Achieving a fresh youthful visage is something a lot of us want, be it via diet and nutrition, makeup or even surgical procedures.
It can help to boost your confidence, your self-esteem and even your mood. Of course we are more than just the face we present to the world, we are greater than the sum of our parts, but it’s difficult not to acknowledge that we also live in a world where that first visual impression makes a difference.
Now I’ve done the diet, done the nutrition (though the experts seem to change their tune every week about what is healthy and what isn’t), I’ve done the skin care routines, but time waits for no woman and those fine lines be coming my way!
Even though invasive cosmetic procedures are becoming more and more commonplace, I still find myself searching for alternatives.
So what alternatives are there?
One option is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment.
A powerful beam of infrared light is used to penetrate the skin to remove areas of skin damage. Pulses of light pass into the dermal layer of the skin, vaporizing damaged cells and stimulating collagen growth to remove wrinkles, scars and other imperfections while a mild tightening effect can lead to a smoother more even complexion.
I met up with Dr. Dylan Chau at Celevenus Aesthetic and Wellness Clinic after hearing his praises being sung by so many of my friends.
With over 10 years of experience in the field and expertise in various different domains within aesthetic medicine, including the use of Sculptra and advanced thread facelift techniques, Dr. Dylan was able to confidently and empathetically understand my ideas, concerns and expectations (ICE).
I was excited about what Fractional CO2 laser treatments could offer while also cautious about the potential risks and Dr. Dylan was acutely aware of this.
I even brought to him many of the concerns you as my readers had raised, concerns such as skin thinning.
Dr. Dylan took his time to ensure all my queries were answered.
So does it? Does fractional CO2 laser resurfacing thin your skin? Read on to find out!
Now I probably have the lowest pain threshold in the world, I’m talking award-winning low, like if I saw you getting injured, I’d be the one crying first!
With this in mind, the kind folks at Celevenus applied not one but two applications of numbing creams to my treatment areas and what’s more, they let the numbing cream soak in for a whopping 40 minutes before proceeding with the procedure. As a result, I hardly felt any discomfort during the treatment.
Dr. Dylan turned out to be quite the conversationalist, talking about everything under the sun, except the treatment itself, though later he did reveal this was a ploy to distract me from the procedure. Well it worked, I seriously hardly felt a thing!
They expertly guided me along the journey and what to expect at each step, applying cool packs and fanning my face and providing me with a nice cool refreshing drink at the end of the treatment. Cheers!
Before the treatment
After the treatment
My face kinda looked liked a giant rose, all red and super swollen. I accidentally touched my face and could feel liquid oozing out of my skin. It was a real low point, but I had to tell myself no pain no gain! By some miracle, however, my phones face ID could still recognize me! Haha!
Things were already looking up and hubby said he could see my redness and swelling settling with every passing hour. Most of the blisters had dried up but I still didn’t want to scare the Amazon delivery guy, so I wore a mask when he came to deliver my groceries. I also went to work in the evening and gave gym a pass. Oh and no sun is allowed during this stage!
Most of the swelling had gone down now. A few blisters lingered on my forehead but things were definitely on the road to recover.
Some of the staff at Celevenus told me that some patients go as far as blacking out their rooms completely so I decided to follow suit! Blackout curtains were drawn and I retired to my bed like a vampire. Bye bye sun!
Hello confidence! Almost ready to conquer the world! Some slight peeling during my shower, but so close!
Peeling with a vengeance today! Skin was patchy, red and very raw! Some friends came over for a mini Easter party and I was quite conscious of my skin but they assured me they could see the light at the end of the tunnel coming my way. Best friends forever!
Swelling had significantly reduced and redness was also much better. With a photo-shoot coming up in just 2 days, this was crunch time!
My skin looks significantly better in the next couple of days! Thank you thank you! 🙏🙏
Fast forward a few months!
Be sure to take these factors into consideration if you’re planning on giving the treatment a go, but I really think the end result was worth it.
There was definitely a noticeable change in the condition of my skin, as was exemplified by all the enquiries I was receiving from friends and family about what my new foundation or skin care routine was.
So here’s the million dollar question!
Does fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatments thin your skin?
Well actually no.
Dr. Dylan informed me that although there are various laser treatments, like laser peels which can be more extensive, Fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing treatments only target the superficial layers of your skin.
The treatment stimulates collagen production within the skin which actually leads to the formation of new, healthy and overall thicker skin than before.
Treatments can be repeated safely as early as monthly though given the downtime, most people prefer to go for longer intervals between treatments.
The treatment also does not go deep enough to damage hair follicles and the wavelength of the light is not the same as IPL, so you need not worry about losing your eyebrows or lashes.
My face was noticeably brighter and clearer, pores appeared less obvious and brown spots were lightened, all of which meant I could get away with much less makeup. A big bonus for me and anyone else keen to give fractional CO2 laser resurfacing a shot!
Goodbye pigmentation! Yay!
Thank you Dr. Dylan Chau and your dedicated team at the clinic!
Celevenus Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic
Address: 391B Orchard Road #16-03/04 Ngee Ann City Tower B
General E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +65 6410 9621
Monday – Friday – 10.30am to 7pm
Sat – 10:30am to 3pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays.
Have you tried Fractional CO2 Lasers too? Did it work for you? Let me know by commenting below!
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