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: 1 to 2 hours for full face.

Anesthesia: None; sedation & EKG monitoring may be used.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Full-face phenol peel may require admission for 1 to 2 days.

Side Effects: Both: Temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness; acute sensitivity to sun. Phenol: Permanent lightening of treated skin; permanent loss of ability to tan.

Risks: Both: Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores. Phenol: Abnormal color changes (permanent); heart irregularities (rare).

Recovery: Phenol: Formation of new skin: 7 to 21 days. Normal activities: 2 to 4 weeks. Full healing and fading of redness: 3 to 6 months TCA: New skin within 5 to 10 days.

Duration of Results: Phenol: permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. TCA: variable (temporary).


Procedure: Plump up creased, furrowed, or sunken facial skin; add fullness to lips and backs of hands. Works best on thin, dry, light-colored skin.

Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour per session.

Anesthesia: usually none; local may be included with the injection.

In/Outpatient: Outpatient.

Side Effects: Temporary stinging, throbbing, or burning sensation. Faint redness, swelling, excess fullness.

Risks: Collagen: allergic reaction including rash, hives, swelling, or flu-like symptoms; possible triggering of connective-tissue or autoimmune diseases. (A skin test is required before collagen treatment to determine whether an allergy exists.)

Both: Contour irregularities, infection.

Duration of Results: Variable; a few months


Procedure: Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.

Length: A few minutes to 1 hour. May require more than 1 session.

Anesthesia: Local, numbing spray, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.

Side Effects: Temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, redness. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan).

Risks: Abnormal color changes (permanent). Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.

Recovery: Back to work: 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 4 to 6 weeks. Fading of redness: about 3 months. Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months.

Duration of Results: Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages. For any marketing related help, visit Dermatology marketing agency


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