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I am planning to do a TCA peel for around my eyes. I have a very sensitive skin and I have some wrinkles around my eyes. My right eye has more wrinkles than my left and I hate them. I did a lot of research about the home peel. I found a lot of topics for face, but I couldnt' find anything for around the eyes. Can somebody tell me if the TCA peel works for around the eyes. Do I have do for the full face including my eyes, or I should do my eye only. Please help thanks so much
I have also inquired about this as Ihave the same problems. I had consulted with a PS who due to time restraints at the time suggested a 35% peel around the eyes. I did not follow through at the time. The cost was $250.00 at his office. I would consult with a derm or a PS, for that is a strong strengh to use especially around the eyes. Another quote around the eyes was for the Fractional laser at a PS office the cost was $1,000. For just the eyes, lower lid and another $1,000 for upper. You can try doing low % by yourself at home as you say. If you are familiar with at home peels perhaps doing series would help. Good luck.
I want to do a TCA around the eyes also...I haven't been brave enough yet but I have done two 50% glycolics around the lower eyelid around 7 minutes each...I was very careful... because one little drip of acid can't be a good thing in your eye...I'm hoping this will kind of prep the area for the TCA (along with retin a)...I think that I will start with a 15% and then build to 20% and just see how it goes...maybe I won't want 30 or 35% if I have 'good enough' results.
Please let us know what you decide and how it goes...thanks!
Hi, I am 51 years old and so far I have had three chemical peels around my eyes. The first one I had about five years ago, and did not have a good experience,as I had alot of pain as well as some post peel problems. I left that plastic surgeon, and found another one who did a great job, and absolutely had no problems whatsoever. I am fair skinned too, with very sensitive skin. The first Ps I went to didn't didn't do a good job. I He "scrubbed" the TCA peel under my eyes and it really really hurt. He told me to use Neosporin after the peel, and unfortunatley, like many other people I am allergic to the ingredients in Neosporin. I developed a reaction, and broke out with small welts on my face. I went back to him, and he told me I probably just had dry skin. NOT! His staff was rude, too, and treated me as if I was a "problem patient", taking up their time. I researched the boards, and begun taking bromolean/quercitin to bring down the allergic reactions, along with an antihistimine. The welts went down and after all my undereyes peeled, they looked fabulous. A few years later I moved on to a different PS. I told him what happened to me with my previous PS. My new PS gave me an entirely different experience. He really knew what he was doing. He applied the 35% TCA peel gently with a swab. He didn't scrub.The stinging was very minimal, (I took a advil beforehand.) It was no big deal at all, just a little bit of stinging for just a few seconds. As a matter of fact, after the peel was over I asked him "when are you going to put on the TCA?" ( I thought he was just priming my skin with alchohol) After the peel, he told me not to use neosporin, but if I did get some oozing, apply Bacitracin, which I am not allergic to. He told me not to use any cream or petroleum jelly, and just wait for my skin to peel, and wash with cetaphil or ver very mild soap. Under my right eye, the skin was red for quite a while, but eventually it went away. Until it did, I covered it with concealer. All in all,the whole thing was a breeze. I had no reaction to anything... The result was great. I went back again about six months later, and he did the same thing again. I love what the 35% TCA peel has done for my eyes. I am not a candidate for any kind of bleph, so and undereye peel is the best I can do for my wrinkles. To me, the TCA peel worked just like a magic erasure, it just simply godt rid of the wrinkles, and dark circles. My makeup doesn't look cakey under my eyes. It was a cheap alternative to a bleph, at $300.00. That wa smy experience. In my opinion, I think TCA's are wonderful. Just do your research, and get a PS that is knowledgable and listens to you. They are out there, you just have to find one. Good luck! Kathy
I had a full face 25% (i think... may have been 20%)TCA peel at the same time as my upper bleph a year ago and was pleased with the results although a few weeks ago i noticed the lines were starting to reform under my eyes once again. I bought a bottle of 20% TCA from OSS and looked at it for a week, before building up enough courage to DIY. Grasping the instructions from OSS in one hand i got a cotton wool buddy, put it in the peel, squeezed the excess off and dabbed it on offending wrinkles under one eye only.... thought if it went wrong, i may as well look like half a freak.... anyway - no frosting occured so after 3 minutes i dabbed the same area again... still no frost...sigh! so 3 minutes later a final dab dab.... and ouch, sting, small scream and the long awaitied for frost. I then of course panicked and started throwing water over my face like a whirling dervish. Panic complete i put some aquaphor on and had a restless nights sleep with lots of nightmares about waking up with half my face peeled off - such a drama queen. Anyway, without boring you, today the area treated flaked off and underneath revealed - lovely skin again. Delighted. Total peel time was 5 days and i carried on facing the world as the area treated was too small for people to really notice - just looked very wrinkly under that eye for 4 days. DIY is not for everyone and i only found the nerve to do it as i had had a previous experience from a professional so had a good idea how my skin would react. I am not saying its for everyone but it worked well for me... and cheap too! Now - just that other eye to go.
Thank you Kathy and Lara!!!! for sharing your experience...I've did a DIY 25% on my face and neck but wasn't quite brave enough to do the undereyes yet...but I think I'm ready now since I've read your posts...especially since I've done the two 50% glycolics with no problem...
Believe it or not i prepped with nothing - when Dr Jane Olver did my upper Bleph, (and said i did not need a lower Bleph as TCA would do the trick) she said it was not required. As she is a highly regarded surgeon i felt safe in her hands and had a GREAT result with both Bleph and TCA. Thats the only reason i did not prep my home TCA - again had a great result. I am 43 years old and have slightly dry white skin - similar in complexion tYpe as Kate Winsletts colouring to give you an idea. I know the general opinion seems to be you get a better result prepping your skin but i did just fine without - good luck and do let us know how it works out -
I used 20% - but will use 25 % next time. No problems with pigmentation but dont forget i only did a small area so the tightening effect is some thing i could not comment on - it did destroy the wrinkle though so mission acheived. Good luck with yours.
Thank you so much everyone for sharing ur experience. Finally I decided to do the peel I tired TCA 15% all over my face including my eyes. I frosted on my checks, but nothing happened under my eyes. I got scared and washed the product. I had a little bit of peeoling around my eyes. Today the skin around my lower lid peeled, but I still can see the wrinkles. It didn't do much for my eyes. Do I have to use a stronger peel and leave it longer? I am still looking for ways to get rid of my wrinkles.
Roshy, I don't think one peel is going to get rid of wrinkles...a series of peel maybe will minimize them and if they are not too deep, it might get rid of them...I finally did a 20% under the eyes and some spots I hope to lighten...I haven't peeled yet and but I'll let you know when I do...if you go on makeupalley.com or essential day spa.com you can gets lots of information. I'm trying to get hyperpigmentation to lighten so I know I'll have to do a series too. Not that I don't have wrinkles but it's the darker skin that makes me look so tired that bothers me. I would like to do one a month...I'm 58 so I probably don't heal as well as someone younger...this is my first peel under my eyes and I just can't wait to PEEL...it's been three days so maybe by the fifth day. Good luck fellow peelers!
Hi everyone - I just finished getting another 35% TCA peel for under my eyes. I have had 4 in my lifetime. I get them every few years from Dr. Clifford Clark in Winter Park, FL. This will be my third from him, and I also had another one from a previous doctor before I met Dr. Clark. Dr. Clark is a wonderful guy, and he is the master of injectables and is a gifted PS too. He's a laid back pro, and his staff is totally supportive. I really like the end results of the TCA peel. I am fairskinned, and for me, the TCA peel works. For me, it's almost like a magic eraser. I used to have tons of small wrinkles under my eyes. I would put concealer on and then they only look worse. I am not a candidate for a bleph of any kind, because I have glaucoma. So, the 35% TCA is the best I can hope for: It's inexpensive, and as for pain, no biggie. It stings a bit fo a few seconds, but I focus on deep breathing and get thru it just fine. AFter the procedure I take bromolean and Arnica Montana as well, because on two occasions, I swelled up a bit.
One thing you have to prepare for is the fact that it might be a longer recovery, simply because just when you think you're done peeling, you start to peel again! It's a wonderful thing to see the smooth baby skin shining through. However, It can take some time for the whole thing to settle down. You need patience, and don't panic thinking a bump or dry area is going to be the final result. Let it peel and peel and moisterizer and concealer, I was out and about after 6 days, but the skin was still flaking, shedding and there were some bumpy red areas for quite a while. But, the end result is wonderful. This is a strong peel, and there is no way I would ever do this peel myself. I can't stress this enough - the eyes are nothing to fool around with, and you need to go to a PS for this one. The undereye area is delicate, and a 35% TCA is for the pros. you don't want to get this stuff in your eyes. Good luck and best of luck! I hope this helps!
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