TCA Peels

Banish wrinkles, fine lines, rough skin, photo damage, flat warts, skin laxity, acne and scarring from your skin with TCA Peels from Southern Dermatology!

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Reduce discoloration, improve melasma and reduce your fine lines with the gold standard in chemical peels. TCA peels at Southern Dermatology can reveal your smooth and radiant skin.

A TCA peel is a chemical peel composed of trichloroacetic acid to remove the outer layer of skin allowing new, healthier skin emerge. As a light-to-medium strength peel, TCA peels are perfect for patients who need something that can get closer to sensitive areas. Unlike most other peels, TCA peels can treat crow’s feet and fine lines around the mouth due to the formula having less of a bleaching effect. TCA peels can be repeated frequently to achieve cumulative effects or to achieve a medium or even a deep peel, depending on the concentration and application. Speak with your skin care provider to determine which option is best for you. 


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FAQs About TCA Peels:

  • WHAT ARE TCA PEELS COMMONLY USED FOR?

    TCA peels are most commonly used:

    • to reduce brown spots and age spots
    • to improve the texture of leathery, sun damaged skin and impart more glow
    • to improve melasma
    • to treat some types of acne
    • to reduce fine lines
  • WHAT ARE TCA PEELS?
    TCA is a non-toxic chemical (trichloracetic acid), which has been used to perform skin peels for over 20 years. It is a relative of vinegar (acetic acid.) When TCA is applied to the skin, it causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel off over a period of several days to one week. When the old skin is peeled off, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin, which has a smoother texture and more even color.
  • WHAT ELSE CAN TCA PEELS BE USED FOR?
    Some dermatologists prefer TCA peels for treating sun damage or melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams. TCA peels are safe in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. TCA peels may be a good option, particularly if you have melasma, because many lasers are difficult to use when treating melasma.
  • HOW DO TCA PEELS WORK?
    All peels work by removing a layer of sun damaged skin. Superficial or “light” peels remove only the top layer, mostly the layer of dead skin called the stratum corneum. Progressing from medium to deep peels, the layer of skin removed is greater with each increase in strength of the peel solution. The stronger the peel solution the greater the risk of complications like uneven pigment or even scarring.
  • WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PEEL DEPTHS?
    TCA peels can be done at different depths from shallow to deep. Most dermatologists now are using laser technology instead of deep TCA peels, but light to medium depth peels are still in widespread use.

    Lighter TCA peels are usually done in a series of 2 or 3 for best results. This is similar to other light peels that usually involve hydroxy acids such as glycolic, salicylic, or a mixture of other hydroxy acids. Medium depth TCA peels are usually done once or twice a year and do require some downtime – usually about a week – when the peeling is obvious

  • WHERE DOES THE FAT GO? ARE THE RESULTS PERMANENT?
    Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
  • WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH TCA PEELS?
    The face, neck, chest, back, arms, and legs. TCA peels may be very cost effective on the body because larger areas can be done at less cost than a laser. However, the risks of problems may also be greater unless the dermatologist is very experienced with TCA peels on the body.

    When considering peels of non-facial areas, it’s important to realize that these areas do not heal as well as the face, and the desired results are not as predictable. It is important to note that you should never peel more than a small percentage of the body at one time in order to avoid any chance of potential toxicity.

  • WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USING PEELS VERSUS LASERS TO TREAT SKIN CONCERNS?
    Many dermatologists use lasers now rather than TCA peels because the lasers can be controlled more precisely, limiting complications. Peel solutions can be less predictable because the exact strength of the solution, the prepeel clean (defatting), and the ability of the skin to absorb the peel solution are all variables that can be difficult to precisely control.

    Still, some dermatologists who are experienced get excellent results. Deep TCA peels, because of the risk of uneven absorption, blistering, and possible scarring, should be performed only by board-certified dermatologists or plastic surgeons who are experienced in this procedure.

    Also, many patients with sun-damaged skin have some redness or dilated blood vessels that need to be treated as well. The IPL laser systems can treat both the redness and the sun spots at the same time. Sometimes peels and lasers may be used in combination.

    Another advantage to lasers is that many problems can now be treated with immediate return to normal activities. Medium depth TCA peels usually require some time off to heal.

  • WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS FROM MY PEEL AND HOW LONG WILL RESULTS LAST??
    As soon as you finish peeling you will see results. Your skin should continue to improve for 30-60 days as long as you are protected from the sun.

    Length of effects will depend on the depth of the peel and the extent of your continuing sun exposure. Your dermatologist should be able to give you an estimate.

  • Your results may vary.