Typical chemical treatments used for acne scars include the application of Jessner’s peel, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), phenol, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and enzyme peels. These chemical face peels are generally applied across your entire face at a low concentration to cause inflammation. This controlled inflammatory process weakens scar tissue that tethers the superficial layer of skin to the subdermal layers.
A newer technique called “chemical reconstruction of skin scars” (CROSS) has risen in popularity among the top dermatologist in California, USA. It has emerged as a popular acne scar removal technique. In this method, a high concentration of chemical or acid is focally applied to the base of each acne scar, rather than a lower concentration applied across the entire face. The meticulous application of acid causes local inflammation in scarred tissue, leading to the destruction of scar tissue and the formation of new collagen fibers. The scar tissue lifts back up towards the level of your normal healthy skin.
More importantly, we only target the base of scar tissue, leaving healthy tissue unaffected by the strong acid. Our TCA Cross scar Treatment uses a proprietary formula specially mixed in our office, and we are always evaluating the effectiveness and carefully refining our application methods. As a result, our mixture can travel deeper into the dermal layers and break down tougher scars. It is also a much safer and more effective alternative to other chemicals traditionally used in CROSS, which may cause widening or deepening of acne scars.
The overall recovery process of the chemical peel for acne scars is painless. However, you can expect to redden the skin and scab formation on top of your scars. Over the next 1-2 weeks, these scabs will fall off naturally and reddening will subside. In addition, try to avoid wetting the affected areas for the next 48 hours to allow the mixture to properly function.
Chemical peel for scars may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. As a result, part of the recovery process for cross TCA acne Scar treatment involves staying indoors and avoiding as much sunlight as possible for the next two weeks. If you must stay outside for prolonged periods, Scar Healing, the best scar treatment clinic in California would recommend that patients apply sunscreen to their face and wear a hat.
Although the recovery process of chemical skin treatment takes only 1-2 weeks, reduced visibility of acne scars can take up to several months to become noticeable. As you heal, we will assess the need for other treatments such as subcision and Sculptra, which work in conjunction with cross TCA acne Scar treatment to achieve your desired results.
Rare complications include temporary cardiac arrhythmias, hyper-, and hypopigmentation of the skin, as well as deepening of the scars. However, careful and minimal application of our formulation minimizes the risks. During your consultation with us, the best scar treatment center in California, we will go over the potential risks and benefits, as well as the actions we take to minimize all potential complications that might arise as a result of your chemical skin treatment.
Cross TCA acne Scar treatment is an ideal acne scar removal technique, best used for scars including:
Being the best scar treatment clinic in California, Scar Healing Institute informs its patients about the various conditions favorable and unfavorable for performing the cross-acne scar treatment.
Before the application of any trichloroacetic acid (TCA), the skin is degreased with alcohol.
Depending on the number of scars, our expert dermatologists in California conduct the chemical skin peel session between 15 to 30 minutes. It also depends on the amount of scarring on the patient’s face.
Several acne scars are treated in the same session of chemical skin treatment done by Scar Healing Institute. However, depending on the scarring the sessions need to be repeated after 4-6 weeks.
Depending on the scarring issues, the most patient requires 3 to 6 treatment sessions of chemical peel for acne scars for experiencing optimum results.
It is not advisable to go for cross-treatment for acne scar procedures very often. After each session, your dermatologists suggest a gap of 4-6 weeks to help the skin heal before the next session.
The downtime for cross TCA acne Scar treatment is generally 5 to 7 days. The speed of recovery might vary from patient to patient, depending on their scarring and skin types.
After the chemical peel for acne scars procedure, the dermatologists ask the patients to keep the skin moist using a lotion. You are also asked to stay away from direct sun exposure and refrain from using any makeup or other skin care products until the skin looks normal again.
After the chemical peel for acne scars procedure, a scab might form on the skin, which typically appears to be red. However, it is important for the patients not to pick off the scab to avoid any wound infection.
The scab falls off after some days, the acne scar might appear to be larger in the first few weeks. It happens because of the local tissue damage that happens to the skin during the chemical peel procedure. It is completely normal and is considered a skin remodeling process.
Our top dermatologists in California, suggest different ways to tackle the redness caused to the skin during the cross treatment. They suggest you apply a special recovery makeup, called Lycogel. It matches all skin types and is perfect for tackling the skin redness issue.
After every session of the chemical peel for the acne scars procedure, each scar is improved by 20 to 30%. The result gradually becomes more even and smooth, and the cosmetic result is also highly satisfying.
The patients need to understand that to experience notable results, they need to wait for a few weeks. It takes around that much time for the scars to remodel. The TCA cross-treatment method for acne scars offers remarkable improvement with time.
At Scar Healing Institute, our expert dermatologists in California share with our team an extensive report on how they should take care of their skin after the treatment. It requires them to cleanse their skin with mild soap and water, every morning and evening. It is also recommended to use a chlorhexidine cream thrice daily until the scab comes off.
No, TCA cross scar treatment is not painful. However, the patients might experience a bit of discomfort such as small ant bites, which are bearable. The discomfort disappears within less than a minute after the treatment.
Yes definitely. TCA cross treatment is very often combined with other treatments such as subcision, laser skin resurfacing, punch excision, Sculptra, etc.
The major difference between the TCA cross and the TCA peel is the concentration of trichloroacetic acid. TCA cross acne scar treatment treats the individual scars with a very high concentration of TCA. The TCA peel process involves a much lower concentration of the acid and is used for treating acne scars on the face, neck, chest, arm, back, and buttock.
With the several years of experience that we at Scar Healing Institute possess, we can say it positively that the results of TCA cross scar treatment ate permanently. It helps in improving the cosmetic appearance of the acne scars through skin remodeling and producing new collagen in the atrophic acne scars.
One of the potential side effects of chemical skin peel is experienced by patients with dark skin, it is posted inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. People with dark skin types are more susceptible to skin discoloration, because of the use of the acid solution. The darkening of skin fades away over time. To lessen the effect of this procedure, one ought to strictly avoid exposure to the sun. Other potential side effects of the cross-TCA acne Scar treatment include:
The chemical peel cost in California might vary from clinic to clinic. At Scar Healing Institute, we provide the most affordable treatment to our patients. However, the cost and the duration of treatment vary depending on individual scarring issues.
Scar Healing Institute is the best scar treatment clinic in California, offering unmatchable TCA Cross Scar Treatment to our patients. We have a team of medically expert individuals and top dermatologists in California to consult and assist you throughout the chemical peel process.
Having years of experience in the sector, we understand the varying needs of different skin and individuals and hence provide effective treatment that suits your needs and can satisfy your skin requirements.