Chemical Peel in Beverly Hills, CA

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What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is an advanced skin care treatment that can improve the tone and texture of your skin, as well as reduce surface irregularities. To ensure that you get the best results possible from your treatment, J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. in Beverly Hills, CA provides you with several options. Your medical-grade facial treatment with chemical solutions (such as glycolic, salicylic, lactic, and trichloroacetic acids) will produce healthier, more radiant skin. At our premier office, plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen offers chemical peel treatments to help improve the look of various skin flaws, including fine lines, wrinkles, scars, uneven patches, hyperpigmentation, and more. Chemical peels eliminate dead or damaged skin cells with a customized solution that will cause the topmost layer of skin to peel and flake off. As your skin heals and repairs itself, you should see a clearer, smoother complexion emerge. A chemical peel treatment is a noninvasive procedure that makes your skin bright. This treatment can be effective for the face, neck, and décollatage.

Variations of Chemical Peels

At our Beverly Hills, CA office, we provide chemical peels at varying intensities (light, medium, and deep) to suit our patients' unique skin care concerns and goals.

  • Light peels: You can have a light chemical peel on your lunch break and get back to your day. This strength of peel will remove the top layer of skin (the epidermis), giving your complexion a brighter appearance and softer texture. We usually advise our patients to receive a light treatment once a month to maintain their glowing results.
  • Medium-depth peels: This strength of chemical peel penetrates deeper into your skin. Most prefer to have this level of treatment done over a long weekend. You should prepare to experience more discomfort during and after this type of chemical peel. Medium-depth peels are best for patients who have significant damage to their skin, like deeper wrinkles and darker pigmentation issues.
  • Deep peels: The most advanced of the three types of chemical peels is the deep peel treatment, and it will require the most recovery time. This is an aggressive cosmetic treatment that could leave your face peeling, itchy, and swollen for several weeks. Patients who receive a deep peel will have dark age spots, sun-damaged skin, significant acne scars, or deep-seated scars. As this strength of peel is typically uncomfortable for most patients, we will likely provide you with mild anesthesia prior to your procedure.

Many of our patients find there are several advantages to having a chemical peel. Though there are different benefits for different intensities of chemical peels, some of the common benefits include:

  • Moisturized, enhanced skin feel
  • Diminished fine lines and age signs
  • Evened and neutral complexion
  • Reduction of pores and different skin irregularities
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Facelift, Neck Lift, Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty, and Chemical Peel. - When people talk to you, naturally, they look at your face and eyes. My face was starting to show signs of aging. I spent a fortune on anti- aging products that does not work. I did not want to resort to plastic surgery but that was the only permanent fix. I had a facelift, neck lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelids) and chemical peel with Dr. Katzen. Dr. Katzen did not over-tightened my face and did a beautiful job restoring it’s youth.

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Loving my Enhanced Look. - Many of my friends have had some kind of cosmetic work done and they keep looking better and better. I’m new to this and felt extremely nervous about having anything done. I took baby steps and had botox, I loved it. Then I got more brave and scheduled a breast augmentation. I didn’t go too crazy with the size and wanted to look more natural. I told Dr. Katzen while I was under anesthesia if he could do a chemical peel as well. I am loving my new look. I don’t look “plastic”, just enough enhancements to notice a big improvement in my look. I dress differently now and noticed I have a little extra confidence with myself. Overall, I am pleased with Dr. Katzen’s work, who knows, he may see me again soon.

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A Little Touch Up Before my Son's Wedding in April - I was frustrated with people asking me if I was was tired all the time. No, I'm not, I'm getting old. I have wrinkles and my eyelids are drooping. My only son is getting married in April 2019, and I wanted to spruce my look before his wedding day. Dr. Katzen did an upper blepharoplasty, and a chemical peel on my face. People look at me now and they say I look good but I don't reveal what I had done. I look younger and feel refreshed. Dr. Katzen did such a great job.

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Dr. Katzen is great! - I came in for TCA chemical peel with Dr. Katzen. I love that my visit went smoothly. He doesn’t try to sell you anything you don’t need or didn’t ask for. He’s very nice and engaging with his fun stories.

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Neck liposuction and chemical peel - so happy with how my neck looks - I came to my consultation appointment with Dr. Katzen expecting to have a neck lift but instead, he said he could fix my double chin problem with just neck liposuction. I was thrilled. I asked for the first opening he had on his surgery schedule and the rest was history. I am so happy with how my neck looks. I can't believe Dr. Katzen was able to perform a neck lipo and got the results I got, it's incredible. Since I was going to be under anesthesia, I also asked for a chemical peel, I'm so glad I did.

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Who is a Candidate for a chemical peel?

Seeking the advice of an aesthetic professional should be the first step in your journey to healthier skin. A team member at our Beverly Hills, CA office will assess your skin before choosing a chemical peel treatment to provide your ideal results. Candidates for this treatment should have noticeable problems with their skin, like scaly patches, flaky skin, uneven pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, or more. During your consultation, your aesthetician will go over your many options and help you determine the chemical peel that will best meet your goals.

How is a chemical peel performed?

During your treatment session at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. in Beverly Hills, CA, we will ask you to lie down in a relaxed position to administer your peel. We will make sure your skin is properly cleaned before applying the customized solution to the intended areas. We will massage the solution onto your face and let it sit for a certain amount of time, depending on your treatment plan. Finally, we will remove the solution from your face and apply a neutralizing agent. You are encouraged to bring a light sunscreen or a hat to wear outside after your procedure to protect the treated skin from environmental exposure.

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What can I Expect after a chemical peel?

Depending on the level of the peel you choose, you can expect your face to itch and peel for a period of time that could last from a few days to a couple of weeks. Dr. Katzen or a member of his team will provide you with instructions so you can properly care for your skin following your chemical peel. Please keep this in mind: no matter how much your skin itches during the post-treatment process, it is never helpful to pick the skin off. You could cause scarring to your delicate skin and undo the results you will reap from your medical-grade chemical peel.

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Chemical peels are a wonderful way to achieve a younger and healthier glow. Even if you know nothing about proper skin care and skin rejuvenation, our Beverly Hills, CA team will help you make all the right choices so you can receive a personalized treatment that elevates your complexion. Contact our plastic surgery facility, led by Dr. Timothy Katzen, to schedule your one-on-one consultation and get better skin.

How much does a chemical peel cost?

Dr. Katzen can go over your costs during your consultation as soon as he has come up with your custom treatment plan. Costs for a chemical peel will vary depending on the level you get. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills takes many payment methods and we often run specials on facial treatments like chemical peels. You may also consider buying a package of several chemical peel treatments.

What level should I choose for my chemical peel?

The best chemical peel for you will vary based on your specific skin needs and cosmetic goals. During your consultation with Dr. Katzen, he can help you select which type of peel is best for your skin. Some factors you may want to consider are your general health, the type of skin you have, the depth of your skin concerns, how long you can spend in recovery, and what you want the peel to accomplish. For your first peel, it is better to try a light chemical peel and decide how you like the results. After this, you and Dr. Katzen can tweak your plan to find the best chemical peel level for you.

Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?

Dermabrasion and chemical peels are both facial treatments that address surface imperfections to give your skin a rejuvenated appearance. The difference is that dermabrasion uses surgical tools (a rotating brush or shaving instrument ) to clear away the top layer of skin through a careful scraping process. A chemical peel uses a caustic solution that is applied to your skin to dissolve damaged skin cells. In your consultation, Dr. Katzen will discuss the advantages of each and help you choose if dermabrasion or a chemical peel best fits your skin goals.

Will my face hurt after a chemical peel?

Based on the formula selected, you might have mild discomfort throughout the treatment and shortly after. If you choose a lighter peel, you may notice a little stinging, but it goes away quickly with a small fan. Medium and deep peels are suitable for deeper problems and longer-lasting results, but they typically cause greater discomfort. Topical anesthetics, medications, and soothing ointments may be used to help you feel more comfortable during the treatment. Our team will explain how to care for your skin after a 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. During your initial consultation, be open with Dr. Katzen when describing your skin and cosmetic wants so he can develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve your goals. This may include an injectable treatment for wrinkles, like Juvéderm or BOTOX, to refresh your whole appearance.

Is a chemical peel safe for all skin types?

Chemical peels are generally safe for most skin types, but the suitability and intensity of the peel can vary depending on individual skin characteristics. Factors like skin tone, sensitivity, and the presence of certain skin conditions can influence the type of peel recommended. Dr. Katzen will assess your skin type and any specific concerns during your consultation to determine the safest and most effective chemical peel option for you. 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.