is a chemical peel?
The wrinkled skin of the face is painted with
a Phenol solution. The skin becomes pink and
swollen. Over the next few days there is weeping and
crusting. The crusts fall off in 7 to 14 days and
the skin appears pink and smoother.
chemical is used?
A Phenol solution with a
detergent and some oil is used.
does it work?
It produces a second-degree
burn of the skin and removes wrinkles.
long does the benefit last?
The benefits last for years.
The skin may never again be as wrinkled as it would
have been if it had not been treated. We have some
fifteen year follow-ups that look better now, with
fewer wrinkles than the patients had fifteen years
ago before the peel was done.
Yes. There is usually some
stinging and burning the first day. After the first
day there is itching. If a large area is done, such
as the whole face, it is very painful. As with any
burn, the smaller the area, the less the pain.
it always work?
No. Sometimes it is very
effective and sometimes it is not.
be done again?
Yes, very frequently
additional benefit can be obtained by a touch-up or
repeat peeling months or years later.
is the difference in the effect of a face-lift
operation and a chemical peel?
The face-lift operation
eliminates loose sagging skin and leaves fine
wrinkles. The chemical peel removes fine wrinkles
and does nothing for sagging skin.
the face-lift surgery and chemical peel be done
The wrinkles around the eyes
and mouth can be peeled at the same time the
face-lift is done. Because the face is numb with
surgery, some of the burning and stinging of the
peel is alleviated when done along with face
surgery. A complete peeling of the face cannot be
done at the same time as a face-lift.
long before a person is presentable after a chemical
After the crusts have come
off in 7 to 14 days, the areas peeled are pink for
several months. The pink color gradually fades and
can be covered by make-up (such as Physicians
Formula) that contains sunscreen.
problems occur with the chemical peel?
The healed skin is usually
lighter in color after several months. There may be
light and dark areas. The skin is more sensitive to
the sun. Rarely is there scarring. Some redness may
can be done to avoid these problems?
Stay out of the sun and wind.
Avoid scratching. Follow instructions and keep
appointments. Plan to use make-up that contains a
sunscreen such as Physicians Formula for several