Do you have to be an Obagi user to have the Blue Peel?

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Obagi Blue Peel

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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.   

Key West Plastic Surgeon

Do you have to be an Obagi user to have the Blue Peel?

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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.

Blue Peel Pre-Conditioning

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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. 

Alim R. Devani, MD, FRCPC
Calgary Dermatologist
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Preconditioning the skin is key

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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
Modesto, California

Calvin Lee, MD
Modesto General Surgeon

Obagi a Prerequisite for Blue Peel?

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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.

J. Stewart Humphrey, MD
Cape Girardeau Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Obagi Blue Peel in Los Angelesl

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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.

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

TCA Blue Peel Requies pre-treatment

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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

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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

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Do you have to be an Obagi user to have the Blue Peel?

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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. 

Parker A. Velargo, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Obagi Prep prior to Blue Peel?

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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! Real improvements have occurred in patients of all colors, ethnicities and ages compliant to the Principles of Skin Health! Those patients with acne vulgaris, acne rosecea, melasma of all kinds whether from pregnancy, hormonal changes or disease, scars, skin weathering and UV over-exposure causing benign and malignant skin tumors or dryness and sensitivity and many other cosmetic or skin diseases are improved or rejuvenated with Dr. Obagi‚Äôs ZO Skin Health. There is no other continually evolving brand of cosmetic and functional therapeutic agents in the world with the daily critical thinking that Dr. Obagi and his ZO Team of scientists, physicians and faculty put into the use of ZO products and treatment algorithms.
I hope you will find an experienced, caring and understanding physician who provides the armamentarium of skin restoration and revitalization you are looking for in the ZOSkinHealth website referral program. I wish you the best!

Dean P. Kane, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

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