In the 1980s Dr. Bock and other physicians performed what was called the phenol peel. Originally invented by lay peelers it was adopted by physicians in the early 1960s. The results were so dramatic that when Dr. Bock showed before and after patient photos, he could hear audible gasps from the audience. While the results were exceptional, significantly better than anything that can be achieved today with lasers or other peels, problems developed due to marked whitening of the skin developing in the second year after the peel.
Although the patients who had been peeled were not bothered by this, many physicians, including Dr. Bock, were dissatisfied and stopped performing this procedure. This state of affairs remained unchanged for years until the year 2000 when Dr. Gregory Hetter published his work showing that the primary active ingredient in the peel was not phenol, as had been thought, but was croton oil. Dr. Hetter also showed that by modifying the original formula, it was possible to get excellent results without experiencing the problems of the original formula.
The Croton Oil Peel is a moderately deep to deep controllable chemical peel that produces the best facial skin resurfacing available. It produces very long lasting and dramatic improvement of fine and deep wrinkling as well as sun damage. Lip lines can frequently be erased and the skin looks smoother, with better texture and tone. The skin is actually healthier since there is reason to believe that the peel reduces the incidence of the more common skin cancers by removing the damaged cells that give rise to these conditions.
Another advantage of this treatment is that there is very little pain associated with the treatment. There is some oozing and crusting, but this is manageable. The link that follows is a description by a Belgian plastic surgeon, Dr Alexis Verapele, of his own experience with the croton oil peel performed around his eyes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKq115kBwDQ. Dr. Bock has trained with both Dr. Verapele and Dr. Bensimon.
If you would like more information about the most effective skin resurfacing treatment, schedule a consultation at 209-751-4292.