When to consider a Chemical Peel


If you are experiencing skin issues such as acne, scars, redness, or uneven texture and discoloration, skin resurfacing may be a helpful solution for you. Skin resurfacing utilizes various methods like lasers, chemical peels, or dermabrasion to remove damaged outer layers of facial skin, which can improve the appearance of wrinkles, scarring, acne, and pigmentation issues. This treatment can result in a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion overall.

How It Helps

Chemical peels offer many customizable treatment options. Superficial chemical peels, or “lunchtime peels,” are perfect for patients who desire brighter and rejuvenated skin with no downtime. They are applied in the office by our expert aesthetician with no discomfort. We offer a variety of medical-grade chemical peels designed to treat mild sun damage and maintain the skin’s youthful appearance.

Medium & Deep Chemical Peels

Medium-depth chemical peels are ideal for those showing signs of moderate sun damage. We prefer the 89% phenol, 30 to 35% TCA (trichloroacetic acid), or Jessner peel to treat mild wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. The healing time after these procedures is about 7 days, with post-procedural redness for 4-6 weeks that can be easily covered with makeup. Medium-depth peels can be applied in the office setting to treat focal brown spots and other small areas, such as around the eyes or mouth.

These skin resurfacing techniques revitalize skin following years of moderate to significant sun exposure. Deep chemical peels improve skin color, texture, and elasticity by stimulating collagen reorganization and eliminating discoloration. Small areas around the eyes or mouth can be treated in the office with a deep chemical peel. To treat the entire face, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Diana Ponsky performs the procedure with the patient under a deep, twilight-type sedation. There is mild discomfort for about 8 hours after the procedure. Recovery times range between 7-10 days, and then post-procedural redness can be hidden with concealing makeup. The results are dramatic and last as long as future sun exposure is avoided.

TCA Chemical Peel before and after
The patient above had a neck lift to address the sagging skin and a 15% TCA chemical peel to repair years of sun damage.


What to expect before a chemical peel

Dr. Diana Ponsky and her skilled clinical staff will work with you to plan your skin resurfacing, starting with a detailed evaluation to gain an intricate understanding of your face’s underlying anatomy. You will discuss the different procedure options suitable for your individual situation and goals. Depending on the procedure chosen, you may have a series of appointments to prepare your skin for the treatment to increase your skin’s tolerance to the chemicals and prevent side effects.


What to expect during a chemical peel

A topical, local, or general anesthetic will be administered, and the skin will be cleansed to remove any excess oil, dirt, and bacteria. The peel solution will be applied carefully and uniformly to the treatment area.


What to expect after a chemical skin resurfacing

Recovery time varies among chemical resurfacing methods and varying depths impact recovery. Our team will give you post-surgical instructions personalized to your procedure. Immediately afterward, resurfaced skin may be covered with petroleum jelly or other protective moisturizer. Sometimes, dressings, tape, or a bandage may be applied. About seven to ten days after your skin resurfacing procedure, the top layer of skin will have healed, and camouflage makeup can be used to conceal the redness. After the initial redness subsides, your skin may be pink for several weeks to months until the final result is achieved.

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