Although laser cosmetic procedures have captured popular attention, chemical peels continue to be appropriate for many patients. Peels have been around for many years and are both inexpensive and gratifying options for skin rejuvenation. Chemical peeling is a treatment that our physician can utilize to rejuvenate the texture and the look of the skin. A precise blend of chemicals is put on the skin, which causes it to peel off to allow new skin to regenerate. The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled, and it may be more even in color.
Chemical peels are used for several skin conditions in both men and women. They are typically utilized to address fine lines and wrinkles that can be caused by genetics, excessive sun exposure, or aging. Patients with more severe sagging skin, wrinkles, and folds might benefit from alternative cosmetic procedures, which could include surgery. Patients who struggle with acne and acne scars as well as pigmentation concerns such as freckles and age spots, may notice the benefits chemical peels can provide.
A TCA peel (trichloroacetic acid) is a medium, highly effective chemical peel that helps stimulate collagen growth and restore the skin's vitality and glow by treating fine lines, sun damage, pigmentation, and pre-cancerous spots.
A TCA peel can help improve your skin texture, tone, and fine lines. It can also help treat severely sun-damaged skin that has produced dark spots, age spots, and overall pigmentation. A TCA peel is safe and can be repeated several times to achieve optimal results. However, sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond to chemical peels and may require other procedures available through a cosmetic surgeon. At Foothill Cosmetic Surgery Center, we can assist in determining the best type of treatment for each specific situation.
Preparing for Your TCA Pee
A thorough evaluation is needed to determine if you are a candidate for a TCA peel. In some cases, different treatment options may be needed in order to give you optimal results depending on your skin type and overall goal for improvement.
To prepare your skin for a TCA peel, a pre-treatment of tretinoin 4-6 weeks prior will help the peel penetrate deeper in the skin. Tretinoin is a derivative of vitamin A and it will help you shed the outermost layers of the skin to give you lasting and more significant results.
Each treatment takes about 30 minutes and although you will see improvement with only one TCA peel, Foothill Cosmetic Surgery Center recommends three sessions to give you optimal results. After your procedure, your face will be red and tight for the first few days and then followed by peeling that is compared to the effects of sunburn. It is very important to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen at all times to achieve a better outcome and avoid any complications.
Smoother, vibrant skin can be achieved in no time with long lasting results!