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St. Luke’s chemical peel providers, specializing in The VI Peel, are among the Lehigh Valley’s most skilled and experienced. Our specialists are all licensed healthcare practitioners, having completed extensive training that leads to a rigorous certification process. And due to our large network of over 12 hospital sites, we have access to the latest technology. These resources allow us to perform effective treatments with results you can be proud of.  

What is The VI Peel?

Typically used on the face, The VI Peel is a medium-depth chemical peel that removes the damaged skin and improves complexion. This chemical peel uses a solution that’s designed to improve your skin tone and texture.

The VI Peel formulation includes four different acids:

  • Salicylic
  • TCA
  • Retinoic
  • Kojic

It also contains vitamin C and glutathione—an antioxidant that promotes healthy skin glow. This medical-grade peel is safe for all skin types, and can help you achieve a healthier skin. You can have The VI Peel as a standalone procedure or in addition to other cosmetic procedures.

If you want to learn more about The VI Peel chemical peel–or schedule a consultation with a chemical peel provider–then contact St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.


The VI Peel chemical peel is safe for all healthy adults, regardless of skin tone. Chemical peels are typically used to treat the following skin conditions:

  • Wrinkles
  • Discolored skin
  • Scars
  • Sun damage

A medium-depth chemical peel is an effective, comfortable way to improve your skin texture. Compared to deep peels, medium peels (like The VI Peel) are painless throughout the treatment. 

To determine if The VI Peel chemical peel is right for you, schedule a consultation with a St. Luke’s chemical peel specialist. 

Getting The VI Peel can positively impact your wellbeing and self-confidence. The following list includes some of the most commonly reported benefits:

  • Lightens skin tone
  • Improves complexion
  • Minimizes scarring
  • Softens wrinkles
  • Slows skin aging

With more noticeable effects than a light chemical peel—but gentle enough for sensitive skin—The VI Peel is an ideal treatment for many skin conditions. Having The VI Peel is a non-surgical way to give you a more youthful appearance.

As with all cosmetic procedures, The VI Peel has risks–including a possible infection and allergic reaction. However, your provider will review a complete list of risks before getting your consent.

Before the procedure

Although there is no significant preparation, there are several simple ways to get your skin ready for The VI Peel at St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Some of them include the following:

  • Avoid skin exposure
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid tanning creams
  • Stop using exfoliants and masks (one week before)
  • Stop skin medications (your doctor will review this timeline on a case-by-case basis)

On the day of your procedure, ensure you show up early to fill out paperwork–and bring any current skincare products you use.

During the procedure

As a result of its relatively mild nature, The VI Peel is convenient and doesn’t require numbing agents or sedation. A session lasts around 30 minutes, but the treatment itself only takes several minutes.

Before your chemical peel session, your provider will cleanse the treatment area. (The VI Peel is typically used on your face, but you can also have the peel on other parts of your body—including your neck, chest, and hands.) Then they’ll apply The VI Peel chemical mixture to your skin.

After the procedure

Your skin may be sensitive and red immediately after your treatment. The amount of peeling depends on both the person and treatment area. Regardless of how much peeling you experience, you’ll still get the benefits of your treatment.

Once your skin heals, it will look healthier and have a more even tone. You’ll need between two and four treatments, several weeks apart, for optimal results.

Recovery from The VI Peel is manageable and should have minimal impact on your daily life. Here are typical recovery milestones:

  • Three days after treatment: Your skin should start to peel—though some patients experience minimal or no visible peeling. 
  • One to two weeks after treatment: The peeling should stop, and the redness should be gone.

To prevent sunburn, avoid spending time in the sun until your skin heals. If you do go outside, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen.