If you have skin discolorations, such as age spots and sun spots, some forms of acne, or fine lines, then your dermatologist may recommend a type of chemical peel called a TCA peel. TCA peels deliver reliable results and can be performed at different depths for personalized results. If you are considering a TCA peel, here are the facts you need to know.
TCA Peels Can Be Performed as Light, Medium, or Deep Peels.
The depth of a peel refers to how many layers of skin are removed by the treatment. Your dermatologist will determine which kind of peel is right for you based on the skin issues you are trying to treat. In some cases, light peels require multiple treatments to get the desired results, but they typically don’t require downtime. Medium and deep peels involve a recovery period of about a week. In some cases, dermatologists recommend laser therapy to patients who need a deep peel as an alternative to a TCA treatment.
Peels Usually Are Not Painful.
Depending on the depth of the peel, you may feel some stinging when the chemical agent is applied. However, any discomfort is usually minimal and short lived. You may be given a hand fan to cool down any stinging that does occur. After the peel, your dermatologist will apply a soothing ointment to ease the sensitivity.
You, Will, Be Sensitive to Sun Exposure for Up to Eight Weeks.
After a peel, your dermatologist will recommend that you avoid prolonged sun exposure for up to eight weeks as your skin goes through the process of peeling and healing. You will need to wear sunscreen daily to protect your skin.
Could a TCA peel be the right answer to your skin care issues in Salt Lake City? Make an appointment with a dermatologist at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to learn about treatments that can help you get the complexion you want. Schedule your consultation today by calling 801-266-8841.