Chemical body peel, also called the derma-peel, is a method of rejuvenating the body skin. This helps in lightning the scars and dark spots on the body. Like our face, our body also needs an even and flawless skin tone. Scars and dark spots can destroy the beauty of a perfect figure. Although replacement of dead skin by newer, fresher skin is a natural phenomenon, it is a very slow one and complete disappearance of damaged skin might take many years.
In a chemical body peel procedure, a peeling solution is applied to the body. This peeling solution is a concentration of TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) with a special base. This Trichloroacetic Acid works as a peeling agent and initiates the peeling of body skin. Once the old skin is slowly peeled of, it takes a few days for a newer skin to replace the old dead skin. A chemical body peel can reduce problems such as acne, scars, discoloration and sun damage.
Take this chemical body peel phenomenon as sanding a piece of wood. It lightens all the scars and spots on the wood and leaves a newer looking smoother surface. The same is the case with the chemical body peel.
The patients are required to be realistic about the expectations. Some of them might need pain medications during the procedure. Anesthetics are not generally required. The chemical body peel causes sunburn like conditions with redness and scaling, but these effects are only temporary. The intensity of peel also depends on the type of skin condition that is to be treated. In some cases, bandages are required to enhance the effectiveness of the chemical body peel. Usage of ice compresses on the treated area is advised. Scabs and crusts may also be formed on the area which will eventually fall off themselves.
You should consult your physician in order to get a proper understanding of the problem you want to treat with the chemical body peel. Depending on the condition, your doctor might suggest the number of sittings you may require or even an alternate treatment that would be better for you. Some alternatives of the chemical body peel are the laser skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion. The physician may also ask you to avoid usage of some drugs and medications as well. Avoid sun exposure and resist any temptation to scratch or rub the treated area.
It is very important that the chemical body peel treatment be performed by a highly qualified and experienced practitioner who knows the right concentration of peeling agent according to your condition. Too much or too less concentration of the chemical agent in a chemical body peel may not deliver results as good as expected. These may cause complications such as blistering and cold sores.