What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel removes the dull, sun-damaged or wrinkled outer layers of skin, thus improving the texture and tone while evening out your complexion and stimulating collagen production.

A chemical solution is administered to the skin in this procedure, causing it to "blister" and finally peel off. In most cases, the new skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Other than the superficial skin peels, Dr Klutch also has special deeper peel formulations which can only be administered by a plastic surgeon for the following conditions:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Anti-ageing
  • Scarring and
  • Acne

These peels can be used for the face and also treat the neck, hands, back and chest areas.

Because certain peels are medical-grade, Dr Klutch advises starting with a low acid concentration peel before moving up to higher concentrations to prep the skin and avoid complications.


What does the procedure involve?

Your skin is prepped and cleaned. All makeup and oils are removed. The peel is in a liquid/cream consistency applied to the face and neck/other areas of concern. The benefits last up to a year and even longer and are complemented by a good skincare regimen which Dr Klutch will be happy to help advise you with.

How long does recovery take?

With the superficial peels, you will notice an instant glow with little to no peeling or downtime.

Dr Klutch will advise you on sun protection and how to care for your skin before and after your peel with the deeper peels. If you are prone to cold sores, Dr Klutch will prescribe you an antiviral to protect against this during your treatment and healing time. Inflammation, redness, irritation, uneven pigmentation, milia, acne and scarring are other side effects.

A deep peel may take up to a few days to over a week to heal as the skin is shedding the dull/ damaged layers to bring forth newer, brighter, tighter skin.


1How long does your face peel after a chemical peel?
Peeling usually begins 48-72 hours after your treatment and can last anywhere from 2 to 5 days. Picking off peeling skin is crucial; peeling is minor and easily handled with moisturiser—premature skin peeling results in dry, cracked, raw skin, leading to hyperpigmentation.
2Can a chemical peel ruin your skin?
Scarring, infection, reactivation of herpes simplex infections, and a significant contrast in colouration of the treated skin are all risks, side effects, and complications of chemical peels. A recovery period will be required for all patients, the duration of which will be determined by the depth of the peel.
3Do you see results after your first peel?
The expected benefits are usually seen after multiple treatment sessions. Most people see some improvement after their initial chemical peel, but patients will be amazed at how better their skin looks after several months of treatments.

When should I see a plastic surgeon?

For physical conditions that may necessitate a visit to a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, you will most likely be referred to Dr Klutch by your doctor. However, for cosmetic procedures, you can consult Dr Klutch whenever you are ready for plastic surgery.