Bensipeel is a skin renewal method, based on chemical peeling devised by Dr. Richard Bensimon and Dr. Gregory Hetter.
The peeling agent is croton oil diluted in phenol. It is very different from the old phenol peelings which used to have a bad reputation because of frequent unnatural porcelain-like appearance.
The indications for Bensipeel are any skin wrinkling condition caused by sun damage, age, disease and also a mild skin laxity and pigment spots can be treated.
Now, I'm describing my own case report in late November 2013. Dr. Richard Bensimon came to Gent in Belgium to join us in teaching on combining our own lipofilling techniques which are Microfat grafting, Sharp Needle Intradermal Fat grafting and Nanofat grafting with his Bensipeel. I took the opportunity to have my own lower eyelids treated by the inventor of the method, himself.
This is my picture before the peeling. I was tired of the craquele aspect of my skin, the wrinkles and also the loose skin, which was more important on the left hand side. Dr. Bensimon did the peeling at the end of the workshop, and no injections for anesthesia were necessary.
The first layer is done with pure phenol, which causes a numbing of the skin. It stings like hell about five seconds, then the stinging wears off very quickly. And, after 15 seconds, the skin is completely numb and the peeling can be performed. Immediately after the peeling, I could feel absolutely, no pain, and I was able to celebrate the course of the evening together with my colleagues, Dr. Patrick Tonnard and Dr. Richard Bensimon.
I could feel a mild stinging during one and half to two hours after the peeling, no more. And, after that, I felt absolutely no more pain during the whole recovery. During the recovery, I have taken several selfie pictures with my cell phone every morning, just after waking up when the skin really looks at it's worst, because it's a little bit dried up.
After putting on the special ointment, it usually looks a lot better. But, judge for yourself. This is me, the first day after the peeling, and as you can see, the skin there looks loose, it looks swollen. Obviously, there is ointment on the skin. This is the second day. The skin is even more loose and even more swollen. And, during the second day, Dr. Bensimon judged that some areas could have some extra peeling. And, so, he re-peeled the still wrinkled areas.
It was very tolerable, didn't hurt at all. There was mild stinging just as during the first peeling. And, here, he asks me to squint, so that the wrinkles are very visible and that he can re-treat the damaged areas again.
So, this is my picture after the second session of peeling. As you can see, the skin is even more swollen, but still intact. The skin surface is still intact. This is the third day, not much has changed, and this is my picture with the ointment the third day. As you can see, the ointment makes the skin look a lot better.
On the fourth day, the skin starts to dry up and to scale, to flake off, as you can see. So, there it is necessary to continue the ointment. As you can see, wearing glasses actually hides a lot, and believe it or not, I went working from the second day on. So, I saw patients in consultation and many of my patients did not even notice what I had done.
So, it is possible to reduce the down time, very much. On the fifth day, as you can see, the skin continues to shed. On the sixth day, some of the skin has separated and it looks at it's worst, because it's very red. Day eight, the skin starts to close up. It's almost completely healed. And on day ten, you can see that the skin is completely recovered except for some minor areas where the skin was peeled the second time.
Now, these are my pictures of pre and post, one months post, and I'm really excited. You see that the skin is much tighter, most wrinkles have disappeared. There is still a little bit of redness, but that's disappeared soon after that.
Now, in the meantime, we have been doing several Bensipeels in our own practice. The results on skin renewal are absolutely spectacular. So, if you are prepared to go through an eight to ten days of recovery, this method is the very best, one can offer for renewing the surface of the skin.
And, combined with volume restoration by lipofilling and short scar facelifting, like MACS-lift, this allows us to restore a natural, youthful appearance in all patients, male or female. This is really exciting. We are working in the Coupure Center for Plastic Surgery in Gent, Belgium. These are the details of our practice and the telephone number, the website. And, I thank you for listening.