About Chemical Peels
To provide excellent results from chemical peel facial treatments, Ellsworth Plastic Surgery provides you with a variety of options. Your customized facial treatment with chemical solutions (such as glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and trichloroacetic acids) will give you healthier, more radiant skin. At our Houston, TX office, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV offers chemical peel treatments that help to resolve skin abnormalities, like scars, wrinkles, fine lines, rough patches, hyperpigmentation issues, and more. Chemical peels work by removing dead, damaged skin cells with the application of a customized peel on your skin, which causes the top layer to peel off. As your skin heals and begins to rejuvenate and repair itself, you may notice a clearer, smoother complexion. A chemical peel treatment is a noninvasive way to make your skin radiant and is appropriate for the neck and face.
Variations of Chemical Peels
At our Houston, TX office, we perform chemical peels in different levels of strength (light, medium, and deep) to meet our patients' skin care needs.
Light peels: You can have a light chemical peel during your lunch break and return back to your day. This peel will remove the top layer of skin (the epidermis), giving your face a brighter appearance and softer texture. We typically suggest that you receive a light chemical peel about once a month for the best glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This chemical peel reaches deeper into your skin, and you'll usually prefer to do this strength of facial rejuvenation treatment over a long weekend. You may also need to prepare yourself for more discomfort during and up to an hour after the peel. Medium-depth peels are designed for patients who have significant damage to their skin, including deeper wrinkles and darker pigmentation issues.
Deep peels: The most advanced of the three types of peels is the deep chemical peel, and it will require the lengthiest recovery time. This is an aggressive procedure that can leave your face swollen, itchy, and peeling for 2 – 3 weeks. Patients who get a deep peel usually have dark age spots, sun-damaged skin, prominent acne scars, and deep-seated scars. As this level of peel is usually uncomfortable for most patients, we can provide you with local anesthesia beforehand.
"Dr. Ellsworth performed a Flap surgical procedure on me. I had a stage 4 isheal pressure ulcer that required removal of tissue to the bone. I then had to lay on my side for 5 weeks in an LTAC facility.Dr. Ellsworth and his staff took very good care of me pre and post-op, which was over 1 year. He has an exceptional bedside manner. He and his entire staff are very professional. He takes time with his patients.In addition, Dr. Ellsworth did a procedure on our 22 year old son to remove excess skin from his tummy after he lost 65 lbs."- B.V. / Google / Jul 30, 2016
"If you are looking for a plastic surgeon, please look no further, Dr. Ellsworth is your man. I have never been treated with such care and compassion as I was with Dr. Ellsworth and his WONDERFUL staff. Suffice it to say, he gave me my life back. I had chronic pain for over 14 years as a result of a marlex mesh being used to help repair my diastasis recti hernia. My body tried to reject it and I was in horrible pain because of this. Two more “revision” surgeries were performed, but still left me with pain. I tried for years to find a surgeon to remove it, but all told me it could not be done, or they didn’t feel confident to try. I had almost given up until a doctor in San Antonio led me to Dr. Ellsworth. ANSWERED PRAYER!!! He knew my case was going to be difficult and tedious, but because he had compassion for me and really cared about my 24/7 pain, he suggested we take out the entire mesh. I. WAS. IN. SHOCK. I was never afraid, because I knew I was in the best of hands. So here I am, 6 weeks later, and I’m happy to report that I am now PAIN FREE! Dr. Ellsworth brings expert knowledge and compassion BOTH to the table! I am forever grateful!!"- B.S. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2021
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"Dr. Ellsworth and his entire staff are a blessing. They are very professional and a joy to be around. Dr. Ellsworth performed my reconstruction surgeries after breast cancer and he did a phenomenal job. He is definitely an amazing doctor. His work is beautiful. I never thought that after my mastectomy I would look normal, but he made me feel great about myself again. I cannot stress enough what an amazing job he did! He takes his time with his patients and never makes you feel rushed. He truly does care and will make sure to meet your expectations. His PA’s are so sweet. Cecilia is very caring and always pleasant to be around. Ally is also great and sweet! His entire staff is awesome!"- M.F. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
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Getting the recommendations of a cosmetic professional is the first step in the journey to healthy, smooth skin. A team member at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery can assess your skin in an exam in our Houston, TX office before choosing a chemical peel treatment for the best results. Chemical peel candidates, both women and men, should have noticeable concerns on their skin, including acne scars, rough patches, flaky skin, discoloration, sun spots, fine lines, and much more. We may suggest varying strengths of chemical peels to match your needs.
During your procedure at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery, we will have you lie down in a relaxed position to administer your peel. We will make sure your skin is cleansed before applying the customized solution to your face, neck, or both. We then spread the solution onto your face and let it sit for a specific amount of time, which will be discussed in your treatment planning session. Next, we will wash the solution off your face and apply a neutralizing agent. You should bring a light sunscreen and/or a hat to wear outside after the peel to protect against UV exposure.
What to Expect
Depending on the strength of the peel you receive, you can expect the treated area to itch and peel from a few days to a couple of weeks. Dr. Ellsworth or a member of his team will explain ways to care for your skin during your procedure. Please keep in mind that no matter how much your skin itches during the recovery process, it is never good to peel the skin off. You could cause scarring to your skin!
Great Skin Starts here
Even if you've never had facial rejuvenation treatments, Ellsworth Plastic Surgery will help you determine the best option for your needs. Your newly revived skin will thank you by looking bright and caressingly smooth. Call our office in Houston, TX to make an appointment with Dr. Ellsworth for your skin consultation and get a professional chemical peel.