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Frequently Asked Questions

What is CoolPeel?

CoolPeel is a new way to safely and comfortably deliver the benefits of a traditional CO2 resurfacing treatment. By targeting just the superficial layer of skin tissue, damaged skin is removed, revealing younger and healthier looking skin. Best of all, CoolPeel offers dramatic results with minimal downtime.

Are laser treatments like CoolPeel safe?

There are many types of safe laser aesthetic treatments available today, but some require considerable downtime. We have been providing safe, effective laser skin resurfacing for our clients for more than 15 years. CoolPeel, which is performed with the SmartXide Tetra CO2 laser, is a game changer.

This laser delivers its energy in very short pulses to resurface skin where it’s needed without sending additional heat where it’s not. Because no surrounding skin is damaged, you won’t need to plan for downtime or recovery, which is unlike traditional CO2 laser treatments.

Does CoolPeel hurt?

Because CoolPeel’s laser targets only specific areas, discomfort and heat are minimized. Most patients tolerate CoolPeel better than other laser resurfacing treatments.

How does CoolPeel work?

CoolPeel is a CO2 laser, which is an ablative laser that removes the thin outer layers of the skin. Not only does ablating the surface skin remove damaged and blemished skin cells, the process also stimulates new collagen production as your body’s healing capabilities naturally kick in. Additionally, the CoolPeel treatment delivers heat energy, which tightens the skin.


Taken together, these actions resurface your skin to leave you with a smoother tone and texture, skin that is firmer, and pores that appear smaller. Best of all, these results require minimal downtime.

How many CoolPeel treatments will I need?

The number of CoolPeel treatments will depend on the condition of your skin and results you want to achieve. Typically, we recommend a series of three treatments to provide overall improvement to skin tone, texture, and tightness. These treatments may be spaced a month apart or longer, depending on your individual needs.

How much downtime is needed after a CoolPeel treatment?

Lack of downtime is one of the top benefits of choosing a CoolPeel laser skin resurfacing treatment compared to other CO2 lasers. Here are the basics of what to expect after a CoolPeel treatment:


  • Your skin may feel warm, tight and/or ‘pulled’ for a few days following a CoolPeel treatment.
  • Your skin may have some residual redness for 24 hours after.
  • Two days after your CoolPeel, you may experience a light flaking that will last no longer than a few days to a week.
  • Avoid picking, pulling or removing any loose or exfoliating skin, no matter the temptation. This could result in permanent scarring and hyperpigmentation.
  • Avoid wearing any makeup the day of the treatment or at least wait 4 hours after your CoolPeel.
  • Avoid any direct sun exposure. After 72 hours, a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or above should be used whenever there is sun exposure. This precaution should be continued throughout the treatment duration.
  • Discontinue the following products until your skin has completely healed: Tretinoin, retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), beta-hydroxy acids (BHA), bleaching creams and exfoliating cleansing devices.
  • Strenuous exercise that causes excessive sweating is not recommended 24 to 72 hours after a CoolPeel treatment.

When will I see results from CoolPeel?

About a week after your CoolPeel treatment, you will notice results. Your old outer layer of skin will begin to slough off and take some of your sun damage, age spots, and winkles with it. During this time, collagen production will be in high gear, and you will see continual improvement during the weeks following treatment. Your skin will look like it has a sunburn for a day or two. It’s nothing that would keep you out of the public eye, and you can wear makeup and continue with your normal skincare routine. During the next couple of weeks, as your skin heals, it may be dry or scaly, so you will want to keep it extra hydrated.

Who is a good candidate for CoolPeel?

You are a good candidate for a CoolPeel laser treatment if you are looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and sun damage, minimize pores and improve skin texture while investing minimal downtime. Your skin will look healthier and younger.

Why Would I Combine Virtue RF with CoolPeel?

Think of Virtue RF as the groundwork — it goes deep to stimulate collagen production, tighten your skin, and give it a firm foundation. Meanwhile, CoolPeel steps in to refine the surface, targeting fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation, almost like smoothing out the canvas after laying down the foundation.

Together, they create a comprehensive rejuvenation strategy, addressing both the underlying structure and surface concerns of your skin. It’s like getting the best of both worlds for a more radiant and youthful appearance. But, as always, it’s important to consult with a skincare professional to ensure it’s the right combo for your skin type and goals. To see the results for yourself, check out the before and after gallery here.

Who is NOT a good candidate for CoolPeel?

You are not a good candidate for CoolPeel if you have an active sunburn, if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have a hemorrhagic disorder or are on anticoagulant treatments, if you have diabetes, epilepsy or bell’s palsy, or if you are someone experiencing an active or local skin disease that may alter wound healing or someone who has an autoimmune disease.

How can I book a CoolPeel treatment?

Right now we are only offering the CoolPeel treatment at our Westchester location: 455 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY, 10583. We offer free consultations with our skin specialists to create a customized treatment plan that best suits your skin’s needs and concerns. Online booking is also available for your convenience!


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