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Deep Peel - Phenol Light & Deep

Key benefits of Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic

  • Dr Bong is a true artist in the field of non-surgical cosmetic treatments
  • Fully qualified medical doctor with an outstanding reputation
  • We only use the very best brands on the market for the most impressive results

Deep peels

  • Reduces age spots, crow’s feet & wrinkles
  • Corrects uneven skin pigmentation
  • Improves severely sun-damaged skin
  • Treats acne and acne scars
  • Reduces smoker’s lip lines
Skin clinic Glasgow
Dr Bong

Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic is one of very few clinics in the UK to offer this new generation of Deep chemical skin peel. This is a highly effective chemical peel with very long lasting results. A phenol skin peel is suitable for patients who suffer from sun-damaged skin, or from pronounced facial wrinkles or blotches. It is also useful for treating crow's feet lines and crinkly skin around the eyes and the upper and lower lips, for vertical lines and sun damage.

It is an ideal treatment for:

• Age spots and correct uneven skin pigmentations

• Moderate-severely sun damaged & weathered skin

• A poor sluggish complexion

• Crow's feet and undereyes wrinkles

• Smoker's lines above and below lips

• Treat acne and soften the appearance of scars caused by acne

Phenol peels provide an overwhelming improvement in wrinkles. Results are unquestionably superior to those following other peels, laser, or dermabrasion. Just one treatment is required and results last decades. No special preparation is necessary prior to a phenol peel, and no special care is required to maintain your results afterward.

The procedure is a serious medical treatment and should not be entered into lightly and without a lot of thought and preparation.

Phenol Peels have been performed over many decades in the USA, France and more recently in many other European countries. All deep peels in our clinic are performed by Dr Kieren Bong, who has many years' experience in skin peels and who has attended a number of special training courses.

Dr Bong has also attended a number of international deep peel training courses including those with world-renowned Dr Philippe Deprez near Barcelona, Spain.

Deep skin peels FAQ

How is treatment administered?

The new generation phenol chemical skin peel no longer requires sedation. No anaesthetics is required because the phenol solution itself works as an anaesthetics. Unlike previous phenol chemical skin peel, there is no risk of toxicity associated with the new formulation of phenol solution.

The entire procedure takes about an hour to complete. First your skin will be thoroughly cleansed. The acid is then painted onto the face and monitored. If burning or stinging is a problem, a cold pack or cold air may be applied.

What makes phenol chemical skin peel different?

Phenol peels differ from your average chemical peel in that this is the deepest chemical peel available. This type of treatment works very well for fair skinned individuals. Another advantage is that phenol peels' effects last longer than the regular peel. Results are dramatic, and most patients are very pleased.

Phenol peels are not for everyone. Discuss with our cosmetic doctor to see if this procedure is right for you: it is only suitable for use on the face and neck, and is not recommended for dark-skinned individuals or people with heart disease.

How does phenol chemical skin peel work?

A phenol peel works in the same manner as any peel, by removing the outer layers of skin where the discoloration and wrinkles lie. The difference is that since a phenol peel goes so much deeper, it is more effective at removing deep wrinkles and dark discolorations that a regular peel would not touch.

What happens after the procedure?

This is the deepest chemical peel available and the effects last longer than regular peels. Results are dramatic and most patients are very pleased.

What makes phenol chemical skin peels different?

This is the deepest chemical peel available and the effects last longer than regular peels. Results are dramatic and most patients are very pleased.

What happens after the procedure?

Our cosmetic doctor will coat the treated area with protective gel and powder. You will be given postoperative instructions before sending you home.

The skin will go red and swollen over the next 24 hours. Discomfort is minimal, requiring only paracetamols. There may be throbbing sensation on the face lasting around 6 hours.

Once the initial burning has worn off it is not painful, but feels tight. Over the next few days the skin dries and looks like brownish leather.The skin will begin to peel between 5 and 7 days later, and must be left to come off at its own pace.

As soon as the skin has healed, make up may be applied over the new, pink skin. Sunscreen is mandatory for at least three months, and moisturisers are helpful.

Most phenol peel patients experience incredible results and minimal side effects, and total recovery is usually reached within 10 days to two weeks.

What are the possible complications?

Complications are rare with this new generation of phenol chemical peel.

Scarring can occur with strong acids, but is unusual with weaker ones. The most common causes of scarring are infection, and pulling off the skin before it is ready to peel off. Both of these are avoidable.

Cold sores can be activated in those prone to this kind of condition. Anti-viral medication can prevent this. Increased pigmentation may occur, and resolves with time. It can be largely prevented by religious use of sunscreen for three months after the peel.

What about aftercare?

At Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic, we take a special pride in our excellent levels of support and aftercare. We will invite you back to the clinic for follow-up reviews with your doctor on days 1, 3 and 6 after your initial treatment.


Results from phenol peels can be dramatic and rival, if not better, those achieved with face lift or other facial surgery.

Phenol peels can be used on the whole face or concentrated on the eyelid area or round the mouth. They are particularly suited to the lines around the mouth that are often referred to a 'smoker's lines' or 'lipstick lines'.

Surgery often simply stretches thin, ageing skin to become even thinner but peels have the advantage that they can help to thicken the skin and stimulate its lower layers to prevent premature visible skin-ageing and repair damage that has already occurred.

Peels, particularly deep peels encourage your own skin to produce collagen and elastin fibres giving a fuller but natural look and help to improve your skin health.

In principle, the results of a phenol peel are permanent, but of course after the peel, the skin will continue to age, bringing about normal skin changes due to ageing. Sensible care and protection of your skin will however help to perpetuate the benefits of the peel. Results are not immediate and it will take a few months to judge the final result.

Are there any expected restriction following the treatment?

One can resume normal daily activities with some restrictions such as avoiding exposure to sunlight and prevention of tanning with recommended use of sunscreen or sunblock.

Patients who have received any chemical peels will be sensitive to the sun, and therefore it is crucial to properly protect the skin.

How can I find out if I am a candidate for this treatment?

If you would like to learn more about whether phenol chemical skin peel treatment might work for you, please call and arrange an appointment for a consultation with our cosmetic doctor.

This peel is a serious medical procedure and not a 'beauty' treatment

This peel is not a 'quick-fix' beauty procedure. It is a serious medical and invasive procedure and you are embarking on a 'treatment journey' that will take time.

Your 'treatment journey' involves having consultations and visits to the clinic. The procedure itself is very technical and involves a lot of preparation by you the patient and the doctor.

Your 'treatment journey' also involves important aftercare for a number of months. This is of course reflected in the price of this treatment and you must decide and conclude that the benefits of undergoing the peel outweigh the risks, potential side-effects and of course the cost.

Dr Bong has a genuine interest in his patients and his work. Dr Bong is a very warm, caring man, who takes the utmost care with his procedures, giving time to answer any concerns you may have. So glad I found such a caring doctor, who listens to your concerns
Kathy B, Dundee

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