Phenol Peel Phoenix
Hetter Peel – modified Phenol Peel
If you have severely damaged skin you may want something powerful to give you dramatic results. When ordinary treatments are not enough to treat skin irregularities, a phenol peel or a Hetter modified phenol peel may be recommended. The Phenol Peel is the gold-standard against which all other facial treatments are compared.
The Hetter Phenol Chemical Peel Does the Following:
- Erase fine lines and wrinkles from the face.
- Make “smoker’s lines” disappear.
- Eliminate leather-like etching of the skin.
- Smooth and tighten eyelid skin.
- Improve “Crow’s feet” around the eyes.
- Soften frown lines and other deep facial wrinkles.
- Remove brown spots and uneven skin color.
- Improve and flatten scars.
- Improve the deep depressions and pits seen with chronic acne.
- Reduce uneven pigmentation, pre-cancerous lesions, and most scars.
- Dramatically improve skin tone and texture.
What Makes the Phenol Peel Different?
A phenol peel is the deepest chemical skin treatment available. In comparison to other peels, phenol peels are effective for deep wrinkles around the chin and lips, and is used for severe sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and acne scarring. The phenol peels lasts longer than any other peel. The Phenol peel is considered one of the most aggressive and dramatic procedures for the surface of the skin available.
A phenol peel can work on smoker’s lines, deep leather-like lines, sun spots, uneven skin tone and redness. The Hetter Modified Phenol Peel lessens the visibility of scars, such as deep old scars from severe acne. It makes the skin smooth around the eyelids, crow’s feet, pucker marks around the lips, and frown lines.
Despite, its effectiveness, the phenol peel is intended only for select patients. Unlike other topical skin treatments that are performed by the paramedical aesthetician or nurse, the phenol peel is performed only by a plastic surgeon. The medical history and skin characteristics are more important with the Phenol peel than in other skin treatments. For most patients, the phenol peel is only suitable for use on the face, and is not recommended for dark-skinned individuals or people with heart disease. If a person with dark skin had a phenol peel their skin would lighten dramatically changing the natural look of the patient’s skin color. Patients need to be aware that freckles and color aberrations may be removed permanently with this peel.
The Hetter Peel is a modified phenol peel. Full phenol peels use a strong mixture of the phenol chemical and other ingredients and is known to need more recovery time. The Hetter Modified Phenol Peel uses a special solution for the procedure. The Hetter Peel solution is a combination of croton oil, phenol, and water. What differentiates it from the solution used for a phenol peel is that it uses more croton oil and less phenol. This combination enhances the desired effects while reducing the phenol side effects. Hetter Modified Phenol Peel is often added during facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift, neck lift, or lifetime lift.
How Does a Phenol Peel Work?
A phenol peel does everything a regular peel does only deeper and more powerfully. A phenol peel works by removing the outer layers of skin where the discoloration, acne scarring, and wrinkles reside. The phenol peel removes deep wrinkles and dark discolorations that are inaccessible by conservative treatments.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
If you have never had a phenol peel before, the doctor may recommend treating a small test area before treating larger, more visible areas. This is important because in rare instances an individual can have an adverse reaction to the phenol solution resulting in scarring, bleaching, enlarged skin pores, and an inability to tan.
No anesthesia is required if only a small area of the face or body is treated because the phenol solution itself works as an anesthetic. If larger areas are treated, such as the full face, the doctor will require you to be under general anesthesia in the operating room. A patient receiving a phenol peel must be on a heart monitor to regulate breathing and other physiological reactions.
The day after the procedure the patient will return to the office for a follow up. Iodine, a powerful antibiotic, will be applied to the treated areas creating a protective layer to prevent infection and contaminates from environmental pollutants. The nurse will give you supplies so you can complete your recovery safely at home. Within about three days skin normally begins to emerge but some patients take longer.
In some patients, a phenol peel can leave skin red for several months. All patients that have the phenol peel must apply sunscreen to their skin for the next year. The first ten days of the procedure the skin will be hypersensitive to light.
Ideally, patients who are planning to have a phenol peel will prepare for six weeks before the procedure by using a Vitamin C cream every morning and a Vitamin A (Retin-A) cream every night. This reduces the recovery time significantly. Your doctor will determine how much, if any, skin preparation will be necessary.
A phenol peel usually takes anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes. The doctor applies the phenol solution to the area that is being treated. Sensitive areas around the eyes, brows, and lips are avoided.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Redness and swelling are common after the phenol peel and should be managed with appropriate medication early on. During the recovery period, completely avoid direct sunlight and your regular skin regimen unless it is approved by your surgeon.
Once the discoloration subsides your skin will be like new. The vast majority of phenol peel patients experience incredible results and minimal side effects. The average patient can expect a total recovery within 2-3 months.
Visit our website at NVPSAZ.com or call (480) 991-6877 to make an appointment for a free consultation about the Phenol Peel and Hetter Modified Phenol Peel.