How Much is a Chemical Peel?

The effects of aging, sun damage, and environmental exposures accumulate in your outer layers of skin. A chemical peel removes layers of skin to sweep away dullness, hyperpigmentation, and other skin concerns. These highly customizable treatments work for everything from gentle brightening to intensive resurfacing. 

What is a Chemical Peel? 

In an age of lasers and other energy-based facial treatments, the chemical peel holds its own as a valuable tool. By controlling the depth of the peel, your provider targets your specific concerns. A light chemical peel may target the outermost layers of skin to brighten and smooth, while a deep peel can even treat lines, wrinkles, and deep acne scars. Your Specialty Aesthetic Surgery provider will choose the right peel for your needs and goals. 

Chemical Peel

How Much is a Chemical Peel?

The cost of a chemical peel depends on several factors:

  • The type of peel
  • Your provider’s pricing
  • Your location
  • Other expenses (a deep peel may require sedation)

On average, a chemical peel costs $519. A light peel may cost less than $100, while a deep peel can cost $2000 or more. When comparing the cost of peels, consider your provider’s skill and experience. A chemical peel can cause discomfort or skin damage if used improperly. 

Types of Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use a range of different acids to remove layers of skin. The strength of the peel precisely controls the number of layers removed. We will choose a formula that targets your skin concerns and fits your lifestyle. 

Light or Superficial Peel

A light chemical peel removes layers of the epidermis. It can brighten your skin, improve texture, unclog pores, and help manage acne. This type of peel works gently enough that even people new to peels or with sensitive skin can enjoy the benefits. 

Medium Peel

If you want to treat moderate sun damage, hyperpigmentation, or acne scarring, you may have a medium peel. This kind of peel works into the outer layers of the dermis. It can even target fine lines and wrinkles. Recovery may involve redness and flaking. 

Deep Peel

This phenol peel works deep into the dermis. It can treat concerns like deep lines and wrinkles, acne scars, severe sun damage, and age spots. You can expect some recovery time with this intensive peel, but most people find that skin looks dramatically younger and smoother. 

What are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels have impressive powers of skin rejuvenation. They offer many benefits, including:

  • A variety of acids for a customizable treatment
  • Lets you choose how much recovery you have time for
  • Help you maintain brighter, younger-looking skin
  • Can cost less than many laser treatments

Chemical peels make excellent tools for keeping your skin looking its best. Many people schedule regular chemical peels to maintain and continue to build on their results. 

Do I Need to Prepare for a Chemical Peel?

Instructions for peel preparation vary depending on the type of peel. For a deep peel, your provider might provide medications before treatment to prepare your skin for maximum benefits. For other peels, they may instruct you to stop using certain medications. Wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure prior to your peel. Your provider may also instruct you to stop waxing or using exfoliating treatments. 

How Often Should I Have a Chemical Peel?

The length of time between peels will vary based on the results you want to achieve and the strength of your peel. A light peel may be recommended once a month to maintain clear, bright skin. 

A medium peel may be repeated a few times a year, depending on your skin’s needs. You may have several medium peels to reach your desired results, then occasional treatments to maintain them. 

While a deep peel has some recovery time, you will only need to have one. There are no maintenance treatments with a deep peel. You can expect your results to last for many years. 

What is Recovery Like From a Chemical Peel?

The strength of the chemical peel determines your recovery time. Light peels usually have little to no downtime. You may notice some minor redness and sensitivity, or your skin may just look glowing and healthy. After a medium peel, you can expect a few days of redness, flaking, and irritation. A deep peel will involve about two weeks of recovery time, and you will see swelling, crusting, and peeling. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

Almost anyone can have a chemical peel. Light peels work safely even on sensitive skin. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations and no active skin conditions. You may not be a good candidate if you have active rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema. Talk to your provider and see if you may still be eligible.  

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about chemical peels? Schedule your consultation or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

*Individual results may vary.

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