Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatology

Chemical Peels 

As a result of aging and sun exposure, skin becomes thinner and less elastic. Superficial blemishes and marks may become more noticeable.  Skin resurfacing offers the opportunity to refine your appearance and make you look and feel more healthy and refreshed.  Resurfacing can reduce wrinkles, sunspots and tighten loose skin, as well as improve skin texture, diminish discoloration and blotchiness.

Light Chemical Peels

A glycolic peel is a superficial acid peel used to treat a variety of dermatological conditions including acne, keratoses, fine lines and discoloration.  Often referred to as the ”lunch time” peel.  This is a low risk peel and may be used to enhance the appearance of your skin, while leaving it more radiant, clean and fresh looking.

Deeper Chemical Peels

A deeper peel is employed for treatment of deeper lines and wrinkles.  The results are impressive and longer lasting but the procedures requires 5 to 7 days for recovery.

When are glycolic peels used?

They are effectively used to correct superficial sun damaged skin, reduce fine lines, flatten mild scarring and improve irregular pigmentation. One thing to keep in mind is that peels cannot effectively change pore size, improve lax skin, deep scarring or remove broken blood vessels.

What will the procedure involve?

Prior to the procedure, you will wash your face with a mild cleanser. The strength of the peeling agent and application time will vary depending on your skin type and its tolerance to the procedure. The peel is likely to cause a tingling or stinging sensation. Following the timed application, you will rinse your face with cool water.

How will I look after the procedure?

Your skin may appear slightly pink for a couple of days following the procedure. You may also notice a minimal amount of skin flaking which is normal and will disappear in a few days. Some patients may not notice much flaking, but will still experience the beneficial effects of the peel. You may wear makeup a few hours after the procedure.

Will there be any side effects?

Normal side effects could include: mild irritation, sensitivity, redness or minor breakouts for up to a couple of weeks following the peel.
More serious side effects could include: severe redness, tenderness, swelling, pus, cold sores or blisters. Serious side effects are extremely rare.

It is advised that you avoid sun exposure for a few weeks, as your skin may burn more easily. Also, avoid the use of Tretinoin (Retin-A) or similar products for a week after the procedure as skin is more sensitive and may become easily irritated.


Dr. Sharata may have you apply a face cream containing a mild glycolic acid two weeks prior to a scheduled peel to prepare your skin and to help determine your skin’s tolerance. On the day of your appointment, do not apply any moisturizers, sunscreens or makeup.


  • Avoid the sun for the next few weeks. Your skin may burn more easily. If you must be out in the sun, apply a sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher.
  • Avoid the use of Tretinoin (Retin-A) or similar products for a week after the procedure as skin is more sensitive and may become easily irritated.
  • Wash your face daily with a mild soap.
  • Call the doctor if you experience scabbing, oozing, fever, chills or other signs of infection.