Superficial chemical peels are often called lunchtime peels due to their ease, simplicity, and the minimal downtime involved. These light chemical peels treat the top layers of the skin, accelerating its exfoliation and revealing the more youthful and less finely wrinkled skin below. The Peer Group in Florham Park use their on-site Visia facial imaging to identify a variety of skin concerns that are on the patient’s surface and subsurface skin. Based on this analysis, the plastic surgeon or skin care consultant will select specific peeling agents, such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), glycolic or lactic acid, or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), based on the skin condition being treated. Chemical peels remove the top layer of skin to reveal a glowing, smoother complexion.
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Types of Chemical Peels
A superficial peel exfoliates the topmost outer layer of the skin in order to remove accumulated dead skin cells. These peels consist of Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy acid and generally take 3-4 days to complete the peeling process. It is the mildest peel available with the fastest recovery time and the lowest average cost. The results, while effective, are a bit limited compared to a more aggressive peel, and do not last as long.
Medium Depth Peels
A medium depth peel consists of Trichloroacetic acid (known as a TCA peel). It penetrates the skin to a greater degreethan a superficial peel, with stronger effects. These peels are administered only by our board-certified plastic surgeons. The trade-off, however, is a less comfortable procedure with a longer recovery time. This procedure also costs more than a superficial peel. Recovery can take a full week or longer.
A deep peel is the harshest of all chemical peels. It is also the most expensive and has the longest recovery. However, this peel, containing Phenol, does have a much stronger effect and can combat more persistent problems, like skin lesions and deep wrinkles. Deep chemical peels tend to bleach the top layer of the skin. Therefore, it is not recommended for darker skin tones. These are reserved for individuals with deep wrinkles around the mouth or on the forehead and cheeks.
During/After the Procedure
The process for applying a chemical peel is generally the same for each type, but will vary slightly depending on the level of solution being applied. Anesthesia is not used during this procedure. However, it may be considered for Phenol peels. First, the face is thoroughly cleaned. Then, the chemical agent is brushed on to the skin. Patients will experience some mild tinglingat this time. The face is then washed and a cool saline compress is applied to act as a neutralizer. Patients will need to wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure as much as possible for a day or two for the superficial peels and up to 2 weeks for the deepest peels.
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Chemical Peel FAQs
Does a Chemical Peel Hurt?
A chemical peel does not hurt. However, it may cause some discomfort. Most patients will feel tingling and at most a slight burning sensation, which will subside shortly after the procedure has been completed. Phenol peels result in a greater degree of discomfort, but our plastic surgeons will address pain control at the time of the procedure.
It is very common to combine a chemical peel with another procedure. Microdermabrasion is one such procedure that provides effective results when combined with a peel. This will be considered a combination program that can be repeated every four to six weeks.
How to Choose?
There are many alternatives to consider. Individuals looking to reduce fine lines, blotchiness and other mild skin conditions may benefit from a chemical peel, which removes dead skin cells and accelerates the generation of new skin. If deep wrinkles are the issue, a Phenol peel may help, but patients may also want to consider another treatment such as BOTOX™ or Dysport™.