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TCA Peels Specialist

Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine

Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine located in Lexington, KY & Philadelphia, PA

TCA Peel Q & A

What is TCA Peel?

TCA or trichlorecetic acid is an analog of acetic acid and is an active ingredient in many popular chemical peels. When applied to the skin, TCA peels exfoliate the top layer of skin over the course of several days, exposing a smoother and more attractive new layer of skin underneath.

How long does peeling last?

Peeling will generally start 48-72 hours after your treatment and last up to 2 weeks

How long do I have to wait between each treatment?

Can be repeated every 2-8 weeks depending on the patient’s skin reaction.

Will I always have the same level of TCA applied?

We always start with 10% TCA to avoid irritating the skin or damaging the skin beyond the intended result. As you receive more peels, depending on the results we will increase the percentage of TCA applied.

How long does it take to see results?

The skin will likely start to peel after 48-72 hours. It’s important not to attempt to speed up the peeling process by picking at the skin, as this can damage the skin.

What is the TCA Peel procedure?

The peel will be applied to the face with a cotton tip applicator. Tingling and warmth can usually be felt in the treated areas. One area may react more strongly than another. A fan can be used to cool down the tingling and warmth.

What is the post-procedure for TCA Peel?

  • Frosting of scar surface can last up to 12 hours
  • The skin surrounding treated areas will be red & sore for 24 to 48 hours
  • Scabbing may develop after 2-3 days & fall off after 3-7 days
  • You can wash the skin as normal and may apply makeup
  • Use sunscreen
  • Most patients require 3-6 treatments for optimal improvement