VI Peels: How many is the best protocol and how far apart should the treatments be?
At our practice we typically recommend one to three VI Peels (with or without Precision Plus) every four to six weeks depending on the patient's skin. Since everyone's skin is different, I do recommend a personalized consultation to discuss the unique needs of the patient's skin, downtime and expectations.VI Peels are fantastic for melasma, hyperpigmentation, sun spots and uneven pigment. I highly recommend the Precision Plus to treat sun damage or pigmentation issues which is added to the VI Peel.Other options in chemical peels or microdermabrasion include:
Microdermabrasion is can be done in a series one every two to three weeks for best results or as a quick fix for softer, smoother skin or special events. There is very little downtime and the skin feels refreshed, clean and bright. For deeper exfoliation our medical aesthetician can adjust the treatment based on the skin type, thickness and goals of the patient. Microdermabrasion is also a great maintenance treatment to do once a month to keep skin free of acne breakouts, clogged pores and dullness. Great for all skin types in any weather.
There are so many great options for chemical peels which range from light, lunchtime or express peels to deeper peels for more intense correction. Glycolic acid, lactic acid peels, or the Skin Medica Illuminize Peel for starter patients or patients busy on the go to brighten, tighten and soften the skin. The Skin Medica Vitalize Peel is one of our most popular peels and is perfect for sun damage, melasma, lines, wrinkles, acne and acne scars. Best done in a series of three peels, one every three weeks the Vitalize Peel refines the skin's texture and tone and creates an even palette. There is very little discomfort or downtime with this medium depth peel, maybe just a few days.
Options for deep peels consist of TCA in various strengths in addition to the VI Peel. Customizing our peels and their special attributes is very important and based on the patient's goals. The VI Peel is one of our favorites for sun damage with the added bonus of "Precision Plus' which helps the appearance of brown spots, melasma and other pigmentation issues.
Finding a licensed practitioner through referrals that listens and pays attention to your unique skin is key.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
Time in between VI Peels
We recommend VI Peels every 4 weeks, up to 3 treatments. It is important for the skin to completely exfoliate and heal before additional peel acids are applied. If the skin is not 100% back to baseline, there involves a risk in damaging the new skin, possibly causing permanent hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. VI Peels are one of our go to treatments for melasma reduction. Good luck!