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TCA PEEL in Orange County, California


Superficial Chemical peeling is growing in popularity for treatment of fine wrinkling, superficial facial scarring, pigmentary changes, and acne. At Total Dermatology we strive to deliver the best TCA Peels Irvine has to offer. This technique offers many benefits, including visible results, minimal discomfort, and little time in recovery.


Special acid (trichloracetic acid) is applied to remove the outer layers of the skin, affecting the surface appearance. Initially, the face is degreased and cleansed, conditioning the skin for even absorption of the chemical. Depending on the skin reaction and sensitivity to the previous treatment, subsequent applications may be done with stronger concentrations. This procedure may be repeated every six weeks. Less intense but highly effective results can be achieved with ViPeel.


Immediately following treatment, most individuals will see a reddening of the skin, followed by a whitening that usually lasts for less than an hour, but in some instances as long as a day. The peeling is similar to a mild sunburn. Some Irvine TCA peel patients have also reported feeling some stinging, burning, itching and tightening of the skin for a few minutes to a few hours. Exfoliation begins on the second day and may last for three to six days. Peeling ranges from visible to microscopic in degree. After treatment, the skin is more delicate and sensitive. Sun exposure should be avoided until the skin normalizes, in two to three weeks. No unresolved damage has been documented in studies of superficial chemical peeling. Pigmentary changes may occur but are uncommon and last only a few days or weeks after a chemical peel. Darker-skinned patients are prone to have more noticeable spotting, than light-skinned individuals. Those with lighter skin are more likely to experience temporary redness after a peel.




Complications from TCA peels are rare. Should skin infections, irritation, allergic reactions or cold sores appear, medical treatment is necessary. Close adherence to instructions for skin care following a peel will help prevent problems.


We love our patients at Total Dermatology! Read what our satisfied patients have to say about their experiences with Dr. Pilest and our team.

“The staff is amazing and sweet. Professional, kind, prompt, and the best service. I will only get my Juvederm and lip injections here!”

— Priscilla S.

“Dr. Pilest is the best injector in Orange County. Obviously, no one likes needles, but he makes getting a little botox painless. I make the drive all the way from L.A. just to see him and his amazing staff.”

— Kay S.

“I have been coming here for about 5-6 months and the service is amazing. All staff members are very welcoming. They have helped with my skin so much. I totally recommend them.”

— Victoria L.

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For the patient with acne, peeling allows for the cleansing of clogged pores, aids in scarring prevention and improves the scarred surface. Benefits derived from treatment rival those of deeper chemical peeling and dermabrasion, with reduced pain, costs, and risks. Also, many other acne therapies can be used in conjunction with peeling. Natural pigmentary darkening or pigment changes caused by sun, pregnancy, and birth control pills usually respond rapidly to treatment. For patients with moderate wrinkling or shallow scarring, the results of TCA peels are gratifying. Superficial peeling has only minimal effects on pits, depressed scars, furrows, and folds. Dermatologists began using chemical peeling near the turn of the century for therapeutic and cosmetic benefits. Advancements in techniques and chemical agents have made Superficial Chemical Peeling an exciting treatment of choice for today, with more research underway.


Schedule your consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Nissan Pilest at Total Dermatology in Irvine, CA today by calling (949) 727-3800.

*Individual Results May Vary

Schedule your consultation with Total Dermatology today!

When it comes to your skin and your health, it really is all about what’s best for you. Total Dermatology understands this, which is why we offer versatile treatments with experienced and highly trained aesthetic professionals led by Dr. Nissan Pilest. Your Total Dermatology transformation awaits.

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