Tissues in the deeper layers of our skin break down and thin as we age. This can be caused by heredity, smoking, sun exposure, and the use of harsh drying agents, such as soap or makeup. These signs of aging are typically manifested in the form of wrinkles, lines, spots, stretched pores, growths, and changes in complexion. Thankfully, modern skin care treatments can reduce the visible signs of aging and greatly improve the appearance of a person’s skin. We strive to provide the best in technique, technology, and experience for all of your skin care needs. We are renowned in California and worldwide for outstanding patient care and quality treatment.
Our Menu of Facials and Peels
The ultimate HydraFacial experience! The detoxification process begins with Lymphatic Drainage, then, the Platinum HydraFacial deeply cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates the skin while incorporating a corrective serum design to target your specific skin concerns. This treatment concludes with LED Light Therapy to further reduce the visible signs of aging.
Our Deluxe HydraFacial is the ultimate experience! Enjoy a European-style cleanse followed by the invigorating exfoliation process of the HydraFacial. Only HydraFacial uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, infuse and hydrate. HydraFacial super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow. Our Deluxe HydraFacial will include a personalized corrective serum, extended manual extractions, and customized mask layering.
The Signature HydraFacial is a popular treatment! Experience the GLOW after thorough cleanses, controlled exfoliation along with painless manual and Vortex-Fusion extractions. A cooling mask will be sure to replenish your hydration. You can expect to be pampered with nutrition-packed serums and top-quality SPF coverage. Upgrading to The Deluxe HydraFacial enhances your experience with a personalized corrective serum.
Hydrafacial + Dermaplaning
This invigorating treatment includes deeply cleansing, exfoliating, and extracting impurities from the skin while simultaneously infusing nourishing ingredients to hydrate the skin. Dermaplaning removes the top layers of your skin. The procedure aims to soften fine lines and deep acne scarring, as well as make the skin’s surface look smooth.
VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel will help to improve the tone, texture, and clarity of your skin and provide anti-aging benefits. Tightens skin, smooths texture, and brightens tone. Specifically formulated to rejuvenate and help prevent future damage to the skin. A great first-time peel for all age groups who want fresh, healthy, radiant skin.
VI Peel Advanced
VI Peel Advanced is stronger than the VI PEEL with a 25% Precision Booster!! Considered by many to be the next generation of chemical peels, the Vi and Vi Plus target sun damage, fine lines, mild wrinkles, melasma and acne, and are safe for all skin types. With many patients seeing visible results after just one treatment, this modified Jessner peel may be the non-invasive skincare solution you’ve been looking for. No skin preconditioning is necessary for a VI Peel and it is virtually discomfort free. Clients typically experience a warm, tingly sensation that quickly subsides and there is little or no downtime! The actual peeling process lasts 2 to 3 days and is easily managed with the post-peel kit that is included with the peel. The VI Peel with Precision is ideal for: Treating hyperpigmentation and melasma, reversing sun damage and signs of aging, improving skin tone and texture, clearing acne & reducing acne scars, stimulating collagen growth and elastin production, for younger looking skin, and reducing the appearance of pores.
VI Peel Precision Plus
Considered by many to be the next generation of chemical peels, the Vi and Vi Plus target sun damage, fine lines, mild wrinkles, melasma and acne, and are safe for all skin types. With many patients seeing visible results after just one treatment, this modified Jessner peel may be the non-invasive skincare solution you’ve been looking for. The VI Peel is safe for all skin types and ethnicities, and it is the only peel safe to use on the eye area, neck, chest and hands. No skin preconditioning is necessary before using the VI Peel and it is virtually discomfort free. Clients typically experience a warm, tingly sensation that quickly subsides; there is little downtime. **VI Precision Plus Now Features Two Boosters (Lighten & Brighten) For: 14% More Volume (vs. Previous Precision Plus Booster) Allows for 6-8 Passes & Improved Peel Penetration Precision Plus Boosters -Lighten Booster: HQ Blend -Brighten Booster: Salicylic Acid.
VI Peel Purify with Precision Plus
Pigmentation issues PLUS acne and/or acne scarring? Enjoy two treatments in one! Take on current breakouts and the scars and pigmentation they leave behind. Our superior purifying and smoothing acne treatment clears away dead skin cells and excess oil to speed breakout clearing and purify pores to prevent breakouts. By targeting melanogenesis—the production of melanin—at the source, this treatment helps minimize stubborn post-acne scars and uneven tone for a brighter, smoother surface. FOR SKIN CONCERNS: Excessive Oil, Acne with Hyperpigmentation, Acne Scarring, Adult Acne
VI Peel Purify
VI Peel Acne PURIFY Peel is the most effective acne treatment available today! It contains the original Peel formula plus additional powerful ingredients for superior, consistent results for you and your patients. Benzoyl Peroxide removes bacteria, clears the pores and increases cell turnover Salicylic Acid: causes the cells of the epidermis to shed, opening clogged pores and neutralizing the bacteria within while constricting the pore diameter to prevent further clogging Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant to remove toxins from the environment Kojic Acid: brightens skin and reduces acne scars.
iS Clinical Facial
iS Clinical offers an array of luxurious, powerful and dramatically effective professional facials to visually address all skin types and concerns. Discuss with your esthetician which treatment is best for your skin type and concerns. This includes the iS Clinical Fire & Ice Treatment, Foaming Enzyme Facial, iS Clinical Exfoliating Clear Skin Facial, iS Clinical Harmony Facial and the Honey Enzyme Treatment.
Fire And Ice Facial
This intensive clinical treatment is designed to rapidly and safely resurface the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing, softening, and encouraging overall skin rejuvenation. Excellent for all skin types and ages, this facial results in a complexion that is dramatically refined, with no downtime, peeling, or other negative side effects.
Foaming Enzyme Treatment Facial
The powerful yet soothing Foaming Enzyme Treatment Facial combines papaya and pineapple enzymes with a potent clinical-level grade of glycolic acid. This professional treatment produces a luxurious foaming activity while bioactive ingredients exfoliate and deep cleanse the pores; revealing a polished, healthy and radiant complexion.
Honey Enzyme Facial
This luxurious, exfoliating, hydrating facial enhances skin with gentle massage and soothing hydration. Effective for all skin types, each use leaves skin feeling as soft as it’s ever been. The result is a dramatically smoother, brighter and revitalized complexion with a noticeable glow.
Dermaplaning removes the top layers of your skin. The procedure aims to soften fine lines and deep acne scarring, as well as make the skin’s surface look smooth. The Dermaplaning facial includes a deep cleanse, exfoliation via dermaplaning, mask, and a moisturizer.
This is a great way to get back acne under control, and to get an even double exfoliation to promote a healthier looking upper and lower back! It can be used on all skin types and tones. In just minutes a day you can treat existing blemishes, minimize breakouts, and recapture your radiant glow.
Before Your Peel or Facial
Before getting a heavier peel one must make sure they have properly prepared the skin for this procedure. These steps help ensure better results from the peel and help avoid any potential damage to the skin. Before an appointment refrain from:
- Having a chemical peel (14 days prior) – results will be unpredictable and may damage the skin
- Tanning in a booth or extensive sun exposure (2-3 weeks prior and post treatment)
- Having a wax or chemical depilatory treatment (7 days prior)
- Getting Botox or dermal fillers (7 days prior)
- Using Retin-A, Retinol, Differin, Tazorac and glycolic acid products (5-10 days prior)
After Your Peel or Facial
After receiving a peel it is crucial that the following steps be followed. The skin at this point is very sensitive and can easily be irritated, damaged or hyper pigmented (scarring). After an appointment refrain from:
- Directly placing face in hot water (2-3 days)
- Steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs (7 days)
- Participating in activities or exercise that cause heavy perspiration (5-7 days)
- Tanning booths and minimal to no sun exposure (use an SPF of at least 30+ if outside)
- Picking or pulling any loose skin.
- Do not use any scrubs or exfoliants.
- Using Retin-A or any of the other products listed in pretreatment section (10-14 days)
- Having any facial injections or fillers (7 days)
Our surgeons have convenient consultation spots available in both La Jolla and La Mesa. We’re here to help you start your cosmetic journey!
Peel and Facial FAQ
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a quick treatment that is designed to basically achieve faster and more effective results than a traditional facial. Many people think that a chemical peel involves harsh acids being placed on the face which then makes one burned and unable to even leave the house without scaring their family and friends. Though these types of peels are offered in many Dermatologists offices, there are also many types of chemical peels that vary in strength. We offer a variety of peels that vary in intensity. Some people may choose to receive a light Pumpkin or Retinol peel which have little to no down time. Some may choose the option for a heavier TCA or Lactic Acid peel which are stronger, but they do require more post care and light recovery. All peels include 1-2 layers of product. Additional layers may be applied for maximum effect for an additional fee. Every person is different, and our aesthetician will find the best peel to suit your needs. All peels include a free pre peel consultation prior to your first peel and an at home post peel kit after your treatment.
Who should get a peel?
Any person that wants to minimize the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, acne, rosacea, sun damage, pigmented skin and uneven skin tone.
Who should NOT get a peel?
- Pregnant Women
- History of sun allergies or recent sun exposure or damage
- Anyone with active facial warts or cold sores in the treatable area
- Current use of Antibiotics which may cause skin to be extra sensitive
- Recent radiation treatment for Cancer, Accutane use within the last 6 months
- Prior adverse reaction to a chemical peel
Are peels painful?
Depending on the strength and which peel is chosen will determine this. A light chemical peel will tingle or sting a little when applied but this is very mild and subsides quickly. A heavier peel is going to be more uncomfortable when applied but these peels are only left on for a very short period of time.
With a light peel the skin may feel tight and look slightly red, but this subsides very quickly. A heavier peel will be the same but after a day or so the skin will start to feel chapped and may feel dry and itchy. Depending on the strength of the peel you receive, the skin will generally start to flake and peel off within 2 days. This generally can last 3-5 days depending on how sensitive your skin is. Though this process is not really painful it is more a nuisance and noticeable. The results are great after 3-5 days and a post peel kit is provided to lessen these effects and any discomfort.