For six months, you’ve been sun-screening, cleansing, toning, and cleansing your skin. You might have tried facials or at-home microcurrent devices. Or derma-rolled your teeth with gritted teeth overnight. Yet, your skin doesn’t glow as brightly from the inside as you hoped it would after you said “I do”.

Is it time to give up? It’s not too late. Melissa Doft MD is a board-certified plastic surgery. We asked her for the details on the VI peel (a medium grade chemical peel). The VI peel is safe and effective for all ages. It targets skin issues such as fine lines, acne scarring, and sun damage. It starts at the skin’s top layer (also known as the epidermis), and works to refine pores, control oil, increase collagen production, and improve your skin’s appearance. This relatively low-maintenance procedure is best performed at least three months before your wedding.

What is a VI Peel and how does it work?

VI peels are light chemical peels that remove the outer layers of damaged skin. They give your skin a smoother texture, and a more radiant glow. This quick and painless treatment uses many of the most effective peeling ingredients (Phenol, TCA), along with anti-aging ingredients (retinol A and vitamin C), without any irritating hydroxy acid.

The VI Peel has many benefits

For those who want a quick and painless pre-wedding treatment, VI peels are the perfect choice. There are many VI peel options available, depending on the skin type. An esthetician will help you choose the right one for you during your initial skin consultation. Doft says that the VI peel can improve the texture, appearance, and clarity of your skin, as well as reduce age spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. It also softens acne scars and acne fine lines, while stimulating collagen production to give you firmer skin.

You can do the peel once to give you an extra boost before your wedding. Dr. Doft suggests a series three peels that are one month apart and end 30 days prior to the wedding. This maximizes the results. She adds that she often sees patients returning to her office 7-10 days later to receive a medical facial, which includes dermaplaning and an enzymatic Peel. This is a relaxing hour-and-a-half of indulgence that removes excess skin. It’s perfect for busy brides-to-be!

Side effects of the VI Peel

Although the VI peel can be used on all skin types, it is quick and easy to complete. However, each person’s response will vary. There may be some itchiness the first night. Keep a Benadryl and a Claritin, or another non-drowsy antihistamine handy for the second day. You should schedule your peel for Thursday at the end of the workday. This will allow you to go to work Friday with minimal dryness, and then hibernate the weekend. Most of the peeling happens on days two and 3. Although it isn’t necessarily gross, you shouldn’t pick at the skin. It must fall off naturally.

You should be ready to go by Monday morning. Although redness is usually temporary, some patients may experience reddening skin for several months. This is why it is important to schedule your VI Peel at least three months in advance of the wedding. Hyperpigmentation, which can occur if you have darker skin, is another possible side effect you should discuss with your dermatologist.

What to Expect during the VI Peel

Chemical peels can sound a lot scarier than they really are. The technician will clean your skin and apply the chemical solution to your face. The treatment takes about 30 minutes and is quick.

After the visit to the office, you will be sent home with a handy kit which includes instructions for the next 72-hours. After the initial application, you can remove the solution with a post-peel cloth for four hours. Then, one hour before going to bed, use another towelette and wash your face gently with the VI cleanser. To protect your new layer of skin, you’ll be given a Hydrocortisone cream to ease any discomfort or itching.

You can expect to see a difference in the appearance of your skin after just one treatment. The treatment immediately reduces dark spots and fine lines. You will continue to be able see the results months later.

VI Peel Cost

Prices vary depending on the practitioner, but Dr. Doft charges $250 for the facial and $400 for the peel. A VI peel can be used in combination with other skin treatments to improve the skin’s texture. However, it is also possible that the peel itself may be performed as a standalone procedure. Most VI peels are between $400 and $500 per session. Consult a dermatologist for advice on the best treatment options. The final cost will be affected if multiple sessions are required. Many brides find that one treatment is sufficient to reduce the surface damage and restore their youthful glow.

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