Many people experience dull, lifeless skin, wrinkles, or other flaws caused by aging and exposure to the elements. Cherry Hill plastic surgeon, Dr. Evan Sorokin, offers chemical peels that can refresh his patient’s appearance without surgery. By removing the dull, dry outer layers of skin, a chemical peel can improve the look of the face in many ways including:
- Reducing facial wrinkles and lines
- Improving sun-damaged skin
- Correcting age spots and pigmentation problems
- Lightening scars, especially those caused by acne
- Treating precancerous skin lesions
Chemical Peel Reviews
"I had three treatments done by Dr. Sorokin. I had Botox, my eye lids done and a chemical peel. I can not tell you how amazing these treatments were. I was satisfied beyond my expectations and everyone told me I looked ten years younger. I know that sounds too good to be true but I could not say enough about the results. I would highly recommend Dr. Sorokin to anyone who wants true results!"- Google User / Google+ / Jun 18, 2011
Types of Chemical Peels@headingTag>
There are several different types of chemical solutions that can be used, ranging from a mild solution to a very strong one. Dr. Sorokin will help the patient decide on a peel based on skin condition, skin color, and desired result. Some chemical peels may not be appropriate for darker skin complexions.
A light peel removes the dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin with Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy acid. These peels usually take 3-4 days for complete effects, which is the fastest recovery time of the three peels, and is in the lower price range. The results are visible, but not as dramatic as a medium or deep peel and the results will not last as long.
Medium Depth Peels@headingTag>
A medium peel, also known as a TCA peel, uses Trichloroacetic acid to remove several of the skin layers. The effects are more impressive and last longer than a light peel, but a medium peel is more expensive, less comfortable, and requires a week or more for recovery.
A deep chemical peel uses Phenol acid and can reach lower levels of the skin to affect skin lesions and deep wrinkles. Deep peels can bleach the skin, so it is not recommended for darker skin tones. The deep peel is the harshest type of peel, has the longest recovery, and is the most expensive. However, the deep peel has the most dramatic and long lasting results.
During/After the Procedure@headingTag>
Before a chemical peel, any active skin disease, infection, or acne needs to be under control in order to maximize results. During the procedure, Dr. Sorokin first cleanses the skin of oils before carefully applying the chemical solution and allowing it to remain on the skin for a short time. As the solution works, the skin will lighten and give off a frost-like effect. Once the desired effect is achieved, Dr. Sorokin covers the treatment area with a neutralizing solution, cleanses the skin, and applies an ointment to aid in healing. The ointment and dressings applied immediately following the chemical peel aid in the healing process and minimize swelling. The skin will have a pinkish color for a limited time afterwards, and a thin crust may form over the area that was treated. Any discomfort following the procedure can be managed with over-the-counter medication. Complications are rare, but patients should follow Dr. Sorokin's directions carefully to minimize their risk. Recovery time will vary depending on the extent of the chemical peel.
A chemical peel can cost between $500-$6,000 depending on the strength of the peel. A light peel will be less expensive, last the least amount of time, and have limited results. A deep peel will be the most expensive, but the effects will last a longer time and provide the most noticeable results. Dr. Sorokin will help the patient decide during the initial consultation which peel level is best for their needs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $125 - $1,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2-3 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Is It Painful?@headingTag>
A chemical peel does not hurt, but a deeper peel will cause the patient more discomfort from tingling and a mild burning sensation. Over the counter pain medications are usually sufficient to ease patient discomfort during and after the peel.
After a chemical peel, the skin often peels for a few days, depending on the strength of the peel. Some peels require no downtime, while others may require a week or more. During this time, patients are still able to be active around the house, but should avoid sunlight. Dr. Sorokin will discuss chemical peel options and help decide the right peel to fit the patient’s schedule and goals.
To help you determine which chemical peel is most appropriate for each patient’s skin, Dr. Sorokin may analyze the patient’s complexion using the VISIA Complexion Analysis system. VISIA skin analysis takes a multi-spectral image of the face and maps where discolorations, enlarged pores, and wrinkles occur. Using this advanced technology, Dr. Sorokin can pinpoint individual skin concerns and make recommendations to maximize every cosmetic enhancement.