What are 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.
What are the Benefits Of Chemical Peels?
A customized chemical peel treatment at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery offers a number of excellent benefits to improve and refresh your complexion, including:
- Offering multiple treatment options
- Reducing the signs of aging (wrinkles, lines, etc.)
- Removing dead and damaged skin cells
- Addressing skin discoloration, spots, etc.
- Balancing skin tone
- Softening and smoothing skin texture
- Improving skin health
- Brightening the complexion
- Diminishing large pores, acne scarring, and more
- Pairing well with other aesthetic treatments
What Variations of Chemical Peels are available?
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
"Cannot recommend Dr. Ellsworth and his team enough. As a woman looking for good recommendations for a Mommy makeover, I only had Instagram posts to go by as many women aren’t openly recommending this procedure on Google reviews as they are public and not anonymous. However, my family is in the medical industry and Dr. Ellsworth comes highly recommended by other doctors because he puts your safety and wishes FIRST. I had one other consult with a popular Houston Plastic Surgeon on Instagram and honestly, I didn’t feel “heard”. Most plastic surgeons have their own aesthetic, and they say go to a surgeon who matches your aesthetic goals. Well, Dr. Ellsworth listens to YOU and matches YOUR aesthetic goals. As it should be! Dr. Ellsworth does not have many pictures online anywhere but let me tell you, I could not be happier with my results thus far and I am only 11 weeks post-op. My first stage I had a circumferential abdominoplasty and a buttock aug, NOT a BBL. He does a different procedure because BBLs are dangerous! (Google them). I also think BBLs don’t look natural and I wanted a natural looking result. I LOVE my results!! His bedside manner and his support staff has made this an amazing experience. Carina Nelson (his PA) is also the best!! I have staged my procedures as this was recommended. I have lost excessive weight and he wants to take time to make sure it is done as I wanted and safely. I cannot wait to see my results after stage 2 is done this summer. I get SOOOOOOOOOO many compliments already on stage 1 and I tell anyone who comments that it was with the help of an amazing plastic surgeon!! I have no shame! After 3 kids and losing 80lbs, I couldn’t look this good without Dr.Ellsworth and Carina!! Thank you!!! I will update after stage 2, I expect it to be an equally amazing experience. Do yourself a favor and definitely go in for a consult with Dr. Ellsworth and his staff if you are shopping around for a plastic surgeon, you will NOT regret it!"- K.M. / Office Visit / Jun 07, 2022
"Recomiendo 100% al Dr. Ellsworth y todo el staff Que trabaja en sus equipo en especial Carina y Cecilia. Este año tuve dos procedimientos tissue expander y DIEP Flap para reconstruir después de una mastectomia. Estoy satisfecha con los resultados, es increíble como pude volver a la normalidad. La recuperación y proceso del DIEP flap puede ser intimidante. Pero vale la pena, ya que los resultados son asombrosos. La naturalidad y la sensibilidad están volviendo. Agradezco mucho haberme encontrado a este equipo profesional, y me siento afortunada que me hayan recomendado este procedimiento. Gracias una vez más por su ayuda, y excelente trabajo profesional."- V.V. / Facebook / Nov 30, 2021
"If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon who is attentive, professional and has genuine bedside manner, look no further. You will be in good hands. My mommy makeover was easy and my recovery was a breeze! Dr. Ellsworth and his team of amazing PAs, nurses and front office staff were amazing. I am pleased and thrilled with my results!!"- A.A. / Google / Nov 21, 2021
"Ally is very personable, knows her stuff, and she is very gentle!! I will definitely be back!"- J.R. / Google / Jul 27, 2021
Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?
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.
How does it work?
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 should I expect after treatment?
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!
Chemical Peel FAQs
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Ellsworth will discuss your costs during your consultation once he has created your chemical peel treatment plan. The price of a chemical peel can vary based on the level you select. Ellsworth Plastic Surgery accepts several payments methods, and there are often specials on 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?
The best chemical peel for you will depend on your unique skin issues and aesthetic goals. In your consultation with Dr. Ellsworth, he will help you select which type of peel is best for your skin. A few factors you might want to consider are your overall health, your skin type, 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 may be better to start with a light peel and decide what you think of the results.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Depending on the peel used, you may feel some discomfort when it is on your skin. If you get a light peel, you will probably feel some discomfort, but this goes away quickly with the use of a small fan. Deep or medium peels are better for deeper damage and give you longer-lasting results, but they typically cause greater discomfort. Numbing cream, skin medications, and ointments can be applied to minimize your discomfort during your chemical peel.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
For even greater improvements to your skin, you may combine a chemical peel with another nonsurgical skin treatment. During your initial consultation, be honest with Dr. Ellsworth when describing your skin issues so he can develop a comprehensive treatment plan to best address your goals. Your plan may include adding an injectable treatment for wrinkles (like BOTOX® or JUVÉDERM®) along with your chemical peel to rejuvenate your whole face.
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.