Everything You Need to Know About a Chemical Peel

If you're tired of looking at fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and scars, you might be ready to consider chemical peels. These cosmetic procedures can significantly reduce or eliminate skin imperfections. 

There's no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to chemical peels. At our practice in East Windsor, New Jersey, Matthew J. Lynch, MD, and our team offer several types of chemical peels in varying strengths to refresh the appearance of your skin. 

We offer a comprehensive skin care consultation and analysis before recommending any cosmetic services. With so many chemical peels to choose from, this critical first step ensures that you get the best treatment to address your concerns. 

This is what we want you to know about chemical peels.

What chemical peels do

Chemical peels intensely exfoliate your skin, using acids to slough away dead skin cells and the upper layers of your skin. The treatment reveals new skin beneath for a fresh and youthful appearance. 

This treatment peels away skin imperfections like:

During your consultation, we discuss your specific skin concerns and examine your skin so we can recommend the best peel for your needs.

Types of chemical peels

You have several types of chemical peels to choose from. They're categorized into three groups determined by their strength and the depth of skin they target. The main differences in the peels include the type and strength of the acid.

Shallow peels

A superficial peel is the mildest chemical peel we offer. It refreshes your face without any downtime. 

This treatment enhances your skin's texture and appearance. It also minimizes very fine lines or enlarged pores.  

Medium peels

Medium peels use stronger acids. We use them to address age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

Your skin might appear red for a few days following a medium peel, so you may want to take time off.

Deep peels

A deep chemical peel is the strongest option. It targets the inner layer of your skin to tackle more severe skin imperfections.

You can only have a deep chemical peel once or twice in your lifetime, but it can significantly improve your appearance by removing scars and deeper wrinkles.

It's also important to remember that stronger chemical peels require some downtime, which should factor into your decision. 

What to expect after a chemical peel

Even with mild chemical peels, you need approximately one month for your skin to fully heal. The type of peel you choose influences the degree of redness, swelling, and the amount of time it takes for your final results to appear.

We can recommend gentle skin care products to use during your recovery period. You might need to moisturize more frequently than usual to keep your skin soft and support the healing process. 

We provide personalized and detailed aftercare instructions. You must follow them carefully to protect your skin and ensure the best results. 

It’s essential to protect your skin from the sun after a chemical peel. The treatment not only reveals fresh new skin, but it can also increase your photosensitivity. Make sure to use a high-quality facial sunscreen after receiving a peel, as your skin is more susceptible to burns and damage.

If you want to enhance your skin's appearance and are curious about chemical peels, call our practice or request a consultation online today. 

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