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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.
Contact us today or call 818-888-7878

Treat Dry Winter Lips with HA Fillers

While Southern California doesn’t experience a traditional winter that includes snow and freezing temperatures, cooler, dry air can still take a toll on our skin, and it can be painful. If your lips are currently chapped and dry, you know exactly what we mean.

Tired of endlessly reapplying lip balm and making sure you don’t lick your lips before stepping outside? We have a little known but effective solution that offers long-term relief for winter lips: Dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers could be the solution your lips need to stay supple and hydrated all winter long.

What Causes Dry Winter Lips?

During the winter, you may notice that the skin on your lips dries out before the skin on hands, face, and body. Unlike the rest of the skin on your body, lips do not contain oil glands and are, therefore, at higher risk of drying out and cracking. Habitual lip licking is also a culprit as your saliva can reduce the moisture in your lips even further. While it might seem tempting to lick your lips when they feel dry, it actually worsens the condition.

If your chapped lips during this season aren’t severe enough to warrant medical intervention, we recommend using a lip balm that is high in emollients and contains petrolatum to lock in moisture. Additionally, covering your lips with a light scarf when you step out can add a barrier of protection.

If these preventative measures are not enough to ensure you don’t deal with cracking lips, it may be time to try injectable hyaluronic acid fillers.

How Can Dermal Fillers Help?

Dermal fillers are traditionally used for cosmetic reasons like adding volume to cheeks, plumping lips, reducing undereye circles, and filling in lines and wrinkles. Our patients love the natural-looking results they can achieve with these quick, in-office treatments, but few are aware of their lip healing properties.

Some fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring compound in the human body and works to attract and retain moisture in the skin. HA can retain over one thousand times its weight in water within a cell. This extraordinary ability to retain moisture makes HA the perfect solution for dry lips.  When filler containing HA is injected into the lips, patients see a plumping effect with the added bonus of smooth, moisturized lips for six months to a year.

Because it doesn’t take much filler to deliver the right amount of moisture to the lips, patients do not need to worry about overly plumped lips and can decide just how big or small they want their results to be.

Why is Dr. Matt Hershcovitch Your Best Choice for Lip Fillers?

Dermal filler injections are quick, non-surgical procedures that in other offices are often delegated to nurses. Dr. Hershcovitch performs all dermal filler injections himself at his Westlake practice. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, his high level of training and understanding of facial anatomy help him create unmatched results that are natural-looking and work in harmony with the rest of your facial features.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch to learn more about dermal fillers and get started today.

 

Can Cosmetic Treatments be Holiday Gifts?

As the holidays quickly approach, many gift-givers are looking for unique presents to give to their loved ones. Though gifts such as clothing, jewelry, makeup, and shoes are often good choices to put under the tree, many people don’t think of cosmetic treatments as appropriate gifts as well. Cosmetic treatments, however, are affordable gifts to give and are often appreciated by the right recipient. Here are some reasons why cosmetic treatments should be on your radar this holiday season, who you should consider buying them for, and some of the many options available.

Why Cosmetic Treatments Make Good Gifts

Cosmetic treatments make great gifts for the right people, especially since many women and men won’t spend the money to pamper themselves or take good care of their skin. When you give the gift of a cosmetic treatment, you’re telling the recipient that they are worth the time and money to treat themselves and their skin right! You can either give a specific treatment or you can give them a gift certificate so they can choose the treatment of their choice.

Who to Buy Cosmetic Treatments For

Cosmetic treatments make perfect gifts for spouses as well as ideal presents for good friends, family members, and adult children. When giving them as a gift, make sure you emphasize that you want your loved one to relax and pamper themselves. This is a gift of relaxation and rejuvenation and one that will pay dividends for months or even years into the future.

Type of Cosmetic Treatments Available

Depending on the unique needs and preferences of your loved one, you can give them a number of different treatments that will be perfect for them. We recommend bringing them in for a consultation to ensure they receive the treatment they really want and need. If you want to keep the element of surprise, gift certificates can go a long way.  Here are the cosmetic treatments offered by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are innovative injectable substances that can lift jowls, contour sagging cheeks, and soften fine lines and deeper wrinkles in areas such as around the mouth and on the forehead. Dr. Hershcovitch offers a procedure called the liquid facelift that is ideal for those who want long-lasting, noticeable results without surgery. There is no recovery and no downtime required by a liquid facelift—just amazing rejuvenation!

Laser Resurfacing

It’s possible to restore and revive the skin without surgery. With laser resurfacing, Dr. Hershcovitch uses non-invasive fractionated CO2 laser energy to delve deep into the skin and help restore it to a more youthful form. This is a more comfortable treatment than traditional laser resurfacing procedures, and patients generally need little to no recovery. Results include younger, clearer skin that is free of blemishes and evenly toned.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are perfect for those who want to reduce a wide range of aging signs such as dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Dr. Hershcovitch uses a 35% tricholoacetic acid peel that does not bleach skin and can be used on all parts of the face including around the mouth and eyes. It has proven effective in treating conditions such as dark under-eye circles, sun spots, and melasma as well as the wrinkles and fine lines that come with aging. There is some downtime with chemical peels that is similar to dealing with a sunburn, but patients are usually back to their normal routines within a few days.

Injectables

You may not have heard the term ‘neuromodulators,’ but you’ve certainly heard the word Botox. Botox is just one of the injectable neuromodulators that Dr. Hershcovitch can use to target expression lines that comes from years of muscle contractions. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin can be injected into certain muscles to relax them and gradually minimize lines and wrinkles. Though many people worry about their face being paralyzed or looking mask-like after having these types of injections, Dr. Hershcovitch’s years of experience have shown him exactly which muscles to target to achieve a natural and youthful result.

Cosmetic treatments make unique and useful gifts for the right person on your holiday list. If you’re considering buying a treatment as a present, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch to find the perfect option.

 

How Long Can a Liquid Facelift Delay Surgery?

No one likes the look of sagging skin or deep wrinkles. However, not everyone wants to undergo the cost, hassle, and downtime that is involved with plastic surgery to improve these signs of aging. Though plastic surgery may eventually become inevitable to truly achieve your skin goals, there are certain cosmetic procedures that can be performed that can delay the necessity for plastic surgery. One of those procedures is called a liquid facelift, and it’s performed by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Using a combination of gel fillers, liquid facelifts can revitalize your appearance by providing tighter, clearer skin that has stronger definition. Many patients are so satisfied with their results from a liquid facelift that actual plastic surgery is put on hold for years into the future.

What is a Liquid Facelift?

A liquid facelift involves injecting a smooth, soft gel made out of hyaluronic acid (HA) into areas of concern. This substance keeps the skin nourished and hydrated and is naturally occurring in our own bodies. However, as we age, HA is gradually depleted and can be mimicked by the injection of dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, and Radiesse. The injectables can volumize the treatment area, lifting areas that have sagged and smoothing out deep lines and wrinkles. A completely safe procedure, these substances are absorbed back into the body over time, leaving no residue or negative side effects. These fillers are also easily reversible by the simple injection of an enzyme that dissolves their effects. Depending on the individual patient’s needs, the doctor will choose one or more of the available fillers to use in the liquid facelift treatment.

How is a Liquid Facelift Different from Plastic Surgery?

Unlike plastic surgery, liquid face lifts are non-invasive, reversible, and require little to no downtime or recovery. They are simple procedures that are performed in Dr. Hershcovitch’s office and are out-patient. A patient who receives a liquid facelift can generally return to their normal schedule the very next day with no side effects other than some mild swelling or bruising. Liquid facelifts are also less costly than plastic surgery and many believe them to produce more natural-looking results.

What is the Process of a Liquid Facelift?

The success behind a liquid facelift lies in the careful analysis of your facial anatomy and a detailed inventory of the areas you want treated. This allows Dr. Hershcovitch to make a detailed plan guiding him to place the right types of injections in the most desirable locations to provide natural, long-lasting results. One of the common areas treated with liquid facelifts is the cheekbone area as it tends to lose their definition for most people as they age. Care is also taken not to inject certain types of fillers like Radiesse near the lips or around the eyes as they do carry some risk of clumping.

The actual procedure usually takes less than an hour to perform and patients are released from the medical clinic shortly after completion.

Can a Liquid Facelift Delay the Need for Plastic Surgery?

The results of a liquid facelift are very similar to those of plastic surgery, so they can certainly delay the need for surgery for months or even years. Dr. Hershcovitch recommends that his patients who have a liquid facelift come in every few months for an evaluation and possible touch-up. However, since liquid facelifts are safe, they can be performed numerous times or can be repeated with different types of fillers that address the patients needs. Though there is no one answer to the question of how long these procedures can delay plastic surgery, most people find that these procedures can provide them years of the youthful-looking skin they desire.

Where Can I Get a Liquid Facelift?

Dr. Matt Hershcovitch specializes in cutting-edge procedures such as liquid facelifts in his office in West Hills, California. He has years of experience in providing his patients the most skilled and sophisticated treatments to keep them looking youthful no matter what their age. Dr. Hershcovitch performs all of his liquid facelift procedures personally in his state-of-the-art medical office. He listens to each patient to find out their unique goals for having cosmetic treatments and provides compassionate follow-up and continued care.

If you are interested in delaying the need for plastic surgery with a liquid facelift, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, for more detailed information.

 

 

What You Need to Know about Laser Resurfacing

Beautiful, glowing skin is often just beneath the surface of dull or aged skin. With laser resurfacing, men and women can erase years of sun damage and age-related changes.

This treatment is a great option for those who’d like a refreshed appearance without the recovery or downtime associated with more invasive procedures. It perfectly bridges the gap between non-invasive treatments and surgery. Learn more as we explore everything that laser skin resurfacing can offer.

Laser Resurfacing: How It Works

While topical products can help some skin concerns, there’s only so much they can do. Acne scarring, uneven texture, and other extensive skin issues need a more powerful treatment – that’s where laser resurfacing can help. Specifically, Dr. Hershcovitch uses a fractional laser to address skin imperfections.

This non-surgical treatment uses a beam of laser energy that has been separated (fractionated) into thousands of smaller beams. With this approach, the entire treatment area isn’t ablated. Instead, it produces tiny columns of injury on the skin’s surface. The surrounding skin supports the healing process during the weeks that follow. As the skin heals, collagen production is boosted and the aged, damaged skin is replaced with healthy skin.

Laser resurfacing can address the following skin complaints:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mild skin laxity
  • Acne scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and other discoloration
  • Rough skin texture
  • Dull skin

How Long is the Recovery?

Recovery depends on the extent of treatment, but in most cases, patients will experience some mild peeling 3-5 days after the procedure. The skin might look pink or red for about 2 weeks, but this can usually be covered by makeup. It’s also very important for patients to avoid sun exposure during recovery and wear plenty of sun protection when heading outdoors.

What Can I Expect from the Results?

Fractional laser resurfacing is a powerful treatment that produces long-lasting results. It essentially creates an entirely new layer of skin, so when paired with a good skincare routine and regular sun protection, you can expect your results to last for several years.

Can Laser Resurfacing be Combined with Other Treatments?

While facelift surgery is excellent for lifting the deeper structures of the face, it does not address aging on the surface of the skin. This is why laser treatments are frequently performed with facelift surgery to fully address the signs of age. Patients can also take advantage of having a shared recovery time. This combination of procedures addresses sagging skin, wrinkles, and superficial skin blemishes, such as hyperpigmentation and uneven texture.

Ready to Restore Your Youthful Glow?

The best way to determine whether this procedure is right for you is by scheduling a consultation. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch and his team have extensive experience with fractional laser resurfacing. Based on the skin issues you want to address, Dr. Hershcovitch can create a custom treatment plan to fully rejuvenate your look. Contact his office today to take the next step.

 

 

Xeomin, Botox, or Dysport?

You’ve likely heard about Botox when researching facial rejuvenation treatments, but did you know there are two popular alternatives that are just as effective? Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport all belong to a class of drugs known as neuromodulators. Their key ingredient is a naturally occurring bacterium (Clostridium botulinum toxin type A). The version contained in these injectables has been produced and refined in a lab.

While they all address wrinkles similarly, there are some differences between Xeomin, Botox, and Dysport that may make one product better suited to your needs. Below we’re exploring the ways in which these popular injectables differ.

Botox

Botox is one of the most popular injectables used to treat movement-related wrinkles, and it was approved by the FDA in 2002. Like other neuromodulators, it works by forcing certain facial muscles to relax, which softens away creases and dynamic wrinkles. Since it’s been around the longest, Botox has undergone the most testing and development, and it is very trusted by both patients and cosmetic professionals.

Botox has a larger molecule than Dysport and Xeomin, so once injected, it stays pretty localized to the treated area. In terms of onset, patients will begin to notice the results of Botox within about two to three days, with full results visible at around two to three weeks.

Dysport

Dysport received FDA approval in 2009, and it has been growing in popularity as an alternative to Botox. Dysport has a smaller molecule than Botox, so it may diffuse to a larger area. This can be a benefit if you’re seeking more widespread rejuvenation in the treated area, such as across the forehead. It also tends to have a quicker onset, with results becoming visible in just one or two days, and it usually peaks faster.

Xeomin

Xeomin is a relative newcomer, and it was FDA approved in 2011 for the treatment of wrinkles. While Botox and Dysport have some additives in their formulations, Xeomin is pure Botulinum Toxin A. This is beneficial for patients who have an allergic reaction to Botox or Dysport, or who have formed a resistance to them. The body is also less likely to develop a resistance to Xeomin over time. Because it contains no additives, it does not need to be refrigerated before treatment.

The onset of Xeomin’s effects are usually more gradual than Botox and Dysport, with results appearing about three or four days after treatment. Full results are typically visible by two or three weeks.

How Do I Know Which One to Choose?

All three of these neuromodulator injectables are effective at treating movement-related wrinkles. The best way to discover which particular product would best suit your needs is to schedule a consultation. During consultations, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Hershcovitch carefully assesses the nature of patient’s aging and asks about their overall goals. Based on this information, he will create a personalized treatment plan.

If you decide to take the next step, your injection session will likely take no more than about 30 minutes. This is what makes Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport such popular treatments. You can easily get a fresh new look without disrupting your busy schedule, and there’s virtually no downtime.

Ready to learn if these treatments are right for you? Contact Dr. Hershcovitch’s office today to schedule your personal consultation.

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.

Belotero®

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.

Radiesse®

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.