Get the Best Results from a TCA Chemical Peel
After deciding to get a TCA chemical peel, you want to ensure you get the best results from the procedure. Medium chemical peels may be repeated several times throughout the year, but should not be done on a regular basis. For this reason, it is vital to make sure you can get the most out of each TCA chemical peel you have.
The best way to ensure you are getting the optimal return on your chemical peel is to have the right expectations before the peel is administered. TCA peels are best for removing fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigmentation problems. The best candidate for a TCA chemical peel is a man or woman who wants to address skin problems, needs better results than light chemical peels can provide and does not have the time to devote to an extended recovery period usually associated with deeper chemical peels or facelifts. Clients should be in good physical health and have a good understanding of what will happen during the procedure.
Most TCA peels take 15 to 60 minutes to complete. After the chemical solution is applied to the skin, it will be left to reach the appropriate depth. At this point, the solution can be neutralized. If the client feels any kind of discomfort, an ice and saline solution can be applied to the skin. Clients may want to apply a thin layer of Vaseline or an ointment to speed the healing process.
The skin will be red for a few days following the peel. Soon it will become stiff and begin to peel, much like sunburns. This process will be complete in approximately four to seven days. At the end of the peeling process, there will not be open wounds or scabs; instead the client will be left with vibrant and fresh skin.
The skin’s reaction to a TCA peel is dependent on the client’s skin type and the peel strength. Clients who are especially susceptible to acne may experience a breakout during the healing period, but this breakout will disappear shortly. A severe reaction to TCA peels is unusual, but clients who experience any reaction that concerns them should visit a doctor or dermatologist.
TCA chemical peels are not a permanent fix for facial problems. New fine lines and wrinkles will eventually reappear on the face. At this point, a maintenance chemical peel may be required. In many cases maintenance chemical peels do not have to be TCA peels, instead an Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) chemical peel may be sufficient. Clients will probably need to undergo multiple peels before they are completely satisfied with the final result. The number of treatments a client has depends on his or her individual goals, condition of the skin and other factors.
TCA chemical peels are one of the best ways to erase the signs of aging on our faces. To ensure you will receive the best results when your chemical peel is administered, make sure you understand exactly what a chemical peel will do and what it will not do. Peels are not permanent fixes, but can give your skin a temporary vitality boost. When you have a good understanding about the process and expected results, get ready for your skin to take on a fresh, new look.