What is a Phenol Peel Like?
All procedures performed at Stein Plastic Surgery occur in our state-of-the-art accredited surgical suite on an outpatient basis, even phenol peels. Because phenol peels go as deep as they do, you’ll likely be given general anesthesia and monitored during your procedure to ensure your safety. So you will be unaware of the steps of treatment as Dr. Stein applies the phenol to your skin. After the prescribed amount of time, the acid will be neutralized, and your skin will be soothed with a specialized serum to keep it moisturized.
What is Phenol Peel Recovery Like?
It is completely normal to experience “frosting” of your skin, as well as redness, swelling, stinging, crusting, and skin flaking. These are relatively common side effects and will subside as you heal, requiring about 2-3 weeks before they’re cleared up, though the redness may linger and fade over a few months. The peeling should be complete within a few days, during which time we will instruct you on how to keep your skin moisturized. Avoiding sun exposure for weeks following your phenol peel is crucial. You can resume normal activities about 2 weeks following your treatment.
What Results Can I Expect From a Phenol Peel?
Within 2-3 weeks, your skin will begin to glow, appearing smoother, tighter, and with less sun damage. These improvements can last for years after a single treatment, giving your skin a more youthful glow and a smoother, supple appearance.
In Dr. Stein’s hands, a phenol peel can significantly diminish deep wrinkles, sun damage, and scarring while simultaneously rebooting your collagen fiber network and its support of your skin. You’ll look vibrant and youthful for years to come.