Chemical Peels in Macon, GA
Patients who are concerned about a number of skin issues can visit the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for a chemical peel. Led by Dr. Joshua R. Groves, board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, our clinic has helped hundreds of men and women in Macon, Warner Robins, Houston County, Bibb County and the surrounding area have healthier, better-looking skin through the use of chemical peels.
What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is a procedure that makes use of an FDA-approved chemical solution to remove the outer layer of skin cells. Chemical peels can correct a number of skin issues, and come in different “strengths” or levels that can be adjusted to fit each patient’s exact needs. Chemical peels are performed without anesthesia, and can easily be completed here in our office in less than 90 minutes.
There are two basic types of chemical peels performed here at the Georgia Center for Plastic Surgery. During your consultation, we will discuss both of these types with you to determine which one would best suit your needs.
- Glycolic Peel
A glycolic peel consists of glycolic acid that can range from 30% to 70% in strength. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is considered an alpha-hydroxy or fruit acid. As such, it is very mild and is used whenever a light or medium peel is needed. Since it removes only thin layers of damaged skin, it is considered much gentler than a salicylic peel. You may need more than one procedure to achieve optimum results. Glycolic peels can be performed on a regular basis, provided you wait for a specified amount of time between procedures.
- Salicylic Peel
A salicylic peel is one that contains a solution of 20% to 30% salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is the same ingredient used in over-the-counter “peeling” products designed to treat warts, corns, and calluses; however, these products contain much lower concentrations. A salicylic chemical peel is ideal for medium to deep peeling and is used to treat the most severe cases of skin damage. Because it does provide a much deeper level of peeling, there are restrictions on the number of procedures that can be performed.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can be used to treat a variety of skin disorders, including:
- Acne and acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
In addition, they provide a number of unique benefits such as:
- Results that are visible immediately
- No downtime required afterwards
- No need for anesthesia
- Procedure can often be repeated in the future should skin once again begin to look tired or dull
Requirements for Chemical Peels
To enjoy the benefits from chemical peels, you should have skin that is relatively healthy with no open sores or wounds. You should also avoid sun exposure, to include tanning beds, for up to a week before your procedure. If you are considering other cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers, please discuss these with Dr. Groves during your consultation to ensure it is safe to have more than one treatment simultaneously.
Are Chemical Peels Right for Me?
Chemical peels may be ideal if you would like to brighten your skin’s appearance and reduce minor flaws. It will not improve sagging skin or a loss of volume, and should therefore not be considered as a substitution for a facelift.
A chemical peel is performed as an outpatient procedure and is completely non-invasive. One of our skin care specialists will thoroughly cleanse your skin before applying the chemical peel solution. This solution will then remain on your face for a specified period of time before it is rinsed off. Moisturizer is then applied to your skin, and you may also be given ointment to use at home while your skin recovers.
How Long is the Recovery After Chemical Peels?
You may experience some tenderness, redness and swelling immediately after a chemical peel. The degree of sensitivity you experience is directly related to the depth of your peel. Most people report their symptoms are barely noticeable with a light peel but are more profound after a medium or deep peel. Your skin may be more sensitive to sunlight regardless of the depth of your peel, which is why you should avoid sun exposure until after your follow-up appointment.
How Much Do Chemical Peels Cost?
Chemical peels vary in cost based upon whether they are light, medium, or deep peels. During your consultation, we will discuss the cost, and go over our payment options to find one that best suits your needs.
Some procedures may be covered by medical insurance. Our staff is experienced in matters pertaining to insurance, and will work with your carrier to get you maximum coverage. In the event a procedure is not covered, we offer financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™Credit . We will be happy to assist in filling out the necessary application, or you may apply on the CareCredit® website prior to your appointment. We work with SunTrust Bank to offer low, fixed interest rate loans to patients with good to excellent credit for all cosmetic procedures, and also accept cash, personal checks, MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, and Discover® Card.
If you live in Macon, Warner Robins, Houston County, Bibb County or surrounding communities, obtaining more vibrant skin through a chemical peel is easy to do by visiting the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Contact Dr. Groves today for your chemical peel consultation.