Chemical Peels

Vi Peel

VI Aesthetics offers an effective approach to achieving healthier and younger looking skin and provides superior results for a variety of skin types and conditions. Unlike other chemical peels, the VI Peel® treatments are easy to apply, virtually painless, require no skin pre-conditioning, and deliver results in as little as 7 days. These peels are also multi-taskers, nurturing skin with vitamins and minerals while going through the exfoliation process. The peels are suitable for the face and body, and maintain an affordable price point. VI Aesthetic products are practical, well-rounded, effective and efficient!

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Benefits for the Patient:

• Our unique formulation is suitable for a variety of skin types; no longer limiting patients of Asian, Hispanic,Middle Eastern or African descent.
• The treatment is virtually painless with numbing quickly occurring after the first pass of the peel on the skin.
• Any minor side effects that do arise are easily treated.
• Unlike many other peels, preparation products are not required.
• Fast and rewarding results in as little as 7 days and minimal peeling time of usually 2-3 days.
• A Post Treatment Kit is provided for each patient that includes the patient instructions, the VI Derm® SPF 50+, VI Derm® Cleanser and Post Peel Protectant to ensure patient comfort during the peeling process.

Who is a candidate for a VI Peel®?

• Patients interested in achieving and maintaining healthier, more youthful looking skin.
• Patients looking for anti-aging benefits including tone, texture, clarity, fine lines and wrinkles.
• Patients with hyperpigmentation (including melasma) and sun damage.
• Acne patients, including patients as young as 12-13 years old, with consent of a guardian.
• Patients with acne scarring.

Multiple treatments are needed to achieve maximum results.  A series of two to three peels provides the best overall results.

Chemical Peels

How would the VI Peel compare to other peels or a TCA Peel?

How would the VI Peel compare to other peels or a TCA Peel?

The VI peel is almost painless, and requires none of the skin pre conditioning 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 usually come with those peels.

How many peels can you do and how far apart should they be done?

For most patients, peels should be done three to four times a year starting at puberty 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 doctor. For extremely damaged skin, the VI Peel can initially be done once a month to get quicker desired results.

How is the VI Peel different from other peels?

Without exception, obsolete peels of the past epitomize the “No pain, no gain” approach to skin care. Before the Vi Peel the deeper the peel, the more painful, the more downtime, the better the results. The VI Peel is the first peel to combine the strongest and most effective acids, yet it’s virtually painless with little downtime.

How many treatments are required to show an improved look?

A single Vi Peel will achieve significant repair and add a healthy glow to the skin. Some conditions like acne scars, pore enlargement and hyper pigmentation might require multiple applications. It is a restorative and painless repair of damaged skin, including sun damage and acne. Best of all, it is a true aging preventative for younger skin with no visible damage.

Will results be long lasting?

Like everything else in life, skin needs maintenance. The Vi Peel’s results will last as long as skin is maintained with one of our medical grade skin care lines. The VI Peel should be performed three to four times per year

What types of skin respond well to the VI Peel?

The many innovations that created the Vi Peel combine to allow ALL skin types to enjoy the benefits of the peel. For the first time, African-American and darker skin types such as Asian and Latin patients can experience anti-aging and restorative skin repair previously unavailable.

How much preconditioning of the skin is required?

The Vi Peel requires no preconditioning of the skin associated with older generation peels that can take three to five months.

Does it burn?

Not really. You will feel a slight stinging sensation for a few seconds which subsides almost immediately. The peel is applied topically, and numbing of the skin takes place after the first pass. Some patients may feel more comfortable using a fan or cold air breeze.

How badly will I peel?

The skin peeling associated with the Vi Peel is a light, fluffy peel that will start on day three and generally be finished by the end of day four. The peeling is easily hidden by moisturizer. In some cases, the peel is virtually invisible. Patients using Retin A may experience heavier peeling. The peel can be modulated by your skin care provider to produce a deeper, more aggressive peel, if necessary, depending on your skin condition.

What will look like right after the VI Peel and during the next few days?

The skin will look slightly tan, yellow or red immediately after the peel. On days one and two the skin will feel slightly tighter, with no visible signs of having had a peel. Any pigmented areas might appear slightly darker. On approximately day three, you will begin to peel. The first signs of peeling usually begin around the mouth area and continue for a day or two. With the use of the Vi Derm™ moisturizer, you may go about your usual daily routine. By day six or day seven you will be done peeling and the results are dramatic! If a more aggressive peel was performed, a secondary peel might occur around day seven.

What about normal activities after the VI Peel?

There are no restrictions. We recommend avoiding heavy sweating for the first few days after the peel. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the peel.

What will the VI Peel do for my skin?

It tackles skin problems at the cellular level rather than just burning skin off. Thanks to the concerted actions of its many acids and vitamins, it will help erase fine lines and wrinkles, shrink enlarged pores and build collagen and elastin which tighten skin. It is extremely effective in reducing or eliminating hyper pigmentation including melasma, the most difficult pigmentation issue to correct. The Vi Peel also provides excellent results for acne.

How many peels are needed?

The peel may be repeated as often as every two weeks initially, if necessary, for damaged skin and problematic skin. Our recommendation for maintenance of average skin would be once every three months to prevent damage and aging of the skin. Your doctor or skin care professional will evaluate your skin, as well as your goals and expectations and make an appropriate recommendation for ongoing skin care.

Can I wear makeup after the Vi Peel?

While the long term goal is to eliminate the need for makeup, it may be worn at any time after the peel solution has dried completely (four hours or more post peel).

What about the hands or chest?

The Vi Peel is incredibly effective in removing sunspots from the hands, arms and chest and eliminating the wrinkles associated with sun damage on the décolletage. The peeling process is different and longer than for the face. Please ask us for more information.

How long will the Vi Peel take?

Your appointment will take only about 30 minutes or less.

What kind of final results will I see after a single Vi Peel?

It takes about four days after you finish peeling for the skin to return to its normal PH and to see the final effects. The skin will look luminous and glowing. Hyper-pigmentation will be improved or eliminated, depending on the amount of damage. Tone and texture will be improved for a more youthful, radiant appearance.

Does the Vi Peel make the skin thinner?

No. By sloughing off the old skin and forcing the body to recreate new skin at a faster rate in a sequence faster than its own rate, the skin actually thickens, stimulating the underlying structure to make more collagen and elastin.

Will my skin be more sensitive after the Vi Peel?

The skin will be more sensitive during the peeling process itself. You may experience up to four days of sensitivity until PH of the skin is replenished.

Will the Vi Peel tighten neck skin?

The skin on the neck responds well. The Vi Peel has proven to help improve texture and quality with gradual softening of the lines and some tightening effects. The peeling process and results are different from the face.

What other areas can the Vi Peel be performed on?

The neck, arms, hands and chest all respond well to a Vi Peel.

Can I go in the sun after the Vi Peel?

Sun exposure should be limited and VI Derm SPF 30 with CLA should be used liberally. However, the Vi Peel was created to be practical. The only days where exposure to the sun should be seriously avoided are days three and four, when the skin is peeling, to avoid uneven exposure. After that, you can enjoy moderate sun exposure, continuing regular skin care maintenance and daily sun protection.

What about exercise after the Vi Peel?

Again, the Vi Peel was created to be practical. The solution must be left on the skin for four hours prior to exercising, washing it off immediately before commencing exercise. Please avoid heavy sweating for the first few days after the peel.

Can cold sore sufferers have a Vi Peel?

Of course. In some cases, the physician may recommend pre-medication prior to the peel. If you break out with a sudden cold sore the day of the peel, often the Vi Peel will eliminate the sore and medication may be started concomitantly.

Are teenage acne sufferers too young for the Vi Peel and would it help their acne?

Dr. Kalil originally formulated the Vi Peel for his fifteen year old daughter, an acne sufferer. The peel is excellent for both adult and adolescent acne. We have effectively peeled acne patients as young as twelve years old. Results are quick and very impressive. Combined with a daily skin regimen, almost all acne cases can be successfully managed. Your provider has access to advanced protocols. Please note that treating acne scars will require a series of peels.

Does the Vi Peel help with precancerous cells?

Yes, the Vi Peel, like many other peels, helps to remove precancerous cells. Of course, those with a history of skin cancer should always see their dermatologist or surgeon on a regular basis. The VI Peel is not designed to treat cancer but offers a comprehensive way to prevent it.

Who will perform the Vi Peel?

Doctors can perform the Vi Peel, as well as a licensed nurse or certified esthetician.

I just had a peel and I love my results! What can I do to make sure my skin stays beautiful?

Maintenance is essential. Just like we brush our teeth in between dentist visits, we must care for our skin in between peels! Using medical grade skin care products guarantees that you will not only keep your VI Peel results, but that you will also improve the texture, suppleness, and clarity of your skin. If not used after your peel, then you can expect the results to diminish quicker.

Blue Radiance Peel
Obagi Blue Radiance Peel: A Radiance Peel is a blend of acids that can be used to treat acne and pigmentary changes even in darker skin types.  It is a deeper exfoliation than a Salicylic Acid Peel. Blue Radiance Peel exfoliates and helps improve overall complexion, and provides firmer, smoother, brighter-looking skin after just 1 use. A series of 4 to 6 peels provides best overall results.
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Frequently asked questions

Does Obagi Radiance Peel make my skin thinner?

Users of skin peels often think that they thin the skin as part of their restorative process, but the opposite is actually true. Treatments like Obagi Radiance Peel may remove the top layers of skin, but this just stimulates the skin to produce new, healthy skin in its place.

Are skin peels painful?

Most patients describe the experience of using a skin peel as a pleasant and refreshing tingling sensation that lets you know its working. When getting the more intensive TCA peel pain relieve may be necessary, but these forms of peel are only done under a doctor’s supervision.

Can I go out in public after using Obagi Radiance Peel?

Given the quick and lightweight nature of the Obagi Radiance Peel you’ll have no problem going out in public afterwards. Lunchtime facials like this one simply help brighten your skin and leave you feeling refreshed.

Will I need to use Obagi Radiance Peel again?

Lightweight peels like these are intended to be part of a regular skin maintenance routine, and are often part of a 4 to 6 week treatment period. This is especially true if you have exceptionally sun-damaged skin or other imperfections that require additional treatment.

What is the active ingredient in Obagi Radiance Peel?

The primary active ingredient in the Obagi Radiance Peel is salicylic acid, known for its ability to tighten and smooth skin while brightening it up. It has been shown to improve the texture of the skin and have a renewing affect on tired skin.

Is there anything I need to avoid prior to treatment?

If you’re using a drug like Retin-A you’ll need to quit taking your dosage for three or four days prior to treatment. Additionally, both before and after the treatment, you should be applying SPF30 to your skin.