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Burgess Plastic Surgery | Portland, OR Area

Chemical Peel

Many superficial skin problems, like a dull complexion, sun damage, or fine wrinkles can be treated through a non-invasive chemical peel treatment. Dr. Elisa Burgess is pleased to offer chemical peels with very little or no downtime to patients in her Lake Oswego plastic surgery practice.

Some of the top benefits of chemical peels include:

  • Removes the outer layers of skin to treat surface issues
  • Treats a variety of superficial skin problems
  • Can be formulated for each patient’s skin

Am I an ideal candidate for a chemical peel treatment?

Patients often elect chemical peel treatments as a means to correct many surface skin issues like a rough, dry or dull complexion, poor skin texture, acne, and blemishes. The chemical peel formulas, which can be used on a variety of skin types, include beta and alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic, lactic and fruit acids. The treatment can also be performed on individuals of varying ages.

What will the chemical peel be like?

Like other non-invasive cosmetic treatments, a chemical peel is performed in a short amount of time–light peels can be completed in about 15 minutes while deeper peels may require 45 minutes to one hour. Before the chemical peel, the skin is thoroughly cleansed. Then, the solution is applied to the face, neck, or chest. To achieve optimal results, several sessions may be required. Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Burgess will often recommend a specific skin care regimen in addition to the chemical peel.

What should I expect following a chemical peel in Portland?

As mentioned, for most chemical peels, little or no downtime is required. The patient should, however, expect temporary flaking, dryness of the skin, and possible redness as fresher skin emerges following treatment. No ointment is required, though patients may need to wear sun block. The patient’s normal routine can be resumed immediately.

Patients interested in refreshing the surface of their skin with a chemical peel are encouraged to contact Dr. Burgess at her Portland-area office.


Epionce ‘Lunch-Time’ Glycolic Peel- $75

Glycolic acid is a gentle AHA acid and is one of the mildest skin peels available with very little to no downtime. Great for all skin types, glycolic acid provides exfoliation that fades fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, sun-damage and acne scars. It’s the perfect choice for those who want a skin peel with little to no discomfort, side effects or downtime.

SkinMedica® Vitalize Peel – $150

The Vitalize peel is the only superficial peel suitable for all skin tones and complexions. It includes a unique blend of peeling agents: AHA, BHA, resorcinol, and retinoic acid. We recommend a series of these peels to see best results. Includes little downtime.

Obagi Blue Peel – $600

The Obagi Blue Peel® is a safe and effective way to significantly improve your skin without surgery. The Blue Peel is a controlled depth TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and UV photodamage. This is an in-office procedure designed to significantly improve the appearance of skin on the face, neck, chest, or top of the hands.  The Obagi Blue Peel® can be used on all skin types, as each Blue Peel is tailored to the individual.  Several peels may be necessary to reach optimal skin correction. Because this peel contains TCA, Dr. Burgess must perform this treatment.

The “Blue” is a base that is applied to the face to help the practitioner control the depth of application to the skin and aid in targeting the areas of concern.  The TCA works to effectively remove the thin surface layer of damaged skin.  These dead skin cells are replaced by healthier cells, allowing skin to become smooth and tight, giving you a fresher, younger appearance.

We require our patients to be on the complete Obagi NuDerm skincare kit for at least 6 weeks prior to having a Blue Peel. The length of use of the NuDerm kit will be dependent on your Fitzpatrick Skin Type and determined during a consultation. Patients should also be on a form of Retin-a for some time prior to the peel, and discontinued with the doctor’s recommendation.

What to expect:

Prior to the Obagi Blue Peel®, patients must precondition their skin for a minimum of six weeks with the Obagi NuDerm® system.  This prepares their skin and optimizes results.  The Blue Peel takes approximately 30 minutes to perform and does not require sedation.  Expect a stinging sensation during the peel, which usually subsides within a few minutes.  The skin may have a bluish tinge for several days that gradually washes off.  We recommend planning your schedule appropriately, as patients begin to peel about 48 hours after their treatment.

Peeling and redness normally lasts 7-10 days.  It is crucial to avoid sun exposure during this time and to adhere to all of the instructions given by your practitioner.  In approximately six weeks, patients begin to see the true results of their Obagi Blue Peel®: smoother, tighter, firmer, younger looking skin!

Have questions about which skin care line is right for you? We encourage you to contact Portland board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa Burgess, or schedule a complimentary skin care analysis with Greta, RN. Dr. Burgess and her staff are eager to answer your questions and help you achieve your skin care goals.

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