Chemical peels are an effective way to improve the appearance of skin on the face, neck, and hands. They can be used to improve specific skin concerns as well as provide overall rejuvenation. Chemical peels can be used to:
- Brighten dull or lifeless skin
- Improve skin texture
- Smooth out fine lines around the eyes
- Minimize wrinkles and lines around the lips
- Improve the appearance of mild scarring
- Lighten freckles, age spots, and other areas of dark pigmentation
Types of Chemical Peels
Dr. Westreich offers different types of chemical peels, each designed to treat skin concerns at varying depths in the skin. Examples of commonly performed peels are Glycolic acid and Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels.
Glycolic acid peels consist of a naturally derived alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) and are used to remove only the very top layers of the skin. After the treatment, patients can resume normal activities immediately. They may experience some minor redness after the treatment and see some flaking as the outer layers peel away. To achieve optimal results, Dr. Westreich usually recommends that patients have these peels done every 6 weeks for 3 – 6 months.
Trichloracetic acid (TCA) is used for medium depth peels. This type of peel provides more dramatic results, but requires 5 – 10 days of downtime afterwards to allow your skin to heal. TCA peels can be given in varying strengths (20-35%), depending on the depth of treatment required. With lighter peels, multiple treatments (commonly 2-3) are typically necessary. With stronger TCA peels, one treatment is usually sufficient but longer healing is required.
Caring for Skin After a Chemical Peel
After your peel, your skin may appear sunburned. It may be slightly pink or red and may feel tender to the touch. With deeper layer peels, the reaction is more pronounced. Peeling of the old skin typically starts 2-3 days after the peel and continues for several days, depending on peel strength. Dr. Westreich will provide you with guidelines on how to care for your skin based upon the type of peel you receive. For all chemical peels, it is crucial that you protect your skin from the sun after a peel, as the new skin will be more susceptible to sun damage as it is growing. The best approach is to avoid prolonged sun exposure completely for at least 2 months following the peel. When sun exposure is unavoidable, be sure to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or above and wear a hat to protect your skin.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
The exfoliation produced by a chemical peel can have impressive benefits including:
- Softening lines and wrinkles
- Limit acne breakouts
- Reducing the appearance of acne scars
- Reducing the appearance of sun spots and age spots
- Smoothing the texture of the skin
- Creating a healthy glow
Am I a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Those with darker skin tones may not be ideal candidates for the strongest formulas. Chemical peels also may not be appropriate for those with very sensitive skin or chronic skincare conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Dr. Westreich can advise you if a chemical peel is appropriate for you, and which formula will achieve the results you envision.
What to Expect After Treatment
Lighter more superficial peels will produce mild peeling for approximately three to five days following treatment. With medium peels, peeling will continue for seven to ten days. For deep chemical peels, the area will be kept moist using petroleum jelly for two days following your chemical peel. You may experience redness, swelling, and peeling for several weeks following your procedure.
Why You Should Choose New Face NY for Chemical Peels
Dr. Westreich is widely recognized as one of the best board-certified plastic surgeons in New York City. His caring, experienced staff will make you feel immediately welcome in his exclusive Upper East Side office. When you walk through our door, you will discover a haven where your skin can be revitalized and restored to its youthful vibrancy. Why would you go anywhere else in NYC? Schedule a consultation today for one of the best treatments of chemical peels New York has to offer.