Chemical Peels NYC

Chemical peels NYC

Vi peel for melasma

Chemical peels NYC- Chemical peels are a tried-and-true strategy for beautifying and healing skin.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a procedure during which a substance is applied to the skin resulting in faster skin cell turnover (exfoliation or peeling). They come in different strengths that penetrate to different depths of the skin.   Chemical peels are one of the most popular dermatologic procedures.

Chemical peel benefits

Chemical peels have a variety of benefits.  Despite being effective, compared to many other treatments chemical peels tend to be fast and affordable.  Even if one doesn’t have a specific skin problem, getting a chemical peel is a great way to restore and maintain a glowing complexion.   Here are some of the problems a chemical peel can be helpful for:

  • acne, acne scars
  • postinflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • melasma
  • actinic keratoses
  • sun damage
  • fine lines
  • freckles
  • razor bumps
  • dull complexion

Types of chemical peels

There are different types of chemical peels (superficial, medium, and deep) which offer different benefits and risks. Some peels include only one ingredient and some are blends of several peeling agents.

  • superficial (light) peel:

    • penetrates the epidermis (the most superficial layer of skin) causing dryness or mild peeling
    • Conditions: acne, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmenation, sun damage, fine lines, complexion management
    • Examples: low concentration, glycolic acid, salicyclic acid, tretinoin, mandelic acid, lactic acid, low concentration TCA
  • medium peel:

    • penetrates the epidermis and the upper (papillary) dermis causing significant peeling
    • Conditions: acne, acne scars, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, actinic keratoses, complexion management
    • Examples: high concentration glycolic acid,  Jessner’s and modified Jessner’s. tricholoracetic acid (TCA) at low concentration, VI Peel
  • deep peel:

    • penetrates deeper in to the dermis causing peeling and crusting
    • Conditions: severe scar and sun damage. No generally safe in darker skin. Largely replaced by lasers.
    • Examples: Phenol, Baker-Gordon, high concentration TCA

The deeper the peel, the more dramatic the changes but also the greater the recovery time and increased risk of complications and scars.  Deeper peels may require pretreatment of the skin.  It’s best to do the most superficial peel that will achieve the desired results.

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Chemical peels NYC – Aglow Dermatology

Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)

One of our lighter peels. Glycolic acid peels are an excellent choice for acne, sun damage, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. Preferred in patients who have aspirin allergy.

Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid)

Salicyclic acid peels are one of our most popular chemical peels for acne because salicyclic acid is attracted to the oil in the hair follicles where acne forms.  Th hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and fine lines but are slightly stronger.

modified Jessner’s Peel

This slightly stronger peel gives dramatic results after even one peel. It is more effective for textural changes resulting from sun damage and acne scarring in addition to being an excellent choice for acne, fine lines, and discoloration.  It is also a popular peel for acne scars.

VI Peel®

All the rage in Hollywood, the VI Peel is a custom blend of peeling agents that result in a glowing complexion within a week. The VI Peel is particularly effective in clearing hyperpigmentation quickly but is also very effective for acne, wrinkles, and sun damage. Samples of VI Derm professional skin care products come with peel. Learn more here: Vi Peel NYC

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A V.I.P. (very important peel) – The Vi Peel

Enerpeel® EL System

This peel is designed to treat the delicate skin of the eyelids and around the lips resulting in increased skin firmness, decrease in fine lines and dark circles around the eyes. A series of 4 peels is recommended for best results however results may be seen after only one peel.

Trichloroacetic Acid Peel (TCA)

TCA peels come in different strengths. The medium depth peels can be excellent for the treatment of sun damage, actinic keratoses and depressed acne scars. Patients with darker complexions may need to prep the skin with a bleaching cream for 2 to 3 weeks prior to treatment. This peel generally has a longer period of downtime (approximately 1 week) but it delivers more dramatic results.

Are chemical peels safe?

When done on the right patient, by the right professional, chemical peels are a safe and effective strategy to address a variety of skin problems.  All treatments, however, have risks.  The risks increase the deeper the peel and the darker the patient’s skin. The potential side effect of chemical peels include peeling, infection, scar, discoloration, pain.  Aftercare is also important in preventing complications.

Chemical peels for black skin

Occasionally patients come in stating that they’ve been told that chemical peels should not be done on people with darker skin because of concerns about postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).  This is misinformation.  African American, Asian, Latino and other people with dark skin can benefit tremendously from chemical peels.  In fact, these patients may benefit more from these treatments as chemical peels are often used to treat hyperpigmentation which is more common in darker skin.  Yes, PIH is a concern, but dark-skinned patients can enjoy the benefits of peels when treated by someone experienced with ethnic skin.

What to do before a chemical peel

Avoid use of products containing retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, as well as scrubs, microdermabrasion and waxing for 3 days before most chemical peels.  Do not get a peel if you have a cold sore, rash, or infection on the area to be treated.

What happens during a chemical peel

The procedure usually takes no more than 20 minutes. After cleansing the face, or other area to be treated, a peeling agent is applied. There may be some skin stinging during this process.  You will be given a fan for your comfort.  Sometimes the skin flushes temporarily.  Depending on which agent is used, it may be washed off or left on the skin. There is an application of moisturizer and sunscreen before you leave.

What to expect after a chemical peel

The peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure and is complete in 5-7 days. With lighter peels skin may show no visible peeling or may appear dry and flaky during the week after the peel.  Some people also have some temporary redness, There may be significant peeling and crusting if a stronger peel was applied.  You will be able to return to work or other activities immediately after your chemical peel, however there may be some social downtime usually starting on day 3 with stronger peels.  Although it is best not to, make up can be applied right after a glycolic or salicylic acid peel, however, it should not be used right after a leave-on peel.

Chemical peel after care (general guidelines)

  • avoid direct sun, waxing, scrubbing, or picking at the skin
  • avoid products and medications such as retinoids, glycolic acid or salicyclic acid for 1 week after
  • wash with a gentle cleanser twice daily
  • use a moisturizer with sunscreen daily
  • use a plain moisturizer at bedtime
  • moisturize the face
  • report any unexpected side effects to your doctor

Read:  Chemical peel aftercare products

How long does it take to see results after chemical peel?

We see the results of most superficial and medium depth chemical peels generally 1 week after the peel.  Deeper peels may require a month.

How often should you get chemical peels?

The number and frequency of chemical peels will depend on the condition being treated, the type of peel and what other treatments one is using.  Sometimes it takes only one peel to achieve the results one is looking for.  If more than one peels is required,  most superficial and medium depth peels can be repeated in 2-4 weeks.

How much do chemical peels cost?

Chemical peels at Aglow Dermatology range from $500-$200/peel depending on the type.  In some cases patients with acne, melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and actinic keratoses can get peels covered by insurance.

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Chemical peels NYC- popular for patients of all skin types.  Are you ready for yours?  Contact us for more information about the different types of chemical peels at 212-627-1004 or use our form.