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What Are Chemical Peels?

This nonsurgical procedure is used to improve the skin on the face and neck through chemical exfoliation (such as salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic, and lactic acids). At our Tampa, FL office, nurse practitioner Michelle Buchanan offers chemical peel treatments that decrease skin abnormalities, like scars, fine lines, wrinkles, rough patches, hyperpigmentation issues, and more. Chemical peels clear away damaged, dead skin cells with the application of a customized peel on the skin that causes the surface layer to slough off. When your skin heals and begins to repair and rejuvenate itself, you should see a smoother, clearer complexion.

What are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

Drugstore products and over-the-counter creams might provide temporary benefits for your skin, but a chemical peel offers more dramatic and longer-lasting outcomes. Our patients report the following improvements:

  • Fresher-looking skin: Our treatment removes dead skin cells and encourages cell turnover, giving your face a more youthful appearance.
  • Improved pigmentation: Chemical peels even out blotchy or discolored areas for a more uniform appearance.
  • Clearer pores: Our special blend of chemicals reduces blackheads and other impurities that cause breakouts.
  • Smoother skin texture: VIVIFY Med Spa can address scaly skin, acne scars, and fine lines through our personalized processes.
  • Enhanced hydration: Chemical peels improve moisture retention for supple, resilient skin that glows.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Seeking the recommendations of a skin specialist is the first step in the journey to smooth, healthy skin. A team member at VIVIFY Med Spa can evaluate your skin in our Tampa, FL office before selecting the perfect chemical peel for you. Chemical peel patients typically have noticeable problems on their skin, including scaly patches, flaky skin, discoloration, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and much more. We can recommend varying strengths of peels to meet your needs.

Depending on the level of the peel you have, you can expect the treated area to peel and itch from several days to a couple of weeks. Michelle Buchanan or a member of her team will go over methods to care for your face during your procedure. You will relax in a comfortable position, and we will ensure the skin is cleansed prior to applying the personalized solution to the face and/or neck.

We will spread the solution onto your face and let it work for a predetermined length of time. Then, we will clean the solution off your skin and apply a neutralizing agent. You should bring a light sunscreen and a hat to wear outside following the procedure to avoid sun exposure. Please keep in mind that no matter how badly your skin itches during the healing process, it's never good to peel the skin off. Picking at your skin could result in scarring.

Medical Spa Testimonials


Very skilled and takes very good care of his patients - Doctor Buchanan is amazing! Very skilled and takes very good care of his patients. After my abdominal etching was completed I could always reach him and he would always take time to answer. Good follow up and very friendly. If I ever want somet...


Excellent experience. Would highly recommend.


This was my first time getting any “work” done so I was a little anxious but from the moment I stepped in the door, Dr. D, Michelle, Jessica, Denise and Lindsey set my mind at ease! Michelle has the best bedside manner…must be that Alabama southern drawl! She had me in and out before I could even ge...


I went to see Michelle for microneedling and Jeuveau - my first time for both! Michelle and the entire Vivify team are so wonderful. They really took time to answer my questions and make sure I was comfortable with everything before moving forward. My skin has never looked or felt better!


First time getting fillers / any work done and my experience was better than I expected. Michelle and staff were awesome

Alexis Ben

Michelle is the best!!! I have had my lip filler done with her several times and recently had HALO laser done for my skin complexion. Michelle was very thorough in explaining what I could expect during and after my treatments and made me super comfortable with the process. Denise and Marlie were als...

Damian Dorego

NP Michelle Buchanan is the absolute best! Aside from the amazing and clean facility, Michelle always makes me feel super comfortable before every treatment. She explains everything she is going to do and makes the experience pleasant! It is such a great experience every time I go to Vivify! 10/10 r...

daniella klima

I cannot say enough good things about this place. First of all, Michelle was the most genuine and amazing doctor I’ve ever encountered. She took her time with me and really investigated on how I wanted my lips to look. She was knowledgeable and educated on me on the after treatments so that I could ...

Chloe Hand

I had the best time at Vivify! Michelle and everyone that worked there was so incredibly nice and made this experience so fun for my mother and I coming in for a first-time beauty appointment before my wedding! Michelle was not only so kind, but she also made sure to get the best idea of what we wan...

Zanna Wright

I have been seeing Michelle for Botox since I moved to Florida - when I began noticing some lines in between my eyebrows from squinting in the sun! I knew I needed to take some preventative measures. Michelle is an all star injector, from the first session she made me feel so comfortable and underst...

Madelyn Alvarez

Michelle and all of her staff is absolutely wonderfuI!!! I go once every 3 to 4 months to get my fix of rejuvenation. Michelle and her staff are the kindest and most gentle. My perception of beauty is to look as natural and age with grace and Michelle helps me obtain that goal in an efficient mann...

Darla Smoak Campbell

I love Michelle and all the staff at VIVIFY. I’ve used them for several different treatments over the years and have never been disappointed. Michelle injected me with Botox recently and she did an amazing job, as always. No more wrinkles and feeling like a new woman!

alida hernandez

Michelle is an excellent practitioner who helped me tremendously to improve the texture of my skin. I suffered severe acne about 10 years ago, and I have had many painful treatments to improve the scarring in my face since then. Very little results achieved; however, Michelle has been the one who re...

Peel Your Way to Perfect Skin

If you've never had treatments to rejuvenate the skin, VIVIFY medspa can evaluate your skin and recommend the best option to fit your unique needs. Your renewed skin will respond by looking healthy and caressingly soft. Contact our office in Tampa, FL to schedule your skin consultation today for a professional chemical peel.

Chemical Peel FAQ

What level should I choose for my chemical peel?

Will my face hurt afterward?

What level should I choose for my chemical peel?

Which level of chemical peel is best for you will depend on your unique skin needs and cosmetic goals. During your initial consultation with Michelle Buchanan, she can help you decide which formula is best for your skin. A few factors you may consider are your overall health, the type of skin you have, the depth of your skin concerns, how long you can spend in recovery, and what concerns you have about the appearance of your skin. Initially, it may be better to select a light chemical peel and see what you think of the results. From there, you might tweak your treatment plan to decide the best chemical peel level for your needs.

Will my face hurt afterward?

Depending on the peel used, you may have mild discomfort throughout the treatment and shortly after. If you get a lighter peel, you will probably feel some stinging; however, this goes away quickly with the use of a small fan. Medium and deep peels are better for deeper issues and give you longer-lasting results, but they are usually cause greater discomfort. Topical anesthetics, medications, and ointments can be used to minimize your discomfort during your chemical peel. Michelle Buchanan or a member of her team will discuss skin care after your chemical peel to extend your results.

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