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At Ultimate Aesthetics we have experienced doctors who can safely and effectively treat moderate to deep acne scars.

TCA Cross is a unique procedure ideal for ice pick scars and is performed by very few professionals, as it requires extreme precision from an experienced expert.

Suitable for

Treating deep ice pick acne scars

Cost

From $150 with Doctor


How does TCA Cross work for large pores, and ice pick acne scars?

TCA CROSS (Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars) remains one of our most popular, safe and effective treatments for Acne scars, especially atrophic pitted ice-pick scars.

TCA works by creating a chemical reaction that leads to the formation of new collagen fibres that increase the height of the treated scars/pores. Each TCA procedure can increase the height of a deep scar or open pore by 20-40 percent. For optimal results, most patients need two to four procedures.

This treatment can be used on all skin types including ethnic and Asian skin. Treatments are quick, safe with minimal discomfort.

How is TCA Cross Performed?

The TCA CROSS procedure involves depositing small amounts of TCA directly into the affected areas. After cleansing your skin, Dr Choy will apply the TCA applicator to the base of a scar or pore.

The applicator is left in place until the surface of the skin in the treated area turns white (‘frosting’). The process is then repeated as appropriate to treat each remaining scar or pore individually.

The resurfacing response that occurs inside the depression stimulates collagen production increases dermal volume, restructuring the dermal elements within the skin, and this eventually causes the scar to rise up (effacement) and close.

On completion of the procedure, a topical emollient is applied to soothe the skin. TCA CROSS only treats the scar or pore and spares the surrounding skin.

Is TCA Cross the right treatment for me?

A free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Carolyn Choy can help you determine which procedure is right for you. There are many factors to consider with any cosmetic treatment.

Your treatment plan is formulated after a thorough clinical assessment and is based upon the following factors:
• Type and severity of scarring
• Patient’s medical history
• History of any previous treatments for scarring
• Patient’s skin type
• Patient’s budget and result expectations
• Social downtime concern

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Frequently Asked Questions

+Are TCA Cross treatments for acne scars painful?

The TCA CROSS procedure is relatively painless. There may be slight discomfort, described as a ‘biting’ sensation’ when the chemical is applied, and this lasts only for a few minutes. During the healing phases, there is no discomfort or pain.

+What kinds of scars are suitable for TCA Cross treatments?

TCA Cross can be used on all skin types (fair skinned or dark skinned, oily or dry skins, younger or older skin types). It is especially useful and effective for treating ‘ice-pick’ or pitted acne scars.

TCA CROSS alone can be effective as a single method of treatment for light ice-pick acne scars, or other mild to moderate acne scar types. It results in Scar Effacement, filling and making deep pitted scars shallower. But more often, it is used in combination with other treatments such as laser resurfacing, selective scar excision or subcision, in the treatment of acne scars and improving overall skin texture.

+How many treatments are required?

TCA Cross can take one to several treatments depending on the severity of your acne scar case. Between 2 to 6 treatments may be required.

A 4 to 6 week interval between treatments is required, to allow for skin healing, collagen remodelling and rejuvenation. You are likely to see continued improvements for several months after a treatment.

+What is the recovery like after TCA Cross?

Frosting of a treated pore/scar will continue for up to 12 hours following a TCA CROSS procedure. The surrounding skin will be red for three to four days. Several days after treatment, a small scab will develop and shed. Do not pick at the scab; allow it to fall off naturally and let the healing process proceed at its own pace.

Full recovery from a TCA CROSS procedure is expected within five to seven days. We recommend applying a hydrating emollient and strict sun protection during the recovery period.

+How is TCA Cross performed?

The TCA CROSS procedure involves depositing small amounts of TCA directly into the affected areas. After cleansing your skin, your Doctor will apply the TCA applicator to the base of a scar or pore. The applicator is left in place until the surface of the skin in the treated area turns white (‘frosting’). The process is then repeated as appropriate to treat each remaining scar or pore individually. On completion of the procedure, a topical emollient is applied to soothe the skin. TCA CROSS only treats the scar or pore and spares the surrounding skin.