To reduce the appearance of facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation, Dr. Joshua Hyman may recommend a chemical peel. Chemical peels remove the outer layer of the skin to reveal the smooth and healthy skin underneath.
A chemical peel may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, but it is not a substitute for surgery and will not prevent or slow the aging process. Learn more about your facial rejuvenation options by calling 212-517-5157 today for a free consultation.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Joshua Hyman, the two of you will discuss your objectives and expectations from the chemical peel. This will also involve a review of your complete medical history and an examination of the skin, soft tissue, and muscles of the face and neck.
Our plastic surgeon will suggest a procedure that suits you best and also answer any questions that you might have. In some cases, a pre-treatment regimen of Retin-A (treretinoin) and/or hydroquinone will be prescribed.
Chemical Peel Treatment
Using a chemical solution, our chemical peels will improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing the damaged outer layers. Dr. Joshua Hyman offers trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels. Alpha-hydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids, create mild peels which work best to remove fine wrinkling, dryness, and uneven skin pigmentation. These peels may be performed weekly or at longer intervals. Tricholoroacetic acids are medium-depth peels which are also used to correct fine wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigment problems. For patients with darker skin, TCA peels often achieve better results than AHA peels.
Occasionally, more than one peel may be needed to achieve the desired result. Both TCA and AHA procedures are done in the office and take 20-30 minutes to perform. Anesthesia is not used as most patients feel merely a temporary stinging sensation as the peel is applied.
Post-Chemical Peel Treatment
After an AHA chemical peel, no ointment or covering is required. You may experience temporary stinging, redness, irritation, and crusting, but these side effects subside. With a TCA peel, you may also notice some swelling. Dr. Joshua Hyman may recommend a mild moisturizer that helps to soothe the skin. Sunscreen is essential after both peels. Following the treatment, TCA patients may return to work within 1-2 weeks, while AHA patients can return to work after 1-2 days.
How Do I Get Started?
For more information about chemical peels and other skin treatment options, please call 212-517-5157 today for a free consultation. Joshua B. Hyman, M.D., serves patients in Manhattan, all of New York City and nearby areas of New York.