What is TCA and how does it work?
TCA (Trichloroacetic acid) can be used in varying strengths, and is most commonly used for medium depth peeling. The TCA peel is great for surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes, and pigmentation problems. TCA is used on the face, undereyes, as well as other areas of the body such as hands, forearms, and chest.
During the time of peeling, A&D ointment must be applied continuously to keep the area moist while healing. TCA peels are safe and can be repeated every 3-6 months for optimal results.
Proper preparation for the TCA peel will help the peel penetrate deeper, giving longer lasting results. You can also help speed recovery time by using a product that contains tretinoin (Retin-A). If your skin tone is darker, use of a bleaching agent such as hydroquinone or kojic acid is also helpful. Both need to be stopped four days before the TCA peel.
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