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What is a TCA Peel?
Trichloroacetic Acid, often referred to as TCA, is an effective chemical agent used to exfoliate and renew the skin on a superficial to high level. This is one of the strongest peels available and it is known for delivering exceptional results. TCA is most frequently applied to the face, neck, décolleté and hands. It's also an excellent spot treatment option and can be used to exclusively peel isolated areas of the skin.
Why choose a TCA Peel, Orlando?
Unlike progressive, light to medium grade peels, such as glycolic, salicylic acid and Jessner's peels, TCA peels can penetrate deeper into the skin. TCA's dexterity for treating a wide range of skin conditions makes it the perfect chemical peel for individuals with multiple concerns. This peel is recommended for most skin types, particularly normal to oily skin. Sensitive skin should progress to higher product potency over time. TCA is considered a more aggressive treatment for improving acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation) while increasing collagen and elastin production.
How is this Procedure Conducted?
The range of depth achieved from a TCA Peel varies according to concentration potency, application methods and of course skin type. The concentration and number of layers applied during the treatment will have a substantial effect on the TCA Peel's desired results. As more coats are applied, the peel will penetrate deeper into the skin until the solution finds the proteins of your skin cells to neutralize itself. Typically this peel is associated with 2-3 minutes of stinging, itching or burning sensation. Steppie MD® Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+ is then applied. Not only chemical-free, this UVA/UVB daily sun protection provides moisture while protecting your skin from the sun, which is very important after a chemical peel. You will need to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your paramedical clinical esthetician to assure safety and optimal results.
After the Peel?
The downtime is moderate and varies according to individual skin traits and selected concentration/application methods. During the healing process, there is usually little to no pain but the skin looks as if it is sunburned. After a few days, the top layer of your skin will naturally flake or peel away. This could last for 5-7 days on average but there is a possibility that it may take longer. This process, in essence, reveals a much clearer and smoother skin. If you are not too self conscious about your appearance, you can work during this time frame.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. We recommend using STEPPIE MD® Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+, which provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with no chemical sun filters. It contains the FDA-approved physical blocker, Micronized Zinc Oxide to reflect light away from the skin. Apply 30 minutes before exposure and reapply often when exposed to the sun.
Note: Ethnic skin types should proceed with caution due to an increased risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
How often should I do a TCA Peel?
Although one peel may yield desired results, TCA chemical peels may need to be repeated. Depending on the strength of the TCA, the peel can be done quarterly as a refresher peel. If the treatment is intended to solve significant problems, TCA chemical peels are performed every 4-6 weeks depending on the condition of your skin.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided by this site is intended solely for educational purposes. This information is not to be used for medical diagnostic purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical/surgical condition. Most of all, this information should not be used in place of a physician or other qualified health provider. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician immediately.
My mother and I come every 6 weeks to have chemical peels for sun damage and to prevent further skin cancer. Our esthetician is Jenny Paul and she is wonderful. We drive an hour to come to her location because she takes such amazing care of us. She is kind, thoughtful, informative and a joy to be around. Thank you to Associates in Dermatology for hiring such a wonderful person to take care of us!
— Vicki P