The duration of the TCA peel result will depend on the concentration (the “heaviness”) of the peel and on your particular skin type and issues. Less chemically concentrated, or lighter, TCA peels can be performed as a series of two to three treatments a few weeks apart and will have results which last one to two months. Medium strength peels may have results lasting two to six months. Heavier, or deep, TCA peels should only be performed by a board-certified physician, and its results may last much longer (up to years). The exact period will depend on the concentration of the chemical peel, and Dr. Zuckerman can you give an estimate when a specific treatment plan has been determined. Medium or deep peels should not be performed too frequently. Please consult Dr. Zuckerman or another board-certified physician to ask what a safe frequency of treatment may be.
Downtime / Recovery
Heavier TCA peels can require up to one week of downtime due to the level of peeling that may occur. Your skin should continue to improve for 30 to 60 days after treatment, as long as proper protection from the sun is undertaken.
Do not use the following products on the treated area for 3 days before and 3 days after treatment (or until pinkness has subsided): scrubs, exfoliation products, bleaching creams, retinoids (Retin-A) or any similar vitamin A compounds or irritating agents. Ask the staff at Zuckerman Plastic Surgery for recommended products to use during this time. Dr. Zuckerman recommends that you do not apply any creams, lotions, perfume or makeup day of on the area to be treated, even though that area will be thoroughly cleaned prior to treatment. Stay protected from the sun for at least 30 days.
$400 – $600 per treatment