Trying to find a solution acne scars, I went to see my dermatologist's office, one of the top doctor's in DC, he suggested that I would be a prime candidate to do TCA Cross treatment.
So this is my journey with TCA Cross - and I hope to share my experience with you.
I had TCA Cross treatment done at my dermatologist office last Thursday (3/29/12). I have included before and after photos . The procedure was relatively painless, there was a little bit of stinging when the solution was applied with the tooth pick, but this sensation gradually subsided. The areas treated become frosted in appearance and my face felt warm, there was no associated pain when the white-frosted areas appeared.
I want to make a note about the doctor's application of the TCA, I noticed that he treated one spot twice (is this normal?), you will see in the pictures the spot that I am referring to, it's the one on my chin. I think he might have put too much TCA, causing me to have a chemical burn (will explain later).
2 hours after the treatment, most of the white-frosting disappear and my skin looked good, there was some minor irritation. (check out the photo) As instructed by my doctor, I applied neosporin on the treated areas to keep them moist and I went about my normal routine, which included washing my face twice a day (morning and night) and using face lotion for the rest of my face.
The next day, several spots have started to crust over, some were larger than others. (see photo)
Saturday, (3 days out after treatment) all the scabs seem to have formed. Some are very small and not noticeable. Some are large and unsightly. The doctor said I could start wearing make-up after the treated areas scabbed over, but I found it very hard to cover up with make-up. Putting on make-up made them look very obvious to the naked eye.
By Sunday, (4 days out after treatment) I noticed that my chin was infected (the one that was twice treated by the doctor) and was not healing properly. There was puss build up that could be seen around the edges of the scab. This got me very alerted, I preceded to wash my face and press out whatever was in there. This seem to help, but again, that treated area was triple the scab size of any of my treated areas. Again, I put the antibiotic ointment on it.
Monday, (5 days out after treatment)- I woke up and washed my face, many of the scab fell off. The large scab on my chin still remained, it looked slightly better, it seems like its trying to crust over and heal. I was shocked to see that after the scabs had fallen off on the rest of my face (chin, nose, forehead & checks) my scars looked HUGE, red, and much deeper than prior to the treatment. Does anyone know if this is normal? Has anyone experienced this? Did my doctor do a mistake? I'm freaking out!!! I waited until the afternoon to put on make-up, but the holes are soo drastically deep, it's nearly impossible to cover them up. I've never had this problem before I applied my makeup on my scars. Is this just inflammation? Or have I just further scared myself ? Has anyone had any negative results from TCA cross treatment? I'm including photos of how deep and red the scars are. I would also like to point out that some areas that were treated I would have considered them as mild scars, but now they are deep, ice-pick scars. (see photos)
I have called my doctor, and made an appointment to see him tomorrow. I will follow up in my progress, and hope I didn't make a mistake getting this treatment.
Edited by Gracie B, 04 April 2012 - 10:39 AM.