Potential Risks and Complications of Vi Peel

The VI Peel is considered to be an extremely effective chemical peel. It promises to improve both the clarity and tone of the skin with no pain and little downtime. Only a slight stinging sensation at the beginning of the treatment followed by some numbness is normally reported.

Significant complications with VI Peel are unlikely, but like any cosmetic treatment, there are potential risks and complications.

Hyperpigmentation and Hypopigmentation

Although uncommon, the VI Peel can cause hyperpigmentation (an increase with the brown pigment of the skin). This condition is more common for individuals with a darker color of skin. Inflammation may cause the hyperpigmentation as will sun exposure during the healing time of the treatment. It normally is not permanent. If the hyperpigmentation persists, a bleaching cream is sometimes necessary to lighten the skin. Some healthcare professionals recommend the use of steroid cream along with skin lightening creams for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Always follow the advice and recommendations of the certified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.

Hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) is a rare risk of the VI Peel as the peel is not deep, but may occur. Usually the deeper the chemical peel, the more likely that hypopigmentation can present itself. Hypopigmentation is often difficult to treat.

Acne and Folliculitis

Although rare, a VI Peel can worsen acne and cause folliculitis, a bacterial infection. With folliculitis, cysts and postules are large and sightly.

Reactivate Herpes or Shingles

For individuals that are prone to blisters and cold sores from the herpes virus or shingles, a VI Peel can reactivate the symptoms and sores. People who have these diseases should avoid having a chemical peel.

Possibility of Allergic Reaction

There is a risk of an allergic reaction to a VI Peel, especially if the individual is allergic to one of the ingredients in the peel. Always inform the certified treatment performer of any allergies or any medications currently taken, prior to a VI Peel.

Burns, Ulcers and Scarring

Although rare, a VI Peel can cause burns, ulcers and scarring. It is important to limit sun exposure after a VI Peel, especially after the first few days of the peel. Sunscreen should always be worn.

Individuals with a history of Keloidal scarring should reconsider a VI Peel. Studies indicate a greater risk for scarring with people taking a higher than normal dosage of Vitamin B5.

Individuals using Acutane within one year of the date of proposed chemical peel treatment should wait to have the peel performed, as this could largely increase the possibility of scarring.

Pregnant or lactating women should not consider a VI Peel. People with a low immune system or those that have had radiation or chemotherapy should not have a VI Peel. Any individual that just experienced any type of facial trauma or facial surgery should not receive this treatment.

Delayed Healing and Prolonged Inflammation

It is unwise to add other products or change the recommended instructions of care for after the peel, as by doing so, it could cause a delay in healing and prolonged inflammation.

Possibility of Infection

It is best not to pick and peel the skin off, as there is an increased risk for infection.

Long-Term Peeling of the Skin, Pain and Redness

It is best to avoid exfoliating and retinol creams, and prolonged sun exposure after a VI Peel, as this could cause long-term peeling, redness and pain.

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