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TriBeCa Plastic Surgery

Sydney R. Coleman, MD  |  Mary Lombardi, PA-C

Portrait of a beautiful girl in the sunset timeThere is a wide selection of skin care treatments available to you, and each one is designed to target specific skin problems. Treatments that can be performed at home don’t always provide your skin with that deeper cleaning it requires, and laser treatments might be stronger than you need. Chemical peels are the mid-range skin care treatment your complexion may need to achieve a brighter, revitalized appearance.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are exactly what they sound like; we use a chemical solution to peel the skin off the face. Chemical peels have been around for decades, and each one is specially formulated to gently remove the outer layer of dead skin from your complexion. Most are acid-based peels that can improve skin tone and texture.

Who Is a Chemical Peel for?

There are multiple chemical peels for different skin types. Each treatment is tailored to your facial needs, also keeping in mind how sensitive your skin might be. You may consider a chemical peel to treat one or more of the following issues:

  • Acne
  • Wrinkles
  • Brown spots
  • Lesions
  • Poor skin texture

What Chemical Peels Are Available?

At The Coleman Center, we offer two different chemical peels to provide our clients with the widest set of treatment options. Our light peels use glycolic and salicylic acids to remove the superficial layers of skin. Because they don’t penetrate deep into the skin, light peels are ideal for people looking to refresh a dull complexion.

Our medium peels use trichloroacetic acid and penetrate more deeply. Working below the surface of the skin allows the peel to stimulate new collagen production and cellular turnover. This process helps smooth wrinkles and corrects areas of discoloration.

Recovery Timeline

Chemical peels do require a week of recovery time. Your skin is likely to be dry and flaky for several days, but this is simply the shedding of old, dead skin. While you will want to avoid exposure to direct sunlight, and probably shouldn’t plan any special events during this week, most people can continue with their day-to-day activities.

Since there are many skin care options, it is important to schedule a consultation to ensure that a chemical peel is the best treatment for you. Our specialists at The Coleman Center will help guide you toward a treatment that will meet your skin care needs. Schedule your consultation by calling (212) 571-5200, or you can contact us online.