As we age, skin loses its natural elasticity and ability to fight gravity. Time spent outdoors in the sun, wind, and other harsh elements can also enhance unsightly wrinkles or dark spots. Our faces are particularly prone to the inevitable slowing of cell turnover that occurs as we get older. New facial skin cells take longer to regenerate and old cells stay on the skin surface longer. Chemical peels use solutions to help smooth the texture of facial skin by removing old skin cells and encouraging younger skin cell rejuvenation.
Damaged outer layers of skin cells are easily sloughed and removed by chemical peels with solutions that contain trichloroacetic acid or alphahydroxy acids. While this type of cosmetic enhancement is often used in conjunction with other more invasive procedures such as facelifts, it does not slow or prevent the aging process. Instead, it is a minimally invasive way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin.
What To Expect
Alphahydroxy acids are the mildest chemical peel formula and provide smoother, brighter skin with minimal recovery time. Trichloroacetic acids are commonly used for fine wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and dark pigment spots.
We will meet with you to determine the extent of your chemical peel requirements and which approach is best for you. She will listen to your goals and examine you. She will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. You will be provided with information regarding fees and given an opportunity to select a date for your procedure if you so desire. Pre-treatment preparation for this type of procedure often involves use of Retin-A or AHA medicated cream to prepare the surface of the skin to readily accept the peel. Deep or invasive peels may require a month or more of preparation before the actual treatment in order to achieve the best results.
This type of procedure is performed on an out-patient basis and no anesthesia is required. Treatments to smaller areas of the face may only take 10 to 15 minutes. You will likely experience temporary redness, flaking, or dryness immediately after treatment, but these mild side effects should subside within a short period of time. Moderate swelling and discomfort is common with trichloroacetic acid treatments. New skin cells will form within seven to ten days and the redness will fade over the following weeks and months. Be sure to wear sunscreen every time you are outside and consult with us as to when the best time will be to resume wearing make-up or returning to your normal daily activities. Alphahydroxy acids provide refreshing improvements to the skin’s overall tone and color that may be very subtle and increase with repeated treatments over time. Deeper peels are often more dramatic and last longer.
If you would like a chemical peel consultation please feel free to contact us on our contact page or call us at 516-804-3007.