A Vi Peel is essentially a type of chemical peel used for smoothing the skin’s texture apart from improving its contours and treating issues like signs of aging. Like every chemical peel, the Vi Peel acts by gradually scraping-away the outermost layer of skin, helping the younger, healthier skin tissue to surface. This helps to treat serious facial blemishes and skin pigmentation too. However, Vi Peel isn't the only option in the niche of skin rejuvenation. There are many other alternatives as non-invasive and effective as a Vi Peel.
Microdermabrasion is one of the most commonly-available skin rejuvenation treatments. Since it doesn’t involve the use of complicated machinery or medical expertise, it is widely available in non-medical healthcare centers like spas and rejuvenation centers.
It should be noted that just like chemical peeling, Microdermabrasion is also a resurfacing procedure. This means that it is non-surgical, non-invasive and seeks to cure many types of skin conditions through comprehensive exfoliation of the skin. However, there are some minor differences in the applicability of these two procedures.
Whereas, Microdermabrasion is ideal for superficial skin conditions like acne scars or fine lines, chemical peels are more effective for treating deep-rooted skin problems like deep wrinkles and pigmentation. However, Microdermabrasion is still a good alternative to Vi Peel in most cases.
Microdermabrasion doesn’t put forth the risk of the chemical agents reacting with the skin and causing unwanted damage. The use of chemicals in Vi Peels can cause some degree of apprehension among people, particularly those who have sensitive skin. There is always an underlying fear of flaking, burning or scarring of the skin in chemical peeling. These issues aren’t associated with Microdermabrasion, where the abrasive agents are inert (chemically-stable) compounds like aluminum oxide crystals or other types of organic particles.
Laser Resurfacing is also a non-invasive alternative to a Vi Peel. Laser resurfacing too concentrates on improving the skin’s outer texture in an undemanding manner. Due to the somewhat similar methodology with chemical peeling, Laser Resurfacing is often advertized as Laser Vaporization or Laser Peeling.
Laser Resurfacing is ideally suited for people with mature age spots, such as deep facial wrinkles. This method uses a controlled pulse of laser for thoroughly heating the facial skin. The intense but controlled heating of the skin catalyzes a rejuvenation process. The heating ensures that the dead skin cells are scraped-off and the formation of skin’s proteins, like collagen, is stimulated. This ensures external and internal skin rejuvenation along with long-term skin tightening.
Two types of laser resurfacing are commonly recommended—Carbon Dioxide-based Laser Resurfacing and Erbium Laser Resurfacing.
- CO2 Laser Resurfacing—this is among the more established and conventional form of laser resurfacing. It can even treat enlarged pores or hyper-secretion by the sebaceous glands. The contemporary form of CO2 laser lighting uses short-pulse beams that offer a very precise and safe mode of heating the skin.
- Erbium Laser Resurfacing—this process is generally regarded as a bit less effective that CO2 resurfacing. However, this makes it a better option for people whose skin recovers slowly or those with reactive/hyper-allergic skin conditions.