CHEMICAL PEEL NYC
FACIAL REJUVENATION & FACIAL PEELS
Opting for a chemical peel in NYC with our dermatologists can achieve younger, smoother, clearer, and more radiant skin. Chemical peels can remove fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring. A chemical peel is a facial rejuvenation technique that uses a chemical solution to remove damaged skin cells. This process can encourage the growth of new, fresh skin cells that are smoother, more supple, and radiant.
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Chemical peels use a specialized solution to cause old skin cells to peel off. These facial peels improve the skin’s appearance on the area treated, such as the face, neck, chest, or hands. The chemical solution is applied to the skin, resulting in the exfoliation of dead skin cells from the surface to make way for new skin cells. The texture of the new skin is smoother. Keep in mind, after any peel, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun.
WHAT TYPES OF PEELS ARE THERE?
There are three basic types of chemical peels:
LIGHT CHEMICAL PEEL (KNOWN AS THE LUNCH TIME PEEL)
Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or another mild acid is applied to your skin with the purpose of only penetrating the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate. An AHA peel can improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and give your skin an overall “refreshed” look.
MEDIUM CHEMICAL PEEL
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or glycolic acid is applied to the skin to penetrate both the outer and middle layers of the skin. This treatment is used to address fine lines and wrinkles, moderate skin discoloration, freckles, and age spots. In some cases, it can also be used to treat precancerous skin growths, such as actinic keratosis.
DEEP CHEMICAL PEEL
Phenol or trichloroacetic acid is applied to the skin to deeply penetrate the middle layer to remove damaged skin cells. This peel offers dramatic improvement in the skin’s appearance and can remove moderate lines, freckles, age spots, and superficial scars.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A CHEMICAL PEEL IN NYC?
Patients who have the following skin care concerns may benefit from a facial peel:
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Aging skin
- Crows’ feet
- Sun-damaged skin
- Sagging skin
DO I NEED TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL TREATMENT AT YOUR NYC OFFICE?
It is recommended that you discuss your concerns and expectations with our dermatologists. Our doctors will review your medical history and ask if you have any kidney, liver, or heart conditions if you are considering a deep chemical peel. Be sure to inform our dermatologists if you are using any retinoid cream (for example, tretinoin) as this can enhance the penetration of the facial peel. There will be a physical examination of your skin to determine what type and grade chemical peel would benefit you the most. For the most part, a peel can be performed same day, following a consultation.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEDICATIONS?
Patients who have a history of herpes around the mouth will likely be prescribed an antiviral medication to help prevent an outbreak before their facial rejuvenation procedure. Patients who have a history of hyperpigmentation may be prescribed a lightening agent (hydroquinone) before and after treatment to help treat the hyperpigmentation and sunspots.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT THE DAY OF MY CHEMICAL PEEL IN NYC?
A chemical peel is done in an outpatient / office setting. Before the peel is applied to the treated area, your dermatologist will clean your face and may cover your eyes with gauze, ointment, or tape. A headband may also be used to protect and cover your hair. When receiving a medium or deep grade chemical peel, a pain relief medication such as a sedative or painkiller may be prescribed. For patients receiving a deep face peel, your doctor will likely numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A LIGHT CHEMICAL PEEL?
Your dermatologist will use a sponge, cotton ball, or brush to apply the chemical solution (glycolic or salicylic acid) to the target area. The treated area will begin to whiten in color. A mild stinging sensation may occur after the solution is applied to the skin. A neutralizing solution is then applied to remove the chemical.*
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MEDIUM CHEMICAL PEEL?
During a medium chemical peel, dermatologists will use gauze or a cotton-tipped applicator to apply the chemical solution. Trichloroacetic acid is typically used, and in some cases, will be combined with glycolic acid to treat the skin. Once the chemical is applied, the skin will begin to whiten in color. No neutralizing solution will be needed for this peel. However, a cool compress will be applied to the treatment area to soothe the skin. In some cases, a hand-held fan may be given to you to cool the skin. A stinging or burning sensation may occur for up to thirty minutes post peel.*
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A DEEP CHEMICAL PEEL?
Deep chemical peels utilize phenol (carbolic acid) to treat the skin. In order to limit the exposure to phenol, your dermatologist will perform your chemical peel in fifteen-minute intervals by sections. Generally, a full facial treatment can take up to ninety minutes to complete.*
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Light peels require little downtime for skin to heal (one to seven days). Treated skin will be slightly red and can possibly scale. Patients should wear sunscreen daily. Lotion or cream should be applied to treated skin until the skin heals. Generally, makeup can be worn the following day.*
Medium peels require seven to fourteen days to heal. Treated skin will be swollen and red. Expect the swelling to worsen within the first forty-eight hours. There is a possibility that blisters may form and break. The skin will form a crust and peel within seven to fourteen days. Lotion, cream, or makeup may be applied (consult with your physician). Avoid sun exposure by applying sunscreen and wearing a brimmed hat until healing is complete. Make sure to schedule a follow up appointment to monitor your progress.*
Deep peels require fourteen to twenty-one days to heal. This peel requires more post op care. Depending on the peel received, the treated area may be bandaged. Antiviral medication is prescribed for ten to fourteen days. The treated area must be soaked four to six times per day, applying ointment for the first fourteen days. Generally, a thick, coated moisturizer will be used for fourteen days. Avoid all sun exposure for three to six months post chemical peel. Schedule a follow up appointment to monitor the progress of your peel.*
WHAT KIND OF CHEMICAL PEEL RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
Chemical peels offer patients an excellent solution for anti-aging, active acne, and acne scarring. There are specific chemical peels designed for facial rejuvenation, while others are specialized for the inflammatory stages of acne. To maintain results, patients often need a follow up treatment several times a year.*
HOW MANY CHEMICAL PEELS ARE NECESSARY?
The number of treatments can vary based upon the condition of the skin and the type of chemical peel. Multiple treatments deliver significantly better results than a single treatment. Most patients see results with three to four consecutive treatments. Many of our facial peels are non-invasive, so most patients can return to their daily activities immediately following treatment.*
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT CHEMICAL PEELS IN NYC?
Everyone’s skin is different. Talk to one of our dermatology providers about all of your options. If you think that you may benefit from chemical peels, contact us. Our dermatologists can examine you and discuss your solutions. Give us a call at 646-661-6131 or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.