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TCA (Trichloracetic Acid)

The second type of peel is the TCA peel, Trichloroacetic Acid. This is a stronger peel and is an excellent treatment for reducing wrinkles, scars, uneven skin texture and uneven pigmentation. The old skin peels away and fresh new skin regenerates. There are two levels of concentration available with the TCA peel:

The first is a 30-40% TCA peel. This gives a sharp peeling of the skin to improve sun damage, hyper pigmentation and wrinkles. This treatment is performed by our physicians, and is often done under general anesthesia and requires one week of convalescence. One treatment is often sufficient for a great result.

The second is a milder chemical peel with 15% TCA. This treatment is significantly less painful but still gives great results. The healing process with this peel is fairly simple, and many peels can be done over time until the desired result is achieved. A consultation with the Consultant Plastic Surgeon is recommended before booking a TCA peel.


Fraxel Laser

What is Fraxel re:store®?

Fraxel re:store® is a non-invasive, non-ablative laser skin treatment that can resurface the skin, uncovering the younger skin underneath. It can help give you:
• Smoother, fresher looking skin
• Improved tone and texture
• Reduced unwanted brown spots
• Reduced wrinkles around the eyes
• Improve appearance of acne scars and surgical scars


How does it Work?

Fraxel treatment uses patented fractional technology to target damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into the skin. The laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched, which promotes rapid healing. This stimulates your body’s own natural healing process, replacing the old and damaged cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.



What is the Experience Like? Most patients describe feeling a sensation of heat during the treatment. A topical anesthetic agent or cold air may be used to minimize this. Afterwards, most patients feel like they have sunburn, which normally diminishes after a few hours. There can be some swelling and redness for 2-3 days, but these are typically minimal. Some patients experience minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, bronzed skin. These after effects will vary from patient to patient and depending on the intensity of the treatment. Below is a list of typical prices for a course of treatment for areas that are commonly treated. *However, as each course of treatment is tailored to the patient, these costs may vary slightly. The Consultant Plastic Surgeon will confirm the final price for your particular treatment plan before your treatment begins.   For more information on Fraxel re:store® treatment at The Aesthetic Institute, or to book a non-invasive treatment consultation with the Consultant Plastic Surgeon, please call 01 491 5738 or email For more information on Fraxel re:store®, please visit To hear testimonials from patients who experienced various Fraxel treatments, including Fraxel re:store® and other types of Fraxel, you might like to watch this YouTube video.

The AK Peel

The AK Peel consists of a mixture of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid, which when used regularly, results in a visible improvement in fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and acne breakouts.

The AK Peel is a 21% strength glycolic acid peel which strips away the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresher and brighter, improving lustre and clarity. It also promotes underlying collagen regeneration. It doesn't remove layers of the epidermis or cause severe redness, burning, shedding and flaking of the skin for days afterwards. In fact, it is referred to as a lunchtime peel – if you wish, you can reapply makeup afterwards and head back to work without anyone noticing!

We recommend that peels are performed every 4-6 weeks – any more would be too much for the skin and may cause sensitivity. For optimum results we recommend that you use the Akademikliniken skincare products following, and in-between your peels. The AK peel is offered as a stand-alone treatment or can be done in conjunction with other treatments.