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An “About Face”: Discover Chemical Peels

An “About Face”: Discover Chemical Peels | Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care

Did you know that the skin is the largest organ we have? At Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, we help you take care of it with chemical peels, customized facials, and much more. The skin on our face and neck is usually the first to suffer damage, and that makes perfect sense. It’s regularly exposed to UV damage and it’s very thin and mobile. Since the skin on our face is also gives our first impression, fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and skin laxity are the first thing people are eager to address. The positive note is that with routine in-office treatments you can help this organ stay youthful, bright, and revitalized.

Chemical peels and facials come in nearly endless combinations and concoctions. Both are designed to care for the face and neck, but there is a myriad of ways to treat these areas depending on which chemical peel and facial you opt for. Come in today for a complimentary consultation and our team will work with you to determine the ultimate chemical peel and/or facial to achieve your goals. Zuzana Likar is a highly-qualified skin expert and she trains every member of her staff to her standards.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Aptly named, chemical peels “peel away” the top layer(s) of the skin to reveal the more youthful and vibrant skin below the surface. At the same time, any controlled trauma to the skin also tells it to kick-start collagen production in that area—this means the results of a chemical peel will just keep getting better in the weeks following the treatment since collagen continues to be synthesized. Collagen and elastin are the natural fountains of youth that we’re all born with, but we produce less of these proteins as we age. Chemical peels are just one way to control collagen production and encourage the body to continue producing it with the help of in-office treatments.

Chemical peels typically come in three primary depths: light, medium, and deep. We specialize in light and medium-depth chemical peels, as deep peels are extremely aggressive and typically require anesthesia. However, you can achieve fantastic results with light and medium peels, which are able to treat the most common skin conditions.

These peels can reduce and even eliminate hyperpigmentation and brown spots, skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, poor texture, and even unwanted freckles. A light chemical peel will usually require little to no downtime, though you may look like you were out in the sun after your appointment. A medium-depth peel may cause redness, dryness, and even some noticeable peeling for 1 – 2 weeks after your treatment. Most clients feel perfectly fine going about their daily routine after a medium-depth peel, and that’s especially true in an era when we’re still wearing masks (which do a great job of hiding recovery periods!).

What Makes In-Office Facials Different?

The term “facial” can mean a lot of things, and you’ve probably picked up an at-home “facial” or two at the drugstore. However, these are not nearly as effective as the types of facials available in-office. One of the most popular picks is the HydraFacial. This is a patented treatment only available at dermatology offices and medical spas, and it’s renowned for its three-step system that deep cleans, exfoliates, and finally hydrates the skin with a custom blend of serums.

A HydraFacial is wholly indulgent and safe for all skin types. There is no downtime and you’ll see stunning results immediately, but the outcome just continues to get better in the days following the treatment. A specialized mechanical wand is used for a deep clean and exfoliation, which perfectly preps the skin to receive your individualized serum application.

The HydraFacial can treat many types of skin concerns, but it’s especially well-known for improving tone, texture, and appearance. It even helps with acne since microdermabrasion is a mainstay of the procedure. Dead skin cells can exacerbate blackheads, so exfoliating the skin and extracting debris from pores is a simple way to minimize an acne flare-up.

We have many more facials to share with you as well. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care today by calling (650) 565-8683 or fill out the online contact form.

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