TCA Peel

What is TCA peel or (or trichloroacetic acid peel)?

Chemical Peeling is a safe treatment that helps remove spots, removes acne scars, improves skin tone of the face, smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines on the face.

The word “peeling” means exfoliation, and the way it works is by removing the superficial layer of dead skin, allowing the skin to renew itself by the appearance of a new skin layer.  TCA (Trichloroacetic acid) is the product of choice with which a medium or medium-deep peel is made.

The component of the product is always the same. What determines the effect is more or less the concentration and the type of preparation that the specialist doctor makes.

At DerMA clinic, Guelph area, our specialist, Dr. Sajic, has a lot of experience in the use of chemical peels. This way, you can determine exactly what amount and concentration of product you need in your case with your skin and for your goals.

Chemical peels are very effective procedures in cases where the skin of the face is oily, problematic, and seborrhea are observed. It is also effective on skin with signs of photoaging, without severe sagging and stretching.

Peeling is mainly done on the face, but it can also be used on other parts of the body: arms, thighs, neck, décolleté, abdomen, etc.

The treatment lasts only 15 – 20 minutes (per session), it is safe for dark skin, and the doctor can adjust the depth depending on the number of sessions.

  • Reduce acne scar appearance, dark spots, freckles, and sun damage
  • Brighten the tone of the skin and remove fine lines
  • Smoothen wrinkles
  • Fix problems associated with abnormal pigmentation
  • Usage in the treatment of conditions such as melasma
  • Increase the penetration of skin products, which eventually leads to healthier, younger-looking skin
  • Cleans out congested pores, leaving the skin moist and smooth
  • Increasing the development of collagen, which enhances skin elasticity

A TCA Peel can be used on different depths of the skin. This ensures that it can be personalized to suit the needs of a particular patient. Patients may have a light peel or a concentrated peel that is intended to reach deeper skin layers.

Light peels are usually performed in a session of two or three treatments a year. Medium TCA peels are performed once or twice a year, taking up to a week for recovery.

Some patients opt to have a TCA peel carried out below their eyes instead of having a full-face peel: this procedure can be done alone or at the same time as other rejuvenation procedures.

Note that TCA peels are usually more painful than hydroxyl acid peels. The mechanism of action of TCA is the coagulation of the protein structures of the skin, i.e., the destruction of tissues exposed to acid occurs. The degree of damage is visible by the degree of “frost” – a gray-white plaque on the surface of the skin treated with trichloroacetic acid. After 30-40 minutes, the frost is replaced by pronounced redness and swelling. During the day, the redness may increase. Post peeling agents are often used to reduce these effects.

Patients with chemical peeling after TCA can feel pain and discomfort in the areas treated.  For the first week, the skin may be red, swollen, and a burning sensation may be felt.

Moisturizing ointments may need to be applied regularly, depending on the depth of treatment. 3-10 days after treatment, skin peeling and flaking will commence. Most patients, regardless of the depth of care, will need 1 week away from daily activities.

Because the skin continues to recover for some time, full results may not be visible for 30 to 60 days. When healing is complete, to preserve healthy skin, patients should continue to use a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

The under-Eye TCA Peel is usually performed by a specialist in just about 20 minutes. The time a patient needs to recover from this treatment differs.  Contact our center and schedule an appointment today to learn more about the procedure.