What is the difference between a VI-peel and a TCA peel?

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TCA peel vs VI peel

Thank you for asking about your TCA peel and VI peel.

  • The TCA peel is a trichloroacetic acid peel that is used at strengths ranging from 10 - 80% to treat various skin conditions from light discoloration to deep acne pit scars.
  • Pre-treatment with tretinoin (generic Retin A) and other creams improves the results.
  • A 10-15% TCA peel can be used by estheticians for light skin improvement.
  • The Vi-peel is a trademarked peel made of low concentrations of TCA, tretinoin, phenol and salicylic acid.
  • It claims to make all other peels obsolete but this is marketing -
  • Because the acid concentrations are low, it is safe and easy for estheticians and other non-physicians to use.
  • It chiefly will improve skin color - and at times, texture but stronger peels, used separately are usually needed for long-lasting and significant results.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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