What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are skin rejuvenation creams or ointments designed to exfoliate the skin, stimulate collagen production, and activate blood vessels to restore a youthful glow — among many other benefits. Because these treatments involve powerful substances applied directly to your skin, it is important to consult with a licensed, highly knowledgeable healthcare professional to determine which solution is best for your skin type and goals. The Klausner Institute in New York, NY is recognized in multiple industry journals as one of the top providers of aesthetic care in the NYC metropolitan area, and Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. is among the most experienced and acclaimed chemical peel specialists in the region. Reach out today to ask how chemical peels can help you achieve the look and feel you've always dreamed for your skin.
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What are the various types of chemical peels?
- VI Peel
- TCA 25%
- Glycolic Peel
- Jessner's Peel
The VI Peel is a chemical peel designed to reverse the signs of aging and sun damage on the skin. VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of gentle yet powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types.
Dr. Klausner personally chose this product because of its superior results in:
- Anti-aging – VI Peel reverses the effects of sun damage, environmental factors, and time to enhance your skin’s natural beauty. In addition to facial treatments, VI Peel can also be used to treat sun damage on the décolletage and hands.
- Comfort – VI Peel is virtually painless. Sensitive individuals may experience a slight stinging sensation, which can be controlled by the use of a fan during application.
- Convenience – VI Peel application takes only 30 minutes or less. No skin preparation products are needed and minimal or no downtime is required. Healing is also minimal. You can enjoy younger, more beautiful skin in about one week!
The Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peel is one of the most popular and reliable chemical peels to treat skin imperfections. Dr. Klausner believes that the 25% concentration, which is considered a medium peel, will give the best results and produce a deeper penetration. When used in a controlled fashion, TCA 25% peels produce improvement in collagen and elastin in the skin and reduction of fine lines, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation.
Since TCA 25% is a medium peel, it can cause the skin to appear to have a severe sunburn for about one week. It is extremely necessary for a person to have a medium peel to protect the treated skin from the sun, and you may also be asked to follow the procedure with an antibacterial ointment for about one week. Dr. Klausner will discuss which sun protection will be most appropriate, as well as make suggestions on beneficial skin care to use post-peel.
As with any skin treatment, choosing a skilled, knowledgeable physician is pertinent. Dr. Klausner can give you the confidence of her educated experience. She will make sure you are well informed and cared for.
As with all of the treatments offered, Dr. Klausner will discuss in detail in her Manhattan office your desires, questions, and concerns, and once a thorough examination has been completed, she will give you expert advice about your treatment.
Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and is a natural constituent of sugar cane. Dr. Klausner uses this product to produce light chemical peels for the treatment of fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation, and acne. Glycolic Acid peels work by loosening up the horny layer and exfoliating the superficial top layer. This peel also stimulates collagen growth due to its excellent capability to penetrate the skin.
Dr. Klausner chooses concentrations of 20% – 70% after fully examining the patient's skin and history. In addition to concentration, pH also plays a large part in determining the potency of glycolic acid in the solution. Dr. Klausner uses physician-strength peels with a pH as low as 0.6. In the days following a Glycolic Acid peel, you will see improvement in your skin’s appearance and texture. Used in a series, you will see a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and other skin conditions, including actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the stratum corneum to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells.
Dr. Klausner believes the Jessner’s Peel is a superior treatment designed to remove superficial layers of skin. It is one of the most effective light cosmetic chemical peels available. The Jessner’s Peel consists of mild peeling agents, such as salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid), lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid), and resorcinol.
The Jessner’s Peel can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and environmental damage caused by the sun and pollutants. Because the Jessner’s Peel is mild, it is an excellent choice for all skin types. It smoothes and rejuvenates skin, producing beautiful results in the treatment of mild to severe acne by decreasing oil production and opening clogged sebaceous follicles. It also contributes to the healing process of acne.
Choosing a Chemical Peel
To determine which chemical peel is right for you, reach out for a consultation with Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. At our Park Avenue office in New York, NY, we will work diligently to identify the best chemical treatment based on the condition of your skin, and we will ensure that every aspect of the procedure is handled appropriately based on your needs and desires. Connect with us today, and entrust your skin care to the Klausner Institute.
Chemical peels FAQs
What skin issues does a chemical peel address?
A chemical peel can help improve the appearance of sun damage and natural aging that makes your skin look less than youthful. Treatment can also diminish the appearance of mild to severe acne scars caused by previous breakouts. If you have dark patches on your skin or hyperpigmentation, a chemical peel may help lighten these areas and give you a more even complexion.
Should I have a chemical peel or other treatment?
When you come in for an anti-aging assessment, Dr. Klausner will evaluate your skin and learn about your cosmetic goals. We use this information to determine the best course of treatment for you. Our team can recommend a wide variety of chemical peel options for personalized results. These include light, medium, and deep peels to ensure you are satisfied with your outcomes.
How do I take care of my skin after a chemical peel?
Our skin care team in New York can provide specific post-peel instructions to protect your complexion and maximize results. Depending on the type of peel you receive, you may experience some redness, swelling, and peeling for a short period. It is important to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen as directed. You should also avoid picking or scratching at your skin as it heals.