About Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is a popular procedure that helps to enhance your appearance and restore self-confidence. It is an excellent treatment for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. A chemical peel also is a good procedure best suited for patients with sun damaged, and discolored skin. This cosmetic procedure improves skin tone and texture. It may be helpful for some patients with mild acne scars however, those patients with severe acne scars usually require much more involved procedures such as Dermabrasion, Laser or Phenol Peels. Although patients notice improvements after one peel, it is often recommended doing a series of peels spaced a minimum of 4 weeks apart.
Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover
What is the Blue Peel?
The Blue Peel is an in office procedure designed to improve the appearance and health of your skin.
Trichloro Acetic Acid (TCA) is a chemical capable of destroying the dead cells and superficial layers of the skin cell when applied over the face. The depth of the peel can be carefully fine tuned by applying combination of different strength (15-20%) and the number of coats determined by the extent of skin damage. This chemical is usually mixed with a Blue Dye. The blue dye greatly helps us monitor the depth of the peel during the procedure to prevent any complications.
The Blue Peel allows your doctor 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. At the end of the healing you will be able to appreciate excellent skin texture with much improved crease lines and smaller pores. Most people around you will be able to notice significant improvement in appearance.
What is unique about the Blue Peel?
Unlike Alpha-Hydroxy peels (such as Glycolic Acid) or other superficial procedures,(such as Microdermabrasion)the Blue Peel allows your doctor 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. Deeper the peel,better the results.
The Blue Peel can even be performed on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs.
Unlike much deeper peels like Laser and Phenol peels, Blue peels can be used on any skin type and complications like scarring are almost unheard of!
Blue Peel can be safely combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures of the face.
What does the procedure consist of?
The Blue Peel is a quick, relatively simple and highly tolerable procedure that in most cases does not require sedation. Oral valium is sometimes given prior to the procedure. Application of the Blue Peel takes about 20 minutes, depending on the number of coats your doctor has determined is necessary to achieve your goals. You will experience a some burning sensation that last about 3-5 minutes (your doctor may use an electric fan to minimize this sensation). Immediately after the procedure, a bluish tint remains on your skin, most of which can be washed off immediately and the residual dye will wash off in 12 to 24 hours.
How long is the recovery period?
After the procedure, you will experience light swelling, and your skin will 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.
Almost immediately after completion of the peel you will be able to appreciate a much better, smoother skin, even though it will continue further improvement for up to 6 weeks.