What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a noninvasive treatment to make the skin on your face and neck appear brighter and more radiant. Chemical peels clear away damaged and dead skin cells, which causes the top layer of skin to slough off, revealing stunning skin underneath. To provide the highest quality results from chemical peel facial treatments, Dr. Maia Chakarian offers two different options to minimize skin irregularities like wrinkles, scars, uneven patches, hyperpigmentation issues, and more. Sereno Santé uses the Vitalize Peel and Illuminize Peel from SkinMedica® to reveal healthier, more radiant skin. Make an appointment with Dr. Chakerian to discover which chemical peel treatment is right for you!
What Are The Benefits Of A Chemical Peel?
In addition to revitalizing the skin for a refreshed, healthier look, chemical peels can address a wide variety of skin conditions and blemishes, including:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne, acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Rough, uneven skin texture
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Dull complexion
Chemical peels have little to no downtime and can be combined with injectable treatments for fine lines and wrinkles like BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM to achieve even better results for younger-looking, radiant skin.
Vitalize and Illuminize Peels
In our San Jose, CA area office, we provide chemical peels in two strengths to accommodate our patients' skin care goals.
Illuminize Peel: The Illuminize Peel is SkinMedica's most gentle chemical peel, and it works best for sensitive skin with mild skin imperfections. It's also good for first-time chemical peel patients. These peels can be repeated every two weeks until your desired results are achieved.
Vitalize Peel: The Vitalize Peel typically takes about 45 minutes to administer. It's approved for use with all skin types. This peel is ideal for patients with mild to moderate skin imperfections and can be repeated every 3 – 4 weeks.
Should I have a chemical peel?
Male and female chemical peel patients typically have noticeable issues with their skin, like mild to moderate scars, rough patches, hyperpigmentation, flaky skin, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and more. Seeking the recommendations of a cosmetic professional is the first part of your journey to smooth and healthy skin. A team member at Sereno Santé can evaluate your skin during a consultation in our Los Gatos, CA office before choosing the chemical peel best suited for your unique needs. We may recommend different strengths of peels to address your unique skin care needs and achieve your desired goals.
Our Chemical Peel Procedure Technique
During your chemical peel appointment at Sereno Santé, you'll recline in a relaxed position while we administer your peel. We'll clean your skin before applying the personalized solution to the designated treatment areas. We'll massage the solution onto your skin and let it set for an appropriate length of time, which will be decided in your chemical peel planning session. Finally, we'll clean the solution off your skin and apply a neutralizing agent. Patients are encouraged to bring sunscreen or a hat to wear outside following the peel to protect their sensitive skin from environmental exposure.
What to Expect After a Chemical Peel
Illuminize Peel patients may notice some mild redness immediately following treatment but shouldn't expect any visibly peeling skin due to the gentle nature of this peel.
Patients who try the Vitalize Peel may experience yellowish pigmentation for 2 – 3 hours after treatment and should expect mild to moderate redness. You can also expect your skin to itch and peel for several days up to a couple of weeks. Your face may be redder than usual until after the peeling stops.
Dr. Chakerian will discuss methods to care for your skin during your appointment. Please keep in mind that no matter how badly your skin itches during recovery, it's never a good idea to pick the skin off before it's ready because you may cause scarring!
Chemical Peel FAQ
What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
Which level of chemical peel is best for you will depend on your unique skin issues and cosmetic goals. In your consultation, Dr. Chakerian and her team will help you choose which formula is right for your skin. A few factors you may consider are your general health, your skin type, how deep you want the peel to work, the time you can commit to recovery, and what concerns you have about the appearance of your skin. For first-time patients, it may be better to try a lighter chemical peel and see how you like the results. After this, you can alter your treatment plan to find the best type of peel for your skin.
Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?
Depending on the chemicals used, you may have mild discomfort while it is actively treating your skin. If you choose a lighter peel, you will notice a little stinging; however, this goes away quickly with a small fan. Medium and deep peels are better for deeper problems and offer results that last a long time, but they can be more uncomfortable. Numbing cream, medications, and ointments can be applied to minimize your discomfort during the treatment. Dr. Chakerian or a member of her team will talk to you about skin care after your chemical peel to help your skin heal.
Can I combine a chemical peel with other treatments?
For even greater improvements to your skin, you may combine a chemical peel with another skin treatment at Sereno Santé. During your consultation, be honest with Dr. Chakerian when describing your skin and cosmetic issues so our team can create a unique treatment plan to achieve your goals. This might include an injectable treatment for wrinkles (like BOTOX® or JUVÉDERM®), plus a chemical peel to refresh your entire face.
Great Skin Starts with a Chemical Peel
Even if you're new to facial rejuvenation treatment methods, Dr. Maia Chakerian and the knowledgeable staff at Sereno Santé can guide you to choose the best option for your skin care needs. This completely noninvasive treatment can have your skin looking healthier and younger with touchable softness. Call our office in Los Gatos, CA today to make an appointment for a chemical peel treatment.