Chemical Peel (TCA Peel)

Chemical Peel

What is a Chemical Peel? Chemical peels use a chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of the facial skin improving the texture, clarity and overall appearance of your skin. Revealing a younger you.

For individuals with fine line wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation, facial blemishes and other problems chemical peels can restore your youthful appearance. Chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers.

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used for this purpose. The precise formula used is adjusted to meet each patient’s needs.

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA. They may cause swelling, and a crust or scab forms on the treated area. Recovery from a TCA peel typically takes a week to ten days.

In addition to improving skin appearance and texture, chemical peels may also remove pre-cancerous skin growth, soften acne scars and control acne. In some cases, health insurance will cover the procedure.

Chemical peel consultation

Chemical peels are often performed in conjunction with a facelift to deal with fine lines and wrinkles not addressed by the surgical procedure. Although chemical peel may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, it is not a substitute for such surgery, nor will it prevent or slow the ageing process. However, a chemical peel will make skin look fresher and younger.

During your consultation, your surgeon will ask about your health history and any previous skin treatments you have had. You will also discuss the various kinds of peels available and whether you will be able to take time out of work to recover from your procedure. Expect your plastic surgeon to explain the planned procedure in detail, including its risks and benefits, and the recovery period. If you have a history of herpes, you should inform your physician before the procedure. A herpes attack in the time after your treatment can lead to scarring. Preventive medication will avoid this risk.

  • Based on your skin type and your desires, he will make a decision about which kind of peel is appropriate and what concentration of the chemical is right for you.
  • Regardless of the type of peel chosen, your surgeon will advise you to protect your skin from the sun after your peel and recommend a sunblock with adequate UVA and UVB protection.
  • Once you and your plastic surgeon have decided on a specific peel program, be sure to ask about any details that you do not understand.

What to Expect during your Chemical Peel Treatment

The chemical peel usually takes no more than 20 minutes, requires no anaesthesia, and you go home the same day. Typically, the skin is first thoroughly cleansed. Then, your plastic surgeon will carefully apply the TCA solution. You may feel a stinging sensation as the peel solution is applied, but this feeling will quickly pass. Two or more TCA peels may be needed to obtain the desired result, and those may be spaced out over several weeks.

After Your Treatment

  • After a TCA peel, your plastic surgeon may prescribe a mild pain medication to relieve any tingling or throbbing you may feel. A crust or scab will form on the treated area. To help your face heal properly, it is essential that you follow your plastic surgeon’s specific post-operative instructions.A TCA peel may also cause mild swelling, depending on the strength of the peel used.

Getting Back to Normal

  • With a TCA peel, the moderate discomfort and mild swelling you may experience will subside within the first week. In about a week to ten days, your new skin will be apparent, and you should be healed sufficiently to return to your normal activities. It is best to avoid sun exposure unless you are adequately protected.
  • Remember protecting your skin from the sun is paramount following a chemical peel. Your doctor will recommend a sunblock with a UVA and UVB protection of more than SPF40 to use every day for at least three months.

Further Reading:

Obagi Nu-Derm System

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons


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