What to Expect during Photodynamic Therapy

A Blue Peel is among the most commonly-sought chemical peels for minimizing the signs of aging like sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines. Unlike surgical procedures, Blue Peel is a non-invasive, undemanding cosmetic procedure that yields effective, faster results.

Anyone planning to undergo the Blue Peel treatment should have a basic understanding of what can be expected during the procedure.

Ease of Treatment

Blue Peel is a non-surgical process. This means that there is no role for incision needles or anesthesia. There is no fear of side-effects like bleeding or permanently damaging the skin. Chemical peels can be interpreted as specialized facials conducted with expert supervision and more potent ingredients.

Timing of Treatment

The treatment can be administered at any time of the day according to the patient’s preference. However, patients with sensitive skin might be advised after-sunlight hours since the freshly-peeled skin is a bit tender among such individuals.

Professionals Handling Blue Peel

The chemical peel is performed by a certified dermatologist or skin care specialist. Please understand that some general physicians with certified courses in skin care treatment can also perform Blue Peels. This is because this is a superficial, non-surgical treatment.

Pre-Treatment Skin Preparation

Some of the dermatologists prefer using a specific cream on the patient's face for preparing the skin. This cream aids the faster abrasion of the dead skin cells. The cream is lightly massaged into the skin.

Treatment Stages

Blue Peel treatment is usually divided across four stages. Each of the phases is essentially a timed period where a measured amount of TCA solution (the peeling agent) is added upon the skin. The skin might retain a slightly-bluish hue after the first two phases. However, this coloration cures itself, without any medical aid.

Prickly/Stinging Sensation

The TCA solution acts as the exfoliating agent. It induces a reaction upon the skin that similar to gradual scraping of the skin, i.e. the outer, dead layers of the skins are gradually separated from the facial skin. This chemical reaction causes a rather short but discomforting, stinging sensation among most patients. This sensation shouldn’t last for more than a couple of minutes.

Blue peel is a comprehensive skin-rejuvenating treatment that is applicable beyond the facial skin. Many patients choose to have it done on the hands and neck too to ensure that the newly-acquired glow on their face is complemented by rejuvenated skin on other body parts. Patients undertaking this option can feel more relaxed about the stinging sensation since this feeling is highly subdued in other body parts.

The attending personnel might repeatedly inquire the patient about the amount of discomfort felt. Some patients need constant encouragement regarding their fears about their skin being ‘damaged’. This usually happens among over-apprehensive patients who are not accustomed to this stinging sensation.

Chances of Hot Flashes

Among some patients, the feeling might be that of hot flashes through the face. However, this doesn’t mean that the treatment has gone awry. Like all chemical reactions, the TCA-induced reaction too induces some degree of heat. Among patients wherein the outer skin layer is rather thin or sensitive, this heat becomes more pronounced and is thus, felt in the form of a hot flash.


The procedure lasts for about 40 minutes, though many clinics boast of completing the treatment within half-an-hour. The exact duration depends upon the kind of time that is allotted to each successive application of TCA to react with the skin.

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