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.
EHA Clinic was located at The Hereen, #05-05 but it’ll soon find a new home at Shaw Centre, #15-01 from 11 June 2012 onwards.
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.
Before treatment. I’ve never had much problems with my skin and am thankful for being blessed with relatively good complexion. But I was told Clear and Brilliant can make good even better. We shall see if it’s really true…
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.
Before the treatment began, a layer of numbing cream was applied to my face and I waited about 30 minutes to feel like my face doesn’t belong to me. A thing plastic sheet was placed over my face to keep the cream from drying out.
Alright, so much for the theory part of lasers. Now on with the treatment… How is it done and what does it feel like?
The Clear and Brilliant machine uses a sort of roller-head that rolls over the skin like a mini iron.
Giving me the treatment and lots of laughs was Dr Elias Tam, founder of EHA Clinic. The clinic specialises in aesthetic treatments and procedures. He was a really personal guy and made me feel at ease very quickly with his story about kelong fishing with his family. I’m also very grateful for his patience in explaining and helping me learn more about Clear and Brilliant.
I didn’t feel anything initially but after a while, there’s a sort of heated pricking sensation as the treatment progressed. The session lasted about 10 minutes and I would rate the discomfort as being mild. But you should know that I have a high tolerance for pain. No pain no gain right? Ha.
After the first Clear and Brilliant treatment. Although my face was red in the photo above, my artificial blush subsided quickly. I took this after photo about 15 minutes later and I can hardly notice any redness.
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!