David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

Chemical Peels

Appealing New Chemical Peels
(These are not your old-fashioned glycolic acid peels.)

Chemical peels are definitely experiencing a newfound popularity and with these new peels, it’s easy to see why. Chemical peels are now the fourth most popular nonsurgical procedures in the country (after Botox, Fillers and Laser Hair Removal). We think it is because of the marked improvement in their formulations.chemicalpeelstesttubeshalfsize.jpg

Our new generation of chemical peels is a far cry from old-fashioned glycolic acid peels which could be harsh and irritating to the skin without very exciting results. In fact, many of the new peels contain no glycolic acid at all.

Rather than just treating the superficial layers of the skin like peels of the past, these new chemical peels penetrate to the dermis, rejuvenating the skin from the inside out. Chirally-corrected active ingredients actually help to remodel the skin for less down time and more visible results.

If you are needing a jump-start, chemical peels can be boosted and layered for powerful results never before possible. They can be blended and customized for every skin type, including Rosacea and Melasma. Some peels are best in a series and others are designed to stand alone.

New! SkinMedica Peels

SkinMedica, the award-winning, bestselling line of skin care products, is also well-known in the industry for the efficacy of their three in-office chemical peels. Although the ingredients are super-advanced, the lineup is refreshingly simple to understand. From mild to heavy-duty they are: Illumize, Vitalize then Rejuvenize.

First-time chemical peel patients and patients looking for a gentle peel to enhance skin glow and radiance will Illuminize.

This superficial chemical peel utilizes a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents (salicylic acid and resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation. Clarity, color and texture are improved with little to no visible peeling.

SkinMedica Number of Treatments Price
Illuminize Peel 4-6 $132 each


Anti-aging, melasma, sun-damaged, and acne-prone patients will Vitalize.

This is the most popular SkinMedica peel combining resorcinol, lactic, salicylic, and retinoic acid (at Christy’s discretion) to offer dramatic improvement in texture and tone. The renewal process stimulates collagen production, improves pigmentation, acne, and melasma. Skin appears healthier and more youthful with minimal downtime. You’ll see visible improvement after one Vitalize Peel and optimal results after a series of treatments.

SkinMedica Number of Treatments Price
Vitalize Peel 1 $232 each


Skin care veterans with moderate to severe sun-damage, acne scarring or pigmentary changes will Rejuvenize.

Once you’ve established your tolerability to the Vitalize Peel, you may move up to this heavy-duty solution. Peeling can range from mild flaking to peeling in sheets. Regardless of the amount of peeling, you’ll have a dramatic improvement in the appearance of skin tone and texture.

SkinMedica Number of Treatments Price
Rejuvenize Peel 1 $332 each

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Lasers vs. Chemical Peels vs. HydraFacial MD

All of these treatments focus on regenerating the skin and improving texture, fine lines and wrinkles, but the way each works is different. Some of the best results happen when these treatments are combined.

  • Laser procedures have a fixed and targeted area of penetration. The results are determined by the number of passes performed.
  • The penetration and results from a chemical peel is dependent both on the concentration of active ingredients and the amount of time they are in contact with the skin.
  • HydraFacial MD is a physical exfoliation of the top layers of the skin, followed by a deep infusion of prescription-strength topicals.

Which of the three options is best for you depends on your skin care goals and your budget. We’ll be happy to walk you through all of your choices during your free skin care consultation. All of our skin care procedures include photographs with our new Reveal Camera so you can document your progress!

Menu of Skin Care Services: RealPeels

Skin Lightening RealPeel
This is a powerful one-two punch to treat Melasma (hormonal dark patches on the skin) and hyperpigmentation from too much time in the sun.

The first step is the medical-grade skin-lightening mask that is compounded on the day of your procedure to ensure it is fresh and ready-to-go. The next step is your at-home regimen of skin care products. It is important to use these as instructed if you want to get a result like our patients have in the pictures.

Good to know: You leave our office with the RealPeel mask on your face, and wear it for eight to ten hours. It’s bright white so you’ll want to schedule your peel a time when you won’t have to be out in public! There is some recovery time so you will want to have your peel done when you can take a few days to recover stay out of the sun. We’ll explain more when you come in for your consultation.

RealPeel Number of Treatments Price
Skin Lightening RealPeel 1 $750

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Baby Steps: The Mini-RealPeel
The Mini-RealPeel is an option if you want a skin lightening peel without the downtime of the full-strength Skin Lightening RealPeel. You should expect to have a series of 4-6 treatments to achieve comparable results to the Skin Lightening RealPeel. This is a great introduction to chemical peels because it is a Hydroquinone-free and brightens your skin with less redness and peeling. It also comes with a skin care take-home kit.

RealPeel Number of Treatments Price
Mini-RealPeel 4-6 $250 each


Menu of Skin Care Services: Societe Peels

Transition Peel
Acne-prone, sun-damaged and aging skin types rejoice! The Transition Peel is the answer to your prayers. Unique because it is customized with boosting agents per condition, the Transition Peel is formulated with two different peeling agents that attribute to collagen production. Two peptides discovered in a National Institute of Health Study add to its effectiveness. The Transition Peel is excellent for acne-prone, sun damaged and aging skin types. A series of 4-8 chemical peels are recommended.

Transition Peel Price
Transition Peel $95
Series of 4 Peels $330

Yes, we do dermplaning! Lots of people have been asking because it is quite rare to find an aesthetician who can do this treatment well. A dermaplane treatment serves two purposes. It exfoliates the skin in preparation for a chemical peel and removes any “peach fuzz” on your face. Removing this hair along with your dry, dead skin cells results in a much smoother palette for your makeup and increases the penetration of your peel of choice.

Peel Price
Dermaplane $65 add-on to any treatment

Trinity: Our Very Own “Red Carpet” Treatment

The Trinity is becoming a very popular treatment in our office because it combines three of our best skin care procedures. This is serious skin care. In a one-hour appointment you’ll have a HydraFacial MD, some Laser Genesis and a light chemical peel.

Not Quite Ready for a Peel? Try a Facial!

Personalized Prescription Facial
All facials include deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, steam and a specialized mask designed for your skin type. High frequency and extractions are available for patients with specific skin conditions as needed.

Teen Facial
There is never a better time than the present to start a customized skin care program. Prevention and education are the keys to a lifetime of great skin. This facial is one part procedure, the other part beginner skin care lesson.

Facial Price
Personal Prescription Facial $95
Package of 6 $450
Teen Facial $75

Did you Know? Christy has developed quite a following for her artistic brow design and shaping. So if you are here for other skin care procedures, you’ll definitely want to get your brows waxed at the same time.

Questions? Too many options? We know! While it’s a good problem to have, sorting through the many chemical peels our office offers can be confusing. We recommend asking Licensed Aesthetician Christy Ledford for help to pick the right one based on your individual skin type, budget and recovery restrictions. After all, it’s your personal approach to personal change.

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Meet Christy Ledford, Licensed Aesthetician

Wondering what you need to do to get great skin? Then you’ll want to meet Christy Ledford, our wonderful new Medical Aesthetician and Skincare Specialist.Christy Ledford Licensed Aesthetician Knoxville

If you haven’t met Christy yet, you are in for a real treat. It took us a while to find her, but boy did we make the right choice. Charming, professional and kind, Christy demonstrates a sincere interest in the well-being of our patients and the overall results of their treatments. She is quickly becoming a favorite of patients and staff alike.

Her 7 years experience as a Licensed Aesthetician have given Christy an extensive understanding of medical-grade skin care products and procedures.

Helping patients design their perfect, personalized skincare plan is Christy’s specialty. She has a talent for finding just the right mix of treatments to achieve great results. Her extensive knowledge in combating aging, hyperpigmentation, redness and acne is what sets her apart.

Dr. Reath is a true believer in aesthetic skin care and the impact it can have on our surgical procedures. Together, Christy and Dr. Reath stay up to date on the newest technologies and ingredients to give the best results to our patients. Whatever your unique concerns, skin type and budget, you’ll love your time with Christy almost as much as you’ll love your results.

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