What Is A TCA Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) are effective sun damage and wrinkle reduction technique that works by removing the skin’s surface layer. Superficial peels act as a skin exfoliator and stimulate cell renewal and turnover.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
By peeling away the top layer of skin, the appearance of dark spots such as age spots, sunspots, liver spots, as well as fine lines, blemishes, wrinkles and scars can all be reduced. The new skin that grows after the peel is tighter, fresher, smoother and more evenly toned. TCA chemical peels are a skin resurfacing technique that is tried and true and delivers noticeable results without surgery.
Candidates for Chemical Peels
Chemical peels using TCA are appropriate for anyone who wants to:
- Combat signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
- Treat acne, acne scars, and other blemishes
- Treat hyperpigmentation, superficial melasma and age spots
The TCA Chemical Peel Procedure
Trichloroacetic acid skin resurfacing provides medium depth, medical-grade results. The process works by applying layers of mild acids to your face. The skin is cleaned first and the TCA solution is applied. The solution will be left on your skin until it penetrates to the correct depth. A layer of white “frosting” appears for about 10 minutes.
TCA Chemical Peel Recovery
Medium depth peels have a recovery period of 7 to 10 days, and the results are long-lasting.
It is normal for the treated area to dry out and develop a brown crust. This flakes off soon and reveals bright pink skin underneath that gradually fades to your natural skin tone.