Q: How Do Chemical Peels Work?

A: Our certified aestheticians will apply a chemical solution to you skin. This may include alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or phenolThe reaction between the chemicals and skin causes exfoliation, which removes the upper layers of the skin. The new layers that become visible are smoother and unblemished. There are several types of chemical peels offered at our Long Island medi spa, and the full experience will vary based on the peel that is best suited to you.

Q: What Do Chemical Peels Treat?

A: Chemical peels are most often requested to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, scars, age spots and other signs of premature aging. However, the results will vary based on the severity of the skin damage the type of peel performed. Light or medium peels usually require several subsequent procedures for more long-lasting results.

Q: What Are Chemical Peel Treatments Like?

A: Chemical peel treatments are performed on an out-patient basis in our Long Island medical spa office. A certified aesthetician will cleanse the treatment areas and then apply the chemical solution. Most patients with experience a slight tingling sensation for a short period of time, but the solution also works as a mild anesthetic for minimal discomfort. The depth of the peel will depend on the type of peel decided upon during the initial consultation (light, medium or deep), but all peels reveal new, fresher, more youthful skin.

Q: What Should I Expect from Chemical Peels Treatment?

A: At North Shore Medical Spa, we have identified the following realistic goals from chemical peel treatments: correction of sun damage, reduction of wrinkles, reduction of scarring, improvement of skin discoloration, removal of excessive blackheads, and temporary reduction of skin oils. The strength of these results will vary based on the specific peel that is performed. Light peels will show subtle differences, while a deep peel will show off the most immediate results.

Q: What Are The Risks Of A Chemical Peel?

A. As with any medical procedure, long island chemical peels have some potential risks and complications. In rare cases, peels of any level can lead to uneven skin pigmentation, blotching, infection or scarring. The most common cause of these complications is sun exposure. After any skin procedure, sunscreen is critical.

Other minor side effects may include the formation of  small flakes or scabs which protect the new skin, and are usually easily removed gently with soap and water. Depending on the level of peel and your personal skin condition, we may prescribe a healing ointment following the appointment. Some people may experience abnormal itching, swelling or tingling.