Are There Potential Side Effects of Blue Peel Treatments?
August 8, 2014
The Blue Peel by Obagi is a gentle chemical peel treatment that helps improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. The subtle, yet noticeable results of Blue Peel treatments are a great option for special events or simple skin refreshment. Many patients are concerned about the possibility of side effects from Blue Peel treatments, however. Here is what you need to know about this gentle procedure.
The Blue Peel by Obagi is administered in much the same way as other chemical peels. The chemical solution will be applied to the face and/or neck, causing a mild burning feeling in the facial skin, but this is brief. Generally, patients do not require sedation. The procedure takes under an hour to complete. The chemicals will encourage the old skin to peel off over the next few days, with fresher, smoother, and more vibrant skin taking its place.
Are There Side Effects?
The Blue Peel is a safe treatment with few risks and side effects. Swelling will usually occur following treatment, which varies depending on the depth of the peel. One unusual aspect of the Blue Peel is a common bluish tint to the skin that may remain for up to a day following treatment. This is not harmful and washes off. As a "peel" treatment, patients can expect peeling of the skin to begin a few days after the procedure.
Recoveryand Further Treatment
Obagi Blue Peel treatments are designed to be gentle and minimally invasive. However, the treatment does involve the removal of superficial skin, and often causes some redness and peeling during the week following treatment. This is to make way for the new skin cells that will be forming.
While results can be seen following just one treatment, it is typically better to consider a series of peels, scheduled a few weeks apart. By doing so, you will gain maximum benefits from the treatment. Each patient is unique, and the number of treatments that are appropriate is different in each case.
Encouraging Good Results
Besides choosing the right healthcare professional to administer your Blue Peel treatment, there are many ways to encourage good results following the treatment. Here are some tips for getting the best results possible out of your chemical peel treatments.
- Protect your skin from the sun. It is essential to use a gentle yet powerful sunscreen at all times during the week following treatment. While sun protection is important at all times, it is especially essential after chemical peel treatments, as the sun can negate the benefits of the peel or damage emerging new skin.
- Follow your doctor's instructions for skincare. Do not immediately resume your normal routine, ask your doctor for a post-treatment regimen and advice on getting back into your normal skincare routine.
- Do not exfoliate during the first week. This could damage the new skin.
- Avoid harsh products and ask your doctor for advice on safe cosmetics and other products.
After going through the steps to rejuvenate your skin, don't risk your results by neglecting your skin after treatment! Following your doctor's instructions will help ensure a good outcome.
Choose a Qualified Provider
At-home chemical peel kits are not safe for skin, and have the potential to create more damage instead of rejuvenating the skin. You should always go to a trained and experienced provider, such as a plastic surgeon, for any skin rejuvenation treatments.
If you need advice from a qualified professional, then come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and meet with experienced aesthetic medicine expert Dr. FatinaMasri. Dr. Masri has been helping patients look younger and more refreshed for over 25 years, and can help you plan the treatment that is right for you. To learn more and schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Masri, call 866-487-3223 for an appointment at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Birmingham, or Dearborn, MI.