Chemical Peels in San Diego, CA

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About Chemical Peels

To produce the highest quality results from chemical peel treatments, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic provides patients with a vast selection of choices. Your medical-grade chemical peel with exfoliating solutions (such as salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic, and lactic acids) will produce smoother, healthier skin. At our San Diego, CA office, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson offers these nonsurgical skin care treatments to address skin irregularities, such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, dry patches, hyperpigmentation problems, and more. Chemical peels eliminate damaged, dead skin cells with a unique solution to cause the topmost layer to flake off. When your skin recovers and starts to repair and rejuvenate itself, you will notice a smoother, clearer complexion. A chemical peel facial can make your complexion luminous for several years.

Variations of Chemical Peels

At our San Diego, CA office, we offer chemical peels varying in strength (light, medium, and deep) to accommodate each of our patient's unique skin concerns and goals:

  • Light peels: You can receive a light peel during your lunch hour and go right back to your day. This type of peel will remove the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis) to give your facial features a more radiant appearance and smoother texture. We usually recommend that you schedule a light peel at least once a month to maintain your glowing results.
  • Medium-depth peels: This type of peel delves further into the skin so patients generally decide to heal from this treatment over a long weekend. You may also want to ready yourself for increased discomfort during and about one hour following your treatment. Medium-depth peels are for patients who have deeper damage to their skin, like severe lines and darker pigmentation issues.
  • Deep peels: The strongest of the three levels of peels is the deep peel. Due to its strength, it requires the longest recovery time. This is an aggressive treatment that may leave your face peeling, itchy, and swollen for up to a few weeks. Patients who receive a deep chemical peel will have age or dark spots, sun damage, entrenched acne scars, and/or deep scars. Since this type of chemical peel is generally uncomfortable for patients, your aesthetician may provide you with anesthetic as a part of your treatment.

Ideal Candidates for chemical peels

Seeking the advice of a cosmetic specialist should be the first step in your journey to attain smooth, healthy skin. A team member at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic will evaluate your skin during an examination at our San Diego, CA office before selecting a chemical peel for optimal results. Chemical peel patients, both men and women, will have visible issues with their skin, such as scaly patches, flaky skin, uneven pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, or more. We may recommend different levels of peels to meet your needs and concerns.

What Are the Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel can offer a wide range of different benefits depending on the type of peel chosen. Some can simply offer a bit of light rejuvenation to the face while deeper treatments can solve problems such as acne scars and hyperpigmentation. We'll utilize the exact needs of your skin in order to ensure the correct chemical peel is selected to offer you the benefits you need the most. No matter the peel, our patients always end up with skin that looks and feels incredible.

Procedure Technique

On the day of your appointment at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, we will ask you to lay in a comfortable position as we administer your treatment. A team member will ensure the skin is cleaned prior to applying the personalized solution to the face and/or neck. We will brush the solution onto the skin and let it set for an appropriate window of time. Then, we will clean the peel off of your skin and apply a neutralizing agent. Patients may want to bring sunscreen and a hat to wear outside following the treatment to avoid sun exposure.

What to Expect from a chemical peel

Depending on the type of chemical peel you receive, you should expect your skin to peel and itch for a period ranging from several days to two or more weeks. Dr. Laverson or a member of his team will provide you with instructions about how to care for your complexion after your appointment. Please remember that no matter how badly your skin itches throughout the healing process, it's not a good idea to peel or pick at the skin. Doing this could cause scarring and undo the improvements of your treatment.

Chemical Peel FAQ

How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Laverson can talk about your costs in your consultation once he has created your chemical peel treatment plan. The cost of a chemical peel will vary based on the level you choose. San Diego Cosmetic Clinic takes several payments methods, and there are often specials on treatments like chemical peels. You may also consider buying a package of several chemical peel treatments.

What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
Which level of chemical peel is best for you will depend on your unique skin needs and cosmetic goals. During your consultation with Dr. Laverson, he can help you choose which chemical peel is best for your skin. A few things you may want to consider are your general health, your skin type, how deep you want the peel to work, how long you can spend in recovery, and what you want the peel to accomplish. For first-time patients, it may be better to try a light chemical peel and decide how you like the results. After this, you and Dr. Laverson might adjust your plan to discover the best chemical peel level for your needs.

Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Dermabrasion and chemical peels are both facial rejuvenation procedures that treat surface irregularities to give your skin a smoother appearance. The main difference is that dermabrasion requires surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument ) to clear away the top layer of skin through a careful exfoliating process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is applied to your skin to dissolve damaged skin cells. In your consultation, Dr. Laverson will explain the pros and cons of each and help you choose if dermabrasion or a chemical peel best fits your needs and goals.

Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Based on the formula selected, you might have mild discomfort when it is on your skin. If you have a light peel, you may feel a little stinging, but it can be alleviated with a small fan. Medium and deep peels are better for deeper skin issues and longer-lasting results, but they can cause greater discomfort. Numbing cream, medications, and soothing ointments may be used to help you feel more comfortable during your treatment. Dr. Laverson, or a member of his team, will go over how to care for your skin after a peel to extend your results.

Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
For even greater improvements to your skin, you may combine a chemical peel with another nonsurgical skin treatment at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic In your consultation, be honest with Dr. Laverson about your skin and cosmetic problems so he can create a unique treatment plan that delivers your best results. This may include an injectable treatment for wrinkles ( like JUVÉDERM® or BOTOX® ) plus a chemical peel to refresh your entire face.

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If you are new to advanced skin care, our team at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic can help you find the perfect treatment to enhance the health and beauty of your complexion. After a chemical peel, your freshly rejuvenated skin will appear radiant, soft, and be smooth to the touch. Contact our office in San Diego, CA to schedule your skin assessment today for a chemical peel.

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