TCA Lower Eyelid Peel
TCA Peel is a medical grade chemical peel that is performed by Dr. Kim. The chemical peel is helpful for wrinkles and irregular pigmentation such as freckles and age spots. Pre-cancerous conditions such as keratoses (thick, rough, reddish growths) also respond well to this procedure. The chemical peel is applied to the lower eyelids, right under the eyes.
Most people do not require sedation. If Dr. Kim indicates sedation is the direction you should go, you will need someone to drive you home. Remember that you will also need a ride to the office and home if we only use Valium.
Below you will see the results from one of Dr Kim’s patients. The After picture shows the results 6 weeks after the TCA peel and Upper Eyelid Surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the procedure? The procedure will be done in the office and only takes around 20 minutes for the TCA procedure.
What can be expected during the procedure? One or more coat will be applied. Without sedation you will experience a mild to intense burning sensation that lasts 2-3 minutes for each coat. Tears form in the corners of the eyes due to the stimulated sinuses. Once the TCA Peel has been applied there is no way to take it off.
Will I need for someone to drive me home? If you have elected to take Valium or other sedation you will need to have someone drive you there and drive you back home.
How often can the TCA Peel be repeated? The TCA Peel can be repeated in 6 to 8 weeks and up to 3 peels.
Are there any potential risks or complications from the peel? Due to the nature of the deep peel it is possible for keloids or scaring, but that is unlikely to occur. Infection due to bacterial contamination may occur if post-peel instructions are not followed. Temporary, mild pigmentation problems may occur and can usually be corrected using the Obagi Nu-Derm Skin Care System. Long term complications resulting from the TCA Peel are rare.