Learn how many TCA peels you need in order to get rid of brown (age) spots and why they might return.
Age spots typically appear on the face and hands, and they may resemble freckles or little moles.
An age spot is also known as a “sun spot.”
These lesions are the result of excessive sun exposure, which may take decades to start showing.
Another name that’s often used to refer to a sun or age spot is lentigo (plural: lentigines).
Age spots are harmless, but any new spot that resembles a mole should be examined by a dermatologist.
The TCA Peel and Age Spots
A TCA peel can get rid of brown or age spots, which “are due to pigment cells that have been trapped in the upper layer of skin,” says Allen Gabriel, MD, board certified plastic surgeon with PeaceHealth Medical Group Plastic Surgery in Vancouver, WA.
“By exfoliating the surface of the skin and exposing the undamaged underlying smooth skin, the brown spot is removed with top layer skin,” adds Dr. Gabriel.
“Allowing the natural cycle of skin to continue and peeling every 30 days, can lead to an enhanced skin texture with less brown and aged spots.
“Multiple peels may be needed to achieve the final results.”
Why might age spots reappear after a TCA Treatment?
“Benign spots can reappear if there is over-stimulation of cells that produce pigment,” says Dr. Gabriel.
The cells that produce pigment are called melanocytes. The pigment is called melanin.
“Controlling this with a prescription bleaching medication that is included in the skin care regimen is critical,” says Dr. Gabriel.
“Therefore, when one discusses skin concerns, an overall treatment plan for rejuvenation should be outlined.”
In addition to the face, TCA peels can be done on the neck, chest, back, the arms and the legs.
However, if age spots are located on the face, the success of a TCA peel is better than it is on other parts of the body.
This is due to the face’s skin having better natural healing abilities.