The TCA Peel is a modern, advanced and very effective trichloroacetic acid (TCA) chemical skin peeling. It is a peel designed for patients who want a fast procedure with dramatic results. You can choose for this peeling if your skin is heavily damaged by the after effects of small pox or acne, by irregularities after operations or by other events. Also it is the first choice in case of deep dermal discoloration (hyperpigmentation) or wrinkles. The TCA Peel is a radical treatment but it is one the most safe ones. The reason is that it features built-in controls to promote superior outcomes – the TCA shows skin changes that gives your doctor the possibility to determine the depth of penetration in and under the skin so that it can be customized to each patient’s individual needs without the risk of going to deep with all its possible unwanted side effects.
Depending on the strength and depth of the treatment, following the peel you will experience light swelling and have a tight feeling. Within three to five days your skin will begin to peel. This peeling continues over the next couple of days up to 2 weeks depending on the intensity of the peeling. During this period it is very important to avoid scratching or tearing sheets of skin, because this action creates red marks that can last for several months. Don’t use soap on the treated areas and be careful with the use of shampoo. It is important to protect your skin against direct sun exposure and you will use a SPF 40 or 50 as soon as you are outdoor.
By the seventh to tenth day, your skin should be healed. Once your skin has completely recovered and finished peeling, you will notice a visible improvement in your complexion. Your skin’s appearance should continue to improve over the next four to six weeks, becoming firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier and more youthful looking.
After a week you will visit your doctor for an evaluation.
Should your skin need a deep peeling but there is no possibility to walk around with a scaling skin because you need a representative appearance, your doctor can give you – with an interval of several weeks – two or three treatments of TCA that are less deep. You will have almost the same result after all, but the recovery time after each skin peeling is reduced and gives you more flexibility in your diary.