Lawrence G. Kass M.D.

OCULOPLASTIC & FACIAL

COSMETIC SURGERY


727.522.3223

St. Petersburg / Clearwater

Obagi Blue Peels

The Obagi Blue Peel represents a breakthrough and significant improvement in the skin rejuvenation that "Promotes Skin Health and Restores Beauty". The Obagi Blue Peel can restore a tighter, smoother and younger-looking skin regardless of age, color or skin type, not only to the facial area but to non-facial areas.


The Obagi Blue Peel will have the greatest benefit on those who have blemish-prone skin, wrinkles, pigmentation problems, sun damage or general poor skin quality. Layers of dead skin cells exfoliate and are replaced by healthier ones allowing the skin's own clarity and tightness to resurface.


INTRODUCING BLUE PEEL...


A chemically superior peel that achieves optimum skin resurfacing alone or in conjunction with CO2 laser or dermabrasion. The good news is that using Blue Peel in conjunction with CO2 laser can help you make every laser treatment as perfect as possible.


Formulated by internationally renowned dermatologist and chemical peel expert Dr. Zein Obagi, Blue Peel safely and effectively expands your powers of skin rejuvenation.


A well-tolerated procedure, Blue Peel rarely produces erythema or inflammation. Patients can thus resume their normal lives more quickly after Blue Peel than after CO2 lasers or dermabrasion. Blue Peel healing is relatively painless and occurs within seven to ten days.



Blue Peel Is More Comfortable Than Other Skin Resurfacing Procedures


Skin that's been Blue Peeled heals faster than skin that's experienced other procedures. For example, after lasers or dermabrasion, skin can take two weeks or more to heal and may stay red for three to six months. After Blue Peel, there is light peeling as after a sunburn. After Blue Peel, skin may exhibit a slight blue tint or redness which fades within seven to ten days.


In a series of 100 patients who underwent one to four Blue Peels, no serious complications were observed. Scars and permanent skin color changes were not observed in any patients.

How does an Obagi Blue Peel work?

The Obagi BLUE PEEL is a one to four step application of blue solution mixed with TCA (Trichloracetic Acid). These applications will lead to the removal of thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin. Layers of dead skin cells exfoliate and are replaced by healthier ones allowing the skin's own clarity and tightness to resurface.


Who should consider an Obagi Blue Peel?

Anyone who wants to look better and reverse the appearance of the aging process. Those who have blemish-prone skin, wrinkles, pigmentation problems, sun damage, or general poor skin quality will benefit the most.


What conditions can an OBAGI Blue Peel treat?

An OBAGI Blue Peel can effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, sun-damaged skin and freckling.


An OBAGI Blue Peel is not a substitute for a facelift. It cannot eliminate excessive or lax skin. But, in many cases your physician may suggest that an OBAGI Blue Peel be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures.


What is a Blue Peel treatment like?

OBAGI Blue Peel take 25 to 30 minutes and are performed on an out-patient basis in your physician's office, usually without sedation. If your physician indicates sedation, you will need someone to drive you home. Depending on your skin type and the desired results, you will probably require from 1 to 4 coats of OBAGI Blue Peel solution applied to various areas of skin. Once applied, the OBAGI Blue Peel produces a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin.


OBAGI Blue Peel take 25 to 30 minutes and are performed on an out-patient basis in your physician's office, usually without sedation. If your physician indicates sedation, you will need someone to drive you home. Depending on your skin type and the desired results, you will probably require from 1 to 4 coats of OBAGI Blue Peel solution applied to various areas of skin. Once applied, the OBAGI Blue Peel produces a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin.


Most patients experience a warm to hot sensation, which may last as long as 2 to 3 minutes, followed by a stinging sensation.


How is the Blue Peel different from the alpha hydroxy products used by doctors and aestheticians today?

The Blue Peel uses slow-acting TCA, instead of glycolic acid. This enables the physician to control the peel process and its depth. The process is tailored to the nature of the problem to be corrected: wrinkles, scars, laxity or pigmentation problems.


Will the Obagi Blue Peel procedure damage my skin?

No. Peeling the skin lightly in a controlled manner will not cause any damage to the skin. There are no internal toxic effects (TCA is not absorbed through the skin).


How many Blue Peels can be done?

Your doctor will determine how many peels are necessary to achieve the desired result. In most cases the procedures take 25 to 30 minutes.


What can I expect?

Depending upon the condition of your skin, one to four coats of the Obagi Blue Peel solution will be applied. Most people will not require sedation. If the Physician indicates sedation, you will need someone to drive you home. With the application of each coat, you will experience a mild burning sensation that lasts two to three minutes. The Physician may use an electric fan to minimize this sensation. A light bluish tint remains on your skin, but it will wash off in 12 to 24 hours. Your skin will begin to peel within two to three days and should be healed in seven to ten days. This peeling should not disrupt your regular lifestyle.


Can the Obagi Blue Peel procedure be used to treat other parts of the body?

Yes. The Obagi Blue Peel can be performed on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs using the same technique as for the face.


Can I do the Obagi Blue Peel procedure myself?

No, it is a medical procedure and must be performed by a Physician or a properly trained specialist working under a Physician's supervision.


How often should the Obagi Blue Peel procedure be performed?

Obagi Blue Peel treatments can be performed at four-week intervals until the desired correction is achieved. Annual Blue Peels assist in the long-term maintenance of skin health and fitness. Deep scars and hyperpigmentation may need deeper peels or other treatment procedures.


Can I apply makeup after an Obagi Blue Peel?

Generally, makeup is not recommended for the first seven to ten days or until the skin has completely peeled.


What type of products should I use on my skin?

Obagi NU-DERM Products which promote skin health through correction and stimulation are recommended with Obagi BLUE PEEL. Ask your doctor or skin health specialist for more information on Obagi NU-DERM. Your skin protects you from the environment and regulates your body temperature.


Skin is made up of millions of cells. It is the largest organ in your body.


Each day, thousands of these cells die, fall off, and are replaced by new cells from beneath the skin. As you age, this process begins to slow down. Dark blotches, signs of aging and sun damage begin to appear. Your skin may become dull and develop fine lines and small wrinkles.


A medium depth peel

The OBAGI Blue Peel® is a new innovation for restoring healthier and more beautiful skin. Unlike Glycolic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy peels, the OBAGI Blue Peel uses a slow-acting TCA (trichloroacetic acid) solution applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. Since TCA is not absorbed through the skin, there are no internal toxic effects. The slow action of the OBAGI Blue Peel solution enables your surgeon to control the peel process and its depth. It tightens the skin, reduces wrinkling and renews a more youthful appearance.


The Obagi Blue Peel is considered a "medium depth" facial peel because it is stronger than the popular Glycolic Acid Peel and requires less recovery time than a full Laser Resurfacing, therefore falling in-between the two treatments with respect to results and recovery time.


The Obagi skin care system can transform your skin by improving the appearance of blemishes, age spots, wrinkles, and scars. This treatment can be tailored to fit the requirements of your specific skin type, exfoliating layers of dead skin cells to reveal the healthy cells beneath. It can be performed on the face as well as the neck, arms, hands and legs. It promotes and restores healthy skin and can remove many of the sun damage spots and fine lines.


Depending upon the condition of your skin, 1-4 coats of the Obagi BLUE PEEL solution will be applied. At each level, you will experience a mild burning sensation that lasts 2-3 minutes. The doctor may use an electric fan to minimize this sensation. A light bluish tint remains on your skin, but it will wash off in 12 to 24 hours. Your skin will begin to peel within 2 to 3 days and should be healed in an average to 7 to 10 days. This peeling should not disrupt your regular lifestyle.


When repeated over a period of time, the Obagi Blue Peel can produce results equal to those of a deeper peel while requiring less recovery time - only seven to ten days. With proper treatment, the skin's natural elasticity is restored, and fresh, healthy skin is revealed. A stinging sensation may be experienced, and a fan is usually set up to help alleviate some of the discomfort. TCA peels sometimes require two or more treatments, spaced out over weeks or months, to achieve the best results. Some patients will require 2-3 treatments.


The Obagi Blue Peel can help correct wrinkles, melasma, scars, laxity, large pores, and non-facial skin conditions.

The outcome of the Obagi Blue Peel is a total rejuvenation of the skin. Specifically, the peel reduces the amount of lines and scars, removes damaged skin, improves skin tone, and maintains healthy skin.