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Skin peels

What is a peel?

Over time, dead skin cells tend to build up on the surface of our skin, leading to a dull complexion, uneven texture, and other concerns. A skin peel is a treatment that removes the top layer of the skin, revealing younger, fresher skin, thereby leading to a visibly improved appearance. Not only does this skin look better, the removal of the layer of dead cells permits the active ingredients in good skin care penetrate the skin more efficiently, thereby enhancing the results of the bespoke skin-care regime (which we are of course delighted to design for you!)

Peels are categorised by their depth: superficial, medium and deep. As a rule, the deeper the peel, the more dramatic an improvement is seen. The trade-off is a longer down-time, as the skin heals and rejuvenates.

At Fitzgerald Plastic Surgery, we offer the full range of peels, as in-office treatments, or in combination with aesthetic surgical procedures. A consultation is always required before a peel can be carried out. The lighter peels can usually be carried out on the day of your consultation, whilst the deeper peels commonly require preparation of your skin with specific products for a few weeks in advance of treatment.

Enzyme peel

This is the mildest form of peel we offer. They can be used on virtually all skin types, and provide a fresh appearance to the skin, with minimal down-time. More radiant skin, with slight redness, can be expected after this treatment. A series of treatments is usually required for the best results.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels vary in strength and depth. We offer a range of peels, and you will be guided during your consultation to the best type to address your concerns. Common concerns include dull complexion, uneven skin texture, lines and wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation.

Our selection of peels includes the following:

Medik8 Peels

These are well-tolerated, low-irritation peels. Following treatment, you can expect to look a little sunburned, and to experience a light peeling that lasts 2-3 days. Different options exist, depending on your concerns.

Medik8 whitePeel

The most effective way to achieve a brighter and even skin tone, free of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, is to eliminate skin cells rich in melanin and prevent the darkening of the new skin cells.

Especially designed to target sun damage and hyperpigmentation problems, whitePeel penetrates the skin’s pigment cells (melanocytes) to gently and effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted discolouration, for a more even skin tone.

whitePeel in brief

  • whitePeel is a superficial chemical peel providing great results with minimal downtime and redness
  • whitePeel is peel specifically designed to treat all types of hyperpigmentation

Who is the whitePeel recommended for?

  • Clients looking for maximum results and minimum recovery and downtime
  • Clients wanting to tackle pigmentation problems (melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, sun damage…)
  • Clients who want to prepare their skin to deeper peel
  • Clients looking for a “tingling” effect / without the pain

What parts of the body is whitePeel suitable for?

  • whitePeel can be use on the face and other body parts concerned with pigmentation marks such as hands and decolletage

What makes whitePeel so special?

  • whitePeel contains a unique blend of complimentary acids that lead to uniform peeling and enhanced results
  • whitePeel provides minimum irritation and virtually no downtime
  • whitePeel is suitable for all skin types
  • whitePeel can be used all year around

Recommended Treatment Protocol

  • Results seen from the very first treatment
  • For best results we recommend a course of 6 treatments

Medik8 betaPeel: blemished skins

Similar to the Obagi Radiance Peel, the Medik8 Beta peel rapidly brings acne under control, thereby reducing the risk of future outbreaks and scarring. 

betaPeel counteracts all three fronts of skin blemishes by targeting each assault individually: blocked pore, comedone and inflammation.

betaPeel delivers a heavy dose of salicylic acid straight into the pores and follicles, helping keep the pores clear of cellular debris therefore reducing the number of pore blockages and breakouts on the skin.

betaPeel in brief

  • betaPeel is a superficial chemical peel providing great results with minimal downtime and redness
  • betaPeel is a peel specifically designed for blemish prone skin (all grades)

Who is the betaPeel recommended for?

  • Clients looking for maximum results and minimum recovery and downtime
  • Clients wanting to tackle skin blemishes
  • Clients looking for “tingling” effect / without the pain of traditional peels

What parts of the body is betaPeel suitable for?

  • betaPeel can be used on the face and other body parts concerned with skin blemishes such as back and decolletage

What makes betaPeel so special?

  • betaPeel contains a unique blend of complimentary acids that lead to uniform peeling and enhanced results
  • betaPeel is a triple action peel fighting against all three fronts of skin blemishes
  • betaPeel provides minimum irritation and virtually no downtime
  • betaPeel is suitable for all skin types
  • betaPeel can be used all year around

Recommended Treatment Protocol

  • Results seen from the very first treatment
  • For best results we recommend a course of 6 treatments

Medik8 agePeel: anti-ageing chemical peel

An effective combination of acids to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and fade away imperfections, leaving the skin smooth and renewed.

When skin cells are activated, they can produce more collagen and elastin. Stimulation from a chemical peel can increase the production of many key elements that make up a youthful looking complexion.

Rich in L-Mandelic acid and Lactobionic acid, agePeel is the perfect peel to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.

agePeel in brief

  • agePeel is a superficial chemical peel providing great results with minimal downtime and redness
  • agePeel is a peel specifically designed for ageing skin

Who is agePeel recommend for?

  • Clients looking for maximum results and minimum recovery and downtime
  • Clients wanting to tackle signs of ageing e.g. fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clients who want to prepare their skin for a deeper peel
  • Clients looking for “tingling” effect / without the pain

Which body parts is agePeel suitable for?

  • agePeel can be used on other body parts concerned with ageing such as neck and decolletage

What makes agePeel so special?

  • agePeel contains a unique blend of complimentary acids that lead to uniform peeling and enhanced results
  • agePeel provides minimum irritation and virtually no downtime
  • agePeel is suitable for all skin types
  • agePeel can be used all year around

Recommended Treatment Protocol

Results seen from the very first treatment
  • For best results we recommend a course of 6 treatments

Did you know?

agePeel can be used in conjunction with microneedling treatments

Obagi Medical™ In-office treatments

Obagi Signature Facial™

The Signature Facial is specially customised for your skin after a thorough consultation and skin analysis, and includes deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturization steps to help revitalize and improve your complexion. This facial makes a great stand-alone treatment, or can be used to gently kick-start you into your prescription Obagi Medical™ skincare regime.

Depending on your skincare needs, a bespoke cocktail of skincare hero ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, or pigment-fighting ingredients such as arbutin or hydroquinone, can be used as part of this treatment, when your skin is open and receptive to these nourishing ingredients.

Obagi Enrich Facial™ (Radiance Peel)

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Obagi Blue Peel Radiance™ treats:

  • Treating fine lines, wrinkles, and light melasma
  • Treating pigmentary changes due to acne in darker skin
  • Managing uneven skin tone, laxity & texture issues
  • Boosting the outcome of the Nu-Derm™ system

The Enrich Facial includes the Obagi Radiance Peel. This is a specially-formulated blend of acids, designed to gently exfoliate, treat acne, and leave your skin bright and radiant. Your skin will feel tighter and glowing, and appear radiant immediately after treatment, and for the next 24 hours. You can then expect to experience a light peeling.

This treatment is excellent for quickly and effectively drying up spots and acne, and is highly recommended both at the start, and during the course of use of at-home skincare regimes such as Obagi NuDerm™ or Clenziderm MD™ systems. Depending on your skincare needs, a bespoke cocktail of skincare hero ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, or pigment-fighting ingredients such as arbutin or hydroquinone, can be used as part of this treatment, when your skin is open and receptive to these nourishing ingredients.

Blue Peel Radiance before & after photograph

Obagi Blue Peel™

This is a medium-depth peel, based around TCA (trichloroacetic acid). A powerful treatment, it may require numbing injections, and some patients will opt to have this treatment done whilst under general anaesthetic for another procedure (e.g. breast or abdominal surgery). Preparation of the skin using Obagi Medical™ products is required both before, and after treatment, in order to optimise the result. This peel can be used to treat the following:

  • Stretchable wrinkles, skin laxity and scars
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma and stubborn pigmentation
  • Severe photodamage
  • Large pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Obagi Blue Peel™ plus fractional CO2 laser resurfacing

The combination of the Blue Peel and fractional CO2 laser offers the possibility of the firming effects of the Blue Peel together with the levelling effects of the CO2 laser. The addition of the CO2 laser allows for treatment of significant lines and wrinkles, and substantial skin tightening.

This procedure usually requires a general anaesthetic, and can be combined with other aesthetic procedures such as breast or abdominal surgery. It is performed by Ms Fitzgerald, at the Beacon Hospital (rather than in our office). Skin preparation with prescription skincare products, and a commitment to the use of these products after treatment is required.