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Is an Obagi Blue Peel Painful?
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Blue Peel Discomfort
The Obaji Blue Peel is a deeper layer peel (in comparison to most glycolic or ascorbic acid peels). The agents that work to destroy the outer layers of skin can cause discomfort. In my practice we have employed a number of techniques to keep patients comfortable, including topical anesthesia, injected local anesthesia, oral sedation, narcotics and conscious sedation. We would not recommend a patient attempt this level of peel without some sort of anesthesia. I hope this helps....
Obagi Blue Peel and Anesthesia
Chemical peels are an important part of the cosmetic armamentarium. Chemical peels utilize acids (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinoic acid, trichloroacetic acid) to coagulate the epidermis and parts of the dermis. They effectuate an improvement in overall skin quality and resiliency. Chemical peels are well tolerated in a clinic setting if they do not extend deep into the papillary dermis. Deeper peels often require local anesthetic, conscious sedation, or even general anesthesia....
Obagi Blue Peel and discomfort
In a standard Obagi Blue Peel, a 20% titrated solution of TCA/Peel is utilized. This has the desired effect of penetrating beyond the epidermis into the papillary dermis and even the junction to the deeper dermis. Peeling occurs for around 7-9 days on average. During the procedure 2 layers are typically utilized. In my hands, I recommend patient's take a single valium 30 minutes before the procedure to help with relaxation. During the actual treatment...
Blue Peel Facts...and a few alternatives
The Blue Peel is known as a type of medium chemical peel. Chemicals (TCA) used are those stronger than those used for micro peels. Due to this, they may be more effective in improving skin texture, vitality, and freshness. They also impose a recovery period that may require a few days off from work and other social activities. The advantage of a Blue Peel it that it can revitalize skin, brightening one's complexion while eliminating fine wrinkles, brown spots and...
Are Obagi Blue Peels Painful
There is a "moderate" amount of discomfort with an Obagi Blue Peel but this can be made quite tolerable by having a fan blow air across the skin during application of the acid. I immediately apply aloe vera gel after the procedure which is also quite helpful. There is rarely any need for pain medication or anti-anxiety medication.
A few simple tricks make it easy to tolerate!
Blue peels are traditional TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels with a blue additive to both buffer and make the depth of the peel easier to predict. This in turn increases the safety to the patient. The blue peel is great for improving skin texture and shrinking pore size. Good for fine wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Offers a quick recovery and little downtime. There is some discomfort involved, but we have been able to significantly decrease this by use of...
Blue peel discomfort
There is some discomfort associated with any TCA peel as a burning sensation. In my experience,we use a topical anesthetic.
Obagi Blue Peel is not painful
The blue peel is a great way to make your skin fresh & bright with a quick recovery. It helps with pigmentation, pore size, fine lines, and even can help clear up acne.
The Obagi Blue Peel may be uncomfortable, but is done quickly with good results
The Obagi Blue Peel is a very powerful procedure to improve texture and pigmentation of the skin. In my practice, Blue Peels are only done after a patient has been pretreated with the Obagi NuDerm system for at least 8 weeks prior to the peel. This prepares the skin to heal quickly and well afterwards. The peel is done in the office, without anesthesia although some patients take an oral pain medication beforehand, but most do not need even that. The procedure is done within minutes...
Blue Peels are TCA peels
Blue peels are basically TCA peels and they do hurt. The pain is temporary and subsides with the frost. However, some people find TCA peels especially additive layer peels to be very uncomfortable while undergoing the peel.
Blue Peel pain depends on depth of treatment
Blue peels are Obagi's additive to TCA to do a chemical peel. I like the blue additive, as it lets me see more objectively how deep I am, which is key to a safe even result after a peel. Peels hurt when applied. It is a controlled burn of the skin. They don't hurt after. The amount of pain varies based on your pain tolerance and how deep you go. A superficial peel, where you heal in a day or two doesn't hurt as much as a deeper peel which takes 7 days to heal from. The "burning"...
Obagi Blue Peel Discomfort
There is some discomfort associated with any TCA peel, which most frequently is perceived as a burning sensation. In my experience, this is usually fairly well-tolerated. Most of my patients do well with the use of a hand-held fan, although a topical anesthetic may also be of benefit.