What Is A Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance appearance and self‑confidence. Chemical peel therapy may be performed in conjunction with other treatments. However, a chemical peel is not a substitute for a facelift, and does not prevent or slow the ageing process.
How Can I Find Out If I Am A Candidate For Treatment?
If you would like to learn more about available cosmetic options, and find out if TCA peel treatment might work for you, please call and arrange an appointment for a consultation with the practitioner.
Chemical peeling uses a chemical solution in order to improve the skin's appearance. It can reduce or eliminate fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, correct uneven skin pigmentation, treat acne and soften the appearance of scars caused by acne and stretch marks. The procedure can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun damage as well as skin blemishes common with age and heredity. Chemical peels cans be performed on the face, hands and all other body areas.
What Is TCA?
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be successful in the effective treatment of:
- Reduction of smooth fine surface wrinkles
- Reduction of superficial blemishes
- Correction of pigment problems
- Reduction of Acne/Acne Scarring and stretch marks
Anaesthesia is not required for TCA peels.
TCA Peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure and to use a sun protection cream (minimum SPF 30) for several weeks following treatment. Failure to comply with this recommendation may produce some unintended colour changes in the skin.
How Is Treatment Administered?
The procedure involves a chemical solution that is applied to the skin. The solution causes the layer of skin to separate and peel off. The new regenerated skin underneath is usually smoother, less wrinkled and more even in both tone and colour than the old skin.
How Long Will The Treatment Take?
The practitioner will carefully apply the TCA solution. You will feel a prickly sensation as the peel solution is applied, but the feeling will quickly pass when the neutralizing cream is applied.
A full face TCA peel usually takes no more than 15 minutes. Each course duration is four weeks with one peel each week,
Are There Any Medical Exclusions?
Pregnant or breast-feeding women should not be treated. If you have a history of cold sores, you should inform the practitioner prior to the procedure. The practitioner will review your medical history with you during your initial consultation prior to administering any treatment.
During your initial consultation it is important that you discuss your expectations with the treatment practitioner. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns that you may have. You will be able to ask any treatment related questions and the practitioner will explain the planned procedure in detail, including the risks and benefits, the recovery period, and the costs.
Possible Side Effects
All products have a potential for allergic reactions. It is important that the patient informs the practitioner of any allergies they may have.
Transient reactions may include redness to the skin, itchiness, dryness, and in some cases swelling.
It is common for most patients to experience transient hyper pigmentation. This will settle during the course of treatments and with use of the appropriate treatment creams and sun protection.
Although very rare, there may be in some cases a risk of blistering.
Expected Reactions Immediately Following A Peel
- Slight redness
- Increased feeling of heat to the skin being treated
- Occasionally, patients experience an itchy feeling
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