What is a Deep Chemical Peel?
Deep wrinkles and sun damaged can be improved with a deep chemical skin peel, or phenol peel, which is the strongest, most aggressive of the chemical peels.
Who is a candidate?
A candidate for phenol peel will typically have deep facial wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. The deep wrinkles may involve the entire face or regions such as around the mouth or under the eyes. After obtaining a comprehensive medical and surgical history, Dr. Mezrow will examine your skin. The skin color and degree of wrinkles will be assessed.
Consulting with Dr. Mezrow:
During the consultation, Dr. Mezrow will ask you about your particular concerns regarding your skin. This will help determine your expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved.
How is the procedure done?
A full-face phenol deep chemical peel takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to perform whereas smaller regions take less than 1 hour to perform. After cleansing the region to be treated, phenol is applied. There is a mild burning sensation as the chemical is applied. Following the chemical peel, petroleum jelly is applied generously over the region treated to facilitate healing for approximately one week.
Typically, unless phenol peel is performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures, no anesthesia is necessary, so that you will be awake throughout the procedure. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. Petroleum ointment will be applied to the regions treated.
Chemical phenol peel is performed on an outpatient basis. You may be permitted to go home after recovery.
What are the potential complications?
Fortunately, significant complications from phenol peel are infrequent, however, all surgery has risks. Dr. Mezrow will discuss with you, the risks, benefits and alternatives and answer all your questions Some potential complications include infection, scarring, delayed healing and skin color changes (abnormal pigmentation).