That is “Hello, how are you?” in japanese language! It’s been 1 month since my visit to Aoyama Hair Studio and if you haven’t seen my new hairstyle, here’s showing you my new kawaii look. Can’t help admiring this new change and looking twice in the mirror every time I walk past a reflective surface (mainly to check if there’s a hole in my fringe heh).
I had taken a break from blogging as I was busy for the competition of Miss Singapore International (MSI) 2016 which happened just awhile ago. Prior to the competition, I was so busy juggling work and the trainings; I had so many breakouts multiple times a week (the thick makeup I have to wear made my skin so much worse too :(). On a usual basis, I battle with small pimples on my forehead, but this year, (to my horror!), I’ve started having a few big pimples on my cheek and chin area together with some stubborn red marks from old breakouts.
For awhile, I relied on over-the-counter products but quickly I realized they don’t treat the root problem of acne, and they take very long to decrease inflammation. Dryness of the skin usually comes with it too.
That is when I decided I needed to sought professional help and here I am back with trusty Dr Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics.
Why I like visiting Halley Medical Aesthetics:
For customized solutions that address my specific skin concern. This visit, Dr Tan professionally designed a “off the menu” laser treatment specially for me.
There are no downtime solutions for me! I can get treated and go up and about for my daily schedule right after the treatment.
After a comprehensive consultation, Dr Terence Tan customised a no downtime laser treatment combining two different lasers to address my acne concerns and improve my skin texture. The first was a long pulsed laser treatment to treat acne by clearing and rejuvenating pores. The second was a Q-switched laser to minimise pigmentation. The treatments came in timely as I was just one week to the finals of MSI competition and I want nothing but perfect skin for the big day.
For any treatments to be effective, the first step has got to be thorough cleansing. Halley Medical Aesthetic has an experienced and professional team that always make me feel at ease when they work their magic. I was comfortably lying down on their reclining treatment chair, while Dr Tan’s assistant helped with the removal of my existing makeup. The facial cleanser they use removes impurities on the surface skin and helps prepare my skin for the treatment thereafter.
The red spots on my face are actually acne marks that have been there for a long time. As a perfectionist and someone who is in the beauty industry, I am emotionally disturbed every night by the presence of such unsightly scars. I am sure many of you will know what I mean because these tiny scars take what seems like FOREVER to lighten or even disappear.
The first part of the laser treatment is the long pulsed laser prescribed for me by Dr Tan because it can accurately focus on small spots with very high energy. The aim is to target the specific problematic spot without harming the surrounding tissue. The whole process was almost painless (discomfort level is 1 out of 10 with 10 as most uncomfortable), and the whole procedure was so relaxing, I hardly felt any discomfort or pain. Along with the laser therapy, Dr Tan used another hand piece that provided a constant stream of cooling air to cool and provide comfort on my face. So imagine an intense cool stream of air like air con being blown on your face during the entire therapy, the feeling was so SHIOK (sorry for the lack of a better word!)!
Dr Tan’s professionalism always wow me every visit as the process is usually very quick, fuss-free and delivers results. He chats with me during the process to make me feel very relax.
The second treatment is the Q-switched laser, it is made of extremely short pulse duration and it targets very small pigment cells and particles. Comparing the two lasers, this second one has an tapping effect that could be felt. You could feel short pulses of energy being directed on to your face. Discomfort is only a low 3 out of 10, where 10 is the most uncomfortable. The process was quick; it took only around 5-10 minutes to cover the whole surface area of the face. The two laser treatments combined makes it perfect for a lunch time rejuvenation or an express acne recovery treatment when you need it.
What I love about this treatment? There is no redness, bruising, blistering and pain AT ALL. Throughout the process, I could almost fall asleep. Also, I am so impressed that Dr Tan is so meticulous! He wouldn’t miss any spots; I have some acne scars below the area where the goggle was covering and Dr Tan would lift the goggle up to make sure he covered every single spot.
For the two laser treatments, there are no needles or anaesthesia involved. It took only 20-30 minutes for the whole face. Anyone of any age who suffers from acne, acne scars or enlarged pores are recommended for this procedure. The laser treatment stimulates deep collagen production to improve the scars from within. As mentioned by Dr Tan, laser treatments improve the skin, but it will take a few sessions, hence, expectations need to be managed when undertaking this treatment to clear or remove your acne concerns.
In summary, this procedure is safe, has no side effects and no downtime. After only one treatment, I could visibly feel that my skin is brighter and smoother. The cost for each individual treatment is at $370 each. For optimal results, minimise exposure to the sun right after treatment and repeated visits are recommended!
Here’s a photo of me taken right after the treatment, and you can see that my face is practically glowing even without makeup. I was ready to go for my next appointments for the day too!
On a side note, here’s presenting to you the First Runner-Up and subsidiary award title Miss Elegance from Miss Singapore International 2016. A big thank you to Halley Medical Aesthetic for taking care of my skin needs for me to look perfectly flawless before the audition (when I did my fillers) and attentively taking care of my acne scar marks just 16 days before my finals.
I always feel the best doctors are those who care about your concerns and find the most suitable solution for you. Thank you Dr Tan for making me feel at home whenever I am at Halley Medical Aesthetics! For my readers, if you had been plagued with any skin issues, be empowered to improve things and learn ways to achieve the perfect skin you have always desire too!