Cosmelan MD Peel

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Last updated 5/7/2024
Cosmelan MD peel in Los Angeles

A Cosmelan MD peel is a professional-grade chemical peel treatment that targets various skin issues. Developed by Mesoestetic, a renowned pharmaceutical company, this skin-correcting depigmentation treatment is suitable for all skin types and tones.

 

This specialized chemical peel treatment is designed to address hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration problems. It is a more intense version of the standard Cosmelan treatment and must be administered, by law, under the supervision of a licensed physician due to its potent ingredients.

What is the difference between Cosmelan and "Cosmelan MD"?

The physician-supervised MD variant of the Cosmelan treatment is markedly more potent than its standard version. This treatment involves Hydroquinone, a bleaching agent widely preferred by dermatologists across the United States. Specifically formulated to reduce or completely remove blemishes and brown discoloration due to excessive melanin. Cosmelan MD is exclusively distributed to medical professionals. It is both illegal and hazardous to purchase this product through online retail platforms.

 

What conditions do Cosmelan MD peels treat?

The Cosmelan MD peel reduces blemishes and lightens skin tone, designed to minimize the appearance of several skin conditions, including:

 

Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening or discoloration (brown patches) in certain areas of the skin caused by an excess production of melanin — the pigment responsible for skin color. This skin condition can affect people of all skin types and tones. Hyperpigmentation can appear in various forms, such as dark spots, patches, or freckles.

 

What Causes Hyperpigmentation? Some common causes of hyperpigmentation include sun exposure, hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy, menopause, or use of oral contraception), Addison's disease or hemochromatosis, genetics, and aging (called age spots). Cosmelan depigmentation abilities resolve these issues.

 

Melasma

Melasma is a common skin condition characterized by the appearance of brown spots or grayish patches on the skin, primarily on the face. It is a form of hyperpigmentation caused by an overproduction of melanin. Melasma is more prevalent in women, especially during pregnancy, and is sometimes referred to as the "mask of pregnancy." However, it can also affect men.

Uneven skin tone (h3)

 

Uneven skin tone, also known as skin, leads to an irregular melanin distribution.

 

Uneven skin tone is caused by an irregular melanin distribution. Some common causes of uneven skin tone include sun damage and sun spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), aging, acne scars, genetics, medical conditions, and environmental factors that can cause oxidative stress on the skin (such as pollution). Cosmelan will give skin a very noticeable lightening and brightening.

 

Who should not get a Cosmelan MD peel? 

While the Cosmelan MD Peel is generally considered safe for all skin types and tones, it is unsuitable for everyone. Consult with a qualified Assil Gaur Aesthetics medical professional to see if Cosmelan peel suits you. The following patients should avoid a peel:

 

  1. Pregnant or breastfeeding women: The safety of the Cosmelan Peel during pregnancy or breastfeeding has not been established. It's advisable to avoid the treatment during this time to minimize potential risks to the baby.
  2. People with active skin infections or inflammation: If you have an active skin infection, open wounds, or severe inflammation, you should wait until your skin has healed before considering a Cosmelan Peel.
  3. Individuals with a history of allergies or sensitivities: If you have a history of allergic reactions or sensitivities to any of the ingredients in the Cosmelan Peel, you should avoid the treatment or discuss alternative options with your Assil Gaur Aesthetics skincare professional.
  4. Those with certain medical conditions: If you have a medical condition that affects your skin's healing ability or increases the risk of complications, such as autoimmune diseases or immunosuppression, consult your healthcare provider before the procedure.
  5. People using certain medications: If you are currently taking drugs that increase your skin's sensitivity, such as isotretinoin (Accutane) or certain types of oral or topical retinoids, consult your healthcare provider before considering a Cosmelan Peel. You may need to discontinue or adjust your medication regimen before and during treatment.

 

Before undergoing a Cosmelan MD Peel or any other skincare treatment, it's essential to consult with us so we can discuss your medical history, skin concerns, and any potential risks or contraindications. We can guide you on whether the treatment suits you and suggest alternative options.

 

How does a Cosmelan MD peel treatment work?

The Cosmelan MD peel treatment works by inhibiting melanin production in the skin. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its color, and overproduction can lead to hyperpigmentation and other forms of skin discoloration. 

 

The Cosmelan MD treatment typically involves two main steps:

Step one: Cosmelan 1 in-office treatment

Our medical professional applies the Cosmelan 1 mask to your face, initiating the intensive depigmenting action. The mask remains on your skin for a predetermined amount of time, usually between 6 and 12 hours, depending on your skin type and the severity of the pigmentation issues. After the required time, you will remove the mask at home using a gentle, neutral cleanser.

 

Step two: At-home maintenance

Following the initial in-office treatment, you'll need to use the Cosmelan 2 pack at home as directed. Clear written instructions on using the kit are given to you during your in-office treatment and are tailored for each individual. Following our instructions during recovery is essential to ensure the best results. 

 

Step three: Cosmelan 1 in-office treatment

After 6 weeks from the initial appointment, we reapply the mask to” lift” the remaining pigmentation. We have found that this yields the best results in targeting pigmentation at different skin layers.

 

What are the expected results from a Cosmelan MD peel?

Patients can expect to see a significant improvement in the appearance of their skin after just one Cosmelan peel treatment. However, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results. This treatment can be done any time of the year and is acceptable in all skin types. 

 

After the initial Cosmelan 1 mask treatment contains azelaic acid, kojic acid, phytic acid, ascorbic acid, arbutin, and titanium dioxide, we'll send you home with a Cosmelan 2 maintenance cream. This cream includes ascorbic acid, phytic acid, titanium dioxide, and kojic acid. The day following the office treatment, your skin will redden like a sunburn appearance, and soon thereafter, you will experience mild peeling and some stinging, itching, and tightening. This is a normal response and may be alleviated by using the Hydra Vital Factor K Cream provided to you in your pack. 

 

You will be instructed when to begin your maintenance creams (Cosmelan 2), which will be used daily to provide healing and maintain the depigmentation effect from the Cosmelan 1 mask. 

 

To preserve the results, protect your skin from the sun and other environmental factors that can contribute to skin discoloration. You must not use other skin-lightening products like hydroquinone at any time while on the Cosmelan program. Additionally, always use a high-quality skin moisturizer and SPF. 


The effects of the Cosmelan peel treatment are long-lasting and typically reach around six months after the initial mask application. 

 

However, over time, the skin may begin to produce melanin again, leading to the recurrence of hyperpigmentation and other forms of skin discoloration. If this occurs, the patient may need another treatment to repair their overproduction of melanin.

 

What ingredients are in a Cosmelan MD peel?

Cosmelan MD's active ingredients include:

  • Azelaic Acid

  • Phytic Acid

  • Kojic Acid
  • Arbutin
  • Ascorbic Acid 

  • Arbutin

  • Titanium Dioxide

Cosmelan MD's blend of active ingredients reduces tyrosinase activity, an enzyme crucial in melanin production. By reducing melanin production, the Cosmelan Peel helps to even out skin tone and reduce the visibility of blemishes by continued working over 6 months. It has an outstanding high safety margin and does NOT contain hydroquinone or TCA

 

Do Cosmelan MD peels have side effects?

Like any skin treatment, the Cosmelan MD peel may have some side effects. These can include redness, dryness, and flaking of the skin. However, these side effects are usually temporary and will resolve within a few days.

 

What is the recovery time for a Cosmelan MD peel?

Typically, after your Cosmelan peel, you will have some redness, swelling, peeling, and slight irritation (like a sunburn) for about 2-3 weeks. This is all completely normal and part of the recovery. You must refrain from wearing makeup for 7-10 days following treatment. 

 

After 2-3 weeks, your skin will have extracted much of the pigmentation and will typically lessen significantly in the “peeling.” Maximum results are visible at about 4 to 5 weeks, which is why the touchup peel mask is done at 6 weeks after the first to extract the remaining pigment. Ultimately, the final results are typically reached 6 months later. 

 

How much does a Cosmelan MD peel cost?

The cost of the Cosmelan peel treatment will vary depending on several factors, including where you live, the skill and experience of the ophthalmologist, dermatologist, or medical professional performing the treatment, and the number of treatments required.

 

However, a Cosmelan peel in Los Angeles is generally around $1000 to $1500 per treatment.

Are there other ways to treat melasma, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone?

In addition to the Cosmelan peel treatment, there are other ways to treat hyperpigmentation. These include topical creams, laser treatments such as IPL or Q-switch YAG laser, and microdermabrasion.

 

However, the Cosmelan MD depigmentation peel is still one of the most effective treatments for this condition. It can reduce melanin production to stop hyperpigmentation at its root.

Why Choose Assil Gaur Aesthetics for your eye and facial aesthetic rejuvenation?

Your eyes and face are among the most delicate structures in your body. That's why, when you're looking for a Los Angeles-area surgeon to correct the appearance and function of your eyelids and surrounding areas or perform anti-aging treatments for your face, you want to seek out someone with extensive experience. That would be an oculoplastic surgeon and an ophthalmologist.

 

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Among the aesthetic services we offer for the eyes and face, surgical eye conditions that we treat include excess eyelid skin or fat, drooping eyelids, wrinkles around the eyes, eyelid reconstruction after tumor removal, excessive tearing, revising prior unsatisfactory eye lifts, abnormally turned in (entropion) or turned out (ectropion) lid margins, and traumatic eye injuries. AGEI is the answer to your question as to where to find a Cosmelan peel near me.

 

If you would like to schedule a consultation with us in our Beverly Hills or Santa Monica offices to discuss your concerns about the appearance or function of your eyes, eyelids, or skin and to learn what treatments might be right for you, please call 866-945-2745 or request an appointment online.

 

We are conveniently located for patients throughout Southern California and the Los Angeles area in or near Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Culver City, Hollywood, Venice, Marina del Rey, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, and Downtown Los Angeles.

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