Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels are one of the most reliable facial rejuvenation treatments available. Dr. Sundine offers a range of chemical peels to improve the texture of your skin and ameliorate certain skin conditions. In fact, to keep your face looking fresh and healthy, you are advised to receive chemical peels on a regular basis, as determined by you and Dr. Sundine based on your lifestyle, skin quality, and age.

To learn more about chemical peels, please read the paragraphs below. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sundine, please contact his office at 949 706 3100.

Who Is a Candidate for Chemical Peels?

Most people who do not suffer from complex skin problems and medical conditions are good candidates for a chemical peel. In fact, if you have any of the skin problems listed below you are an excellent candidate for a chemical peel.

  • Fine lines
  • Mild scarring
  • Sunspots, age spots, liver spots, and freckles
  • Poor skin texture and uneven color

Please keep in mind that a chemical peel cannot restore volume to the face, tighten loose skin or fill in hollow cheeks.

Chemical Peels Procedure

The chemical peel procedure generally lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. It is administered by a licensed esthetician at Dr. Sundine’s Newport Beach plastic surgery practice. First, the skin is cleaned and topical anesthesia may be applied. The latter depends on the strength of the peel; most peels do not require the use of topical anesthesia. The chemical solution is then applied to the face for about 10 minutes. During this time, you will feel mild stinging and warming of the skin. Once the chemical solution has been removed you will be given post-treatment instructions and will be free to go home.

Your Chemical Peel will be administered at Dr. Michael Sundine’s office located in Newport Beach.

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons-Fellow
  • American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow
  • International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgery

Recovering from Chemical Peel

Once you arrive home, your face will feel tight and mildly red. However, you may not start peeling until day two or day three after your treatment. Once you begin peeling, you will want to stay home for a few days. The peeling of the outermost layers of skin is not painful unless you pull on it, which you will be asked not to do. You will need to stay out of the sun and moisturize as instructed by the esthetician. The peeling process does not last more than one week, after which you will have baby skin that will look and feel very healthy. It is very important that you protect this skin with sunscreen.

The results of a chemical peel are very rewarding, as this treatment will remove all of the dead cells and upper layer of damaged and worn-out skin. Our esthetician will see you for a follow-up visit to make sure your skin is looking good and that you are not developing any scarring or other complications.

Chemical Peel After Care Instructions

  • Preoperative Instructions

    If you have a history of cold sores, please let Dr. Sundine know so he can prescribe Valtrex for you pre and postoperatively.

    Days 1-5

    • Most of your discomfort will be within the first 4-8 hours after the peel, while most of your swelling will be in the first 3-5 days.
    • Bacitracin ointment of Elta Lite cream is to be applied very lightly to the area 2 times daily for the first 2 days only.
    • On the third day, you may cleanse your face lightly with tepid water and pat dry. Do not apply any more moisturizers at this time to allow for the peeling to begin.
    • Apply Vaseline to lips only, frequently throughout the day.
    • Do not apply cold cloths or ice packs to the face.
    • Your first follow-up visit will be approximately 3-5 days after the peel. Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or problems before then.
    • Avoid the use of extreme facial expressions.
    • Sleep on your back avoiding your face-contacting bedding.
    • Do not allow water or shampoo to contact the treated area.
    • Do not remove flaked skin by pulling, picking, or rubbing. This can cause hyperpigmentation, scarring, and other complications.

    Days 6-10

    • Most crusting and peeling occurs within 5-7 days after the peel.
    • You may apply a gentle cleanser. Gently cleanse using only fingertips in a circular motion and rinse with tepid water twice daily, morning and night.
    • You may apply Elta Lite to the areas that have peeled, very sparingly, twice daily after splashing with tepid water and allowing your face to dry.
    • Hypoallergenic moisturizers and cosmetics may be applied after healing is complete, about 7-10 days after the peel.
    • Normal skincare routines may be resumed after recommendations by your physician or aesthetician.
  • Post-Peel

    The skin of your face is sensitive to sunlight. Try and avoid time spent in the sun as much as possible for the first 7-10 days. Protect your facial skin from the sun by wearing a wide brim hat and apply sunblock SPF 30 or greater, one that has both UVA and UVB sunblock protection.


    During the hours of 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, please call the office at 949-706-3100. There is no such thing as a minor question. I would rather you call me than wonder and not do the right thing, so please call my office or e-mail me any time.

    Dr. Sundine’s Office: 949-706-3100
    Dr. Sundine’s e-mail: [email protected]



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  • - Written on October 20, 2018


    • My experience with Dr. Sundine was AWESOME! He did such an amazing job on my nose. My nose had basically collapsed and Dr. Sundine made it look normal again. He helped me restore my self confidence. I am so happy with the results. Dr. Sundine explained everything in detail prior to surgery along with my follow up visits. I highly recommend him. He is very professional, knowledgeable and kind.

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  • - Written on January 27, 2018

    “Thank you so much for your time and generosity!”

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Excellent. I found Dr. Sundine to be a very competent surgeon and a really good person. His personal manner made a sometimes difficult, time-consuming process (tissue expansion) much easier. I’m glad we pursued the expansion option and I was fortunate to have had him as my surgeon. I recommend Dr. Sundine to anyone who is in need of Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery.

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Dr. Sundine is an outstanding doctor. His technique, his expertise and the care with which he approached my surgery were exceptional. I wasn’t surprised. I chose him because I knew that his training and skills are terrific. Dr. Sundine and his staff still exceeded my expectations, however, and the complete experience – consultation, surgery and follow-up– have been wonderful. As I did, I encourage everyone to do your due diligence and research alternatives, but at the end of the day there is no better choice than Dr. Sundine. Amazing results…

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “I RECOMMEND HIM 100%”

    Dr. Sundine is a gifted, highly trained plastic surgeon who achieves amazing, natural looking, aesthetic results in facial and body plastic surgery. My facelift is 4 years old. Even people who don’t know me comment I look wonderful. Others often ask me about Dr. Sundine… …and of course I recommend him 100%. In addition to being highly skilled and knowledgeable Dr. Sundine is caring, compassionate, communicative and professional. Finally, his office staff is friendly and efficient. I have never waited more than 5 minutes..

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “Dr. Sundin did a terrific job”

    Dear Dr. Sundine & staff, Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I loved your caring & professional work. Dr. Sundin did a terrific job on a very hard surgery below my right eye due to a skin cancer removal. I will recommend him to all I come in contact with. Thanks again and I owe you all a big hug & sincere thanks to all you did for me. L.A.

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  • - Written on February 12, 2018

    “He truly deserved the highest reviews on every level”

    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children.

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  • - Written on February 4, 2018

    “Special thank you to Dr. Sundine! So happy!!”

    My keloid surgery was an absolute success. I am so pleased with the results and grateful to the staff pre & post surgery. I was so nervous and scared to precede w/ the procedure. For I never had a surgery or general anesthesia before.:(

    Dr. Sundine with his exceeding professionalism gave me gentle kind assurance that all will be fine. In addition, educated me to his full knowledge and experience in detail what to expect. I felt safe and secure in his hands. Very kind soul. Post surgery I had radiation at another location, and it was a success. I am still in the healing process and my ear aesthetically looks next to perfect. I’m free of the disfigurement and I have a renewed confidence keloid Free!! :-)

    It was like 1 2 3!!

    Thank you Dr. Sundine, the friendly staff/ nurses You ALL Rock!! & I couldn’t ask for any better.:)

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    Dr. Sundine and his staff were absolutley wonderful ! Very personable, caring and professional. His nurse Toni was so kind and answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. The procedure went very well, with very little bruising or down time. Dr. Sundine is truly an exceptional plastic surgeon and I will definitely be using his services in the future. Thank you very much Dr Sundine and your magnificent team !

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    I chose Dr. Sundine because he is an expert in a highly regarded surgical technique that delivers a completely natural result. It takes longer on the operating table and it requires specialized training which many doctors just don’t want to invest in. The results, however, are nothing short of spectacular.

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