Advanced facial peels have revolutionised medical skin care. At Purity Bridge, we offer both courses of superficial peels that offer the benefits of little downtime, and no actual skin flaking, to medium depth TCA peels. We use both the ObagiTM system as well as the Skin Tech “Easy Peel” system, both of which have long track records, produce reliable and predictable results, and most importantly, have excellent safety records.
Mary completed her nurse training at the Royal free Hospital in London and has over 20 years experience in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She was the head nurse for Plastic Surgery at Charing Cross Hospital for a number of years before moving to work overseas. Her aid work in Cambodia involved her developing a national curriculum for surgical nursing and she returns to Cambodia every couple of years to train their nurse teachers. She is committed to ensuring that you receive a high standard of individualised care, especially in the pre- and post-operative period and has specialist knowledge in wound care. Mary is also a fully trained and accredited nurse injector for Botulinum toxin (Botox), and trained in Thermavein and customised facial peels. Her most recent other post has been working alongside Mr Pacifico and Ms Nugent in the NHS at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.
Janis is an experienced specialist nurse with an extensive background using injectables for muscle relaxation as well as fillers. In addition, Janis sees pre- and post-operative plastic surgery patients and can provide insightful guidance and recommendation for a wide range of aesthetic treatments. Janis has a reassuring and calming bedside manner, and is sure to put even the most nervous patient at ease.
Mr Marc Pacifico MD FRCS(Plast) has been described as one of his generation’s rising stars in plastic surgery. His academic, surgical and practice achievements include, amongst others, coming top in the UK’s consultant level plastic surgery examinations (being awarded the Gold Medal), the publication of over 50 international peer-reviewed papers, being a regular invited speaker at conferences and the opening of his own private clinic, Purity Bridge, alongside his busy private surgical practice. He has built his reputation on a combination of a high level of surgical skill, his artistic eye and his holistic, friendly approach to patient care. His particular areas of interest include plastic surgery to the face and breast, as well as body contouring surgery. The look Marc aims to achieve is a natural, fresh look, in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Marc particularly focuses on the care his patients receive pre- and post-operatively, in order to optimize the outcome of surgery and provide all under his care with a smooth recovery after their procedure. Marc recognizes the continuum between non-surgical and surgical techniques, using all available options to formulate a bespoke treatment plan for every individual. This process has been further enabled by the opening of his private clinic Purity Bridge in Tunbridge Wells, that provides the best level of care possible to his patients. The art of rejuvenation is not a “one stop shop” but rather a process, with the right procedure required at the right time for the right outcome. That means maintaining surgical results with specifically timed non-surgical interventions, as well as a global approach to the individual that is outcome driven. Marc Pacifico is a fully accredited specialist in plastic surgery, and is on the Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery with the General Medical Council (number 4412407) and a member of BAAPS,BAPRAS and ISAPS. See a short video introduction to Marc here ›
Ms Nora Nugent FRCS(Plast) has joined Purity Bridge where she offers an individually tailored modern plastic surgery practice. The cornerstones of her practice are good communication with you and meticulous attention to detail as she feels this is vital to your decision to undergo any treatment under her care. This ethos is continued from your first consultation through to the end of your treatment to ensure that you get the highest possible care and are fully supported during this time. Nora aims to provide you with a clear and honest opinion on your condition and will ensure that you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have before proceeding with treatment. Nora graduated from medical school at University College Dublin and completed her specialist training in plastic surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. To further develop her clinical expertise and skills, she then undertook specialist fellowships in North America and Australia. Training in advanced burn critical care and burn surgery (acute and reconstructive) was undertaken during her fellowship at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston, Texas. Prior to taking up her consultant post in the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Nora obtained additional subspecialty training in Australia completing a plastic surgery fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney which encompassed both aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery and reconstructive surgery (including microsurgery) and also a hand surgery fellowship with Victorian Hand Surgery Associates, Melbourne. This allows her to offer you a wide range of procedures across the spectrum of plastic surgery. She has experience in all areas of aesthetic surgery including breast, facial and abdominal surgery and strives to achieve a natural rejuvenated appearance for her patients. For some this may be a skin rejuvenation technique while for others surgery can be a better option. Nora Nugent is a fully qualified plastic surgeon with the FRCS (Plast) qualification and has specialist registration in plastic surgery with the General Medical Council. She is a member of BAPRAS and IAPS. Nora maintains a broad range of clinical interests within plastic surgery and regularly attends conferences within the specialty to keep up to date with evolving techniques and new developments in plastic surgery. She is also a member of multidisciplinary clinical groups overseeing the management of burns, skin cancer and lower limb injuries in the South East of England. While always looking for ways to improve the care she can provide, Nora will only offer new procedures once she is satisfied that they have been evaluated fully and offer a clear benefit to her patients.
Mr Brent Tanner is a highly experienced and renowned Consultant Plastic Surgeon. He has a special interest in non-surgical rejuvenation techniques to the face, with a particular interest in the Pearl LASER as well as injectable techniques to produce harmonious, natural and fresh results.
Dr Roxy (MBBS BSc DRCOG MRCGP) has been practising medicine for 11 years since gaining her primary medical qualifications from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine in London in 2006. Due to her interest in the holistic care of patients, she undertook a further degree in psychology from King’s College London in the middle of her medical training. Dr Roxy’s past medical experience covers a broad range of medical specialties, including Accident and Emergency, Vascular Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Care of the Elderly, Stoke Medicine, Gastroenterology, Palliative Care, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics before she completed her post-graduate training to become a GP.
Dr Roxy has a special interest in aesthetic dermatology, and completed her aesthetic training at the Harley Academy in London. She has worked closely alongside and been mentored by aesthetic surgeons (including Purity Bridge’s Marc Pacifico) and practitioners who are well known internationally and top players in the aesthetics world. Dr Roxy regularly attends conferences both nationally and internationally to keep up to date with the latest techniques in aesthetics and products available.
She holds full registration with the General Medical Council, and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and British Medical Association.
Superficial peels are provided by a Phytic peel solution, that is a complex AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) formula, slowly released and self-limiting. This is ideal to treat the effects of skin ageing, sun damage and skin flaccidity. A course of 6-8 sessions is recommended, each 1-week apart. In parallel, the Obagi blue peel can produce excellent improvement in skin quality - please see the Obagi Skin Care page for more information.
A TCA (trichloroacetic acid) solution is used that penetrates to a greater depth than the complex AHA formula. This allows a faster action, and results in mild skin peeling around 3-days after the treatment. The peeling lasts for 2-3 days, and the skin is ready for the second treatment 1-week later. We recommend a course of 4 peels about 2 weeks apart to achieve the maximum benefit for your skin. Medium peels are suggested for more significant skin photo-ageing, pigment blotches from the effects of the sun, fine lines, enlarged pores and for those wanting to improve the overall quality of their skin. A course of facial peel treatments will improve the appearance and health of your skin by increasing cellular turnover and nourishing the skin for a fresher, healthier complexion. You will see the results after the first treatment and our treatments can usually be performed within an hour.
Botulinum toxin works best in people with fine lines and few wrinkles, and can reduce the amount of wrinkling of the skin. If wrinkles are deep and well-established, Botulinum toxin will not work effectively.
Regular Botox treatment over a period of 12-18 months will help to iron out these creases, but for a more immediate result other treatment options such as dermal fillers may be a better option.
In addition Botulinum toxin will not erase the wrinkles caused by sun-damage. Other treatments to improve the quality of the skin such as chemical peels will provide more benefit.
Regarding prevention, it makes sense that Botox can prevent wrinkle formation if it is started before fixed wrinkles establish. However there is a careful balance when deciding to treat younger patients – premature treatment can make someone look older rather than the more youthful look desired. Whether or not treatment is appropriate is always decided on an individual patient basis.
Botulinum toxin may also be used to treat conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating, often in the armpits or palms and soles).
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and takes about 10-15 minutes, depending upon the number of injections needed.
The effects will take 4-10 days to show, and we invite all patients back for a review appointment at 14-days post-treatment
The injections feel a bit like a small mosquito bite and are not particularly painful. Afterwards, some small red marks are usually present for a short time, before they resolve.
A facial peel is performed as an outpatient procedure without the need for any anaesthetic. After determining the right peel for you, the procedure is performed in our treatment room. Your face will be divided into treatment areas (forehead, cheeks, around the mouth etc.). The peel solution is then made-up and applied in circular motions under light pressure. “Frosting” (white crystals on the skin) is looked for to indicate the peel has reached the correct depth in the skin. If no frosting has occurred, further peel solution will be applied.
You will experience a light burning sensation which will be quickly soothed by the application of a post-peel cream. We recommend you also apply sun protection prior to leaving the clinic in the summer.
Please do mention if you have recently exfoliated, as this will make your skin more permeable to the peel and will require a more gentle approach.
The two most important measures to take at home are sun-protection and the application of the chosen post-peel cream (which will be most appropriate for your skin type). Sun protection should be performed regularly and you should avoid any length of time in direct sunlight for the week after you have had your facial peel.
Ideally you should where sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat as well as using high protection sun cream (we recommend the Skin Tech Melablock HSP sun cream). You should continue to use the sun protection cream for The post-peel cream should be applied regularly, washing your face before reapplication of the cream.
You should not apply make-up when your skin is actually peeling. Before you start to peel, you can put make-up on after you have applied the sun cream and post-peel cream
The facial skin peels we use at Purity Bridge are reliable products with low complication rates. Complications can include over-treatment in areas. Should this happen, further treatment with peels to blend in any differences may be required. If too much peel is applied to one area it can result in the loss of skin pigmentation in that area. Further treatments may be required to address this in the unlikely event this happens.
Should the peel solution get into the eyes, they must be washed immediately to prevent eye injury.
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