Vi Peel Vs IPL for Face?

How does a Vi Peel compare to IPL treatment on the face?

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Vi Peel Vs IPL for Face?

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Both of these treatments provide excellent results and can compliment each other. Depending on what skin conditions you are wanting to improve and your ethnicity one might be a better choice than the other.

Since the Vi Peel is a chemical peel it will provide more improvement of the texture of the skin than an IPL. The Vi peel will also improve pore size, fine lines, pigment issues (including melasma), acne, acne scarring and rosacea. It is safe for ALL skin types Fitzpatrick 1-6. There are a few days of downtime while the skin peels it's outer layer but most patients are done peeling 7 days out. 

IPL is an ideal choice for targeting vascular and pigment issues like rosaeca, freckles and sun damage. Some patients find IPL more painful than a Vi Peel with a "hot rubber band snap" sensation. There is little to no downtime with IPL with mild redness and swelling. Patients with a lot of freckles may have "coffee ground looking scabs" that slough off around 5 days. Unfortunately this is not a safe treatment for darker skin types as burns can occur. 

It is important to have both of these procedures done in a medical office and have a consultation to discuss both with a trained professional.

Hope this helps. 

ViPeel vs. IPL

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Hi there-

The IPL is an Intense Pulse Light that is used to treat both vascular and hyperpigmented lesions.

IPL involves little to no downtime, areas treated for vessels will only be red the day of treatment and hyperpigmented lesions will become darker and flake off after about 10 days.

While the Vi peel will treat hyperpigmentation it will have no effect on vascular lesions.

Since the Vi peel is a chemical peel it will improve the overall tone and texture of the skin, soften fine lines, decrease pore size and acne conditions and lighten pigmentation.

The Vi peel also involves about 3 days of excessive peeling and mild to moderate redness that starts about 48 hours after having the peel.

The results may be comparable.

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Thank you for your question.

Both the IPL and ViPeel will target photodamage, but the IPL will do better for those patients with background rosacea or a stronger vascular (red) component. Alternatively, the ViPeel may help more with skin texture improvement and appearance. So, while both treat and relieve the dark spots associated with sun damage, IPL is a better choice for those wishing better rosacea or redness relief, and the ViPeel will be a good choice for those trying to achieve better skin texture and a more refreshed appearance.

Hope this helps!

Don Mehrabi, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist

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