Chemical Peels Princeton, New Jersey
If you are looking for an all natural, noninvasive, no “downtime” technique for improving wrinkles, texture and tone, fine lines, pigmented or blotchy skin, look no further. Our licensed Medical Aesthetician will help you determine which will be your best choice.
A peel regenerates the skin, often making it smoother with fewer wrinkles. The procedure is also used on other parts of the body, including the neck, chest and hands.
A chemical peel is performed by applying a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin so that a smoother, more evenly pigmented, glowing layer can appear. There are several types of chemical peels. Each type works differently, and produces different results. Our medical aesthetician will help you choose and tailor the treatment to the needs of your skin. In general, the stronger the chemical, the deeper the peel, and the more impressive the results. However, the deeper the peel, the more pain you’re likely to experience and the longer the recovery time will be.
Light peels: Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), Betahydroxy acids (BHAs) Light or “lunch hour” peels are the mildest of the chemical peels. These peels include glycolic, lactic, and fruit acid peels (AHA) or Salicylic Acid (BHA). They burn off only the outer layers of the skin to smooth out fine wrinkles and/or rough, dry skin. AHA and Beta lift peels may also be used to improve the texture of sun-damaged skin, balance out skin pigmentation, or diminish some types of acne scars. These peels are often repeated to achieve the desired results.
The application of AHA and Beta lift peels are relatively fast and simple. These peels are generally performed in the office. No sedation or anesthesia is required, since the patient only experiences a slight stinging when the solution is applied. The treatment usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes, but the aesthetician may vary the concentration of the chemical solution or the length of treatment.
Medium peels: Trichloroacetic acids (TCA) A TCA solution is used for medium depth peels. This is generally used to treat skin with moderate sun damage, surface wrinkles, and/or uneven tone or pigment abnormalities. Full-face TCA peels take approximately 30 minutes. TCA peels are performed in our office.
The Obagi Blue Peel
The Obagi Blue Peel is an in-office procedure designed to significantly improve the appearance and health of your skin. It is complementary to the Obagi Nu-Derm range of skin creams. The Blue Peel enables Dr. Lavrich to achieve optimal results on a broad range of conditions: pigmentation problems, fine lines, wrinkles, scars, large pores, acne, actinic keratoses and skin laxity.
Using a low concentration of the chemical trichlorocetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base to slow penetration, the Blue Peel allows Dr. Lavrich to monitor the appropriate depth to effectively remove the thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin from the face other parts of the body. These dead skin cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface. In addition to the face, the Blue Peel can be performed on the neck, chest hands, back, arms and legs and is appropriate for all skin types.
The Blue Peel is a quick, relatively simple and tolerable procedure that in most patients does not require sedation. Application of the Blue Peel takes about 20 minutes, depending on the number of coats Dr. Lavrich has determined necessary to achieve your goals. You will experience a moderate burning sensation that lasts a few minutes with each coat. Your doctor will use a fan to minimize this sensation. The bluish tint will be gently washed off with a special cleanser immediately following the Blue Peel. Peeling will begin a few days after treatment, and recovery is complete within a week.