TCA Chemical Peels

Updated November 25, 2019

Get the glowing skin you want with a peel tailored to your needs.

Whether you want to eliminate fine lines or acne scars or just give your skin a brightening boost, we can customize a TCA peel just for you. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations, but most commonly for medium-depth peeling to treat fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems.

A few of the many reasons to have a TCA Peel:

  • Smoothes out fine surface wrinkles
  • Removes superficial blemishes
  • Corrects pigment problems
  • Can be used on neck or other body areas
  • Treatment takes only 10-15 minutes
  • Preferred for darker-skinned patients
  • Peel depth can be adjusted
  • Healing is usually quick

The TCA Chemical Peel Procedure

Typically, the skin is first thoroughly cleansed. Then the TCA solution is applied. You may feel a stinging sensation as the peel solution is applied, but this feeling will quickly pass.

A full-face TCA peel usually takes no more than 15 minutes. Two or more TCA peels may be needed to obtain the desired result, and those may be spaced out over several months. Mild TCA peels may be repeated as often as every month.

After the TCA Chemical Peel

Dr. Branman may prescribe a mild pain medication to relieve any tingling or throbbing you may feel. If tape was used to cover your face, it will be removed after a day or two. A crust or scab will form on the treated area. To help your face heal properly, it is essential that you follow our specific post-operative instructions.  A TCA peel can cause some swelling, which will vary depending on the strength of the peel used.

After a TCA peel, your healed skin will be able to produce pigment as always; the peel will not bleach the skin. However, TCA-peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin. Even though is relatively TCA mild, it may also produce some unintended color changes in the skin.

For more information, contact us online or simply call the office at 501-227-0707 to schedule a consultation.

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