TCA Chemical Face Peel; Better Than a Face Lift?

tca chemical face peel

A TCA chemical face peel may sound daunting but in reality it can be a quick, easy and much less invasive alternative to undergoing a face lift. While a face peel does not produce the same results as a face lift it may still be preferable as it is much less time consuming and cost prohibitive.

Unless you have serious sagging and bagging of the face and neck, you probably want to opt for a tca peel rather than a lift.

A face lift is a surgical procedure during which a doctor pulls back the skin of the face and neck in order to decrease sagging, remove deep creases below the lower eyelids, around the nose and around the mouth, and tighten up the skin of the neck that can make a person appear to have a double chin. Because it is surgery, it must be performed in a hospital and requires the use of anesthesia.

In general, the operation itself can take as long as two to three hours to perform, depending on how extensive the face lift is. Post-surgery, there is usually a hospital stay of anywhere from one to three days, followed by an at home recovery period of two to three weeks.

It may take that long for the bruising and swelling to subside and you may have to wait for as long as a month before you can resume strenuous physical activity. Compare this to a TCA chemical face peel, which requires no hospitalization and minimal recovery time.

Aside from potential side effects caused by the anesthesia, which can occur any time general anesthesia is used, there are other possible complications that may occur after surgery. These can include occasional bouts of bleeding, potential damage to the nerves of the face, and rare instances of infection.

Aside from these drawbacks, there is the price. A face lift averages $6,550. A face peel costs just a small fraction of that, especially the in-home version, which can be less than $100 per treatment.

While a TCA face peel cannot do anything to address sagging skin or deep lines, it can improve the overall tone of the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and repair skin discoloration and blemishes.

Because face peels do involve applying chemicals to the skin, there can be some side effects, including redness and burning. Most of these are relatively mild and clear up on their own after a short period of time.

TCA peels use Trichloroacetic acid and can be used in concentrations up to 50%. These are usually considered superficial to medium peels, meaning they are some of the milder peels available. They can be used on the face, hands, neck and other areas of the body and can be used for “spot” peeling to treat problem areas.

Because a TCA chemical peel is a medium level peel, it is highly recommended that it be performed only by a licensed dermatologist. That said, most peels can be performed in your doctor’s office in under an hour and you will probably notice some skin discoloration for one to two hours after the procedure.

Peeling of the skin will continue for one to two weeks but you should be able to resume all of your regular activities almost immediately.

While you should never take a TCA chemical face peel lightly, it is easy to see why it remains such a popular alternative to the more invasive and costly face lift. You can have smoother, softer, more youthful looking skin in half the time and with far fewer potential side effects…what’s not to love about that?


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