For some of who know me personally, or have been following this blog, it’s no secret that I have been battling with a hyperpigmentation patch on the side of my face for a long time already.
Hyperpigmentation at the side of my face
Although some products have really lightened it, but it’s always there. Overtime, it has grown slightly bigger and it’s quite alarming especially when it is at a very strategic location on the face.
VISIA Facial Assessment
Long story short, I did a scan under the VISIA machine to see the underneath of my skin. It was the moment of truth, and ugly :( The results can’t be manipulated and My main concern is really the UV and brown spots. Texture and wrinkles are secondary to me.
Not very fantastic results, almost close to awful ><
The comment I got was – No, I have not been using sunblock.
Basically, hyperpigmentation is caused by over production of melanin, and is produced by melanocytes at the lower layer of the epidermis. The major cause is usually over exposure to sun without proper sunscreen.
MedLight C6 Laser
When I was introduced to MedLight C6 Laser by Dr Alan from The Lifestyle Clinic, I was quite thrilled to learn about the concept of laser, and to know that there is something relatively painless physically to solve my problem.
The MedLite is one of the most advanced lasers available for removal of tattoos, areas of pigment such as age spots, and specific birthmarks. It delivers short, rapid, high intensity pulses of light with maximum capability for destruction of melanin targets. The combination of the short wavelength and rapid light pulses results in maximum removal of pigmented areas while preserving surrounding skin.
In short, it is a laser that zaps away the UV spots. The light can be absorbed by the pigments, and the pulse will break the melanin into smaller pieces.
The Virgin Laser Experience
First, my face was cleansed to increase the efficacy of laser. Doctor or the practitioner will/should always test on their own hand first before performing it on patient. I had a patch test done on my arm to test my pain tolerance and also to experience the laser before trying it on my face.
My eyes were covered and the session began. I was very nervous as I have relatively low pain tolerance, and laser has always seemed like something big to me.
It doesn’t hurt but it was funny in a way that it felt something like catapulting my skin. It may not be the best description, but it felt that way. And I could literally smell the burnt facial hair. It’s a plus point that facial hair has become invisible because the hair pigment has absorbed the light and turned white!
The laser is relatively safe and can be done on lips and eyelids as well. I had seen some results on lips as my lips turned slightly fairer because overtime with the use of lip sticks, the color has darkened.
After the Laser Treatment
Some allergy reaction on forehead.
The entire session for face took about about 20 minutes. Right after the treatment, my pigmentation turned darker and I was told that it was normal because the pigmentation was broken up and was getting to the surface. However, I had some allergy reaction on my face because apparently I am allergic to my own melanins! It was just itchiness, and it was similar to seafood allergy and all it took was an anti-histamine pill to solve.
The night after the laser.
Overall, I think laser is not scary at all once I have tried it. If I could tolerate the discomfort, I think most people can.
However, with the state of my pigmentation, it might take about 10 sessions to get rid of the overall UV spots, provided that I use sunscreen diligently (will talk more about it later). One session is definitely no magic, and if you expect to see drastic improvement just after first session, you might be disappointed. So far I have gone through 2 sessions and I am definitely excited to see what can it do for me
Next up, I will include a video of the laser in action
The LifeStyle Clinic
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Disclaimer: Treatments are sponsored by The Lifestyle Clinic for review purpose, while the opinions are entirely honest.