Can a Tca Peel 15% Done Improperly Cause Dyspigmentation?

Can a tca peel 15% (also was glycolic acid accompanied with it, 10%) done improperly and not by an expert cause dyspigmentation (white spots and streaks) and hair loss? What should I do?

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Trichloracetic Acid Peels Should Only be Done by a Physician

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In my opinion, all TCA (trichloracetic acid) peels should only be done by a physician, and preferably one who specializes in cosmetic procedures such as a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon. Unexpected adverse reactions include hypo (under) or hyper (over) pigmentation, and scarring. Even milder strengths of TCA such as fifteen percent can be made to penetrate more deeply by repeated or heavier application on the skin, causing the same effects as using stronger concentrations. Hopefully your "dyspigmentation" will resolve gradually over time. Be especially careful to use sunscreens every day. You should see your physician if the dyspigmentation persists to discuss treatment options.

South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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TCA peels

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TCA peels should only be performed by an experienced board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. There are risks associated with these treatments that are uncommon in experienced hands.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

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