3 Types of Chemical Peels

April 18th, 2017

Chemical peels are a treatment that can improve the appearance of skin on your face, neck, chest or hands. It works like an extreme form of exfoliation—a chemical compound is applied to the targeted area which causes the topmost layers of skin to peel off, revealing fresh, smooth skin underneath. If you suffer from acne, wrinkles, scars, or hyperpigmentation, a chemical peel may help.

Depending on how extensive you’d like your peel to be and the extent of the cosmetic issues you’d like to correct, there are three different types of chemical peels you can choose from.

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Superficial Peels

Superficial peels are the mildest form of chemical peels. They use a dilute acid such as alpha-hydroxy acid to exfoliate the upper layers of skin. The selected chemical is applied with a small sponge brush or cotton applicator and then wiped off with water or alcohol after a few minutes. It’s an extremely gentle process and is best used to treat minor skin problems.

Superficial peels require very little downtime, bordering on none at all—it does not require anesthetics and any resulting discomfort will be mild at most. They are so mild, in fact, that they received the nickname “lunchtime peels,” because with the right timing, they can be done over a lunch break with the patient returning to work afterwards.
While your skin might be a little red or uncomfortable after a superficial chemical peel, it is generally no worse than a mild sunburn.  After the peel, lotions and a hand fan should help any sensations of burning that occur and sunscreen will protect the vulnerable new skin from damaging UV radiation.

Medium Peels

A medium chemical peel uses a stronger acid such as phenol or trichloroacetic acid or high percentage glycolic acid to reach and remove dead or damaged skin cells in the middle layers of the skin. Medium peels are applied in a similar manner to superficial peels, but are left on longer. It can be more uncomfortable than a superficial peel while it is being applied. However, the discomfort typically does not continue after the peel is over. This treatment can help alleviate wrinkles, moderate skin discoloration, as well as fine lines and age spots.

Medium chemical peels do require some down time, as the recovery period is typically a week to two weeks, and it may require you to take a few days off work to recover. There can be some swelling, especially if the peel was applied around the eyes.

It’s important to avoid direct sunlight after a medium chemical peel until you’ve fully recovered, and to use lotions and sunscreen as directed by your doctor as you heal. A medium peel does require a follow up appointment to make sure you are healing fully.

Deep Peels

The most extensive chemical peels are called deep peels, which uses the same chemicals as a medium peel. However, because of the intensity with which the chemicals are applied, deep peels are only ever applied to the face, and only once in a lifetime. A deep peel can take an hour to an hour and a half.  Those with darker skin tones may not be eligible candidates for a deep peel as it can cause a lightening of the skin.

Deep peels can treat cosmetic issues that medium and superficial peels cannot, including more severe cases of wrinkles, extensive sun damage, serious cases of discoloration, and larger growths on the skin.

However, this type of chemical peel requires an extensive healing process, which can take 2 to 3 weeks. During the procedure, the patient may be given oral pain medication or may be given medications to reduce swelling. The face must be bandaged afterwards, antibiotics are typically prescribed to prevent infection, and ointment must be applied regularly for a few weeks after the treatment. The patient can’t be exposed to direct sunlight for three to six months after a deep chemical peel and will have several follow up appointments. These peels usually require some type of sedation medication and are often done in conjunction with surgical cosmetic procedures. The deep chemical peels are not as popular as they used to be since lasers peels have similar results with a quicker recovery.

At the Elizabeth Roche, M.D. MedSpa, we specialize in Superficial and Medium Chemical peels and Laser Peels of various depths. We can help you determine which peel will be right for your aesthetic goals. Dr. Roche or her Physician Assistant can consult with you to help you feel confident in your skin again. Contact us today to set up an appointment




Photorejuvenation Defined

April 11th, 2017

Among the many treatments we offer at the Elizabeth Roche, MD MedSpa, perhaps one of the most innovative is photorejuvenation. Also known as Broad Band Light (BBL), Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and photo facials, this treatment uses a handheld light, almost like a super-powered flashlight, on targeted areas of the face to alleviate skin and hair issues. Here’s what photorejuvenation may be able to do for you.


Photorejuvenation Can Heal Sun Damage

Photorejuvenation uses intense visible light to treat pigmentation issues, age spots, and broken blood vessels without being invasive. In fact, it’s best used to treat damage caused by the sun, using light to fight light.

The wavelengths of light emitted from the tool can be tuned to target the hemoglobin in blood vessels or the melanin. The light breaks down vessel walls and excess melanin pigment, which in turn compels the body to reabsorb them, removing unsightly blemishes in a way that makeup cannot.

If this process sounds familiar, it’s because photorejuvenation works in a manner similar to micro needling, which uses tiny punctures in the skin to promote the body’s natural healing process in order to remove blemishes.

The two procedures also share another capability:

Photorejuvenation Prompts Collagen Production

As part of the natural healing response, the body releases collagen—the essential protein of the human body, which is crucial to maintaining firm, smooth, youthful looking skin. Collagen production slows down as we get older, but photorejuvenation can activate collagen production in the body by causing a superficial injury.

This is important because there is no cream or lotion that can promote collagen production—it must be produced by natural processes.

It’s a Simple, Safe Procedure

A photorejuvenation treatment only takes about 20 to 30 minutes, although best results are more likely to occur if you undergo 3 to 6 of them in a month. Afterwards, you skin might be a little red, or brown spots may appear before peeling off. While the treatment itself may sting mildly, the pain does not persist afterwards and many patients don’t report being too bothered by it. In fact, you can start applying make up to your face immediately after phororejuvenation. Treatments for many patients actually become easier as they undergo more of them as issues resolve.

At the Elizabeth Roche, M.D. MedSpa, we can perform photorejuvenation treatments. We’ll consult with you on your aesthetic goals and whether photorejuvenation is right for you. Call us today to make an appointment and start feeling confident in your skin again.

Tighten Facial Skin with a PDO Absorbable Thread Lift

February 28th, 2017

Over time, the skin around the lower third of the face, or the “jowls,” can begin to droop or sag. Many people are unsatisfied with this change in their facial structure. Although Botox and Dermal Fillers can be of great help, sometimes another treatment which actually works by lifting and stimulating collagen is needed. PDO absorbable thread lifts are a new technology that creates instant lifting in a very short amount of time.


What Are PDO Threads?

PDO absorbable threads, sold under the brand name NovaThreads, are actually polydioxanone sutures, similar to those used in cardiothoracic surgery. However these threads have small laser cuts or “barbs” on the sides. The barbed or frayed sides enable the threads to catch onto the tissues under the skin and assist in lifting the overlying skin. The material is highly compatible with the body and is considered one of the safest implantable materials. Your body will metabolize the threads and fully absorb them within 4 to 6 months, however the results will last up to a year.

What is a Thread Lift?

The threads can be inserted into any area of the face at pre-planned points that have been selected to best achieve the patient’s desired results. Straight non-barbed threads can be used in some areas while the larger barbed threads are typically used in the lower face to help in the jowl area. The patient’s skin and facial muscles are numbed and one or more threads are inserted and pulled to create a “lifting” effect that is immediate. Short of a surgical face lift, no other in-office procedure can create the same type of results. Over the course of a year, the skin is healing itself around the threads, creating new collagen that helps keep the skin lifted and firm-looking.

What to Expect During a Thread Lift

A thread lift procedure takes approximately thirty minutes and has little downtime. As with any procedure, any time the skin is entered swelling and bruising are possible. This procedure is often called a “lunchtime procedure,” because it’s entirely possible to schedule a thread lift on your lunch break and return to work an hour later with minimal discomfort or redness.

Thread Lifts for Other Parts of the Body

At the present time, we are using PDO absorbable threads to lift the skin of the face and upper neck. However, because the threads are incredibly safe and the procedure is done quickly with only local anesthetic, the possibilities are truly limitless as to what can be achieved with this new tool.

Contact the Elizabeth Roche, MD MedSpa Today to Learn More

If you’re experiencing sagging or drooping in your jowl area and want fresher, tighter looking facial skin, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Elizabeth Roche, MD MedSpa. Dr. Roche or her Physician Assistant will consult with you about your aesthetic goals and determine if a thread lift is recommended. Our doctor or P.A. will then create a procedure plan and answer any questions you may have.

Contact us today for an appointment to learn more about PDO absorbable threads and what a thread lift may be able to do for you at (201) 505-1020.

Reverse Aging with a HydraFacial in Just 30 Minutes

February 14th, 2017

Time is hard on the skin, especially on the face. From sun damage and clogged pores to wrinkles and crow’s feet, the signs of aging are most apparent on facial skin. If you desire fresher, healthier and younger looking skin, you may be an excellent candidate for a HydraFacial – a non-laser skin resurfacing procedure that can reverse aging – or at least the signs of it – in just thirty minutes. Since we are a medical facility, we have the HydraFacial-MD, a more powerful treatment compared to just the basic HydraFacial which you may find in a day spa. The specialized exfoliating tips and the vacuum strength we are able to use also sets this apart for the basic HydraFacial.


Better Results with Less Downtime

In clinical studies, a HydraFacial – a simple procedure that uses hydradermabrasion – yielded more noticeable results than chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and IPL with less discomfort and less downtime. There are four steps within a HydraFacial procedure, all performed in a single session. The patented technology combines cleansing and exfoliation with extraction and antioxidant protection, which results in ultra-hydrated skin that looks and feels rejuvenated.

What to Expect During a HydraFacial Treatment

At the Elizabeth Roche, M.D. MedSpa, our doctor will consult with you about your beauty goals. If a HydraFacial is recommended, any makeup you are wearing will be removed and you will join our trained estheticians for your treatment. You can lie back and can relax in our unique spa-like setting while your HydraFacial-MD treatment is performed. We will finish your treatment with 10 minutes of soothing Red and Blue LED lights which allow for better product absorption and the improving tone and texture of your skin.

There is no discomfort during the procedure and instead you’ll feel a cool, moist sensation as the HydraFacial-MD wand is moved over your skin and warmth during the application of the LED light hand pieces. Once your procedure is complete, you can reapply your makeup and resume normal activities. HydraFacial treatments are so easy and fast that you can even schedule a treatment on your lunch break and go back to work immediately afterwards.

HydraFacial Results

Many people notice the impressive results of a HydraFacial treatment right away. They report their skin feeling softer, smoother, and more supple right away. Over the next few days, signs of aging, including fine lines and uneven skin tone begin to become less noticeable. HydraFacial-MD is compatible with any skin type and tone, and few people need more than one treatment to achieve their desired results.

Book Your HydraFacial Appointment Today

If you’re seeing the beginning signs of sun spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, enlarged pores, and the loss of firmness and elasticity, a HydraFacial-MD treatment may be the solution. Contact us for more information about the HydraFacial-MD patented technology and learn how this treatment may be used as part of your regular skin care regimen to reverse aging and create the youthful, smooth facial skin you desire.

Call today at (201) 505-1020 to book your appointment.

Do Double Chin Exercises Really Work?

January 31st, 2017

Seventy percent of Americans believe that their double chin is detracting from their face’s natural beauty. If you feel the same, you’re not alone. Countless websites offer an array of double chin exercises that claim to help reduce or even eliminate your double chin with little effort, but are these claims worthwhile?


Double chin exercises are largely if not completely ineffectual. Exercise may be beneficial as a whole, but these targeted exercises have a limited ability to reduce fat deposits in the neck. There is, however, a more effective solution. Kybella has been proven to be the far more successful long term solution to double chins.

Double Chins Plague Millions of Americans

A double chin, also known as submental fat, is the result of fat deposits that build up just under the chin, giving the appearance of “two” chins. Double chins have long been derided as a detriment to beauty, and can be the result of poor eating habits or simply just genetics.

In either case, many people feel anxious or self-conscious about their appearance because of their double chin and want to know more about eliminating it permanently.

Double Chin Exercises Can’t Help

Although double chin exercises seem like they could work, many of them just focus on stretching, straining, or manipulating the neck and mouth muscles to pull on the jawlines. These exercises can actually do a lot of good for your neck muscles, but they do very little for getting rid of submental fat. This is because as these fat deposits lie on top of the muscle just under the skin. No amount of neck exercises will reduce this fat pad.

If you are overweight, of course efforts to reduce your overall fat will be beneficial. Additionally, doctors have determined that the human body does not “spot reduce” or lose weight in a particular spot only. It prefers to lose weight evenly, so general weight loss techniques and exercises will be more successful than double chin exercises alone at reducing the unwanted fat. Engaging in exercise will not totally eliminate the appearance of a double chin because other areas of fat tend to be affected more by exercise than the chin is.

Kybella Can Do What Double Chin Exercises Cannot

Fortunately, even though double chin exercises aren’t effective, Kybella can help eliminate a double chin successfully, with seventy-nine percent of patients reporting satisfying results after a treatment. Kybella is a series of small injections of a specialized acid that actually destroys fat cells in a localized area. It’s a quick and safe way to achieve real results that double chin exercises cannot. In addition to reduction of the fat pad, a beneficial side effect observed with Kybella treatments is noticeable skin tightening in the area treated.


Double chins can dampen your self-confidence and detract from the natural beauty of your face. The Elizabeth Roche, M.D. MedSpa offers Kybella treatments, so you can eliminate the appearance of your double chin once and for all. I or my highly trained professional staff will consult with you on your aesthetic goals and see if Kybella is right for you. Call us today to learn more!

Can a Mélange Peel Eliminate Skin Discoloration?

January 3rd, 2017

Skin discoloration—sometimes called hyperpigmentation—can affect your self-confidence and your natural beauty. These patches of skin discoloration are often distracting and unsightly, and can be difficult to cover up with makeup. Fortunately, you can alleviate hyperpigmentation with a mélange peel, giving your skin a smoother texture and even tone.can-melange-peel-eliminate-skin-discoloration-elizabeth-roche

What is a Mélange Peel?

A Mélange Peel is a specialized superficial chemical peel for hyperpigmentation. Superficial skin peels destroy the uppermost levels of skin so that new, fresh skin can grow in its place. As with all superficial peels, the Mélange Peel uses dilute acids, in this case Hydroquinone and Retinoid, as primary active ingredients. Hydroquinone helps decrease the melanocyte cell activity, the cells that make pigment, and the Retinoid, causing peeling which removes the dead skin cells. The Mélange Peel is safe to use on all skin tones and types, unlike peels which are only recommended for people with lighter skin tones because of the possibility of induced skin discoloration.

How Does a Mélange Peel Work?

A Mélange Peel treatment is a two-step process. First, a trained esthetician  or nurse will apply the Mélange Peel in the form of a masque over the course of about 20 minutes. The peel doesn’t hurt at all during the application process—in fact, some patients call it soothing. Then, the at-home products that are included in your cit and instructions on how to use them will be reviewed with you.

Next, you will actually be sent home as the masque continues to work on your face over the next 5 to 10 hours, depending on your skin type. Once it’s done, you will remove the masque yourself in the comfort of your own home using the cleanser provided in your kit. You will not see much difference in your face at this point. The next day, your skin will be tight and shiny. At 48 hours from your treatment time, the treated skin will rapidly exfoliate, shedding both dead skin cells and the excess pigmentation. This heavier peeling will continue for about a week, at which time you should begin to see immediate improvements of the dark spots on your face. You will continue to use a cream that is included in your kit each night for the next month, called the Mélange II Cream, which has the hydroquinone and retinol in it as the mask did, but at a much weaker strength. This will continue the process of making your skin look brighter, but without the peeling.

What Happens After a Mélange Peel? Are There Side Effects?

After you remove the Mélange Peel masque, you will have to follow an easy but vital after-care regiment for the treated areas. The trained esthetician or nurse applying the masque will go over what you will need to do and for how long, depending again on your skin type.

During this time, your skin might feel a little sensitive, similar to the effects of a light sunburn. Your skin will most likely also peel for 4-7 days afterwards. Treated skin is vulnerable to direct sunlight, and therefore you are advised to avoid sun exposure while you recover and use the provided sunscreen that is in your take home kit. However, beyond these symptoms, a Mélange Peel causes no pain or major irritation.

In some cases, the skin care professional working with you may recommend a few touch-up treatments, but most individuals need only one Mélange Peel treatment to achieve their desired results.

Love Your Skin Again

If you suffer from dark spots or any other form of skin discoloration, a Mélange Peel could be the way to achieve smoother, more evenly toned skin again and to regain confidence in your natural beauty. The skin care professionals at the Elizabeth Roche, M.D. MedSpa will help you determine your beauty goals and whether a mélange peel is right for you. Don’t let skin discoloration drag you down. Contact us today for a consultation.

Microdermabrasion for Your Face – What to Expect

December 15th, 2016

If you’ve been looking for a way to achieve smoother skin without going through extensive procedures with long recovery times, microdermabrasion might be the answer. Here’s what you can expect if you’re interested in fresher, younger looking skin through microdermabrasion.


Microdermabrasion is Dermabrasion Made Smaller

Dermabrasion is a procedure where the topmost layers of skin are removed through friction, leaving behind smoother, fresher skin.

Microdermabrasion’s concept is the same, but the procedure uses much finer crystals to exfoliate the outer layer of skin. This can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and clogged pores. Microdermabrasion is a gentle process and isn’t as extensive compared to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel.

It Can Work for Everyone

The deeper dermabrasion procedure may be able to alleviate skin problems that microdermabrasion can’t, but it’s recommended for individuals with fair skin. Those with darker skin tones may experience complications from dermabrasion, such as scarring or discoloration of the skin.

On the other hand, microdermabrasion can work for all skin tones. Because it’s a minimal procedure without the need for anesthesia or sedatives, it’s not as risky as dermabrasion and recovery could takes as little as 24 hours.

Microdermabrasion Has Few Side Effects

Microdermabrasion has very few side effects and is widely tolerated. The procedure may leave the skin a little red for a few hours afterwards and will make it vulnerable to sun damage, but these symptoms can be treated by moisturizers and strong sunscreens.

Frequent Appointments Can Help Retain Results

Because microdermabrasion only removes the dead, dehydrated uppermost skin cells and these regenerate over time, you may need to schedule monthly or bimonthly appointments to help your skin stay fresher and younger looking.

If you are interested in smoother, suppler facial skin, contact the Elizabeth Roche, M.D. MedSpa. Our trained estheticians will consult with you on your beauty goals and what microdermabrasion can do for you. Call us now and start loving your skin again!




How Laser Resurfacing Reduces the Signs of Aging

December 12th, 2016

If you’ve felt that your skin is showing the signs of aging—age spots, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and the like—then you might benefit from a laser resurfacing outpatient procedure. It’s a quick and safe way to reduce the signs of aging and can help you start loving your skin again. Here’s the answers to your most crucial questions about laser resurfacing.


What is Laser Resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing, also called a laser peel or a lasabraison, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to eliminate unsightly irregularities from your skin. This is achieved by concentrated bursts of light to remove the uppermost layers of skin, taking the undesirable imperfections with them and reducing the signs of aging.

There are actually two different kinds of laser resurfacing—carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium. CO2 eliminates surface level skin cells and can take the form of short pulses or a continuous laser delivered in a scanning pattern. This results in minimal heat damage, but it does generally require about two weeks of recovery time.

Erbium is more suited for moderately deep lines, scars, and wrinkles. Designed to minimally affect the surrounding tissue, erbium laser resurfacing may result in fewer side effects than CO2 and a shorter recovery period—as little as a week.

What Kinds of Skin Irregularities Can Laser Resurfacing Treat?

Laser resurfacing can treat wrinkles, sun damaged skin, and acne scars effectively, reducing the signs of aging and facilitating smoother, younger looking skin. The procedure can also help with warts, shallow scars, age spots, enlarged oil glands, sagging skin, and drooping eyelids.

Unfortunately, laser resurfacing is not recommended for people currently struggling with acne nor is it effective against stretch marks.

Will Laser Resurfacing Hurt? Does It Have Side Effects?

If proper steps are taken, it should not hurt. Most patients who have their full face treated do well with the application of a topical local anesthetic applied a half an hour before the procedure and taking a dose of an anti-inflammatory medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Occasionally if a patient is anxious, an oral medication may be needed to help relax them.

Immediately following the procedure, a cool ointment will be applied so that the ablated skin is protected.

Afterwards, it is normal to experience some swelling in the first twenty-four hours, followed by itching, and dry peeling for a few weeks. Your smoother, younger looking skin will also be more vulnerable to sun damage, so it’s strongly recommended that you limit your sun exposure and use strong sunscreens.

How Long Does Laser Resurfacing Take?

Laser resurfacing can take anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the area treated—a full face procedure will take longer than just the area around the eyes.

What Will I Need to Do to Be Ready For Laser Resurfacing?

The physician or physician assistant performing the laser resurfacing will first want to consult with you on your beauty goals and where you would like smoother, younger looking skin. They will ask you not to take medications and supplements that affect clotting starting 10 days before the procedure, as it could affect the healing process.

Twenty-four hours after the laser resurfacing, you will need to clean the treated area five times a day during the full recovery time and apply anti-scabbing ointments to aid in the healing process.

At the Elizabeth Roche, M.D MedSpa, I or my Physician Assistant are ready to consult with you on how laser resurfacing can help you reduce the signs of aging and achieve the younger looking skin you desire. Contact us today for your consultation.


How to Achieve Natural Looking Lip Augmentation With Dermal Fillers

December 8th, 2016

In the past, lip augmentation – even when done properly – sometimes gave individuals an “overdone” look.  However, with today’s technologically advanced dermal fillers combined with professional application techniques, individuals can achieve the full, natural looking lips they’ve always wanted or restore the youthful lips they once had.


Plump, full lips can help balance facial features and improve self-esteem. Yet over the counter products that claim to give lips a fuller appearance rarely work well, and when they do it’s on a very temporary basis. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, can last between six months to several years depending on the type of filler used.

Naturally Derived Dermal Fillers

Naturally derived dermal fillers can be created from human or animal collagen, which plumps the lips temporarily and is eventually absorbed by the body over a period of less than a year.

Synthetic Dermal Fillers

Synthetically derived dermal fillers tend to last longer because the body cannot absorb the compounds as easily if at all. Semi-permanent fillers tend to last between one and two years, while “permanent” fillers last more than two years. These synthetic fillers are in a class called “hyaluronic acid” fillers and include Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Restylane, and Belotero. These dermal fillers are what many physicians use today for treating lips and other areas.

Naturally Derived vs. Synthetic – Which Is Better?

Many patients believe that there is less of a chance of allergic reaction with naturally derived dermal fillers as opposed to synthetic fillers. However, just the opposite is true. The “natural” collagen fillers have caused allergic reactions and require allergic testing of a small amount prior to using it on any area. This entails two separate appointments for first time patients who request a collagen filler.

The chance of having an allergic reaction to any dermal filler is quite low. Collagen dermal fillers are not used as frequently because they tend to have a shorter longevity and they require multiple visits in order to receive the treatment. Here at our office for treatment of the lips we use only the synthetic “hyaluronic acid” fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Restylane, and Belotero and have never had an allergic reaction problem. With any injection, patients may expect some mild sensitivity, bruising, and swelling. Talk to your doctor or call us to set up a consultation to discuss dermal fillers in depth and to determine if lip augmentation with dermal fillers is right for you.

How to Get Natural Looking Results

What products are used for lip augmentation matter less in achieving a “natural” look than the application technique. To avoid an “overdone” look, it’s important to seek out a physician with proven success in using dermal fillers to create lip augmentation that appears natural.

An experienced physician will correct the bottom lip to extend just slightly beyond the upper lip. The upper lip to be approximately one third of the size of the bottom lip. However, considering the patient’s facial structure and original lip size is key to ensuring that lip augmentation results appear attractive and natural. I have been injecting lips with dermal filler for over ten years creating natural looking lips with great patient satisfaction.

Book an Appointment for Lip Augmentation at the Elizabeth Roche M.D. MedSpa Today

If you are interested in exploring your options for lip augmentation and achieving the appearance you’ve always wanted, call us at (201) 505-1020 today or stop by our office in Woodcliff Lake to book a consultation. We’ll go over the different types of dermal fillers, how they’re used in lip augmentation, and what we feel will be the best options for your unique needs and desired results.

With today’s state-of-the-art dermal fillers and an experienced hand, you can have the full, plump looking lips you’ve always wanted. Let us help you look your best.



The Truth About Chemical Peels

November 28th, 2016

The very phrase “chemical peels” sounds frightening, especially in today’s world where organic and chemical-free products are being heavily marketed. However, chemical peels aren’t nearly as scary as they might seem. They can be an excellent way to rejuvenate facial skin for a younger, fresher looking appearance.


Why Get a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel removes the very topmost layers of the skin where wrinkles and fine lines appear. A chemical peel can also remove the signs of sun damage and age spots, lighten scars, and can help patients with conditions like melasma and skin pigmentation issues.

What Kind of Chemicals Are Used?

There are several different types of chemicals that can be used for a chemical peel, depending on the individual skin type of the patient and the desired results. For example, one type of chemical peel uses salicylic acid, which is ideal for patients with significant acne problems. If you visit any drug store and look at almost any product marketed to reduce acne, you will most likely find that the active ingredient is salicylic acid.

This a safe and effective solution that has been used over-the-counter for years to help reduce acne and improve the appearance of the skin. Another type of chemical peel is a lactic acid peel. Lactic acid is actually a chemical produced by the body itself. It’s a more natural way to get fresher looking skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections without the need for more drastic procedures.

Every chemical used in a peel has been tested over time and has been found to be safe and effective. Individual results may vary depending on skin type, the type of chemical used, the percentage or strength of the chemical used and of course, the desired results.

What to Expect During a Chemical Peel

The chemicals used during a peel are in higher concentrations than over-the-counter beauty products using the same ingredients, so you may experience some slight discomfort or tingling during the peel. At the Elizabeth Roche MD MedSpa, our trained estheticians can help you prepare for your peel and will give you recommendations on how you can stay comfortable afterwards. For some peels, you may want to avoid wearing makeup or sun exposure for a certain amount of time, but can usually return to your daily activities fairly quickly. For more intense peels with more significant results, a few days of downtime may be required.

Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?

Chemical peels can be a safe and effective way to achieve the radiant, younger looking skin you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to learn more about the different types of chemical peels we have available and to have a one-on-one consultation with a licensed esthetician to find out what chemical peel may be right for you.