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What is a TCA Peel?

A TCA peel, also known as a TCA cross or TCA chemical peel, is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses a chemical known as trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to enhance the appearance of your skin.

The best chemical peels in Chicago are used to treat scarring, skin discolorations, wrinkles, and other skin blemishes.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Just like other chemical peels for acne scars and similar skin concerns, the TCA peel is a skin exfoliator.

When the TCA peel is applied to a target area, the acid removes the dead skin cells of the uppermost layer of your skin. This promotes new cell growth in the underlying layer, resulting in a smoother, fresher layer of skin coming to the surface. This new layer is less impacted by blemishes such as acne scars, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and the like.

The TCA Chemical Peel Chicago Procedure

Our TCA cross specialist, Dr. George Moynihan, needs only around 30 minutes to complete the procedure.

The treatment involves applying the TCA solution to the target area(s). Patients can expect mild burning and stinging sensations as the chemical clears away the dead skin layer and stimulates the growth of a new layer. Alternatively, patients may choose to be sedated during the procedure.

TCA chemical peels may be combined with Jessner chemical peels or other similar treatments to achieve desired results.

TCA Cross Near Me: Safety and Convenience

Chemical peels’ benefits include safety and the lack of downtime. Patients can resume regular activities and even return to work immediately following treatment, though sun protection is strongly advised.

Chemical Peels Near Me: Treatment Results

It’s possible to notice changes immediately after your TCA cross. However, as with most chemical peels, acne scarring and other skin concerns need 3 to 4 days to show the most improvement.

A TCA peel before and after comparison will show a marked reduction in the skin issue. For optimum results, you may want to have multiple chemical peels, Chicago doctors say.

Issues Treated

Acne chemical peels such as our TCA chemical peels in Chicago treat the following issues:

  • various types of acne scars
  • age spots and brown spots
  • skin discoloration such as melasma
  • leathery skin due to sun damage
  • wrinkles and fine lines

Areas commonly treated include the:

  • chest
  • shoulders
  • neck
  • upper arms
  • back


Depending on the size of the area(s) treated, a TCA peel can cost between $25 and $900.

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