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TCA Peel

TCA Peels with Malena Amato MD FACS in Austin, TX

Skin doesn’t have an easy job; every day, it faces the elements, protecting us from environmental toxins, bacteria, and the harmful effects of UV radiation. Internal processes, like hormonal shifts and aging, also take a toll on soft tissue. Blemishes, fine lines, and areas of discoloration are usually the inevitable result of this wear and tear—but there is a way to turn back the clock. At Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Malena Amato uses the TCA (trichloracetic acid) peel to exfoliate and revitalize the skin, restoring a healthy, youthful glow.

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What is a TCA Peel?

The TCA Peel is a gentle, versatile update on the traditional chemical peel. The TCA peel contains trichloroacetic acid, a more potent form of the organic acid found in vinegar, in varying strengths. Milder TCA solutions have the benefit of minimal to no downtime for recovery, while stronger solutions produce results more quickly and do require some recovery. Dr. Amato provides the medical grade TCA peel in the office with results in one to two treatments.

How does a TCA Peel Work?

Chemical peels work by deeply exfoliating the skin and inducing cellular renewal. Unlike at-home exfoliation, peels do much more than dislodging debris; these treatments gently remove the thin layer of dry, damaged facial skin. This process both dissolves cells that have been marred by discoloration or aging and stimulates the production of new, healthy cells to replace them. As these new cells are produced, the body generates a surge of fresh collagen, which is used to form new cells during healing. This replaces some of the collagen that’s been lost during the aging process, making the skin healthy, full, and supple. Having regular chemical peels can counteract some of the effects of normal aging by maintaining optimal collagen levels.

For younger patients, TCA peels are an excellent way to combat treatment-resistant acne; chronic or cystic acne that hasn’t responded to topical medication can often be minimized by a TCA Peel. Unlike a cream, this treatment can penetrate deep into the skin. TCA kills acne-causing bacteria, cleanses pores and hair follicles, and reduces pore size, making it harder for bacteria to settle in. Repeated peels can also gradually dissolve the thickened bands of collagen in acne scars, making the skin smoother.

What does the TCA Peel Treat?

The TCA peel can treat a broad range of common skin problems:

  • Fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Areas of rough, leathery skin
  • Sunspots
  • Excessive freckling
  • Melasma
  • Rosacea
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Spider veins
  • Acne and acne scars

Though most people seek the TCA Peel for facial rejuvenation, it can be used on other parts of the body as well, such as the neck, chest, and hands.

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Recovering from a TCA Peel

Recovering from a TCA Peel can take as little as 48 hours or up to seven days for stronger solutions. Patients should expect some mild redness and irritation for a few days after their treatment, and their skin will gradually begin to flake as it heals. Most patients liken this process to healing after a sunburn. As the old skin peels away, a layer of incredibly soft, smooth skin is slowly revealed.

After having a TCA Peel, your skin will be susceptible to UV damage for a few weeks. You should, therefore, stay indoors as much as possible and use both a high-SPF sunscreen and a hat to protect your face when you go outside. You should also avoid the use of cosmetics, acne creams, and other topical medications for at least two weeks after your peel. Dr. Amato will provide you with specialized creams to use while you recover; these will keep your skin moist and prevent discomfort.

Arrange a TCA Peel in Austin, Texas

Brighter and more youthful skin is a universal beauty goal. The TCA Peel provides a safe, gentle, and flexible way to refresh your skin and achieve that sought-after glow. This treatment can be used on its own, or it can be applied after surgery as a complementary procedure. To learn more about the TCA Peel and how it can help you, contact Dr. Amato at Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates online or by phone to arrange your free consultation.