When I was introduced to Medlite C6 Laser at Mediviron UOA Clinic two weeks ago, I was quite thrilled to learn about the concept of laser and to know that there is something relatively painless physically to solve my pigmentation problem.
My 2nd visit to Mediviron UOA was a less anxious one now that I know what to expect out of it. In fact, I did some research on the Medlite laser treatment and came about with some questions and concerns I have about this procedure.
The aesthetic doctor assured me that it was safe to have this procedure done on a fortnightly basis without any bad side effects. She went on to explain that it’s actually a stigma for people to think that lasers can actually thin or damage the skin which is entirely not true at all. As far as hypopigmentation, none of her patients encounters this problem.
Skin does get sensitive during the treatments. Therefore we should always wear sunblock to counter the effects even if we are not going outdoor. If possible, we should limit outdoor activities to avoid excessive sun exposure.
I also requested for a VISIA Digital Skin Analysis to be done this time as it is a complimentary assessment of our facial skin's health from the clinic. Hopefully, the results of this skin analysis helps to show the effectiveness of laser rejuvenation and compare my conditions before and after Medlite treatments.
One thing that helped me with a better understanding of my facial skin’s health is taking the VISIA skin and complexion analysis. The VISIA is a specialized camera that produces images beneath the skin's surface. This machine captures a clear, multi-dimensional image of my select facial areas while examining the severity of various age-related conditions such as:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Hyperpigmentation (age/dark spots)
- Enlarged pores
- Skin tone evenness (colour variation)
- Porphyrins (evidence of bacterial growth)
- Sun damage (UV spots)
Sweet and demure-looking Miss Janet, the in-house beautician did the VISIA analysis for me. It took just a few minutes and once complete, the review of my results was printed out for me. I received a comprehensive assessment report on areas like brown spots, red spots, UV damage, wrinkles, skin texture, pore size and bacteria level. This report focused on the specific problem areas and compared my results with others of the same age, sex and skin type.
Well, my numbers were pretty good in some areas and not so good in others. Following is a copy of my VISIA Facial Assessment Report. The percentile score depicts our ranking relative to others of the same age, gender and skin type, higher scores are better. Phew, I was shocked initially when I saw the above 70% reading, thought my skin was such a bad shape, hahaha ...
I shall be consulting my doctor on my 3rd visit to review this report of mine and see what she had to tell me. This 1st analysis report shall become my baseline from which I can measure my progress throughout the treatment program.
My 2nd laser treatment begins with me lying on a bed covered with a blanket for comfort and assurance, I believe that the session with me this time was longer than the last time. She used different wavelengths to target certain stubborn pigment areas on my right cheek. In the beginning, I felt a slight tingling sensation that felt like pinpricks.
Later, I saw that my doctor wore some protective eyewear during the 2nd part of the treatment. I was told not to open my eyes as she switched to a different wavelength. She pointed the laser at my problem area, working in a back and forth pattern, delivering short rapid, high-intensity pulses of bright light. In the back of my mind, I had full confidence in my aesthetic doctor's expertise and experience. Hence, I am looking forward to my 3rd laser treatment in 2 weeks' time.
Brown spots lighten on my left cheek
7 days after 2nd treatment, my skin showed a very significant and positive result. I can see that the pigmentation on both cheeks has been lightened. The brown spot seems to lighten and my face looks clearer.
Significant difference in my right cheek
From my understanding, the laser stimulates the collagen in the skin, improves pigmentation and overall, rejuvenate the skin's appearance. In short, I guess, it is a laser that zaps away the UV spots and breaks the melanin into smaller pieces.
I’m looking forward to great results in maximum removal of pigmented areas while preserving the surrounding skin. During the process of healing, I have limited the sun exposure to my regular outdoor activities such as gardening, exercising and even walking in the park.
I have been diligently using a moisturizing cream and sunblock until the area is healed. On top of that, the doctor has also given me a prescription cream called Quinbloc for the treatment of my hyper-pigmented skin conditions.
It contains the active ingredient of Hydroquinone 4.0% which acts as a skin-bleaching agent that is used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, melasma, age spots and acne scars. I also found out that hydroquinone works by decreasing the production and increasing the breakdown of melanosomes (melanin pigment granules) in the skin's pigment cells (melanocytes).
But this cream cannot be used on a long-term basis or for more than 6 months as this could bring about some bad side effects to the skin. Currently, I'm using it once every night, after my daily cleansing regime on the pigmented areas of my cheeks.
Anyway, I will be heading back to the clinic for my next treatment in three weeks' time. Look out for my final and last post on the treatment! By now, you can already tell how effective this treatment is and I can't wait for the next few treatments to finally see and share with you the end results of it all! XOXO