TCA Chemical Peel

It’s like getting brand new skin.

TCA Chemical Peel is useful for pigmentation irregularities, such as melasma, sun damaged skin and discoloration from pregnancy. It is also capable of removing wrinkles and acne.

Hailing from the family of chemical peels, Shiro’s TCA Chemical Peel is a light chemical peel that can provide a potent skin resurfacing solution for the face to peel away the outer layer of skin where healthy new skin beneath is then able to come through. Higher concentrations result in deeper peels.

What is TCA Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels can do much more than absolving acne.
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 tone.

Our TCA Chemical Peel is most helpful in battling against sun damage, signs of anti-aging, discoloration and pigmentation. Aside from the face, this treatment also caters to the neck and other areas of the body.

How Does TCA Chemical Peel 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.

Depending on the specific condition, the concentration of the peel is tailored according to your needs, whether it is for maintaining the skin’s radiance and rejuvenated look to stronger peels to remove pigmentation and scars. Lighter TCA Chemical Peels are usually done in a series of 2 or 3 for best results. 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.

Benefits of TCA Chemical Peel

  • Reduce brown spots and age spots
  • Improve melasma
  • Reduce large pores
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Improve the texture of leathery, sun damaged skin and impart more glow
  • Treat some types of acne

Is TCA Chemical Peel Painful?

While you shouldn’t feel pain during or after the procedure, you may experience slightly increased sensitivity after. To avoid irritation or discomfort on your newly resurfaced skin, do not exfoliate for 48 hours after your chemical peel.

By the fifth day, the peeling is usually complete and makeup can be applied. Older people usually look red rather than gray. If the peel is purposely deepened, as is required for the treatment of wrinkles, healing can take as long as fourteen days.

How often should you do TCA Chemical Peel?

Depending on the strength of the TCA, the peel can be done quarterly as a refresher peel. If the treatment is intended to solve significant problems, TCA chemical peels are performed every 4-6 weeks depending on the condition of your skin.

It is therefore recommended to have a consultation with the Dr for a proper assessment.

Visible Effects of TCA Chemical Peel

As soon as you finish peeling, you will see results.
You should expect to enjoy supple and radiant glow with your “new skin”, which should continue to improve for 30-60 days as long as you are protected from the sun.

Other Alternatives to Treat Melasma and Pigmentation

Shiro also provides a laser alternative to treat different types of pigmentation conditions with Pigmentation Laser treatment. Click here to learn more about the treatment and here for our Pigmentation Laser Program.

Contact us for more details or to schedule a consultation with the doctor.

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