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What You Should Know About a Phenol Peel - Atlanta, GA

I had a phenol in September. It was with a board...

I had a phenol in September. It was with a board certified Plastic Surgeon and an Anesthesiologist. It was expensive. It was worth it.

Before I did it I searched all the boards for information about this procedure. All I found were not of much use. Nothing really told you what will go on the first few days after the peel.

What no one tells you is that for 24-36 hours afterward your skin burns like it is on fire. Only frozen cloths and a small fan blowing directly on my face got me through. Pain killers helped. Your lips swell. Your face swells to about 2x its normal size. Your eyes look like little slits making it hard to see. They may swell shut. The swelling reduces about 48 hours later. Your skin begins to bubble up gray all over your face and sloth off--slowly. You need to keep Aquaphor slathered on yourself to keep your skin from drying out and scarring. Have someone supporting you that can take this because it isn't pretty. Sorry, but anyone that says they can go out after 2 weeks and no one will know you had this done, didn't have a real phenol. I couldn't even go out at night to the grocery until 3 weeks, and that was iffy. You have a bright red face for weeks, probably months. The redness may be uneven, making it hard to try to cover. Makeup can only do so much and only last for so long. At 3 months I was still pink and had a very obvious red line on the left side of my face and chin. At 4 months although I am still pink,it is now starting to settle down so that I feel really comfortable in public, although the left side of my cheek still has the red line.

But--the result? Remarkable. Absolutely remarkable. There isn't a wrinkle on my face. My skin is porcelain. Everyone, but everyone comments on my skin. And yes, I would do it again, if I had it to do over.

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Use only a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for this procedure. If this isn't done correctly there could be, although rare, cardiac complications. You need a skilled surgeon that is prepared for all events. Americans, do not go out of the country for this procedure. Stay close to home and have dependable support. Plus you won't be able to get in public to travel for weeks. No kidding.

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Totally agree with your review - I had a phenol peel 7 weeks ago and am still very, very red. I can't believe either that people are going out after two weeks and no-one notices! Still, it's an amazing treatment - my wrinkles have completely gone. I wasn't quite prepared for the recovery to be quite so long, so please be aware anyone else doing this.
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After say 6 months, will you be able to be in sun without hat?
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I had a friend who had the phenol the same day. We seemed to follow the same result schedule. I will say that her pinkness was much faded at 3 months as opposed to my 4 months. I do think my skin tone had something to do with that, as I am extremely fair skinned. Even with that said, we both had the red line on the side of our faces where the phenol application stopped for that length of time. And that is because phenol can't be put on neck and chest so they have to stop it about an inch from the ear. Phenol is like giving birth. Once the pain is over, you forget about it and enjoy the result.
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Hi Atlanta,

This is a great and detailed review. It's good that your doctor told you about the burning, other community members sometimes don't know and get really worried. Wow, that does seem like a long time to fully heel, but I guess all new skin has to come back. Would you go again? Please keep us updated.

Thanks so much for the review,

-Britt

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