Chemical peels can help improve the appearance of your skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles as well as evening out skin tone. Peels are a great solution for New York patients who want to give their skin a fresh, vibrant look without the downtime of other procedures.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 if you’re ready to learn more about correcting your complexion with a chemical peel. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.
How Chemical Peels Help
A chemical peel is a skin rejuvenation technique designed to improve the appearance of the skin. During a chemical peel, a solution is applied to the skin surface, causing the surface cells to separate and peel off, thus allowing new skin to regenerate. As the dull skin is removed, your complexion becomes vibrant and revitalized. The new skin is smoother and more luminous, and skin tone is more uniform.
Chemical peels can be used to treat fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth, and the wrinkles that result from sun damage. Chemical peels can also be used to improve the skin tone; sunspots, age spots, and the blotchiness that can occur with birth control pills or pregnancy (melasma) can all be improved by chemical peels. In addition, the pre-cancerous skin changes that result from excessive sun exposure (actinic keratoses) can also be resolved. Peels can treat acne and mild acne scars, and can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms or legs.
The best candidates for peels have fine lines and wrinkles, age spots or minor pigmentation combined with minimal skin sagging. Patients with lighter complexions are preferred because there is less of a chance of the skin getting darker (known as hyperpigmentation) following the procedure.
Your Treatment Options
Dr. Green offers many different solutions for chemical peels in order to provide patients with a choice of treatment options. With so many different peels available, Dr. Green can work closely with you to select a peel designed specifically for what you wish to improve and the amount of downtime your schedule allows.
A peel should be selected based upon your specific complexion concerns and severity of changes in your skin. Changes limited to the superficial layers of the skin include increased skin pigmentation and a roughened skin texture without wrinkles, both of which can be treated with a superficial peel. When the textural changes include wrinkling around the eyes and mouth, the changes in the skin have extended deeper into the skin. The most severe changes in the skin include generalized deep wrinkling with a leathery appearance and feel to the skin. These changes imply still deeper damage to the skin, and Dr. Green recommends a more aggressive peel in these cases.
Dr. Green commonly performs superficial peels with either TCA (10-25%) or Jessner’s solution. Salicylic acid can also be used for superficial skin peeling. It has been used for decades and is a good peeling agent for patients who also have acne. Alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid at 30-50%, are also commonly used for superficial peeling.
Medium depth peels are usually done with TCA (35-50%), glycolic acid (70%), or 35% TCA augmented with Jessner’s solution or with glycolic acid.
Deep peels are only done in individuals who have significant changes in the skin, and have deep wrinkles. Since deep peels require a longer healing time and carry a higher risk for pigmentation damage, they are rarely performed. Many patients prefer to undergo repetitive superficial and medium depth peels if significant correction is needed, essentially multiplying the capabilities of a single lighter peel over time.
Recovery and Results
A superficial peel has a recovery period of a few hours to a few days, depending on how aggressive the treatment was. Recovery from a medium depth peel generally takes about one week. A deep chemical peel will take from several weeks to several months to completely recover.
Generally speaking, a light to medium depth chemical peel is not painful. Most patients experience a warm to somewhat hot sensation that lasts for five to ten minutes. This may be followed by a mild stinging sensation. However, a deep chemical peel may require pain medication during and after the procedure.
Wrinkles that occur during muscle action (known medically as dynamic wrinkles), deep scars, and skin sagging due to aging are generally not improved with chemical peeling. For this reason, other procedures like dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic or Fraxel® Dual resurfacing should be incorporated.
If you’re unhappy with the tone and texture of your skin, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether chemical peels may be right for you.