As we age, our daily activities start to make their mark on the outer layers of our skin, resulting in blemishes such as an uneven tone, scarring, dull skin, and sun damage. These imperfections tend to appear on areas most exposed—the face, neck, and hands. Many seeking plastic surgery in New York often find chemical peels as the perfect solution. Chemical peels are an excellent, non-invasive procedure that improves the look of your skin by resurfacing its texture and creating a more refreshed look.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel helps to revive the surface of your skin without invasive surgery or significant downtime. It consists of a unique chemical blend of different acids that are applied to the problematic areas of your skin in a way that is similar to a facial. Aesthetically, chemical peels can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne, and improve scarring, as well as reduce age spots, freckles, and other types of damage due to the sun and the aging process. Overall, the texture of your skin will appear noticeably smoother and brighter.
Other benefits of receiving a chemical peel include tightening of the skin and reducing more severe wrinkles. This can help patients put off more invasive surgeries in the future. Chemical peels also reduce sunspots and sun damage. Treating precancerous lesions can prevent the development of skin cancer, making chemical peels a well-rounded form of plastic surgery in New York.
Anyone can benefit from chemical peels. Patients with light and fair skin tones tend to see more benefits. If you have a darker complexion, Dr. Maman will help you decide which chemicals to use to obtain the best results; or you can learn about other types of treatments that will better address your concerns. Those with sensitive skin, skin with abnormal scarring, or extra pigmentation on scars should also consider alternative therapies.
Getting a Chemical Peel
You will most likely feel a mild stinging sensation for about 5-10 minutes as the acid begins to affect the skin’s outer layer. The procedure is non-invasive, so you can return to your home to rest and recuperate directly after. You will notice improvements to your skin almost immediately.
Dr. Maman will choose the right chemical blend that fits your needs and lifestyle so that you can minimize your downtime appropriately. To help stay comfortable as you heal, you can apply cold compresses or take over-the-counter pain medications. Dr. Maman will take all the necessary measures to ensure an optimal experience with plastic surgery in New York.
Depending on the combination of acids used, you will experience some redness and potential swelling, similar to a sunburn. For mild peels, your recovering time ranges from one day to one week. Harsher peels can take up to 14 days to fully heal and are often combined with surgery, such as a facelift or blepharoplasty.
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