When Would I Want a Chemical Peel? Learn from an NYC Reconstructive Surgeon

Chemical Peels – Do You Need One?

Chemical peels are a great way to reduce the effects of aging, as medical-grade chemicals are used to remove dead skin cells from the face to reveal fresh, young-looking skin. A chemical of varying strength is applied to the skin, allowed to set, and then removed. There are gentler peels, which use AHA, and help remove the top layer of damaged skin, but some people may prefer a stronger peel with trichloroacetic acid, which has a better effect but takes longer to heal. Everyone’s skin is different, and a Jessner’s peel that works for one person might not be strong enough for another person.

After a chemical peel is performed, the underlying skin is extremely sensitive, and you should take appropriate care of yourself to prevent any complications. Avoid direct sunlight for the recommended period of time and do not use harsh facial cleaning products or exfoliants. Depending on the type of chemical peel used, healing times may be longer.

When’s the Best Time for a Chemical Peel?

Ideally, you’ll want to start with a gentle chemical peel (perhaps one with AHA) well before fine lines, wrinkles and the effects of sun damage start to appear. Visiting a local clinic is highly recommended. While there are plenty of chemical peel kits available for home use, it’s far better to pay for a professional treatment and reduce the risks of mistakes or injury.

It’s important to remember that chemical peels aren’t a magic fix for skin problems; you need to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, and use cleansing products appropriate to your skin type to see the maximum benefits of the procedure.

Finding a Professional Service in NYC

Chemical peels can be a vital part of a healthy skincare regimen, but only when performed by a competent physician or aesthetician. There may be many in your area, but you’ll want to make sure that they are licensed, regulated, and have a successful record of performing chemical peel procedures on their clients.

If you’re in the NYC area, Dr. Robert M. Schwarcz operates a high-quality clinic providing chemical peels and other skincare services to local clients.

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