TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peel is a chemical peel that uses trichloroacetic acid to exfoliate the skin. TCA peels improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and scarring. They also treat skin conditions such as acne and sun damage.
How Does TCA Peel Work?
The TCA peel works by causing the top layer of skin to peel off, revealing smoother, clearer skin underneath. The trichloroacetic acid penetrates the skin and causes it to dry out and eventually peel away. This process stimulates the production of new skin cells, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
What are the Different Strengths of TCA Peels?
TCA peels are available in different strengths, ranging from 10% to 50%. The strength of the TCA peel will determine the depth of the peel and the level of improvement that can be achieved. A higher percentage of TCA peel will penetrate deeper into the skin and result in more significant results, but it will also come with a higher risk of side effects.
What Should You Expect During a TCA Peel Treatment?
Before undergoing a TCA peel, consult a professional or board-certified plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you will discuss your skin concerns and goals for the treatment. Your practitioner will also assess your skin type and determine the appropriate strength of TCA peel.
Before the TCA peel, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed to remove any makeup, oils, or other products. Your practitioner may also apply a pre-peel solution to help prepare the skin for the treatment.
The TCA peel will be applied to your skin using a cotton swab or brush. The peel will be left on your skin for a specific amount of time, depending on the strength of the peel.
After the TCA peel has been left on for the appropriate amount of time, a neutralizing solution will be applied to stop the peeling process.
After the TCA peel, your skin will be sensitive and may be red and slightly swollen. Your practitioner will provide you with aftercare instructions, including using a moisturizer, avoiding sun exposure, and avoiding certain skincare products.
What are the Benefits of a TCA Peel?
- Improved Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
TCA peels can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by removing the top layer of skin and stimulating the production of new skin cells.
- Improved Pigmentation
Trichloroacetic Acid peels can also help to improve pigmentation issues such as age spots, freckles, and melasma by removing the top layer of skin and allowing for the growth of new, more evenly pigmented skin.
- Improved Skin Texture
TCA peels can improve the skin’s texture by removing dead skin cells and stimulating the growth of new skin cells. This results in a smoother, more radiant complexion.
- Reduced Acne Scarring
TCA peels can also help reduce acne scarring by removing the top layer of skin and stimulating the growth of new, smoother skin.
Downside of TCA Peels
TCA peels can be painful, especially for those with sensitive skin. Your practitioner may apply a topical anaesthetic to help minimize any discomfort.
In rare cases, It can result in scarring. This is more likely to occur if the peel is too deep or if the aftercare instructions are not followed correctly.
TCA peels can also result in hyperpigmentation, which is the darkening of the skin. This is more likely to occur in people with darker skin tones or who do not follow proper aftercare instructions.
There is a risk of infection with any chemical peel. It is important to follow proper aftercare instructions and to keep the treated area clean to minimize the risk of infection.
- Temporary Redness and Swelling
After a TCA peel, you can expect temporary redness and swelling, which usually subsides within a few days.
TCA peels are a popular and effective way to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and scarring. They work by causing the top layer of skin to peel off, revealing the smoother, clearer skin underneath. TCA peels have different strengths and can be customized to meet your specific skin concerns and goals.
While there are risks and side effects associated with TCA peels, these can be minimized by following proper aftercare instructions and having the peel performed by a trained and experienced practitioner.
If you are considering a TCA peel, it is important to discuss your skin concerns and goals with a professional and expert plastic surgeon to determine if this treatment is right for you. Book your appointment today and get the experts’ best TCA peel treatment.