Nine days ago, I turned 38. But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to give up the fight to stay forever 18 and abandon my complexion to look like my mother’s leather handbag. Well, 18 may be stretching it too much. So let’s just say I’m trying to look 19 for as long as possible.
Like most guys who are man enough to work hard at maintaining the health of our skin, I have a daily routine of cleanse, tone, moisturise.
But at 38, the lotions and potions are like Daniel Radcliffe moving from maverick wizard in Harry Porter to frightened attorney in The Woman in Black. The magic was lost. I slap on twice as much products only to have the signs of aging from sun exposure, late nights partying and stress catch up thrice as fast.
So in the attempt to look half my age again, or at least to trick the skin into behaving like a 19-year-old once more calls for reinforcements. And I decided to try out a relatively new laser facial treatment called Clear and Brilliant at EHA Clinic.
The aesthetics market has no lack of designer facials and laser treatments such as the popular Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser. Is there a need for another? Apparently, yes.
Lasers are basically the essence of light. They are the highly concentrated and energised form of a single wavelength in the light spectrum. As such, different lasers have different degree of penetration into the skin, making it necessary to have an array of lasers to treat different skin conditions.
While there are many different types of lasers, they can be classified into two categories – ablative and nonablative. Ablative lasers are used to vaporise the top layer of the skin or used for cutting. Nonablative lasers generally bypasses the top layer of skin to transfer heat to the deeper level to stimulate the rebuilding of collagen.
Clear and Brilliant uses a nonablative laser which means there’s no risk of injury to surface skin while activating collagen renewal in the deeper dermal layer.
Alright, so much for the theory part of lasers. Now on with the treatment… How is it done and what does it feel like?
Perhaps it’s the lighting condition but I didn’t notice a very significant difference in my complexion. However, from the above photo, my skin does look clearer and more even in skin tone.
It takes between 3 – 4 treatment sessions to really see a big difference although many people would see a discernable difference in the first session. Maybe I have thick skin. Heh heh. My next appointment is two weeks later. I look forward to the day that my complexion can act as a mirror!