VI Peel

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A Vitality Institute (VI) peel is a medium chemical peel that combines an effective mix of substances that remove the outermost layers of the skin, restoring the aesthetic qualities of your face. “Chemoexfoliation,” more commonly referred to as a chemical peel, has been a consistently popular cosmetic treatment for patients who are dissatisfied with the quality, tone, and texture of their skin. A VI peel works to decrease the quantity and quality of fine lines and/or acne scars by stimulating the body’s production of restorative properties like collagen and elastin. It can also reduce acne lesions and improve dyspigmentation, producing an overall more youthful appearance. (1)

Your skin is truly an amazing organ. It replenishes itself completely every 28 days, and can act as a barometer for our general health. Not only this, but it is also remarkably resilient to the often heavily polluted environment around us. However, over time, the harshness of the elements, the aging process, and conditions that leave scars such as acne can have long-term negative effects on skin quality. 

Luckily, there is an array of skin treatment options to help you solve these problems! At Scottsdale Plastics, experienced and knowledgeable surgeon Dr. Robert G. Bonillas M.D. provides expert skincare advice, rejuvenation treatments and surgeries that can cleanse and replenish your skin, restoring your youthful vigor and confidence! For comprehensive information about your chemical peel options, call (480) 245-6380 or fill out an online contact form to start the journey toward your treatment goals.

About Chemical Peels

At varying depths, chemical peels target and destroy skin cells to induce skin healing, resulting in smoother skin that appears healthier and more youthful. 

Types of Chemical Peel and What They Do

There are three main options for patients who want a chemical peel. Each has its own benefits, depending on your personal circumstances. 

  • Light Chemical Peel

A light peel removes the superficial layers of the outermost skin’s surface (the epidermis). Generally, doctors administer light chemical peels for patients who want to reduce more superficial signs of skin wrinkles, acne, and uneven skin tone.

  • Medium Chemical Peel

Medium chemical peels work further into the structure of the skin (both the epidermis and the dermis) to treat deeper wrinkles and more severe scarring. A VI peel is an example of a medium chemical peel

  • Deep Chemical Peel

As the name suggests, a deep chemical peel penetrates further into the skin to remove cells. Many physicians will perform deep peels on patients with more serious scars and precancerous cells. These treatments contain a very large quantity of trichloroacetic acid which is safe when performed by a trained medical practitioner.

Dr. Bonillas will assess your skin at your personal consultation and draw up a treatment plan for you. If a VI peel is a good option, he will arrange your treatment date at the earliest convenience.

Benefits of a VI Peel

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of your skin without the need for costly surgery. There are many benefits of a VI peel, which include:

  • Removing dead skin cells that dull your complexion. 
  • Initiating collagen and elastin production for skin structure and healing.
  • Unclogging your pores and reducing recurring blemishes
  • Enhancing skin tone and skin texture for a healthier-looking complexion.
  • Improving self-esteem and body confidence.

Why is a VI Peel so Effective?

A VI peel combines a selection of the most effective anti-aging, skin restorative substances to target and revitalize your skin.

  • Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) (10 to 12%) TCA is proven to be more effective in treating acne scars than microdermabrasion, microneedling , and glycolic acid.(2)
  • Phenol (10 to 12%) – This substance is a hydrocarbon and a powerful chemical used in deeper chemical peels. It has antiseptic properties that are a vital component to the VI peel.
  • Salicylic Acid (10 to 12%) – As one of the best peeling agents for the treatment of acne scars, (3)  salicylic acid is present in the VI peel in similar quantities to TCA.
  • Vitamin C (4%) – Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis and assists in antioxidant skin protection against UV-induced photodamage. (4)
  • Tretinoin (0.1 to 0.4%) – This retinoid is another effective medication in the treatment of mild, moderate, and severe acne. Added in smaller amounts to the VI peel mixture, topical tretinoin has been shown to increase production of type I collagen by 80% in photoaged skin. (5)

Find out how a VI peel can benefit you! Get in touch with Dr. Bonillas at (480) 245-6380 or contact us online for more information about chemical peel treatments in Scottsdale!

Candidates for VI Peel in Scottsdale

You may choose a medium chemical peel to improve mild to moderate skin damage as a result of acne, the early signs of aging, and skin discoloration. VI peel procedures are suitable for patients with fair to medium skin color. In patients with darker skin, the ingredients in a chemical peel treatment may cause hyperpigmentation so please book a consultation with Dr. Bonillas for an expert skin evaluation.

Personal Consultation with Dr. Bonillas

Dr. Bonillas dedicates his time, medical skills, and specialized knowledge to providing first class services for his patients. Building trust and rapport through a personal consultation will allow you to discuss your skin issues in a private setting. At this time, Dr. Bonillas and his staff will assess the area(s) for treatment and select the chemical peel treatment that will fit your needs. Call his Scottsdale offices at (480) 245-6380 to schedule an appointment to see one of Arizona’s leading plastic surgeons!

Preparation for a Chemical Peel

Before your VI peel, you will need to follow a set of specific instructions so that your skin is completely prepared for the procedure. These include:

  • Avoiding exfoliating and products with abrasive ingredients.
  • Refraining from wearing makeup on the day of your treatment.
  • Refraining from skin damaging sun exposure where possible.
  • Wearing SPF 30 or higher sunscreen if sun exposure is unavoidable.
  • Keeping your skin hydrated and avoiding products that dry the skin.

While you prepare, be sure to visit our Beauty Talk Blog for the latest cosmetic skin treatments and procedures!

VI Peel Procedure

The VI peel process uses a skillfully combined blend of ingredients to break down skin cells, promote collagen and elastin production, and reveal fresher, healthier-looking skin beneath. In a typical procedure, we will cleanse your skin to ensure it is free from dirt and oil. He will then apply the VI peel solution to your targeted treatment area in two layers. After the second application, your skin will “frost” or turn white as the chemicals react with the skin. During the process, you may feel some tingling and numbness. In the days that follow, your skin will continue to peel to uncover refreshed, re-energized skin. The average in-office application VI peel procedure takes between 20 minutes and one hour. A few hours after application, you will wash off the peel yourself to reveal your newly resurfaced, glowing skin. 

Recovery & Results of a VI Peel

Most patients are able to see visible results after their first VI peel, however, the most successful results usually occur after a sequence of three to six treatments, depending on the individual qualities of your skin. These treatments should be carefully spaced out over a few weeks. Immediately after your VI peel, you will need to refrain from applying any other creams or topical agents on your treated area until the “mask” peels off. We will give you topical healing creams to aid the recovery process, which you will need to apply two to four times a day for optimal results. Finally, to ensure your skin is protected, you should apply a doctor-approved moisturizer to ensure your skin is hydrated, and please stay out of the sun!

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

Botox – The classics are classics for a reason! You can easily combine your chemical peel with a Botox treatment around a week apart. For quick, effective wrinkle and fine line reduction, choose Botox to accentuate your VI peel.Juvéderm – For a complete facial rejuvenation, you can combine your chemical peel with a Juvéderm treatment. This dermal filler smooths away wrinkles and lines to restore your natural beauty, and gives you confidence in your skin’s natural radiance.Juvéderm Voluma XC – If your cheeks are feeling the stresses and strains of life, you can opt for a Juvéderm Voluma XC treatment to compliment your VI peel. This Juvéderm family of fillers is specially formulated to restore fullness in the cheeks, resulting in a plumper, more youthful-looking visage.Latisse – Why not add gorgeous longer lashes to your personalized beauty plan? Latisse is a topical medication that encourages the growth of longer, thicker eyelashes, so you can not only stun your friends and colleagues with clearer skin but also luscious lashes, too!

Cost of a VI Peel in Scottsdale, AZ

The individual goals you have for your skin, your skin’s condition and qualities, and the number of treatments you receive may alter the total cost of a VI peel at Scottsdale Plastics. You can discuss the number of treatments suitable for your needs with Dr. Bonillas in your consultation. Contact his Scottsdale offices to find out more at (480) 245-6380.


Do chemical peels get rid of wrinkles?

A chemical peel treatment can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging in the face. (1)

Can a chemical peel fix my acne scars?

The chemical peel procedure destroys skin cells in the outermost layers of the skin which stimulates collagen production, smooths, and revitalizes the remaining tissues. (2) People with acne may consider a chemical peel treatment to reduce the appearance of acne scarring.

Do chemical peels cost a lot of money?

Usually, chemical peel procedures are a more cost-effective treatment option for patients who cannot commit financially to surgical options.


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  2. Kravvas, G., & Al-Niaimi, F. (2017). A systematic review of treatments for acne scarring. Part 1: Non-energy-based techniques. Scars, Burns & Healing, 3, 205951311769531. 
  3. Gozali, M. V., & Zhou, B. (2015). Effective Treatments of Atrophic Acne Scars. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 8(5), 33–40. 
  4. Pullar, J. M., Carr, A. C., & Vissers, M. C. M. (2017). The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health. Nutrients, 9(8), 866. 
  5. Sumita, J. M., Leonardi, G. R., & Bagatin, E. (2017). Tretinoin peel: a critical view. Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, 92(3), 363–366.