What is a VI Peel?
If you’ve experimented with at-home chemical peels and had less than stellar results, it may be time to call in a professional.
A VI Peel is a medical grade chemical peel from VI Aesthetics that reaches beyond the top layer of skin and into the middle, dermal layer. This makes it a good choice to treat skin damage; reduce wrinkles and fine lines; improve skin texture and tone; and reduce sun spots, enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation.
A VI Peel blends several of the active ingredients in other peels, including TCA, Retin-A, salicylic acid, phenol, and vitamin C. Some say this combination makes VI Peel more effective in a shorter time and with less discomfort than other peels of equal depth.
Because it’s a stronger peel, the VI Peel must be applied and monitored by an experienced professional. Your doctor will work with you decide which VI Peel formula and strength is best for you.
What is the recovery like after VI Peel?
The VI Peel is a mid-depth peel and will make your skin red and possibly sensitive. Dr. Obeng advises that you to avoid makeup during the three or four peeling days. If you time the procedure so your peeling begins over a weekend, you may not need any time off work.
Because you’ll be removing the peel solution at home, you play a big role in making sure your recovery goes well and you end up with the results you want. It’s important to follow your MiKO Med Spa’s recovery guidelines closely. Your skin may feel tight or dry for the first day or so after application and before peeling begins. We prescribe a pharmaceutical grade moisturizer to hydrate your skin also help mask the flakiness when it begins.
It is important not to pick at the skin as it begins to peel. Doing so can cause bleeding, prolonged redness, even scarring. Just let the skin peel naturally without helping it.
You must avoid the sun during the initial healing process and use a broad spectrum sunscreen after healed. It is best to avoid exercising, sweating, or raising your body temperature significantly for the first 3–4 days. These activities could cause blistering or hyperpigmentation.
“Darker skin and African American skin is prone to hyperpigmentation,” says our Medical Director, and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Obeng. We specialize in ethnic skin so If you have a darker skin tone Dr. Obeng has the perfect system for you.
How long will my VI Peel results last?
The results of a VI Peel generally last for about a year and can be extended with continued sun protection. However, you’ll need a series of peels to get those results. VI Peel’s maker suggests an initial series of about four peels every 4–6 weeks. You could then think about a quarterly peel to extend your results.
When will I see the results of VI Peel?
You’ll see fresh new skin beginning to show as peeling slows. You’ll see your final results about seven days after the peeling has stopped.
Keep in mind, though, that full results take several peels. “Every individual’s response to a VI Peel varies, which then varies the number of treatments needed to achieve optimal results. Generally, most patients achieve effective results after two or three treatments.
It won’t be immediately apparent that you’ve had a chemical peel, and you’ll be able to return to your regular activities. Two to three days after the treatment, your skin will begin flaking and peeling. This will continue for about a week, possibly a little longer. At MiKO MedSpa we suggest scheduling your VI Peel on a Wednesday, so you’ll be peeling over the weekend..