Cheshire Skin Clinic - Chemical Peels & Deep Heat Treatments
The TCA (TriChloroAcetic acid) peel works by sloughing off the upper layers of skin, which are often damaged by elements such as sun, wind and aging. By removing the upper layers of skin, the overall skin texture is smoothed, superficial wrinkles are eliminated and pigmentation problems are improved.
TCA has been used for many years to treat facial wrinkles, age spots, pigment abnormalities, melasma, sun damaged skin and other superficial skin problems such as; acne/acne scarring, freckles, the appearance of fine-deep lines (dependant on the strength of the peel) and wrinkles, and the appearance of superficial scars.
When TCA is applied to the skin, it causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel off over several days. When the old skin has peeled off, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin which has a smoother texture and more even colour.
TCA is a deeper peel than other superficial peels. Because it is a deeper treatment, "downtime" will be approximately one week. During this time of peeling and healing, you will be required to keep your facial skin moist/hydrated at all times. After you are healed, sunscreen use is very important because you are initially much more sensitive to the harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
TCA is available as a superficial, medium or deep peel, the latter is not recommended for darker skin types - an in depth consultation is essential before having a TCA peel, and normally a milder, preparatory peel, will be recommended prior to the TCA peel itself.