Four-layer face peel is popular with pregnant women in S.A.

Thomas T. Jeneby, MD

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San Antonio Plastic Surgeon

by Wendy Rigby / KENS 5



SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio medical spa has noticed a trend. Pregnant women are looking for a way to rejuvenate their skin without prescription-grade products.
Pregnant women are often described as having a “glow.” But the reality is that expecting a baby can be hard on your skin.

San Antonian Ria Patel is eight months pregnant. She has followed doctors’ orders, but it hasn’t always been easy.

“No pedicure, no hair dying. Watch out for hair removal,” Patel recalled. “Basically anything that will make you look pretty.”

Patel decided to try a Vitamin C Four Layer Signature Peel at Spa Black, a plastic surgeon-supervised medical spa.

“In general, they’re very scared -- and rightly so -- that not everything is appropriate for pregnant patients,” plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Jeneby said. “So we decided to come up with a very nice solution to the hyperpigmentation problems.”

That darkening skin is called melasma, or commonly “the mask” of pregnancy.

“We go through a lot of hormonal changes when we’re pregnant,” explained Melisa Votion, director of Spa Black. “And it really helps even out that unbalanced skin that we can get during that pregnancy time.”

The vitamin C, glycolic acid and enzymes provide exfoliation to help get rid of accumulated dry skin. The idea is that patients will walk away with skin that not only looks better, it feels better.

“The skin feels brighter,” Jeneby observed. “It’s got a little bit more bling to it.”

“Our patients love the treatment because they see immediate results after,” Votion said.

“If you see yourself in the mirror and you look nice and perky, it’ll help for the rest of the day,” Patel said. “I know it helps me.”

This skin treatment costs $85 at Spa Black. The spa says it’s appropriate for all skin types and can even help with acne.