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About 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. 

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.


Glycolic Acid Peel, Salicylic Acid Peel, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Micro-Needling, Fraxel Laser, Lunchtime Laser Peel

How Does it Work?

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.

Who is a Candidate?

Most patients except African American skin types can undergo this procedure, as dark pigmented skin can have discoloration after this procedure.

What Can I expect?

Fresher, glowing appearance to the skin with reduction of sun damage, discoloration and fine lines.

Safety & Side Effects

Note: Ethnic skin types should proceed with caution due to an increased risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Recovery Time

The downtime is moderate and varies according to individual skin traits and selected concentration/application methods.

Does it Hurt?

This procedure is very well tolerated and requires no anesthetic

Before Treatment Instructions

Avoid tanning of your skin for 2 weeks prior to your procedure.

After Treatment Instructions

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 6 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 procedure may temporarily increase your potential for a sunburn for the first week after the procedure. Consider using a strong sunscreen that your provider can recommend for you, which provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

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.

Who Performs the Treatments?

Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

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