Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels can be superficial, medium, or deep. They make an excellent option for addressing sun damage, more severe wrinkles and acne scars, and pigmentation.
In the weeks leading up to your TCA chemical peel, you’ll need to be extremely careful about sun protection. If you aren’t mindful with sunscreen, hats, scarves, etc., you will put yourself at risk for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Don’t wear makeup to your appointment, as it will just have to be cleaned off anyway.
If you have an active skin infection or wound (cold sore, acne breakout, cut, etc.), you cannot undergo a chemical peel. Before treatment, your skin will be cleansed. We will use various topical agents to prep the skin, even it out, and protect it.
Once your skin is ready, the TCA will be applied directly to your skin, in multiple layers according to the depth that has been chosen for you. The number of layers you receive determines the “depth” of your TCA peel.