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Before & After

TCA cross, also known as trichloroacetic acid cross, is a chemical peel treatment that uses a high-concentration acid to rejuvenate pitted, deep acne scars. Results seen in 1-2 months.

Before & After

The TCA cross solution works to remove the top layers of skin within the depressed scar, allowing your pitted scar to lift and heal with the surrounding skins surface. Results seen in 1-2 months.

Pricing for TCA cross

Choose a professional, relaxed and luxurious setting for your acne scarring treatments

Each individual patient is different, and acne scars vary person to person. At Contour Clinics we are experts in acnes scarring and provide a complimentary tailored consultation that addresses YOUR specific acne scarring treatment needs.

Led by a specialist team of surgeons and cosmetic doctors, Contour Clinics are the facilities of choice for your acne scarring treatments.

Prices

Consultation with our Cosmetic Doctors are complimentary and obligation free.

Treatment takes 5-30 minutes depending on the area treated.

Review appointments with our our Cosmetic Doctors are complimentary.

What is TCA cross?

TCA Cross, also known as Trichloroacetic Acid Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars, is a highly effective treatment for improving the appearance of depressed scars caused by acne, surgery, or injury. It is a non-surgical procedure that involves the application of a chemical solution to the affected area, which works to resurface and smooth the skin, resulting in a more youthful and even-toned appearance.

TCA Cross is suitable for all skin types and can be used on a variety of depressed scar types, including acne, chicken pox, surgical and other indented scars. It is especially effective for treating deeper acne ice-pick scars, as it penetrates deeper into the skin to stimulate collagen production and promote the growth of healthy skin cells.

The strength of the TCA cross solution can be varied from 50-90% concentration depending on your skin type. The darker your skin type, the lower the concentration we use to decrease the risk of post inflammatory pigmentation post treatment. Your doctor will expertly assess your skin to determine the concentration necessary to appropriately treat your individual scarring.

How is TCA cross performed?

The procedure itself is relatively quick and can be completed in as little as 15 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Before the treatment begins, the skin will be thoroughly cleansed to remove any dirt or oil, and a numbing cream may be applied to minimize any discomfort.

The TCA solution is then applied to the scar using a small applicator or a fine needle, and the treated area is covered with antiseptic cream to protect it during the healing process.  A white crust forms in the treated areas that lasts 1-2 days followed by tiny scabs which then fall off within 3-5 days.

Those with darker skin types may notice a pigmentation in the treated area in weeks following. This usually resolves in 4-6 weeks and can be speed up by the use of creams and/or q-switch laser.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the TCA cross procedure take?

The TCA cross procedure typically takes 5-15 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.

How long does it take to recover from TCA cross?

The recovery time for TCA cross varies depending on the individual and the severity of their skin concerns. The treatment area initially forms a white frosting, that resolves in 1-2 days. The skin may be red and swollen for a few days after the procedure, and it is likely a small scab forms in each of the treated areas. You may experience peeling and flaking as the damaged skin sheds. It is important to follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible results.

How long does TCA cross take to heal?

• Initially a white frost forms in the treated area that lasts 1-2 days
• Redness is common for 2-3days
• Scabs typically form after 1-2 days and last 3-7 days
• Skin regains its integrity to the point creams and makeups can be used after 7-10 days
• Mild redness/darkening can persist for 3-4 weeks post treatment and can be easily covered with makeup

How long do the results of TCA cross last?

The results of TCA cross are permanent.

How many TCA cross to see results?

Usually 1-3 sessions is enough for full results.

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