Phenol peel in Switzerland


Smooth, youthful facial skin is something many people desire. Unfortunately, natural skin ageing cannot be stopped. There are several anti-ageing products on the market, but they generally do not produce the desired effect. If you are looking for an effective and long-lasting solution, the phenol peel could be an option for you.

With the phenol peel, we can renew the facial skin, including deeper connective tissue, and thus achieve a level of rejuvenation that simply cannot be achieved with any other method. We explain how the phenol peel works below.

At a Glance

Medical term: phenol peel

Type of anaesthesia: twilight anaesthesia

Procedure duration: approx. 45 minutes

Clinic stay: outpatient

Aftercare: 14 days downtime

Back to public: after two to three weeks

Back to work: after two weeks, depending on your profession

Time of recovery: about 14 days

Fees: starting at 5,000 CHF

What is a phenol peel?

The phenol peel is a dermatological treatment designed to renew and rejuvenate the skin. This is achieved by applying a phenol solution, which causes skin and deeper connective tissue to exfoliate. The peel is performed exclusively on the face. It is the strongest of all chemical peels and reaches into the deeper connective tissue. As a result, it can be used to effectively treat deeper skin wrinkles and scars as well as pronounced pigmentation marks and photodamage such as elastosis (i.e. sagging of the skin).

Who is this method suitable for?

The phenol peel is suitable for people who want the skin on their face to appear smoother and younger-looking. It is used for:

  • deep scars,
  • deep skin wrinkles,
  • pronounced pigmentation disorders,
  • photodamaged skin,
  • certain skin cancer precursors,
  • sun-damaged red lips,
  • dark circles under the eyes

If you have dark skin colour, you should exercise particular caution, as the treatment can lead to permanent, visible lightening of the skin if carried out incorrectly. Acute herpes infections, heart, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, pregnancy and a tendency to unsightly scars are also contraindications.

The procedure: what you can expect before, during and after a phenol peel

Each of our treatments begins with a detailed consultation. This and a comprehensive assessment are important, as this is a very deep-acting peel, and not every skin type is suitable for treatment. During this appointment, we will also answer any questions you may have about the procedure and explain any potential risks.

Preparation for the treatment

In the weeks before the treatment, you should refrain from sunbathing and using retinoids and self-tanning products. Following these rules will help you avoid potential complications.

The treatment process

The treatment usually takes place in twilight sleep and lasts around 45 minutes. We clean the skin and apply the phenol solution. In the next step, the treated area is covered with protective plasters. In the end, an antiseptic powder is applied, which forms a crust that remains on the skin for about a week. However, the steps after applying the peeling solution depend on the skin type and are determined individually.

Expectations after treatment and recovery

After the treatment, you should allow sufficient time to recover. Allow at least one week to recover. After two to three weeks, you will usually be able to resume your usual social activities. Typically, one session is sufficient to achieve a satisfactory result. Make sure to avoid direct sunlight for the next six months, and apply sunscreen with a high sun protection factor.

Potential risks

Severe swelling and redness can be expected in the first few days after the phenol peel. This should subside on its own over time. The peel generally has a lightening effect, so it should not be used on dark skin, or only after careful planning and instructions on what to do after the peel. With us, you are in experienced hands, which can significantly reduce the risk of potential complications. Notably, Dr Duve is a member of the International Peeling Society (IPS) and has a great deal of experience with phenol peels.

Treatment costs

The exact cost depends on the extent of the treatment. We will provide you with detailed information in a personal consultation.

Phenol peel in Switzerland: schedule your consultation appointment

Are you bothered by deep skin wrinkles or pigment disorders on your face? We offer you an effective and long-lasting treatment option to smooth your skin. Please feel free to make an appointment with us. We will see if this treatment is a suitable option for you and answer all your questions.

FAQ – frequently asked questions and answers about the phenol peel

Is a phenol peel painful?

The phenol peel is considered to be painful. We can make the treatment as pleasant as possible for you with twilight sleep anaesthesia. Pain only occurs in the first few hours after the peel, but we can manage the pain with medication.

How long does recovery take after a phenol peel?

Compared to other peels, the phenol peel is associated with a significantly longer recovery time. Allow a few weeks.

How long do the results last?

If you consistently protect your skin with a high sun protection factor for the first six months after the treatment and avoid direct sunlight, the results of the phenol peel can last for up to 15 years.

Can the phenol peel also be used on the body?

The phenol peel is only used on the skin of the face. A superficial peel or, if necessary, a very mild phenol peel is suitable for the body.

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