At Dr. James Fernau, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, PA, we offer medspa treatments including a variety of chemical peel treatment options. A chemical peel is a facial rejuvenation treatment that removes the top layer of skin to reveal another fresh layer and promote new skin tissue growth. It achieves this through an acid solution that creates the peeling affect. It is a safe and effective way to attain a clear, softer appearance. There are a number of skin problems a chemical peel can resolve, such as smoothening fine wrinkles, helping with acne scars, pigmentation, rough textures, and sun damage. There are different degrees of peels depending on the patient’s cosmetic goals and their skin condition prior to treatment.
Chemical Peel Reviews
"Throughout the years, I have had many skin procedures with Cindy- including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and Fraxel treatments. I have always had acne prone skin with many issues. I now keep myself on a maintenance schedule to never let my skin return to the way it was. My skin has never looked better in my entire life. I constantly get asked what I do with my skin that makes it so glowy and fresh looking! I could never repay you for your efforts and giving me the confidence I now have! Thank you, Cindy, for saving me!My experience with both Cindy and Dr. Fernau has been nothing short of wonderful. In 2011, I had a Rhinoplasty with Dr. Fernau. My results exceeded my expectations! Both pre and post surgical care was wonderful. Having Sherry, his surgical tech, with me on the day of my surgery helped with my anxiety and nervousness. Sheila, his nurse, was wonderful with pre and post op care. I am beyond happy with choosing him to perform my surgery."- B.A. / Google / Sep 28, 2014
"Skin Care at Dr. James Fernau's office with Esthetician Cindy. I have been a client of Cindy for many years. She is amazingly knowledgeable of skincare and various skin treatments. She will no steer you wrong. She is honest and has the clients' best interest at heart. She puts you at ease and there is absolutely no intimidation with her. She produces results! I highly recommend Cindy!"- B.B. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
"I have been going to Cindy, the esthetician at Dr. Fernau’s office, for years now. I used to struggle with acne-prone skin and was left with a lot of acne scarring. Thanks to Cindy, I now get compliments all the time on how glowing and beautiful my skin is! She has years of experience and so much knowledge about all things skincare. I’ve had several microdermabrasion and microneedling treatments done by Cindy which has cleared up all of my acne and scars. I also swear by the office’s ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid serum. It is a holy grail item in my skincare routine and gives me the nicest glow and plumps my skin better than anything else I have tried. Not only does Cindy know her stuff through and through, but she is also such a wonderful and kind person, just like the rest of Dr. Fernau’s staff."- E.F. / Google / Mar 22, 2022
"I have been going to Cindy, the esthetician at Dr. Fernau’s office, for years now. I used to struggle with acne-prone skin and was left with a lot of acne scarring. Thanks to Cindy, I now get compliments all the time on how glowing and beautiful my skin is! She has years of experience and so much knowledge about all things skincare. I’ve had several microdermabrasion and microneedling treatments done by Cindy which has cleared up all of my acne and scars. I also swear by the office’s ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid serum. It is a holy grail item in my skincare routine and gives me the nicest glow and plumps my skin better than anything else I have tried. Not only does Cindy know her stuff through and through, but she is also such a wonderful and kind person, just like the rest of Dr. Fernau’s staff."- E.F. / Google / Mar 26, 2022
"I began going to Dr. Fernau’s office for hopes of clearing up my acne. I have been working with Cindy for a good while now and my face looks so much better. I have had a few Isolaz treatments and chemical peels that I was skeptical about at first but they have made a huge difference. Cindy does an excellent job, she is very personable and knows exactly what treatment to do to get my best results. I am so thankful to have found such a kind-hearted and well-educated individual as her to improve my skin tremendously."- M.P. / Office Visit / May 27, 2015
Types of Chemical Peels
The superficial peel is the mildest peel option that targets the upper layer of skin. Commonly, a diluted glycolic acid is used and left on the skin for several minutes. The doctor will then neutralize the acid to keep the peel at a mild level. There will be slight redness after the treatment, but typically there is no downtime compared to the other peels available. On average, patients will peel for about 3-5 days with this treatment. Patients may need several treatments to achieve the facial look they desire. On average, this is also the least expensive among chemical peel treatments.
Superficial Peel Video
A medium chemical peel treats more than just the top layer of skin. It penetrates deeper to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and skin irregularities. The procedure uses a stronger solution in the form of Trichloreacetic Acid (TCA). The acid will be applied in a controlled condition to manage and limit penetration, and the acid will be neutralized to stop the effects of the peel up to a certain point. The recovery time following a medium peel is about 10 days and patients will need to plan ahead for a short recovery period. This peel costs more than the superficial one, but the results are a bit more dramatic.
Medium Peels Video
A deep chemical peel is the most aggressive approach in chemical peel treatment. It is considered a more invasive procedure and in some cases patients will need general anesthesia. The substance normally used is called phenol and it aims to treat severe skin wrinkling, deep scars and facial irregularities. Once a patient undergoes a deep peel, it is not advised to have another one. The recovery period may take up to 14 days and the area treated will be bandaged as the wounds are comparable to second-degree burns. The results following a deep peel are usually excellent. The disadvantage to this peel is that there is downtime and it costs significantly more than a mild or medium depth peel.
Deep Chemical Peel Video
During/After the Procedure
The chemical application for a peel follows similar steps. The only difference will be the type of acid solution used, the amount applied, and the period of time that it is left on the skin. Once the chemical reaches the target skin layers, a neutralizer will be applied to immediately stop the effects of the acid. Downtime depends on what kind of peel is done. There is no downtime for mild peels but for deep peels, patient will be in a healing process up to 14 days. After the treatment, it is important that the patient allow the peeling process to occur naturally and do not assist in peeling or pulling at the skin. It is also extremely important to avoid sun exposure for a period of time after the treatment.
Dr. Fernau prices his chemical peels based on the degree of peel. The harsher the chemical peel, the more expensive the cost. During the initial skin consultation, we will discuss the best type of chemical peel for your skin condition. Dr. Fernau’s office charges the following fees for chemical peels
• Glycolic Acid Peels – 40 minutes, 30% mild to moderate peeling at $60.00 or 40% mild to moderate peeling at $65.00 or 50% medium to deep peeling at $70.00
• Salicylic Acid Peels 30% – 45 minutes at $65.00
• Lactic Acid Peels 40% – 45 minutes at $65.00
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $250 - $1,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- May Require Multiple Sessions
- Procedure Recovery Location
Chemical Peel FAQs
Depending on the peel used, there may be some general discomfort. With the lighter peels, patients will feel some stinging but it goes away quickly with the use of a handheld fan. The peeling process itself does not cause any pain. Medium and deep peels are more painful, and thus skin medications and antibiotics may be used to assist with any discomfort.
Peel or Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is a facial rejuvenation procedure that treats surface irregularities, giving the skin a softer appearance. Dermabrasion works in many ways similar to a chemical peel. The difference, is that dermabrasion use surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument) to remove the top layer of skin through a surgical scraping process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is rubbed into the skin. Both techniques result in a brighter, smoother complexion.
Other Options For Me?
There are many skin treatments to consider depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals and skin condition. Chemical peels promote new skin regeneration and is best to treat skin irregularities. For facial conditions in which wrinkles are significant, a BOTOX or injectable filler may be a better option. There are also a number of laser treatments to consider as well.