TCA Chemical Peels Brisbane
TCA Chemical Peels
At the Fiori Institute of Skin and Body, we offer a variety of chemical peels including lactic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin A, glycolic acid and TCA chemical peels, though each of these peels is ideally suited for
specific skin conditions.*
How do TCA chemical peels work?
TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid peel. It works by encouraging coagulation of the skin’s protein. This stimulates collagen production but also removes the upper layers of the skin, which can diminish wrinkles and pigmentation. The stimulation of collagen can tighten skin over time and improve skin tone.*
What conditions can TCA peels treat?
TCA peels can make rough skin feel smoother and softer and can also improve sun damage, mild acne scarring, sun spots and pigmentation such as melasma. Over time, TCA peels can help minimise pores, but they will mostly help with skin tone, diminishing wrinkles and tightening skin.* This peel is incredibly popular with the staff at Fiori!
How do TCA peels differ from other chemical peels?
Each chemical peel solution produces different degrees of controlled injury to the skin. The skin consists of two layers, the upper layer (called the epidermis) and the lower layers (called the dermal layer). At the Fiori Institute, we only perform chemical peels that affect the epidermal layer of skin, as this produces the safest and most reliable results.*
How do I prepare for a TCA chemical peel?
We advise that all patients avoid the use of exfoliating creams and skin care products such as vitamin A for three days prior to your TCA peel treatment.
If you have a history of cold sores, we also advise that you take medication such as Valtrex on the day of the peel. We do not perform any chemical peels if you have active cold sores.
What to expect during the TCA peel?
What should I expect after the TCA chemical peel?
Following a TCA chemical peel, your skin may be slightly red. This subsides relatively quickly in a couple of hours. TCA chemical peels offer a delayed peeling process; peeling begins two to four days following your treatment and in some cases, the peeling is subtle and not seen. We will inform you of what to expect specific to the strength you choose.*
How should I care for my skin after a chemical peel?
The best way to care for your skin is to follow the instructions given by the dermal specialist that performed the peel. The use of a moisturiser two to four times a day will help exfoliate your skin. Depending on the concentration and the passes that we use, the downtime following a TCA peel can be as little as 12 hours extending all the way to four days. Once the skin has fully healed, we encourage the use of an SPF 50 or higher for at least two to three weeks post-healing.
Your skin will begin to dry and tighten during the exfoliation process. This is normal as the skin is shedding the alpha layer following the TCA peel. Once the peeling process begins we strongly suggest that patients not pick or force the skin that is not ready to shed. We will inform you of what to expect according to the concentration we select for your skin condition.
Please note that the amount of peeling does not determine the effectiveness of the treatment. For example, for patients with melasma, a TCA peel is designed as a gentle exfoliating process so we do not want excessive peeling.*
How many TCA peels will I require?
With our strength of TCA peels, patients typically require between 3 to 5 peels spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart. For skin conditions such as pigmentation, melasma and wrinkling, TCA peels provide an entry-level treatment and are also sometimes included in long-term maintenance plans for melasma. However, lasers such as the Fraxel, Clear and Brilliant give better, more consistent results with less downtime.*