Chemical Peels – Cosmetic Skin Care
A chemical peel is an aesthetic treatment that employs a specialized solution that when applied to the face, neck, or hands is efficient in the deep exfoliation of the outer layer of skin.
While a chemical peel is a nonsurgical procedure that requires little downtime, you should seek a skilled physician with extensive knowledge of facial aesthetics and skin structure to administer the treatment. Factors like aesthetic goals, skin quality, solution concentration, and treatment duration should be considered to deliver a safe and effective treatment. To guarantee optimal outcomes and peace of mind, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch performs chemical peels in Westlake and West Hills.
If you are considering a chemical peel and would like more information, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Over time, chemical peels have evolved with multiple formulas available to resolve particular skin issues without harsh and irritating side-effects. With our advanced TCA peel, we can reveal a young, fresh underlying skin layer with minimal discomfort and maximum convenience.
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
How a Chemical Peel Works
The different solutions used during a chemical peel are designed to exfoliate your facial skin surface. After its application, it penetrates the deep layers of skin to break down the binding between skin tissues in a matter of minutes. The outer layers react by slowly peeling and sloughing off, leaving behind newer and younger layers of skin. By removing the damaged outer layers, a chemical peel removes blemishes resulting from exposure to the environment and the natural aging process. The treatment will also trigger the skin’s natural healing process, creating a tighter, smoother skin texture.
We can customize your chemical peel to penetrate your skin at the optimal depth. We offer solutions that range from light, medium, and deep. Dr. Hershcovitch can manage the treatment strength with the peel type, concentration of formula, and how long the product is on the skin. The stronger the solution, the longer the recovery.
What to Expect
Dr. Hershcovitch performs chemical peels in both our locations in Westlake and West Hills. During your consultation, he will analyze your skin quality and the issues you want to address. Next, he will devise a procedural plan for the location and placement of the solution he will apply. Then he will clean and prep your skin before rubbing on the solution. After a few minutes, he will neutralize the solution with water, then apply a mask to protect the skin. The procedure usually lasts less than an hour, and you can return home the day of the treatment.
Light Chemical Peel
A light chemical peel is appropriate for skin dryness, fine wrinkling, acne, and uneven pigmentation. It removes the outer layer of skin in a light exfoliation to deliver a radiant glow. This solution is of the milder variety with repeat treatments possible at regular intervals.
Medium Chemical Peel
The most common chemical peel is a medium peel. Dr. Hershcovitch offers a 35% TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel for patients that require a medium depth treatment on areas like the hands, neck, and face. This treatment is gentle enough to be used in these areas but strong enough to resolve a wide range of skin issues. This TCA chemical peel won’t bleach the skin like other peels and is appropriate for sensitive areas like the mouth and around the eyes. It is the best solution for patients with darker skin tones.
The TCA Chemical Peel is best suited for skin conditions, which include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dark circles under the eyes
Patients enjoy smoother, younger, and brighter complexion once the benefits of a TCA chemical peel become apparent.
Deep Chemical Peel
A deep chemical peel may involve a pretreatment regimen of up to eight weeks. This process will help prepare your skin for the treatment and aid in the healing process. Pretreatment may include the use of a retinoic acid gel or cream, and a medical-grade medication of vitamin A. This preparation will make the skin thinner to allow deeper penetration that is applied more evenly.
Chemical Peel Recovery
During recovery, you will see the outer layers of your skin blister and peel, much like a bad sunburn. Your skin will appear red and feel a bit harsh to the touch. In the week that follows, you should avoid the sun and apply sunscreen daily whether you go outside or not. After one week, your results should become noticeable with a younger, fresher skin presence. Your skin’s appearance will continue to improve for several weeks culminating with radiant, long-lasting, healthy skin.
To learn more about how a chemical peel can resolve skin issues and restore facial beauty, schedule a consultation with double-board certified Dr. Matt Hershcovitch today. We offer comprehensive aesthetic and reconstructive procedures designed to enhance facial harmony and self-confidence.