What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a treatment that can be applied to the face, neck, and hands to improve the appearance or feel of the skin. Applying chemical solutions causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. Afterward, the new skin underneath is smoother and less wrinkled.
There are three types of chemical peels: light, medium and deep. People get a chemical peel to treat a variety of skin conditions including:
- Acne scars
- Sun damage
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Uneven skin tone
Chemical Peel Benefits
These are some of the main chemical peel benefits:
- Soften fine lines: A medium chemical peel could be enough to fade the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that are moderate. If you have deeper wrinkles, a deep chemical peel is a better option.
- Help exfoliate the skin and make it softer: A chemical peel leaves the skin silkier and also enhances the absorption of skin-care products
- Minimize sun damage and hyperpigmentation: Mild chemical peels can be used to treat dark spots, freckles, sun spots, and pigmentation problems that age skin.
- Reduces acne marks and blemishes: Certain types of chemical peels will help control acne breakouts and reduce scarring from past blemishes. The chemical peel unclogs pores and removes blackheads.
Types of Chemical Peels
These are the three different types of chemical peels that you can get:
Superficial peels: Use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate. It only penetrates the outermost layer of your skin.
Medium peels: Use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach the middle and outer layer of skills which makes it more effective to remove damaged skin cells
Deep peels: Fully penetrate the middle layer of the skin to remove damaged skin cells.
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
Before the procedure, you will have a consultation with our skin care specialist to discuss the different types of chemical peels and which one would be the best option for you. Before the treatment, don’t use any type of retinol or retin-A topical medication for at least 48 hours and you must not have been on Accutane for at least six months.
How Many Chemical Peels Are Needed to See Results?
The results depend on your skin’s condition as well as the type of chemical peel you get. Mild chemical peels may need to be done every few months to get the best results. You only need to get one deep chemical peel because they have stronger effects. Our aesthetician will recommend the appropriate type of chemical peel for your skin and a treatment schedule so you can experience the chemical peel benefits.
What Happens During a Chemical Peel Session?
Before the chemical peel procedure, your face will be cleaned. Our aesthetician may numb the treatment area with a topical anesthetic, especially if you are receiving a deep peel.
During a light chemical peel, a chemical solution like salicylic acid is applied. Your skin will start to whiten and you may feel a bit of stinging. Afterward, the chemical solution will be removed and a neutralizing solution will be added.
For the medium chemical peel, your skin will begin to whiten and you may feel stinging for up to 20 minutes. During a deep chemical peel, you will be sedated and the treatment will be done in 15-minute portions to limit skin exposure to the acid.
Soften the Skin
A chemical peel enhances the absorption of skin products
A chemical peel can penetrate the skin more deeply to diminish the appearance of acne scars
Enhance the Skin Tone
A chemical peel stimulates the growth of fresh, new skin
What to Expect After a Chemical Peel
The recovery time depends on the type of chemical peel you use. For a light chemical peel, the recovery time is about four to seven days. Your skin may be temporarily lighter or darker.
After receiving a medium chemical peel, your skin will recover in about five to seven days. You may have redness that could last for months. The skin will initially swell and form crusts as well as brown blotches before revealing new skin.
Deep chemical peels will cause severe swelling and redness with burning or throbbing sensations. It is common for eyelids to swell shut and for redness to last for a few months.
Cost of Chemical Peel
The cost depends on the types of chemical peels you get. T Light peels have the lowest cost and the prices go up as you get a stronger chemical peel.
To get a customized estimate of the cost of the different types of chemical peels, please contact our NYC location at 1800 355-3308. Our representatives will help guide you through a variety of payment and financing options including package deals.