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OVERVIEW OF CHEMICAL PEELS IN WASHINGTON DC

Professional strength chemical peels offer many benefits, from brightening the complexion to smoothing the skin. Peels remove the dead skin cell layer from the skin, which enhances absorption and results of at-home skincare products. Depending on the type and strength of the peel, they can be incorporated into a regimen to treat uneven texture, dull skin tone, or acne.

VIVITÉ®

The Vivité peel is called the “glow peel” by many of Dr. Sherber’s patients because it leaves skin radiant.

A powerful 70% glycolic acid peel, Vivité is enriched with potent antioxidants to soothe the skin while brightening it.

This treatment helps to smooth the skin’s texture, fade sunspots and marks from prior acne, and improve skin’s luminosity by dissolving surface dead skin cells. It is also suitable for those with active acne looking to decongest their pores.

  • Retinoids should be discontinued for a week prior to having this treatment.
  • Sun protection is very important in the days following a peel, and mineral sunscreens are the gentlest approach for sensitive skin types.
  • If you have a history of herpes simplex cold sores, we may prescribe an antiviral to take as an adjunct to treatment to prevent an outbreak.

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VIVITÉ®

The Vivité peel is called the “glow peel” by many of Dr. Sherber’s patients because it leaves skin radiant.

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OTHER OPTIONS

TCA peel is an excellent option for treating sunken scars or enlarged oil glands.

Laser is excellent for collagen stimulation and softening or fading scars.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THIS TREATMENT?

Vivité, because of its proprietary GLX complex of antioxidants that combats inflammation, will not cause the dramatic redness and peeling of other glycolic peels of comparable strength. This means that there is no social downtime associated with this treatment, and explains its popularity as a “lunchtime” treatment.

The peel creates a mild and temporary stinging feeling, but is not painful.

 
 

HOW DOES DR. SHERBER APPROACH VIVITÉ®?

Dr. Sherber often recommends these peels as part of a comprehensive skincare regimen to enhance the results from at-home products.

After the skin is thoroughly cleansed and prepped, the peel solution is applied for several minutes depending on your skin type.

We often take this peel down the neck, and can apply it to the décolleté, hands, or other areas as needed for total clarity of the complexion.

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SAFETY

Glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, is derived from sugar cane and is safe on all skin types and even for use through pregnancy and breastfeeding.

TCA

Dr. Sherber uses a concentrated form of TCA to spot treat concerns such as sunken scars (termed the TCA CROSS method) or enlarged oil glands. The peel creates a mild and temporary stinging feeling, but is not painful.

  • Retinoids should be discontinued for a week prior to having this treatment.
  • Sun protection is very important in the days following a peel, and mineral sunscreens are the gentlest approach for sensitive skin types.
  • If you have a history of herpes simplex cold sores, we may prescribe an antiviral to take as an adjunct to treatment to prevent an outbreak.

OTHER OPTIONS

Vivité peel is an excellent option for smoothing the skin’s texture, fading sunspots and marks from prior acne, and improving skin’s luminosity.

Laser is excellent for collagen stimulation, enhancing the absorption and effectiveness of topical skincare products, and softening or fading scars.

Schedule a Consultation
Consultation with Dr. Sherber

TCA

Dr. Sherber uses a concentrated form of TCA to spot treat concerns such as sunken scars (termed the TCA CROSS method) or enlarged oil glands.

Schedule a Consultation
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HOW DOES DR. SHERBER APPROACH TCA?

Dr. Sherber first cleans the area to be treated with an acetone solution to remove any oils from the skin. The TCA treatment is then applied precisely until a white frost forms over the spot to be treated and a thin rim of surrounding skin.

Several treatments may be needed depending on the skin concern being treated.

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SAFETY

TCA (trichloracetic acid) is a relative of vinegar (acetic acid) and is safe for topical use on all skin types, but caution must be used with deeper skin tones or on tanned skin. Dr. Sherber often elects to perform a test spot with TCA to ensure that the treated areas will heal without any pigmentation problems.

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  • “I started seeing Dr. Sherber for Botox, laser and fillers, approximately 10 years ago in Baltimore. I followed her to Washington D.C. when she and her husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Rad, opened a joint practice. Last year it was time to for Dr. Sherber to hand me over to Dr. Rad for surgical work. I had an amazing experience with Dr. Rad when he performed a lower face/necklift, chin implant, lower blepharoplasty and fat transfer. At the one year mark, I decided to return for a tummy tuck and upper arm lipo. This time I was smart to stay in Sibley hospital – 2 nights – after my experience with hard-to-control pain during the first 2 post-op days last year, when we were in an outpatient surgical center. I was treated very well despite being very needy with respect to pain control. Everything is still very swollen and bruised but looks good so far. I will continue to travel to D.C. for maintenance treatment and any new procedures with both of them. They are that amazing.”

    M.L. IN WASHINGTON D.C. | 2019

  • “I have been seeing Dr. Sherber for over a decade – I followed her from Baltimore to Washington D.C. – for skin care including Botox, fillers and laser, as well as medical dermatology including total skin checks. She is brilliant and personable and I recommend her highly to everyone I know!”

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  • “Dr. Sherber is a brilliant physician who knows how to make just about any woman look much better in the most non-invasive ways. An artist!”

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About Your Washington DC Dermatologist

Dr. Sherber graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she designed and implemented a novel degree program in health policy focused on assessing and improving quality of care. She next attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she earned her M.D. degree. Following a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical research at Columbia University, she returned to Johns Hopkins for dermatology residency training and conducted research in scar healing and in disorders of abnormal collagen. She is now a Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University in the Department of Dermatology.

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