Peeling With Phenol: What Is It and How to Prepare

The peeling of phenol is an aesthetic treatment that is done with the application of a type of acid, specific on the skin, to remove the layers of damaged and promote the growth of a smooth layer, and is recommended for cases of skin severely damaged by the sun, deeper wrinkles, scars, spots, or growths pre-cancerous. For having dramatic results, only one treatment is required, and the results last for years.

In comparison with other chemical peels, the peeling of phenol is more deep and aggressive, in which they are removed, the skin layers of the epidermis and portions of the middle layer and the bottom of the dermis.

How much does the peeling of phenol

The peeling of phenol can cost around R$12.000,00, however, you may be charged other fees associated with the procedure, such as anesthesia, use of operating room and a possible relocation.

How is it treated

The peeling with phenol is carried out under conditions carefully monitored in a doctor’s office. The patient is subjected to sedation and local anesthesia to alleviate the discomfort, and the heart rate is also monitored.

Peeling With Phenol What Is It and How to Prepare 1

The doctor uses a cotton tip applicator to apply the phenol in the skin, which will start to be white or grey. To limit exposure to phenol, your doctor can make the application of phenol at intervals of about 15 minutes, and, a facial procedure can take up to 90 minutes.

How to prepare

As it is a procedure very invasive, before you opt for the peeling of phenol, you should inform the doctor about heart conditions, kidney or liver disease, or any cosmetic procedures that they have used in the past to make a prior preparation:

  • Take antibiotics before and after the procedure, if you have a history of herpes infections in the mouth, so as to prevent a viral infection;
  • Use a bleaching agent such as hydroquinone and a cream retinoid such as tretinoina, before or after the procedure to prevent darkening of the skin;
  • Avoid exposure to the sun unprotected, using sunscreen with at least four weeks before the peel, to help prevent irregular pigmentation in the treated areas;
  • Avoid certain cosmetic treatments and certain types of hair removal;
  • Avoid bleaching, massages or smear facial in the previous week.

If you are taking any medicine, or if you have taken some medicine recently, especially those that cause the skin to become more sensitive to the sun, you should also inform the doctor.

Before and after the peeling of phenol

Peeling With Phenol What Is It and How to Prepare 2

After the peeling with phenol, you can see a great improvement in the appearance of the treated areas, revealing a new layer of smooth skin, providing a rejuvenating dramatic. After healing is complete, the skin becomes lighter and luminous, more elastic, and the appearance of deep wrinkles and discoloration severe is significantly reduced.

Although the results can last for decades, making the person look younger, may not be permanent. As one grows older, will continue to form wrinkles. New sun damage can also reverse your results and cause changes in the color of the skin.

How is the recovery

Being a treatment in too deep, which results in redness with swelling severe and burning sensation, the peeling of phenol requires a long recovery and uncomfortable, in comparison with the lighter, it being necessary to make a recovery in the home, at least a week.

Many side effects can be minimized if instructions of the physician are followed, such as sleeping in a position that will help reduce the swelling, taking pain relievers and applying a bandage is waterproof. You should also avoid sun exposure for about three months after the peel, because the skin is unable to tan, and you should always get sunscreen before leaving the house.

The new skin emerges about two weeks after the peel, however, can appear cysts or white spots, and the redness can last for months. These signals can be masked with cosmetics, after it was formed the new skin.

Who should not do

A peeling of phenol should not be taken by people with:

  • Dark skin;
  • Pale face and freckles;
  • Keloids;
  • Pigmentation abnormal skin
  • Warts facial
  • The personal history of outbreaks frequent or severe cold sores;
  • Heart problems;

In addition, people who have made treatments for acne, such as isotretinoin, in the last 6 months should also not opt for this type of peeling.

Peeling With Phenol What Is It and How to Prepare 3

This procedure can cause scarring and changes in skin color, the darkening of the skin more common in this type of peeling, the virus infection that causes sores, or even heart disease, kidney or liver disease. Therefore, to limit exposure to phenol, the peeling is done in portions, at intervals of 10 to 20 minutes.