The trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel is often called the “freshening peel” as it is the most popular peel to achieve a medium-depth peel. Trichloroacetic acid peels not only help to remove the buildup of dead skin cells, but also promote the growth of new cells. As your skin heals, new elastin and collagen tissues are formed and this will help tighten the skin, leaving it brighter and giving you a younger appearance.

Typically there are three strengths of TCA peels: low depth, medium depth and deep. The higher the concentration; the stronger the peel. The strength of the TCA peel can be adjusted to match your individual needs.

Immediately after treatment, the skin will have a flushed appearance and is occasionally accompanied by swelling. After a day, the skin darkens slightly and after 3 to 4 days, the skin initiates the peeling process.

It is recommended for treatment of the following:

  • Fine lines and superficial skin wrinkles
  • Poor lusterless complexion and blotches
  • Sun-damaged and weathered looking skin
  • Acne, scars and post acne discoloration
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Dark circles under eyes

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is a chemical peel performed?
All chemical peels involve applying or brushing on a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of skin.

How long does a TCA peel procedure take?
Each treatment will last approximately 30-45minutes. However, it depends on the concentration and number of coats needed to achieve your treatment goals, treatment time can vary.

Is a TCA Peel procedure painful?
Most patients experience a tingling and stinging sensation while the solution is active during the peel process, but very few report any pain.

What is the recovery time following a treatment?
TCA peels are serious peels with about 7-10 days worth of downtime. During the recovery period of your peel you may experience mild swelling followed by skin peeling beginning within two to three days from the procedure. This peeling will continue for approximately seven to ten days.

Following any chemical peel, your skin may be slightly sensitive for 1-4 days therefore it is extremely important to protect your skin through the use of a non-chemical sun protection (SPF 30 or higher) at all times. Nonetheless, duration and severity of down time depends on the strength of the peel and individual factors.

If you are considering a TCA Peel, it is advisable to schedule some time off of work as well as clear your calendar.

When will I see results with the TCA Peel?
You will have tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin immediatley after your first peel. However, when the healing process has completely finished, you will notice dramatic results to the tone, texture, and feel of your skin. Your complexion will become firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier, and more youthful looking. These results will only continue to improve over the next four to six weeks.

What are the possible side effects and unwanted risks?
Immediately after the TCA peel, there will be mild to moderate swelling of the skin, however, this is a temporary condition. As with all treatments and different skin reactions, the possible risks involved in chemical peels are infection, scarring and cold sore breakouts.

Can people with different skin tones/colours be treated with TCA Peel?
Yes, the TCA peel is designed for all skin types, from light to dark, including tanned patients.