Chemical peels are intense exfoliating treatments that can be customized to your precise needs and skin goals.
- Downtime: Depends on the type and depth of the peel
- Pain Level: Depends on the type and depth of the peel
- Results Duration: Depends on the type and depth of the peel
Signs of aging, sun damage symptoms, pigmentation irregularities, and some skin conditions
Depends on the peel, might include redness, swelling, irritation, and crusting
Face, neck, or hands
Follow up appointments may be required, depending in the intensity of the treatment
Chemical solution is applied topically to area to remove outermost skin cells
Topical anesthetic may be applied prior to some treatments
Reduction of aging symptoms and sun damage, rejuvenated skin texture and tone
Results are visible once skin heals completely
A chemical peel is a treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, we understand there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to skin rejuvenation treatments. We offer a wide range of chemical peels, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, TCA and Jessner peels to accommodate the needs and goals of all our patients.
How do Chemical Peels Work?
Chemical peels exfoliate the skin by removing the outermost layers of skin to reveal smoother, more youthful skin below. These treatments come in a variety of depths, which can address a wide range of concerns and goals:
- Light peels remove the thinnest layer of skin cells and can be used for overall rejuvenation or to treat early signs of aging. These peels do not involve any downtime and can be repeated every few weeks to maintain the improvement.
- Medium peels remove cells from the outer and middle layers of the dermis. These treatments can address deeper wrinkles, shallow scarring, uneven skin tone, and age spots. These peels cannot be performed as frequently and there are typically a few days of downtime afterward.
- Deep peels work even deeper into the dermal layers to produce the most dramatic, long-lasting results. These peels are recommended for deep facial creases, scarring, age spots, and precancerous growths. These peels involve a variety of side effects and around 2 weeks of downtime.
When Will I See Results?
You may start to see improvement in the days following your procedure. However, most patients won’t experience their final result until a week or two after treatment. Those results should last between 3 and 5 months.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
Most patients head back to work or other activities immediately following their chemical peel. You might experience headaches for the first day or two. Some patients also see slight bruising or swelling around the injection sites for 2 or 3 days. Make sure you plan your treatment around any upcoming events to ensure your skin is fully healed. Your doctor may also give you specific post-treatment instructions to aid your healing and enhance your results.
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Questions and Answers
Q: What is a Glycolic Acid Peel?
A: Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that is used in medium-strength peels. It is effective in penetrating and exfoliating the skin and can be used to address a host of skin concerns.
Q: What is a Salicylic Acid Peel?
A: Salicylic acid provides a gentler exfoliating treatment that works well for fine lines, uneven skin tone, and a dull skin tone. The treatment brightens and smooths skin with little to no disruption in your daily schedule.
Q: What is a Jessner's Peel?
A: A Jessner’s peel combines lactic and salicylic acid with resorcinol to produce a deep, dramatic skin treatment. This is a popular choice for uneven skin pigment, acne scarring, and more severe aging symptoms.
Q: What is a TCA Peel?
A: TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid, which is a medium chemical peel. TCA has been found to be particularly effective in managing melasma and treating acne. The treatment can also be used to address fine lines, scarring and other skin discolorations.
Q: Is a Chemical Peel Right for Me?
A: Because chemical peels come in a range of depths, these treatments can be appropriate for nearly any skin type and tone. If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for a chemical peel, schedule a consultation with our office today.
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