What is a Vitalize Peel?
This is a light facial peel performed by a doctor using mild acids. It is intended to treat all of the signs of aging, whether caused by heredity or environmental elements. It has also proven useful in treating fine lines, lightening freckles and sun spots, and fading light scars. It tightens overly large pores and eliminates blackheads.
How does a Vitalize Peel work?
A Vitalize Peel combines the power of alphahydoxy acids and betahydroxy acids with resorcinol and retinoic acid. These chemicals exfoliate the dead skin cells on the epidermis and increase the shedding process.
What areas of the body does a Vitalize Peel treat?
The Vitalize Peel is predominantly used to treat the face and neck area, but it is also possible to use it on the chest, back, and hands.
What are the advantages of a Vitalize Peel over other similar treatments?
This light peel requires no anesthetic and no time off from work or other activities. Because mild acids are used in a Vitalize peel, patients can use a moisturizer and cosmetics to hide the redness and peeling while continuing their normal schedules. A Vitalize Peel can be used in conjunction with various types of laser treatments for a deeper facial resurfacing process.
Who is a candidate for a Vitalize Peel?
Adult men and women and teenagers with skin disorders can benefit from a Vitalize Peel. The Vitalize Peel should not be used on anyone with an open wound or infection. This includes those with Herpes blisters and autoimmune deficiencies.
How is Vitalize Peel performed?
Patients should avoid harsh cleansers and any kind of facial hair removal the week before treatment. After cleansing the face and protecting the eyes from the acids, the care provider will apply the Vitalize Peel to its surface. This may make the patients skin tingle or sting a bit, but patients don’t need any pain medication for this process.
What is the recovery like?
When doctors use a Retinoic Acid to perform the Vitalize Peel, the skin may retain a yellow tinge after the process, but this is washed off in about four hours and the color will reside quickly. Patients will usually have pink skin for a day or two and should treat the peel area gently during the week following a Vitalize Peel. Care providers will ask patients to stay out of the sun for a week and then use a sunscreen with a high SPF continuously to prevent future damage. A hypo allergic moisturizer should be applied to soften the skin as it peels. In a small number of patients, the skin may not peel at all, but these patients are still receiving the anti-aging benefits from the Vitalize Peel.
What will the results be like?
The complexion will be smoother, suppler, and more evenly toned. The lines and wrinkles will be less noticeable, and the patient’s skin will appear more vibrant. Most patients feel the skin is very soft, and makeup foundation glides on easily, leaving the face flawless. Three to six monthly treatments are recommended to achieve the best results.
What are the risks?
A few patients experience a rash or allergic reaction after treatment. Others develop swelling and burning for several days. A few must deal with itching and dark spots on the skin.
Is a Vitalize Peel approved for use in the U.S.?
Vitalize Peel is FDA approved and can be used by all certified providers in the United States.
Is Vitalize Peel covered by insurance companies?
Vitalize Peel is considered entirely aesthetic in nature and costs are generally between one and two hundred dollars per session. This not covered by major insurance companies or Medicare.
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