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

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 

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.

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SkinMedica® Rejuvenize Peel

The Rejuvenize peel is to help treat more moderate to severe skin imperfections. Patients can expect peeling starting around 48-72 hours after application, and peeling can last 3-7 days.

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Have questions about which chemical peel treatment 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 our skin care team. Dr. Burgess and her staff are eager to answer your questions and help you achieve your skin care goals.


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