TCA CROSS Treatment

TCA CROSS Treatment

What is the TCA CROSS Treatment?

The chemical reconstruction of skin scars (CROSS), using Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). It is used to elevate atrophic or depressed scars and is usually used together with other scar treatments including surgery, submission, dermal fillers, lasers and microneedling. Common causes of these atrophic scars are acne and chickenpox.


Please wear sunscreen every day. Darker skin may benefit from using a lightening cream nightly for 2 weeks before the procedure.


Please come without makeup or sunscreen. Photos will be taken. Your skin is cleansed and protective eye patches are applied. The TCA is applied to each scar and causes some burning. Most people do not need any anesthetic. The treatment will take 15-30 minutes. A white frosting of the skin occurs immediately.


The white frost lasts up to 12 hours and is followed by 1-2 days of redness and soreness. After 2-3 days, a small scab develops and should be allowed to fall off by itself after 3-7 days WITHOUT PICKING. Subsequent redness takes up to a few weeks to settle.

Darker skin often develops brown discoloration which may take several weeks to months to resolve and is treated with sun avoidance, sunblock and lightening cream. Cleanse your skin 2x daily, pat dry and apply Aquaphor until the scabs come off.

After this, sunscreen must be applied daily throughout the course to prevent pigmentation. Darker skin patients can apply lightening cream nightly.

Treatment Recommendations

Treatments are repeated every 4-6 weeks. Usually, 3-6 treatments are needed. While improvement is typically noted with each treatment, patience is encouraged as collagen formation is a gradual process that continues for approximately three months.

How much is the TCA CROSS Treatment?

Treatment cost $200 per treatment, Series of 3 $540 then $180 per treatment as needed.

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If you have any questions during the course of your treatment please call us at (818) 505-9300!

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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