What exactly is a VI Peel?

The VI Peel is a medium depth peel consisting of a blend of five different acids that safely removes the very outer layers of your skin, revealing a fresher, brighter complexion.  This increased cellular turnover helps to reduce fine lines, melasma, acne, acne scarring, and age spots and helps stimulate collagen production for firmer, tighter skin.  The VI Peel is applied in office in as little as 30 minutes, and then patients are sent home with detailed aftercare to obtain the maximum benefits from this gentle but powerful peel, which is safe for all skin types.

What should I expect during my treatment?

After screening for any conditions that could rule out treatment, the areas to be treated will be gently cleansed and prepped.  We ask that contact lenses be removed prior to your visit.  As your technician begins to apply the VI Peel solution to your skin, you may feel some slight stinging or burning, but most patients report minimal discomfort.  The VI Peel is applied in layers to all treated areas, then you will be given a home care kit with instructions to follow for the next two days.  You will need to avoid direct sun exposure, especially for the first few days after your peel.  Most treatments take about 45-50 minutes, making this an ideal procedure for patients wanting a quick and effective way to rejuvenate their appearance.

How do I prepare for my treatment?

All anti-aging or acne treatment products that you are currently using should be discontinued at least 5 days prior to your scheduled appointment, such as topical acne medications, retinoids, and any products containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids.  Exposure to the sun should be avoided for a minimum of 1 week before and after your treatment.  In addition, do not wax 1 week before or after your appointment, as this can remove a layer of skin cells and increase your chance of adverse reactions.  Please arrive with minimal to no makeup.  If you have an active cold sore, your appointment will need to be rescheduled until it is completely resolved.  Contact lenses should be removed prior to your visit.

How will my skin look after treatment with a VI Peel?

Most patients will experience some mild to moderate redness that may last for a day or two, and a “tight” feeling to their skin before it actually begins to peel.  Peeling usually begins by the third day, although drier, more sensitive types may begin to peel by the end of day 2.  Peeling usually begins around the mouth, then outward from the nose, cheeks, and forehead.  This can last from 2-7 days, depending on the individual.  Your skin may feel dry and more sensitive, but this can be relieved with the application of the Post-Peel Protectant cream, which is included with your peel.  Also, avoid excessive exercise or exposure to heat in the days after treatment, as that may cause stinging.  You may experience some acne breakouts, as the cells begin to turn over and congestion is purged from your skin.  It very important that you do not pick at your skin and use only the products in your kit for a few days after your treatment so that your skin can heal properly.  Most of these after-effects will resolve within a few days, but please contact our office if they do not.  A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 50 is included in your home care kit and is required daily to protect your skin, as treated areas will be more sensitive to the sun.

How do I care for my skin after a VI Peel?

As your skin may be more sensitive to anti-aging or acne products after the VI Peel, we recommend that you wait a minimum of a week after treatment to resume use of them, but you may need to wait longer.  A gentle cleanser and mild moisturizer like the products in your home care kit are recommended to ensure that you don’t cause additional dryness or irritation as your skin is healing and repairing itself.  Any issues such as scabbing or blistering after your treatment should be reported to our office immediately.  It is extremely important that you do NOT pick at or peel off any skin that is starting to flake or peel, as tempting as that is.  If the skin underneath is not entirely healed, you can risk causing a raw area that could take longer to heal, become infected, or leave a dark spot that can take time to resolve.  Facial brushes and scrubs to remove peeling skin are a no-no as well, as they can cause irritation and interfere with the healing process.  You must have patience as the skin heals and be prepared for some social downtime, which can sometimes last up to a week.  Even once all the peeling is resolved, your skin will still feel more sensitive, so keep that in mind as you resume your regular skin care routine.  And remember, a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher must be worn daily, and excessive sun exposure is discouraged during your series of treatments.  This will ensure you are protecting the investment you are making in your skin, and to help discourage the formation of more sun damage and discoloration.

What other procedures do VI Peels pair well with?

VI Peels can be alternated or combined with other treatments including facials, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, Laser Genesis, IPL Photofacial, and SkinPen microneedling, and can be part of a facial rejuvenation plan including injectables such as Botox or Dysport, and facial fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane.  Let the team here at Tru-Skin Dermatology help you formulate a treatment plan to put your best face forward!


Who can benefit from a VI Peel?

Both women and men who want an effective way to rejuvenate their skin are the perfect candidates for the VI Peel, as all skin types and ethnicities can be safely treated.  This peel is a perfect procedure for those looking for ways to improve signs of aging, melasma, acne, dull-looking skin, large pores, etc.  Healthy, glowing skin can easily be achieved through a series of treatments.

Who is not a good candidate for a VI Peel?

Almost everyone is a good candidate for the VI Peel with the exception of patients who are pregnant or nursing.  Also, if your skin is thin or extremely sensitive due to age or certain medications, you may not be a good candidate.  In addition, if you have been using isotretinoin (Accutane) within the past 12 months, please advise your technician, as this medication can interfere with your skin’s ability to heal itself.  If you are prone to cold sores, we recommend taking anti-viral medication prior to and for a few days after your appointment.  Patients with melasma, moderate to severe acne, or more advanced signs of aging may require several peels combined with therapeutic skin care products to see results.

How many VI Peels will I need?

One VI Peel can give you a beautiful result, but some skin conditions may need to be treated with a series spaced 4-6 weeks apart.  Your technician can help determine how many peels are best for your individual needs.  Results may be cumulative and take time, and you will notice increased improvement with each treatment.

How long does each VI Peel take?

Depending on the areas being treated, the VI Peel takes 30-45 minutes.

How much peeling will I have?

Peeling generally begins on day 3 following your VI Peel, and may continue for 5 or 7 days, depending on the areas treated and individual skin types.  Proper aftercare is extremely important to deliver the best results possible while your skin heals.

What areas can be treated with The VI Peel?

The face is the most commonly treated area, but the VI Peel can be used on the neck, upper chest, backs of hands, or any area of the body where improvement in your skin is desired.  It is important to note that the skin on the face is different from the skin on the rest of the body, so healing times usually take longer than the face, and the degree of peeling can vary widely.

How much does a VI Peel cost?

You can purchase an individual treatment if you wish, but as a series of treatments is recommended for best results, packages of 3 treatments are available and affordably priced.  Our menu of services with pricing can be found HERE.

How long will my results last?

Depending on the person and the skin conditions being treated, results usually last anywhere between 2-5 months but may last longer in some cases.  Since VI Peel removes the outermost layers of skin cells, and those cells are gradually replaced within a couple of months, additional peels are suggested, especially for treating conditions such as acne or melasma.  For the best results in keeping your VI Peel benefits, daily sun protection, and the use of medical-grade skin care products are recommended.  Tru-Skin Dermatology can help you set up a customized skin care regimen to target your individual needs.  We carry several lines of professional products to help you achieve your best skin possible.  Call us today to start your journey to healthier looking skin!


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