Chemical Peels (Light / Superficial Peels)

The total cost of a chemical peel may vary from about $150 up to $6000 or more. The average cost of a chemical peel is $673, according to 2016 data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Chemical peels are considered to be a cosmetic procedure, so your health insurance is unlikely to cover the cost. Check your coverage with your insurance provider before scheduling a treatment.

The cost of a chemical peel depends on the type of chemical peel. In general, the deeper the peel, the more expensive the procedure.

A single treatment with a light peel will probably cost $200 or less, depending on the specific chemical(s) used. You may need to undergo the procedure 4-6 times to obtain the desired results, so the total cost of treatment may be over $1000.

Type of anesthesia, if any: Anesthesia is unnecessary for superficial peels and optional for medium-depth peels but required for deep peels. Any type of sedation or anesthesia will increase the cost of your procedure. General anesthesia is particularly expensive, because it will require a specially equipped medical facility and the oversight of an anesthesiologist, which means the procedure will cost $3000 or more.

Geographic location of medical facility: Chemical peels are more expensive in some cities and countries than in others.

Physician’s experience: Doctors who have more experience with chemical peels may charge a higher fee. Especially for medium-depth and deep peels, it is imperative to find a very experienced doctor, as these peels carry a higher risk of side effects.

If you decide to undergo treatment with a chemical peel, ask multiple doctors for their price estimates before scheduling a treatment.