Over time, and with exposure to gravity and UV light, our faces and necks accumulate damage in the form of “photoaging” and aging in general. Skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The dermis contains proteins, including collagen, elastin, and other important fibers, which affect skin’s strength and elasticity. UV radiation and oxidative stress injure these important proteins, leading to the accumulation of damage in the form of wrinkles, drooping skin, broken blood vessels, mottled pigment, and sun spots, while gravity leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, allowing skin to droop and sag.
There are a number of acids employed in chemical peels, including various percentage strengths of glycolic acid (Neocutis peels), trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or carbolic acid, which will cause shedding of the superficial layers of skin with the emergence of fresh, new skin. The stronger the peel, the more the peeling, and the better the effect! Chemical peels soften fine lines and wrinkles, restore more even skin tone, and smooth away rough skin textures. Some peels are also formulated to prevent acne breakouts.
Of the Vi Peel line, different peels target different areas of concern:
- Vi Peel: great for fine lines and wrinkles and irregularity of skin tone/texture
- Vi Peel Purify: for acne-prone skin, fine lines, and skin tone irregularity
- Vi Peel Purify Precision Plus: a more intense treatment targeting acne, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin tone irregularity
- Vi Peel Precision Plus: most intense “brightener and tightener” of the Vi Peel line.
The client’s face and/or neck is first cleaned thoroughly, and the chemical peel solution of choice is applied to the skin. For Neocutis peels, solution is applied for approximately 3-5 minutes; while the solution sits in place, clients report a slight burning, prickling, or stinging sensation. After an allotted time, a buffer solution is then applied, and the face is then washed clean. For Vi Peel, the peel solution is applied, and the patient is dismissed home after watching for approximately 5 minutes with a home care kit. The client will leave with instructions on removing the peel at home later that day. A post-Vi peel instruction guide will allow the client to determine if they want a more profound peeling effect by using “peel toilette” boosters at home, if desired. The entire visit will likely take less than 15 minutes.
A mild sunburn-like effect may be noticed following a Neocutis peel; it is safe to apply makeup following the procedure. Clients must avoid sun exposure for several days following the peel, and must be careful to apply sunblock in the weeks to follow to avoid sunburn. Following ViPeel, the treated skin will become very dry for approximately 1 week, with a sunburn-like appearance. Skin peels gradually and in small flakes over the 1-week period. Skin should be moisturized according to the take-home care kit. Maximum results are seen by week 4!