Understanding Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a popular, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that can rejuvenate the overall appearance of your skin. Factors such as heredity, sun damage, diet, and repetitive muscle movement over time can contribute to signs of aging on the face and other areas of your body.

Customized chemical peels are performed on the face as well as the neck and hands to reduce the appearance of superficial wrinkles, scars, and uneven pigmentation while also treating pre-cancerous skin lesions. Ready to learn more about what chemical peels in The Woodlands & Spring, TX can do for you? Reach out to Integrated Aesthetics and speak with a helpful member of our team to set up your initial consultation today.

  • Average Cost: Starting at $125
  • Typical Recovery Period: One to Two Weeks
  • Discomfort Level: Minimal
  • Anesthesia Options: None Needed

Rejuvenation with a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin.

Non-invasive chemical peels exfoliate your skin and reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, scars, and other issues to give you a smoother and more youthful appearance.

What are the Benefits of Chemical Peels? 

Chemical peels offer a wide range of benefits for skin rejuvenation and enhancement:

  • Can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, resulting in a more youthful complexion.
  • Can effectively treat acne and its scarring.
  • Improves skin texture and evens out skin tone.
  • Helps minimize pore size.
  • Reduces the effects of sun damage.
  • Quick procedure with minimal recovery time.
  • Stimulates collagen production for firmer skin.
  • Peels come in various strengths for individualized treatment.

Your Chemical Peel Consultation

Prior to your chemical peel, a consultation with Dr. Chiang will help determine what kind of peel is appropriate for your condition and skin type. A mild peel for superficial exfoliation can help minimize pore size, treat active acne, and improve tone and texture. A medium peel can treat pigment irregularities, moderate sun damage, acne scars, and deep wrinkles. A deep peel penetrates into the lower dermal layers to address severe scarring and sun damage. 

During your consultation, your assigned Patient Experience Coordinator and Dr. Chiang will discuss your concerns in more depth. The doctor will do a physical assessment to come up with treatment options that balance your needs to manage your downtime, your results, and how we can help address your goals. Many times, an integrated approach may be presented to help provide the best outcomes.

After discussing your options, you will continue your journey with your Patient Experience Coordinator to further review your quotes and review the next steps of your aesthetics plan.

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Why Our Patients Love Chemical Peels

  • A chemical peel can be customized to address your concerns.
  • A chemical peel can give you fast results to increase your skin’s radiance with little to no downtime.
  • A chemical peel is less expensive than a laser treatment and treats similar skin conditions.
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Exciting Results With a Chemical Peel

Prior to your chemical peel, your face will be thoroughly cleansed and degreased with medical acetone  for maximum penetration. The peel solution will then be applied to the skin in multiple layers. The total number of passes is determined according to the patient's discomfort level and sensitivity to the skin. The solution is left on the skin for a few minutes , depending on the type of peel and the sensitivity. Patients tend to experience some stinging, burning, or itching during the treatment.

Once the acid application is complete, based on the type of peel solution, the peel is then neutralized by applying a cold gauze compress to the skin to deactivate the solution to control the depth and intensity of treatment. For self-neutralizing peels, the solution is on the skin for a predetermined length of time as directed by your provider. The procedure is then followed by a moisturizer and physical sunscreen to soothe and protect your skin.

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Complementary Procedures for Your Chemical Peel

Many people get BOTOX or injectable fillers along with their chemical peel. While chemical peels treat the surface of the skin, injectables reach within or below the skin. If you are getting a deeper peel, your doctor may recommend waiting a couple of weeks before complementary treatments.

The Five Rs of Facial Rejuvenation

Our unique strategy for complete facial rejuvenation, coined as "The 5Rs to Facial Rejuvenation," is meticulously designed to holistically tackle the signs of aging and accomplish enduring outcomes. Each R collaborates to revive various facial layers using a synergy of surgical and non-surgical approaches. This advanced methodology encompasses muscle relaxation, replenishing lost volume, skin restoration, tissue repositioning, and facial volume reduction.

R1 – Relax Muscles

We assist in muscle relaxation and the smoothing of wrinkles by targeting the forehead, crow's feet, frown lines, masseter lines, chin, and lip lines with muscle relaxer procedures such as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Daxxi. These muscle relaxers are also effective in alleviating migraines, excessive sweating, and gummy smiles.

R2 – Replenish Lost Volume

Whether it's volume loss from weight reduction or the natural aging process, we have the expertise to replenish volume and contour the face using fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane, RHA, Sculptra, or Radiesse. The powerful combination of muscle relaxation (R1) and replenishing lost volume (R2) can create a remarkable transformation. By utilizing R2 in conjunction with volume reduction methods (R5), tissue repositioning (R4), and skin restoration (R3), we can further enhance your results.

R3 – Restore the Skin

At Integrated Aesthetics, we present an extensive range of skin resurfacing and tightening devices to enhance the texture, health, and overall appearance of your skin. Based on your specific needs, whether it's addressing discoloration, pore size, fine lines, or mild skin laxity, we provide various options tailored to target distinct skin concerns.

R4 – Reposition the Tissue

As we age, our tissues naturally begin to sag. Implementing strategies to reposition the tissue can result in a more lifted appearance. From a surgical perspective, we offer facelift options (mini, full, or extended) and neck lifts. For less invasive alternatives, we utilize threads such as Silhouette InstaLift, PDO threads, or MyEllevate to internally lift and reposition the tissues.

R5 – Reduce Facial Volume

Occasionally, as we age, we may encounter excess fullness instead of volume loss. This can manifest as fullness under the chin (double chin) or in the jowl area. By reducing the fullness in the double chin region, we can effectively define the transition from the lower face to the neck. To achieve this, we offer procedures that involve fat dissolving (Kybella), tightening or melting the fatty tissue (AccuTite), fat removal (Liposuction), or even freezing the fat (CoolSculpting).

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FAQ

Do you offer any alternative procedures?

What else should I know?

Are there any risks involved?

Do you offer any alternative procedures?

DiamondGlow is a commonly used alternative to chemical peels. DiamondGlow exfoliates the skin in a physical process where the surface cells are mechanically removed. Peels work on a deeper level and treat issues below the surface of the skin. Other alternatives include laser resurfacing to trigger the skin’s natural healing process and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL or Photofacial) that can target brown spots and rosacea.

What else should I know?

  • People with dark or sensitive skin may experience transient hyperpigmentation.
  • Some chemical peel solutions can cause a reaction in hypersensitive skin.
  • There is a risk of scarring or chemical burn if the peel is too aggressive or if left on too long.

Are there any risks involved?

Darker skin type or reactive skin may develop transient post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after a chemical peel. For those with acne-prone skin, a peel can trigger the purging of breakouts. Patients with a history of cold sores should refer to their provider for a prophylactic course of antiviral medication to reduce the onset of flare-ups. People with heart conditions and women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid chemical peels.

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Dr. Melissa Chiang Your Expert Dermatologist

Dr. Melissa Chiang, MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist who offers more than 20 years of experience and fellowship training. She remains deeply committed to quality and is an expert with a high number of non-surgical treatment options. Her guidance has earned our medspa a reputation for excellence, and she routinely utilizes her extensive training to create truly exemplary results. She is an experienced expert with Chemical Peels and will be excited to learn more about how she can help you meet your cosmetic goals.

To learn more, reach out to The Woodlands or Spring, TX offices and set up your consultation today.

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