About Chemical Peels
For the highest quality results from chemical peel facial treatments, Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. provides you with several choices. Your professional chemical peel with exfoliating solutions (such as salicylic, glycolic, trichloroacetic and lactic acids) will reveal smoother, healthier skin. At our Los Angeles, CA office, our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, applies chemical peel treatments that minimize skin abnormalities like wrinkles, scars, fine lines, rough patches, hyperpigmentation, and more.
Chemical peels dissolve dead, damaged skin cells with a special peel on the skin that causes the visible layer to slough off. When your skin recovers and starts to repair and rejuvenate itself, you may see a smoother, clearer complexion. A chemical peel facial is a nonsurgical option to make your complexion radiant and may be used for the neck and face. Our rejuvenating chemical peels will encourage the regeneration of new, healthy skin after your treatment and reveal clearer and smoother facial skin.
Depending on the concentration of your chemical peel, Dr. Keyes may not need to apply anesthesia or other numbing agents. Sometimes, a light topical anesthesia with no side effects may be recommended to limit discomfort.
Variations of Chemical Peels
In our Los Angeles, CA office, we perform chemical peels in three levels of strength (light, medium, and deep) to meet your skin needs and goals. Chemical peels can be divided into three levels depending on the concentration of acid used. The different levels determine the duration of the procedure, the amount of acid applied to the skin, and the time it takes to recover from the treatment. If you are not requesting an intensive experience, a light-depth chemical peel will very beneficial.
Light peels: You can receive a light peel during your lunch time and return back to your routine. This level of peel will remove the outer skin layer (the epidermis), giving your face a more radiant appearance and smoother texture. We usually recommend that you receive a light chemical peel about once a month for the ideal glowing results.
Medium-depth peels: This level of peel reaches further into the skin, and patients generally decide to have this strength of facial treatment during an extended weekend. You may also need to ready yourself for increased discomfort during and up to one hour following the peel. Medium-depth peels are designed for patients who have deeper damage to their skin including deeper lines and darker pigmentation problems.
Deep peels: The strongest of the three levels of peels is the deep chemical peel, and it does require the lengthiest recovery time. This is an aggressive procedure that can leave your face itchy, swollen, and peeling for 2 – 3 weeks. Patients who get a deep chemical peel may have age or dark spots, sun damage, prominent acne scars, and deep scars. Since this level of treatment is usually uncomfortable for patients, your aesthetician can provide you with local anesthesia before your peel.
"This review may be a little early as I just got my cast off my nose today...but I am over the moon. I don't know how Dr. Keyes does it, and I'll admit I was skeptical while the cast was on as the cast and tape can distort things. I was actually a nervous wreck. But when that cast came off today, it reduced me to happy tears. He did everything I wanted and more. My nose is now straight, and it looks amazing. Even swollen I love it! I can breathe through my left nostril for the first time and it feels so good. I seriously feel like a new person. I'm so excited to see how it progresses over the next year. Dr. Keyes was the only consultation I had, and for a second it crossed my mind, did I jump the gun on this? Do I need a second opinion? Something in my gut trusted him. And I'm so glad my gut was right. His reviews and his before and after photos on his website speak for themselves. I am so thankful to Dr. Keyes and Kimberly. They're so easy to reach and they care about you just as much before the surgery as they do after. They are wonderful. Couldn't recommend them more. I am so happy. Thank you Dr. Keyes and Kimberly. From the bottom of my heart!"- S.B. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2019
"I know my surgery is recent but I’m happy I picked them over others I consulted with. - First and foremost Dr. Keyes and Kimberley, his surgical assistant, are the best. As soon as I went in for my Consultation they both made me feel comfortable. Dr. Keyes is well regarded in the rhinoplasty society. When I got my surgery done on June 22, 2020 I was super nervous but Kimberley was there by my side keeping me calm. Dr. Keyes did exactly what I wanted on my nose. Kimberley is great in staying in touch with you seeing how your healing and if you’re ok. I know my surgery is recent but I’m happy I picked them over others I consulted with. I would definitely refer him in a heartbeat."- G. / RealSelf / Jul 01, 2020
"I started considering rhinoplasty when I was 16, I am 28. I hated my nose, the shape and the size. I tried for many many years to love as it was. But to be honest, I always knew one day I would take the step. Los Angeles has a big offer of plastic surgeons, and is hard to know who is good and who is the best. After some months of research, I narrowed my options and had two consultations with two different surgeons. From the very first second I knew Dr.keyes would be my surgeon. I am a really hypochondriac person, and Dr.keyes and Kimberly made me feel confident, safe and comfortable during the whole process. The day of the surgery I was really nervous and everyone made it really easy for me. Post op is painless, just uncomfortable. Dr Keyes and Kim were available for me 24/7in case I had any question or concern. That really makes a difference. I am one month post op and even swollen, I looooove my nose, it changes your life. It is natural, fits my face and I could not be any happier. If you are thinking about having a rhinoplasty, Dr.Keyes and Kimberly are the team you are looking for, thank you both!!"- S.R. / Yelp / Feb 04, 2020
"Rhinoplasty - I'm scheduled to have rhinoplasty with dr Geoffrey Keyes in LA. I had my consultation and I had my pictures taken and then photoshopped by the dr to show me what he can do with my nose. He is nice and very straight forward and gives his honest opinion on what realistically can be done. I told him I want a really small Barbie nose . He said he can give me that but it also all depends on what happens in the OR , but I told him to go as small as my body will allow. I'm also interested in lip lift and fillers so I'm going to call tomorrow to see if that can be done as well."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 02, 2020
"Best surgeon to trust - I absolutely love Dr Keyes work! I looked for surgeons all around my area but I decided to explore more and came across Dr Keyes! He did an amazing job showing me his work and I knew I could trust him! Kimberley was amazing as well and made me feel at home whenever I came in. I recommend 100% to trust Dr Keyes, he’s the best and my nose is looking amazing every day that passes by!! I feel the most beautiful than I ever felt thanks to my rhinoplasty!"- Y. / RealSelf / Aug 26, 2021
Getting the recommendations of a trusted medical professional is the first part of the journey to healthy, smooth skin. At Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S., we will evaluate your skin during an exam in our Los Angeles, CA office before selecting a chemical peel for best results. Women and men who have visible concerns on their skin including scars, flaky skin, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and more are great candidates. We will recommend varying strengths of peels to match your needs and goals. Dr. Keyes will recommend that you stop smoking a few weeks before and after the treatment. If you are currently using any type of acne medication, you will need to stop using it to be considered a good candidate. You will also need to be in good health and cleared of any skin infections.
In a pre-treatment consultation session, Dr. Keyes will ask you to provide your medical history and also ask you to appear for a few pre-treatment sessions where mild moisturizing creams may be used to make your skin more suited for the treatment.
During your appointment at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S., we will have you lying in a comfortable position to administer your treatment. A team member will ensure the skin is cleaned prior to applying the personalized solution to the face, neck, and decolletage. We will spread the solution onto the skin and allow it to work for an appropriate length of time that will be determined in your chemical peel consultation. Next, we will clean the peel off your skin and put on a neutralizing agent. Patients should bring sunscreen and/or a hat to wear outside following the peel to protect against UV exposure.
What to Expect
You may experience a slight tingling sensation during the process but it is mild and will subside quickly. Your skin’s rejuvenated appearance will reveal itself in 2 – 3 days. You will notice improved, texture, pigmentation, and a better skin tone. If you are having a light peel, you can return to work almost immediately after the procedure, and there are also no restrictions on using cosmetics.
Based on the strength of the chemical peel you receive, you should expect the treated area to peel and itch from several days to two or more weeks. Dr. Keyes or a member of his team will discuss ways to treat your face after your procedure by recommending a moisturizer, a mild cleanser, and anything else that may help facilitate a speedy recovery. Please remember that no matter how badly your skin itches throughout the recovery, it's not good to peel the skin off. You may create scarring to your skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a chemical peel cost?
Dr. Keyes can go over your costs during your consultation as soon as he has made your custom treatment plan. Costs for a chemical peel will vary depending on the formula you select. Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. takes several payments methods and there are often specials on treatments like chemical peels. Buying a package with several chemical peel treatments can also help you save on your investment.
What level should I choose for my chemical peel?
Which level of chemical peel is best for you will vary based on your specific skin issues and aesthetic goals. In your initial consultation with Dr. Keyes, he can help you choose which chemical peel is best for your skin. A few things you might consider are your general health, the type of skin you have, the depth of your skin concerns, the time you can commit to recovery, and what you want the peel to accomplish. Initially, it's better to select a light chemical peel and see what you think of the results. After this, you and Dr. Keyes may alter your plan for advanced results.
Should I get a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment?
Chemical peels and dermabrasion are both facial treatments that address surface blemishes to make your skin a smoother appearance. The main difference is that dermabrasion requires special tools (a shaving instrument or rotating brush) to clear away the surface skin layer with a careful exfoliating process. A chemical peel applies a caustic solution to your skin to dissolve damaged skin cells. In your initial consultation, Dr. Keyes will explain the pros and cons of both options 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 chemicals selected, you might feel mild discomfort when it is on your skin. If you choose a light peel, you may notice a little discomfort; however, this can be alleviated with a small fan. Deep or medium peels are better for deeper issues and give you longer-lasting results; however, they usually cause greater discomfort. Numbing cream, medications, and ointments may be used to help you feel more comfortable during your chemical peel. Dr. Keyes or a member of his team will go over post-treatment skin care to help your skin heal.
Contact Our Office
A chemical peel can help you rejuvenate your youthful appearance and correct skin abnormalities without being highly invasive or cause downtime. You should contact our office if you’re interested in learning more about the procedure. Dr. Keyes and his team in Los Angeles, CA will help you acquire the youthful skin you desire.