Preconditioning the skin is key
It is convenient to pre-condition the skin with the OBAGI Nu-derm system. But there are other lines that can precondition the skin. I prefer that the patients precondition the skin with tretinoin and/or hydroquinone (preferably both) for at least 2 months before getting a Blue Peel from OBAGI. The reason it's convenient - both the Obagi Nu-derm system and the Obagi Blue Peel are made by Obagi.
Calvin Lee, MD
Obagi a Prerequisite for Blue Peel?
It is not necessary to be an Obagi user in order to undergo a Blue Peel. The active ingredient in a Blue Peel is TCA (trichloroacetic acid). Different concentrations and numbers of exposures (coats) control the depth or intensity of the treatment. More dramatic results are obtained with patients who have better preconditioning of their skin. This is usually with prescription skin care products such as tretinoin and hydroquinone which is a part of the Obagi Nu-Derm program. Many things in addition to skin preparation determine how aggressively your peel can be performed. These include how dark your skin is, how easily you tan, and the thickness of you skin. Depth of peel is also largely dependent on the experience of the person performing it. Mid level providers performing peels under MDs are usually limited by the supervising MDs as to what agents, concentrations, and coats they can use.
Obagi Blue Peel in Los Angelesl
Our office specializes in chemical peels, including the Blue Peel. We advise patients to use the Melarase creams before and after therapy. Elevase Moisture Booster can help keep the skin moist.
TCA Blue Peel Requies pre-treatment
No you do not have to be an Obagi user for a Blue peel but you do have to pretreat your skin for some weeks with Retin-A or similar retinol and hydroquinone to prevent post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Preparation for an obagi peel
Its important to see the provider in advance. We will prep the skin for 2-6 weeks before the peel. you dont have to be an obagi user but you will need similar medications
Do you have to be an Obagi user to have the Blue Peel?
NO, but you should prepare your skin for the Obagi Blue Peel with a skin care regimen that at the very least contains hydroquinone and tretinoin. Additionally, you should continue using a similar skin care regimen following the peel to maintain and improve the results further. Obagi is a great system, but there are numerous other medical grade lines that can accomplish the same result, such as FaceMD.
Obagi Prep prior to Blue Peel?
The simple answer is
no BUT who are you going to turn to and what products are you going to use when
you have a problem?The skin responds to any injury including trauma, surgery, UV sun damage,
needling, chemical peels (including a Blue Peel), etc. A healing response
called inflammation begins the repair of broken cells, cut surfaces, foreign
bodies and environmental damage by firming itself with the formation of
collagen and protecting itself by producing an anti-oxidant called melanin
(among many other reactions) .Without orderly regulation of the cells responding to the injury,
side-effects of thickened scars, uneven pigmentation, greater oiliness and
irritation can occur. This requires an expert in understanding when and on whom
tretinoin or retinols, hydroquinone and non-hydroquinone medications will work.
Preparation of the skin is essential to reduce such problems in anticipation of
a therapeutic regimen. Thereafter, daily maintenance, continued repair,
prevention and defense are recommended to further improve your investment; you
and your skin!
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Using the Obagi System Before and After the Obagi Blue Peel - Buffalo Niagara
It is not essential to use the Obagi system after the Obagi Blue Peel. There are retinoic based creams and creams that reduce hyperpigmentation that are extensively used in our practice to maintain that youthful look after the Obagi Blue Peel.
We have a large Obagi Blue peel experience and I recommend that you watch 2 video clips that I have provided on our website - one video is that of a male patient who took daily pictures of his face after the Obagi peel and another is a physician who does the Obagi Blue peel on his aesthetician.
If you are interested in getting an Obagi Blue peel, contact our office.
Do you have to be an Obagi user to have a Blue Peel?
Using the Obagi system prior to having the Blue Peel will optimize your results. Additionally, continuing with the Obagi system after the Blue Peel is beneficial.