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Acne scars are the result of inflammation and damage to the skin caused by acne. There are several types of acne scars, including ice pick scars, boxcar scars, and rolling scars.
Ice pick scars are deep, narrow scars that extend into the dermis of the skin. They are typically smaller in diameter than other types of scars but can be more difficult to treat.
TCA cross is a treatment for ice pick scars that involves applying a high concentration of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) directly to the scar tissue.
This causes controlled damage to the scar tissue, stimulating the body’s natural healing process and promoting the production of new collagen. Over time, this can lead to a reduction in the depth and appearance of the scar.
TCA cross can be uncomfortable, and patients may experience a stinging or burning sensation during the procedure. However, a topical anesthetic is typically applied to the skin to minimize any discomfort.
A TCA cross session typically takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the number of scars being treated.
The number of TCA cross sessions required to see results varies depending on the severity of the scarring. Typically, 2-4 sessions are required for optimal results.
There is typically a downtime of 5-7 days after TCA cross, during which the skin may appear red and swollen. Patients may also experience some scabbing and peeling of the skin during the healing process.
TCA cross can be done on all skin types. However, individuals with darker skin tones may be at a slightly higher risk of developing temporary hyperpigmentation.
The most common side effects of TCA cross are temporary redness, swelling, and scabbing of the treated area. In rare cases, blistering or scarring may occur.
TCA cross is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks and potential side effects that should be discussed with your provider before undergoing treatment.
The results of TCA cross can be long-lasting, and may even be permanent in some cases. However, maintenance treatments may be required to maintain the results over time.
Yes, TCA cross can be combined with other treatments such as MnRF,CO2 laser, subcision for better and faster outcome
AT ARSHI SKIN AND HAIR CLINICS, our senior dermatologists evaluate the type of acne scarring and would design the best treatment protocol for getting optimum results. Based on the type of scars, a combination approach is devised ,combining TCA CROSS with other collagen induction treatments for best results at affordable cost .