ViPeel is a medium depth chemical peel that utilizes TCA, phenol, salicylic acid, and other ingredients to exfoliate the skin and reveal smoother, brighter, less damaged layers of skin underneath.
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About the Procedure
Chemical peels have been performed for decades to help improve the appearance of aging and damaged skin. Depending on the intensity of the ingredients used during treatment, years of damage caused by the sun, pigmentation irregularities, even wrinkles can be chemically exfoliated away to reveal younger, smoother, healthier skin. Medium depth chemical peels are the second most aggressive form of chemical peel behind deep peels that use penetrating ingredients such as phenol. The ViPeel -whose original formulation contains mild concentrations of TCA, phenol, retinoic acid, salicylic acid, and vitamin C- gives patients a more vigorous exfoliation than a superficial peel with a shorter recovery time than a deep peel. The first step to a ViPeel is to thoroughly clean the skin to remove all dirt and oils. The ViPeel solution will then be applied to the skin in 2 applications. Once the first layer is applied patients may feel a brief stinging or numbing sensation. A second layer will be applied until the skin begins to frost, signaling the surface layers of skin are being exfoliated away. The ViPeel does not require a neutralizing solution to be applied after the peel is completed. Patients will leave the provider's office, free to resume normal activities with the exception of exercise. Patients should avoid sun exposure as well. Approximately 5-6 hours after treatment and at least 1 hour before bed, patients will wash off the ViPeel solution. Skin peeling will begin 3 days after treatment and complete 7 days after treatment.
The goal of a ViPeel is to reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone and texture while also minimizing signs of early aging such as fine lines and volume loss.
What to Expect
A ViPeel is a medium depth chemical peel that exfoliates the skin to reveal smoother, brighter, skin underneath. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a ViPeel
- Minimize sun exposure
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- A preparatory retinoid or tretinoin cream may be prescribed to prime the skin
- A bleaching agent may be recommended to prevent changes in skin pigmentation
- Do not exfoliate or use aggressive products for 1 week
Immediately After Treatment
- Swelling and redness
- Mild burning sensation
Initial recovery from a ViPeel will take place over the course of 7 days while the skin flakes and peels. Keep the skin moisturized and away from direct or prolonged sun exposure. Do not pick or peel any flaking skin. Do not exercise for the first 3 days after a ViPeel treatment.
The ideal candidate for a ViPeel has a fair to medium skin tone with mild to moderate skin damage such as sun spots, minor acne scarring, and fine lines.
Not Recommended For
ViPeel is not recommended for patients with darker skin tones as it can cause temporary and permanent changes to the skin's complexion.
Side effects from a ViPeel may include local infection, contact dermatitis, irritation, burning, pruritus, pain, persistent erythema, edema, and blistering. Delayed side effects may include scarring, delayed healing, milia, textural changes, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, lines of demarcation, loss of cutaneous barrier and tissue injury, and acneiform eruptions.