Chemical Peel Treatments at Rejuve NYC
Chemical peels are a popular, nonsurgical and effective way to improve the appearance of your skin. Depending on your cosmetic desires, schedule and skincare needs, New York City’s Rejuve Clinic offers several options for chemical peels. All chemical peels are supervised by a board-certified physician and carefully tailored to your skin type and sensitivity.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a skin-restorative treatment in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin. The chemical solution is designed to cause the outer layer of the skin, or epidermis, to peel off. A chemical peel is similar to skin exfoliation, except it is stronger since it involves the application of a chemical solution. A chemical peel can range from mild to deep and depends on the strength of the chemical solution used.
A superficial chemical peel is the least invasive with the least recovery time. It is possible to squeeze a superficial chemical peel in on your lunchtime or after work. A superficial chemical peel uses the least potent chemical solution. Alpha-hydroxy acid, a very mild acid, is the chemical most often used. A superficial peel will gently exfoliate the outer layer of the skin and cause it to flake off so new skin can form. It is the mildest form of chemical exfoliation.
A medium chemical peel uses a stronger acidic solution and tends to target more severe skin conditions. The acids used for a medium chemical peel include Glycolic or Trichloroacetic acid. This type of chemical peel requires more recovery time as it causes a deeper pealing of the skin.
A deep chemical peel uses a very strong acid such as Tricholoraceticacid or Phenol. This acid really penetrates the skin and causes a very deep skin peeling. This chemical peel requires the most recovery time and often involves a long downtime, however the improvements are often quite significant.
What Skin Conditions does a Chemical Peel Treat?
A chemical peel treats a variety of skin conditions. Results will depend on the type of chemical solution chosen (a mild acid or a strong acid) as well as the age and condition of the skin. In general, rough skin texture, age spots, sun spots, pre-cancerous lesions, freckles, acne, fine lines, wrinkles can all be improved by chemical peels.
What to Expect:
At Rejuve Clinic, we begin every treatment with a consultation where we get to know you and your cosmetic expectations. We take a complete medical history which assists in determining the best treatment option. We will ask about any medical illnesses, previous skin treatments, medications, vitamins and allergies.
A physical examination of the area to be treated will be conducted next by a board certified doctor. Crucial for making sure a proper diagnosis is made, an exam also helps the medical staff to understand the cosmetic condition. With the diagnosis in hand, the treatment team will make a recommendation. During this consultation, you are encouraged to ask any questions you may have and express your concerns.
A superficial peel begins with a proper skin cleaning. Then a New York certified medical professional will apply the chemical solution to the skin area. The solution is left on the skin for several minutes, and this is considered the active phase of chemical exfoliation. Next, the chemical solution will be gently wiped off your skin. A cooling fan may be used to help with any burning sensations. Your skin will be sensitive to the sun for several days, so it is highly recommended that you wear sunscreen. After the chemical peel, your skin will flake off naturally over the subsequent days.
A medium chemical peel begins with a proper skin cleaning. A stronger chemical solution is then applied to the skin. A medium chemical peel is more painful than a superficial one. Pain medication or an oral sedative may be recommended. After approximately 40 minutes, the chemical will be cleaned from your skin. A cooling fan or cooling gel may be applied to help with any burning sensations. After a medium chemical peel, the skin is highly sensitive to the sun. It is highly advised that you wear sunscreen while your skin heals and flakes off over the subsequent days.