Skin issues like sun damage and acne scarring can loom large on your face.
At Los Angeles Center for Cosmetic Surgery (LACCS) in downtown Los Angeles, plastic surgeons offer a chemical peel known as a TCA Peel to dry out your outermost skin cells, leaving you with revitalized, healthier-looking skin. LACCS providers can alter this non-toxic chemical peel to address specific skin conditions and meet your desired skin care goals. To find out if a TCA Peel is the solution to skin damage you’ve experienced, call or schedule a consultation online today.
A TCA Peel is a non-toxic chemical peel containing trichloroacetic acid used to treat sun damage, uneven texture, acne scars and fine lines.
The peel works by drying the top layer of skin and encouraging it to peel over a period of several days, revealing new undamaged skin underneath. The TCA peel has dozens of factors that can be altered such as the concentration, distribution and level of penetration, all of which allow your provider to customize the treatment to best address your specific skincare needs.
How do Chemical Peels Work?
Chemical Peels are able to resurface the skin by introducing a controlled wound to the treated area, thereby removing the top layers of skin and the sun damage, impurities and redness along with it.
The healing process promotes the growth of new, healthy skin cells that eventually make their way to the skin’s surface and give patients a radiant glow.
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Prior to treatment, the skin is cleansed and all traces of makeup or sunscreen are removed. The chemical peel is applied by your provider over the desired areas, and is left to sit for 3-5 minutes.
The sensation during treatment is described as a mild stinging, and subsides within a few minutes. The remainder of the peel will then be removed, and the patient is free to return to normal daily activities. Immediately following the treatment, the skin may feel tight and appear slightly red. Typically between 48-72 hours after treatment, the skin will begin to peel.
The amount of time spent in the peeling stage depends on the strength of the chemical peel applied. Peeling is normal and can be easily managed through the use of cleanser and moisturizer. Often patients will opt for a chemical peel directly after receiving a HydraFacial or Microneedling treatment to help open the pores and increase the effectiveness of the peel.