Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Plastic Surgery
Procedure: Restore wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun-damaged facial skin, using a chemical solution to peel away skin's top layers. Works best on fair, thin skin with superficial wrinkles.
Length: One to two hours for full face.
Anesthesia: None; sedation, and EKG monitoring may be used.
In/outpatient: Usually outpatient. Full-face phenol peel may require admission for one to two days.
Side effects: Both: Temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness; acute sensitivity to sun. Phenol: Permanent lightening of treated skin; permanent loss of ability to tan.
Risks: Both: Tiny whiteheads (temporary), infection, scarring, flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores. Phenol: Abnormal color changes (permanent); heart irregularities (rare).
Recovery: Phenol: Formation of new skin: 7 to 21 days. Normal activities: 2 to 4 weeks. Full healing and fading of redness: three to six months. TCA: New skin within five to ten days.
Duration of Results: Phenol: permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. TCA: variable (temporary).
|Preoperative appearance||Intraoperative||Two days postoperative healing|
|Five days postoperative||7-10 days postoperative appearance|
Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.