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Chemical peeling agents resurface the skin by inducing a controlled wound and thus removing superficial layers of the skin. As a result, chemical peels promote the growth of a new healthy top skin layer and improve skin problems like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and skin impurities.
Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin for 2-4 hours.
Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel.
The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.
-One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, deploritory creams, and laser hair removal.
-Two to three days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
-Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.
Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:
Active cold sores, herpes simplex or warts in the area to be treated.
Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin.
Accutane use within the last year.
History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Allergies to aspirin.
Women who are pregnant or actively breastfeeding.
Patients with Vitiligo.
Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis etc) or any condition that may weaken their immune system.
The VI Peel is an amazing skin rejuvenation treatment that Hollywood stars like Demi Moore, Sharon Stone and Kim Basinger are getting to keep their beautiful, youthful glow.
The VI peel helps to correct skin conditions such as acne, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles improving the overall quality, tone and texture of your skin.
Minimal downtime is expected, you can enjoy more beautiful radiant skin in about one week.
Improve the tone, texture, and clarity of your skin.
Reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma.
Soften lines and wrinkles.
Stimulate the production of collagen and elastin for firmer skin.
Clear acne skin condition, reduces or eliminate acne scars.
Unlike those peels, the VI Peel requires no oral or IV sedation to avoid pain. The VI peel is almost painless, and requires no skin preconditioning required by those peels when used on skin types 4 to 6. In addition, the VI peel has very few of the complications and hazards that can accompany those peels.
It will help erase fine lines and wrinkles, shrink enlarged pores and build collagen and elastin which tighten skin. It is extremely effective in eliminating hyper pigmentation including melasma, the most difficult pigmentation issue to address. VI Peel also will help to clear acne, post – inflammatory acne pigmentation and acne scarring.
For most patients, peels should be done three to four times a year to repair sun damage that is already present, and to avoid permanent scarring for those affected by acne.
The frequency of the peel depends on various factors, and will be determined by your skin specialist. For extremely damaged skin, the VI Peel can initially be done once a month to get quicker desired results.
People with the following conditions should refrain from VI peels:
Inflamed skin with open wounds.
Isotretinoin (Accutane®) use in the past 6 months.
Active cold sores or herpes simplex.
Chemotherapy or radiation in the past 6 months.