Chemical Peel

In Long Island


Chemical Peel

The appearance of your skin is constantly being affected by genetics, the weather, your diet, and lifestyle choices. These skin impurities can come in the form of sun-damaged skin, brown “age” spots, fine lines and wrinkles, dry or flaky skin, rough skin texture, uneven skin tone, adult acne, superficial facial or acne scars, or excessive oil. Facials, topical serums, and scrubs can do a lot to temporarily improve your skin, but sometimes it’s best for a complete reboot of your skin. This is where Chemical Peels can work like magic! Using controlled techniques of applying a chemical solution to your skin, our team can completely remove the ugly superficial layers of your skin to reveal the clean and pure skin underneath.

Dr. Cohn routinely sees Chemical Peel patients from all over Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and even from Manhattan. His boutique office is located in Smithtown, New York, making it a convenient destination for any Chemical Peel patients on the North Shore.

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Chemical Peel Basics

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that is used to improve the appearance of the skin most commonly on the face, but also the neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The newly regenerated skin appears smoother and firmer than the old skin. Three basic types of chemical peels are chosen based on the individual’s needs:

Light Peel

Alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest, or hands.

Medium Peel 

Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis. With a light or medium peel, you may need to undergo the procedure more than once to get the desired results.

Deep Peel 

Trichloroacetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles, and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once. Deeper chemical peels take longer to recover from.

Who are the best candidates for a Chemical Peel?

Superficial peels are recommended for all skin types that are experiencing the typical signs of aging listed above. For any further medical issues or severe scarring, a Chemical Peel is not the right treatment for you. 

With a medium and deeper peel, Dr. Cohn will perform a detailed examination to see if you are the right candidate. There is a risk of adverse effects if you have a darker skin tone. The risk can include hyperpigmentation, meaning your skin will appear darker after the treatment. To prevent this from happening, we recommend scheduling a consultation where Dr. Cohn can advise on the best course of treatment for you. 

What are the benefits of Chemical Peels?

The benefits of a Chemical Peel in Long Island are quite extensive, as this innovative solution has the ability to correct: 

  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Melasma
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging Skin

This is by no means an exhaustive list. To find out how a Chemical Peel can potentially improve the look and feel of your skin, get in touch to schedule a personalized consultation session with Dr. Cohn.

First Steps

What’s the first step?

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For individuals interested in a Long Island Chemical Peel you will be making the right choice with Dr. Cohn. First, call our practice to schedule a consultation, where Dr. Cohn will perform a personalized and detailed assessment of your skin. This is also space to share your concerns, goals, and hesitations about a Chemical Peel. By explaining all the benefits and giving you detailed information about the process, Dr. Cohn will work to put your mind at ease and even get you excited to see how a Chemical Peel can benefit you. Our patient coordinators are ready to help you and get you started so give us a call today. 

What to expect on the day of a Chemical Peel treatment

Before your Chemical Peel in Long Island, prepping your skin is a key ingredient to seeing great results. We are your partners in this journey. Here is what we advise:

  • Avoid tanning and direct sun exposure for two weeks before each treatment.
  • Apply topical products (such as hydroquinone) as instructed before treatment to prepare your skin.
  • Don’t use any products containing retinoids (such as tretinoin) one to two weeks before treatment.
  • If you have been prescribed oral antibiotics or an oral antiviral medicine, start taking it at least 24 hours before your chemical peel.
  • Peel areas must be free of any open sores, lesions, or skin infections.

When you arrive at our clinic for your appointment, Dr. Cohn will begin by cleaning the skin to eliminate dirt, oil, and any other impurities that can hinder the Chemical Peel process. It is advisable to avoid wearing any makeup or other topical creams on the day of your treatment. Dr. Cohn will take care to cover your hair, nose, eyes, and mouth before moving on to the next step. 

After your skin is clean, a specified chemical solution is applied to your skin. The chemical solutions we use on our patients can contain glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid (phenol). These different chemical solutions work on the skin by causing a controlled injury, penetrating through to a different skin depth, and then peeling away to reveal a new layer of skin. We use a range of solutions that are tailored to each patient based on their needs and skin types, and the depth of peel you receive. Dr. Cohn will inform you beforehand which chemical he will use. 

Throughout the procedure, the skin will experience a warming sensation that will last a few minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. You will be able to communicate how you are feeling throughout the treatment so that Dr. Cohn can apply a cold compress at intervals where it is needed. The procedure will be completed by cleaning all the remaining solutions off your skin. You will be able to resume regular activities immediately after leaving our clinic, knowing that your skin has been rejuvenated.

Chemical Peel recovery

The recovery process from a Chemical Peel will vary based on whether you received a superficial, medium, or deep peel. By following these meticulous guidelines, you will ensure long-lasting results and skin that is vibrant and youthful. Regardless of your peel type, Dr. Cohn recommends constant protection from the sun, thoughtfully using products that take care of your skin, and avoiding tanning beds. 

Here is what you can expect during the recovery process: 

Superficial Chemical Peel Recovery:

Expect redness followed by scaling that lasts between three and seven days.

Apply lotion or cream as directed until your skin heals. After your skin heals, apply daily sunscreen.

You can wear makeup immediately after treatment or the next day.

Medium Chemical Peel recovery:

Expect some redness, swelling, stinging, and flaking of your skin. Swelling may last and/or worsen for 48 hours. Blisters can develop and break open. Skin will crust and peel off over seven to 14 days.

Perform daily soaks as directed by your doctor. Apply ointment after each soak. Apply lotion or cream daily. Don’t expose your skin to sunlight until completely healed.

Antiviral medication will need to be taken for 10 to 14 days.

You can wear makeup after five to seven days.

Deep Chemical Peel Recovery:

The treatment area will be bandaged. Your bandages will be removed in a few days. Expect a healing time of 14 to 21 days.

Perform daily soaks as directed by your doctor. Apply ointment after each soak. After 14 days, apply moisturizer as directed. Don’t expose your skin to the sun for three to six months.

Antiviral medication will need to be taken for 10 to 14 days.

Wait at least 14 days before using any makeup.

Dr. Cohn will walk you through the recovery process so you don’t feel overwhelmed in any way.

Chemical Peel Cost

How much does a Chemical Peel cost in Long Island, NY?

Given the various factors that are involved in choosing a Chemical Peel in Long Island, your price will be determined by the following: 

  • Your skin type
  • The areas being treated
  • The depth of the peel
  • The type of chemical solution used
  • The number of appointments you will require in total

Dr. Cohn will assess all of these factors during your consultation. From there, you can expect our patient coordinator to reach out and explain the cost of your treatment, and help you schedule your appointment if you are ready to get started. 

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