What You'll Get
A neglected face will turn against its owner by constantly frowning, plunging itself into wedding cake, and morphing into the central figure of Edvard Munch's The Scream. Prevent art transmogrification with today's Groupon: for $199, you get three SkinMedica Vitalize or Illuminize chemical peels (up to a $525 value) at Elude, located in the South Lake Avenue shopping district of Pasadena. Choose three peels of the same kind or mix and match to try both types.
Elude's medical professionals smooth strung-out skeleton suits with chemical peels performed under the supervision of a board-certified physician. The Vitalize peel ($175 value/treatment) cocoons vexed visages in a custom face-hugging concoction of mild retinoic acids that sends dead skin to a dermatological underworld to be tortured by bat-winged facial-cleansing pads. This punim-pampering treatment may improve many forms of flesh blemishing, including wrinkles, pigment abnormalities, superficial acne scarring, and melasma. The Illuminize peel ($125 value/treatment) uses a gentler scale-resurfacing combination of acids, including alpha-hydroxy and phytic acid, to rejuvenate skin with less irritation and minimal peeling and downtime. Treatments are typically done in less than 30 minutes, ensuring newly polished mugs can return to the office in time to best their manager in the daily milk-mustache competition.
The mug mavens at Elude recommend foregoing other skin procedures—such as laser hair reduction, exfoliation, and Botox—up to one week before a peel, as well as waiting two to three weeks between peels.
Fifteen Yelpers give Elude an average of five stars:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. By appointment only. 24hr cancellation notice required. New clients only. Facial not valid for neck or decollete. Not recommended for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have skin problems, have received chemotherapy, or have taken Accutane. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Elude Med Spa
The folks at Elude Med Spa understand that it's hard to give proper due to your skin, what with the daily hassles of work and family. So the goal of William C. Swanson, MD and his staff is to pay proper attention and care to clients' skin in a comforting and slow-paced atmosphere. Dr. Swanson has 40 years of experience in the medical field, and has surrounded himself with a team of physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. Together they offer many options for caring for aging and damaged skin. These include Botox and Juvederm to stymie wrinkles, organic facials, chemical peels, IPL photofacials, microdermabrasion, vitamin shots, DermaPen micro-needling, and laser hair removal. They also offer help with skincare regimens such as SkinMedica, Clearogen, Revision, and Eminence Organics.