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Chemical Peel

Procedure:

Restores wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun-damaged facial skin, using a chemical solution to peel away the skin's top layers. This procedure works best on fair, thin skin with superficial wrinkles.

Length:

The procedure takes approximately one hour for regional areas and two hours for the full face.

Anesthesia:

Topical anesthetic or sedation combined with local anesthesia is used.

Inpatient/Outpatient:

Usually this is an outpatient procedure. Full-face Phenol Peel may require hospital admission for a short period of time.

Possible Side Effects:

Both Phenol and TCA can cause temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness and acute sensitivity to sun. Phenol: may cause permanent lightening of treated skin and permanent loss of the ability to tan.

Risks:

Phenol and TCA: Tiny whiteheads (temporary), infection, scarring, flare-up of skin allergies and cold sores, excessive temporary skin pigmentation.

Recovery:

Phenol: Formation of new skin takes seven to twenty-one days. The patient may resume normal activities: two to four weeks. Full healing and fading of redness may take three to six months. TCA: New skin forms within five to ten days. The redness will fade over several weeks

Results:

Phenol: Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. TCA: Results vary and the effect is temporary.