Is TCA 12-13% Spot Treatment Effective for Hyperpigmented Areas on Face?

I have a few small hyperpigmented areas of melasma on my cheeks & my doctor suggested treating them initially with spot application of TCA 12-13% (applied to the affected areas only) followed by full face 40-50% glycolic acid peel. Is this treatment effective or should I skip the spot treatment & stick with only full face GA peel?

Doctor Answers (2)

Your doc is correct in doing spot treatments

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Spot treatments work good for dark spots and may need a few sessions then later require full face peels to blend everything together. Trust your doc.


Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Combining glycololic acid peels with low strength TCA peels can be very effective for dark spots.

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Combining glycololic acid peels with low strength TCA peels can be very effective for dark spots. I first described this approach in the journal Dermatologic Surgery in 1994. Each person's treatment must be customized by a dermatologist very experienced in chemical peeling or the dark spots can be made worse.

William P. Coleman III, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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