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Medical Peels
Chicago, IL

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Medical Peels

When your skin looks its best, you exude confidence – you feel empowered to take on anything life throws your way. Conversely, when your skin is less than glowing, with an uneven skin tone, blemishes and acne scars, it might be hard to feel self-assured. Medical peels can help bring your skin back to life, improving its appearance and correcting uneven pigmentation.

These treatments involve the use of a chemical solution, which is gently applied to the specific area of skin that needs improvement. This procedure can reduce or eliminate fine lines around the mouth and under the eyes, treat acne, and even minimize stretch marks.

Eliminate Signs of Aging

If you look in the mirror and notice signs of aging caused by sun damage, acne scars, or wrinkles, you might be the perfect candidate for a medical peel with one of the best facial plastic surgeons in Lakeview. Chemical peel treatments are designed to remove fine lines, dead skin cells, small scars, dark spots, freckles, and other minor imperfections. The best way to find out how a peel will fit with your long-term beauty goals is to schedule a consultation where we can evaluate your skin.

The Benefits of Medical Peels

As the best plastic facial surgeon in Lakeview, Dr. Adam J. Cohen understands the benefits of medical grade chemical peels. These treatments can improve both skin texture and tone, relieve rosacea, reduce pore size, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and leave you with softer, brighter, more youthful looking skin.

Additionally, a medical facial peel softens and plumps fine lines, minimizes dark spots and other skin discoloration, and diminishes the appearance of acne scars. We often recommend medical grade peels as part of a series of skin-rejuvenating treatments, such as the Micropen treatment, to achieve optimal results.

Can Chemical Peels Remove Freckles?

In some cases, yes: chemical peels can lighten or remove freckles or sun spots entirely. As the top layer of skin is removed, the patient’s fresh skin will emerge from below. This layer will not have been exposed to the sun and therefore will not show the same signs of sun damage.

What to Expect From the Medical Peel Process

Prior to the treatment being applied, your skin will be cleaned and degreased. The solution will then be placed on your skin, and you’ll experience a warm, slightly stinging sensation during the 2 to 3 minutes that it remains on your skin. As soon as the peel has reached its intended depth, a neutralizing solution will be applied.

You may experience some redness, skin irritation, and minor swelling during the first couple of days after the treatment. Then you will notice your skin tightening and getting darker, and finally it will begin to peel, externally or internally, for the next 4 to 7 days. At this point, a smoother, tighter, more youthful looking layer of skin will emerge.

Keep in mind that not all medical peels will produce visible peeling, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see results. The amount of peeling depends on several factors, including what products and procedures the patient has previously experienced, their skin type, and aftercare.

If you do experience skin peeling during the recovery process, it’s very important that you do not pick, pull, or scratch at your skin. This can interfere with your skin’s natural healing cycle, cause you to develop an infection, or even result in permanent hyperpigmentation.

Do Chemical Peels Hurt?

The response people have to chemical peels varies greatly depending on their individual tolerance and the specifics of their treatment. The majority of people who get chemical peels would describe the sensation as warm or slightly stinging. Those with sensitive skin, who undergo a very deep peel, may experience greater sensations of discomfort post peel.

Chemical Peel Aftercare

Your skin will be more vulnerable as it recovers from the chemical exfoliation involved in this treatment. In order to maximize your results and protect your health, it is very important to be very gentle with your skin following treatment. Before you leave our office, Dr. Cohen will provide you with specific skin care instructions. These recommendations are likely to include:

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Limiting strenuous exercise
  • Diligently wearing sunscreen
  • Washing your face with cool water
  • Keeping your skin hydrated with moisturizer
  • Staying out of saunas, steam rooms, and the pool

Comparing Microdermabrasion vs Chemical Peels

Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are exfoliating treatments that can help improve skin tone and texture, reduce superficial scars, and reduce the signs of aging. Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation that provides surface-level exfoliation. Chemical peels penetrate more deeply, provide longer-lasting results, and can be customized to an individual’s skin concerns.

Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?

We can help you determine which treatments will be most beneficial for you during a consultation at our office. During your consultation, we can help you understand how a chemical peel will fit into your long-term beauty goals. Remember, when you have any procedure performed by Adam J. Cohen, MD, the best facial plastic surgeon in Lakeview, you are certain to love the results! Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment.

Our Medical Peels

  • PCA Peel (with Hydroquinone) A 45-minute peel that will lighten and strengthen your skin with minimal surface stimulation.
  • PCA Peel (without Hydroquinone) A 45-minute peel that will lighten and strengthen your skin. Since this peel is hydroquinone free, it is better for those with sensitive skin and allergies.
  • PCA Peel with Hydroquinone and Resourcinol A 45-minute peel that combines the lightening and brightening power of hydroquinone, kojic and lactic acid to leave the skin smooth and clear.
  • Pigment Balancing Peel A 45-minute peel that improves sundamaged skin, reduces melasma, and acne-related discoloration.
  • Sensi Peel A 45-minute peel that strengthens, hydrates and smooths skin while minimizing hyperpigmentation.
  • Ultrapeel I A blend of TCA and lactic acid with the addition of phytohormones for plumping and hydration.

Can Chemical Peels Help With Acne?

Chemical peels can be great treatments for acne scarring. For example, a pigment balancing peel can help clear acne discolorations and TCA may help to lighten any hyperpigmentation due to scarring. Multiple peels may be needed and not all peels are suitable for all skin types. A consultation with our aesthetician is the only way to know which peel is best for your exact skin, and your exact goals.

What Is the Recovery Time From a Medical Peel?

The recovery time will depend on your exact situation, and the peel that you ultimately use. Some peels go deeper than others.  A light peel will normally not have much recovery time – a day or less.  A light peel will not be as effective as a deeper peel, though.  Deeper peels can have a recovery time of 2-3 days, or several weeks, depending on a variety of factors. In most cases, you will know the amount of recovery time that you need before going through the peel, so that you can plan accordingly.  The exact amount of time you will need for recovery will be covered in detail on your consultation.

Are There Any Side Effects To Medical Peels?

There are some potential side effects to peels.  The type and intensity of your side effects is related to the depth of the peel itself.  These side effects may include:

  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Flakiness
  • Irritation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling (especially with deeper peels)
  • Infection

Not everyone is prone to these side effects, and the side effects that may affect you will be addressed on your free consultation.