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DRx Clinic #4 – Facial Laser Therapy for Pigmentation and Unsightly Capillaries

Hi guys! It’s been two weeks since I’ve done my laser to remove pigmentation at DRx Clinic, and I am loving every moment of it now! Read on to find out about the recovery process and final outcome. You can also read about my previous posts (#1, #2, #3) so you’ll get a better idea of how my journey with DRx has been like so far.

So… This is my face with no make up on after using Dermal-Rx’s skin care line for about two months without fail. I really have no complains! Breakouts are minimal, and skin is clear.

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On the 2nd consultation in December 2013, Dr. Yanni mentioned that my main concerns would be pigmentation and unsightly red blood vessels under my nose, and I was booked for TWO laser procedures (reason below) one month later in January. Prior to that, I was very excited yet a little nervous as laser is the most adventurous (crazy) thing I had done for my face. And I really had no idea how it will turn out, but Dr. Yanni was really reassuring and confident. She gave me the impression that it was something that she had done tons of time before (which I believe is true), and so I decided to cast my concerns aside and trust in my lovely doctor :) Plus clearing my face of freckles and capillaries will greatly improve my skin tone and texture!

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Applying Numbing cream before Facial Laser Procedure

On the day of my laser treatments, I arrived at the clinic 1 hour before my appointment to apply numbing cream. It takes roughly 30 minutes for the numbing cream to have its full effect. You can opt out if you’re pressed for time, but I will recommend it.

Review: Laser Treatment at DRx Review: Laser Treatment at DRxThe DRx treatment rooms are clean and bright, very classy and professional looking. After applying numbing cream, I sat at the treatment waiting area and read magazines to wait for my turn. I was at the clinic at 10am on a weekday so it was still pretty empty.

Review: Laser Treatment at DRxNumb numb numb. It wasn’t strong as I still had full control of my cheeks, but definitely could feel that the skin surface had less sensation. To be honest I was a little disappointed as I hoped that the numbing cream would be stronger! Haha the procedure had better not be painful!

*I got more nervous as the minutes passed*

Reason why I needed two Laser treatments

Since I had two main concerns – freckles and red blood vessels – I had to have two types of laser done. Laser is a concentrated beam of a specific wavelength of light. It is extremely specific (only shoots out at one particular wavelength), and is able to target one specific spot.

  • For freckles, a laser beam of 694nm wavelength (red light) is chosen as it is attracted to the brown pigmentation. As such, only the freckle will absorb the laser energy and be broken down by the body. This leaves the surrounding skin undamaged.
  • For unsightly capillaries under the skin, a wavelength of 532nm (green light) is selected as the green light is attracted to the red coloured capillaries. Similar to the ‘freckle theory’, only the red blood cells will absorb the 532nm laser beam and be lysed.

After a few days, the lysed red blood cells and pigmentations will be removed by the body naturally. The freckles will literally FALL OFF your face. Amazing!

Unlike IPL, laser is more targeted on specific areas and not done on the entire face.

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The protective eyewear that Dr. Yanni, Brenda (marketing) and a few other consultants had to wear during the procedure. As for me, my eyes were covered with the spoon-like metal caps.

1) Facial Laser treatment at DRx Clinic to remove pigmentation

No photos were allowed because everyone in the room had to avoid looking directly at the laser beam. But the process went something like this…

I laid on the bed, and Dr Yanni came in and saw how nervous I was and immediately went, “Oh dear, why do you look so scared? Don’t worry!!” Haha and then Brenda  passed me a Teddy bear to hug during the procedure. LOL I accepted the Teddy with open arms and felt instantly better (seriously, Teddies provide the greatest comfort).

Then Dr. Yanni prepped the machine, and gave me a heads up that she was going to start. At first, she started with a small freckle and then zapped. Ooh, I didn’t feel a thing! It was like a tiny tap on the skin. Dr Yanni asked, “How is it? Is it painful?”, and I exclaimed, “It’s like nothing!!” in amazement. LOL thanks, numbing cream!

During the procedure, I could smell a burnt smell coming from the laser when it came close to my nose. That surprised me a little so I tried not to breathe it in (I’m such a scaredy-cat!), but otherwise, the pain level was about 2/10 during the procedure, and then about 5/10 after it was done. This is because by then my cheeks were burning with all that heat energy trapped in my skin.

2) Facial Laser Treatment to remove unsightly capillaries

After the first laser, I was led to another treatment room for the second laser that requires another machine. (I had to leave Teddy in the previous room!)

This time, the laser felt like small electricity zapping on my skin. Dr Yanni targeted the laser beam on the reddish areas around and under the nose and some parts near the lips. It was done in a jiffy! Pain level was about 1/10 (a bit ticklish in fact?).

Application of Soothing Cream and Dermal-Rx Sunblock after laser

After that, a consultant applied soothing cream and Dermal-Rx sunblock. Sun protection is very important after lasers as the skin is more sensitive than usual, and Dr Yanni advised me never forget to use sunblock. My freckles will come back if I get exposed to the sun again! Yikes! But actually, I think new ones will appear because I never applied sunblock during my younger days… Now that I know the importance of sunblock, I kinda regret!! So start using sunblock as early as you can, peeps! The Dermal-Rx Tinted Sunscreen is my favourite so far.

Recovery from Facial Laser

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[Immediately after the procedure] Requested for a face mask so I didn’t have to go out into the Orchard Road crowd with extremely dark spots on my cheeks! Haha I rather be stared at for wearing a mask than gawked at for having really horrendous skin. Check out the photos below for the recovery process!

My skin care routine after the laser treatment remained the same as previously, you can read about my DRx skin care routine here and here.

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Pretty amazing right?

I’m so pleased with the results! The week of enduring the super brown spots on my face was worth it, as my skin tone is even now – something that I’ve always wished for! :D Thank you Dr Yanni and DRx Clinic!

As promised, recovery took one week. Directly on the day itself, my freckles were super dark and bumpy. My cheeks were also reddish and sensitive to touch. Then on Day 1, the redness subsided, but the spots still felt bumpy and skin was still a little sensitive. Basically from Day 0 to Day 3, nothing much changed… I was still waiting patiently for the freckles to disappear. By Day 4, I could feel the the dark spots were ‘getting ready to peel off’ as they were dry and a little elevated.

Then around Day 5, while applying toner, I found out that some freckles landed on my cotton pad! I was so happy that finally something was happening! HAHA. Then Days 5 and 6 saw more freckles falling off my face while I was cleansing or removing make up. The feeling was simply awesome. DIE YOU, FRECKLES, DIE! ;D

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Yup, and so this is my skin now. The laser somehow also gave me super smooth skin, just in time for Chinese New Year too! I can’t express how thankful I am for the stark improvement in skin tone and texture ever since starting on the DRx journey. It’s all too good to be true…! :’)

If you or anyone you know is suffering from hyper-pigmentation, do keep DRx Clinic and Dr Yanni in mind. One of DRx Clinic’s specialisations is treating skin pigmentation! If you’re interested to find out more, visit their website (www.drxclinic.com/site) or call (65) – 6733 1555 for enquiries. Psst, besides Singapore, DRx Clinic is also in Malaysia, click here to find out more.

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Thanks for reading my FREAKIN’ LONG post! Cheers to great skin! <3

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21 Comments

  • thian87

    Hi, may I know how many sessions u have to do this laser to completely remove the pigmentation? Is there a maintenance period u have to go through? How much does the package cost for laser? Do you have to continue using all the drx products? Thank you very much!

    • Zoe

      Hi Thian, the number of times for each individual is different, which is why a consultation is required for the doc to give his/her professional opinion :) I am unable to tell you how many times are needed to completely remove the freckles, but do note that they will never be ‘completely removed’ as without proper sun protection, new pigmentation will always form. So Dr Yanni’s patients will normally book a laser every 6 months for maintenance, to get rid of new pigmentation. Laser packages ranges from hundreds to thousand+, depending on the package that you’re comfortable with taking on. So it’s best to still go for free consultations and learn more from the docs themselves! :) email me for the code to waive your consultation fees if you’re keen!

    • Zoe

      Hi Firn! My broken capillaries are a little stubborn as well, and I didn’t see much improvement with this first laser that I did. However, I had another laser at DRx to decrease the production of a protein called VEGF (that makes blood vessels) , and I saw a significant reduction in redness and flushes! But the results not permanent and I think regular sessions are required. I will be writing about the second laser in my upcoming post! :)

      • Firn

        Dear Zoe, thanks so much! I will definitely ask Dr Yanni about that laser at my next review. We are still waiting for my skin to stop freaking out before going back to lasers. She did combi laser for me but again like you, I didn’t see much improvements with it.

          • Firn

            Ok, maybe my telangiectasia is worse than yours… :'( Anyway, I will try again once my sensitive skin has calmed down after being irritated by chira wash and me overdoing Dr Wu’s mandelic acid serum (which works great for redness but too drying for my cheeks; my nose and chin have a border where there isn’t any flushing since I started using mandelic acid regularly).

          • Zoe

            Maybe you need more sessions to see results?? Anyway my capillaries around my nose area are back. Haha Zzz.. Anyway thanks for the tip on mandelic acid serum for redness! Don’t overdo it though!! Sounds like your skin is very sensitive..

  • sherry

    Hi.. currently I m on laser treatment. How did you reapply sunblock with the make up on the face? How long should I re apply after the first application? Thank you

    • Zoe

      Hey Sherry, for one whole week of the recovery process, I sort of just didn’t apply makeup so that I could reapply sunblock. Sunblock’s pretty important during the recovery process so I didn’t want to compromise that. For me, I was using the DRx Tinted sunscreen, re-application is usually 3-4 hourly, or if you’re under the sun, it’s better to re-apply 2-3 hourly. It depends on the SPF of your sunscreen, the higher the number, e.g. SPF50, the less often you need to re-apply.
      Hope this helps :)

  • Sally

    are you able to cover up the dark spots (from day 1 thru 5) with BB cream? I want to get this treatment done but I won’t be able to take off much time from work. Thanks!

    • Zoe

      Hmm I think BB cream is not enough, as the spots are really quite dark. But after the laser, it is best to rest your skin and not apply too much stuff on it cuz it will be sensitive for about a week. I only applied sunscreen. Or another option is you can wear mask to work!

  • Grace

    Hi Zoe, would you still be able to provide the code to waive the consultation fees? :) and I know the packages are on a case by case basis, but how much did you pay?

    • Zoe

      Hi Grace!
      I received both comments in the system at the same time today! I’m also apologetic that I can’t provide a code anymore as my collab with DRx has ended.. :( very sorry, Google and perhaps check out other bloggers who might be under their influencer program right now? If you’re certain that you are going and still can’t get a waiver code, contact me again and I will try to get in touch with DRx for you! All the best!!

      Love,
      Zoe

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