TCA Peels

Aging is an inevitable process associated with human existence. It is a natural process that cannot be halted. However, its visible effects can be reduced with some cosmetic treatments. Several aging signs and skin conditions like melasma and acne are being treated with a variety of chemical peels. One such peel is known as TCA Peel, which may help in treating acne, brown spots, fine lines, sun-damaged skin, and improving skin texture. It is also effective against wrinkles and pigmentation irregularities.

What is a TCA Peel?

The TCA Peel, a non-invasive chemical peel utilizing Trichloroacetic acid, aims to enhance skin appearance. Similar to other chemical peels, TCA peels come in various strengths, determined by the concentration of the acid. Trichloroacetic acid is a non-toxic chemical that has been used in skin peels for quite a long time. However, Trichloroacetic should be handled carefully due to its potential skin irritation effects.

TCA Peel works by removing the dead skin cells, which may stimulate the production of new skin cells, potentially revealing smoother and healthier skin beneath. As a result, you get younger-looking skin with no acne scarring, pigmentation, or fine lines. Many dermatologists still prefer TCA peel for melasma treatment.

Are you a Candidate?

TCA peel is categorized as a medium-strength peel, and it is recommended that only a certified skincare professional should apply it. You can be an ideal candidate for the treatment if you;

  • Have acne, fine lines, or pigmentation.
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not have a history of keloids or poor wound healing.
  • Do not have active rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis, as these conditions may be exacerbated by TCA peels.

What areas can be treated with TCA peel?

Generally, TCA chemical peel is applied to the face but you can get it on the following areas as well;

  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Upper Arms
  • Legs
  • Shoulders


The procedure of TCA peels takes approximately 30 minutes. During the treatment, you will be asked to lie down and the dermatologist will apply the TCA solution to the targeted site. You might feel a burning sensation in the initial few minutes, which may be followed by a stinging sensation. This is due to TCA’s action of exfoliating the epidermis and dissolving its cells. As a result, the topmost layer starts peeling off and the layer of new and healthy skin becomes visible.

The initial procedure is completed in a single session, but multiple sessions may be required to achieve desired results. These sessions are scheduled with a gap of several months so that your skin can heal completely. Your dermatologist will also instruct you to prepare your skin before getting the TCA peel treatment. Consult with your skin specialist before getting the treatment.

How to prepare for the treatment?

You might be asked to prepare your skin for TCA Peel treatment by using certain products. It is known as a skin priming process which is done a week before the procedure. Some of the common instructions given for skin preparation include;

  • It is advised to apply sunscreen regularly for at least four weeks before undergoing the peel treatment. It helps in getting an even skin tone after the procedure.
  • Avoid using any skincare products that contain retinoids before the procedure. Products with retinol ingredients can cause skin thinning, which may increase sensitivity during the peel treatment.

What to expect after the procedure?

After getting TCA peeling, you will experience certain changes in your skin. After the initial redness subsides, you may notice your skin feeling tighter. In the next three days, the treated area will shed skin.

During this phase, wear sunscreen and protect your skin from sun exposure. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face. Also, do not scratch your skin or peel it off with your nails. Once the skin completely sheds, the new skin beneath may appear smoother, firmer, and brighter.

Aftercare Instructions

  • Keep on applying sunscreen regularly.
  • Do not wax hair from the area treated for a specific period (as advised by the dermatologist) after TCA peels because it can cause injury.
  • Protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Use moisturizer to protect and rehydrate your skin.

Is it safe?

TCA acid peel is generally considered safe when performed by qualified dermatologists, but it’s important to discuss potential risks with your healthcare provider. Having the procedure performed by an expert and licensed dermatologist can significantly reduce the risk of complications.

What is the cost of TCA Peel in Dubai?

The cost of the procedure depends on the size of the targeted area, your geographical location, the expertise of your dermatologist, and the strength of the peel. The average starting cost of TCA peel in Dubai is around AED 1000 for full-face peeling. For non-facial areas, it would cost more. Therefore, consult with an expert to know the exact cost.

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If you want to know more about the TCA peels treatment in Dubai, visit Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. We have a team of highly experienced and board-certified dermatologists. They will examine your skin first and will suggest to you the most suitable peel treatment. We offer an initial consultation to all our patients who are interested in getting the TCA Peel treatment. You can clear all your concerns during this session. So, fill in the form given below and book your appointment now.

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