The VI peel combines the strongest and most effective acids suitable for all skin types and ethnicities. It is the only peel safe to use on the eye area, neck, chest and hands. It is a blended peel formulated with Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Salicylic acid, Retinoic acid, Phenol, and Vitamin C. The VI Peel is ideal for treating hyperpigmentation and melasma, reversing sun damage and signs of aging, improving skin tone and texture, clearing acne & reducing acne scars, stimulating collagen growth and elastin production, and reducing the appearance of pores.
What do each of the ingredients do?
- TCA – for penetration, healing, and stimulation of collagen growth
- Retin-A – an acid derived from vitamin A to combat wrinkles
- Salicylic Acid – this beta hydroxy acid is an exfoliant
- Phenol – has antiseptic and anesthetic properties; aids in skin penetration
- Vitamin C – ascorbic acid has antioxidant and mild exfoliation properties
How many VI peels will I need, and how far apart should I space treatments?
A single peel (which takes about 30-45 minutes) will add a healthy glow and improve skin tone, texture and clarity. It reduces or eliminates hyperpigmentation and sunspots and softens fine lines and wrinkles. The number of treatments varies by individual needs and conditions and will be determined by our medical aestheticians. For extremely damaged skin, the VI peel can be done once a month for quicker results. For most patients, 2-3 VI peels per year is all that is needed to maintain results. Maintaining a proper skin care regimen between peels will ensure the best duration of your results.
How will I look and feel after the VI Peel?
Patients will feel a slight stinging or warmth sensation for a few seconds which subsides completely and almost immediately. Over the next few days skin will feel tighter and any pigmented areas may appear slightly darker at first.
Skin peeling usually begins around the mouth by day three. It’s a light fluffy peeling that can be controlled with moisturizer. In some cases, the peel is virtually invisible. Various skin types can respond differently, but generally by days 7-10 you will be finished peeling.
What should I do before my peel?
Avoid all peels and exfoliating treatments, including laser treatments, for one month prior to your VI Peel. Exfoliating products (glycolic acid, vitamin C, Retin-A, retinol, tretinoin, etc.) should be discontinued for a week before your VI Peel. Likewise, do not use any abrasive products on your face [and/or chest or hands] that would cause mechanical exfoliation. Men should not shave the day of the VI Peel.
What should I do after my peel?
The VI Peel is equivalent to multiple peels. For a week or two following the peel it’s best to avoid exfoliating products like glycolic acid and retinols, or any other abrasive exfoliating products. Avoid direct and prolonged exposure to the sun. We recommend you use a sunscreen (SPF) at all times. Do not exercise for the duration of the peel because your skin is sensitized and perspiration will irritate your skin, causing water blisters.
Resist the temptation to tear or pull off your peeling skin. It’s important that you let it peel naturally, or scarring and skin discoloration may occur. Instead, you can manage your appearance with the included post-peel kit. The benefits of the VI Peel can be prolonged by maintaining a home care regimen that is appropriate for your skin.
Makeup should not be applied within a four hour period post-peel, but may be applied any time after that period. Discontinue use of any product that causes discomfort.