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A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands.  A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun. People have been using chemical peels on their skin for centuries. In fact, it is documented that Queen Cleopatra of ancient Egypt regularly used the lactic acid from sour milk to rejuvenate her skin.

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Chemical Peel Options

We offer a variety of peel choices at Graham Plastic Surgery. These are all medical grade peels that you can only get at a physicians office. Our focus is on results. We don’t offer it if it doesn’t work…period.  We primarily offer peels that result in little to no downtime, although we can perform more aggressive peels if necessary.  The peels we offer are listed below:

Chemical Peels

VI Peel

This medium depth peel maximizes the benefit of a chemical peel and minimizes the complications of pain, prolonged recovery, and risk of scarring.  There are several peel options that are modified based on the condition you are trying to treat (acne, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles). Unlike other chemical peels, the VI Peel treatments are virtually painless, require no skin pre-conditioning, and deliver results in as little as 7 days.  These peels are also multi-taskers, nurturing skin with vitamins and minerals while going through the exfoliation process.  The peels are the suitable for the face and body.  VI Aesthetic products are practical, well-rounded, effective, and efficient.

VI Peels represent the next generation in chemical peels. Each treatment is virtually pain free and includes a specifically formulated post peel kit which is essential for your treatment’s success, ensuring optimal and lasting results. VI Peels are safe for all skin types, including darker skin tones, and offer specifically designed treatments that are convenient with minimal down time to address aging, pigmentation and melasma, acne-prone skin and sensitive skin.

VI Peel Advanced – The Peel for Enhanced Collagen Stimulation   $250

VI Peel Advanced is formulated to combat the effects and signs of aging. Made from a synergistic blend of ingredients, this targeted formula provides for a deeper penetration to soften fine lines and wrinkles. The collagen enhanced stimulation increases cell turnover and promotes a decrease in loss of elasticity.

For Skin Concerns
  • Aging Skin (Ages 40+)
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine Lines
  • Loss of Elasticity
Product Benefits
  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smooths away rough skin texture
  • Penetrates mature skin
  • Stimulates collagen production
Product Features
  • Safe for all skin types
  • Medium-depth peel
  • Results within 7 days
  • Safe to use for all Fitzpatrick types I-VI

VI Peel Precision Plus – Your Peel for Skin Discoloration       $250

VI Peel Precision Plus combats pigmentation with our Lighten Booster and fast acting Brightening Booster. This powerhouse formula effectively suppresses melanogenesis and promotes rapid cell turnover for improved skin tone.

For Skin Concerns
  • UV Induced Pigmentation
  • Sun Damage
  • Melasma
  • Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
 Product Benefits
  • Exfoliates and helps diminish pigmentation and textural damage to restore skin to its natural health
  • Effectively penetrates damaged areas
  • Promotes rapid cell turnover
Product Features
  • Safe for all skin types
  • Medium-depth peel
  • Results within 7 days
  • Safe to use for all Fitzpatrick types I-VI

VI Peel Purify with Precision Plus – The Peel for Acne and Acne Scarring      $250

VI Peel Purify With Precision Plus is our most comprehensive peel for acne and acne scarring. This advanced acne solution works synergistically to combat active acne symptoms while repairing dark areas on the skin. The VI Peel Purify With Precision Plus helps to fade textural scarring and Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) caused by acne breakouts.

For Skin Concerns
  • Excessive Oil
  • Acne with Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne Scarring
  • Adult Acne
 Product Benefits
  • Reduces P. acne bacteria, comedones, and sebum production in the skin as it unclogs congested pores
  • Fades acne scarring and pigmentation while promoting healthy cell regeneration
Product Features:
  • Safe for all skin types
  • Medium-depth peel
  • Results within 7 days
  • Safe to use for all Fitzpatrick types I-VI

VI Peel Body-Professional Grade Body Peel $350-$500 based on area

VI Peel Body features a unique blend of AHA’s, TCA, and Conditioning Agents.  Safe for Fitzpatrick I-VI, this painless body peel addresses multiple conditions, is safe for all body parts, easy to use, and will show visible peeling post treatment.

For Skin Concerns

  • Pigmentation
  • Body acne
  • Surgical scars
  • Stretch marks

Product Benefits

  • Exfoliates and helps diminish pigmentation and textural damage to restore skin to its natural health
  • Effectively penetrates damaged areas
  • Promotes rapid cell turnover

Product Features

  • Safe for all skin types
  • Medium-depth peel
  • Results within 7 days
  • Safe to use for all Fitzpatrick types I-VI

Chemical Peel Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risks associated with chemical peels?

Possible chemical peel side effects include:

  • Mild swelling and redness
  • Blistering
  • Burns
  • Pain
  • Color change of skin
  • Temporary irritation resulting in blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture
  • Infection
  • Visible skin patterns
  • Distortion of anatomy
  • Damage of skin

How do I prepare for my chemical peel procedure?


Discuss and disclose any healing disorders such as caused by diabetes mellitus, connective tissue disease or radiation/ chemotherapy.

Discuss and disclose if there is an active infection or history of herpes simplex of the lips, mouth or face.

Do not proceed with the chemical peel treatment if the patient is pregnant or breast feeding.

Discuss and disclose allergies to topical anesthetics, antibiotics, or other medications.

Do not proceed with the treatment if Isotretinoin (Accutane) has been used within the past 12 months.

Discuss the history of any hypertrophic scarring or keloid formations or other skin diseases.

An accurate diagnosis by a medical professional is necessary prior to the treatment.

Prior to the treatment, clean the treatment area. The treatment area should be free of any makeup, creams, perfumes, and lotions. Male patients should shave just prior to treatment (the pigment in your beard could increase discomfort).

Discontinue sun tanning, use of tanning beds and any application of sunless tanning products one month before the treatment.

Always use an SPF 30 or greater sunblock on all exposed treatment areas. Wear sun protective hats and clothing.

Discontinue the use of exfoliating creams/peels at least 3 days prior to the entire treatment.

If the patient has a history of herpes outbreaks in the areas being treated, a prescribed medication, like Valtrex is recommended for one week prior to the treatment prior to the treatment to help prevent an outbreak.

Patients will need to have:

  • A mild facial cleanser.
  • A high-quality sunblock SPF 30 (zinc and/or titanium dioxide >10%)
  • A good moisturizer available for your after-care.

Is a VI Peel painful?

VI Peel patients rarely experience pain.

Are there instructions for after my VI Peel treatment?

After Treatment
Erythema (redness) will be present in the treatment area and can last from a few hours up to a few days. Treatment areas almost always become erythematous.

  • It is important to protect your skin from environmental elements; therefore, a sunscreen with a SPF protection of at least 30 should be used daily.
  • A few days post procedure, patients will experience mild peeling of the skin. The peeling is like the effects of sunburn. Continue to follow the skin care regimen offered by your medical professional.
  • Do not pick at the peeling skin, as it may lead to scarring.

General Skincare

Proper skin care is important to protect the new refreshed skin. Your medical professional will discuss a proper skincare regimen following your chemical peel treatment.

  • Clean the treated area daily with a mild cleanser. Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor to the area several times a day until evidence of dryness, blistering or swelling has dissipated.
  • Shower as usual but be aware that the treated area may be a little temperature sensitive.
  • Avoid chlorine, hot tubs, saunas, and swimming pools for 7 days post procedure.
  • Avoid direct contact in the sun during your treatment program. Always use a topical sun protection of SPF 30.
  • Avoid the use of exfoliants, loofah sponges and aggressive scrubbing to the treated areas.


  • Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds for 30 days prior to the treatment.
  • Do not rub, scratch, or pick at the treated area. Treat the area gently. Pat skin dry after bathing or showering. An antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin may be applied. Neosporin and Polysporin are not recommended.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 72 hours post procedure.
  • Avoid shaving the treated area for 48-hours after the procedure.
  • If you have any questions, please call or text our office 585-300-4575.