Conditions Treated by Chemical Peels | NYC Plastic Surgery

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure done by a certified doctor in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin. This causes a type of blister, also called a controlled wound, which then peels off your face and reveals the fresh layer of skin below. Common chemicals used include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid.

What conditions are treated by chemical peels?

Chemical peels are better at treating more surface skin problems then they are at correcting deeper issues like sagging or severe wrinkling. The following conditions are all treatable using chemical peels:

 fine lines under eyes or around mouth

 certain types of acne

 spots caused by sun damage

 mild scarring

Who should get this procedure?

The best candidates for a chemical peel will have lighter hair and skin, although the process will work on all skin tones and types. People with darker skin should be aware that there might be an increased chance of uneven skin tone.

What should you expect before, during, and after your treatment?


 advise your doctor of any history of scarring or recurring cold sores

 take recommended antibiotics or use recommended creams as advised by your doctor

 discuss the depth of the peel with you doctor


 expect a slight burning sensation during the procedure

 the procedure will be done at a doctor’s office or surgical center


 avoid direct contact with the sun and use sunscreen

 depending on the depth of the peel, you may need to change bandages on the blisters

 expect redness and scaling immediately following the procedure

 use cool compresses to reduce redness and stinging sensations

Chemical peels can be a great way to reveal younger looking skin and reduce the effects of aging in most people. If you are in the New York City area, Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, FACS, is your best resource to experience the results for yourself.

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