What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is a noninvasive treatment to brighten the skin on your face and neck. Bodian Dermatology in Great Neck, NY offers chemical peels to remove skin abnormalities, including scars, wrinkles, fine lines, dry patches, hyperpigmentation issues, and more. During a chemical peel, a special solution is applied to your face, causing the top layer to peel off to dissolve dead, damaged skin. As your skin heals and begins to repair and rejuvenate itself, you should notice a smoother, clearer complexion. Dr. Adam Bodian provides chemical peels with a choice of several different exfoliating solutions (such as glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and trichloroacetic acids) to give you healthier, smoother skin.
Variations of Chemical Peels
Dr. Bodian and his team offer chemical peels in a few levels (light, medium, and deep) to accommodate our patients' skin concerns and goals.
Light peels: You can have a light peel on your lunch break and return back to your routine. This strength of peel will remove the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis), giving your face a brighter appearance and softer texture. We typically recommend that you receive a light peel at least once a month for the ideal glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This strength of peel reaches further into the skin, and patients usually prefer to do this type of facial treatment during an extended weekend. You may also want to prepare yourself for more discomfort during and around an hour after the peel. Medium-depth peels are best for patients who have significant damage to their skin, including deeper wrinkles and darker pigmentation issues. The medium peels we offer include the trichloroacetic peel (TCA) and Jessner peel.
Deep peels: The most advanced of the three types of chemical peels is the deep peel treatment, like the Peter Thomas Roth Super Peel, and it will require the longest recovery time. This is an aggressive treatment that can leave your face itchy, swollen, and peeling for a few weeks. Patients who have a deep peel will have dark age spots, sun-damaged skin, entrenched acne scars, and deep scars. Since this level of chemical peel is typically uncomfortable for most patients, we can provide you with local anesthesia as a part of your peel.
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Do I Need a Chemical Peel?
Seeking the recommendations of a cosmetic specialist is the first part of the journey to healthier skin. A team member at Bodian Dermatology will assess your skin in an examination in our Great Neck, NY office before choosing a chemical peel treatment for your best results. Chemical peel candidates typically have noticeable problems on their skin, such as rough patches, acne scars, flaky skin, hyperpigmentation, sun spots, fine lines, and much more. We can suggest different levels of peels to fit your needs.
Chemical Peel Technique
On the day of your appointment at Bodian Dermatology, we will have lay back comfortably before we administer your treatment. We will ensure the skin is cleaned prior to applying the customized solution to your face, neck, or both. We will brush the solution onto your face and allow it to sit for a specific length of time. Then, we will wash the solution off your skin and apply a neutralizing agent. Patients should bring a light sunscreen or a hat to wear outside after the procedure to avoid environmental exposure.
What to Expect After Your Peel
Based on the level of the peel you choose, you can expect your skin to itch and peel from several days to two or more weeks. Dr. Bodian or a member of his team will explain ways to treat your face during your appointment. Please remember that no matter how much your skin itches after treatment, it is not helpful to peel the skin off. You could cause scarring to your skin.
Chemical Peels FAQ
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Bodian or a member of his team will discuss your costs in your consultation after they have decided on your chemical peel treatment plan. Costs for a chemical peel will vary depending on the level you choose. Bodian Dermatology and Medical Day Spa accepts many payment methods, and you can ask about current specials on skin treatments like chemical peels. You may also consider buying a package of several chemical peel treatments.
What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
The best chemical peel for you will vary based on your specific skin concerns and cosmetic goals. In your consultation with your provider, they can help you select which peel is best for your skin. Some factors you may consider are your overall health, your skin type, how deep you want the peel to work, the time you can commit to recovery, and what you want the peel to accomplish. For first-time patients, it may be better to try a lighter chemical peel and decide what you think of the results. From there, we may tweak your plan to include the best type of peel for your needs.
Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Both dermabrasion and chemical peels are facial treatments that treat surface blemishes to make your skin a rejuvenated appearance. The main difference is that dermabrasion requires surgical tools (a shaving instrument or rotating brush) to remove the top layer of skin with a careful exfoliating process. A chemical peel applies a caustic solution to your skin to dissolve damaged skin cells. In your consultation, we will go over the advantages of both options and help you choose if dermabrasion or a chemical peel is best for your skin goals.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Depending on the peel selected, you might have some discomfort during the application process. If you choose a light peel, you may notice a little discomfort, but it goes away quickly with the use of a handheld fan. Medium and deep peels are better for deeper skin damage and offer results that last a long time; however, they can cause greater discomfort. Topical anesthetics, medications, and soothing ointments can be used to minimize your discomfort during the chemical peel. Dr. Bodian or a member of his team will explain skin care after your chemical peel to maintain your results.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
You may consider combining a chemical peel with another skin treatment at Bodian Dermatology and Medical Day Spa. During your consultation, be open with us about your skin concerns so we can develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve your goals. This might include injectable wrinkle treatments (like BOTOX or JUVÉDERM®) along with your chemical peel to refresh your entire face.
Great Skin Starts here
Even if you are new to facial treatments, Bodian Dermatology can help you choose the best procedure for your skin. Your freshly rejuvenated skin will respond by looking healthy and caressingly silky. Contact Dr. Bodian and his team in Great Neck, NY to make an appointment for your skin examination today for a professional chemical peel.