Chemical peel uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.
The agent used is trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and the precise formula used is adjusted to meet each patient’s needs. 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 aging process.
A Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons: to enhance your appearance and your self confidence. Chemical peel may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne.
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. The recovery from a TCA peel is usually shorter than with a phenol peel.
All chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risk. Chemical peel is normally a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. However, some unpredictability and risks such as infection and scarring, while with a TCA peel, your healed skin will be able to produce pigment as always; the peel will not bleach the skin. We advise you to avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin.
What it does:
- Smooths out fine surface wrinkles
- Removes superficial blemishesCorrects pigment problems
- Can be used on neck or other body areas
- Treatment takes only 10-15 minutes
- Preferred for darker-skinned patients
- Peel depth can be adjusted
- Repeat treatment may be needed to maintain results
- Sunblock must be used for several months
- Healing is usually quick, much quicker than with a phenol peel
Your skin resurfacing medical peeling will be prescribed by a plastic surgeon if needed alone or in combination with other techniques in order to obtain the best result for you.
In order to improve the outcome of your peeling you might need a pre treatment in order to prepare your skin whilst you are at home with some glycolic acid based cream.
No Anesthesia is required TCA peels because the chemical solution acts as an anesthetic.
Depending on the strength of the peel, periodic treatments may be necessary until the desired effects are achieved.
A full-face takes no more than 15 minutes.
A TCA peel may also cause some swelling, depending on the strength of the peel used.
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.
Your skin will be noticeably smoother and fresher-looking.