Is a TCA Peel Good for Wrinkles Under the Eye?

Also which laser is best for that area? 

Doctor Answers 4

TCA Peel Can Be Excellent for Under Eye Wrinkles

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In the hands of a well-trained, board-certified physician and at the appropriate strength for the location, skin type and severity, a TCA peel can be an excellent modality for improving under eye wrinkles.  However, as is the case with most other treatments, you should compliment the peel with a good topical regimen and adhere to strict sun avoidance.  The topical regimen should include both hydrating, moisturizing creams and exfoliating, anti-aging creams such as topical tretinion (RetinA).  Be careful not to use any harsh products including tretinoin after the peel until the areas are healed.  Follow your physician's post-peel protocol strictly to get optimal results. We achieve excellent results with minimal to no complications using varying strengths of TCA on lower eyelid wrinkles and laxity.  

Boca Raton Dermatologist
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Under eye wrinkles and TCA

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A TCA peel will exfoliate the top most layer of the epidermis so a mild decrease in the peri-orbital wrinkles would occur.  Combine that with some good under eye moisturizers and Botox and you will see a great improvement.  If however the under eye wrinkles are due to a bulging of the fat pad, a lower lid Blepharoplasty combined with laser resurfacing is your best long term solution. 

Lee Robinson, MD - RETIRED
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon


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TCA Peels are good for the fine wrinkles around the eye. Do not do it yourself.

May need to do it more than once depending on the depth of the peel

Fractional CO2 is best for wrinkles around the eyes.

Some use croton oil peels and those give good results as well


Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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TCA peel for lower eyelids

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TCA peel is an easy method for improving fine textural wrinkles of the lower eyelids.  It is important to also use good topical therapies as well such as renova and or creams containing antioxidants and moisture.  For more pronounced results Laser can be used instead.  Fractional C02 laser such as Active FX  works nicely for this purpose

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