Chemical Peels


Medical Spa & Aesthetics Centers located in Laguna Hills, CA & Long Beach, CA

If your skin looks older than it should for your biological age, you may be noticing the effects of photoaging, or the premature aging of skin cells brought on by regular sun exposure. Dr. Frederick L. Stafford and the skin care experts at Contours in Laguna Hills and Long Beach, California, offer a wide range of advanced corrective skin treatments, including chemical peels, to diminish the effects of photoaging and to correct common skin problems. To get healthier, younger-looking skin today, call your nearest office or schedule an appointment using the convenient online booking feature.

Chemical Peels Q & A

How does photoaging change my skin?

It may seem incredible, but about 90% of the early signs of aging you see on your face and other areas of sun-exposed skin are a direct result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays.

This premature skin aging is different from chronological aging, because it physically alters the structure of your skin tissues. Some of the most common signs of photoaging are:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines around your eyes or mouth
  • Dull, uneven skin tone
  • Leathery, saggy skin texture

The effects of photoaging are most often seen on the parts of your body that get the most exposure to sunlight, including your face, neck, hands, arms, legs, and shoulders.

How can a chemical peel improve my skin?

A chemical peel is a noninvasive clinical skin treatment that uses carefully formulated solutions to address the damaging effects of photoaging safely and effectively.

When you have a chemical peel, a customized chemical solution is applied to your skin and left in place for a specific amount of time, depending on the depth of action that’s required. When the solution is neutralized and removed, it gently peels away the uppermost layer of your skin.

Chemical peels can be used to help even out skin tone, improve skin texture, and reduce the appearance of age spots, wrinkles, and other common skin problems.  

They can also be used to address chronic acne or diminish the appearance of acne scars.

Depending on your treatment goals, a chemical peel may be applied to your entire face or just to specific areas, such as the wrinkles around your mouth.

Are there different types of chemical peels?

While all chemical peels are designed to exfoliate dead skin cells, improve skin texture, and help open pores, deeper peels go one step further, helping to correct uneven skin tone and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and pigmented spots.  

A peel’s depth of action depends on a variety of factors, including its ingredients, how it’s applied, and how long it remains on your skin before it’s neutralized.

Dr. Stafford and the team at Contours use several top-tier chemical peel products, including VI Peel®. VI Peel products contain a blend of powerful ingredients suitable for different skin types, and can be customized to address your skin’s unique problems. VI Peel can help:

  • Soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restore a more even skin tone
  • Smooth rough skin texture

VI Peel makes powerful formulations with benzoyl peroxide to help with acne-prone skin, clear pores, reduce bacteria, and increase cell turnover. They also contain salicylic acid to help shed epidermal cells, open clogged pores, and neutralize bacteria while constricting pore diameter.

What can I expect following treatment?

After a light to medium chemical peel, the appearance of your skin will gradually improve as your body’s healing mechanisms continue to stimulate collagen renewal. Because the treatment makes your skin more sensitive, it’s important to avoid sun exposure until all redness or pinkness has subsided.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Stafford and his team will make sure you’re a good candidate for the treatment and let you know what you can expect each step of the way. If you’re pregnant, you should avoid chemical peels.

To find out more or to schedule a skin consultation, call your nearest Contours office or book an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary


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