Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Buckingham has extensive training and experience in surgical and nonsurgical facial treatments. Dr. Buckingham offers a full range of chemical peels, including light PCA SKIN® peels and full-strength physician peels. Many people are intimidated by the chemical peel process and fear leaving the treatment center with a bright red face. The post-peel reality is, however, a glowing, more youthful and healthy complexion. Dr. Buckingham may recommend peels to exfoliate and improve skin tone and texture or to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, breakouts and dark spots.
The Chemical Peel Procedure
In the 1990’s, many physicians replaced chemical peels in favor of full ablative laser and resurfacing techniques. But, because these new resurfacing treatments had a higher risk of scarring and pigmentation loss, the cosmetic field introduced fractionated CO2 laser technology and returned to chemical peeling to achieve significant skin rejuvenation with minimal risk. Dr. Buckingham has experience with many of the most popular chemical peel and laser resurfacing treatments on the market, and he has chosen only the most reliable and trusted treatments for use at Buckingham Center.
Dr. Buckingham offers a full range of chemical peels to treat different conditions of the skin, ranging from mild PCA SKIN® peels to full-strength physician peels. He customizes each peel to match the patient’s needs and skin type, and many patients can benefit from the wide variety of chemical peels that are offered at Buckingham Center. For example, younger women who present with diffuse freckling and fine wrinkles or pigmentation irregularities can be treated with a PCA SKIN® chemical peel treatment. PCA® chemical peels are light and are formulated to produce dramatic results with minimal discomfort and downtime. The PCA® chemical peel provides smoother, more radiant skin.
Ultra Peel® I and II
Ultra Peel® I and II Exfoliating Treatments are used by Dr. Buckingham’s nurses to treat different skin types, conditions, and sensitivities. Ultra Peel® is especially recommended for sensitive skin because the treatment only stimulates a mild stinging sensation. Ultra Peel® treatments by Dr. Buckingham’s nurses are used to rejuvenate aging skin and to treat acne, pigment disorders, menopausal skin, sun-damage, and smoker’s skin. Moderate to aggressive exfoliation is possible, depending on the number of Ultra Peel® I or II treatment layers that are applied. Plumper, softer, and more hydrated skin can be expected. Your provider may use Ultra Peel® I or II alone or along with another peel to achieve a more advanced lightening, tightening, and brightening effect.
The Sensi Peel®
The Sensi Peel® is a gentle, exfoliating peel that is often recommended by Dr. Buckingham for use on ethnic skin and for the rejuvenation of sensitive skin. This peel may be recommended by Dr. Buckingham to improve skin issues, including sun damage and hyperpigmentation. It also provides significant improvement to redness and inflammation caused by rosacea. The Sensi Peel® brightens and strengthens the skin while providing anti-acne, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial action. Full strength chemical peels require a longer recovery period but can provide outstanding skin rejuvenation. The best way to learn more about chemical peels is in a private consultation with Dr. Buckingham, where he will examine your skin and provide you with a customized treatment plan.
Physician administered Chemical and Laser Peels
Dr. Buckingham also offers medium-depth chemical as well as laser peels that are more surgical in nature. TCA, trichloroacetic acid, is utilized as the peeling agent and fractionated CO2 or Erbium laser are available as a laser treatment. These are appropriate for patients who desire a greater level of improvement and have significant wrinkles or age spots. These patients must be able to tolerate a longer recovery time. Chemical peeling and laser resurfacing can be used with a combination of agents to achieve tremendous results with minimal risk. For instance, when Dr. Buckingham addresses acne scarring, he may recommend a combination of chemical peeling and fractionated CO2 laser to obtain the optimal result. Fractionated laser includes a variety of treatment levels that are used by Dr. Buckingham to achieve varying degrees of improvement that are balanced with a patient’s recovery time tolerance.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Some lighter PCA® chemical peels and other resurfacing treatments, such as fractionated Halo or CO2 laser, are performed in the office at Buckingham Center. The chemical peel treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and has a recovery period of about 4 to 5 days. Fractionated laser is performed with topical anesthesia and the use of mild sedation when needed. The recovery may take five to 14 days, depending on the depth and concentration of skin rejuvenating treatment. Full-strength physician peels and deeper, more invasive peels are typically performed in an accredited ambulatory surgery center. Peels that are limited to the mouth and lip region are sometimes completed in the office. There are several chemical peel options at Buckingham Center, and Dr. Buckingham will provide you with specific procedural expectations during your consultation.
Chemical Peel Recovery
Buckingham Center provides each chemical peel patient with written instructions describing in detail how to care for the skin before the peel and during the healing phase. Different levels of recovery can be expected, based on the depth of the peel and the area that is treated. Dr. Buckingham will recommend a treatment that matches your recovery-tolerance level. PCA® recovery and aftercare varies slightly, but patients typically experience one to three days of light flaking and slight redness. Deeper peels require an ointment, which must remain on the face continuously for ten days. A special cleanser will be used during this time. The patient must stay makeup-free for 14 days. After this time, a mineral-based makeup, provided by Dr. Buckingham, can be used to cover any remaining redness. Buckingham Center provides all of the necessary care items for each patient and will see the patient during the recovery process as they guide them through the healing process.
Chemical Peel Expectations
Dr. Buckingham offers a wide variety of skin resurfacing and chemical peel treatments that activate the cell turnover process and remove damaged and dead surface cells to reveal new, healthy skin. Significant skin rejuvenation and natural-looking results can be expected from the different types of chemical peels that are offered at Buckingham Center in Austin, TX. Dr. Buckingham creates a customized chemical peel plan for male and female patients which treats their skin and removes wrinkles, sun damage, and irregular pigmentation. Patient results vary, and Dr. Buckingham provides each patient with photos or other information specifying the type of results that they can expect to achieve. Dr. Buckingham offers chemical peels and laser resurfacing treatments to patients who desire healthier, younger-looking, revitalized skin.
Chemical Peel Consultation
Dr. Buckingham feels that positive treatment results are based on a good rapport between the patient, himself, and the staff. Each chemical peel consultation includes a complete facial analysis that is used to determine the best chemical peel procedure. Dr. Buckingham takes the time that is needed to carefully explain his recommendations and to answer his patients’ questions and concerns.
The Ideal Chemical Peel Candidate
The ideal chemical peel candidate is an adult male or female who is in good general health. It is essential for the chemical peel candidate to have realistic expectations. Patients who want to achieve a significant reduction in facial lines, pigmented spots, and other age related changes may be a good candidate for a chemical peel.
Chemical Peel Cost
The cost of a chemical peel at Buckingham Center varies depending on the type of treatment and the depth of the peel. There are payment options available that can fit most budgets.
Frequently Asked Chemical Peel Questions
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a process that is used to rejuvenate the skin, remove dark spots, acne scars, wrinkles and other skin issues. There are different chemical peel treatments available at Buckingham Center, and Dr. Buckingham will provide you with a treatment that matches your expectations and recovery tolerance.
Where is the Chemical Peel performed?
Dr. Buckingham completes lighter peels in his office, while deeper peels are completed at a local surgery center in Austin, Texas.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for a Chemical Peel?
Only deeper chemical peels require the use of anesthesia. When anesthesia is needed, the procedure is performed in a surgery center along with intravenous, monitored anesthesia.
How is the Chemical Peel procedure performed?
There are different types of chemical peel procedures offered at Buckingham Center. During the procedure, a solution is applied to the skin that removes dead skin and smooths the texture. Different levels of treatment are available that offer a variety of outcomes, including a reduction in wrinkles and improved skin pigmentation.
What is the downtime for a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peel recovery and downtime vary, and Dr. Buckingham will provide you with specifics about your procedure during your consultation. The skin may peel for one to three days after a light chemical peel. A deeper peel will require a longer recovery period, and an ointment must be applied to the face continuously for ten days. Makeup can’t be worn for 14 days. After this time, a special mineral-based makeup can be used to cover any residual redness.
Do I need to discontinue certain products before the Chemical Peel?
Dr. Buckingham will provide you with a list of products that should be discontinued before the treatment, including products with Retin-A. Dr. Buckingham will also conduct a detailed medical history before the procedure to verify that all appropriate agents have been discontinued for the correct length of time.
Can I wear makeup after a chemical peel?
Lighter chemical peels may permit you to wear makeup the day after the treatment is completed, but deeper chemical peels will require that no makeup is worn for 14 days. Dr. Buckingham will provide you with specific makeup and product details for aftercare.
Do I need to stay out of the sun after a Chemical Peel? How long?
Dr. Buckingham will provide you with specifics about your chemical peel. Deep peels require that you remain out of the sun for 14 days after the peel. Dr. Buckingham will then provide makeup with sunscreen, and limited sun exposure can be resumed. Prolonged sun exposure is not permitted for at least one month.
Is a Chemical Peel painful?
There is little to no discomfort after the chemical peel is completed. The skin will feel warm and tight but not painful.
What is the Chemical Peel aftercare like?
You will be provided with detailed written instructions on how to care for your skin before and after the peel. A deeper peel will require you to use a special cleanser and an ointment that must be applied for ten days.
Q – Am I a good candidate for a Chemical Peel?
You may be considered a good candidate for a chemical peel if you are in good general health and desire smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin or a better complexion. There are a variety of chemical peels available at Buckingham Center, and Dr. Buckingham will provide you with a treatment option that will help you to meet your cosmetic goals. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Buckingham, where you will learn if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel and which chemical peel can provide you with the best results.
Board-certified, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham is recognized for the exceptional results that he provides for his patients. Call 512.401.2500 to request a consultation with Dr. Buckingham at Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas. We look forward to meeting you!
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