Chemical Peels

Superficial, Medium, Deep and TCA Peels

Thousand Oaks Skin Aesthetics: Chemical Peels

We offer Superficial, Medium Depth, TCA and Deep Peels

What are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are another type of resurfacing option we offer our clients at Hera Healthcare. Chemical peels can range anywhere from superficial peeling to deeper exfoliation. They are an excellent treatment for reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, combating the visible signs of aging, and improving the overall tone and texture of the skin. These peels work by removing the outer layers of the skin to reveal the healthy, undamaged skin below for a younger-looking, more radiant complexion.

How do Chemical Peels Work?

The process of the peel procedure typically involves the careful application of the chemical of choice to the face, neck and decolletage. The peel works to injure the epidermis and, for deeper peels, the Upper and Mid Reticular dermis. Depending on the level of peel your provider feels is appropriate for your skin, chemical peels can eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation and age spots. A major benefit to chemical peels is the formation of new collagen, which can tighten the skin and help eliminate hyperpigmentation. Even patients with melasma (generalized or patchy dark pigmentation) can benefit from the chemical peel treatments we offer in our Westlake Village practice.

Different Types of Chemical Peels

VI Peel Melasma

The type of chemical peels we recommend for our clients depend on several factors including the extent of your damage we are addressing, your ethnicity and particular skin type, and the amount of downtime you can afford after the procedure.

Superficial Peels
Superficial peels treat and exfoliate the epidermal level of the skin. These are great for refreshing skin and removing mild sun damage. These types of peels only injure the epidermal layer of the skin and require less downtime than deeper peels. Patients can expect to lightly peel for 2-3 days.

If you are interested in a superficial chemical peel, we will recommend the VI Peel, which removes sun damage, treats acne, and improves pores. These peels can be repeated as often as every 3-4 weeks.

Medium Depth Peels
For patients with sun damage, scarring, folds, or significant wrinkles, we may recommend a 20% or 30% TCA peel. This type of peel penetrates to the Immediate Reticular Dermis (IRD) level to produce significant changes in the skin. This peel requires topical numbing prior to us performing the peel, and postoperative antibiotics.

Patients who elect to have a medium depth TCA peel will need to prepare for 1 week of recovery. Treatment with Retinoic acid and Hydroquinone cream is required for 4 weeks before a TCA peel is performed.


Deep Peels

Deep chemical peels, used only on the face, penetrate several layers of the skin. They are usually performed using a chemical called phenol and produce the most dramatic results of any type of peel. However, risks associated with deep chemical peels are higher than with superficial and medium depth peels. A deep peel may be recommended to treat deeper wrinkles, scars, and precancerous growths. The recovery from a deep chemical peel can last upwards of 3 weeks.

TCA Peels

TCA peels can be tailored for each patient by using a customized percentage of TCA solution based on skin type and desired results. Click here to learn more.

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