What is a VI Peel?
The VI Peel is a procedure performed by a doctor or certified clinician which involves the application of a special blend of acids to the face. This anti-aging treatment includes salicylic, ascorbic, and trichloroacetic acids, as well as Retin-A.
How does a VI Peel work?
The acid blend used in a VI Peel quickens the skin’s natural process of exfoliation, causing the skin cells in the epidermis to die more quickly. As these dead cells drop away, new undamaged ones are formed. During this process, collagen production also increases, which improves the underlying structure and texture of the skin.
What areas of the body does a VI Peel treat?
The VI Peel is used most often on the face and neck, but it may also be used on the hands and chest to eliminate the sun damage in these areas.
What are the advantages of a VI Peel over other similar treatments?
The VI Peel is much less invasive than other ablative procedures for facial rejuvenation. It requires no hospitalization or general anesthesia. Patients can go about their daily schedules within two days, and this process is less painful than other surgical treatments.
Who is a candidate for a VI Peel?
The VI Peel is perfect for all skin types and colors. It has been performed on teenagers and adults with great success. It is especially useful for those with acne pitting and pigmentation disorders. Those seeking to eliminate fine lines, large pores, and poor skin elasticity may also find a VI Peel effective.
How is a VI Peel performed?
After cleansing the facial area and protecting the eyes, the care provider will apply the VI Peel to the treatment area. At first, many patients experience a tingling or burning sensation, but most do not find this treatment painful. Although the patient may leave the treatment area, the serum must be left on the skin surface for five hours after application. Several days after the application of serum, the skin will begin to slough off. This allows healthier new skin cells to develop and promotes the growth of new strands of collagen.
What is the recovery like?
The skin will be pink following a VI Peel, and the doctor may suggest cool compresses for a few days. Most patients require little pain medication, but those who do need medication usually take over-the-counter preparations. The skin will begin to peel away on day three, and during the following days, it is important to drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun. Patients should keep the skin moisturized with the products recommended by the provider.
What will the results be like?
By day seven, the healing process should be well under way. The face should be firmer and smoother. Lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and scars should be greatly diminished. Most feel the face looks younger and healthier. Doctors recommend maintenance peels about three or four times a year.
What are the risks?
With all chemical peels, there is a slight risk of burns or scarring, but these are rare. Redness, swelling, and discoloration are also minor risks.
Is a VI Peel approved for use in the U.S.?
All of the chemicals in the VI Peel have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use on the face, but the VI Peel blend has not yet received approval. However, his procedure is being done by doctors in the United States.
Is a VI Peel covered by insurance companies?
No, the VI Peel is not covered by insurance companies or Medicare because it is considered a cosmetic procedure at this time.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By SkinCareGuide.com Staff
Updated: November 24, 2009