Chemical Peel (Phenol and Trichloroacetic Acid [TCA])
|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.|
Both: Temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness; acute sensitivity to sun.
Both: Tiny whiteheads (temporary), infection, scarring, flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.
Phenol: Formation of new skin: 7 to 21 days.
|Duration of Results||
Phenol: Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages.