Acne can occur at any age, in people of all skin types and tones. Some acne heals on its own, while other, more severe forms can lead to permanent acne scarring. Acne scars can be hard to conceal with makeup, as well as negatively impact an individual’s life and self-esteem. TCA CROSS therapy is a non-invasive option to help improve the appearance of acne scarring for a more even complexion.

What is TCA CROSS Therapy?

TCA CROSS therapy stands for the chemical reconstruction of skin scars (CROSS) using trichloroacetic acid (TCA). This outpatient treatment is used to diminish the appearance of acne scarring in patients of all skin tones.
TCA CROSS therapy can help to improve the appearance of:
• Rolling acne scars- depressions with sloping edges.
• Boxcar acne scars- depressions with sharply defined edges.
• Ice-pick acne scars- deep, pitted scars.

How Does TCA CROSS Therapy Work?

During your TCA CROSS therapy session, your skin will first be cleansed. Then, a small amount of highly-concentrated TCA is applied to the surface of acne scarring. The solution is usually applied using a small instrument with a blunt end, like a toothpick. The TCA causes inflammation in the area, stimulating the production of new collagen to improve the appearance of the skin.
A consultation is needed to help determine if this treatment can benefit you. Factors that contribute to candidacy include the type and severity of scars, as well as your desired outcomes from the treatment. Most patients require 3-6 treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart to see optimal results.

What to Expect with TCA CROSS Therapy

Following your TCA CROSS therapy session, the scar surfaces will begin to “frost over” for up to 12 hours. Redness and soreness around the treatment areas may also occur. Within 2-3 days, the treated areas will form scabs which will fall off within a week. Patients may be prescribed an antibiotic to take following treatment to prevent any chance of infection.
You can feel free to wash your skin as normal and apply makeup as needed. It is recommended that sunscreen is worn after treatment to reduce the chance of pigmentation. Patients who receive TCA CROSS therapy treatments often see a moderate improvement in their acne scarring.

Schedule Your TCA CROSS Therapy Consultation

Soften the appearance of unwanted acne scarring with TCA CROSS therapy! At CDAM, we strive to provide our patients with the safest, most effective treatments available for long-term results. For healthy, youthful looking skin, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.