Chemical Peels

“The clarity and evenness of the skin is the key component of how a person is subconsciously perceived. So much so that studies have shown people are judged on sincerity, competence, happiness, honesty, age, and character solely based on the luminosity of their skin”

— Haideh Hirmand / MD

Peels are treatments intended to lift away the upper layer of the skin through the use of organic acids or fruit acids, revealing more youthful skin beneath. The depth of correction and range of results are primarily a function of the concentration of acids. Peels are typically used on the face, but can also improve the often neglected neck and chest areas, as well has the hands and the skin of the body such as the back, legs, and arms (see BODY PEELS below).

Lighter peels or Maintenance Peels (see below) will leave the skin considerably brighter. Even one treatment can visibly improve the skin, however, a series of 3 to 6 peels will get results that can effectively improve the appearance. There is no downtime involved with ligher maintenance peels. Skin is usually pink for a day and other than a short stinging sensation, no real discomfort is typically experienced.

Deeper peels or Treatment Peels (see below) penetrate to the dermis and are physician administered. Skin will be red and flaky for a few days to one week. Only one treatment is needed to stimulate collagen, improve fine lines and make skin look brighter and feel tighter. Discomfort is described as a slight burning which lasts for a few minutes and can be managed well with topical anesthetic and local anesthesia and cooling methods such as fanning.

Peels are a reliable, time-tested, and safe way to renew and refresh the skin. In quest for the next new technology for resurfacing, what most may not realize is that peels do in fact stimulate collagen! The results are consistent and the improvement is consistent.

Maintenance Peels

Maintenance peels have NO downtime and can be used to maintain brightness and health of the skin on an ongoing basis with a monthly frequency and sometimes up to every two weeks for special occasions.

Our Maintenance Peels are a 3-Phase System:

  • Prepare: Dermaplaning or Mask Exfoliation of the devitalized top layers
  • Peel: Five types of peels, as described below, for all skin types and concerns
  • Protect: Soothing anti-inflammatory serum topped off with an ultra hydrating Biocellulose Mask. Completed with application of a healing epidermal repair cream and a thin layer of physical sunblock.

Glow- Glycolic Acid Peels (20-30%): Customized concentration alpha hydroxy acid peels- accelerate cell renewal, stimulate collagen synthesis, and increase elastin content while reducing pigmentation, the appearance of fine lines, and improving skin’s tone.

Shine- Salicylic Acid Peels (20-30%): Customized concentration beta hydroxy acid peels- accelerate cell renewal, stimulate collagen synthesis, and increase elastin content while improving skin’s tone. Salicylic peels also penetrate deeper into pores and micro-exfoliate to decongest clogged pores and reduce bumpiness and break outs.

Sensitive- Lactic Acid Peel (2%): Mild clinical grade lactic acid peel- gently exfoliates to reduce signs of photoaging including fine lines and skin imperfections. For the most sensitive skin.

Smart TCA Peel (15% Trichloroacetic Acid, 3% Glycolic Acid): A combination peel that removes the tired outer layer of the skin allowing new, healthier skin to emerge. Significantly improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, laxity, and stubborn discoloration. 

Treatment Peels

Have variable recovery times that range from no downtime at all to a full week. Deep Corrective Peels effectively treat hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and damaged skin texture. Depending on the depth of the peel and the skin type, preparation may be prescribed, for several weeks prior to the procedure.

Our Treatment Peels are a 2-Phase System

  • Cleanse & Peel: Individualized TCA medical-only deep peels
  • Protect: Calming botanicals and healing anti-oxidant solution is applied and sealed with emollient cream.

Pigment Peel- 20% TCA: Effective medical-only trichloroacetic acid treatment targeting hyperpigmentation with no real downtime. Mild peeling (days 3-7) significantly improves hyperpigmentation and visibly renews and brightens the skin. Stimulates collagen production and reduces fine lines. (Physician administered)

Pigment Peel Plus- 20% TCA plus: Customized concentration peel penetrates deeper, dramatically treating hyperpigmentation, visibly lightening the skin, and resurfaces effectively and safely. A week of peeling unveils new skin. Collagen production is stimulated, lines and wrinkles are reduced and tone and texture are remarkably improved. (MD administered)

Body Peels

All body peels have no downtime and they are designed to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin of the body.

Our Body Peels are a 3-Phase System

  • Prepare: Gentle moisturizing physical exfoliation
  • Peel: There are several peels for body-specific conditions
  • Protect: Soothing serum finished off with healing and moisturizing epidermal repair cream

Revive: Pigment Balancing Peel targets the neck and chest as well as hands, and addresses sun damage, age spots, and crepiness. Fades accumulated hyperpigmentation and helps support collagen. Areas can be treated individually or at the same time.

Tighten: Peels with lactic acid formulated for loose crepiness in body zones including the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees and upper arms.

Resurface:  Glycolic and Salycilic peels with individualized strength for high demand body zones that easily look dull or rough such as the arms, legs, knees, and elbows. These peels activate the skin’s regenerative response by promoting exfoliation.

Hand Revitalize: 3 Step peel treatment to exfoliate, soften, and brighten the hands. Moisturizing mask fortified by soothing heat finish off the revitalizing treatment.