What are TCA peels 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 to Do Before Your Peel:
-3 day prior to your first peel, stop using exfoliating creams or sponges.
-If you have a history of cold sores, you must start taking Valtrex 2 days prior to your treatment and 2 days after treatment.
-Avoid shaving the treatment area the day of your peel.
-Avoid waxing in the treatment area 5 days prior to your peel.
What to Expect after Your Peel:
Your skin may be slightly red immediately following your peel. This usually subsides within minutes or hours. For peels with lightest concentration, you can expect a recovery time of a week or more. The peeling process usually begins 3-4 days following your treatment. During this time your skin will begin to dry and tighten. This is normal as the skin is preparing for the shedding process. Once the peeling process begins it is extremely important not to pick or force skin that is not ready to shed. This can result in minor scabbing or discoloration of the skin. While this is usually correctable, you do not want to go through the extra days it will take for your skin to heal.The degree of peeling will be based on the strength of the solution and your skin type. If you tend to have a naturally dry skin type, you may peel more than someone with naturally oily skin. Oily skin types naturally hydrate their skin during the peeling process.The amount of peeling does not determine the effectiveness of the treatment.You may moisturize as often as you like.Wearing a physical SPF of 30 or higher is mandatory to protect your skin during this process and to protect your new skin once it has healed.
When will I see results from my TCA peel?
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. You may need to get a second peel after 3 to 6 months to produce the best effect.
Who is not a candidate for a chemical peel?
Generally light-haired and fair skinned people are the best candidates for chemical peel. The procedure does not work as well on dark-skinned patients. The procedure is not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other counter-indications include patients who are:
-Nursing or pregnant.
-Have taken Accutane in last six months.
-Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.
-Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 48 hours.
How should I care for my skin after TCA peels?
Renata will give you specific home care instructions and ask you to avoid all sun exposure for 2-4 weeks.
TCA Package ---------------------------- Reg. price $520 Special $450
- First Treatment - Rejuvenate Detox Facial -------- 75m
- Second Treatment - 2 days after the 1st Facial - TCA peel only------------- 40mins
- Third Treatment - 15 days after the 2nd treatment Diamond Radiance Facial-------- 75mins
* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.
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