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.


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 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.



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.


  • Minor Swelling, itching, crusting (especially on the first day).
  • Redness
  • 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.


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.


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

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  1. how much did it cost you for the whole treatment including consultation?

    • The treatment will vary on a case to case basis. It would be best if you can visit Doctor Serondo for her to see. Also, she offers some promo and packages. You may mention that you read it from here, she might consider you for some special packages 🙂

  2. Glad i stumbled on you blog. Gonna visit the clinic soon for fractional laser too. Actually i had my session a year ago in Manila at Skin Wellness, but due to time constraint i plan to visit derma in Bacolod instead. The procedure is very effective especially for box and rolling scars as well as fine lines too.

  3. I’m all about pampering and bettering ones self with a good spa day!

  4. Nathalie Porbes

    I never heard about this before but its so interesting for me, I wish you had a before and after picture

  5. I never heard of the carbon dioxide laser treatment before – how interesting! I hope you finish out your sessions so that we can see those before and after pictures!

  6. I have never heard of this kind of treatment before, but sounds a little bit scary to me

  7. It is sooooo important to take care of your skin! And it’s not too hard to do so either

  8. I wish this kind of treatment is affordable.

  9. Honestly I never heard about this treatment before but it sounds good

  10. This kind of treatment is perfect for travelers, since they are often exposed to sun and are almost always outdoors. It’s definitely important to take care of your skin and I’m glad we have options like this one.

  11. I honest never heard of a CO2 laser treatment before but if it works for you, then great.

  12. I had my fair share of acne when I was in my teens. This sounds like a great solution to those scars.

  13. Never heard of this treatment before too. Though as of now I still don’t consider undergoing any kind of treatment like this. But congrats sir!

  14. The Carbon Dioxide Laser treatment is a way to help your skin be better especially that you spend a lot of time outdoors.

  15. Whistle* very insightful!
    Great post about Carbon Dioxide Lazer Treatment

  16. I never heard of this treatment before but I am surely interested. May I know how much a session costs? And also, before and after pictures please! haha

  17. I have to admit I’ve not heard of this particular treatment before, but it sounds interesting, though not sure about the sun burnt feeling eek! x

  18. Wow! I am not a fan of pain. That procedures sounds very interesting. Are your results worth it?

  19. was it painful? yes, I agree with Anne , you should have been given the whole package to really achieve the best results…para sumunod kami..hahahah. Goodluck sir 🙂

  20. Wow, you should have asked your Doctor to sponsor you all throughout for you to achieve the best result so that you can tell us if its is really effective and worth the investment.

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