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Wanting healthy, glowing skin is a desire that doesn’t go away as you begin to age. As aging becomes more noticeable on your face, you may feel motivated to take special care of your skin by paying close attention to areas with damage or fine lines. Because collagen production decreases as we age, we must take our skin’s health into our own hands, as it won’t heal on its own like it used to.

Fortunately, Thrive Wellness and Aesthetics offers professional chemical peels that can make your skin appear youthful and healthy, allowing you to age as gracefully as possible.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A Chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment that can help treat skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles. By applying a topical exfoliant solution, the damaged top layer of skin is removed, expediting the skin renewal process, and bringing forth a fresh healthy layer of skin.

Some patients may experience apprehension at the thought of a procedure that removes the top layer of skin, but contrary to popular belief, this procedure is relatively painless and can be tailored to suit even sensitive skin types.

Types of Chemical Peels

There are a variety of chemical peels. The type of peels differ based on your skin type, aesthetic goals, and amount of recovery. For the most part, chemical peels are differentiated by their depths and follow the following categorization:

Light or Superficial Peel

A light chemical peels targets only the first layer of skin. It is called a superficial peel because it addresses the top layer of skin only. This chemical peel is the gentlest and is considered the most comfortable. A light chemical peel is best for mild to moderate skin conditions, as it does not penetrate deep into the skin. Superficial peels are usually made with glycolic or salicylic acid.

Medium Peel

A medium peel will remove the outer layer of skin as well as part of the middle layer, called the dermis. This level of peel is used to treat moderate skin concerns like acne scars, deep wrinkles, and uneven skin tone/texture. You may feel a more intense stinging and burning sensation for a medium peel than you do for a superficial peel. Medium peels are made using trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Jessner’s solution, or glycolic acid.

Deep Peel

A deep chemical peel is the most intense of the peels and requires IV sedation as well as a local anesthetic to numb your face. The IV will help you relax as well as deliver fluids. Your heart rate will also be monitored during a deep peel. A deep peel is used to treat severe damage, wrinkles, scars, or pre-cancerous growths. A deep peel penetrates down to the lower dermal layer of the skin using a strong chemical called phenol.

Typical Recovery Time

Recovery time is dependent upon the type of chemical peel you receive. Light or superficial chemical peels can take up to a week to fully heal but usually require the least downtime with less visible signs of recovery. Similar to light peels, medium peels can yield results in about a week but might take longer. They also show increased swelling, redness, and stinging when compared to a light chemical peel.

A deep chemical peel requires the lengthiest recovery. It may take up to two weeks for you to be able to return to your daily work and activities. In the meantime, you may experience peeling, crusting, redness, and discomfort for up to a week after the procedure. One deep chemical peel treatment can yield results that last up to 10 years.

Schedule A Consultation

Whether you’re having your first chemical peel or your tenth, you’ll need to set up a consultation where we will go over your expectations, medical history, and aesthetic goals. Mt. Kisco, New York residents can schedule a consultation with Dana Protomastro, owner and licensed nurse practitioner of Thrive Wellness and Aesthetics. Visit our website to see how you can achieve the glowing skin of your dreams.


Our office is a hybrid medspa and wellness center. Whether you need a quick refresh or desire to make a long-lasting change in your health, our team can help. To schedule a treatment or consultation, or would like more information, please contact us below. A member of our staff will contact you straight away.