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Phenol peels are not very commonly used, but can be very effective, in experienced hands, as a skin resurfacing method for reducing the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles.
Phenol 88% alone, or "Baker`s solution" - a mixture of phenol, water, croton oil, and septisol soap may be used.
Phenol peels can be most effective in reversing sun damage, treating acne scarring, reducing deeper lines and wrinkles and removing hyper-pigmentation, liver spots and other visible signs of ageing.
Treatment with Phenol Peels should be performed by trained and experienced doctors or surgeons.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Heart, liver and kidney function tests are required before this type of peel.
Length of procedure: 15-60 minutes.
Length of stay: Outpatient (home same day).
Discomfort: Mild to severe. Anticipate 0-5 days of prescription pain medication.
Swelling: Moderate to severe and may temporarily interfere with eye opening. It will improve over 7-10 days.
The peeling process: Your face will be swollen, red, oozing, and crusted. Over several days, your face will become stiff, dark, and begin to flake. Within seven to ten days peeling and flaking will be complete, and you will be left with healthy, smooth, bright red skin. This sunburned appearance will take two to three months to improve. Thereafter, your skin will appear extremely pale.
Presentable in public: You will be presentable in 2 weeks with makeup.
Permanent whitening of skin; possibility of hyper or hypopigmentation. Scarring of the skin can occur.
This depends on the area treated, its size and how much is required, and the practitioner doing the treatment, but ranges are in the region of £1,000 for smaller areas to up to £4,000 for a full face peel.