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Clinics in plastic surgery

Treatment of photoaging. Facial chemical peeling (phenol and trichloroacetic acid) and dermabrasion.


PMID 8420712

Abstract

A complete armamentarium using phenol, trichloroacetic acid, and dermabrasion allows the physician to successfully treat a variety of difficult photoaged skin problems in a consistent fashion. These three techniques have their specific indications, and patient selection is the key to a successful outcome. Proper attention to technical detail will allow the physician to fine-tune technique to meet the individual's needs. It is important to realize that phenol, trichloroacetic acid, and dermabrasion are not exclusive of each other, but are additive in their value. As one becomes well versed in these differing treatment modalities, one can tailor these techniques to obtain consistent results according to the needs and desires of the patient.