At the Laser & Mohs Dermatology in Midtown New York, we want you to always be the center of attention, and we can make that happen by giving you the best skin you’ve ever had! Dr. Adelle Quintana talks about the advantages of getting a chemical peel to reveal younger, healthier, and smoother skin that glows.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a procedure that facilitates the resurfacing of new skin cells with the help of a chemical solution that is applied onto the skin to peel away the outermost layers. This can be done at different depths, depending on the unique requirements of each of our patients. You can choose from the light, medium, and deep chemical peels that each produce different results and target different layers of the skin.
Why do I need a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is not only used to peel away the dry outer layers of the skin but also to treat various skin problems. Depending on the skin issue that the patient would like to address, chemical peels come in one of three depths.
A light chemical peel makes use of glycolic acid or salicylic acid and is the mildest form of the treatment. It is a superficial peeling that removes only the outermost layer of the skin or the epidermis. This type of healing is used to treat fine lines, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. Because of its mildness, a light chemical peel can be administered to the patient once a week for up to six weeks, depending on the results that they want to achieve.
A medium chemical peels not only remove skin from the outermost layer but also from portions of the upper part of the middle layer of the skin or the dermis. For this purpose, trichloroacetic acid may be used in combination with glycolic acid. More pronounced wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tones are treated with the use of a medium chemical peel. When choosing this depth, peeling twice a year is recommended to maintain optimal results.
A deep chemical peel is used when skin cells are to be removed from the epidermis or portions of the middle to the lower layers of the dermis. Carbolic acid, or phenol, will be applied onto the patient’s skin in intervals for this procedure. Doctors only recommend getting deep chemical peels if you want to get rid of deeper wrinkles, scars, or a precancerous growth.
What happens during a chemical peel?
During the procedure, the doctor usually uses a cotton-tipped applicator to apply the chemical solution onto the patient’s skin. As the chemical reagents come in contact with the skin, it will begin to change color as the solution facilitates the peeling process. Anesthesia may be required for a deep chemical peel. Light chemical peels may take up to 10 minutes; medium chemical peels 20 minutes, and deep chemical peels anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes to complete.