About Chemical Peels
For the highest quality results from chemical peel treatments, Après Plastic Surgery provides you with different choices. Your professional chemical peel with exfoliating solutions (such as salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic and lactic acids) will reveal more radiant skin. At our Portland, OR office, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan offers chemical peel treatments that minimize skin irregularities, such as wrinkles, scars, fine lines, dry patches, hyperpigmentation problems, and more. Chemical peels dissolve damaged, dead skin cells with a special treatment on the skin that causes the visible layer to slough off. When your skin recovers and starts to repair and rejuvenate itself, you will see a smoother, clearer complexion. A chemical peel facial is a nonsurgical option to make your complexion luminous and may be used for the face and neck.
Types of Chemical Peels
In our Portland, OR office, we offer chemical peels in several strengths (light, medium, and deep) to accommodate our patients' skin needs and goals.
Light peels: You can receive a light peel on a lunch hour and go right back to your routine. This type of peel will remove the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis), giving your facial features a more radiant appearance and smoother texture. We usually recommend that you schedule a light peel at least once a month for the ideal glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This type of peel goes further into the skin and patients generally decide to have this type of facial treatment during an extended weekend. You may also want to ready yourself for increased discomfort during and about one hour following the treatment. Medium-depth peels are for patients who have deeper damage to their skin, like deeper lines and darker pigmentation problems.
Deep peels: The strongest of the three levels of peels is the deep peel and it does require the longest recovery time. This is an aggressive treatment that may leave your face itchy, swollen, and peeling for a few weeks. Patients who have a deep chemical peel may have age or dark spots, sun damage, entrenched acne scars, and/or deep scars. Since this type of chemical peel is generally uncomfortable for patients, your aesthetician may provide you with anesthetic as a part of your treatment.
"I’d give 10 start if I could! Dr. A is an artist who had a vision for what my body could look like. I had two consultations months apart. In the first one he was honest with me that surgery might not be necessary if I could achieve my goals through weight loss. He recommended a plan called medifast, even though he didn’t get any money from this and potentially lost my business. I tried it and lost 20 pounds- the first diet that I’ve ever achieved success with! After I lost this weight, it was clear that I was still going to need a breast reduction, so I scheduled a second consultation. He recommended a reduction/lift combo, and I added some lipo to deal with my stubborn back bra roll and upper arms. I am now almost 6 weeks post surgery, and all I can say is wow. My back pain in gone, and everyone I see says “wow, what happened, you look good!” I still have a degree of normal swelling, but if my results are this great mid healing, I can’t wait to see what they will look like after I’m fully healed! Dr A and Samantha are kind, responsive, welcoming and helpful. I have wanted this surgery since I was a teenager, and am so glad I found a team of amazing professionals that guided me through one of the biggest and best decisions I’ve ever made."- S.B. / Google / Nov 11, 2020
"I had fillers done with Dr. Aghayan and he was amazing. I have a very natural look and he was very informative and caring. He made suggestions as to what would be the best products to use and took the time to educate me about the differences. I will definitely be back here for my fillers and any cosmetic procedures in the future."- S.W. / Google / Nov 05, 2020
"Dr. Aghayan and Samantha are the best! I recommend them completely!! The work he did was an amazing transformation for me and I couldn’t be happier!! The Dr. is very precise and answers all questions and is professional! If your looking to have anything done they can help! Five stars all the way! (Breast augmentation)"- J.C. / Google / Sep 03, 2020
"Dr. Aghayan and Samantha are the best! I recommend them completely!! The work he did was an amazing transformation for me and I couldn’t be happier!! The Dr. is very precise and answers all questions and is professional! If your looking to have anything done they can help! Five stars all the way! (Breast augmentation)"- J.C. / Google / Aug 15, 2020
"Best Decision Ever! Thank You Dr. Aghayan! - From puberty on my breasts have been a major source of insecurity. Their relentless sag chipped away my confidence and ability feel comfortable in my body. Not exactly a recipe for romance or intimacy. Dr. A changed everything for me. I look and feel incredible. I am so happy with my results. My chichis are AMAZING (and I’m healing nicely)! As I am Black with dark skin, I was concerned with potential scarring, but it’s minimal and looks fantastic. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. If you are on the fence, please reach out to the team at Aprés so Dr. A can get your body right! Thanks Dr. A :)"- V. / RealSelf / Jul 08, 2020
Seeking the advice of a skin specialist is the first part in the journey to smooth, healthy skin. A team member at Après Plastic Surgery will evaluate your skin during an examination in our Portland, OR office before selecting a chemical peel for optimal results. Chemical peel patients, both men and women, will have visible issues with their skin, such as scars, flaky skin, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and more. We can recommend different levels of peels to meet your needs and goals.
On the day of your appointment at Après Plastic Surgery, we will have you lying in a comfortable position to administer your treatment. A team member will ensure the skin is cleaned prior to applying the personalized solution to the face and/or neck. We will brush the solution onto the skin and allow it to work for an appropriate length of time that will be determined in your chemical peel consultation. Then, we will clean the peel off your skin and put on a neutralizing agent. Patients may want to bring sunscreen and a hat to wear outside following the treatment to avoid sun exposure.
What to Expect
Based on the type of the chemical peel you have, you should expect your skin to peel and itch from several days to two or more weeks. Your aesthetician will discuss how to treat your face during your appointment. Please remember that no matter how badly your skin itches throughout the healing process, it's not a good idea to pull the skin off. You may create scarring to your facial skin!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Your aesthetician can discuss your costs during your consultation once your personalized treatment plan has been made. Costs for a chemical peel will vary, depending on the intensity you choose. Après Plastic Surgery takes several payments methods and we often run specials on skin treatments, like chemical peels. Buying a package with several chemical peel treatments can also help you save money.
What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
Which level of chemical peel is best for you will vary based on your specific skin concerns and aesthetic goals. In your initial consultation, your aesthetician can help you decide which formula is best for your skin. A few things you might want to consider are your general health, the type of skin you have, the depth of your skin concerns, the time you can commit to recovery, and what you want the peel to accomplish. For your first peel, it is better to try a light chemical peel and decide what you think of the results. After this, you and your aesthetician can adjust your treatment plan to find the best type of peel for you.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Based on the peel selected, you might feel mild discomfort when it is on your skin. If you get a light peel, you will notice a little discomfort; however, this can be alleviated with the use of a small fan. Deep or medium peels are better for deeper skin blemishes and longer-lasting results; however, they can cause greater discomfort. Numbing cream, skin medications, and soothing ointments may be used to help you feel more comfortable during your chemical peel. Your aesthetician will go over how to care for your skin after a peel to maintain your results.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
A chemical peel may be combined with another nonsurgical skin treatment at Après Plastic Surgery. In your initial consultation, be open with your aesthetician when describing your skin wants so that a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that delivers your best results. Your plan might include adding an injectable treatment for wrinkles (such as Juvéderm or BOTOX), plus a chemical peel to refresh your entire face.
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If you are new to rejuvenating treatments, Après Plastic Surgery can help you find the perfect pampering for your skin. Your freshly rejuvenated skin will respond by looking radiant and touchably soft. Contact our office in Portland, OR to schedule your skin assessment today for a chemical peel.