Dr. Obagi’s ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth chemical peel has been brought over to the UK

Posted on the 23 November 2016 at 14:58

Dr. Zein Obagi is an American Consultant Dermatologist who pioneered and established the modern deep chemical peel as a core element of modern aesthetic medical practice.

The ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel is an intensive Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) chemical peel that is designed to create, rejuvenate and correct skin deficiencies, including pigmentation, diminish wrinkles, acne scarring, and large pores. The ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel is referred to and known as the Non-Surgical Facelift Chemical Peel.

It was launched into the UK at the end of October 2016 by pharmacist independent prescriber Rukhsana Khan from Surface Clinic and dentist Dr. Rita Poddar from The Peppermint Group. They are supported by Dr Sam Van Eeden, ZO® International Faculty Member and Wigmore Medical, the UK distributors, as the team pioneering the treatment in the United Kingdom.

Surface Clinic in Yorkshire provide the ZO Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel

The ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel allows the practitioner to customise the strength of the TCA to individual needs, and to correct specific skin conditions, according to a standardised guideline. In this way, the practitioner can predict the outcome and success of the procedure to correct specific skin defects or to obtain a specific desired transformation.

This procedure works to remove the thin layers of damaged surface skin. The treatment takes about 40 minutes to execute, depending on the number of coats of active peel solution to be applied to determine the necessary planned outcome. With a healing time of 7-11 days, the ZO Controlled Depth Peel treatment offers a safe method of achieving radical skin restoration results, with comparable recovery time equal to alternative deep ablative and non-ablative laser treatments.

And the Results? A skin rejuvenated, younger looking, displaying a radiance and glow with a soft and smooth touch and feel and of course a skin that is tighter and firmer.

Generally, TCA works by coagulating epidermal and dermal proteins and can be used for both epidermal and dermal peels depending on the strength of the TCA solution and the number of layers applied. Repeated application of TCA layers during the procedure causes the peel to penetrate more deeply as the TCA coagulates more protein. About three days after the application of the TCA peel the affected cells in each layer that is reached by the acid will peel off as sheets. The TCA is self-neutralising following interaction with skin proteins and does not need to be neutralised. The TCA penetration is therefore predictable and the depth of penetration is fully controlled by the practitioner.

TCA has been proven over the last three decades as the most popular of peel solutions for superficial, medium and deep chemical peels.

The ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel uses a fixed volume approach to the TCA solution termed as coat system. The coat system ensures safe and controlled application of the TCA solution.

When a fixed concentration of TCA is combined with the blue base dye, The ZO Controlled Depth Peel penetrates the skin and forms frost at a slower rate than other types of TCA Peel. In this way, the practitioner can interpret the specific signs and be assured of the actual depth of penetration of the TCA. When the desired planned depth in the skin is reached the practitioner simply stops further application and the TCA penetration is restricted to the depth reached. This unique feature of the ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel is the reason for its excellent safety record.

More than any other chemical peel solution, TCA is by far the most researched, trusted and best understood chemical peel solution to date. The blue base with which the TCA solution is blended during the procedure is specially developed and contains anti-inflammatories, anti-histamines and anti-oxidants to enhance the effects of the TCA solution.

Males and females of all skin types and colour can consider the ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel unless a specific contra-indication exist. There are specific guidelines the practitioner and client must follow to prepare for the selected treatment. This pre-treatment preparation period lasts about 6 to 18 weeks and conditions the skin optimally and ensures a healthy skin repair and restoration after the procedure is completed.

Real Patients

Kevin presented with a long history of acne related skin scarring, oily skin, rosacea, spider veins, uneven rough skin with a rough texture and uneven tone and colour and pigmentation. He had 10 weeks of an aggressive Hydroquinone based Skin Health conditioning system and then underwent a ZO designed Controlled Depth peel.

Case Study: ZO Controlled Depth Peel


Jackie’s main concern was the ageing appearance of her skin, mainly caused by wrinkles and lines and particularly pigmentation and uneven tone. Her deep lines and wrinkles did not bother her and she sought a remedy to tighten her skin, and to improve her ageing appearance, and to look youthful for her age. She had 9 weeks of aggressive Hydroquinone based Skin Health conditioning system and then underwent a ZO designed Controlled Depth Peel.

Case Study; ZO Controlled Depth Peel

The ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel is a designer, non-invasive facelift treatment that improves the quality, firmness and tightness of the skin, as well as the texture and tone and colour by:

· Correcting large pores.
· Correcting pigmentation and uneven skin tone and colour.
· Tightening and firming the skin.
· Creating a healthy, vibrant and younger looking skin.
· Correcting hydration deficiencies in the skin.
· Creating a skin that is tolerant to the environment.
· Producing soft and smooth skin.
· Correcting scarring – acne, trauma.
· Improving and correcting wrinkles and lines.
· And all with proven science based evidence of anti-ageing action.

The ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel is great for men and women wanting to correct skin problems such as scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles, skin laxity, or poor texture. The ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel can be used as stand-alone treatment or in combination with additional treatments like muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers.

The biggest advantage is the versatility in achieving a variety of specific designer effects focussing on the individual’s needs by customising the treatment to the particular need. The procedure may be performed under conscious sedation and/or local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort during treatment.

You can now access the ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel either direct or via a referral scheme offered by Surface Clinic. This procedure costs between £1,100 and £1,600 depending on the specific treatment need.

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