With spring right around the corner, now is the time to think about how you can refresh and invigorate your dull winter skin for the new season. Fortunately, there are many effective options in skin rejuvenation today that can enhance your complexion without taking a significant amount of time away from your busy schedule. Dr. Sherman offers a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments at his 5th Avenue office, including laser and chemical peels that allow your procedure to be tailored to your specific needs and desired outcome.

What is a Laser Peel?

A laser peel, also known as a micro laser peel, is a procedure that uses laser energy to remove outer skin layers, revealing softer, smoother skin underneath. The depth of the procedure can be customized to the unique concerns of each patient, ensuring the best possible results for nearly every skin type and a host of skin concerns.

Micro laser peels can be used to address the following concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Shallow scarring
  • Signs of sun damage
  • Irregular skin texture and tone
  • Pigmentation issues

Micro laser peels are performed in our office on an outpatient basis. Most procedures are performed without any type of anesthetic. A handheld device is run across the surface of the skin, which delivers the laser energy to exfoliate outer damaged skin cells. The entire procedure may take less than 30 minutes to complete, depending on the depth of the peel and the size of the treatment area.

Recovery from a micro laser peel will depend on the depth of the treatment. Most patients are back to regular activities within a day or two. Results of the peel will be evident right away and will continue to improve in the weeks following the procedure. Most patients will schedule regular micro laser peel treatments to maintain the positive results.

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are also exfoliating treatments that remove the outer layers of skin cells. Instead of laser energy, these procedures use a chemical solution applied to the skin, which loosens outer cells to reveal fresh new skin cells underneath. Different chemical solutions are available that allow for full customization of the procedure based on the specific concerns and desired results of the patient.

Chemical peels can be used to address a wide range of skin issues:

  • Facial wrinkles
  • Signs of sun damage
  • Melasma and other pigmentation problems
  • Scarring
  • Some types of precancerous skin growths

Chemical peels are also performed in our office on an outpatient basis. Treatments can be mild, medium or deep, depending on the skin concerns to address, the results you want to achieve and the amount of downtime you are willing to take. Deep peels tend to require a longer recovery period, but also offer more dramatic long-lasting results.

Which Peel is Right for You?

The type of peel that works best for you will depend on many different factors. As a general rule, chemical peels tend to work more effectively on younger skin, while laser peels offer excellent results for skin showing signs of aging. However, Dr. Sherman will weigh other factors, including your skin type, skin issues, and desired outcome before recommending the best procedure for you.

Spring is on its way – now is the perfect time to refresh your look for the season with a peel treatment designed just for you. To learn more, contact Dr. Sherman’s office today at (212) 535-2300.