Discoloration, dullness, and unevenness are all common skin problems that are difficult for the body to fix on its own. Chemical peels are a faster way to undo years of damage. Known as chemexfoliation, a chemical peel removes the top layers of the skin using an acid solution. The potency of the chemical peel can be adjusted to suit our patients’ particular skin challenges. After one session, you can expect to see a brighter complexion and more even skin tone. After several regular treatments, you may see a noticeable decrease in lines and wrinkles.
There are several different grades of chemical peels that we can provide, depending on our assessment and your individual needs. Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) are some of the standard acids we offer. One of our own proprietary solutions is called the Radiance Peel, which is specially formulated for brightness and clarity. “It tingles a bit as it works its magic, but it’s not painful. The day after your face has a tight radiant glow. Three days later you’ll have some light flaking (which you can chalk up to a beach day) and then–voila!–you will again be rewarded with a luminous complexion,” raves Dr. Patricia Wexler.
What to Expect
Length of Procedure
Depending on the peel, the process may take as little as 15-20 minutes, though some can take a bit longer.
Results depend on the peel being performed. Some gentle peels will give immediate results, while the stronger ones may have delayed results (7 to 10 days) as the skin begins regeneration. Over time and/or additional treatments, discoloration will fade and blemishes will decrease.
This noninvasive treatment has variable downtime: for the most part, there is none, and patients can have it performed over lunch. More powerful peels like Jessner’s TCA, may take up to a week and a half for redness and flaking to completely disappear. The most common side effects are mild stinging and irritation as the upper layers of skin begin to peel.
Number of Treatments
Mild peels can be done frequently, with little to no downtime. For best results we recommend “every 6 weeks, or once a season,” counsels Dr. Francesca Fusco. Our more powerful peels only need one application for optimal results.
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