OBAGI® Blue Peel

The  OBAGI® Blue Peel is an in office procedure designed to improve the appearance and health of your skin. Using a low concentration of the chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base to slow penetration, the Blue Peel allows Dr. Nichols to monitor the appropriate depth to effectively remove the thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin from the face or other parts of the body. These dead skin cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface.

What Is Unique About The Blue Peel?

Unlike alpha-hydroxy peels or other superficial procedures, the Blue Peel allows Dr. Nichols to control the depth of the peel and the number of coats applied in order to tailor the process to your skin’s specific needs. The Blue Peel can even be performed on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs.

What Does The Procedure Consist of?

The Blue Peel is a quick and relatively simple procedure that in most cases is done under light IV sedation.

Application of the Blue Peel takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of coats Dr. Nichols has determined is necessary to achieve your goals. You will experience a mild burning sensation that lasts 2 to 3 minutes (we use an electric fan to minimize this sensation). Immediately after the procedure, a bluish tint remains on your skin, which will usually wash off in 12 to 24 hours. 

After the procedure, you will experience light swelling, and your skin will turn brownish in color and begin to peel within 2 to 3 days. This peeling will continue over the next several days and should be healed in an average of 7 to 10 days.

If you are having a lighter, exfoliative Blue Peel, healing is completed in 3 to 6 days. In either case, this peeling should not disrupt your regular lifestyle for long, although you may want to limit your normal activity.  Makeup can usually be applied after five days.

Once your skin has completely finished peeling, you will notice a visible improvement in your complexion. Your skin’s appearance will continue to improve for the next 4 to 6 weeks, becoming firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier, and more youthful looking.

Can The Blue Peel Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Yes, we commonly combine the Blue Peel with other procedures you may be interested in. This can be very effective in achieving even more dramatic results in the same time period.  Schedule a consultation to discuss the possible combinations that may be best for your skin.

Can The Blue Peel Be Repeated for Maximum Results?

During the consultation, Dr. Nichols will tell you how many peels are necessary to give you the desired result. In most cases, one to three Blue Peels can achieve significant improvements for many skin problems. The peels can be performed in 6 to 8 weeks intervals until your desired goals are reached.

Is there Skin Treatments Required Before a Blue Peel?

Dr. Nichols prefer that you are on a pre-operative skin care regime specific for your skin type for usually 6 to 12 weeks prior to having a OBAGI® Blue Peel. This helps promote better and quicker healing while decreasing the chance for complications. Often, the topical creams, (Retin A and hydroquinone) are both used. Treatment is individualized during your consultation visit based on your level of skin damage and wrinkles.  Preparatory topical skin treatment is also used prior to deeper peels or laser skin resurfacing to maximize your results.

How Can I Maintain The Benefits of The Blue Peel?

Keeping your skin’s new healthy glow and youthful appearance is an ongoing process. The OBAGI® Nu-Derm restoration system is an at-home program designed to promote long-term overall skin health and work safely and effectively in conjunction with the Blue Peel.  Ask Dr. Nichols for more information on Nu-Derm, Retin A,  and other topical skin products that may further improve your skin.

Am I A Candidate for An OBAGI® Blue Peel?

The OBAGI® Blue Peel is designed for men and women wanting to improve their skin without surgery.  This procedure is best suited for patients with fine wrinkles, sun damaged, and discolored skin.  The procedure will improve skin tone and texture but cannot change your skin pore size.  It may be helpful for some patients with mild acne scares however, these patients usually require more involved surgical procedures, such as laser resurfacing. 

During your consultation, Dr. Nichols will go over all the options to help ensure that you’re a good candidate and know what type of chemical peel makes the most sense for your cosmetic goals.