What is a TCA Peel?
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are medium-depth peels that can effectively treat fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems, and are often performed in conjunction with an alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peel or other treatments such as a facelift or laser skin resurfacing. Treatment can be fully customized for each patient's skin type and may even be covered by insurance if performed for medical rather than cosmetic reasons.
TCA peels can be performed on patients of any skin type, and are considered ideal for those with darker skin. It can be performed on several different areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest and hands. The TCA Peel comes in three strengths: 10%, 15%, and 30%. One of our providers at PD&CC will determine which strength is ideal for your skin.
What can I expect during a TCA Peel treatment?
During the TCA peel, the skin is thoroughly cleaned before the peel solution is evenly applied to the targeted areas. Peel depth can be adjusted to ensure that each patient receives treatment that targets their individual needs. Some patients may be given Retin-A or hydroquinone to apply to the skin prior to treatment in order to maximize results.
There is no anesthesia required with a TCA peel, as the peel's unique solution acts as an anesthetic on its own and mildly numbs the skin. There may be a slight stinging sensation when the peel is first applied, but this goes away quickly. Some patients may request sedation before their treatment in order to promote comfort and relaxation for their peel. The entire peel process takes only 10 to 15 minutes to perform. The results of a TCA peel are visible after 7 to 10 days as new skin layers form.