What's Better for Pock Marks - TCA or Glycolic Peel?

What's better for pock marks, tca or glycolic acid

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Pock marks need surgical intervention to make a big difference.

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Pock marks won't change with peels of any kind.  They need to be surgically subcised and filled and dermabraded to make them look their best.  It is all done under local anesthesia and easy to go threw. Expect to pay around $500 per pock mark.   Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Pock Mark Treatment

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What you call pock marks may mean one thing to you and another thing to someone else.  In general glycolic acid peels will do nothing for scarring.  The stronger TCA peels go deeper and can help improve scarring and pock marks. i wouldnt waste my time with glycolic acid peels and be sure your treating doctor is experienced with TCA as it can scar if used in too high of concentrations or applied in too many coats.

Shawn Allen, MD
Boulder Dermatologist

Pock Marks / Acne Scars will NOT improve with TCA or Glycolic acid Peels

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Regarding: "What's Better for Pock Marks - TCA or Glycolic Peel?  What's better for pock marks, tca or glycolic acid"

Every facial resurfacing modality has its applications. Glycolic peels are usually used for more superficial resurfacing than similar concentration TCA peels and neither one is intended to smooth the deep scarring and retraction of acne. Such scarring is best addressed with a combination of cutting of the scar tissue with a needle and using filler to raise the depression as well as deep laser resurfacing.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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Glycolic and TCA peels most likely wont work for "pock marks"

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Pock marks imply permanent scarring. Scarring implies that the insult to the skin that caused the scar was deeper than a glycolic and typical tca peel will affect. I would suggest discussing with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist before spending money on glycolic and TCA peels.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

Acne scars

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If you mean Acne Scars, your options are very few. However Glycolic Acid peels would not do anything to the scars. Glcolic acid will give you a fresher look to your skin ONLY.

TCA peels and VI peel have to be done very frequently to see any meaningful result. Acne Scars are best treated with laser resurfacing, depending on the depth of the scars you may need more than one time laser resurfacing.

Deep scars may need combination treatment, surgery, laser, and TCA, VI peels(one a month)

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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