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Chemical peels have been used for decades to restore a more youthful appearance to sun-damaged, wrinkled, or blotchy skin. They provide an attractive option for patients who want to resurface and rejuvenate the skin without undergoing laser treatments. Dr. Jeffrey Hoefflin serves the greater Los Angeles area with custom-tailored chemical peel treatments.

What are Chemical Peels?

A chemical peel is a cosmetic technique to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, hands, or chest. A chemical solution applied to the skin causes it to exfoliate and peel off, revealing the new, fresh, smoother skin underneath. Any type of peel can be adjusted to the type and condition of your skin for a completely customizable treatment.

Types of Chemical Peels

Different types of chemical peels are used for different purposes. The 3 main types are:

“Lunchtime” or superficial peel

This treatment uses alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid to refresh the skin and improve the appearance of rough skin and mild discoloration. A superficial peel penetrates and exfoliates only the outer layer of skin.

Medium peel

Glycolic or trichloroacetic acid penetrates the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. A medium peel is used to improve fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, freckles, and moderate discoloration. It can also be used to treat rough skin and some precancerous growths.

Deep peel

Phenol or trichloroacetic acid is applied in this procedure to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin for a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. Damaged skin cells are removed to improve the appearance of age spots, freckles, shallow scars, and moderate lines and wrinkles.

The right chemical peel signals the skin to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid. It can result in smoother skin that is more receptive to skin care products, treat acne, and control melasma (dark patches on the skin). See Dr. Jeffrey Hoefflin to receive this cost saving, low-risk, skin rejuvenation treatment.

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