Chemical Peels

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Reveal healthier and brighter looking skin with a chemical peel

Chemical Peels FAQ

Is a chemical peel right for me?

Chemical peels are designed to help a patient achieve healthy and beautiful skin. Peels have complex and intricate functions and reactions and through careful consultation and a careful formulation by the medical esthetician will determine the best peel for your skin and the strength.

Superficial chemical peels are gentler peels best suited for minor skin issues. These peels result in a much shorter degree of downtime. Medium-depth peels can address issues that reach farther down into the skin layers. Deep chemical peels are the most effective peels but are accompanied by more downtime.

What happens during a chemical peel?

Clinically researched formulations help reduce the depth of surface lines, smooth rough skin texture, treat skin discoloration and redness, and assist in clearing acneic/blemished skin without the downtime often associated with chemical peels.

Gentle ingredients, such as alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salicylic acid (BHA), resorcinol, retinol, polyphenol antioxidants, and skin brighteners are carefully blended and work synergistically to remove dull, damaged surface layers and reveal your smooth, radiant, glowing skin that is hidden below the surface.

What results should I anticipate?

These progressive in-office treatments along with a carefully designed daily regimen designed specifically for you by the esthetician should help lighten, tighten and brighten the skin. The progressive approach is used, rather than the aggressive approach, for optimal results and less down-time.

What can I expect post-treatment?

You can anticipate an exfoliation at the cellular level of the skin. For each patient, the formulations are uniquely designed and, therefore, the results vary dependent upon your skin and your goals. You can expect that with the progressive approach, you will feel better and more rejuvenated in your skin.

Which Aftercare Steps Should I Take?


The exact aftercare steps required during recovery will differ from patient to patient based on the type of chemical peel chosen, the patient’s skin type, and other factors. Following Dr. McKeown’s post-treatment care directions is vital, as this leads to optimal results while decreasing the chance of complications.

Generally, it will be necessary to moisturize the skin regularly, since it will be very dry after treatment. The new skin in the area will also be especially vulnerable to sun damage, so it will be important to wear sunscreen with a proper SPF and to reapply regularly. Heavy sun exposure is to be avoided.

How much do chemical peels cost?


The chosen type of chemical peel affects the treatment’s cost. The price of a chemical peel is determined by the medical practice the patient chooses, and the types of skin issues being addressed also play a role.

Set up a consultation


At McKeown Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, our skincare professionals perform many types of chemical peels for Richmond patients. Arrange your consultation by contacting our office today.