Chemical Peels at Renew MediSpa
Featuring the VI Peel- Winner of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Holy Grail Award 2022
Improve surface texture: reducing fine lines, wrinkles, pore size and scars
Lift unwanted pigment from the surface layers of the skin. Even out skin tone
A built-in anesthetic makes the VI Peel more comfortable than many other medium-strength peels
The Painless Path to Smoother, Brighter Skin
The VI Peel is a medium-strength, medical-grade chemical peel from Vitality Institute Aesthetics. This in-office treatment minimizes signs of sun damage and aging including: fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, dullness, skin discoloration, breakouts and scars, and uneven skin texture and tone. It works by removing the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) and the uppermost section of the underlying dermal layers, allowing them to be replaced by smoother, brighter skin. It also targets acne and can smooth the appearance of acne scars with multiple sessions. This chemical peel is also a great preparatory step which can enhance your response to other treatments done soon afterward such as laser or micro needling.
The VI Peel formulas contain a proprietary blend of active ingredients, including salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), phenol, vitamin C, and retinoic acid. These combinations can deliver impressive results more quickly than single ingredient chemical peels.
The Vitality Institute offers five uniquely formulated VI Peel treatments designed to lift pigment, remove sun damage, alleviate acne and scarring, and fight fine lines and wrinkles. All of these painless medium-depth VI Peels are safe for all skin types and produce results in as little as 7 days!
There are five types of VI peels, each suitable to a specific set of skin conditions:
The original formula, contains a signature combination of TCA, retinoic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, and vitamin C.
VI Peel Precision
Has higher concentrations of the above active ingredients, making it great at treating signs of aging.
VI Peel Precision Plus
Adds hydroquinone and kojic acid, ingredients known for lightening unwanted pigment. It’s used to treat sunspots, age spots, and other hyperpigmentation issues like melasma.
VI Peel Purify
Is formulated for acne-prone skin. It has added benzoyl peroxide and hydrocortisone, to target both acne and inflammation.
VI Peel Purify with Precision Plus
Combines the acne-fighting ingredients in the Purify formula with the brightening ingredients in the Precision Plus formula, offering a two-pronged approach to more severe acne scarring and skin damage.
What are the Pros and Cons of a VI Peel?
- Simultaneously treats multiple skin concerns
- Quick results: Enjoy improved skin appearance as soon as the skin stops peeling, about a week after your treatment.
- Less cost and less downtime than laser skin resurfacing
- A built-in anesthetic makes the VI Peel more comfortable than many other medium-strength peels. There is a slight stinging sensation for about two minutes which is easily tolerated.
- It can be used anywhere on the body, including the neck, chest, and hands.
- It’s one of the safest peels for people with olive, medium, or deep skin tones, who are usually at a higher risk of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation from chemical peels.
- Reduces the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris- a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, often on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks.
- Visible peeling: Starting three to five days after the treatment your skin will begin to visibly peel and this will continue for several more days.
- Peeling or picking off the exfoliating skin could leave you at risk for infection or scarring, so resist the urge.
- People with acne-prone skin may temporarily have a breakout, commonly called oil purging, following the treatment.
- More than one VI Peel session may be needed to achieve desired results
How should you prepare for your treatment?
- Schedule your VI Peel for a time when you do not have important social engagements for 7 to 10 days.
- During the week leading up to your peel, it is recommended that you stop using prescription retinoids as well as any products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (ex: glycolic acid), beta hydroxy acids (ex: salicylic acid), or benzoyl peroxide.
- You will also need to avoid waxing, electrolysis, and laser hair removal for a week before the procedure so that the skin is not prone to excess irritation.
What happens during a VI Peel treatment?
Our esthetician will begin by cleansing your face with acetone. This helps “degrease” the skin so that the combination of acids and vitamins can better penetrate the dermis. She will then apply several layers of the solution with cotton pads and/or a brush. The application itself takes only a few minutes. You may feel some tingling or burning during the application, but this sensation is brief and tolerable. This is not a painful process. Your skin may temporarily turn frosted-white in the areas where you’ll get the most peeling.
You’ll leave the office with the solution still on your skin and instructions to rinse it off in four hours. After you rinse it off, you’ll be free to apply makeup until the peeling begins. Depending on which formula you had, you’ll also receive three to five towelettes with instructions for home use. They contain vitamin C and tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A) to boost the peel’s exfoliating effects and encourage the outer layers of skin to slough off.
What can you expect during VI Peel recovery?
- Immediately after your peel, your skin may look darker, as pigmentation is brought to the surface.
- By day two and three (before your skin starts to actively peel), it won’t be so apparent that you’ve had a procedure. Follow your provider’s recovery guidelines closely. Your skin may feel tight and/or dry. Using a moisturizer can help ease that feeling and mask the flakiness and peeling when it begins, which is often on day #3.
- The peeling process will continue for about a week, possibly a little longer. You may want to schedule your VI Peel on a Wednesday, if you want to have the worst of the peeling occur over the weekend. As tempting as it may be, don’t pick at your skin while it’s peeling; just allow it to slough off naturally. Picking or peeling can increase your risk of bleeding, prolonged redness, hyperpigmentation, and even scarring. Applying additional moisturizer or ointment such as Alastin Soothe and Protect Recovery Balm helps the flakes come off without damaging the new skin underneath.
- Your “new” skin will be sensitive, and it may look temporarily more red. Avoiding sun exposure while your skin heals is also key to optimal results. Strict sun avoidance is advised during the initial healing process. After that, the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen is recommended.
- Once you have achieved the desired results, a follow-up treatment every three to four months can help maintain the benefits. Your results can be extended if you take good care of your skin, including using sunscreen daily.
Contraindications to Chemical Peeling
- Pregnancy or Breast Feeding
- Skin that is sunburned
- Skin that is experiencing an active bacterial (other than acne), viral or fungal infection
- Recent (within 6 months) use of Accutane or other medications in the Isotretinion family (Roaccutane, Claravis, Sotret and others)
- Planned significant sun exposure within 4 weeks of the VI Peel treatment
- Current chemotherapy
- Unrealistic expectations or inability to tolerate the downtime of skin peeling
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Disclaimer: Individual results will vary by person and are based upon patient variables (such as genetics, age and lifestyle), the severity of the condition before the procedure, the procedure(s) chosen, and compliance with any recommended aftercare program. No one can guarantee an exact outcome for any single procedure, because we cannot control the degree of tissue response to the treatment.
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