Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Vi Peel?

The Vi Peel is guaranteed to be finest peel you have ever experienced! The unique blend of ingredients produces powerful results with no pain, no skin preparation, and very little downtime. The Vi Peel will:

• Improve the tone, texture and clarity of your skin
• Reduce or eliminate actinic keratoses, age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma
• Soften lines and wrinkles
• Clear acne skin conditions, reduce or eliminate acne scars
• Stimulate the production of collagen for firmer, more youthful skin

Obsolete peels of the past, without exception, epitomize the “no pain, no gain” approach to skin care. Before the Vi Precision Peel, the deeper the peel, the more painful it was, the more downtime you experienced, but the better the results were. The Vi Precision Peel is the first Next Generation Aesthetic. It is painless, yet produces dramatic visible results in just days with little downtime.

How does the Vi Peel work?

The Vi Peel consists of a synergistic blend of five acids that no other peel offers:

• TCA – Trichloroacetic Acid for penetration, deep scar healing, and collagen stimulation
• Retinoic Acid – An acid derived from vitamin A to combat wrinkles
• Salicylic Acid – This beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is a strong exfoliant
• Phenol – A powerful acid with antiseptic and anesthetic properties that aids in skin penetration
• Vitamin C – Ascorbic acid has antioxidant and mild exfoliation properties

The peel is applied to the face and neck. During the application of the peel, you may feel a tingling or slight stinging sensation that lasts for about five seconds. The peel numbs the skin on the first pass and very cold air is directed at the treatment site for additional comfort. When the peel is complete, the treated area is cleansed and soothing, protective products are applied.

The skin will appear slightly tan or red immediately after the peel. On the first and second days, the skin may feel slightly tight and any pigmented areas might appear slightly darker. Around the third day, you should begin to peel. The first signs of peeling usually begin around the mouth but the entire treated area will quickly follow. With the use of the included Vi Derm moisturizer, clients can maintain their usual daily routine. By the sixth or seventh day, the peeling should be complete and the results are dramatic! An Omega Peel (included in the Vi Peel) provides the final, perfecting touch.

What are the benefits of Vi Peel?

The Vi Peel corrects skin problems at the cellular level rather than just burning off the skin. The combined actions of its many acids and vitamins help erase fine lines and wrinkles, remove actinic keratoses, shrink enlarged pores, and build collagen and elastin to tighten skin. It is extremely effective in eliminating hyperpigmentation, including melasma, and provides excellent results for patients with acne.

How many Vi Peel treatments do I need?

The number of treatments depends on the severity of the conditions you wish to correct and the amount of correction desired. A single Vi Peel behaves like a superficial peel in relation to pain and downtime, but yields results equal to a medium depth peel. Three Vi Peels, two to four weeks apart, will produce results comparable to procedures like the Obagi Blue peel without the pain, extensive downtime, and cost associated with those peels.

Things to know about Vi Peel

You should be prepared to peel for up to seven days total, with extensive peeling during two or three of those days. The Vi Precision Peel has no downtime for healing but the peeling will be much more extensive than ordinary chemical peels. The amount of peeling varies between individuals. Clients who use RetinA tend to see much more flaking while clients who regularly exfoliate may experience only modest flaking. The moisturizer included with the peel will hide most of the effects but we recommend scheduling this peel at least ten days prior to any social events that would be impacted by flaking and peeling skin.

This treatment should not be performed if you have taken Accutane within the past twelve months or if you are sensitive or allergic to aspirin. You should avoid the use of RetinA, Renova, or glycolic acids within one day before or after the treatment.

How much time is required for a Vi Peel session

The initial application requires 30 minutes.

Is Botox and Juvederm the same thing?

No. Botox is a substance that helps relax the muscles that cause frown lines. Juvederm is an injectable filler that can be used to fill lines on the face that are the result of loss of volume in the face. Both Botox and Juvederm can be used to treat lines on the face.

How long does Juvederm last?

Unlike other fillers that may only last 3-4 months, Juvederm is FDA approved to last a year.

Why Botox?

Botox is a simple, non-surgical treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. It is the only treatment of its kind approved by the FDA.

Within days of just one 10-minute treatment there’s a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Botox is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause frown lines between the brows that form over time.

In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women surveyed rated the improvement in the appearance of frown lines between their brows are better one month after treatment. Results can last for up to 4 months, and may vary.

Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65, and almost 3.3 million procedures were performed in 2005 alone.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ranked Botox as the most popular physician-administered aesthetic procedure in the United States for the fourth year in a row (surgical and non-surgical combined).

Proven Results!
No Downtime!
Minimal and Brief Discomfort!

Will I still be able to smile if I get a Botox treatment?

Yes! Most Botox treatments are localized to the forehead and brow area of the face. Your smile will not be altered.

What percentage of patients who receive Botox are unhappy with it?

A 2005 study by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that only 1% of patients who’d received Botox were not happy with their results.

Is Botox safe?

Botox has been used therapeutically for over 17 years. The formulation used to treat frown lines was approved by the FDA in 2002.

How much does Botox cost?

The price of a Botox treatment varies depending on the area treated, as each area requires a different amount for optimal results.

What is Thermo-Lo?

Thermo-Lo is a radiofrequency current that is attracted to the water in various skin conditions. It uses a tiny probe on or just under the surface of the skin to dehydrate the problem area, causing the body (over a few days) to exfoliate the dried skin that removes and clears the skin of the condition. The procedure is minimally invasive, is virtually painless and requires no down time.

What is a Thermo-Lo procedure like?

The probe is applied precisely to the area to be treated. Most clients experience a warm pricking sensation. This is more noticeable in sensitive areas around the lips and nose. A topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment to minimize any discomfort.

How long is a Thermo-Lo treatment?

The length of time often requires 15-20 minutes preparation with a topical anesthetic applied to the skin in the areas to be treated. The amount of skin conditions to be treated determines the length of time required for treatment.

How is Thermo-Lo different From electrolysis?

Thermo-lo technology stays on the top layers of skin, the epidermis. Electrolysis works into all three major skin layers (epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue). The advantage of this treatment is that it is not affecting deeper layers of skin that remove tissue.

How is Thermo-Lo different from IPL

Most pulsed light treatments can penetrate both the epidermis and dermis, which in turn can cause temporary or even permanent damage on the skin, often this treatment is unavoidable in affecting areas not needing treatment.

What results can I expect from a Thermo-Lo treatment?

Results can be seen with a single treatment and in most cases are immediate and are often permanent. When treating acne scarring, the results may take 8 to 12 weeks to allow new collagen to form.

How many Thermo-Lo treatments are needed?

Typically one to two treatments are necessary. This varies depending on the condition being treated.

Is there any downtime with Thermo-Lo?

There is very little downtime, and side effects are very minimal and very manageable. You will notice some fine scabbing after a few days in the area treated, at this time can be covered with makeup. This will resolve in about 7-10 days, it is ideal to combine this treatment with Fraxel Laser Treatment, allowing the patient to recover at one time and gain the benefits of both treatments for optimal results!

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a substance, a type of acid derived from fruit or botanical source, applied to the skin surface that helps chemically break down the bonds of the oils and water that hold skin cells together. Applying a peel encourages desquamation of the old dead skin cells, or skin shedding, which in turn brings newer cells to the surface and helps the skin look brighter and feel smoother.
Depending on pH level (the lower the pH, the stronger the peel) the peel will penetrate to varying degrees into the lower layers of the skin to help “boost” the cell renewal process from the lower layers upward. Peel ingredients also provide anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-bacterial action to help clear break outs and reduce redness.

Why Chemical Peels?

Have you ever wanted to try a chemical peel, but have always been slightly afraid of the word “chemical”?

A quick review of Skin Biology

Your skin is put together in three distinct layers. Each of these layers has a different function. Skin cells are in a constant cycle of renewal, with new cells forming and working their way up and out to external layers to eventually naturally slough off. So, the very outermost-of-the-outermost-layers of the skin are made up of multiple layers of dead skin cells, which are held together with lipids (oils) and water, to form your protective skin barrier.

When you are young – teens, 20’s and early 30’s – this renewal process in healthy skin happens every 28 to 32 days. As we age, the process slows down … and this causes a type of build-up of dead skin cells on the surface, which creates a dull appearance. Cell build-up also occurs within the pores in oilier skin types who are prone to acne break-outs.

Rebecca Reece-Porter, ACI CLS works in conjunction with medical director Sidney Eisenbaum, MD.