Everyone deserves to be treated to a “spa day” every once and a while, especially one that can leave you will clearer, healthier skin. Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, offers chemical peels, along with a number of other non-surgical methods to improve the look and feel of the skin. Rothaus Plastic Surgery welcomes patients from New York City, the Upper East Side, Manhattan, Westchester, and the surrounding communities in New York.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are a popular way to strip away dead skin cells, leaving behind a fresh, rejuvenated layer of skin. Chemical peels can be used on the face, neck, or hands. It is a treatment that is performed within our office that applies a chemical solution to the skin, which causes it to exfoliate and peel away. The new skin is smoother, clearer, and looks and feels younger. There are varying grades and types of chemical peels used depending on the condition of your skin and your overall aesthetic goal. We will do a full skin analysis during the initial consultation and create a treatment plan that works for you.
Who is a Candidate for a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are structured for individuals of all skin types and colors. The best candidates for this treatment are those who:
- Are in overall good health
- Have fine wrinkles, mild hyperpigmentation, and diminished skin tone
- Have not used Accutane in the last two years
- Do not have specific dermatologic medical conditions that would preclude peels
What is a Glycolic Peel Treatment?
The thought of putting acid on your skin may automatically send a chill down your spine—but contrary to what you may remember from high school chemistry, not all acids are harmful. While most glycolic acid is synthesized in a lab, it is also naturally occurring and can be found in sugarcane and some fruits, such as pineapples. What makes glycolic acid useful in skin care is its designation as an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). When these acids come in contact with human skin, they weaken the lipid bonds that hold dead skin cells onto your top layers of skin. The dead skin cells are exfoliated, revealing new, healthy layers of skin beneath. Glycolic acid contains the smallest particles of all cosmetic AHAs, which means that they are more gentle than most other chemical treatments. Glycolic acid peels can be used to treat conditions such as blackheads, acne, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and more.
How Are Chemical Peels Performed?
We will provide pre-treatment instructions during the consultation. The vast majority of chemical peels may be safely performed in our office. Our trained nurses and assistants will select the best chemical or chemical mix for the individual patient. We recommend that many of our patients consider having a laser facial treatment performed after their chemical peel is completed in order to maximize their results.
What is Recovery from a Chemical Peel Like?
It is common to experience flaking, scaling, redness, or dryness of the skin after a chemical peel. These symptoms are temporary and will begin to dissipate as the skin becomes accustomed to the treatment. An after-peel ointment may be applied to the face, and patients will be instructed on the frequency of application of this ointment as part of the post-op home care. To help aid healing, it is essential that patients follow these specific instructions. The use of sunscreen is strongly recommended after a chemical peel.
Get Clear Skin
Chemical peels are an effective, non-surgical solution for patients desiring clearer skin. They help peel away dead skin cells and leave behind a glowing, fresh complexion. Call our plastic surgery office today for a complete skin consultation and learn which chemical peel will benefit you attain the right results.