The Obagi Blue Peel is an in-office procedure designed to improve the appearance and health of your skin. Using a low concentration of the chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base to slow penetration, the Blue Peel allows us to monitor the peel depth to effectively remove thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin from the face or other parts of the body.
These dead skin cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface. The procedure is performed by our nursing staff, who has specialized training and experience with this highly effective peel.
Unlike alpha-hydroxy peels or other superficial procedures, the Blue Peel allows us to control the depth of the peel and the number of coats applied in order to tailor the process to your skin’s specific needs. The Blue Peel can even be performed on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs.
The Blue Peel is a quick, relatively simple and highly tolerable procedure that in most cases, does not require sedation. Application of the Blue Peel takes about 20 minutes, depending on the number of coats needed to achieve your goals. You will experience a mild burning sensation that lasts two to three minutes (your doctor may use an electric fan to minimize this sensation). Immediately after the procedure, a bluish tint remains on your skin, which will usually wash off in 12 to 24 hours.
After the blue peel, you will experience light swelling, and your skin will begin to peel within 2 to 3 days. This peeling will continue over the next several days and should be healed in an average of 7 to 10 days.
If you are having a lighter, exfoliative Blue Peel, healing is completed in 3 to 6 days. In either case, this peeling should not disrupt your regular lifestyle for long, although you may want to limit your normal activity.
To best aid in the recovery process, makeup should only be applied after the skin is completely healed.
When your skin has completely finished peeling, you will immediately notice the dramatic results of your newly improved complexion. Your skin’s appearance will continue to improve for the next 4 to 6 weeks, becoming firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier and more youthful looking.
Yes. Dr. Edds has been trained to combine the Blue Peel with many other procedures you may be interested in. This can be very effective in achieving even more dramatic results in the same time period. Talk to your doctor about the possible combinations that may be best for your skin.
Dr. Edds will tell you how many peels are necessary to give you the desired result. In most cases, one to three Blue Peels can achieve a satisfying improvement and correct many skin problems. The peels can be performed in 6 to 8 week intervals until your desired goals are reached.
If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, please call our office at (270) 926-9033 and we will be happy to answer questions about the procedure itself or about procedure cost and financing.