What Can I Expect to Pay for a Chemical Peel

What is a chemical peel? Well, it is a cosmetic treatment used to reduce wrinkles, acne scars, active acne, laugh lines, frown lines, fine lines, age spots, and spots caused by sun damage. The goal of this treatment is to remove the top layer of your skin (i.e. epidermis) so that healthy, new skin (i.e. dermis) can emerge. It can take between a couple of minutes and a couple of hours, depending on the procedure, to perform a chemical peel. Although it can cost between $50.00 and $7,000.00 for each peel, the average cost is approximately $800.00 per peel. If you are wondering what you can expect to pay for a chemical peel – you have come to the right place. This article will give you a “ballpark” figure of how much you can expect to pay for your chemical peel.

Chemical Peels

Did you know that chemical peels come in different strengths? If not, you are not alone. A trained dermatologist or esthetician can suggest the appropriate chemical peel for your skin tone and type. Superficial chemical peels, also known as mild peels, are generally used to treat and/or reduce surface skin imperfections. These peels include: lactic acid, salicylic, glycolic, and carbonic. A basic chemical peel can take up to 10 minutes to perform, and it can cost between $50.00 and $200.00, per peel. It is important to note that to maintain the positive effects; you will most likely need to repeat the treatment, every 4 to 8 weeks.


Truth-be-told, treatment costs can add up over time, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. In fact, you can expect a noticeable reduction in skin imperfections (i.e. wrinkles, acne scars, active acne, fine lines, frown lines, laugh lines, spots from sun damage and age spots) and a significant regeneration of skin cells, within three to six months. In addition, at-home peel kits are available to help keep your skin looking healthy, young and fresh in-between treatment sessions. These at-home kits should only be used for superficial (i.e. mild) skin conditions.


If you elect to have a more intensive (i.e. deeper) peel like a phenol peel performed, it may cost you between $1,000.00 and $7,000.00 per peel. This type of chemical peel normally takes between 1.5 hours to 2 hours to perform. In addition, it can take up to 8 weeks for your skin to properly heal from the treatment. It is important to note that this peel can blister and/or bleach you skin, so it should not be considered lightheartedly. In fact, a phenol chemical peel is considered a form of plastic surgery that provides results similar to a face lift.

Cost Considerations

When deciding whether or not to have a cosmetic procedure, cost can be a significant factor. If you cannot decide whether or not to have a superficial (i.e. mild) chemical peel or a more intensive (i.e. deeper) chemical peel, you may want to opt for a medium-strength peel. In most situations, a medium peel only needs to be performed every 3 to 4 years. It is considered a trichloroacetic acid treatment that reduces wrinkles, laugh lines, fine lines and frown lines. In addition, it can cost between $1,000.00 and $1,500.00 per peel. It is important to note that you skin may appeared blistered and/or sunburned for approximately 7 days, following the treatment. It is advised to stay out of the sun until your skin has completed healed (i.e. 6 to 8 weeks).


It is imperative that you contact a certified, licensed and trained dermatologist or esthetician before undergoing a professional chemical peel. Intensive (i.e. deeper) chemical peels like a phenol peel, should be performed by a board-certified dermatologist. For best results, make sure you provide all relevant information (i.e. previous treatments) to your physician or esthetician prior to treatment.


American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2014). Chemical peel. Retrieved from             http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/chemical-peel.html

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