TCA Blue Peel
Sometimes, you may feel the need to look beyond your daily skin care routine to help brighten your complexion and kick your skin management plan up a notch. An Obagi Blue Peel is a chemical peel which can help transform and rejuvenate your skin. It is often used to treat blemishes, facial lines, scars, uneven pigmentation, and acne. The Blue Peel uses a slow acting TCA chemical ((trichloracetic acid – relative to vinegar), that enables Dr. Timani to control the peel process and depth, removing layers of aged and damaged skin to promote the creation of healthy skin. The process smooths the surface of your skin, improves skin tone and color, diminishes wrinkles, and shrinks pore size.
Ideal Candidate for Obagi Blue Peel
The ideal candidate is in good physical condition and has realistic expectations of what can be achieved with Obagi Blue Peel treatments. Those patientswith skin damage due to wrinkling, creases, blemishes, brown spots, acne scars or sun damage are good candidates. Obagi Blue Peel® treatments are effective in treating men and women of all ages, skin types and color.
What to Expect
The Obagi Blue Peel® procedure is an outpatient procedure and it is done in our Johns Creek office. Facial numbing cream is applied as it is a medium depth peel. If the patient is anxious about the procedure, a mild sedative may be prescribed.
Dr. Timani prepares a mixture of Obagi Blue Peel® and TCA immediately prior to its application to the skin. Depending upon the depth of penetration, one to four layers may be applied. The patient may experience a warm, stinging sensation around the treatment area for two to three minutes. A cooling device is used to help reduce any discomfort as the products penetrate the dermal layer.
After the treatment, the patient may experience mild discomfort and slight swelling for up to seven (7) days. Over the counter pain medication or stronger oral narcotics can be used if necessary. Peeling will begin within three (3) days and typically healing is complete within ten (10) days. The blue tinge disappears after one to two days. New skin will be slightly pink and will gradually fade to normal over the next few weeks. Foundation is a good way to cover the fresh pink skin, and use of sunscreen is a must.