Skin Medica Vitalize Peel
NearSource Support Team
Vitalize Peel is a dermal chemical peel that has been formulated to minimize fine lines and melanin spots that occur as the result of aging and exposure to the elements. Vitalize Peel is recognized as suitable for all skin tone types and complexions by utilizing a specific formulation of peeling agents, which include: alpha-hydroxy acid, beta-hydroxy acid, resorcinol and retinoic acid.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan and published in the May 2008, issue of the Archives of Dermatology, retinoic acid “was the first topical treatment rigorously shown to improve appearance of photoaged human skin…retinoic acid causes deposition of new, undamaged collagen in both photoaged and chronologically aged human skin.”
Vitalize Peel, which contains retinoic acid is one of the most useful treatments for collagen rejuvenation alongside carbon dioxide laser resurfacing and dermal injections of hyaluronic acid.
The Vitalize Peel treatment utilizes a formula of acidic formulations that encourage exfoliation of the epidermis (top layer of skin) and encourages the molecular restructuring of collagen. The exfoliation and restructuring of the collagen tissue effectively reduces pore size, smoothes ruddy complexions and improves the texture of skin, resulting in the appearance of a healthier and more resilient complexion.
Vitalize Peel is used by individuals seeking to decrease the appearance of fine line wrinkles, restore an even skin tone and diminish scarring which may occur with acne. Vitalize Peel is an effective treatment to utilize in conjunction with other treatment programs such as carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing, which is often used as treatment in more complicated dermal issues such as melasma (brown splotching caused by hormonal changes and other factors) and discoloration of the skin caused by post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (post-surgical scarring).
The optimum candidates for the Vitalize Peel treatment are individuals who are afflicted with minor dermatological issues such as acne scars, age spots and fine lines. Individuals with more complicated dermatological issues such as melasma, scarring from injuries to dermal (under the epidermal layer) tissue and other medical conditions are also candidates. Optimum candidates for the Vitalize Peel treatment are selected on a case-by-case basis during consultation with a professional cosmetic dermatologist
Vitalize Peel treatments are performed by board certified skin care specialists or certified and trained medical assistants on an out-patient basis in a clinical physician’s office.
The Vitalize Peel treatment causes a warm, tingling sensation to the surface of the skin, which is typically tolerable to the average individual and requires no pre-medication or topical anesthetics. This mild tingling sensation may last for several hours or up to 72 hours after the treatment has been completed.
The Vitalize Peel treatment requires between twenty and forty minutes to complete depending on the patient and the size of the area being treated.
Normal activity may resume immediately following a Vitalize Peel treatment. Patients may expect skin peeling for approximately one to three days post-treatment. The amount of peeling will vary for each patient based on the treatment area and skin type. This is normal and may be concealed with the use of an over-the-counter moisturizer, which will be recommended by the dermatologist.
The number of required Vitalize Peel treatments to achieve maximum results is variable and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Typically, the average number of treatments is three to six spaced two to four weeks apart. The attending physician will recommend the number of treatments that are required for maximum results and may recommend other therapies to be utilized in conjunction with Vitalize Peel.
The fundamental changes that occur to the epidermal tissue following a chemical peel may last for months or years depending on the health and lifestyle practices of the patient. Maintaining maximum results requires that the patient avoid direct exposure to the sun, utilize sun block and wear appropriate protective clothing.
For a patient who is treating acne scarring it is important to avoid further eruptions of the skin by adhering to a recommended dietary program and avoiding other environmental conditions that may instigate an acne breakout. Avoiding make-up, skin care products (other than physician recommended moisturizer) and sun exposure for 3 hours post-treatment is recommended. Furthermore, the application of retinoic acid or glycolic acid at home should NOT occur for at least 3 days post-treatment.