As I travel quite often, I often meet with climate and weather changes hence I had to deal with tormenting skin issues such as severe breakouts and bumps on my left cheek and forehead. It so happens that my photogenic side was actually the left facial side. This actually made me depressed and I sought several dermatologists’ opinions on these issues. The breakouts and bumps was making me feel ugly and unconfident.
After visiting a few doctors and also trying out prescribed and over the counter skincare, I finally settled upon Astique Clinic Dr Ng Hong Yi as my aesthetics doctor. New to Astique Clinic but with many years of experience in the world of aesthetics, I would like to thank Dr Ng Hong Yi for helping me regain my confidence once again. I am now able to take photos of my favourite facial side anytime I want even under bright light. He’s a very sweet doctor and for as long as I can, I hope to be under his care.
So far, I have only went for two treatments and my breakouts have improved significantly. For more info on the first treatment, you can view it here. For the second treatment, he did three types of laser 1. Fractional CO2 Laser 2. Radiance Laser 3. PPX Laser for me.
For the second treatment session, numbing cream was lathered on my face for a good 20 minutes and sealed with plastic before starting the laser. During the laser, I had minimal pain. Out of the three lasers, I found the second laser, Laser Skin Rejuvenation to be most painful but it was still overall bearable.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing is effective in reducing acne scars. It is a process in which the skin’s outermost damaged surface is physically removed by a controlled and extremely precise burn, and the growth of new collagen fibres in the underlying skin is stimulated. When the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer. As the procedure is ablative, there is a downtime of about one week where there will be redness, warmth and peeling at the treated area. To make sure I had minimal downtime, Dr Ng Hong Yi lasered off only the very huge marks and used the milder lasers for the rest of my face instead. I wanted this laser to be used for the whole face but thank goodness Dr Ng Hong Yi persuaded me not to as I realised i won’t be able to stand the downtime as I have so many events to attend. I felt a slight burning sensation during the process but the feeling was almost painless.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
This is the second type of laser used. Laser Skin Rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment that uses light energy to gently stimulate natural collagen growth, improve pores, remove irregular pigmentation and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Laser stimulates collagen production in our skin, and as new collagen is generated, lines and wrinkles are decreased. Additionally, as the laser light penetrates age spots and other pigmentation, these areas are broken apart and absorbed into the skin. Patients report, and studies have also confirmed that laser skin rejuvenation results in a refreshed appearance, smoother skin texture, an even skin tone, and a decrease in pore size. Also effective in removing acne, this laser was used on the whole face to reduce acne. This laser had a biting sensation to it and was most painful compared to the rest of the lasers but still overall bearable.
PPx Pore-Cleansing ACNE Treatment™ (PPX)
PPx Pore-Cleansing ACNE Treatment™ (PPX) was the final laser used. It is an advanced technology that combines a gentle vacuum with therapeutic broadband light, to help rid skin of acne-causing impurities, leaving your skin cleaner and clearer. PPX eliminates acne and pigmentation, and rejuvenates your skin in a quick, painless and effective manner. This laser had a pinching sensation to it but was almost painless.
Right after the laser, I was left with 4 tiny raw marks on my left cheek which subsided quickly over the week. I could still go out and attend events as the raw marks were easily covered with make up. There was zero pain even after the numbing cream wear off.
After almost two weeks, my skin looked SO MUCH BETTER. My raw marks are still there but have faded about 80% and my overall skin area on the left cheek looks less clogged and almost no pimples. I am quite satisfied with my overall complexion. Thank you Dr Ng Hong Yi for everything! I can’t wait to go for my next treatment session and will update this space once I see better results.
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