How does a chemical peel work?
The treatment works by applying controlled chemicals to the skin, which raise the skin’s acidity to approximately a 3.8 pH level. Typically, healthy skin rests at a 5.5 pH level. Depending on which type of chemical peel you are recommended, either an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) will be used. By changing the pH level of the skin, skin cells are loosened, and dead skin cells and superficial skin layers are removed through exfoliation, revealing radiant, healthy skin underneath. Through this process, chemical peels resurface and smooth the skin while promoting the regeneration of new skin cells.
What are the different kinds of chemical peels?
At Tribeca MedSpa, we offer customized formulations that our medical aestheticians expertly match to address your skincare concerns, including:
VI Peels contain a high-impact formulation of trichloroacetic acid, phenol, salicylic acid, absorb acid and retinoid acid and can be safely used on all skin types and tones. This advanced peel is strong enough to minimize stubborn skin care concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, discoloration acne and acne scarring.
cosmelan® peels are more than just resurfacing peels; a cosmelan peel uses unique technology to correct uneven surface pigmentation (including melasma) by targeting its source and reducing melanin overproduction at the cellular level. Unlike other chemical peels that require multiple sessions per treatment, the cosmelan peel is a four-stage treatment that requires only one session per year. We do not recommend this treatment if you have rosacea, very sensitive skin or active acne.
Lactic Peels use the AHA family of acids and are recommended for dry, dull and uneven skin tone. Chemical peels using lactic acid treat skin at the superficial level and provide a gentle exfoliation to remove your skin’s outer layer and dirt buildup.
Salicylic peels use the BHA family of acids and are typically used for treating congested, oily and acne-prone skin. Salicylic peels exfoliate the skin on a superficial level to cleanse pores, reduce oil and combat acne.
Glycolic peels use the AHA family of acids and are recommended for treating aging, sun damaged and hormonal skin. Glycolic peels deeply penetrate the skin, delivering a number of benefits, such as dissolving sebum (oil), stimulating collagen production, exfoliating dead skin cells and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
PCA peels are a brand of customizable cocktails of advanced peel ingredients (ranging from lactic acid, salicylic acid, kojic acid, citric acid, hydroquinone and resorcinol) and are suited for all skin types. PCA peels treat skincare concerns, including acne, hyperpigmentation and aging skin. The chemical agents found in PCA peels increase skin’s cellular turnover rate so new skin cells are brought to the surface, reducing fine lines, age spots and clearing breakouts.
PCA power peels use the chemical peel plus a dermaplaning treatment to remove dead skin cells and allow for a deeper penetration of the PCA chemical peel. This helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reverses the effects of sun damage.
Body peels are customized to treat photo-damaged, acne or dull skin on décolletage, back, buttocks or arms. These peels use a range of ingredients, such as salicylic, trichloroacetic, lactic, and glycolic acids, to improve skin tone and texture.
What do I need to know before my chemical peel?
Chemical peels cannot be performed on skin that is tan or burned from sun exposure. Self-tanner should not be used two weeks prior to your peel. Discontinue the use of any topical prescription medications seven days before treatment (for example, Retin-A, Trilumen, Differin, etc.)
What should I expect after my chemical peel?
There is a common misconception that chemical peels are painful or require extensive downtime, but this is not the case. While each individual result may vary, there are typically very mild side effects following a chemical peel. Peels typically cause little to no discomfort, minimal flaking, and your skin will be glowing and healthy looking following your treatment.
After the peel, it is important to keep the skin well hydrated; 7- 10 days post-treatment we recommend using a light moisturizer to help your skin heal and achieve maximum results. While the skin is healing, you should avoid all sun exposure as your skin may be temporarily more sensitive to the sun. And even if it may be tempting, please refrain from peeling and picking your skin following the procedure. Your skin will naturally begin to heal when you follow the post-peel instructions from your medical provider.
Are chemical peels safe?
Chemical peel techniques are FDA-approved and generally considered a safe, effective procedure when done by an experienced, qualified medical aesthetician. Chemical peel procedures have been around for decades and have undergone rigorous clinical testing.
How long does an appointment for a chemical peel take?
Appointments typically last between thirty to sixty minutes, depending on the type of peel you’re receiving.
What is the procedure like?
Before receiving a chemical peel, you will meet with your provider to determine the best option. When you come in for your treatment your provider will cleanse, tone, and apply your chemical peel. If you’re receiving a Lactic, Glycolic, or Salicylic peel your provider with neutralize the peel 1-2 minutes after applying. If you’re receiving a PCA peel, you will need to leave it on for the rest of the day (min. 8 hours). After either Chemical peel your provider will then apply an assortment of serums, boosters, moisturizer, and sunscreen. You will leave feeling and looking and fresh and bright with little to no irritation.
How many sessions will I need? The number of sessions you will need
The number of sessions you will need varies, depending on the condition being treated and how your skin responds to the chemical peel. It is best to discuss this during the complimentary consultation with your medical provider, as chemical peels treat many types of skin concerns. For example, if you are concerned with acne and clogged pores, it may be recommended to receive a chemical peel every couple of weeks, depending on your concerns and skin needs.
Can chemical peels be combined with other treatments?
Yes. Clients often benefit from combining chemical peels with other treatments, such a laser genesis, dermaplaning and microneedling. During your complimentary consultation, the appropriate treatment plan to achieve your desired results will be discussed with you.
How do I know if I am a candidate?
You’ll be happy to know that this is an excellent treatment for all skin types and there are different formulations that may make one better than the other for your specific skincare goal. You may not be a candidate if you are taking certain oral medications like steroids or Accutane. Pregnant or women who are nursing should not be treated.
If you are concerned with acne, fine lines, dullness, sun damage and/or discoloration, you may benefit from receiving a chemical peel. However, chemical peels are not a “one size fits all” treatment. With many options to consider, it is best to consult with a qualified medical provider to begin. In a complimentary consultation, you will meet with our expert Medical Staff where we will go over your medical history, talk about your concerns and let you know what type of results you can get from fillers, including which peel is recommended for you.
Why Tribeca MedSpa?
Since 2006, our team of award-winning Physician Assistants and Medical Aestheticians has been led by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gerald D. Ginsberg, with Dr. Michele Anzilotti, Board Certified Dermatologist, joining in 2022. Together they ensure that we remain at the forefront of medical advances and anti-aging innovations that transform skin health and body aesthetics.
With locations in Tribeca and the Upper East Side (SkinLab by Tribeca MedSpa), we focus on comprehensive, results-oriented, and highly customized skincare and body contouring treatments that promote optimal health. We tailor our premium services to meet the specific, personal concerns of our discerning clients – so you always see your best reflection in the mirror.