TCA Blue Peel
How It Works
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is an acid that penetrates below the epidermal layer of the skin (surface). It penetrates deeply enough to tighten fine lines and dissolve the pigmentation causing “old age spots.”
What Problem It Corrects
With the break down of collagen and repeated exposure to sunlight, our skin begins to wrinkle and turn darker. The TCA Blue Peel is a “cure-all” for fine lines and dark spots.
How It Feels
Because of its depth of penetration, the TCA Peel causes a significant burning sensation. Most people have it performed under oral sedation with local anesthesia. Following the procedure, there will be some mild discomfort, but it only lasts for about 12 hours.
How Long It Takes
We ask you to arrive 1 hour before your appointment so that the oral sedation medication can be administered and given time to take effect. The application of a Blue Peel takes about 30 minutes. You are allowed to leave once you are alert enough to walk. Total time is usually around 2 hours.
How Many Sessions Are Recommended
If you are happy with the initial results, only 1 session is needed; however, a Blue Peel can be performed every 6 months if desired. A frequent question is “How long will this last?” The Blue Peel will not stop the aging process, so we advise our clients that the results will last for up to 5 years.
What To Expect After Treatment
Your skin may have a bluish tint for 1 day. It will then begin to peel and flake off, leaving you with what will remind you of a bad sun burn. That is because the TCA Peel has taken off the outer layer of skin. It is absolutely necessary to go this deep in order to eradicate lines and wrinkles. You will be able to apply makeup 5 to 7 days after your peel.