What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels can be used to reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation, acne and other skin problems and can rejuvenate sun-damaged skin, stimulating the growth of new skin cells making your skin appear healthier and younger. They’re non-invasive and have few side effects, but are quickly effective, much more so than prolonged use of expensive creams that fail to live up to their claims.
They comprise of a range of different acids to address skin tone, texture, hydration, congestion & pigmentation.
Chemical peels are a quick and simple technique to achieve dramatic results for the face, neck and hands. They can be used as a ‘one off’ to achieve radiance for a special occasion or as a series of treatment to reverse or lessen the effects or pigment and scarring skin conditions.
Conditions it can be used for include:
- Acne scarring,
- Pigmentation such as melasma
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dull, tired looking or sun damaged skin
- Oily or dry skin conditions
- Open porse
- Deeper peels are required for deep wrinkles and skin laxity
A chemical peel simply reacts with the very top layer of the skin causing it to come away, revealing a healthier, smoother and a blemish-free complexion underneath. As the skin heals new cells are made and there is greater collagen production resulting in a brightened, youthful and rejuvenated look.
Dr Sheila uses the VI range of peels.
What is the VI Peel?
The VI Peel® contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients (TCA, Retinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenol, Vitamin C and a mineral blend) suitable for all skin types. This peel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain, no skin preparation and little downtime. Why wait weeks or months for results? Enjoy radiant, younger looking skin in about a week with the VI Peel.
The VI Peel® will improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin, reduce the appearance of age spots, and soften lines and wrinkles for more youthful skin. The VI Peel® works well in conjunction with lasers, injectables and post-procedure treatments.
The peel provides superior results for all skin types and regular use of the VI Peel® (every 4-6 weeks), along with proper home care, reverses the effects of sun damage. The VI Peel® also alleviates hyper-pigmentation including melasma, acne and acne scars, loss of firmness and rosacea.
The VI Peel® is suitable for the eye area, chest, hands, arms and back.
What is the VI Precision peel?
The Precision Booster contains a higher concentration of the same synergistic blend of ingredients found in the VI Peel®. The Precision Booster is an excellent addition for addressing stubborn hyper pigmentation including melasma, actinic keratosis and age spots on the face, hands, arms or chest.
Do the VI chemical peels hurt?
The VI peel range may sting, a prickle of feeling hot for a brief minute or two but are not described as painful. A cool fan will help to manage any brief discomfort with the sensation passing within minutes.
What can I expect after treatment with the VI Peels range?
Immediately after the treatment, you may be pink. Over the next few days, your skin will feel tight and dry, it may darken in patches prior to peeling, much like a sunburn peel. The peeling usually begins on day 3 or 4 and may last for 3 or 4 days. Dr Sheila will provide you with a skin care regime and instructions after your treatment.
Are there any side effects?
All treatments carry a degree of risk. All risks and complications will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr Sheila and prior to any treatment being agreed.
Side effects include, but are not limited to:
These are expected to be temporary and settle spontaneously, usually within days
How many sessions will I need and how far apart do I need them?
While peels can be applied in isolation, for best results Dr Sheila will recommend a course of treatment after a full consultation. Vi peels require 4-6 weeks in between peels for skin healing. After the course of treatment 1 peel, every 3-4 months is recommended for maintenance.
Is there any downtime?
There is virtually no downtime with the VI Peel, the peeling process lasts approximately 2-3 days (if timed well this can often occur over the weekend) and you will see great results within 1-2 weeks after treatment. You will be able to wear makeup a few hours after having the peel.
Medically reviewed & updated on September 10, 2019