Phenol peel. What area the risks?

What is a phenol peel? What are the risk? Is Asian skin a candidate for the peel? Can patient with acne scars expect a much more better results compare to other peel?

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Phenol Peel Asian

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Phenol peels are some of the strongest skin resurfacing and tightening treatments available.  They are long lasting and extremely good collagen builders.

Patients with moderate to sever wrinkles, sun damage and light skin fare best with Phenol or modified Phenol peels. Modified peels are excellent for lightening dark areas of the face and hands. These may have to be utilized in the event of post treatment hyper-pigmentation.

Phenol applied to ice pic acne scars dramatically reduces their appearance.

Dermabrasion largely abandoned by most practitioners remains the gold standard for resurfacing of acne scars with lower cost and quicker recuperation.

At a younger age less aggressive treatments such as PRP and fat injections as well as Sculptra are good collagen stimulators helping to reduce fine lines.

Please consult in person with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions.


New York Plastic Surgeon

Phenol better in lighter skin types

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AmbitiousYung!,Patients with darker skin, such as asians tend not to be a great candidate for phenol peels. This is because one of the main risks of phenol is hyperpigmentation. If you're trying to treat acne scars, then a fractionated laser might be best. Make sure to see a physician with experience in both lasers and treating acne scars. Once seeing you in person for a consultation, they should be able to give you a better idea about your treatment options. Best of luck.~Dr. Sieber

David A. Sieber, MD
San Francisco General Surgeon
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Phenol peels

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Traditionally, phenol , the strongest formula, is used for stronger skin resurfacing and is also helpful for reducing blotches caused by aging and sun exposure.   These peels are extremely effective and have become our best weapon to treat fine or deeper lines and wrinkles as well as to address areas of unwanted pigmentation. Ultimately, the type of chemical peel and the strength (concentration) of the peel will be determined by your board certified plastic surgeon depending on your skin type, history, health, and treatment goals. Hope this helps! 

Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
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