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  Michael B. Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.
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Obagi Skin Health

When it comes to your skin, there are many reasons to get the blues -- blemishes, acne scars, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and sun damage, to name a few. If you want healthier, smoother looking skin, now there's a way to dramatically improve your complexion, in just a day. It all starts with the Obagi Blue Peel.

What is the Obagi Blue Peel?
The Obagi Blue Peel is an in-office procedure designed to significantly improve the appearance and health of your skin. Using a low concentration of the chemical tricholoracetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base to slow penetration, the Blue Peel allows Dr. Stevens to monitor the appropriate depth to effectively remove the 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 firmness to resurface. The procedure is performed by Dr. Stevens, who has specialized training and experience with this highly effective peel.

What is unique about the Blue Peel?
Unlike alpha-hydroxy peels or other superficial procedures, the Blue Peel allows Dr. Stevens 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 Obagi 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, relatively simple and highly tolerable procedure that in most cases, does not require sedation. Application of the Blue Peel takes about 20 minutes, depending on the number of coats Dr. Stevens has determined are necessary to achieve your goals. You will experience a mild burning sensation that lasts two to three minutes (Dr. Stevens uses 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. Dr. Stevens can explain the process to you in greater detail during a consultation. If you are considering a Blue Peel or want more information to determine whether the Blue Peel is right for you, you're invited to email Dr. Stevens or contact the Plastic Surgery and Laser Center.

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. Continued.

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