Disclaimer: photos are not edited to remove any scaring or redness
I'm back to share a recent session I did at the PPP Laser Clinic at Raffles City. I was invited to try out the new PPP 360 Solution and I have never done laser on my face before. If you have been following my acne journey, you would realise that I have came a very long way of battling with acne and now with the scarring, and I have mentioned multiple times that I had the intention of doing laser on my face because I am through with trying out products.
So I was of course very excited to try out the clinic's laser services!
Upon reaching, I was registered and given a pre-laser cleansing wipe to clean my face off of make up and dirt. I did not have any make up on my face except for eyeliner because I knew I was going to remove it anyway.
All wiped and fresh!
1. Acne scars
3. Uneven skin tone - darker spots on the side of my face and dark eye circles
I believe the acne scars and dark eye circles were evident in the above photo!
The doctor told me that she will be doing a series of treatments for me that day which are:
1. P+ Intensive Laser Treatment
The first treatment done on my skin for a skin deep cleanse and rejuvenation to improve the overall clarity of the skin tone and is targeted for a balanced glow and consistence radiant. It was minimally discomforting but tolerable after the first few pulses.
2. Fractional Laser
The second treatment repairs underneath the skin to enhance tightness and elasticity. It also reduces pore size and lightens acne scars. For me, this had a stronger sensation than the first treatment, hence I requested for the intensity to be reduced.
3. Collagen Remodelling
The Collagen Remodelling treatment is to stimulate new growth of collagen to improve elasticity of the skin and reduces the facial lines and wrinkles. During the process, I felt warmness from the machine as it was being circled around my face.
4. Ion Infusion
This was a treat for me as after the laser treatments, my skin was feeling warm and prickly. It was a very calming and cooling treatment - my favourite out of the lot! Also, the laser treatments also creates micro-holes in the skin and the Ion Infusion with Hyaluronic Acid treatment deeply penetrates serum to boost the effects of the treatments and also hydrates the skin.
Got my hair net and goggles - not a flattering sight at all haha!
Once the treatments are completed, a generous amount of sunscreen was pumped into a cotton pad for me to apply on my face. It had a cooling sensation which was great because at that point, I felt that my face was 'trapping heat'. It was a bizarre sensation and that's how I can only describe it.
I was told that after the treatments, it would be normal to expect redness and then peeling would follow for the next few days. For me, the redness reduced and prickling sensation went away in slightly less than an hour and by then I was already up and about walking around in public.
What I immediately noticed was the tightness in my skin. I could see that my jawline became sharper and boy was I incredibly pleased with it!
The nice ladies from the clinic
The entire session took about 30 minutes and it was very fuss-free-no-frills kinda experience. The treatment area was filled with beds and separated by a curtain. It was almost like a fast food joint of aesthetic clinics. The amenities were basic and the baggage area was under your bed so I would suggest you not bringing too many things with you because I did and I struggled with moving around.
The following day after the treatment, the peeling has yet to begin and the make up application was still easy peasy. There was already a significant improvement in my skin's texture and it looks more radiant too! The redness was still there like a mild sunburn. My pores are also noticeably smaller and my deep acne scars look slightly 'alleviated'. At this point, I am very happy with my treatment!
Change in lighting because I changed my camera lens
The cleansing wipes were a treat for me. I use it after gymming and it's like wiping the dirt and grime off my face and seeing it on the wipe. Each sheet is infused thoroughly and is generous in size to make sure that you get every speck of dirt off your face.
Subsequently for the next few days, my skin got drier and drier as more skin peeled, like as if I was moulting. It got to a point where my make up application was getting challenging but I know it was peeling for a good reason! The terrible acne on my jawline also got significantly better, which I am very pleased with. Right before the week is up, my skin stopped peeling.
After monitoring my complexion for a week and a half, I realised that the deep scars look slightly better and the effect of a 'mild sunburn' has worn off. It has been communicated to me that I will have to go for treatments often enough for my problems to go away. So I believe that if I continue my journey with the clinic, one day I can achieve my dreams of having skin as smooth as a baby's butt! That has been a dream for almost half my life okay!
A big thank you to Joanna from AbsolutePR for the invitation and also to PPP Laser Clinic for making me feel like there's finally hope for my complexion!