A trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel is a medium-depth peel that can effectively treat fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigment problems. Typically performed on the face, neck, chest and hands, a TCA peel can be customized, with the depth of the peel adjusted as needed, for each patient. A TCA peel usually takes only 10 to 15 minutes to perform, and is considered safe for most people.
The Trichloroacetic Acid Peel Procedure
During a TCA peel, the skin is thoroughly cleaned, and the peel solution is evenly applied to the targeted areas. Some patients may be given Retin-A or hydroquinone to apply to the skin prior to treatment to maximize results. No anesthesia is required with a TCA peel because the peel solution itself acts as an anesthetic, mildly numbing the skin. Although there may be a slight stinging sensation when the peel is first applied, it goes away quickly.
Results of the Trichloroacetic Acid Peel Procedure
After a TCA peel, a patient may experience tingling, throbbing, redness, peeling, and swelling, which usually lasts for about a week. The skin should be protected from the sun for several months post-peel to reduce the risk of complications and maintain desired results. The results of a TCA peel are visible after 7 to 10 days as new layers of skin form; a patient can return to work and other regular activities at this time. Risks of a TCA peel are rare but include infection, scarring and permanent pigmentary changes.
SKINMEDICA Chemical peels
SkinMedica medical grade peels are effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, roughness and hyper pigmentation. They increase the skins radiance and restore a more youthful glow. SkinMedica offers 3 medical grade chemical peels. These SkinMedica peels that are only approved to be administered by licensed medical professionals (physician, aesthetician or nurse working under a physicians supervision). Our aesthetician will evaluate your skin and choose the peel that is right for you. 30 minutes.
This is the gentlest of the SkinMedica peels. For mild skin imperfections. It is best for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle, very superficial peel. Little or no visible peeling and no downtime.
This peel is appropriate for mild to moderate skin imperfections. Visible improvement will be achieved after one treatment with optimal results seen after a series of treatments.
The strongest of the SkinMedica peels. This peel is appropriate for moderate to severe skin imperfections.