Chemical Peel

Conveniently located to serve Los Angeles and Beverly Hills
Chemical peels are commonly used to improve the skin’s appearance. These peels enhance skin quality and texture, and can be used to treat skin discoloration, fine lines, and acne. Chemical peels are performed by applying a chemical exfoliant to the surface of the skin. There are several different types of chemical peels. These peels range in strength from light superficial peels to deep resurfacing peels. Deeper chemical peels yield more drastic results, but are not suitable for all skin types. Also, they are associated with a more significant recovery period. In contrast, superficial peels produce more subtle results. They also involve little to no downtime. Most superficial chemical peel treatments are comfortable. There may be a sting upon initial application that quickly subsides. Generally, the deeper the peel the more chance of discomfort.

Chemical Peel

Conveniently located to serve Los Angeles and Beverly Hills
Chemical peels are commonly used to improve the skin’s appearance. These peels enhance skin quality and texture, and can be used to treat skin discoloration, fine lines, and acne. Chemical peels are performed by applying a chemical exfoliant to the surface of the skin. There are several different types of chemical peels. These peels range in strength from light superficial peels to deep resurfacing peels. Deeper chemical peels yield more drastic results, but are not suitable for all skin types. Also, they are associated with a more significant recovery period. In contrast, superficial peels produce more subtle results. They also involve little to no downtime. Most superficial chemical peel treatments are comfortable. There may be a sting upon initial application that quickly subsides. Generally, the deeper the peel the more chance of discomfort.

Candidates for Chemical Peel

 Choosing the right chemical peel is important. What peel is best for you depends on the condition you hope to address. It also depends on your skin type. Dr. Foulad custom formulates each chemical peel to fit the needs of each patient. His selection is based on your individual skin goals and concerns.

Patients with darker skin or melasma may not be appropriate candidates for stronger chemical peels. Medical grade chemical peels should be avoided if pregnant or lactating and if you have taken isotretinoin (such as Accutane) within 6 months. If you have an allergy to Aspirin, you should avoid salicylic acid peels. Chemical peels should also be avoided if you have had significant sun exposure or have active facial sores, rash, inflamed skin, or infection.

Different Types of Chemical Peels

Superficial chemical peels are among the mildest in the category of chemical peels. These peels only penetrate and affect the outer layer of your skin. They are ideal for first-timers and patients with delicate skin. They are often referred to as “the lunchtime peel”. This is because they are quick and there is little to no downtime. These relatively gentle peels are excellent exfoliators. With repeated use, they can smooth skin texture, reduce blemishes, diminish fine lines, and increase collagen. They can also lighten pigmentation irregularities (such as with sun spots and melasma) and treat acne.
Our most common superficial chemical peels include the use of glycolic acid (30% to 50%), salicylic acid (20% to 30%), and Jessner’s solution.

Medium depth chemical peels provide an advanced non-surgical solution to improve the appearance of your skin. They are great for those battling fine lines, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, acne and acne scars, and various color irregularities. These peels boost the production of collagen in your skin. They improve the texture and tone of your skin. They reveal a smooth, fresh layer of skin which enhances the overall brightness and radiance of your complexion. Although applied in the same way, medium depth chemical peels provide more powerful results than lighter peels. However, they require a longer healing period.
Our most common medium depth chemical peel includes a TCA solution in combination with other formulations such as Jessner’s solution.

How Chemical Peel is Performed

All make up must be removed before the peel. If you arrive with makeup, we can provide a gentle cleanser for washing. Contacts must be removed from your eyes before the peel. Your face will be prepped and degreased. The chemical peel will be applied to your face and usually maintained for several minutes. You will likely notice a mild to moderate burning or stinging sensation. Based on various factors, Dr. Foulad will determine the number of layers and duration of time to apply the peel. You may be provided a fan to help soothe your skin. At the appropriate timing, the chemical peel will be neutralized and/or cleansed from your face. A soothing ointment will be applied to your face following the completion of your treatment.

How to Prepare for Chemical Peel

Although priming the skin is commonly used for medium and deep peels to help reduce complication and improve results, priming is usually not necessary for superficial chemical peels. Priming the skin involves using topical tretinoin, hydroquinone, and/or a light acid starting about 1 month before the peel and stopping 3 to 7 days before the peel. Dr. Foulad will review priming with you if necessary for your individual case.

Starting 1 month before the peel, try to avoid sun exposure and use a sunscreen when outside. Starting 1-2 weeks before the peel, avoid waxing, electrolysis, depilatory creams, laser hair removal and skin care products that contain acids (such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc.). Starting 3-10 days before the peel (depending on the type of peel), discontinue using skin care products that contain retinoids (such as retinol, tretinoin, Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, etc). Also avoid facial masks, hair dyes, rough sponges, and any harsh or drying topicals. Starting 3 days before the peel, discontinue skin care products that contain active ingredients such as Vitamin C (and other anti-oxidants) and benzoyl peroxide. On the day of your chemical peel please do not shave or wear contact lenses to your appointment.

Please notify Dr. Foulad if you have a history of cold sores, as you may be recommended additional pre-treatment. Patients who have had recent cosmetic procedures such as laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel. Please discuss with Dr. Foulad to determine ideal timing.

We are conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, & Los Angeles. However, we are available to help with coordinating your stay if you are an Out-of-Town Patient.

What to Expect After Chemical Peel

Following the peel, a gentle facial cleanser should be used to wash your face for the next week. You may start using make-up the day after your peel. For 1-2 weeks after the peel (depending on the peel), avoid scrubs, exfoliants, waxing, dermabrasion, electrolysis, depilatory creams, and laser hair removal. For 3-14 days after the peel, avoid topicals that include retinoids (such as retinol, tretinoin, Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, etc), acids (such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc) and benzoyl peroxide. Also avoid facial masks, hair dyes, and any harsh or drying topicals.

Avoid picking at peeling or flaking skin. Avoid sun exposure for at least 2 months after your peel. If you must be out in the sun for brief periods, apply a physical sunscreen, stay covered with a wide brimmed hat, and seek shade when possible.

A gentle hydrating moisturizer should be applied twice a day or as often as necessary to relieve dryness.

CHEMICAL PEEL faq

How many chemical peel treatments will I need?

Treatment plans can range from a single treatment to a series of treatments depending on your goals and the type of peel performed.

Superficial chemical are more commonly recommended to be performed as a series of treatments. Superficial chemical peels can typically be repeated as early as every 3 to 4 weeks. Medium depth chemical peels you may repeat after 3-6 months if necessary. Dr. Foulad will determine the best timing for your individual case.

Is there downtime after a chemical peel?

There is typically minimal downtime following a superficial chemical peel. After a superficial chemical peel you may have mild skin redness. Although you may develop mild peeling or flaking after several days, it is also not uncommon to have no peeling at all. The amount of peeling depends on the quality of your skin, the use of prior skin care products, and the formulation of the peel. Although you may not have visible peeling, you are still receiving the benefits of the chemical peel. If the peel was performed for acne control, there is a possibility that more acne might temporarily be seen due to the clogs in the pores being brought to the surface of the skin.

After the medium depth peel, you will have skin redness and mild swelling. The swelling may increase over the next couple days. There will be significant peeling and flaking of the skin. It may take up to two weeks for the skin to appear healed.

Do not exercise or wear makeup immediately following your chemical peel. You may resume regular activities the next day per your comfort. Direct sun exposure should be avoided for at least 2 months after your chemical peel treatment.

How long does the chemical peel procedure take?

Chemical peels take about 10-30 minutes to perform on average.

Testimonials

Terry Moler
Terry Moler
2022-03-07
Dr.Foulad and his staff are amazing. The results speak for themselves. Dr. Foulad is meticulous. The experience was beyond great. I had a neck lift, a mid face lift and an upper eye lift. Dr. Foulad was very attentive. Chelsea, the practice manager, took care of every detail. I felt at ease and very taken care of. I had prepared myself for a painful surgery and recovery period but it was not like that at all. There was no pain and very little discomfort. It felt more like a well needed vacation. I had all my surgery on a Friday and I saw Dr. Foulad and Chelsea through the weekend. By the following Saturday I was at an important social function and with a little make up, no one could tell I was a week out from surgery. Some people would call this vanity. I disagree. I don’t feel 63. Why should I have to look 63.(or older!) It’s the best thing I ever did for myself. I can't thank Dr. Foulad enough. If you are considering doing this, I beg you to pull the rip cord, take the plunge, whatever you want to call it, but do it! It’s worth it. You’re worth it!
carol cusson
carol cusson
2021-12-11
There aren't enough stars for this review to tell you how pleased I am with Dr Foulad, Chelsea and the staff. It was so worth the miles traveled to have my facelift, neck and brow lift. Their attentiveness from the consult all the way through to the aftercare has been amazing. He continues to check in with me 2 months later. His attention to detail and his warm and caring personality made this such an enjoyable experience. I could not believe there was minimal pain and you cannot even see where the stitches were. I feel AND look like a new woman. Judge for yourself with my pictures! Highly recommend Dr Foulad and his staff
Kristy Franklin
Kristy Franklin
2021-10-06
Dr. Foulad performed my facelift and neck lift a few months ago and my results are phenomenal! He is kind, talented, and did beautiful work on my face and neck. He is very honest and takes a lot into consideration when giving his recommendations. He takes so much time to answer your questions and explain everything to you. Everything about my experience was top notch. I have seen other doctors in my past and none of them followed up with me or spent the amount of time with me the way Dr. Foulad has. His staff was also incredibly pleasant and accommodating with me. I can’t recommend Dr. Foulad enough. He genuinely cares deeply about his patients and does excellent work!
Miriam Vernia
Miriam Vernia
2021-09-13
Dr. Foulad loves what he does and it shows. He is professional, knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated to his patients. His "bed manners" are without equal. He follows up on his patients for weeks after surgery, providing timely advice and encouragement. He is honest and upfront about what benefits surgery can provide and he refers to other surgeons procedures that he does not feel comfortable performing.
Victoria Lampley
Victoria Lampley
2021-03-26
Dr Foulad is absolutely amazing! He is super patient, takes the time to thoroughly explain all your issues, thoughts, and goals and maps out all of your options without pushing anything whatsoever (if anything he does the opposite and explains everything in depth). He was completely attentive and super eloquent and smart when describing all of the ways he can help heal and preserve my skin and shared a wealth of knowledge. The practice manager Chelsea is patient, kind and super sweet and helpful. I'll definitely be telling my family and friends to become patients of Dr Foulad's practice. He is a perfectionist in the best way possible.
Kyrra White
Kyrra White
2021-03-14
I went to Dr Foulad for Jowl liposuction. Dr Foulad is a very informed facial artist and a master of his craft. I appreciate how delicate he was with my face during the procedure. He paid close attention to every detail of my face, and his effort shows in my results! I highly recommend Dr Foulad for any facial procedure. It’s important to have someone who is invested in your vision as you are, and that is Dr Foulad.
Aiko Fujimoto
Aiko Fujimoto
2021-03-01
Dr Foulad and his team are the definition of white glove service. They will take the time to explain everything in thorough detail and take all extra precautions to ensure your procedure is done as effectively and safely as possible. I'm incredibly happy with my results and will only be trusting my facial needs with Dr Foulad for all procedures going forward!
Sydney Skinner
Sydney Skinner
2020-12-16
Wow, I am so impressed! From the minute I walked into his office I was warmly greeted by his staff and ushered off for my consult with Dr. Foulad. He was extremely through (I ask a lot of questions) and he was very patient and did not rush me. I followed up the next week for my procedure which I’m thrilled with the outcome and feel so much confident! I’m looking forward to a long relationship with his office and it’s nice because he offers the entire package of treatments, products and procedures to cover all the bases! So no more running around to different offices!
Katia Rodriguez
Katia Rodriguez
2020-11-10
My experience at Dr. Foulad’s office has been nothing but great! From my very first consult, he made me feel comfortable and explained everything with detail. Him and his staff are so kind and were there to help guide me along the process. The results of my surgery were everything and more! I am so happy with the results and would recommend him to all my friends and family.
calvarezds
calvarezds
2020-09-17
I am so happy with my results after going to Dr. Foulad. He is a complete perfectionist and explains everything to you before go through with any injections or procedures. He makes everything look natural and seamless. I am definitely recommending him to all of my friends and family.