How does the Vi Peel work?
The Vi Peel is a medical-grade chemical peel, which is applied topically to the surface of the skin by one of our highly trained Registered Nurses. The peel is self-neutralizing, in that the blend of acids in the peel solution will neutralize after applied onto the skin.
The proprietary blend of acids in the Vi Peel work together to penetrate the top layer of the skin, and essentially superficially burn that layer off. This will result in 5-7 days of thin peeling on the skin, during which time the skin is shedding off the old, damaged skin layer. Note: peeling typically begins on the 3rd day after the peel application. Therefore, it is NORMAL and EXPECTED that no peeling occurs on day 1 and day 2 after your peel.
After the peeling has completed, you will notice a fresh, soft, “glowy” skin coming through from underneath.
IMPORTANT: Patients with aspiring allergy are CONTRAINDICATED for the Vi peel, and should not undergo chemical peels
The Vi Peel is associated with 3-7 days of minimal down-time: that is, your skin will be actively peeling for this time period, and others will notice thin layers of skin peeling and sloughing off.
You can continue your normal daily routine (i.e. work, school, exercise, etc) but can not perform activities which will place you in prolonged, direct sun light. During the course of your peels, you will need to protect your skin from all UV exposure, in order to minimize possible adverse reactions and/or enhance your peel results.
After the nurse applies your peel, you will be sent home with a thorough patient instructions manual, and at-home skin care products (included in the price of the peel). The peel solution should remain on your face after your appointment for a minimum of 6 hours, before you wash-off with your cleanser.
Your clinical provider will recommend the number of Vi Peels you should/can do, and how far apart these peels should be spaced. However, generally speaking, for patients with skin issues (i.e. acne, hyperpigmentation, melasma, etc) it is recommended Vi Peels be done in a series of 3 peels, with each peel done every 3 weeks.
Again, every patient case is unique, and therefore a (free) face-to-face consultation is needed to fully address patients’ concerns and questions.
What is the Vi Precision Boost?
The Vi Peel system includes the option of a boost, which is called “Precision”. If you receive your first Vi Peel, and your skin reacts well with no adverse reactions, you will be eligible to “boost” your peels on your subsequent treatments. The Precision Boost is a shot of concentrated peel acids, which is mixed directly into the Vi Peel vial. This will strengthen the effect of the Vi Peel, and lead to more dramatic results. It is never recommended or allowed to boost a patient’s very first Vi Peel session.
The Precision Boost is also very effective for non-facial treatment areas, such as back acne or hyperpigmentation on the chest. Please ask the nurse to further explain the properties of the Precision boost during your consultation.
Does the Vi Peel treatment hurt?
The Vi Peel is unique from other peels, in that it has a numbing agent mixed directly into the peel solution. This allows the patient to remain comfortable during the application of the peel. There may be a slight sensation of stinging or heat for a few seconds until the numbing agent takes effect; however after it does, you should feel minimal to no pain at all during the entire treatment. If you do feel slight stinging or heat, the nurse can direct an air fan onto the skin to further cool and calm the skin.
The application of the entire Vi peel should last about 15 minutes in duration.
What areas of the body can be treated with the Vi Peel?
The Vi Peel can be applied not only on the face but also on other areas of the body including the neck, chest, and back.
Pre-treatment “Do’s and Don’ts”
DON’T get a facial, microderm abrasion, chemical peel, or other facial treatment at least 1 month before your Vi Peel treatment.
DON’T use Accutane medication AT LEAST 6 months prior to your treatment or Retin-A at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment. You may resume Retin-A use at 3 days after your procedure. Please consult your prescribing physician prior to discontinuing any medication.
DON’T use products containing Retinols, AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), or benzyl peroxide three (3) days prior to your peel. Therefore, if you routinely use skin care products for treating acne, please discontinue use 3 days prior to your Vi Peel.
DON’T sun bathe or sun tan 2-3 weeks prior to your treatment. The procedure can not be performed on burned, tanned or compromised skin.
DO update us regarding any new medications you are taking or any new health conditions we should be aware of, which were not previously disclosed on your patient health history form.
What to expect during your initial visit?
Forms: You are asked to arrive about 15 minutes before your FIRST visit in order to fill out your new patient forms. For all other appointments after your first visit, you can arrive a few minutes before your scheduled visit.
Wash Face: If you are able to arrive without anything on your face (i.e. makeup, sunscreen, etc.) please do so. If you are not able to, we will have you cleanse and wash the face in-office prior to the procedure.
Treatment Room: Your Vi Peel session will promptly begin at you scheduled appointment time. Once you enter the treatment room, our professional nurse will ask you a couple questions about the area you would like to treat that day. (Please note that the treatment room is kept at a cool temperature for clinical purposes.) After the nurses assesses your health history and treatment area, you’re all set to start the procedure. The nurse will continually ask for your feedback during the treatment, in order to assess how your skin is reacting to the peel solution.
After your Vi Peel Treatment:
SPF, SPF, SPF!!!
As always, not just after facial treatments, make sure to continually apply SPF 30 or higher to your face, chest, and hands (these are the most sensitive areas, especially while you’re driving). We carry SkinMedica’s SPF 50+ in our office for purchase, and is a highly recommended product for post-laser treatments (especially for the face).
Cleanser, Toner, and at-home Skin Care:
Since you are only in our office for 15 mins for your Vi Peel treatment, and at home for the next 3 weeks, it is VERY IMPORTANT to invest in quality, medical-grade skin care products, in order to complement and enhance your peel results. Using inferior, ineffective products with undesirable ingredients is not recommended, and may contribute to further skin issues.
On that note, with each Vi Peel purchase you are given a free Vi Derm Sunscreen and Vi Derm Moisturizer, to use during your post-peel care. One Night 1 and Night 2 after your peel, you must follow the Vi Peel post care instructions for application of the peel towelettes.
You may perform follow-up Vi Peel treatments every 3 weeks, if recommended to do so by your clinician. If you are receiving the Vi Peel for general skin care purposes, and not to treat a specific skin issue, it is recommended to perform follow-up Vi Peels every 3-4 months.