Here's How a Chemical Peel Can Fight Wrinkles

When it comes to erasing lines and wrinkles and restoring your more youthful look, you may think your only options are Botox® and dermal fillers. But they’re not the only cosmetic treatments that can help your fight against wrinkles.  

At Dermatology Associates of Central NJ, we use chemical peels to improve many skin concerns, from uneven skin tone to acne to those aging wrinkles. Our chemical peels not only restore your youthful look, but they also improve the health of your skin.

Chemical peels for wrinkles

For years, dermatologists have been using chemical peels to literally peel away the signs of aging. This cosmetic treatment contains a special exfoliating agent that removes your old and damaged skin cells to reveal the new, fresher, younger skin underneath. Chemical peels also improve the health of your skin by stimulating the regeneration of new skin cells and the production of collagen, which is the youth-enhancing protein that gives your skin its strength and elasticity. 

In addition to tackling wrinkles, chemical peels can lessen the appearance of freckles, age-spots, and signs of sun-damaged skin. After a chemical peel you can expect your skin to look:

Chemical peels can also be used to rejuvenate the look of your neck and hands.

What to expect

Depending on your skin care needs, we may provide you with a pre-peel skin care preparation plan which may include modifications to your beauty routine; you will need to follow it for a few weeks prior to your peel to prepare the skin. That way, you get the best possible results. We also advise that you not wax or exfoliate your skin prior to your peel to minimize irritation and sensitivity.

On the day of your chemical peel, we first thoroughly clean your skin. Then, we apply your chemical peel evenly over your face and let it sit for a set period of time (usually only a few minutes). Next, we apply a neutralizing agent or cooling compress. You may feel a burning and stinging sensation during the cosmetic procedure, but this is expected.  

Depending on the strength of the peel we use, you may experience varying degrees of redness and skin peeling following your treatment. 

The big reveal

Healing time after your chemical peel varies depending on the strength of the peel. With a light peel, you can expect a full recovery in a day. With a deep peel, full skin healing time may take as long as 14 days. Be sure to apply the recommended moisturizer during the healing period, as directed, to prevent cracking and scarring of your skin.

While recovery time varies, once your skin has healed, you should see a significant improvement in the way you look. If we went with a light peel, we may recommend repeating the treatment 3-5 times every 2-5 weeks to get the best results. There’s no need to repeat a deep peel. 

To maintain your more youthful look, we suggest you apply sunblock daily to your treated skin to help fight the aging effects of the sun.

To schedule an appointment with our skin care experts at Dermatology Associates of NJ, or to learn more about the anti-aging benefits of a chemical peel, call one of our conveniently located offices today or use the online booking button. 

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