Achieving younger, healthier looking skin and maintaining it!
Skin care has always been a vital part of Dr. Leach’s practice. Many patients come in thinking that they need surgery such as a facelift or laser skin resurfacing to get rid of their wrinkles and brown spots when in fact they just need to be on a good skincare program. A good skin care program such as La Roche-Posay or Obagi can be very effective in correcting and rejuvenating the skin when used on a daily basis. These skincare products along with regular skin peels, skin lightening creams and Retin-A can produce amazing results.
Skin peels, also known as chemical peels, such as Phenol, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are chemical solutions that are used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. Which type of peel is recommended and how it’s customized depends on the patient’s specific needs. The effect of chemical peels is dependent on the type, the concentration and the technique used during its application. They are classified as superficial, medium-depth and deep. Chemical peels in conjunction with lightening agents have proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines, lighten brown spots, even out pigmentation and give an overall smoother, fresher look.
AHA peels such as glycolic, lactic or fruit acids are the mildest (superficial) and most popular because they don’t require any recovery time. AHA peels when applied weekly or for longer periods of time can produce smoother, brighter-looking skin. AHA’s in lower percentages are commonly found in rejuvenating skincare products. TCA peels produce medium- depth peeling and sometimes may need to be repeated to achieve the desired result. The strongest of all chemical peels is Phenol producing a deep peel and is usually used on patients with coarse skin. A Phenol peel requires the most recovery time.’
Dr. Leach along with his licensed aesthetician will help you determine which peel and skincare program is right for you during your consultation. How soon you want to see results will also determine how aggressive you’ll need to proceed.
Dr. Leach understands the importance of good skincare. After careful research, he came across BioMedic (now La Roche-Posay) and was truly impressed with their entire product line as well as their in-office chemical peels. It’s been now over 12 years since he incorporated La Roche-Posay® into his practice and both his patients and staff couldn’t be happier.
La Roche-Posay is a medically supervised skincare program that offers a combination of in-office lunch peels (Micropeels) as well as a customized home care regimen. Our licensed aestheticians work under the direct supervision of Dr. Leach and are trained routinely by the educators at the La Roche-Posay School.
From the very beginning, La Roche-Posay has been an excellent complement to Dr. Leach’s facial procedures and surgery by offering pre and post conditioning of the skin. Those patients that choose to start the program prior to surgery maximize their overall surgical results. A facelift can get rid of sagging skin and deep wrinkles but it can’t improve the overall texture of the skin. This is where the Micropeel comes into play.
This program is a safe and customized approach to correcting and treating various skin conditions and for rejuvenating skin. Here are the most common skin complaints we see and treat with the La Roche-Posay skincare program:
- uneven skin tone
- sun damaged skin and brown spots
- acne/acne prone
- oily skin
- intolerate/sensitive skin
- dry/severely dry skin
- prematurely aged skin (fine lines, dullness, thinning skin)
During your initial visit, the aesthetician will go over your past skincare history and do a thorough skincare evaluation. Based on her findings, she will then make the appropriate recommendations for which type of in-office peel (20%-30% BioMedic Micropeel or 20% – 30% Micropeel Plus) and which daily home regimen you should follow. In order to achieve optimum results with the La Roche-Posay program, all patients should initially have a Micropeel in a series of six every two weeks and use the skincare products daily in the am and pm. Due to damaging effects of the sun on freshly peeled skin, minimizing sun exposure and using a sunscreen daily is highly recommended while on this program. During the maintenance phase, patients are encouraged to come in every 2-3 months for a peel. Rejuvenating and maintaining healthy, glowing skin is a lifetime process!
Another skincare line that Dr. Leach offers at his practice is the Obagi System. There are three different systems: Obagi Nu-Derm, Obagi C Rx and Obagi Professional C-Serum. Their latest system is called Clenziderm M.D. and is strictly for the treatment of acne and is especially great for young teenagers.
The Obagi products are extremely effective for the correction of:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- rough skin texture
- moderate to severe hyperpigmentation
- loss of elasticity and firmness
- loss of natural skin hydration
- sun and age spots
- adult acne
The Obagi Nu-Derm system uses a unique combination of ingredients that increases cellular turnover, suppresses melanocyte production, promotes the even distribution of melanin, increases collagen and elastin formation and improves blood flow. The Obagi Condition and Enhance is excellent for facelift patients preoperatively because it enhances healing time and reduces complications.
The Obagi System also offers the Blue Peel. The Blue Peel allows Dr. Leach to control the depth of the peel and the number of coats applied is determined based on the patient’s specific needs. Because this particular peel uses TCA, the patients do experience some moderate burning that last 2-3 minutes and a bluish tint to the skin that usually washes off in 12 to 24 hours. The application process itself takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on the number of coats applied. You will experience significant peeling that will start within two to three days and continue over several days. By the seventh or tenth day, you will have younger and healthier looking skin. Recommended for all skin types, this peel can be repeated every 6-8 weeks for maximum results.
Dr. Leach and his licensed aesthetician will explain the Obagi System and Blue Peel in greater detail at your consultation. Contact us today.