Chemical peels improve the surface of your skin by removing the outermost layer of skin. This process eliminates dry, damaged skin and encourages the production of new, healthy cells. Chemical peels are good for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, fine lines, freckles, irregular skin pigmentation, rough texture, and minor scarring.
Before the chemical peel is applied, the facial area is thoroughly cleaned. For the peel, a low concentration of the chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is mixed with a special base to slow penetration to the skin. A thin coat of this peel mixture is applied to the treatment area and left on the skin for two to 10 minutes. The length of the treatment depends on the sensitivity of your skin and number of treatments you have had previously. During the treatment, it is common to feel some discomfort.
After a chemical peel, it is normal for the skin to be red, and it may peel for two to four days afterwards. As skin regenerates new cells, it allows skins clarity and tightness to increase. After a peel skin will be sensitive, so a sunscreen with an SPF or 30 to 45 should be used. The best results are seen after several treatments, so it is recommend that patients consider several chemical peel treatments as a customized package. Dr. Cohen will work with you to create a package specific to your goals to help maintain your results.
Dr. Cohen is committed to ensuring her patients are informed and comfortable with their decision. Below, you will find a link to our frequently asked questions. If you would like to discuss this procedure further, please don’t hesitate to contact us.