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Hi All,

I’ve been performed 90% TCA CROSS by a board-certified dermatologist 10 days ago. The scabs were fallen off at 8th days.

However, after one of the largest scabs has fallen off, I’ve seen a very wide and deep pitted scar left on my cheek. It is about 1cm wide and 1mm deep. (Previously it is two tiny ice pick scars). 
 

I’ve checked with my doctor and he said it is normal since sometimes the TCA cross will join two ice pick scars temporarily before it heals and fills in and he reassures that a full layer of epidermis will grow back.

even though I trust my doctor, however the scar looks quite concerning. I was wondering does any one have the same experience here and will it heal or stay like this permanently. 
 

 

 

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@jack817 this is indeed a known side effect of TCA cross: widening and deepening of the scar temporarily. It should heal and raise up over time.

If you can, I recommend Phenol CROSS over TCA. I see Dr Rullan for this and have not experience the same widening issue as with TCA.

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Similar experience with the left side with TCA 80%. After three treatments I decided to stop because I felt like the TCA created too many new scars and weren’t filling in on the left side. Lower temple area looked the worse. Lots of noticeable holes when looking at my reflection with lighting overhead off my cellphone or laptop screen.

Decided to try subcision treatments and that has helped, along with phenol CROSS. Have also been using AHA and retinoid cream and those have helped at least with texture and redness. After over 12 months since my last TCA CROSS on 12/2018, things are looking a lot better.

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I have done TCA 90% in the past. Some of the scars joined together and formed bigger scars (probably similar to what you're seeing) but it's a lot less deep and the edges are less defined.

I've also done phenol cross. I'm not sure if im seeing dramatic results with phenol compared to tca.

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9 hours ago, superburrito said:

@jack817 this is indeed a known side effect of TCA cross: widening and deepening of the scar temporarily. It should heal and raise up over time.

If you can, I recommend Phenol CROSS over TCA. I see Dr Rullan for this and have not experience the same widening issue as with TCA.

Thanks @superburrito for the reply. I will check with my doctor during he next follow up regarding phenol cross. 

3 hours ago, dodgerguy said:

Similar experience with the left side with TCA 80%. After three treatments I decided to stop because I felt like the TCA created too many new scars and weren’t filling in on the left side. Lower temple area looked the worse. Lots of noticeable holes when looking at my reflection with lighting overhead off my cellphone or laptop screen.

Decided to try subcision treatments and that has helped, along with phenol CROSS. Have also been using AHA and retinoid cream and those have helped at least with texture and redness. After over 12 months since my last TCA CROSS on 12/2018, things are looking a lot better.

Thanks @dodgerguy for sharing your experience. So your left side has never filled in oh their own after TCA Cross? That’s my current concern since it is so wide and deep than before, I’m afraid it will never fill in or go back to normal.

 

1 hour ago, gynoscar said:

I have done TCA 90% in the past. Some of the scars joined together and formed bigger scars (probably similar to what you're seeing) but it's a lot less deep and the edges are less defined.

I've also done phenol cross. I'm not sure if im seeing dramatic results with phenol compared to tca.

Thanks @gynoscar for sharing your experience. Did you do other treatments as well? Like Fraxel dual - that’s another treatment I’m doing right now.

btw, for your joined scar caused by TCA cross, have they filled in or not ?

 

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8 minutes ago, Jack817 said:

Thanks @gynoscar for sharing your experience. Did you do other treatments as well? Like Fraxel dual - that’s another treatment I’m doing right now.

btw, for your joined scar caused by TCA cross, have they filled in or not ?

 

I've done TCA/phenol/subcision/microneedling. They became more shallow and the walls are less defined but never completely filled in.

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