Q. How is the Vi Peel different from other peels?
A. Obsolete peels of the past, without exception, epitomize the “no pain, no gain” approach to skin care. Before Vi Peel, the deeper the peel, the more painful, the more downtime, the better the results. A similar result can be obtained with the Dermasweep with Jessner/TCA infusion, now available at CLS.
Q. How many treatments are required to show an improved look?
A. A single Vi Peel will achieve significant repair and add a healthy glow to the skin. It is a true, restorative and painless repair of damaged skin including sun damage and acne. Alternatively, Fraxel or YAG laser rejuvenation are safe and excellent ways to look younger and stay looking young.
Q. Will results be long-lasting?
A. Like everything else in life, human skin needs maintenance. The Vi Peel’s wonderful results will last as long as skin care is maintained, sun exposure is moderate and preventive aging with the Vi Peel is performed three or four times per year and, in between, skin care is optimized with the second Next Generation Aesthetic, the Vi Derm™ Skin Care System.
Q. What’s the critical key to long lasting results?
A. We believe skin care should be “dentilized”, where we treat our skin with the same care that we treat our teeth. Regular visits to a medical professional coupled with daily maintenance allow us to enjoy what life has to offer, in moderation, without the fear of damaging our skin, the same way we may eat a little chocolate and drink coffee between visits to our dentist.
Similarly, IPL Photofacials, Fraxel, and Dermasweep with Infusion can be performed once to several times a year in order to maintain beautiful skin.
Q. What types of skin respond well to the Vi Peel?
A. The many innovations that created the Vi Peel combine to enable the entire continuum of skin types to enjoy the benefits of the peel. For the first time, Afro-American and darker skin types such as some Asian and Latin skins can experience anti-ageing and restorative skin care previously unavailable.
Q. How much preconditioning of the skin is required?
A. The Vi Peel requires no preconditioning of the skin associated with older generation peels that can take three to five months.
Q. Does it burn?
A. Not really. Patients will feel a slight stinging sensation for a few seconds which subsides completely almost immediately. The peel is applied topically, numbing of the skin takes place after the first pass. Some patients may feel more comfortable using a fan or cold air breeze.
Q. How badly will the patient peel?
A. 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.
Q. What will I look like right after the Vi Peel and during the next few days?
A. The skin will look slightly tan to red immediately after the peel. On days one and two the skin will feel slightly tighter with no visible signs of having a peel except for looking slightly tan, as if the patient just returned from a relaxing weekend at a resort. Any pigmented areas might appear slightly darker, which is a good sign. On about day three,you begin to peel. The first signs of peeling usually begin around the mouth area, continuing for a day or two. With the use of the Vi Derm™ moisturizer, patients go about their usual daily routine. By day six or day seven you are done peeling and the results are dramatic!
Q. What about normal activities after the Vi Peel?
A. There are no restrictions. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the peel.
Q. What will the Vi Peel do for my skin?
A. It uses the synergy of all available and known modes of action of various acids to produce a multitude of positive effects. 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 practically eliminating hyper pigmentation including melasma, the most difficult pigmentation issue to address. The Vi Peel also provides excellent results for patients with acne.
Q. How many peels are needed?
A. The peel may be repeated as often as every two weeks, if necessary, for damaged skin. Our recommendation for average skin would be once every three months to prevent damage and the underlying aging of the skin. We will evaluate your goals and expectations and make an appropriate recommendation for ongoing skin care.
Q. I have a social event coming up, can I wear makeup after the Vi Peel ?
A. While the long term goal is to eliminate the need to use any makeup, it may be worn at any time after the peel solution has dried. Makeup should not be applied on the days that the skin is peeling, just moisturizer. Makeup can then be resumed at any time after the skin peels.
Q. What about the hands or chest?
A. Of course! The Vi Peel is incredibly effective in removing sunspots from the hands and chest and eliminating the wrinkles associated with sun damage on the décolletage. We will customize the application for you .
Q. How long will the Vi Peel take?
A. It’s as easy as 3-4-7. With a single 3-4 minute application, 100% guaranteed results are dramatic in just seven days!
Q. What kind of final results will I see after a single Vi Peel?
A. 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. You will feel refreshed with slightly tighter skin. Hyper-pigmentation will be improved or gone, depending on the amount of damage. Texture will be improved with an overall more youthful appearance. You will be very happy.
Q. Does the Vi Peel cause the skin to be thinner?
A. No. By increasing the cell turnover rate of the skin, it actually causes it to thicken, producing increased collagen and elastin.
Q. Will my skin be more sensitive after the Vi Peel?
A. The skin will only be more sensitive, if at all, during the peeling process itself. You may experience up to four days of sensitivity until the PH of the skin is replenished.
Q. Does the Vi Peel tighten neck skin?
A. 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.
Q. What other areas can the Vi Peel be performed on?
A. Face, neck, hands and chest all respond well to a Vi Peel.
Q. Can I go in the sun after the Vi Peel?
A. Sun exposure should be limited and adequate protection with a good sunscreen should be used. As part of the Vi Derm™ Skin Care System, sunscreen is provided to the patient along with moisturizer. 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, the patient can enjoy moderate sun exposure, continuing regular skin care maintenance.
Q. What about exercise after the Vi Peel?
A. Again, the Vi Peel was created to be practical. We only ask that the solution be left on the skin for five hours prior to exercising, washing it off immediately before commencing exercise.
Q. Can cold sore sufferers have a Vi Peel?
A. Of course. In some cases, we 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.
Q. Are teenage acne sufferers too young for the Vi Peel and would it help their acne?
A. Dr. Kalil originally formulated the Vi Peel for his 15 year old daughter, an acne sufferer. The peel is excellent for both adult and adolescent acne. Results are quick and very impressive. Combined with a daily skin regimen, almost all acne cases can be readily and safely managed.