SKIN RESURFACING TREATMENTS
I provide a variety of chemical peels and fractional resurfacing treatments based on individual skin types and patient tolerance for recovery. These treatments can lessen fine wrinkles, improve skin tone and give an improved “glow” to the skin’s appearance. Beautiful skin magnifies the beauty of any surgical result and as a plastic surgeon I stress the importance of skin treatments as an essential component to aesthetic rejuvenation to my patients.
Harnessing nature to restore, rejuvenate and nourish the skin from the inside out.
In your last article you discussed the indications for botox and fillers – are there additional nonsurgical skin treatments that you would recommend to make the skin look prettier?
A treatment that I am very excited about is called the herbal peel. Traditional peels, while effective, have a pretty long downtime with redness and peeling that can go on for weeks. The herbal peel is an amazing new treatment that allows you to return to work the next day and be fresh faced for the world by day 5. The procedure combines elements of exfoliation and natural rejuvenation along with peeling and dermabasion to help even out the skin tone and leave the skin looking brighter and healthier.
Can you tell us more about the specifics of having the peel?
The patient comes in to the Downtown Los Angeles or Beverly Hills office for this one hour long treatment. There are many steps to the peel, however the essential part is the herbal rub. The rub cleanses and treats the skin by infusing important minerals, acids and proteins deep into the skin to induce the peel and kick start the 5 day healing and rejuvenation process. After the peel, the patient applies a special lotion until the exfoliation appointment 5 days later. It is great fun to see the transformation as we rid the face of the old flaky skin with a soothing facial massage revealing a supple and more even complexion. Another great advantage of the herbal peel is that it can be performed on all skin types, colors and ethnicities.
What is the herbal peel rub made of? How are these natural herbs important?
Fourteen herbs comprise the initial herbal peel mask. Field Horsetail adds abrasion to the peel rub and helps to clean out pores and prepare the skin. Sage has estrogenic and anti-inflammatory properties helping to soften and heal the skin. Fenugreek contains disogenin, which is a phytoestrogen that mimics human estrogen. Witch hazel has astringent properties that work along with Plantago containing natural phenol, a compound which has been used traditional chemical peels. Sprulina is a microscopic blue-green algae which has been called the most nutritious substance on earth containing all essential amino acids in addition to many vitamins and minerals, helping to balance the skin’s biology. Ginseng and Pulmonaria contain a high amount of protective antioxidants. Althea officinalis along with Tilia platyphyllos extract obtained from fresh tree wood has soothing and emollient properties. Lemon balm contains eugenol which is a potent antibacterial and along with Pansy which is helpful to cleanse the skin of noxious compounds contributing to acne. The calendula flower contains additional antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds. Lastly, chamomile has been shown to speed healing as a potent source of antioxidants.
Can I do botox and fillers at the same time as the peel?
We recommend waiting at least three weeks before or one week after the peel before performing any other botox or fillers.