Radiant Skin Once Again
TCA is a chemical peel that is adjustable based on the concentration applied. TCA peels were first introduced in the 1980s. This procedure can cause moderate but tolerable pain when performed with the Zimmer chiller device. The Zimmer chiller device blows cold air that chills the skin counteracting the pain produced by the TCA. The epidermis and superficial dermis peel, healing in three to eight days. TCA concentrations range from 15% to 50%. Higher concentrations result in deeper peels. Practically speaking more superficial the peel, the fewer wrinkles are removed. In addition, the TCA peel is useful for sun spots pigmentation irregularities, sun damaged skin, and discoloration from normal shifts during pregnancy. TCA improves wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, large pores, and sun damage and shrinkage of large pores.
When you arrive, you will be put in the minor procedural room and made comfortable in the “lazy boy” position. Your skin will be cleansed several times with antiseptic solution, alcohol and possibly acetone. It’s important that all the skin and your natural oils are removed to insure a even Peel. The TCA Peel solution is applied. Often a second coat is until a even “frost “. There is some stinging and a sensation of heat while the peel solution is active. Using the Zimmer chiller and small handheld fan is used for cooling in this stage. Then an ointment is applied to speed healing and post care instructions are given.
During the peeling period makes sure skin is kept moist. Dr. Hardesty and is Staff will give you specific instructions. After the skin has peeled wash nightly with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil and remove any makeup very gently. Apply a generous amount Skinceuticals Epidermal Repair. You will need to increase your use of a moisturizer after the peel as your skin will be temporarily drier. Makeup can be applied once the peeling has completed usually around the 5th day and there is no residue. We recommend avoiding all sun exposure for 4-8 weeks.
Surprisingly there is very little to no pain, but the skin looks as if you have a significant sunburn. You will be more sensitive to sunlight for 4-8 weeks after the TCA Peel. Avoid all sun exposure for at least 4-6 weeks.
You will usually peel for about 5 days with a medium depth peel. The skin will have a light-yellow hue after the procedure for 1-2 hours. This yellow color will gradually fade. You will begin to peel approximately 48-72 hours after the treatment. The skin will be slightly redder for 2-3 days after the skin has peeled and you will feel tight. Fiver the next several weeks you will return to normal skin tones with beautiful smooth and radiant skin.
TCA can be used on most of the skin of the body.
When considering peels of non-facial areas, it is very important to keep in mind that these non-facial areas do not heal as well as the facial area. In addition, the desired results are not as predictable. Also, you should never peel more than a small percentage of the body at one time, because of potential chemical potential toxicity.
If you have some skin wrinkles desire smoother skin and a more even skin ton a TCA Peel might be optimal for you. To learn which peel is best for you contact our Riverside office to learn more. Dr. Hardesty and his team at Imagine Plastic Surgery help many patients each year to help restore or enhance their facial appearance. To make a consultation appointment, call the office, take our self-assessment survey, or fill out an online form.