A CARBON DIOXIDE LASER TREATMENT FOR A TRAVEL BLOGGER
Yes, this Travel Blogger gets a Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment at Skin Solutions, Bacolod City.
Being a travel blogger , I always find myself in some outdoor activities exposing myself to the harmful rays of the sun . Wait, before you raise your eyebrows, I don’t really blame these factors for how I look. Shall I say, genetics has more to do with it. Lol !
I admit, I did not take care of my skin seriously. I have a very oily skin and during my teen years, acne had feasted on my face, leaving my skin – the sandblasted effect. Lol! Well, during those times there were not enough derma clinics in the City of Bacolod . So I just content myself on what is available in the market and experiment those on my face gaining the catastrophic effect on my looks.
FACING THE PROBLEM
Honestly, I don’t really equate my value as a person to my looks. But admittedly, I believe that being presentable (at least, presentable!) is a requirement in my chosen profession. As what Dr. Berondo told me, “sa panahon ngayon, bawal na ang pangit…” Ouch, I was hurt, Lol.
Apart from being a blogger, I am also a graduate school professor and I am doing training and management consultancy business . These jobs require me to face people all the time. I knew for a fact that being a teacher and a trainer, my best visual aid is myself.
I have real and good friends who told me straight that I need to visit a dermatologist ( yes a dermatologist, not a magician.) In fact, one of them told me that I need an “overhaul” , as if she was talking to the owner a vintage car.
I knew, they were sincere with their comments and they just wanted the best for me.
Last year, a friend of mine arranged for some procedures in one dermatology clinic in Manila in exchange for some social media endorsements and write ups. I was amenable to the deal but since that will be in Manila and to I need to stay there for a while, it took me some time to schedule and go. Until I was invited to the Skin Solutions, a Dermatology and Laser Center in Bacolod City. The clinic is personally supervised by the owner, Dr. Maria-Lombos, Serondo.
I visited and see Dr. Berondo without any expectations. I don’t even know what I want. Dr. Serondo was very nice and amiable. I was so comfortable with her on our first meeting. After her assessment, she decided to give me a Carbon Dioxide ( CO2) Laser Treatment.
THE CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) LASER
The CO2 Laser removes thin layers of skin with precision and minimal damage to your surrounding tissue. The CO2 laser uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage.
Cardon Dioxide Laser Treatment at Skin Solutions by Dr. Maria Rhea Berondo
This laser treatment reduces scars, wrinkles, and imperfections. Dr. Berondo explained to me that CO2 lasers are used to eliminate fine line on the cheeks, smooth and tighten the skin , improve crow’s feet around the eyes, soften deep frown lines, flatten scar tissue, reduce stretch marks and hyperpigmentation, remove sun freckles and age spots and rejuvenate the skin by smoothing and polishing the complexion.
I was excited with the benefits of the CO2 Laser treatment . So after a few minutes, I already found myself lying on her bed clinic. Her assistant started to clean my face. After cleaning, she also applied a topical anesthesia . Huh, anesthesia? I was a bit scared. But Dr. Berondo explained to me that since she will be using the laser, I will feel the burning sensation during the treatment.
After , the topical anesthesia, My face were covered by a cling wrap plastic for my skin to really absorbed the cream. After a few minutes, Dr. Berondo removed the cream on my face to start with the CO2 laser treatment. Truly, It was never painful. But I smell some burnt odor just like when you engaged in some cautery treatment.
While doing the procedure, Dr. Berondo keeps on explaining to me more details about the treatment.
HOW DOES CARDON DIOXIDE LASER WORK?
The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is the best-known method today for improving skin’s appearance. This treatment works great at rejuvenating the skin by improving overall skin quality. Brown spots caused by sun damage can be improved, skin pores reduced in size, skin texture irregularities can be smoothed out and the skin plumped up through collagen stimulation.
The CO2 laser penetrates deeply which no cream can ever do to essentially remove the outer layer of the skin. Because of this, a CO2 laser will produce significant skin tightening and is more successful at removing deep wrinkles and scars.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS AFTER THE TREATMENT
- Minor Swelling, itching, crusting (especially on the first day).
- Skin irritation
- Bacterial, viral, infection of the skin (so make sure to follow your Doctors instructions)
Dr. Berondo told me that my healing will be up to 4-5 days. So she gave me an antibacterial cream to be applied on my face for the entire 5 days.I was not allowed to wash my face overnight.
Honestly , “sun burnt” sensation can be felt overnight. Dr. Berondo told me just to take some mefenamic tablet if I wanted to. But in my case,It was just tolerable. I just took an ice cube inside the glass, covered it with cloth (not to transfer the water on my skin and just dab it on my face to ease the burning sensation.
The major hassle I experienced was getting a sunburnt red face .
For the working people, I think the best schedule to have the treatment is on a Friday, then take off the weekend and just stay at home. But some of my friends would even go to the mall after their treatment.So don’t be scared when I say “swelling” , it’s not the swelling that will give you a monster look.
SHALL I POST MY ” BEFORE AND AFTER” PHOTO?
Results for CO2 Laser can be seen after 4 to 5 sessions on a monthly schedule. Depending on your skin conditions, this treatment is even better if continued for 12 months treatment.
Oh, well If I can afford and have the budget to continue with my treatment I might post my after treatment photo to show proof of the treatment’s effectivity.
VISIT SKIN SOLUTIONS:
Skin Solutions offers a 4 plus 1 free session of treatment for their CO2 laser Treatment .
For more information visit Dr. Maria Rhea Lombos –Serondo at
Unit A-o1 Negros First Cyber Center
Lacson corner Hernaez Sts, Bacolod City
Tel: (034) 432-1533