What Happens During a Chemical Peel Treatment?


Let’s talk chemical peels!

Chemical peel treatments aim to enhance and refine the skin’s texture. By eliminating the outermost layers, they effectively eliminate damaged skin cells, diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate the complexion.

Gaining insight into the various types of peels and understanding the peel process can set your expectations and help you prepare for the healing process. In this article, we will discuss what happens during a chemical peel treatment, with a specific focus on the VI Peel. 

Understanding Chemical Peels

A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin to remove damaged skin cells. Put simply, chemical peels cause the skin to exfoliate and peel off.

There are various types of chemical peels, ranging from superficial peels, which use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), to medium peels using trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and deep peels utilizing phenol. The right type for an individual will depend on their specific skin concerns and the desired outcome.

Superficial Peels

Superficial peels, also dubbed “lunchtime peels,” gently exfoliate only the outer layer of the skin. This light peel is ideal for minor skin imperfections and requires minimal downtime.

Medium Peels

These peels penetrate deeper into the skin and target moderate signs of aging, such as deeper lines and wrinkles. The recovery time is slightly longer, with more noticeable peeling.

Deep Peels

The most intense option, deep peels reach the lower dermal layer of the skin to provide dramatic improvement for severe wrinkles and sun damage. However, they involve a significant healing period and carry a higher risk of complications.

VI Peel: Unveiling the Next Level of Transformation

Enter the VI Peel, a medical-grade, medium-depth chemical peel meticulously administered at Luminescence Aesthetics. Renowned for effectively addressing signs of aging, enhancing skin texture, and correcting pigmentary issues, this medium-strength peel is generally suitable for most skin types. 

How it Works

VI Peel, much like its counterparts, exfoliates the skin and stimulates new protein production. Unlike superficial or deep peels, the VI Peel strikes a balance, reaching into the epidermis and extending into the dermis. This dynamic process results in smoother, less wrinkled skin with reduced damage.

What to Expect During Your VI Peel 

Pre and Post-Care

Luminescence Aesthetics guides you through your VI Peel journey with comprehensive pre and post-care instructions, ensuring you maximize the benefits. You’ll also receive a take-home kit, which further enhances your skin transformation process.

During Treatment

Our skilled providers follow a meticulous process. Your skin is thoroughly cleaned before the application of the VI Peel solution. While the treatment isn’t painful, some may experience a stinging sensation; this is perfectly normal and eased with cool compresses.

Following Treatment 

Expect redness and sensitivity post-peel, with potential scaling or crusting. 

Because chemical peels cause the skin to be temporarily more sensitive to the sun, it’s crucial to wear sunscreen daily to protect the new skin and avoid unwanted pigmentation changes. 

Investing in a clinical-grade SPF will offer the most protection due to high SPF levels (ask a Luminescence team member for our recommendations!)


Following a VI Peel treatment, patients may notice their skin feels smoother and appears clearer with fewer imperfections. Over time, collagen production is stimulated, leading to a more youthful appearance.

Tailored VI Peels at Luminescence Aesthetics

Luminescence Aesthetics offers the highly popular VI Peel at our Buffalo, NY, medspa, each crafted to address specific skin concerns, from signs of aging to acne-related issues and beyond. 

Whether it’s the VI Peel ORIGINAL for all skin types or the VI Peel PURIFY for acne-prone skin, there’s a personalized solution for everyone.

If you’re looking to embrace glowing, revitalized skin, book a chemical peel appointment with Luminescence Aesthetics today!

(716) 800-1916