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There are various types of chemical peel treatments readily accessible today, and usually, these types are differentiated by the chemicals used in them. A VI Peel, for instance, uses a combination of trichloroacetic acid or TCA, salicylic acid, and phenol. It also contains vitamin C and tretinoin. But what is a chemical peel and what does it do exactly?

Chemical peels in a nutshell

A chemical peel like a VI Peel skin treatment is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that aims to address various skin blemishes that are common in both men and women. While some of these blemishes have much to do with age, others have more to do with environmental factors than anything else.

The treatment involves applying a chemical solution on the face and other target areas to induce peeling and stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body. Its primary purpose is to support the bones and tendons, skin, muscles, cartilage, and tissues. Collagen is the component that lends the skin its suppleness, making it look young and healthy. Over time however, the body’s collagen levels decrease as production slows down, this results in aging skin, among other things.

VI Peel Skin Treatment Procedure

Before you can proceed with the treatment, your doctor will first thoroughly check your skin concerns to determine if a VI Peel is the right procedure for you. Your doctor might suggest a combination of treatments like a chemical peel and microneedling or chemical peel and dermaplaning, or other combinations your doctor deems are the treatments to achieve your goal and desired results. On the other hand, instead of a combination of treatments, your doctor might recommend a series of VI peels. All this will depend on the result of your initial consultation and the doctor’s evaluation of your skin condition.

On the day of treatment, your skin will first be thoroughly cleansed. After this, the first layer of the chemical solution will be applied on the target area(s). After a set amount of time, a second layer will be applied. This entire process will take no longer than 30 minutes, but the chemical solution needs to stay on your face and other target areas for at least four hours. This is to allow the chemical to work its magic, so to speak.

Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to properly wash off the chemical mask after four hours. During the waiting period, patients have reported feeling a mild tingling sensation and/or a bit of discomfort. This level of discomfort, according to them, is fairly tolerable.

After about a day or two, you will notice that your skin looks a bit red, like it’s been sunburned. This is a normal effect from the chemical. On the second day, you will notice that your skin is beginning to peel off. Since peeling is gradual, you may also notice that your skin tone looks uneven. Don’t worry; your skin tone will even out once optimal results are achieved.

There are patients who may experience little to no peeling from their VI Peel skin treatment but this doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working. Remember that each patient’s reaction to treatment is different. You may not experience noticeable peeling but rest assured that the layers that need to be removed to make room for new skin growth will still be discarded. If no noticeable peeling is experienced, the dead skin cells are usually gradually discarded through your skincare routine.

What skin issues can a VI Peel skin treatment effectively improve?

A VI Peel is recommended for the following skin concerns:

  • Acne
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots and sunspots
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Rosacea
  • Enlarged pores

A VI Peel can be applied on the face and neck, arms, legs, chest, and back. It may also be safely used under your eyes.

Patients are reminded to stay out of the sun while the skin is peeling and healing; and to always wear sunscreen when stepping outside. Also, while the skin is peeling, it may feel a little itchy. Refrain from scratching, peeling, picking, or touching your face to prevent infection and avoid damaging the skin. Patients should allow the skin to heal naturally according to its own timeline.

Results may last up four months, depending on the patient’s reaction to the treatment as well as their unique aging process.

VI Peel skin treatment at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery

If you are bothered by skin issues mentioned above and you wish to find out if a VI Peel is the right treatment for you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. George T. Moynihan, M.D. He is a double board certified (by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) facial plastic surgeon with years of experience in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

Contact Gold Coast Plastic Surgery today

When you’re ready to have younger looking, blemish free skin, we invite you to contact Gold Coast Plastic Surgery at (312) 736-7793 to schedule a consultation with Dr. George T. Moynihan, M.D. You may also send us a message here if you have questions about the procedure or wish to inquire about the services that we offer.

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