Chemical Peel

“Peeling away old skin to promote more even color and texture.”

Common name – Chemical Peel (deep).

Technical name/also known as – Chemical Peel (deep).

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

This procedure helps to improve the color and texture of skin. Sun damage, age, and smoking can cause lines in the skin as well as patchy, dark, or uneven skin color. A deep chemical peel can restore and even out the color and texture of the skin.

How it is done: How the face is “peeled”

A chemical solution is applied over the skin. Initially, the skin will be red and swollen and may ooze or crust. Protective ointment will be used. Within 7-10 days, scabs should be gone and replaced by pink colored skin. It will take time for the pink to fade.


A deep peel can significantly improve the tone and texture of the skin as well as wrinkles, leaving more youthful and radiant skin.


The tradeoff for a more youthful facial appearance is downtime. Initially, the scabbing and crusting may be uncomfortable and during this time, you may not want to go out in public [insert hyperlink for ugly duckling here] Once the scabs are gone, pink skin color can last for many months before fading. Lighter pigmentation is possible. Sun avoidance is imperative.

Who pays for this

This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.

What to expect

Length of operation

Less than 30 minutes (unless combined with another procedure)

Anesthesia used

Oral sedation in the office, general anesthesia if combined with another surgery.

In or out patient

Outpatient, unless combined with another procedure.

Time until final appearance

4-6 months, depending on how the redness fades.

Length of results

Long-lasting, but varies from patient to patient.

Side effects

Temporary swelling and pain commonly occur. Irregular skin color may be noticed initially. For the first 7-10 days, talking or eating may be uncomfortable if the peel is performed around the mouth due to cracks in the scabs. Pink color of the skin can be prolonged (several months) but can be covered with makeup until pigment returns. Hypopigmentation (lighter color) of the skin is possible.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise.   Risks include pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of skin laxity, dissatisfaction with appearance, asymmetry, seroma, sensory changes including permanent loss of sensation, temporary or permanent changes in facial movement, wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.


“While recovery can be a challenge, patients love their smooth and even skin.”

– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell  

Virtual Consults


While we are under social distancing and shelter at-home instructions, I am offering virtual consultations for new patients interested in meeting with me.

You can do this from a computer (via an invitation) or a smartphone (via an invitation and the Google Meet app).
There are four parts to the consultation:


1. Arrange a consultation by phone or email,
Phone: 248-885-8858


2. Download the new patient forms. Click here.

After you fill them out, you can either fax or email them to me.
Fax: 248-856-3975


3. Once the consultation is arranged, a meeting invite will be sent to you with the link for the consultation. At our prearranged time, follow the link to our secure and private consultation.

There, you and I will have time to talk about your goals, medical history, and all about the procedure.

While the examination is limited to observation in two dimensions, I should be able to determine whether or not you are a candidate for surgery.


4. If you are indeed a surgical candidate, you will be contacted by Andrea, my patient coordinator, to get a surgical quote (or if insurance-based, your expected out of pocket costs), and an opportunity to hold a surgical date.

You will also be given a follow-up visit to confirm with your exam that you are a candidate and preoperative visit time for us to prepare you for surgery.


I hope to virtually see you soon!

Your Next Step!

Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.

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Give our office a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 3pm.

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    Before and After Gallery

    When you come into the office for your appointment, you will be able to see more ‘before and after’ photos of this procedure including different options.

    Recovery time

    If healing proceeds as expected:

    Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise). Rest with your head up for the first two weeks to help reduce swelling.
    Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks. May cover pink skin with makeup once scabs or open areas are gone. May resume work if it is sedentary. Gradually increase exercise.

    Returning to Work

    This depends on the type of work that you do. Many women can return to sedentary work at two weeks (or less), though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. The “ugly duckling” phase after this procedure can be difficult for patients.

    Time until final appearance

    4-6 months, depending on how the redness fades.

    Length of results

    Long-lasting, but varies from patient to patient.

    Smoking and Surgery

    If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery.  To better understand why, please click this link:

    Smoking and Plastic Surgery

    Other Information

    Prior to a deep chemical peel, it is recommended to prepare the skin with topical treatments that help even the skin out before the peel to maximize results. Plan to bring a scarf with you on the day of the procedure as well as dark glasses to camouflage your temporarily swollen appearance on leaving the hospital or office. For other suggestions during the “ugly ducking” stage, click here

    If you color your hair, do so right before surgery as you will not be able to color your hair until three weeks following the procedure. Plan to bring a scarf with you to the hospital on the day of the procedure as well as dark glasses to camouflage your temporarily swollen appearance on leaving the hospital.


    See what her patients have to say about their surgical experience.

    Follow the link to read some of the many letters received by Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell.

    Your Appointment

    When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure.

    You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.

    Don’t forget:  it is your body!  There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!

    Contact us

    Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

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