Salicylic Acid Peel in Toronto

Starts at $100-$3,000
Procedure Time
30 minutes
Recovery Time
1 day

How Much Does a Salicylic Acid Peel Cost?

The cost of a Salicylic Acid Peel varies according to the severity of the patient’s acne symptoms. The cost of a light peel ranges from $100-$300, whereas a medium Salicylic Acid Peel can cost anywhere from $1,000-$3,000.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Salicylic Acid Peel?

Typically, it takes 1 day to recover from a Salicylic Acid Peel. During this time, it is normal for parts of the skin to peel off, as it is making room for a smoother, brighter layer. Patients should also avoid exposure to the sun and excessive exercise during this recovery period.

How Long Does a Salicylic Acid Peel Take?

At SpaMedica, it takes about 30 minutes for dermatologists or SpaMedica Medical aestheticians to apply a Salicylic Acid Peel onto the skin. Ideally, treatments should be delivered in a series of 6 peels, spaced 2 weeks apart.

What Is a Salicylic Acid Peel?

Salicylic Acid is a mild acidic chemical that is placed on the skin to lift off old skin cells and stimulate new underlying collagen. Despite being one of the most prevalent skin issues in the world, acne still has a tendency to make people feel small, alone, and insecure. Fortunately, a Salicylic Acid Peel works to actively improve problems like acne and inflammation by promoting the growth of a healthy new top layer of skin. A popular option for those suffering from acne-prone skin, a Salicylic Acid Peel exfoliates the superficial layers of the skin to avoid the build-up of acne. The end result? Skin that is smooth, clear, and, above all, glowing.

Who Is a Candidate for a Salicylic Acid Peel?

Fundamentally, a good candidate for a Salicylic Acid Peel is someone who is seeking a non-surgical way to treat skin that has been damaged by severe acne, sun exposure, or other conditions. However, please note that chemical peels are not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. As is the case with most cosmetic procedures, good candidates should have logical expectations concerning the risks and benefits of the procedure.

Benefits of a Salicylic Acid Peel

Smoother Skin
Salicylic Acid Peels stimulate the production of collagen, making skin look smoother and clearer.

Boost Self-Esteem
Salicylic Acid Peel can restore lost confidence by reducing the visibility of acne damage. 

Fast Recovery
Unlike surgical procedures, Salicylic Acid Peels boast little to no recovery.

Minimally Invasive
Salicylic Acid Peel treatments are completely anesthesia-free.

Risks of a Salicylic Acid Peel

Like all procedures, a Salicylic Acid Peel comes with the risk of potential complications. Dr. Mulholland has been performing Salicylic Acid Peels for many years and, after this many procedures, the risk of a significant complication is extremely low. Although Dr. Mulholland has not seen most of the risks listed below, these treatment complications have been reported:

Persistent Redness
Although skin redness is expected in the days following the procedure, in very rare cases, the condition can persist for longer.

Colour Change
Birth control pills and a family history of discolouration on the face may lead to the development of abnormal pigmentation after the treatment.

While risks are minimal, a complication that can occur involves the infection of the skin. However, the dermatologists at SpaMedica take extra care to avoid the risk of infection.

Like with regards to redness, a mild burning sensation is expected during the treatment. Please contact SpaMedica if this sensation persists following the treatment.

Why Choose SpaMedica for a Salicylic Acid Peel?

Led by the incomparable Dr. Mulholland, the skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeons at SpaMedica combine technical proficiency and unparalleled precision with an individualized approach that puts the patient first. By using advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, the SpaMedica team is capable of producing incredible results while also reducing the risk of complications.

Non-Surgical Salicylic Acid Peel Alternatives

Skincare, microneedling, and fractional treatments can also be used for skin rejuvenation.

How Is a Salicylic Acid Peel Performed by SpaMedica?

Prior to the treatment, the skin is prepped to ensure that the treated facial area is free of any oils left on the skin. Once the peel is applied to the skin, patients might feel a mild stinging sensation, which should subside after just a few minutes. During this time, the solution gently removes the skin’s dead cells.

How to Prepare for a Salicylic Acid Peel

Prior to your procedure, Dr. Mulholland and his team will review your medications and medical history. Based on the scope of the procedure, SpaMedica doctors may recommend that you stop taking certain medications before the treatment. It is also recommended that you keep the targeted area well-moisturized prior to your treatment. In addition, it is also important to clear any bacteria, make-up, or cream from the targeted area before undergoing a Salicylic Acid Peel.

What to Expect After a Salicylic Acid Peel

Immediately after undergoing a Salicylic Acid Peel, your skin will feel tight and you might experience redness and flaking. These effects are completely normal and signify that the peel is producing tangible results. Peeling usually lasts for 3 days and, once the treated skin has flaked off, patients will discover a new layer with fewer blemishes and blotches.

Salicylic Acid Peel Recovery & Timeline

After the Peel: Normal activities (such as work) may be resumed.

Day 2: Patients may resume performing strenuous activities, such as exercise.

Day 10: The layer of the skin has peeled, and patients can expect clear and healthy skin.

Best Procedures Paired with a Salicylic Acid Peel

Skincare, FotoFacial, Morpheus8, Botox injectable and soft tissue dermal fillers.

Salicylic Acid Peel FAQ

How Painful Is It to Get a Salicylic Acid Peel?

While it is normal to experience mild discomfort during and after the treatment, any irregular sensations can easily be controlled through oral medication. 

How Long Will the Results Last?

The results of a Salicylic Acid Peel are intended to be permanent, providing that patients respect their instructions for post-operative maintenance.

What Products Should I Avoid After a Salicylic Acid Peel?

After the treatments, scrubs and washcloths should be avoided. Indeed, it is recommended that patients use a gentle soap-free cleanser after their procedure. Exposure to the sun must also be avoided; as such, it is recommended that you wear sunblock on a daily basis in the days after the treatment.

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