jaw surgery, obstructive sleep apnea, and wisdom tooth removal. If you would like to learn more about our services, or schedule an appointment for chemical peels, contact us today. New patients are welcome and a referral from another doctor is not required.
Chemical Peel Process
Chemical peels range from mild, medium, and strong. Mild chemical peels are typically recommended for individuals who want to restore a youthful glow and improve the texture and tone of their skin, whereas stronger peels may be recommend for patients who have issues such as irregular pigmentation or scarring.
The procedure will begin with the application of the chemical solution over the area that is being addressed. The solution is allowed to soak into the skin, and as it does, the damaged top layer will begin to separate or “peel” off the skin. While this peel is occurring, it will be removed. Once this layer has been removed, your body will begin to naturally start repairing the damage, which creates a fresh and healthy new look. During this healing period, it will be important to apply medical-grade skin care to the area.
The chemical peel process typically takes under 30 minutes, though stronger peels can last anywhere from one hour to one and a half hours and may require a sedative to manage the discomfort. For lighter chemical peels, patients often describe feeling a cooling, heating, or stinging sensation, but this pain is typically manageable.
During the recovery period, it is important that patients do not wear makeup, as doing so will hinder the skins ability to heal. It is also important to avoid the sun if possible; if this is not possible, patients are strongly encouraged to wear sunscreen and a hat. Although this procedure can yield tremendous results, it is important to be aware that this is not a permanent solution. Results typically last for several months, but it may be necessary to schedule regular chemical peels to maintain the refreshed and vibrant look that results from a fresh chemical peel.
Chemical Peel FAQ
Am I a good candidate for a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a viable procedure for anyone that is looking to improve the appearance of their skin, brighten their complexion, and/or correct sun damage, wrinkles, and fine lines. For individuals who have darker skin types, chemical peels may not be an appropriate option, as performing them can result in hypopigmentation. To determine whether or not a chemical peel is right for you, it may be a good idea to do a test batch on an area of the skin that is hidden.
Which chemical peel type is best for me?
Chemical peel types range from mild, medium, and strong. Mild chemical peels are typically recommended for individuals who want to restore a youthful glow and improve the texture and tone of their skin. Medium peels are typically performed for individuals who are looking to improve wrinkles, fine lines, and/or damage caused by the sun. Stronger peels will require more downtime following administration and are typically used to treat serious skin conditions such as irregular pigmentation or scarring.
What is the recovery process like?
The time required to recover will be determined by what level of chemical peel is administered. The milder the solution, the faster the recovery time. Mild chemical peels typically result in peeling skin and mild redness that lasts for a few days, whereas the stronger chemical eels can result in scabs or blisters and peeling that lasts up to two weeks. It is also common for swelling to occur. Patients who develop a reaction to the chemical peel may be prescribed steroids or ointments.
Are there any risks associated with chemical peels?
Chemical peels are safe, however there is a risk that pigmentation can change, scarring can occur, and an infection can develop, though these rarely happen. To achieve the results you want and limit the possibility of complications occurring, be sure to choose a peel that is appropriate for your skin type.
Cost of Chemical Peels
The cost of chemical peels will be determined by a variety of factors, such as the severity of your condition, how large an area is being treated, the strength of the chemical solution, any unique oral or health issues you have that may complicate the procedure, and what type of l insurance plan you have. Our office will file your claim, handle the paperwork, and ensure you maximize your insurance reimbursement. The remaining balance following your insurance coverage will be your responsibility.
Prior to performing the procedure, we will discuss the expected cost, as well as payment plan options that are available to you, such as Lending Club and Care Credit, which offer 6 and 12 month interest-free payment plans.
For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
Schedule Your Appointment
At Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery, we are committed to treating our patients the way we would expect to be treated. Because Dr. Haigney is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, you can be confident you will receive care that implements the latest dental advancements and is informed by current research and best practices, resulting in you achieving the results you deserve.
To schedule a Chemical Peel appointment or consultation, contact our staff at (704) 255-5888 or request an appointment online.