Pollution and other environmental factors like harsh sunlight lead to dry and lifeless skin, and the aging process intensifies this issue. The TCA peel is a chemical peel that can address this issue, revitalizing rough skin.
During the TCA chemical peel, the outermost layer of the skin is removed to reveal clearer, healthier skin underneath. TCA peels are a good option for correction of sun damage, uneven skin tone, facial wrinkles, and pigmentation issues.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is a non-toxic weak acid that is naturally present in the human body for important cellular functions. TCA has found use in the beauty industry as an effective chemical for skin peels. The outermost layers of the skin peel off over the course of a week to expose a layer of smooth undamaged skin underneath.
TCA has been in use for over 20 years, so much so that doctors recommend this procedure in combination with prescription creams to treat melasma. A TCA peel is more effective than a laser procedure for melasma treatment.
Are You a Good Candidate for a TCA Peel?
Patients with the following skin conditions are most suited for a TCA chemical peel:
• Visible wrinkles around the mouth
• Rough sun-damaged skin
• Fine creases along the upper eyelids
• Crow’s feet around the eyes
• Scars from chicken pox or acne
• Blotchy or brown patches on the skin
• Specific types of pre-cancerous skin eruptions
• Superficial scars from injuries
TCA Peels Are Unique
TCA peels are performed at different acid concentrations ranging from mild to medium strength. The depth of penetration is dependent on a number of factors, including acid concentration and how long the treatment is left on the skin.
A 35% peel is a great option for a first timer who is seeking a promising superficial peel. A 35% concentration is effective in clearing skin discolorations and overall facial tightening. Look into other options if you’re looking for a peel to specifically remove deep lines along the lower eyelids.
The TCA peel can be used on many regions of the body, like the neck, legs and hands. Unlike other chemical peels, the TCA peel has a much lower chance of bleaching. The TCA is, therefore, preferred to treat small target regions and is more suitable for patients with a darker skin tone than other peels may be.
Recovery from a TCA Peel
Specific recovery instructions are given by the doctor after the TCA peel. General instructions include rinsing the face every night after the peel with a mild cleanser and applying a thick coat of bland moisturizer (as recommended by the doctor).
A new layer of the skin is generally drier at first, which is why it is important to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized. In most cases, sun exposure must be strictly avoided for two to eight weeks after the peel treatment.
Come In for a Peel Consultation
Give your skin a second chance with the help of a TCA peel – contact our office today and schedule your peel consultation. Experienced facial plastic surgery specialist Dr. Andres Gantous will be available to discuss your aesthetic goals and more.