Chemical peels are facial treatments that can help restore your complexion by treating an imperfection, discoloration, or blemish. An uneven complexion can be the result of aging, genetics, or excessive sun exposure. By restoring healthy skin and removing damaged tissues and cells, chemical peels can create a clear complexion and even skin tone. Dr. Asaadi can help you decide which type of chemical peel is best to treat your particular skin blemish or irregularity.
A chemical peel is a chemical solution that can be applied to your face, neck, or body to rejuvenate the skin through exfoliation. Different chemical solutions work at different depths to correct various types of cosmetic irregularities. There are 3 types of chemical peels, which vary in depth of treatment and chemical composition. The 3 types of chemical peels include light chemical peels, medium chemical peels, and deep chemical peels.
Light chemical peels, also known as alpha hydroxy acid chemical peels or glycolic acid peels, are the least invasive chemical peels that are used to treat fine lines, acne, and discoloration by gently removing dead or damaged layers of skin. Light chemical peels exfoliate the skin and promote proper skin cell regeneration, which encourages new skin to grow and replace damaged cells that are stripped away during your chemical peel treatment. The exact chemical formula for glycolic acid peels can vary depending on what you wish to target and treat with a light chemical peel. Stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, light chemical peels rejuvenate your face by promoting your body’s natural production of healthy skin.
Your face will be gently cleansed prior to your light chemical peel treatment, and the chemical peel will then be applied. Light chemical peels can be applied to certain facial areas or over the entire face for complete facial rejuvenation. A slight tingling sensation is normal to feel during your light chemical peel treatment. This sensation is the chemical solution actively removing unhealthy skin cells while promoting the production of collagen and elastin. After your light chemical peel, an unscented lotion may be applied to soothe your skin. While the length of your chemical peel treatment will vary depending on the size of the treatment area, the majority of light chemical peel treatments can be completed in 40-60 minutes.
Medium chemical peels are also known as trichloroacetic (TCA) chemical peels and are often used for patients who are looking to improve discoloration and facial lines. Medium chemical peels provide deeper facial rejuvenation than light chemical peels but do not have the downtime associated with deep chemical peels. The formula for medium chemical peels will be customized to best meet your individual needs and goals.
At the beginning of your medium chemical peel treatment, your face will be gently washed. The medium chemical peel can be applied to treat certain areas, or you may choose for a full-face chemical peel for the most noticeable results. Medium chemical peels are often used to treat small areas, so the length of your medium chemical peel treatment may last from 15-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Deep chemical peels, commonly referred to as phenol peels, deliver the most noticeable results because they provide facial rejuvenation at the deepest layers that cause blemishes and cosmetic irregularities. Patients often opt for phenol peels when they wish to treat deep wrinkles, facial lines, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation. Phenol peels can also help remove pre-cancerous growths in some patients. Because phenol peels use carbolic acid, they are not suitable for treating certain areas of the face; patients must undergo a full-face chemical peel when choosing phenol peels. Working deeply to restore a beautiful complexion, phenol peels require only 1 treatment to provide noticeably smoother skin.
In most cases, phenol peels are performed under sedation with a local anesthetic for comfort. To start your deep chemical peel treatment, your face will be gently washed. The phenol peel will then be evenly applied over your skin. At the end of your deep chemical peel treatment, the chemical solution will be gently washed away. A phenol peel treatment usually lasts between 1-2 hours.
|Light Chemical Peel||Medium Chemical Peel||Deep Chemical Peel|
|Also called alpha hydroxy acid chemical peels or glycolic acid peels||Commonly named trichloroacetic (TCA) chemical peels||Uses carbolic acid and also referred to as a phenol peel|
|Treats dry, sun-damaged skin and acne||Treats wrinkles, blemishes, and uneven pigmentation||Can treat deep wrinkles, remove pre-cancerous growths, and correct discoloration|
|Light scabbing or flaking may occur (falls off naturally)||A productive scab may form (falls off naturally)||A productive crust will form (falls off naturally)|
|Patients can return to work almost immediately||2 week recovery period||2-3 month recovery period|
For light chemical peels and medium chemical peels, multiple chemical peel sessions may be needed for the best results. Some medium or deep chemical peels require pre-treatments before application. In the case of medium chemical peels, Dr. Asaadi may prescribe Retin-A or alpha hydroxy acid creams. Medium chemical peels may be applied on the face, neck, and other areas of the body. On the other hand, if you are receiving a phenol peel, you must bring a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure. Ideal candidates for chemical peels are those looking to treat moderate-to-severe blemishes such as age spots, wrinkles, scars, acne, or uneven pigmentation.
With chemical peels, you may experience skin flaking, scabbing, or crusting during your recovery period. Your skin’s reaction depends on what chemical peel you choose. Chemical peels that work at a deeper level produce more crusting than light chemical peels do. It is possible that your skin may be sensitive following your chemical peel treatment and may appear pink or red. Pain medication may be prescribed to reduce any slight discomfort during your recovery. In some cases, bandages or tape may be applied after your chemical peel, which will be removed 2 days after your chemical peel treatment.
It is important that you choose a skilled chemical peel doctor who understands your individual anatomy, as every patient’s facial structure is different. Dr. Asaadi stresses the importance of choosing a qualified, experienced, and board-certified plastic surgeon when considering chemical peels.
Dr. Mokhtar Asaadi and our staff will be happy to discuss chemical peels with you. Please contact our New Jersey office at 973.731.7000 or our New York office at 212.938.0158 to schedule a private consultation. You may also request an appointment online to meet with our chemical peel doctor.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
I have always had bags under my eyes, but as I became older, they seemed to get worse. Every time I looked in the mirror, all I saw were those bags. At least once a day at work, someone would ask me if I was tired. So, when my daughter announced her engagement, I thought it was time to do something. I made an appointment with Dr. Asaadi to see what my options were. My surgery was scheduled for August of 2012.
I was scared and apprehensive, but it was the right decision. I feel like a new person. No one asks me anymore if I am tired and I don’t shy away from having my picture taken. Dr. Asaadi and his staff have been terrific, so caring and professional. I only took one week off from work, and the bruising was minimal.
I probably would still have the bags if my daughter didn’t get married.
But, I am so thankful I had the surgery. And I was the proud mother of the bride. - M.W.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
I have known Dr. Asaadi for fifteen years. I first met him in my fifties. I look tired and worn out and looking for a more youthful appearance. In meeting Dr. Asaadi he presented a picture of a very sincere and up standing person.
He took the time to go over my goals and together we outlined what was needed. I had rhinoplasty and eye corrective surgery. Down time was minimal and the results perfect.
Several years later I had a face lift and again was completely satisfied.
Presently I am 69 years old looking way better than when I first met with him. Let me add that since my surgery Dr. Asaadi has maintained my youthful appearance by using injectable fillers. He is a true genius and a very honest person whom I highly recommend.
Also his staff is the best - A.E.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
Just a short note to tell you how happy I am and to thank you for your wonderful work. As soon as I walked out the door from our first consultation, I had this “feeling” and I knew you were the one I could put 100% trust in. Thank you for your attention to detail, the care you’ve shown me, and your warm personality. I count myself luck to know you.
Thanks and all the best to you!
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
“I am so very grateful for the tummy tuck that Dr. Asaadi performed on me. Dr. Asaadi has proven to me to be a meticulous artist of the body. I felt that the office and staff compares to no other. It has been 5 years since my surgery, I am 42 years old and I am feeling and looking just as good if not better since surgery. I am more confident putting on my clothing, especially bathing suits. Dr. Asaadi gave me my belly back from 20 years ago (pre-babies)."
I not only feel better in the way in which my body looks, but most important it changed the way I view myself inside and out.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
My name is Paula and about a month ago you gave me some botox injections. I had recently finished nine months of very tough treatment for a stage III breast cancer and I was neither feeling nor looking my best. My hair had just begun to grow but I still was showing way too much forehead for my comfort zone so I thought perhaps a little botox would give me a "lift".
Well, I cannot say enough about my results. I feel fantastic about the way my skin looks. In fact, the other evening I bumped into some friends at a restaurant. The first thing they said to me was "your skin looks fabulous! Even better than before your diagnosis." Now that's amazing. Since seeing you, I have received numerous compliments about how alive I look. Well, I do have a great attitude but I have to say that your skillful work has really made me feel confident.
Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. I wish all women who have been through treatment could feel as good as I feel. Thank you Dr. Asaadi.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
“After 10 years of hearing comments about how tired I appeared, I decided that the time had come for me to take action which required more than just getting extra sleep!!!
I did my research and decided that Dr. Asaadi was the best choice upon seeing the results of past patients and the unique technique that he uses.
Now, close to two years later, I couldn't be happier! Not only do I look 10 years younger, but I now feel refreshed and vibrant. No more comments about how tired I appear.
This surgery not only restored my youth, but it greatly improved my confidence level. As a salesperson and a single girl, this is incredibly Important!!! Whereas prior to the surgery, I couldn't even think about walking out the door without makeup, now I am completely comfortable with it. No more trying to conceal or detract attention from the severe bags under my eyes!!! Friends and relatives, and even sometimes I, cannot believe the difference this surgery has made! One of the best parts is that it looks incredibly natural. No one would ever know I had anything done unless I had told them. A yearlong spa getaway would not have produced such results!"
It was hands down the best money I ever spent!!!!! I feel like I'm a walking billboard for Blepharoplasty.
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
“Once I decided to undergo a tummy tuck procedure, I knew my appearance would change for the better. What I did not anticipate is what a profound effect the results would have on my overall way of life. Along with giving me the body I wanted, the transformation gave me a great sense of confidence, reassurance, and security with myself. I now walk upright and confident, as opposed to slouched and submissive. I enjoy shopping for clothes and wearing two piece bathing suits on the beach.
If anyone is contemplating having this procedure done, I strongly encourage them to do so."
Thanks to Dr. Asaadi I have the perfect body and a better life. - CT
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
Thank you - the phrase is simple and the words are few, but behind them lies a world of appreciation. Special people like you make the world a brighter place.
Thank you for helping me get better. Also to improve day by day my special future. I pray God bless your hands to help the life of others.
On May 12, 2010 Dr. Asaadi performed a bilateral reduction mammoplasty, CORE AbdominoplastySM, repair of diastasis recti, VASER® LipoSelection of the back, flanks, upper inner thighs, pubic area, lateral chest walls, and a small area of the upper arms. I was very sore for the first week, but after that I could see improvement every couple of days. The more I walked the better and stronger I felt.
In exactly six weeks after the surgery I went with my daughter, son-in-law, and their 13 month old son to a destination wedding feeling great. My daughter was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to take care of the baby like I needed to ( her and her husband were in the wedding), but I had so much more energy and strength than I did in years. I felt so wonderful in my new clothes, and I can’t begin to express how many compliments I received.....especially in my “Tankini”!!!
I now look forward to getting up in the morning and picking out a nice fitting outfit for the day, and not some loose fitting shirt and baggy pants. Thank you, Dr. Asaadi....you gave me my self-confidence back!!!!”
Thank you, Dr. Asaadi....you gave me my self-confidence back!!!!”
Dear Dr. Asaadi,
Thank you for all your professionalism and time spent going over the procedure. I am pleased thus far; I can only imagine my gratitude in the months ahead, as I see my nose transforming. I put my face in the hands of a true sculptor and have nothing but praise and recommendation. Your staff are a wonderful representation of your reputation on being a true caring practice. Many Thanks.