Northern Virginia plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Mountcastle, provides chemical peels as a nonsurgical, less invasive way to improve the appearance of skin. Derma peeling or skin resurfacing, is a treatment that applies a chemical solution to the top layer of the skin to strip away damaged or dead skin cells. Once the treated layer is shed, the rejuvenated skin is left behind. Chemical peels can be used on the face or neck to reduce wrinkles, blemish scarring, uneven skin tone, sun spots, freckles, hyper pigmentation and rough or scaly patches. We offer an array of peels by SkinMedica and The Perfect Derma Peel that range from a light, no downtime peel to more corrective and deep peels, so that the treatments are customize to the patient's needs. A single chemical peel can be done as a maintenance treatment, but is best done in a series of three or more for corrective results. We offer these treatments at any of our Mountcastle Medspa and Laser Center.
Chemical Peel Reviews
"Been a customer of Mountcastle for a couple of years now...it's always a pleasure to see Amy. I have been very satisfied with my injectable services as well as my facial laser and rejuvenation services (Clear & Brilliant, & chemical peels). Amy has met my expectations in maintaining a younger/fuller "natural" appearance. I recommend her all the time."- B.C. / Yelp / Jul 20, 2016
"This review is for the IPL-BBL treatment for age spots. In past years, I have wasted many thousands of dollars on IPL (non-BBL), microdermabrasions, chemical peels, facials, and products to treat dark spots that started showing up in my mid-fifties. IPL-BBL from Mountcastle is the only one that has made a huge improvement for me. After treatment, many of the spots turned almost black before they healed, and I was warned that this would happen. After my first treatment, it took about a week to completely heal and see the full results, and they were amazing. I had one blotch that was so deep it felt leathery. Although the blotch still exists, it is lighter and smaller and no longer feels or looks like leather. I purchased four treatments and I had my second treatment yesterday. I can see many spots turning dark now, so I know they will heal and look better next week. Many of the spots on my face have completely disappeared. I don't expect to be spot-free after this second treatment, but I am getting there. If all continues to go as remarkably as I expect, I plan on doing my hands next. Ragan was my aesthetist. She is excellent. She answered all my questions and she suggested some products to use at home. She used an IPL machine that has a cooling feature, a real plus. I felt a hot snap and an instant cooling at each spot. It wasn't painful enough to make me jump and it's well worth the results. I have one minor complaint: They don't always answer the phone or return calls promptly."- M.M. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2017
"Very Good place. Neat and clean office. Marria is very good. I got my laser done by her. I go for chemical peel facial as well. She is superb. Thanks Maria."- T.U. / Google / Jul 11, 2017
"My first time at Mountcastle and it was awesome! After looking for awhile for a new medical spa and reading the good reviews I decided to give it a try and I am very happy. I had a chemical peel due to problems with sun damage and Maria was so sweet and knowledgeable about all the issues I presented. Also I appreciate the fact that Dr. Mountcastle took the time to ask me about my concerns and gave me advise and how to proceed. Definitely will return!"- D.V. / Google / Apr 13, 2018
Types of Chemical Peels
Medium Depth Peels
Our corrective peels include SkinMedica's Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels. These two consist of a blend of several naturally derived acids that are safe for all skin types, with Rejuvenize being a stronger percentage of the two. Recovery can take around 5-7 days.
A deep peel is the most corrective, and has a recovery of one to two weeks, on average. We offer The Perfect Derma Peel has a much stronger effect and can combat more persistent problems such as melasma, mild acne scarring, and fine to moderate lines and wrinkles. Although deeper peels show the most dramatic improvement, a series of 3-6 peels is still recommended if correction is desired over routine maintenance.
The process for applying a chemical peel is generally the same for each type, but will vary slightly depending on the level of solution being applied. Anesthesia is not used during this procedure. First, the face is thoroughly cleaned, and a prepping solution is applied. The peeling solution is then applied to the skin using rough gauze, and several passes may be performed. Patients can experience mild to moderate stinging or a feeling of heat within the skin at this time. The peels are self-neutralizing, and the patient should wait at least 4-6 hours to cleanse their skin. Patients will need to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure as much as possible.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $125 - $350
Chemical Peel FAQs
Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?
A chemical peel does not hurt. However, it may cause some discomfort. Most patients will feel tingling and a slight burning sensation, which will subside shortly after the procedure has been completed.
It is very common to combine a chemical peel with another procedure. Microdermabrasion is one such procedure that provide effective results when combined with a peel. This will be considered a combination program that can be repeated every six weeks.
How to Choose?
There are many alternatives to consider. Individuals looking to reduce fine lines, blotchiness and other mild skin conditions may benefit from a chemical peel, which removes dead skin cells and accelerates the generation of new skin. If deep wrinkles are the issue, patients may also want to consider having a treatment such as injectable fillers, BOTOX or Dysport.