While previous use of Obagi products including Retin A up to one week prior to the Blue Peel may enhance healing and improve the results, it is not essential to be using the Obagi products prior to the peel. Refreshing the skin occasionally with a Blue Peel may be all that is necessary to keep some women looking young and fresh.
Thank you for your question. It is very important to pre treat before this level of peel. You can use other products to do this but it must be done to have a safe effective treatment. Consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your best treatment plan.
In our office, we perform the blue peel at 30% TCA on a weekly basis. All our patients pre-condition the skin with either the hydroquinone or non-hydroquinone kits for 6 weeks and this is mandatory. If patients do not want to use the kits, we don't do the 30% TCA blue peel on them. In Canada, we have these convenient kits available for a reasonable price. We also use the ZO Post recovery kits for 10 days after the peel and this is also mandatory. This Peel is developed by Dr. Obagi and with the risks involved, I wouldn't want to use another product line other than this.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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