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Learn About Chemical Peels in Santa Barbara

Chemical Peels 101: Chemical Peels Offered at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara

Evolutions Medical Spa offers mild, medium and deep peels as single treatments and also as series. Two of the most common types of peels used are: Alphahydroxy acids (AHA’s) and Trichloroacetic acid (TCA).

Alphahydroxy Acid Chemical Peels (“Mild” Peel)
Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover from a TCA peel.

With a mild AHA peel, you probably won’t peel at all, but, only get some temporary redness and/or dryness. And the process that you experience will not prevent you from working or engaging in your normal activities. Improvements from AHA peels may be very subtle at first. You may detect a healthier glow to your skin. With continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin.

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Chemical Peels (“Medium” Peel)
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium to deeper depth peeling. With a medium strength TCA peel, you could actually go out to dinner that night (with a little makeup). You might be a little red and tight, but, no one would know that you just had a peel solution applied. In about 1-2 days you will start the peeling process. The down-time after treatment is usually 3-4 days of peeling. At Evolutions Medical Spa, our Alpha-Beta Peel improves the look of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, pigment problems and unclogs pores.

Obagi Blue Peel (“Deep” Peel)
If you want to dramatically improve your complexion in about 2 weeks, go for the Obagi Blue Peel (“Blue for a day!”). The blue solution allows the clinician to control the evenness of the peel; while the number of coats influences the depth of the peel. Immediately after the procedure, the bluish tint remains on your skin, which washes off in the first few hours. In about a week to ten days, your new skin will be apparent and you should be healed sufficiently to return to your normal activities. During this time, it is especially important that you use a sunblock or blotchy, irregular skin coloring may result.

What to Expect During a Peel
During a chemical peel, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about 5 to 10 minutes and may be followed by some stinging. At Evolutions we have a Synercool machine that blows cool air on your skin to ease the stinging. 3-4 layers may be applied and the solution is then neutralized. The whole process only takes about 45 minutes.

Looking Good!
The results are not permanent, as a chemical peel cannot stop the skin from continuing to age. Depending on the strength of the peel, periodic treatments may be necessary until the desired effects are achieved.

Because sun exposure accelerates signs of aging, protecting the skin from sun exposure will lengthen the amount of time that the results are seen. Protecting the skin from the sun also can prevent some signs of aging. Ask your clinician to recommend a sunblock with adequate UVA and UVB protection and use it every day.

One of our favorite sunblock products is TIZO3. It has an SPF of 40, is water resistant, and has a slight tint to it. The Tizo3 has a velvety, non-greasy feel and gives you a little coverage too. Also, Nia24 with 5% Pro-Niacin®, not only provides SPF30 UVA/UVB protection, but, also repairs past damage and promotes skin health.

It is very important that you find a clinician who has adequate training and experience in chemical peels. Permanent skin lightening and lines of demarcation may occur, if not done by a well trained medical aesthetician. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, who is also the owner of the Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara, personally sets protocals, trains and supervises all procedures at Evolutions.

Planning for Your First Peel
During your initial complimentary Evolutions Consultation, it is important that you discuss your expectations with your clinician. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns that you may have. The clinician will explain the planned procedure in detail, including its risks and benefits, the recovery period and the costs.

Chemical peels are amazing by themselves, but, they also compliment other services. At Evolutions Medical Spa, you may enhance the results of a chemical peel with laser/light-based rejuvenation techniques, or combine with another procedure, such as dermal fillers (i.e., Restylane®, Radiesse®) or botulinum (Botox® or Dysport™) rejuvenation. A thorough evaluation by your clinician will help determine what best meets your needs.

At Evolutions we price chemical peels as individual treatments and as a series. We encourage you to come in for a complimentary skin rejuvenation consultation. Fill out our contact form online or call us for an appointment 805.687.0212 today! Evolutions Medical Spa is located in downtown Santa Barbara.

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All About Chemical Peels for Beautiful Skin by a Santa Barbara Medical Spa


Let it Peel

Here at Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa we LOVE chemical peels! We like to call them the “Best bang for your buck”. We get very excited when a client or staff member does a peel. It’s kind of an instant transformation and there is something really rewarding about seeing all that damaged skin come off before your eyes and then seeing the fresh, new skin appear, in a short amount of time.

Chemical Peels have been around a long time! Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have been using chemoexfoliation methods, also known as chemical peeling, to rejuvenate skin. The original chemoexfoliant was lactic acid, an active ingredient of sour milk and old wine with tartaric acid as its active ingredient was also used. Today, these historical chemoexfoliants are known to contain alpha hydroxy acids, which are the active ingredients responsible for the skin exfoliation.

Why get a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peeling is used to improve the skin’s appearance by applying a chemical solution to the skin, causing the top damaged layers of skin to separate and peel off. The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled, and may be more even in color. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles, mild scarring (like acne scars) and uneven skin pigmentation (blotchiness, sun spots, age spots or freckles). Also, by removing the outer layers of dead skin cells, peels help enhance penetration (and therefore effectiveness) of moisturizers and treatment products (getting more value from your home skin care!).

Evolutions September Event is about Chemical Peels

Every month we have an educational events at Evolutions – our September Event is Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, and the theme is ‘Chemical Peels’. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, owner of Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara and the Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara, will be doing a presentation on Chemical Peels. Additionally, there will be exclusive discounts just for attendees. Wine and refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle too!

Please call Evolutions Medical Spa at 805.687.0212 to RSVP.

At our monthly educational events you get tons of information in an informal setting and Dr. Perkins and Evolutions staff will be available for Q & A. If you are not able to join us, stay tuned for the next post regarding how chemical peels work, what chemical peels we offer and what sort of results you can expect.

This is a great time of year to get a chemical peel at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara!

And for our September 2009 promotion we are giving our clients 25% off Obagi products when you purchase a peel. This promotion expires September 30, 2009.
So, all the more reason to come see us today!

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Evolutions Spa Voted Best Medical Spa by Santa Barbara Residents

Evolutions Medical Spa has been voted Best Medical Spa by Santa Barbara readers of the weekly Independent paper and the Santa Barbara News-Press. This is the third year in a row that Evolutions has been honored by Santa Barbara residents!

Evolutions was founded in 2005 by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Terry Perkins, who also has a practice in town, Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group. The idea behind Evolutions was to create a luxurious environment where clients can receive medically supervised non-invasive treatments that are safely administered. Using the latest innovative technology allows Evolutions to treat patients of all skin types and concerns including wrinkles, acne, sun damage, cellulite, stretch marks and hair removal. Here is a look at some of the things we do at Evolutions:

Available treatments range from non-invasive and minimally invasive medical procedures (performed by aesthetic nurse specialists or Dr. Perkins) such as Botox/Dysport, Dermal Fillers, Laser Vein Removal, Fotofacials, Isolaz Deep Pore Therapy, Stretch Mark Reduction and more. Aesthetic treatments are performed by a medical aesthetician and include Facials, Chemical Peels, Vibradermabrasion, VelaShape, Teeth Whitening and more. See a complete list of services available here.

Evolutions also carries top skin care products that are hand picked by Dr. Perkins. Medical grade home care is an important part of achieving and maintaining great skin! Stop by Evolutions to speak to one of our highly-trained staff members and create a customized home care plan to help address your skin-related concerns. Many of the products are also available at Evolutions’ eStore.

The team at Evolutions welcomes each and every client personally and insures that the person has a pleasant experience with measurable results. Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us. Winning Best Medical Spa for several years helps to reinforce that our clients love the care and results they receive at Evolutions. Thank you!

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