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Does the Obagi Blue Peel Need to Be Performed by a Doctor?

can this be done in a spa without a Dr.?

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Who should perform an Obagi Blue peel ?

In our practice, the physician or physician assistants that are trained in medical aesthetics perform the Obagi Blue peel. The physician staff determine the level and # of passes of the Obagi peel based on the presenting condition. Since you are paying top dollar for this peel, choose a practice where there is physician supervision for this peel.

Prep the skin with Melarase creams. 

Obagi Blue Peel

The Obagi Blue Peel can be performed at different depth levels.  The safety of the treatment depends on how deep the peel is performed.  A qualified physician or clinician will be able to achieve success in the procedure. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Blue Peel in a spa

A blue peel is not a spa peel as it can lead to scarring in improper hands. Blue peel should only be done by a physician or under close supervision of a physician.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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No blue peels in a spa

A blue peel is a chemical peel whose area of contact with the skin is colored blue so the doctor doing it knows where the treatments have been applied and if any areas have been missed.  Despite its harmless sounding name,iIt is a real burn to the skin and should only be done by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist!

Obagi Blue Peel should only be done by a doctor

The Obagi Blue Peel is a "mid-strength" peel that uses trichloroacetic acid. This is a fairly strong acid that can cause significant scarring if it is not used properly. I would strongly recommend that it is done only by a physician and preferably one with considerable experience in doing chemical peels.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Obagi blue peel should be performed only by a doctor

The Obagi blue peel is very effective and makes use of TCA (trichloracetic acid). Only a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon should perform TCA peels given the risks associated with treatment.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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