In recent years, chemical peels have become a sophisticated and customizable option for gaining flawless skin. These quick and easy treatments could even be part of your lunch break. Learn more about the various benefits of chemical peels in Tarzana. Speak with Dr. Yaghoubian and the skilled team at AESTHETICA LA to choose the right option for you out of the many available treatments.
Chemical peels work by applying acidic solutions to the skin to dissolve the molecular bonds holding together old skin cells. After the older skin dies and sheds, the body heals by creating new skin cells for a fresher, smoother appearance. If a patient struggles with hyperpigmentation, scars, or wrinkles, a chemical peel can strip back the blemished skin to reveal glowing, flawless layers below.
A significant advantage of chemical peels is that the composition of the peel can be tailor-made by a dermatologist or esthetician based on individual skin characteristics and patient goals. There are three levels of chemical peels available at our Tarzana clinic: superficial peels, medium peels, and deep peels.
Superficial skin peels use low concentrations of acids commonly found in over-the-counter products to help clear pores and smooth out rough skin. Superficial chemical peels are very safe and usually well-tolerated by all skin types. Many people make superficial skin peels a regular part of their skincare regime.
Medium peels infiltrate more deeply into the upper dermis, the layer of the skin below the surface containing blood vessels and sweat glands. These chemical peels are better suited for treating deeper wrinkles, moderate sun damage, and pigmentation inconsistencies. For those with these deeper skin concerns, Dr. Yaghoubian can recommend an appropriate medium-level peel after an initial consultation.
Deep chemical peel formulas often use some combination of phenol and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). These are highly potent compounds that only an experienced, board-certified clinician like Dr. Yaghoubian should administer, as they can cause burns and heart or liver damage. Deep chemical peels remove entire upper layers of the skin, creating a drastic resurfacing effect to remove deep wrinkles, severe sunspots, and acne scars.
Deep peels will require intravenous anesthesia or a sedative. Some practitioners ask patients to pretreat the skin with a prescription-level retinoid to assist in the absorption of the peel.
The recovery process from a chemical peel will depend on the strength of the treatment. For a superficial peel, there is essentially no recovery time. Many people will notice an immediate glow, but the results will not be long-lasting compared to more intensive peels.
Medium peels may induce some dryness and flaking post-procedure. Sometimes, the skin will go through a purging process, triggering mild breakouts as underlying bacteria or clogged glands are revealed by the peel. This is a natural step in the process of achieving flawless, unclogged skin.
Recovery from a deep chemical peel takes more time. Most people need about two weeks of downtime following a deep peel and will have significant swelling, peeling, and crusting as the skin regenerates itself. However, the positive effects of a deep chemical peel can be transforming, potentially lasting for up to ten years.
Today, the wide range of chemical peels available can treat almost any dermal condition, and there is a peel for every type of skin. Because each person has unique skin concerns and composition, it is vital to work with a qualified expert like Dr. Yaghoubian when considering chemical peels in Tarzana. Our board-certified surgeon can ensure that the formulas are applied safely for your particular skin type. Contact us today discuss which chemical options may be suitable for you. Take the first step toward feeling confident in your skin.