I am planning on having a 25% TCA peel in conjunction with a mini facelift. I am 70 years old and have had two previous facelifts, the last one 16 years ago. Is there a lot of risk in discoloration under these circumstances? My skin is a light olive.
Nelson Novick (New York, NY) on Aug 19, 2011
Trichloroacetic acid in concentrations of 10%-25%, Jessner's Solution, Glyclolic Acid (50%-70%) and Salicylic Acid in concentrations up to 30% are all considered superficial peeling agents. As such, these preparations tend to be mild on the skin, causing little more than slight redness, some scaling, and minimal swelling for a couple of days after treatment. Over the years, I have used each of these agents on a variety of skin tones from light-skinned to very darkly-pigmented skin without untoward effects and without any mottling or loss of pigmentation.