What is a TCA Chemical Peel and how it works?
Chemical peels are quickly becoming a popular way to get smooth, healthy looking skin. A chemical peel is an excellent way to improve the look and feel of your skin, especially if you have wrinkles, discoloration or blemishes which are typically difficult to cover up or repair.
Benefits of TCA Chemical Peel
One of the most common facial peels is a TCA chemical peel. Trichloroacetic acid or TCA is used by medical practitioners for their patients who need a stronger facial peel than a typical alpha hydroxy acid peel. TCA chemical peels are typically used if you have fine wrinkles, darker skin, blemishes and pigment problems. The entire procedure typically only takes less than 30 minutes.
Preparing for the Chemical Peel
Prior to getting a TCA chemical peel, your doctor may suggest that you pre-treat the skin on your face with either an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) cream or Retin-A so the TCA solution can be more easily absorbed into the skin. You may also need to have tests done to make sure you are not allergic to any of the chemicals used. There are different degrees of the TCA chemical peels, but there is typically no anesthesia required for the procedure.
The TCA Chemical Peel Procedure
TCA chemical peel procedures are done by a dermatologist or other medical professional. The eyes, lips, and brows are protected during the procedure. The TCA chemical solution is applied to the facial skin with a cotton swab, sponge or brush. Once the TCA has been applied to the face, it is left on the skin for about two to three minutes. When the desired depth of the peel has been reached, the dermatologist will apply a neutralizing solution. There may be some slight discomfort or a stinging sensation during the procedure and if you have a deep peel, your doctor will talk with you regarding pain control. It will take a few days following the procedure for the redness and swelling to go away and the skin may peel, darken or crack for a few days, but it will clear up and within a week or two at the most, you will have fresher, younger looking skin.