What does TCA CROSS Mean?

TCA is trichloroacetic acid and CROSS simply stands for Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars.

TCA CROSS to Correct Acne Scar

See Dr. Shafa for your acne scar removal. Her experience makes her the best physician to perform this process quickly, with minimal risk, and high yield outcomes if this is the best option for your type of acne scar.

How is the Procedure Performed?

The TCA CROSS procedure involves depositing small amounts of high concentration TCA onto the surface of the atrophic scars while sparing the remaining skin. This chemically irritates the scar tissue and creates local inflammation, which forms new collagen fibers. Increased collagen synthesis at the site of scar lifts the depression, flattens acne scars, and improves skin texture.

Advantages of TCA Cross Treatment

In the hands of an experienced physician, it is fast and less costly than alternative treatments such as laser

The procedure is not bloody and easily tolerated, although it penetrates the deeper layer of your scar

Since the treated area is surrounded by healthy skin, the recovery of the created injury in the skin is highly likely to occur without complications just like fractional laser therapy

Makeup can be applied the following day of the treatment

What should you expect after the procedure?

Frosting of the scar surface will last less than 1 hour

The skin around the treated sites will possibly be red and sore up to 1-2 days

After a few days, a small scab will develop and fall off the following week

You may wash as normal and may apply make-up if desired

Sunscreen is recommended to reduce the chance of pigmentation

How Many Treatments are Required?

Just like all the other acne scar removal options, multiple treatments can continue to improve the depth of the acne scar. In general, most patients benefit from 3 to 6 treatments at 2 to 8-week intervals.

What is the outcome following TCA CROSS?

This procedure is highly technical and requires expertise in performing this process. If performed correctly, TCA Cross is moderately to highly effective for atrophic acne scars depending on the number of treatments performed. Acne scar improvement should be expected over a 6-12 month period following the treatment.

Pretreatment of the skin and post-procedure skin care is crucial

Why the result of TCA CROSS may vary significantly from case to case? The type of scar, how we prep and treat the skin prior to the TCA cross, and how you follow post-procedure skincare all matters and determines the final outcome. Your type of acne scar will be evaluated and you will be informed about the detail of the treatment during our complimentary consultation for cosmetic acne scar correction.