Chemical peels are a popular way to rejuvenate the appearance of the face. Chemical peels can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and other blemishes, leaving the face smoother and more radiant.
How it Works
In a chemical peel, a chemical – usually an acid – is applied to the skin. Superficial peels usually use glycolic acid to lift off only the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Deeper peels use highly caustic agents such as trichloroacetic acid or phenol to peel off deeper layers of skin. Superficial peels are the most widely used type of chemical peel, but deeper peels produce more dramatic results. In all cases, the chemical lifts off the old skin, allowing new, younger-looking, unblemished skin to take its place.
Obagi Blue Peels
Obagi Blue Chemical Peels are medium-strength chemical peels that use trichloroacetic acid to peel off several layers of skin. The depth of the peel can be precisely controlled depending on each patient’s needs. Blue peels are used to treat lines, wrinkles, acne blemishes, uneven pigmentation, sun spots, and acne. Many patients report looking 15 years younger after a Blue Peel.
Before undergoing a Blue Peel, it is recommended that patients be on the Obagi Nu-Derm system to prepare the skin. Any patient who has experienced cold sores before should begin taking anti-viral medication the day before the peel, and continue taking it for seven days after the procedure.
What to Expect
A local anesthetic will be applied to the face, followed by application of the chemical solution. A cooling unit will be used to decrease discomfort. Most patients report feeling a hot, stinging sensation for a few minutes. The skin will be tinged blue by the treatment, but the blue color will go away after a couple of days. The improvements in the complexion usually last 3 to 4 years after each Blue Peel.
The treated area will be reddened, uncomfortable, and mildly swollen after the procedure. About two days after the procedure, the skin will begin to peel. There may be considerable discomfort and itching during the peeling process. It takes about 10 days for the skin to recover, and during this period it is recommended that patients stay at home, indoors, to protect the skin from the sun and to avoid embarrassment from the temporary unpleasant appearance of the face. The new skin will be pinker than normal at first, but this will fade. Patients need to be diligent about protecting their new skin from the sun.
If you’re interested in the skin rejuvenating effects of an Obagi Blue Chemical Peel, Breeze Laser Center in Orlando can help. Our medical team will work with you to determine the chemical peel that is best suited to your skin and your aesthetic concerns. Contact Breeze Laser Center today to schedule your consultation.