The most common used kind of deep chemical peel is phenol peel, which possess some advantages as well as disadvantages.
Advantages and disadvantages of deep chemical peels
Constant skin paleness is the most common disadvantage of phenol peel which is expected to appear. After fading of skin redness, a face becomes to be spectrally white. It is unnatural and it’s common irreversible condition. This state is a sign which helps to understand that procedure is completely finished. There will be a definite line of separation, so it’s impossible to achieve smoothly change of peeled to non-peeled skin.
It’s possible to conceal a face under make-up in attempting to hide it but it may be insufficient to apply even heavy foundation. Deep peels are appropriate best for people with fair skin due to significant skin color alteration. Women who have naturally olive, brown, or black skin are not recommended to apply phenol because there is a possibility to cause permanent defacement. More over it’s better not to sunburn after a deep chemical skin peel. When one chooses to get tan the remainder of a body, there will be even bigger difference between peeled and non-peeled skin. Also, those with freckles, who had a full-face deep peel, can mention removing of all facial freckles. It looks very unnatural near to freckled neck and chest. Consequently deep peels don’t suit heavily freckled people.
In spite of all above-mentioned phenol chemical peel offers many advantages. This procedure is considered to be very useful against wrinkles, scarring and different kinds of discoloration. That is why it’s so well-known and popular by people with constant skin problems and in cosmetic industry. It greatly improves wrinkles. Results are indisputably far superior to other peels, dermabrasion, or laser. Even a single procedure is required and effects can be seen for decades. There is no special preparation unlike deep chemical peel, and no special care to keep the results later. Phenol peels can cope with superficial acne scars and almost all kinds of dark discoloration.
Length of peel procedure: from 15 minutes to an hour
Anesthetization: there is a possibility of heavy or general sedation.
Location: the procedure can be performed in doctor’s office or hospital.
Length of stay: out-patient treatment (home same day).
Discomfort: it can be either mild or severe; up to 5 days of prescription pain. Medication is possible.
Swelling: temporary, concerning eye opening. It will improve after 7-10 days.
The peeling process: a face can be swollen, oozing, red, and crusted. Over several days, it will be possibility of stiffing, darkening and flaking.
After 7-10 days peeling and flaking will be finished, and skin will get healthy, smooth and bright red. Such sunburned appearance can be improved for two to three months.
Then, skin will look extremely pale.
Presentable in public: it’s possible to be presentable in 2 weeks with applying makeup.
Sun protection: SPF 15 or higher filters should be used to prevent unwanted effects.
Final result: will be seen after 2-3 months, when redness fades.