TCA Cross for Ice Pick Scar on Nose Tip?

I have ice pick scars on my nose tip and was wondering if TCA Peel Cross could help and at which concentration. I am Asian (Chinese).

Doctor Answers 4

TCA Peel or Dermabrasion will improve shallow scars

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I do not classify these wide pores on your nose as ice picks scars. They are very superficial.

Well executed few TCA peels or Dermabrasion will improve on them.

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

TCA cross for scar on nose

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TCA cross would probably help fill the scar in; results are variable.   Expect red/brown discoloration of the treated area for up to 2-3 months.  Results are gradual, over the period of about 1 year after the treatment(s).

Good luck.

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist

TCA does well for ice pick scars

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A few TCA 35-40% acid peels to the individual ice pick scars do well, but a real dermabrasion would do better for the nose, even with your skin color. 


David Hansen, MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dermabrasion, Fraxel might be better

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I have seen great results with high concentration TCA placed in ice pick scars, but sometimes they can worsen if the scab is manipulated or picked.  Dermabrasion and Fraxel Restore are very safe on Asian skin and should also be considered as options with your dermatologist.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
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