Understanding The Benefits of Chemical Peels

Understanding The Benefits of Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a popular choice for people who are interested in reducing the effects of acne, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation without surgery. The solution applied to the face during a chemical peel penetrates different levels of your skin so older outer layers can peel off to let new and fresh skin emerge.
Many choose to undergo a chemical peel to promote the rebuilding and healing process of the skin.
Chemical peels provide several benefits and can lead to long-term rejuvenation. Here are a few benefits of chemical peels and how they can be used to easily reveal fresher and younger-looking skin.

Eliminate Fine Lines And Wrinkles

Chemical peels are an effective method to soften fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The vast majority of people will find success with a medium peel that usually requires a couple of treatments to see maximum effectiveness. Patients with deeper lines will want to choose a deep peel that is often a one-time treatment due to the strength of the chemicals involved.

Reverse The Effects Of Sun Damage

Dark and sun spots can be treated with a chemical peel. Some studies have shown how certain types of chemical peels can reverse melasma, a type of hyperpigmentation that can be very resistant to laser treatments. The benefits of a chemical peel regarding sun damage is maximized if a patient is willing to wear sunscreen and take the time to protect sensitive skin. Otherwise, the spots you worked hard to make disappear might come back.

Unclog Pores And Cut Down On Acne

Many people choose to undergo a chemical peel to help mitigate the effects of acne. Certain types of peels can unclog pores and remove blackheads across the top of the skin. Peels that involve the use of salicylic acid are the most effective at clearing acne, while ones with trichloroacetic acid prove to be effective with fading the scars and external damages of acne.
Chemical peels are often recommended over laser treatment to reduce acne to reduce the chances of a post-treatment flare-up. The ingredients inside of a chemical peel can linger inside of skin pores to keep them clear and clean.

Eliminate The Need For Undereye Concealer

One little-known benefit of a chemical peel has to do with the potential for you to toss out your undereye concealer. Many are naturally wary of getting harsh chemicals and acid close to the eyes, but there are a few newer types of peels that are safe to use on the dark circles under the eyes to remove pigment that has piled up.
Precise pen-like applicators can be used to ensure the chemicals are not lingering on the surface of the skin, and many people see a dramatic improvement with their looks in just one treatment session.

A Low-Risk Treatment Option That Can Smooth Out Skin

Chemical peels are an effective treatment because they come with very little risk and are safe for all types of skin color. There is little to no risk of hyperpigmentation, which can be a potential pitfall for patients who have darker complexions.

Peels quickly lead to smooth skin that gives off a toned and silky look. A few treatments with a low percentage of acid provides the best opportunities to achieve the rejuvenated skin that looks good for the long-term. Peels also come with the added benefit of making your existing skincare regimen more effective since the removal of dead skin cells enhances moisturizer absorbency.

Your Consultation With Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, Facial Plastic Surgery

We work with patients to get a sense of their goals and evaluate the quality of their skin and facial aesthetics to come up with a treatment plan that gives the results you desire.
We strive to ensure all patients experience the rejuvenating effects of a chemical peel without experiencing discomfort

Schedule a consultation with the office of Dr. Matt Herschovitch if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a chemical peel, and to see if one is right for you.
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What to Expect from Skin Cancer Excision

While most forms of skin cancer are not life-threatening when treated early, the lesions typically present on the most visible parts of the body, including the head, face, and neck. Because they often require surgical excision, this can leave lasting effects on your appearance.

Fortunately, advancements in aesthetic medicine make it possible to restore a natural appearance to the treated areas. This allows patients to move on both physically and emotionally after the difficulties of skin cancer. Below we’re exploring what you can expect from skin cancer excision and reconstruction.

Common Excision Techniques

Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery is considered the gold standard for surgical skin cancer removal. With this procedure, the surgeon will first remove the visible portion of the lesion. Next, the deeper layer of skin under the lesion is removed and divided into sections. This piece of tissue is examined under a microscope to see if there is any remaining cancer. This process is meticulously repeated layer-by-layer until there is no evidence of remaining cancer. Once the cancerous tissue has been completely removed, the wound is carefully stitched up.


The excision technique involves surgically cutting out the tumor or cancerous lesion, along with some surrounding tissue. The skin is then sutured back together.

Curettage and Electrodesiccation

This procedure is primarily used for lower-risk lesions. A curette, which is a thin instrument with a loop at the end, is used to scrape away soft tumor tissue. After the lesion is removed, an electric needle will be used to cauterize (burn) remaining cancer cells in the area. Because cauterizing the tissue seals off blood vessels and stops bleeding, the wound does not require stitches.

Options for Reconstruction

While all of these methods are effective ways of removing skin cancer, the main priority is removing cancerous tissue, with aesthetics being secondary. Although dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons do their best to maintain the aesthetics of the treated area, they’re usually not experts in reconstruction. This is why many dermatologists closely collaborate with plastic surgeons during skin cancer removal to ensure the best aesthetic outcome.

Facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, often works with Mohs surgeons and other skin cancer specialists to expertly restore the tissue after cancer has been removed. One of the most powerful techniques he uses is a “pedicle flap.” This is when skin is removed from an area near the skin cancer removal site and is folded over to cover the excision. It basically forms a “skin bridge” over the area to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding tissue.

Another effective technique used by Dr. Hershcovitch is skin grafting. With this technique, skin is taken from another part of the body and is carefully placed over the excised area. The blood supply is surgically attached to the new site so that the tissue is permanently transplanted.

If you’re considering your options for skin cancer excision and reconstruction, contact facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. As a specialist in facial reconstruction, he can help you explore your full range of options for restoring form and function after skin cancer removal.


Enjoy Your Summer with Last Minute Beauty Treatments

With summer in full swing, no doubt your social calendar is inundated with countless get-togethers and vacations both spontaneous and planned. With plans to spend most time by the beach or pool makeup-free, it’s no wonder that many women approach the summer season with a certain degree of caution. If you’re feeling less than satisfied with your natural looks, now may be the perfect time to refresh your appearance with dermal fillers.

Rejuvenate Your Appearance Seamlessly

As we age, facial skin thins while wrinkles and fine lines appear. Dermal fillers are an excellent, non-invasive and non-surgical solution that help reverse these signs of aging. These convenient injectables are semi-permanent, offering patients the opportunity to gradually and discreetly enhance their natural features. As these treatments don’t require significant recovery like surgery, dermal fillers are the perfect last-minute pick-me-up that can be easily scheduled before your next vacation.

Explore Your Dermal Filler Options

Restoring a smooth, youthful complexion starts with choosing the dermal filler that will help you achieve your ideal look. During your consultation, Dr. Hershcovitch will work closely with you to identify your overall treatment goals and walk you through your options. As an experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hershcovitch understands that each patient has different nuances to their facial anatomy. He provides each patient with the precise and personalized care they deserve. With the following fillers, he will help you achieve your best summer look:

Restylane® and Restylane® Lyft

Frequently used to fill in wrinkles, Restylane is a smooth gel made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring component made by the body that has a unique ability to retain water. This injectable is often used to add volume to the nasolabial folds, lips and hands. For women with moderate to deep wrinkles as well as those who’ve lost fullness in their cheeks, Restylane Lyft is strong enough to restore a smooth, youthful complexion. Patients can undergo this treatment over the summer and enjoy the results for a full year.

Juvéderm® and Juvéderm® Voluma XC

Like Restylane, Juvéderm is made using naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. This formula can be used not just for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines, but it also plumps up the lips and restores a natural fullness to the face. The unique formula gives the gel a soft quality, allowing patients to enjoy a rejuvenated apperance that lasts for 4-6 months.

Women with significant volume loss in their cheeks find Juvéderm Voluma XC to be an ideal solution for reversing this common side effect of aging. By strategically targeting the hollow areas of your face, this dermal filler beautifully reshapes your cheeks and face, leaving you with a refreshed, more youthful appearance.


Ideal for smoothing wrinkles and adding volume to the lips, Belotero is highly versatile in its application. Similar to Restylane and Juvéderm, Belotero is made from hyaluronic acid. Unlike other options, Belotero binds with water within the skin, filling in wrinkles and lines of various depths. As a result, we recommend this treatment for patients with moderate to severe laugh lines, as well as patients with fine lines throughout the face and neck.


A long-lasting dermal filler, Radiesse relies on Calcium Hydroxyapatite microspheres to create immediate volume upon injection. Over time, the gel helps stimulate the production of collagen around the injection site. Patients who choose Radiesse often notice immediate results that can last up to a year.

Enjoy Summer to its Fullest with Dermal Fillers

Non-surgical injectables are an excellent option for busy patients who are ready to spend their summer enjoying life. Visit Dr. Matt Hershcovitch at his office in West Hills and Encino today for last-minute beauty treatments tailored to your needs and schedule.

Looking for something a little more permanent? Our double board-certified West Hills facial expert offers a full range of surgical solutions to combat aging, including facelifts, mini facelifts and facial reconstruction. Schedule a consultation today to explore your options and enhance your natural beauty.



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