What is a VI Peel?
A VI Peel is a skin treatment used to improve the appearance of the
skin on the face, chest, hands or other areas. As a medical-grade
chemical peel, the VI Peel is an effective treatment to improve
several skin conditions and issues including acne, uneven skin
texture, uneven tone, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, sagging
skin, age and sun spots, enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation. The
VI Peel also provides a more youthful look by brightening the
overall appearance of the skin and improving collagen production.
The VI Peel, like some other chemical peels, can also assist in
removing precancerous cells.
How does a VI Peel work?
Using a chemical solution, VI Peels remove the upper layers of skin
to allow the growth of fresh new skin that is smoother and more
youthful in appearance, while also increasing collagen production.
What are the active
ingredients of Vi Peel?
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), phenol, retinol, salicylic acid, vitamin
C and proprietary mineral blend. These ingredients are combined in a
special way to maintain effectiveness but reduce pain and redness.
What are the benefits of a
VI Peel over other chemical peels?
• Virtually pain-free
• Little-to-no downtime
• Light peeling that can be masked by using moisturizer
• Allows for immediate return to regular activities
• Safe and effective on all skin types and tones
Who should consider
getting a VI peel?
The VI Peel can be used on all skin types. The VI Peel has been
safely used to manage acne in patients as young as 12 years of age
and is effective for use on darker skin tones that have not
historically responded well to other chemical peel procedures, such
as Asian, African-American or Latino skin tones.
How is the procedure performed?
A VI Peel can be performed in a medspa or cosmetic dermatology
clinic and can be administered by a licensed nurse, a certified
aesthetician or a medical doctor. While older procedures for
chemical peels included skin preconditioning, there is no
preconditioning needed prior to receiving a VI Peel. The application
process can take up to 30 minutes and involves the chemical solution
being topically applied to the skin. The peel is then left on the
skin for five hours and washed off by the patient at home. Some
patients experience light stinging during application, which
Patients can receive VI Peels repeatedly every two weeks until they
receive their desired results; however, most patients need only one
initial treatment followed by regular peels three to four times per
year for continuing skin renewal and luminosity.
What can I expect from
the recovery process?
Many patients will notice that their skin appears red or tan after
their VI Peel treatment, which is normal and will subside shortly
after the procedure. Patients can return to regular activities
immediately after their appointment; however, the peel solution must
stay on the face for five hours, and strenuous activities, such as
exercise, should be avoided until the patient washes the solution
off. Patients can apply make-up prior to and after the peeling
process, but should not wear make-up while their skin is peeling.
The peeling process most often begins on the third day after the
procedure and can last from a few days to one week. During the
peeling period, patients may have some sensitivity and should avoid
sun exposure as much as possible. Moisturizer can be used during
this time to mask the light, feathery skin peeling if the patient is
concerned about the appearance of their skin.
When will I see
Most patients report noticeable results within a few days after
receiving a VI Peel. Results will include an overall improvement in
the appearance of the skin including a more youthful glow and
improved tone and texture.
Is the VI Peel
approved for use in the United States?
While the VI Peel procedure itself does not hold official FDA
approval, each of the ingredients in the peel is FDA-approved. The
makers of the VI Peel have also completed a safety study through
International Research Services, Inc., which concluded that the VI
Peel is safe when used as intended.
Will my insurance cover my VI peel?
Cosmetic procedures and treatments that are not considered medically
necessary, including the VI Peel, are generally not covered by
medical insurance companies. However, patients who wish to receive a
VI Peel and do not want to pay for the treatment up front may have
access to financing options or payment plans through their VI Peel
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