Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can be used to improve the appearance and texture of your skin by removing its damaged outer layers and stimulating the regenerative process. It can be done on face, back, neck, chest and hands.

Chemical Peels
Dr. Ilona Shternfeld is a board certified ophthalmologist, with international training in cannula technique, extensive experience with Botox, dermal fillers and dry eyes syndrome .  She is a three-time winner of America's Most Honored Doctors Top 5%.

Chemical skin peels can be used to improve the appearance and texture of your skin by removing its damaged outer layers and stimulating the regenerative process. It can be done on face, back, neck, chest and hands.

A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing procedure. A chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers and the skin that grows back is smoother. Peels can be used to treat wrinkles, melasma, discolored skin, scars and acne.

Depending on the depth of the peel, results can be more dramatic but require more downtime. Peels can be performed on the face and other parts of the body.

Many common skin concerns can be addressed including fine lines and wrinkles, coarse skin texture, hyperpigmentation, chronic sun damage, and acne scarring. Chemical peels also increase the effectiveness of topical skin care products by removing the outer dead skin cells.

Excepted results with Chemical Peels

  • Restores a more even skin tone
  • Smooths away rough skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris
  • Exfoliates and helps diminish pigmentation and textural damage to restore skin to its natural health
  • Effectively penetrates damaged areas
  • Promotes rapid cell turnover

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does chemical peel treatment involve?

The skin is first thoroughly cleansed to remove impurities and grease followed by the careful application of the chemical peel solution. The solution is left on the skin for a few minutes before being neutralized to stop the effects from of the chemical peel from acting for any longer than necessary.

Who is not suitable for a chemical peel?

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Active skin infection
  • Open wounds
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • Drugs with photosensitivity side effects

Should I prepare my skin in advance of a chemical peel?

In cases of certain chemical peels, your practitioner prescribe hydroquinone and retinoids for 4-6 weeks to strengthen the skin prior to chemical peel treatment. You should also avoid being in direct sunlight and wear SPF30 or higher sunscreen to avoid developing a tan. Tanned skin may place you at higher risk of complications following a chemical peel.

How Long Does A Typical Treatment Take?

The treatment takes place in the office and ranges in length from 20-35 minutes. The initial peel is applied to the face and will be left on for 8-12 hours. We then give you the products that you need to continue the process at home with detailed instructions on how to use them. In 2 weeks, patients will return to the office for a follow-up treatment that specifically targets the pigmented spots. The at-home skincare routine will continue according to the medical team’s directions for the duration of the 28-day procedure. It is important to note that the patient must use the at-home lightening products for the optimum results.

Is There Any Downtime?

There are about 2 days of downtime with the Enlighten RX peel where patients will experience redness and swelling, following the initial 2 days patients will continue to lightly flake for 1-2 weeks. During this time, the dead skin will flake away allowing for the reveal of new skin to come to the surface. Because of the swelling and redness many patients elect to take the first two days off from work because they are uncomfortable with their initial appearance. Aside from this, there is no major downtime involved.

Interested in scheduling a chemical peel treatment? Contact us today to schedule an appointment and explore all options available. We look forward to refreshing your aesthetic!

About Dr. Ilona Shternfeld

Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Physician Dr. Ilona Shternfeld is a board certified ophthalmologist, with international training in cannula technique, extensive experience with Botox and dermal fillers. She was trained in the use of Botox in the 1990’s for facial and eye movement disorders and is a specialist in both medical and aesthetic injections. Her knowledge of the delicate eye and orbital anatomy has brought her patients from all over the country to have their under eye area treated with fillers. Dr. Shternfeld loves subtlety and works to keep you looking your best at any age. Dr. Shternfeld combines her passion for Aesthetic Medicine with her love for eye care, specializing in Dry Eye Disease. She is the only provider of IPL for evaporative dry eye disease in Hartford County.

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