Trichloroacetic acid a.k.a TCA is the chemical peel solution we most commonly use to correct the appearance of lines and wrinkles, provide assistance for acne scar reduction and significantly reduce the pigment of Melasma. This solution is aggressive enough to cause significant skin peeling which slightly thins out the top layer of skin in turn softening acne pock marks and stimulating a collagen production response, strengthen skin tissue and therefore improving lines and wrinkles. When specially compounded with chemical skin bleaching ingredients this peel can also improve the appearance of Melasma commonly referred to pregnancy mask due to the correlation of hormonal changes in the body during this time.
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Face and Neck $150
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What is a TCA Peel?
TCA is a strong synthetic chemical substance called trichloracetic acid that expedites exfoliation or shedding of dead skin cells. Unlike it's sister level one and level two peels our Denver Laser Solutions TCA peel is a deeper penetrating and more aggressive peeling experience. The ability to safely peel away multiple layers of skin to expose fresh healthy tissue allows this stronger TCA peel to benefit clients with sever textural issues and prominent wrinkles.
What is TCA Peel Frosting?
TCA is a self neutralizing peel that when applied interacts with the skin causing the very top layers to separate and lift. Frosting is the result of this interaction indicating to the esthetician that the peel solution has evenly effected all areas of the face.
What is the TCA peel recovery time?
Immediately following the application of your TCA peel you will feel a bit warm and tingly. This sensation will subside fairly quickly and for the following 24 hours you should not wash or add water based products to the skin as the peel is still active for this amount of time. Approximately 36-48 hours later your skin will begin to flake and peel starting with the t-zone and making it's way outward in a wave for five to seven days until the full peeling process has been completed. While you may still go about your daily activities it is extremely important to nourish an heal the skin properly by applying nutrient rich moisturizers and sunscreen liberally to the skin.
What do TCA peel results look like?
TCA peel results are amazing! As mentioned prior, TCA peel benefits clients who have textural concerns such as lines and wrinkles, acne scars, even deep pigmentation issues which is why you will also see TCA peel recommended in our Melasma Treatment section as well. This peel results in exposing healthy "baby's bottom" skin that will be smoother to the touch, more even in skin tone and ultimately stimulating the production of new collagen to reveal a more youthful appearance.
What are the TCA peel post treatment instructions?
It is your job to protect your skin from the sun and add healing, nourishing ingredients for the following 7-14 days. As we are removing many protective layers of the skin to ultimately cause skin rejuvenation this process also causes your skin to be more sun sensitive allowing the chances for sun burn to increase. Over exposure to the sun will cause more damage and contradict the effect we are trying to achieve so for this reason you must be very cautious and reapply SPF ever two hours. Just like any other wound proper wound healing steps should also be followed such as keeping the area moist by applying nutrient rich creams to the skin morning and night. You will also be instructed to not pick or peel the skin on your own as this can result in peeling healthly tissue which can lead to scaring of the skin.
What is the cost of TCA peel in Denver?
The cost of TCA peel at Denver Laser Solutions is $150 per treatment.
Can TCA peel also be used for Acne Scars?
TCA peels are a great tool for any type of skin texture concerns, for this reason they play a huge role in our service offerings to help with age related concerns, acne scaring and melasma. TCA for acne scaring helps to thin the skin lessening the depth of ice pick scars and allowing our laser energy to penetrate at a more productive level. You can read more thoroughly about how TCA peels help with acne scarring in our Acne Scar Reduction treatment section.
Is it ok to TCA peel myself at home?
There are many anti-aging skin care products that contain the same or similar ingredients that are in a professional chemical peel. These at home skincare product are recommended on a nightly basis so that when you do come in office for a more aggressive treatment your skin will have acclimated to these types of exfoliate's and therefore will tolerate in office peeling, and also recover more easily from them. Professional peels are not recommended for the average person because each peel incorporates different chemical ingredients that are to be use and applied to the skin in different ways. Unless you are either a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician or medical professional then please save yourself the risk of damaging your skin and make an appointment with a reputable skincare professional.