Chemical Peels
in Latham, NY

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels use a variety of chemical solutions to remove damaged surface layers of skin and reveal new, younger and healthier looking skin. Chemical peels vary in strengths depending on the patient’s skin type and concerns.

  • Superficial Peels – target the very outer layers of skin for the mildest peels. The outer layers are gently exfoliated to improve surface level blemishes like skin discoloration and rough texture.

  • Medium Peels – glycolic acid is applied to the skin, penetrating the outer and middle layers to remove damaged cells. This type of peel can improve age spots, sun damage, freckles, discoloration, and fine lines. The treatment can smooth the skin for a younger appearance and glow.

  • Deep Peels – trichloroacetic or phenol acid is used to penetrate the outer and deep middle layers of skin. A deep peel can produce the most dramatic skin improvements, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage, and fading scars.

Who is a Candidate?

Candidates for a chemical peel are those who experience facial blemishes such as sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and discoloration. Chemical peels are compatible with many different skin types and colors and can be customized to meet the patient’s unique skin concerns. Those who want to look younger, improve their skin’s texture, or just want an overall rejuvenated appearance can benefit from a chemical peel.

The Procedure

Prior to the chemical peel, the skin will be cleansed and prepped. The chemical solution will then be applied to the skin and left on for a few minutes. Patients might feel some tingling and stinging depending on the strength of the peel. Superficial peels cause minimal discomfort, while deeper peels are a little harsher. The chemical solution is then neutralized. The procedure takes an average of 30 minutes to complete.

Results and Recovery

After a chemical peel, your skin will be sensitive and you might experience some redness and a feeling of tightness. Side effects will depend on the strength of the peel. In the days and weeks after treatment, some degree of peeling and flaking will occur to reveal fresh, new skin. This new skin will be extra sensitive, so sun exposure should be avoided. Some mild peels can be repeated to optimize results, however, a deeper peel may only need to be done once.

To learn more about chemical peels and find out which chemical solution will work best for you, contact our office today. We can schedule your consultation with Dr. Chao or one of our licensed aestheticians.