VI Peel

The VI Peel is an amazing skin rejuvenation treatment to help you keep a beautiful, youthful glow. VI Peel is a medium-strength, medical-grade chemical peel that minimizes signs of sun damage and aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture and tone, and acne. It works by removing both the epidermis (top layer of skin) and the uppermost section of the underlying dermal layers (papillary dermis), allowing them to be replaced by smoother, brighter skin.

Key Benefits and Considerations

Key Benefits

  • Chemical peels can simultaneously treat multiple concerns, including fine lines, enlarged pores, dullness, discoloration, breakouts, and acne scars.
  • Results can be seen in about a week after treatment.
  • Can be less expensive than alternative treatments.
  • Relatively little downtime.
  • VI Peel comes with a built-in anesthetic that makes treatment more comfortable than other medium-strength peels.
  • It can be used anywhere on the body, including the face, neck, chest, and hands.
  • Suitable for most skin types.

Key Considerations

Expect to have about three to five days of "social downtime" after the treatment due to skin peeling.
Peeling or picking off flaking skin could leave you at risk for infection or scarring. Therefore, you must resist the urge to do so.
People with acne-prone skin may have new breakouts following the treatment. This is known as "purging," where your skin continues to get rid of any additional impurities and build-up. New blemishes ultimately clear up with continued treatment.
You may experience inflammation with discoloration two to three weeks following treatment. This will fade over time.
It can take several treatments (2-3 per year, on average) to see the full benefits of VI Peel.

Preparing for a VI Peel

One week prior to treatment, prescription retinoids and any products containing alpha hydroxy acids (e.g., glycolic acid), beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid), or benzoyl peroxide should be stopped. Also, avoid waxing, electrolysis, depilatory creams, and laser hair removal one week prior to treatment. These ingredients and treatments can make skin more prone to burning and irritation if combined with VI Peel.

Treatment

The treatment will take about 30 minutes or less to complete. Acetone will be used to clean and remove any excess oil from the skin. This allows VI Peel's combination of acids and vitamins to penetrate deep into the dermis. During the application process, you may experience a brief sensation of tingling or burning, but most people find it tolerable. Sunscreen will be applied before you leave the office and you will be instructed to rinse everything off in 4 hours, after which you will be free to apply makeup until the peeling begins. You'll also receive some towelettes that contain vitamin C and tretinoin for home use that will aid in the exfoliating effects and sloughing of the skin.

Recovery

Shortly after your treatment, your skin will look darker. Your skin will begin to peel in two to three days, sometimes longer in areas with thicker skin, such as the back. Once peeling begins, you have the option of using the post-peel protectant provided, or purchase your own Vaseline or Aquaphor at your local drug store or pharmacy. The peeling process varies according to individual skin type, but will typically occur for about one week. Although tempting, it will be important for you not to scratch, peel, or pick your skin when it's peeling. Doing so can increase the risk of bleeding, prolonged redness, darkening of the skin, scarring, or infection. An important note is that how much you peel is not an indicator of how well the treatment worked, i.e., the level of peeling you experience doesn't mean that the treatment is any more or less effective.

Try to avoid sun exposure. This cannot be emphasized enough during the healing process. If you are exposed to the sun, it's critical to always use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

You should avoid sweating or raising your body temperature significantly for the first three or four days after your treatment since this could cause blistering or a darkening of your skin. Should this occur, the effects are usually temporary, but vary per individual.

If you have a history of cold sores, there's a risk of reactivation after application of the VI Peel, therefore, it's recommended to start an antiviral medication prior to your treatment.

Alternatives to VI Peel

Skin rejuvenation can also be accomplished by performing laser resurfacing or microchanneling, both of which are also offered at NEW YOU MEDISPA (please refer to the other services offered).

For more details about VI Peel and to see if treatment is right for you, book your appointment for consultation with NEW YOU MEDISPA in Howell, NJ today.