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TCA Cross

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The TCA Cross method is best described by what it stands for: Trichloroacetic Acid Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars. It is a chemical peel treatment that is classified as a medium depth peel and is mainly used to improve acne scars. The TCA Cross method is best used to treat ice pick acne scars.

Time element

Time element:
30 minutes
Interval will be based on the assessment of our board-certified dermatologist

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR TCA CROSS?

TCA Cross Method is a great option to improve "icepick" acne scars and even out the texture of your skin. The TCA Cross Method is an effective acne scar treatment, especially if it is used in conjunction with other treatments.

HOW DOES TCA CROSS METHOD WORK?

The TCA Cross Method works by using small amounts of TriChloroacetic Acid at a high concentration of about 80% to 100%. After cleaning your skin, your dermatologist will apply the TCA applicator on individual acne scars or pores. The TCA will turn the individual acne spots or pores white in what is called “frosting”.  This is a result of the inflammation of the spots where the TCA is applied to promote the formation of new collagen fibers that reduces the depression on the skin.

WHAT ARE ICE PICK SCARS?

Ice pick acne scars are scars due to acne that has a sunken appearance or pitted appearance. These are scars that looked like the skin was punctured by a tiny ice pick.

IS TCA CROSS METHOD PAINFUL?

The TCA Cross Method  is a chemical peel that uses little TriChloroacetic Acid at a high concentration. The quick administration of the TCA by a dermatologist can cause a biting sensation that can last for a few minutes. Afterwhich, the discomfort or pain disappears.

HOW DO I PREPARE MY SKIN FOR TCA CROSS METHOD?

Avoid tanning or sun exposure and always use sunblock for two weeks before your TCA Cross treatment.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER A TCA CROSS METHOD TREATMENT?

There are several things to expect after the TCA Cross Method is finished. The healing factor comes in different stages. First, the frosting disappears after a few hours and the treated areas become red and sensitive. The redness disappears after one to two days.
Second, scabs will form on the treated areas which can last from three to seven days. Make sure not to let the scabs dry out by consistently applying vaseline three to four times a day or as advised by your dermatologist. It is also important to gently clean your skin twice a day.
Third, the scabs will start to separate. Remember not to pick them off as this can interfere with the healing process. When the scabs come off, expect some redness from the treatment areas until they are completely healed.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I SEE RESULTS?

Improvement in the treated areas can be seen after three to four weeks after the first TCA Cross method treatment.

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