About Chemical Peels
For the highest quality results from chemical peel aesthetic treatments, The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery provides you with choices. Your professional chemical peel with exfoliating solutions (such as salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic, and lactic acids) will reveal more radiant skin. At our Ashburn, VA office, plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Brown and his skilled aesthetic team offer chemical peel treatments that minimize skin flaws, including wrinkles, scars, fine lines, uneven patches, hyperpigmentation problems, and more. Chemical peels dissolve dead or damaged skin cells with a special solution on the skin that causes the visible layer to slough off. When your skin recovers and starts to repair and rejuvenate itself, you should see a smoother, clearer complexion. A chemical peel facial is a nonsurgical option to make your complexion bright and may be used for the face, neck, and décollatage.
Variations of Chemical Peels
In our Ashburn, VA office, we provide chemical peels in several levels (light, medium, and deep) to fit our patients' skin needs and goals.
Light peels: You can receive a light peel on your lunch break and get back to your normal daily routine immediately afterward. This strength of peel will remove the outer layer of skin (the epidermis), giving your complexion a more radiant appearance and smoother texture. We usually recommend that you get a light treatment around once a month for the ideal glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This strength of peel penetrates further into the skin, and patients generally decide to have this level of facial treatment during an extended weekend. You may also prefer to ready yourself for increased discomfort during and around one hour following the chemical peel. Medium-depth peels are best for patients who have deeper damage to their skin, such as deeper lines and darker pigmentation problems.
Deep peels: The strongest of the three levels of peels is the deep peel treatment, and it does require the most recovery time. This is an aggressive cosmetic treatment that could leave your face itchy, swollen, and peeling for several weeks. Patients who receive a deep chemical peel may have age or dark spots, sun damage, significant acne scars, or deep scars. Since this strength of chemical peel is typically uncomfortable for patients, your aesthetician will provide you with mild anesthesia prior to your procedure.
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"Dr. Brown and all the staff are amazing. I have so many questions about my procedure and they took their time to answer all of them. After surgery they also were very patience and caring. Dr. Brown make sure that I was happy with the results. He likes his work to be perfect which is what I wanted it."- M.G. / Yelp / Jan 18, 2020
"I would highly recommend Dr. Brown if you’re considering plastic surgery. Dr. Brown was recommended to me 20 years ago by another plastic surgeon’s nurse. That in itself spoke volumes. Immediately upon meeting him, I knew I found the right doctor to perform my breast implant surgery. He was caring, knowledgeable, and made me feel comfortable with the entire process. Mostly I felt his passion for his work. I sensed he truly loved his profession and had set his bar very high to give the best and most natural results. My own expectations were exceeded from the care I was given prior to, during and after my procedure. My breast implants were a success and Dr. Brown gave me exactly what I wanted. I was super pleased with the results. I recommended my sister and roommate to Dr. Brown for breast augmentation and they were also very happy with their results. About 8 months later I had some medical questions regarding a separate health issue. I reached out to Dr. Brown for advice. He spent so much time talking with me. What stood out and resonated with me, was he offered to talk to other medical professionals on my behalf to translate what I didn’t understand. He went above and beyond. Fast forward 20 years and 2 kids later, my breasts were still looking great but I wanted to exchange them for silicone. I also wanted to tighten the skin and remove the bulge above my cesarean section scar. I now live in New York and traveled down to Virginia to consult with him. I was greeted by his nurse, Amber. She wears many hats and is present from start to finish. It relieves a lot of stress when you have that one person to correspond with during such big decision and process as this. I’m impressed with her involvement on so many levels. Amber is a gem for his practice and they compliment each other making them a dynamic team. She’s in constant contact with me and super caring and interested. I wished I lived closer because I think we would be great friends. That’s how they make you feel at the Loudon Center for Plastic Surgery. My consult with Dr. Brown was everything I expected it to be. His warmth was evenly matched with my memories. Together, we had a plan to address my concerns. I was pleasantly surprised to learn of some procedures to treat my abdomen that were minimally invasive. My dates were set and when I arrived to my appointment I was happy that Dr. Brown’s surgical center was convenient and private. A hospital setting can’t compare to the personal care you receive there. Now I know how Beyonce felt when she reserved the entire maternity floor to deliver her baby. His operating room staff to include Clint and Angela were fantastic providing me comfort before, during and after my procedure. They not only made me feel physically at ease but emotionally as well. They constantly assured me everything was going to be great. I’m one week out and my results are awesome. I have a lot of healing ahead of me in the weeks to come but can tell it’s going to be a vast improvement. I’m so grateful for having Dr. Brown as my plastic surgeon. I can only hope he will never retire. I recommend him to anyone and everyone, near or far. His precision and expertise is priceless and any distance is worth giving your only body the best it deserves."- K.O. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
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Chemical Peel Ideal Candidates
Receiving the suggestions of an aesthetic specialist is the first part in the journey to healthier skin. A team member at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery will evaluate your skin during a consultation in our Ashburn, VA office before selecting a chemical peel for ideal results. Chemical peel patients of both genders typically have visible problems in their skin, like scars, flaky skin, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and more. We will recommend multiple types of peels to fit your needs and goals.
Chemical Peel Procedure Technique
During your appointment at The Loudoun Center for 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 treatment areas. We will massage 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. Finally, we will clean the peel off your skin and put on a neutralizing agent. Patients are encouraged to bring sunscreen or a hat to wear outside following the procedure to protect from environmental exposure.
What to Expect with Chemical Peel
Based on the level of the chemical peel you choose, you should expect the face to peel and itch from several days to two or more weeks. Dr. Brown or a member of his team will discuss methods to treat your face during your consultation. Please remember that no matter how badly your skin itches throughout the post-treatment process, it is not helpful to pick the skin off. You may create scarring to your delicate skin!
Chemical Peel Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Brown can talk about your costs during your consultation after he has made your chemical peel treatment plan. Costs for a chemical peel will vary, depending on the level you receive. The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery takes several payments methods, and you can ask about current specials on facial 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 needs and aesthetic goals. In your initial consultation with Dr. Brown, he can help you select which formula is best for your skin. A few things you might 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 first time patients, it may be better to start with a light chemical peel and decide what you think of the results. After this, you and Dr. Brown might tweak your plan to discover the best type of peel for your needs.
Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Dermabrasion and chemical peels are both facial treatments that correct surface imperfections to give your skin a rejuvenated appearance. The major difference is that dermabrasion requires special tools (a shaving instrument or rotating brush) to clear away the surface skin layer with a careful exfoliating process. A chemical peel applies a caustic solution to your skin to dissolve dead and damaged skin cells. In your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will go over the pros and cons of each treatment and help you choose if dermabrasion or a chemical peel is better to achieve your skin goals.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Based on the formula selected, you might feel mild discomfort when it is on your skin. If you have a light peel, you will probably notice a little discomfort; however, this can be alleviated with a small fan. Deep or medium peels are better for deeper blemishes and offer results that last a long time; however, they typically cause greater discomfort. Numbing cream, medications, and ointments may be used to help you feel more comfortable during your chemical peel. Dr. Brown or a member of his team will go over skin care after your chemical peel to extend your results.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
For even greater improvements to your skin, you may combine a chemical peel with another skin treatment at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery. In your initial consultation, be open with Dr. Brown when describing your skin wants so he can develop a personalized treatment plan to best address your goals. Your plan might include an injectable treatment for wrinkles (such as Juvéderm or BOTOX), plus a chemical peel to refresh your entire face.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $300
- Return to Work
- Same Day
- Surgery Time
- 1 Hour
Great Skin Starts here
If you know nothing about rejuvenating treatments, The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery can help you choose the ideal procedure for your goals. Your freshly renewed skin will respond by looking healthy and touchably soft. Contact our office in Ashburn, VA to receive your skin examination today for a chemical peel treatment.