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Dr. Michael Morrissette
2749 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels are sometimes called "chemexfoliation" or "derma peeling." Chemical peels can range anywhere from superficial peeling to deep exfoliation. The application of the procedure typically involves the careful application of chemical solutions to the face, neck and decolletage. The process is designed to injure the epidermis and, for deeper peels, the Upper and Mid Reticular dermis. Depending on the level of peel Dr. Morrissette feels is appropriate for your skin, chemical peels can eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation and age spots.

A major benefit to chemical peels is the formation of new collagen, which can tighten the skin and help eliminate hyperpigmentation. Even patients with melasma (generalized or patchy dark pigmentation) can benefit from the chemical peel treatments we offer in our Ventura practice.

Types of Chemical Peels

The type of chemical peel Dr. Morrissette recommends for you will depend on several factors, including the extent of the damage you are addressing, your particular skin type and ethnicity and the amount of downtime you can afford after the procedure. We deliver chemical peels in several strengths:

Superficial Peels

Superficial peels treat and exfoliate the epidermal level of the skin. These are great for refreshing skin and removing mild sun damage.

If you are interested in a superficial chemical peel, Dr. Morrissette will recommend the ZO Skin Health 3 Step Peel, which removes layers of dead or sun damaged skin in the epidermis. It can reduce fine lines around the mouth and eyes and substantially improve acne. This peel can provide significant rejuvenation with minimal healing time and be repeated every 3 to 4 weeks.

Medium Depth Peels

For patients with sun damage, scarring, folds, or significant wrinkles, Dr. Morrissette may recommend a 20% or 30% TCA peel. This type of peel penetrates to the Immediate Reticular Dermis (IRD) level to produce significant changes in the skin. The procedure is performed with IV Sedation and takes approximately 45 minutes. Patients who elect to have a medium depth TCA peel will need to prepare to have 1 week of recovery.

Treatment with Retinoic acid and Hydroquinone cream is required for 4 to 6 weeks before a TCA peel is performed. Because of the use of IV Sedation, patients are required to fast for 6 hours before the procedure and will need a responsible driver to take them to and from our office the day of their procedure

Deep Peels

Deep chemical peels, used only on the face, penetrate several layers of the skin. They are usually performed using phenol and produce the most dramatic results of any type of peel. However, risks associated with deep chemical peels are higher than with superficial and medium depth peels. A deep peel may be recommended to treat deeper wrinkles, scars, and precancerous growths. The recovery from a deep chemical peel can last upwards of 3 weeks.

Recovery after Chemical Peels

Minimal healing time is needed with the superficial ZO Skin Health 3 Step Peel. It can take between 4 and 5 days, depending on your skin type. Your skin may still be dry and flaky a week after the procedure, which is normal. Sun protection after the peel is important for lasting results. Avoid retinol products for 7 days to prevent irritation.

With a Medium Depth TCA peel, a period of one week is needed for recovery. After 7 days, you can resume using makeup and return to work and normal activities. Typically, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery will be, but also the results will be more significant.

Cosmetic Surgeon in Ventura County

We deliver a full range of cosmetic skin procedures for those who would like to improve their skin texture, clarity and pigment. Chemical peels and a variety of non-invasive procedures are available to help reduce the appearance of imperfections and other visible signs of aging.

After a complete individual evaluation of your medical history, problem areas, treatment objectives and available recovery time, Dr. Morrissette will recommend the most suitable, and safest procedure to fit your needs. Contact our Ventura/Oxnard office to arrange a consultation.

Your first step...

Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


The COVID-19 epidemic has created unprecedented circumstances for our community. Our practice has been paying close attention to the guidelines put in place by the government and the CDC and we want to reassure you that, as always, your health and well-being is our primary concern.

With this in mind, we are offering virtual consultations to patients via face time, however face-to-face in office consultation are still available. To schedule a virtual consultation or in office consultation call our office at (805)-214-4034.

Please know that we are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and doing our part to make sure that you are protected.

  • We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. Our preventative measures include:
  • Fully training all staff members to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • Asking all staff, vendors and ancillary personnel to refrain from coming to the office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Asking every patient to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms and inquiring about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing, as this continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is something that we have always constantly done, we are now doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Constantly sanitizing all surfaces (which we have always done as an accredited facility). However, we have now increased this routine and are wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities multiple times each day.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this country even better than it currently is. We are closely monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will update our practice’s guidelines as needed to protect our patients.

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