Tammy Wu, MD | Calvin Lee, MD
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written by Dr. Calvin Lee, Surgeon
Picture of Dr. Lee performing a Peel procedure on Dr. Wu, Plastic Surgeon
We offer a variety of Chemical Peels. The two most popular chemical peels at our office (Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA) is the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance and the original Obagi Blue Peel.
Both of these peels are very different. The Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE is considered a medium level peel for peels done on non-sedated (awake) patients. The ORIGINAL Obagi Blue Peel is considered a deep level peel for peels done on awake patients.
I know that it is confusing because both peels have the word Blue Peel in it. But it was a marketing decision that was made by Obagi.
For the ORIGINAL Blue Peel, we recommend that the patients are on retin-A for about 2 months prior to the treatment. Preferably 2 months of the entire Obagi Nu-derm system. The cost of this peel is around $850 for 3 layer peel. Lower costs are available for fewer layers.
For the Blue Peel RADIANCE, we feel that no pre-treatment is needed. Feel free to jump right in! However, we don't recommend it on folks who refuse to wear sunblock and women who are pregnant. Cost of this peel is about $155 for a 2 layer peel.
Radiant results for most skin types
Improves photodamage / hyperpigmentation (spots)
Little or no downtime, many patients report about 4 days of mild peeling afterwards with our version of the peel
Provides instant radiance - tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin after just 1 use
A series of 4-6 peels provides best overall results
She says that the pain from 1-10 (10 being the worst), she said the pain level was 0-1, "not bad" she says.
The "burning / tingling" sensation lasted about 1-3 minutes. And she felt it the most around her mouth
Her skin felt pretty normal
Skin looked smoother
No peeling noticed
No pain at all
Skin has a rice paper appearance only on close up magnified mirror
No actual peeling noticed
Diligent use of sunblock with hat as first day after
Slight peeling noticed around the lips
Back to normal again with improved looking skin - looked more "alive" (smoother and brighter). Note, Dr. Wu already had great skin before doing this procedure.
Overall, Dr. Wu thinks that the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is a great peel, but for herself, she wants more (repeated peels or a deeper peel). She thinks that she might want to repeat this medium depth Obagi Blue Peel Radiance peel in about 2 weeks, or a deeper peel such as original Obagi Blue Peel which is much deeper.
Yes, but it will most likely require a second vial of the peel.
There are other peels which are of milder consistency which can be done by Estheticians. We sometimes have Estheticians in our office, please call us and find out. The peels above are usually done by me (Dr. Calvin Lee, surgeon Botox injector).
The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is an in-house, awake, procedure
which takes about 20-30 minutes.
With the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance, frosting on the skin
can be seen during the procedure. A series of 4-6 of these peels
can be done for optimum results with a period of skin recovery
of about 2-4 weeks in between sessions.
Pictures by Lynne, Karla, and Dr. Lee. Taken after work at Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA on 6/14/12. Thank you.
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Date of edit: 06/27/2012