Slim Again understands that as we help our patients reach their weight loss goals, they also want younger, smoother, and more beautiful skin as well. We limit our skincare to only the best clinically effective treatments for our patients, including Microdermabrasion and very selective chemical peels that achieve outstanding results.
Microdermabrasion: uses tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed onto the skin. It works best on problems such as dull skin, brown spots, and age spots.
Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colors. It makes subtle changes, causing no skin color change or scarring. It’s not effective for deeper problems such as scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, or deep acne scars.
VI Peel: The VI Peel will improves tone, texture and clarity of the skin, reduces and/or eliminates age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma, softens lines and wrinkles, clears acne skin conditions, reduces and/or eliminates acne scars, and stimulates the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin. Vi Peel also works well in conjunction with lasers.
Trichloracetic Acids (TCA) is a type of medium-depth peeling system that may be performed in different variations. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigmentation problems are commonly treated with this type of chemical peel. More than one TCA peel may be needed to achieve desired results, but the recovery time is shorter than with a Phenol treatment.
What Are Chemical Peels?
There are many different types of chemical peels, and each company that sells peels has its own series of formulations. The chemical peels used by skin care professionals include TCA, Tretinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenol, Vitamin C and a mineral blend. The solution is applied to the skin, normally in layers though some peels are simply one layer, like a treatment mask. The peel is either removed at the end of the treatment or left on to self-neutralize. The acids in the peel work to dissolve the top layers of the skin creating a controlled wound and thus allowing the skin to regenerate itself.
Slim Again offers the VIPeel. The The VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients 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 or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin. Vi Peel also works well in conjunction with lasers, injectable and post procedure
13 REASONS TO GET A CHEMICAL PEEL
A chemical peel will:
1. Improve the texture of your skin
2. Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin
3. Improve your skin’s ability to hold moisture
4. Help your skin produce more collagen
5. Reduce fine lines
6. Decrease hyper pigmentation
7. Unclog pores and help clear up acne
8. Leave your skin smooth
9. Make your skin softer
10. Make your skin look more even-toned
11. Give you a “glow”
12. Make your skin look dewy
13. Improve minor scarring
A chemical peel cannot make dramatic improvements to deep wrinkles or very sagging skin. Conditions like that need to be treated with lasers or cosmetic surgery.
Who Can Get a Chemical Peel ?
Truthfully pretty much anyone can get a peel as long as they don’t have any of the contraindications listed below for peels. Generally people with darker skin need to take more precautions before getting a peel and must make sure that the peel they are receiving is formulated for their skin type. The reason for this is that very strong chemical peels can actually cause more hyper pigmentation on darker skin.
Contraindications: It is generally recommended that pregnant and nursing women not receive peels since there are no studies, as of yet, about the effects of peels on fetuses or nursing babies. You cannot get a peel if you have been off Accutane for less than 6 months. If you are prone to cold sores, a peel can actually bring on an outbreak. You should take anti-viral medication before the day of and the day after your treatment. Also if you have a tendency to scar, are taking antibiotics, have cancer or an autoimmune disease, or have an open sore you cannot get a chemical peel.
Everyone’s skin will be more sensitive to sunlight following a peel so make sure that you have plenty of sunscreen on hand after your peel, and be sure to vigilantly apply and reapply your sunscreen after a peel. Hopefully the esthetician who performed the peel will either include post-peel products in the price of the peel or have them available for purchase at a reasonable price.
Make sure that the professional who is performing the peel has asked you an extensive list of questions before going ahead with your peel. Many factors must be kept in mind before performing a peel so that the client gets the best possible result with the fewest possible side effects. You will be asked questions about medical conditions, allergies, the products you are currently using, and the results you want to achieve.
How Are Peels Performed?
Before you get a peel you should exfoliate at home or have a professional microdermabrasion treatment so that your skin in properly prepped for the peel. Your skin will be cleansed and “degreased” before the peel is actually applied. This means that all surface oils and debris are removed so that the peel can penetrate properly.
How Does It Feel?
Generally you will feel coolness followed by warmth over the area being peeled during the procedure. The clinician performing the peel will either fan the area being peeled or provide you with a small electric fan to hold over the area. You may feel stinging, burning, and even itching while the peel in performed. Those sensations will stop once the peel is over. Your clinician will check in with you throughout the peel so if you ever feel any great discomfort she or he will know to stop the peel immediately.
What to Expect After a Peel
As I already mentioned first and foremost your skin will be quite sensitive to the sun following a peel so be extra vigilant about sunscreen use following your peel. Because of this it usually isn’t a good idea to get peels in the summer or right before going on a vacation to a warm climate.
Following a peel your skin will feel tight and then a little dry. You may remain red for an hour or so following the peel. If you peel after the chemical peel treatment peeling will begin approximately 3 to 5 days following your peel. The extent of peeling varies according to the person and the depth of the peel. Not everyone peels following a chemical peel actually. Some people have some mild itchy following their peels.
Keep In Mind
Because chemical peels are stimulating you actually need to modify your lifestyle behavior slightly following a peel so that you don’t cause any unneeded irritation or hyper pigmentation to your skin. So following a peel, avoid excessive exercise with sweating for a few days. Don’t scrub or pick at your face. You cannot use retinol products or AHA products for at least 10 days following your peel. And avoid any sort of excessive heat source like a sauna or hot tub.
How Often Can You Get a Chemical Peel?
Generally it is best to get a peel every four to six weeks. But if you suffer from acne there are some peels that you can do every two weeks until you get the results you want. Generally it is a great idea to buy a series of four or five peels up front so that you can achieve the treatment results that you want. Also when you buy a series of peels upfront you will probably receive a discount. Consider buying a deal that allows you to get chemical peels interspersed with microdermabrasion treatments or facials. The microdermabrasions and the facials will enhance the results of the peel by helping to exfoliate the flaky skin you have on your face. These treatments will also help prep your skin for your next peel.
When Will You See Results?
Most of our patients see results as little as a week to 10 days after their peels with improved results over the following 2-3 weeks following their peel. For our patients who receive many facial treatments a chemical peel may just enhance the normal way their skin always looks.