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Chemical Peels Specialist

Tristan E. Bickman, MD

OB-GYNs located in Santa Monica, CA

When you want to rejuvenate the health and appearance of your skin, a chemical peel may be right for you. At her OB/GYN practice in Santa Monica, California, Tristan E. Bickman, MD, offers chemical peels, a popular aesthetic service that brings out the natural, healthy skin hiding beneath dead skin cells. Dr. Bickman offers comfortable, in-office chemical peels that can revive your skin, making you look younger and more vibrant. Find out more about chemical peels by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.

Chemical Peels Q&A

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a nonsurgical skin treatment option that can enhance the health of the skin on your face, hands, and neck.

The procedure involves the use of a special chemical solution that exfoliates the surface areas of your skin, sloughing off old, unhealthy skin cells. After exfoliation, the healthy, new skin underneath can shine through, immediately improving your appearance.

What conditions can a chemical peel treat?

There are a number of common skin flaws that can make you look older than your years. With a chemical peel treatment, Dr. Bickman can effectively address issues like:

  • Wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Acne scars
  • Crow’s feet
  • Discoloration

Many of these skin flaws result due to the natural aging process or because of time spent in the sun. Chemical peels can also address signs of sun damage, including hyperpigmentation and sun spots.

Dr. Bickman performs a thorough evaluation of your skin’s health and discusses your cosmetic goals to determine if a chemical peel is right for you. Treatment is safe for most skin types, but you may not be a good candidate for a peel if you have chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

What can I expect during a chemical peel?

Many women tolerate a chemical peel with ease, although you may experience a stinging sensation when Dr. Bickman applies the chemical solution.

After the exfoliation of dead skin cells, Dr. Bickman cleanses your face and may apply a high-quality moisturizer to minimize dryness. She also provides comprehensive aftercare instructions to ensure your skin heals properly.

How long until my skin heals after a chemical peel?

Depending on the strength of the chemical solution Dr. Bickman uses, you may need a week or longer for your skin to heal.

After a chemical peel, it’s common to experience redness and slight swelling. You’ll also have increased sensitivity to the sun and must wear high-quality sunscreen whenever you’re outside.

While there aren’t many limitations following a chemical peel, you may wish to postpone social engagements until your skin returns to normal.

Dr. Bickman provides helpful suggestions for cleansing your skin and keeping it moisturized during the healing period. It’s not unusual for dead skin to continue to flake off. Applying a good lotion can minimize flaking and dryness.

If you’re ready to finally address signs of sun damage and other skin flaws, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bickman online or by phone today.