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Chemical Peels Santa Barbara – Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Santa Barbara

Chemical Peels are the process of removing the old skin to encourage the production of new skin cell. It is a controlled removal process that varies in strength; from the mild acid that peels the superficial layer of the skin to a Phenol peel that enters the profound layer of the skin. This process involves the application of a product on the entire layer of our face or a particular area.

What Are the Types?

What defines the various different types of peels are the strength and ingredients. Their strength can also determine several factors such as their application or how long they should remain on the surface of your face. There are at least two types of Chemical peels; Light-Medium Peel and Deep Peel.

Light-Medium Peel- the Light-Medium Peel can be separated into two types; the AHA and the TCA. AHA is the more common superficial types of chemical peels such as the product that contains glycolic acid. On a mild case, a single application will give you a glowing and radiant skin appearance. A continuous treatment will provide you with an improved texture. Some of the chemical peel benefits include the reduction of the visibility of wrinkles, fine lines, and the sun-damaged skin. This type of peeling is usually done in the office of the surgeon. You will not be compelled to have anesthesia. TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) on the other hand, is typically used for the clearing of pigmentation and fine wrinkles. It is also highly recommended when peeling the skin of a particular area due to their controlled bleaching impact.

Deep Peel- For the rough and sun-damaged skin, phenol peel is the more preferred type of peels. It has a severe bleaching effect that may be a problem if you are only using it on a particular spot. You will be compelled to put a light make-up in order to match the skin color of your entire face.

Who Are the Ideal Candidates?

People suffering from the following condition may be a good candidate for treatment.

  • Mild scar due to the past injury.
  • Chickenpox or acne scarring
  • Pre-cancerous skin condition
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine wrinkles located that upper eyelid
  • Crow feet
  • Vertical wrinkle located at the mouth area
  • Sun –damaged wrinkled skin

What Are the Things That I Should Ask During Consultation?

Aside from the physical examination and the analysis of medical history, the consultation is the proper time for you to ask certain questions. Furthermore, Dr. Sheffield will examine your medical history and evaluate your skin’s condition. You may ask the treatment approach that the doctor will use for your specific treatment. During the medical analysis, you should also ask if chemical peeling will expose you to more risk. This largely has to do with your skin type and thickness.

How Do I Prepare for the Treatment?

Before the treatment, Dr. Sheffield will put you in a pre-treatment process wherein you will be obliged to regularly apply gel, cream or lotion for a predetermined length of time. Some oral medication may also be necessary before the treatment. The resurfacing therapy can be conducted in the office environment.

After treatment, it is highly recommended to avoid a direct exposure from the sun until the redness subsides. You should also put sunscreen for your aftercare.

Specific Peels Offered By Our Office:

A) What is the VI Chemical Peel?

Gorgeous, glowing skin is one of the first things that people tend to notice about others. VI peels are administered by a physician and these treatments soften all of your fine lines, smooth rough textures and restore a more even tone to the skin. Thanks to the aging process, the skin can become rough and pigmented. Exposure to the elements only adds to the problem. The aging process is inevitable, but with the VI Peel, patients can see a difference in as little as one week. The VI Peel’s creators have over a decade of experience and have assisted a wide range of satisfied patients all over the world.

How does the VI Peel Work?

The first and second layer of skin is deliberately injured so that the skin’s natural wound healing process can be activated. Multiple skin layers flake off and new, pristine skin is revealed. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), lactic acid and Resorcinol are among the ingredient used. You will need to continue to use certain products once the treatment is finished so that the resurfacing process can be continued. Alpha hydroxy acids and Tretinoin (Retin-A) are among them.

Who Should Receive a VI Peel?

This product is designed to smooth out the wrinkles and fine lines. The resurfacing process also allows for layers of uneven skin and pigmentation to be lifted away. Those who suffer from acne scars, mild photoaging, other pigmentation concerns, and melasma tend to benefit the most from a VI solution.

Are Any Prior Preparations Necessary?

If the patient has a past history of cold sores, then they will need to ask their practitioners to provide them with access to an anti-viral medication. This medication must be taken once the VI solution has taken place and repeated 12 hours later. Any anti-aging products that are already being used must be stopped for at least 48 hours before the VI solution takes place. This includes Tretinoin, Retin-A, alpha hydroxy acid, Retinol, and Glycolic acid.

How much downtime is needed after the VI Chemical Peel?

Most patients do not experience a high level of pain during the procedure. They will experience a tingling sensation to their skin but the pain level is negligible. It is crucial for patients to avoid any direct exposure to the sun and the elements of nature for at least one week after the VI solution has taken place. A patient’s face is going to look slightly red and dry for at least 48 to 72 hours after their VI solution has been applied.

By the third or fourth day, you will start to notice that you have sheets of skin peeling off of your face. Bleeding, crusting and open sores do not take place. Every patient is given access to a post peel care kit. This kit comes with cleanser, sunscreen and hydrocortisone cream. By day eight (or day ten at the latest), patients notice that peeling has stopped. On day eight, makeup can be applied once more.

B) SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective Peel

Clearing Up Your Complexion with SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective Peel

Uneven textures and skin discoloration are both a natural part of the aging process. Numerous factors contribute and sun exposure is one of the most important. Medical grade chemical peels are a wonderful way to reverse some of these common signs of aging. A SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective peel can only be administered at a physician’s office.

How Do These SkinCeuticals Peels Work?

Our Advanced Corrective peel provides the patient with a specialized, proprietary blend of various clinical grade acids that are designed to restore the skin’s radiance and maximize peeling.

The SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective peel provides:

  • Phenylethyl Resorcinol, which will improve skin tone and reduces discoloration
  • Salicylic Acid, a beta hydroxy acid that corrects photodamage and discoloration symptoms, while also significantly reducing acne’s appearance
  • Lactic Acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid used for exfoliating the surface of the skin for added radiance

The advantages that the SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective peel provides are immediate and long lasting, as long as patients are willing to maintain the proper post peel regimen. The SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective peel is also a top option for patients who suffer from regular acne breakouts. The treatment minimizes acne breakout frequency and helps to treat post-lesion discoloration caused by past breakouts.

What’s the difference between a Laser Treatment and a Chemical Peel?

A series of ingredients are used during a chemical skin in order to remove skin pigmentation and some of these ingredients are also used to prevent future pigmentation. With a laser treatment, the patient simply removes the pigmentation that they already have. That is why results are typically short-lived. A chemical peel removes pigmentation and allows for the prevention of future pigmentation. All ethnic backgrounds enjoy a higher level of safety with chemicals, including Asian, Black, Latino, and Indian; on the other hand, patients of color should be avoiding all light and laser treatments because they can cause permanent darkening of their skin.

How Are The Results of a SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective peel Maintained?

Depending on the needs of the patient and their skin type, a doctor could recommend a wide range of post care complexion regimens. Almost all will benefit from antioxidants after the peel has taken place. These vitamins (such as Vitamin C & E) neutralize the free radicals that we are exposed to as a result of UV rays and pollution. Skin oils that are rich in antioxidants provide a protective buffer between your skin and the elements. Those who use antioxidants on their face for extended periods do not burn as easily and no longer experience brown spots due to sun exposure.

What Must Be Done prior to a SkinCeuticals Advanced Corrective peel?

Certain supplements and medications must be stopped if they cause excessive bleeding. A number of common painkilling medications fall under this umbrella, including Advil, Aspirin, Aleve Ibuprofen and any other medications among the NSAID family. These medications must be avoided for 5 days before the chemical peel. When it comes to supplements, garlic, fish oil, gingko, Vitamin E and Ginseng cause added bruising and bleeding. Patients should stop taking them at least 5 days before the peel. Those who have been prescribed blood thinners by their doctor for the treatment or prevention of a stroke, heart attack, heart valves, or any another medical condition SHOULD NOT stop their medication without having a discussion with the prescribing doctor. Patients with a past history of cold sores will need an antiviral prescription so that they have the proper medication, post peel. It is in your best interests to avoid intense wind, sun and cold exposure for at least one week after the procedure. Be sure to plan the chemical peel during a period of time when you can avoid the elements for 1-2 weeks.

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Whether you are thinking about having an aesthetic treatment, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering aesthetic and cosmetic services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.


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