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Trichloro-Acetic Acid (TCA) Peels
Trichloro-acetic acid (TCA) peels are medium depth solutions that use high concentrations of trichloro-acetic, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids to achieve a variety of skin resurfacing and rejuvenation results. More aggressive than superficial and light peels, TCA peels and other medium depth solutions penetrate through the epidermis layer of skin and into the dermis layer. Although recovery times are more extensive than lighter peels, the benefits are superior.
TCA peels are excellent for treating the appearance and texture of rough and dull skin, fine surface wrinkles and superficial blemishes. TCA peels can also reduce the appearance of smaller, superficial age spots, brown spots and other similar discolorations. Medium depth solutions, like TCA peels, are additionally safe and suitable for people with light brown, tan and olive-colored skin tones.
DESCRIPTION OF TREATMENT
Trichloro-acetic acid (TCA) peels are considered more aggressive than light peels and should performed in a medical office or medical spa under a well-trained and qualified technician or physician. A significant amount of heat is usually felt during a TCA peel, and some pain is to be expected. In preparation for a TCA peel, some providers recommend the application of topical Retin-A and glycolic acid cleansers for a few weeks before treatment. This type of at-home care and exfoliation can improve the results seen from a future chemical peel. As always, clients are asked to limit their sun exposure for 2-3 weeks before treatment, and a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 of higher should be applied during the day.
Prior to receiving any type of chemical peel the area to be treated is thoroughly cleansed in order to remove excess oil that could interfere with the peel solution. The chemical peel is then applied and left on for a period of 15-45 minutes. Some solutions may be left on longer, which is dependent upon the desired results of the individual and his or her provider. The treatment is finished after the chemicals are neutralized and balanced with the appropriate cooling solution. The provider will then apply a sterilizing ointment to the treated areas in order to promote hydration and healing. Clients are allowed to return home shortly after the peel is done. A number of TCA peels may be required to achieve optimal results since the effects of the peel generally last six months to one year.
Trichloro-acetic acid (TCA) peels and other medium depth solutions are typically associated with redness and welling for the first few hours after treatment. The skin will begin to darken and tighten after a TCA peel, which will typically lead to a peeling, or flaking for a period of 4-8 days. The areas treated should be kept clean and hydrated to avoid the risk of soreness or infection, and individuals are advised to avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin.
Trichloro-acetic acid (TCA) peels administered in medical spas and physicians offices are formulated in the USA at FDA registered laboratory facilities, and are FDA approved for various skin conditions including uneven texture, fine lines, abnormal pigmentation and wrinkles.
The average cost of trichloro-acetic acid (TCA) peels and other medium-depth solutions performed in medical spas or physicians offices typically range from $200-$800 per application. These prices widely vary by the aggressiveness of the peel solution chosen and the location of the provider.