TCA Peel Treatment
A chemical peel is an effective, noninvasive treatment to improve skin’s complexion by addressing common issues like sun spots, acne and wrinkles. But there are different varieties of chemical peels—light, medium, and deep—with some requiring more recovery time than others. The TCA peel can range from light to deep, depending on the concentration of the solution, so it’s a good option for people who want the flexibility to opt for less downtime and a quicker return to normal activities.
What is the TCA Peel?
The TCA peel uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to remove the top layer of skin to reveal the tighter, more even-toned skin underneath. The TCA affects the keratin found in the skin, damaging it so that it peels off. As it heals, new collagen is created, reducing existing wrinkles and sun spots. The deeper the peel, the more skin is damaged, and the more dramatic the results.
The TCA peel is a versatile peel, depending on the solution. Lighter TCA solutions (around 20%) can also be applied to the neck, hands, arms and décolletage. Stronger solutions (up to 35%) are applied to the face to treat deep wrinkles and precancerous spots. Medium solutions can reduce brown spots, improve skin’s texture, reduce acne, and reduce pigmentation irregularities.
What Can I Expect During an Appointment?
Your dermatologist will carefully apply the TCA solution to the affected skin, and monitor you as it starts to dry to ensure you don’t have a bad reaction to it. Your appointment should last about one hour.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Reported side effects include skin burning, redness, scarring, and sun sensitivity. However, these side effects vary depending on your skin type and the depth of your peel. It is also important to follow instructions before and after the peel. Avoid sun exposure and harsh exfoliants or medicated face washes following your treatment.
What Are the Long-term Results?
Depending on the strength of the TCA solution, your skin will peel for 2 to 10 days. After the affected layer is done peeling, the skin beneath will be revealed. That skin is tighter, healthier, more even-toned, and generally more youthful.
Is the TCA Peel Right for Me?
Chemical peels are appropriate for most people, but they work differently depending on the skin type. If you’re curious about what results you could see, we suggest starting with a free consultation. At Coastal Dermatology & Surgery Center, we are here to talk to you about any questions you might have regarding the procedure and to review your medical history to ensure you’re an ideal candidate. Contact our office today if you’re ready to take the next steps in treating your unwanted hair or other skin and vein issues.