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Do chemical peels hurt?

Calm serene young woman in bathrobe and towel relaxing after taking bathChemical peels have become a popular treatment for a variety of skin concerns. But one question that often comes up is, “Do chemical peels hurt?” Our team at Acqua Med Spa of Webster, TX, wants to speak to patients to help them understand the goal of chemical peels and what they can expect during their appointment.

What is a chemical peel?

First, it’s best to understand what chemical peels are and how they work. A chemical peel is a skin treatment that uses a chemical solution to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. The solution works by exfoliating the top layer of skin cells, revealing the brighter, smoother skin underneath.

What are chemical peels used for?

Chemical peels are often used to treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma

What can patients expect during their appointment?

During your appointment, one of our estheticians will cleanse your skin before applying the chosen chemical peel solution. You may feel a tingling or burning sensation during this process, but it should not be painful. Once the solution has been applied, you will be left for a specific period of time before the chemicals are cleansed from the skin and the process is complete. You are given aftercare instructions to follow closely and information about what to expect in the following days based on the type of chemical peel you have had.

Do chemical peels hurt?

The answer is that it depends on the type of peel used. Superficial peels, the most common type, usually cause only a mild tingling or burning sensation. Medium and deep peels can be more intense, but most people report tolerable discomfort manageable with anesthesia. In general, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time will be. However, even deep peels typically result in only a few days of discomfort and redness. So if you’re considering a chemical peel, don’t let concerns about pain deter you from trying this effective treatment.

How do I learn more about chemical peels available at Acqua Med Spa?

If you reside in the area of Webster, TX, we encourage you to call our office at 281-606-2331 to request an appointment with our team to discuss your options for skin rejuvenation–including, but not limited to, chemical peels.

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Dear Patients,


We are announcing the relocation of Kim Carpin Plastic Surgery and the closure of Acqua Medspa effective March 31, 2023.


We are excited to continue to provide excellent Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa services at Houston Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a state-of-the-art facility located in Webster, Texas. In addition, our new location houses a certified in-office surgical suite.


Your medical records will be transferred to the new location. Please feel free to request a copy of your medical records at any time by emailing [email protected] or via phone.


Our new address is:

575 E Medical Center Blvd, Webster, TX 77598


Our phone numbers will be:


We will begin seeing patients at the new location Wednesday, April 5th, 2023.

We look forward to seeing you at our new location!



Dr. Kimberly Carpin


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