For someone who isn’t fastidious about skincare, the thought of undergoing a laser treatment was daunting. The first thing I did was to Google laser treatments and to be honest, I wasn’t convinced. For the sake of this article, a little background information on the state of my skin is necessary. I only started using sunblock when I turned 40 and only because I was told rather sternly by a dermatologist that if I continued to sunbathe the way I had all my life, I was really asking for trouble.
You would think that I would have taken his advice and stayed out of the midday sun, but the rebel in me insists on maintaining a tan, which brings us to the subject of laser treatments for the skin. As with every aesthetic treatment, improvements and studies are always being carried out as the business of beauty is a serious one.
I was in for a treat at Clique Clinic where I was to undergo a session of the Enlighten™ PICO Genesis™ laser. This non-thermal, non-invasive laser is used to treat pigmentation (due to genetics, acne, ageing or pregnancy) and basically rejuvenate the skin. And for those who have had tattoos done during the folly of youth, this is a less painful way of removing them.
The PICO laser can be used on most parts of the body including the face, hands and décolletage. Freckles, uneven skin tone and sun damage are all fair game and for those (like me) who have all of the above, this was going to be interesting. The laser actually shatters the pigmentation to reveal revitalised skin and a more uniform complexion.
The first thing I noticed upon entering the Clique Clinic was how unintimidating it was, and this is especially important for first-timers. The clinic is run by several knowledgeable aesthetic physicians with years of experience who were willing to answer my inane questions, plus they were really nice! They explained everything in detail and were very clear about what would happen during and after the procedure so nerves were calmed.
After my face was cleansed and goggles put on, the treatment began. I was told that it would feel like a rubber band snapping my skin, which is accurate. My pain threshold is pretty high so I wasn’t bothered by it and the fact that every time I was ‘zapped’, cold air was applied to numb the area. This went on for approximately 15 minutes and that was it! I could feel some heat in my face and there were certain areas that were red but it was manageable.
According to Clique, even one treatment is enough to see a difference and as I write this two weeks later, I’m surprised to notice that my pigmentation has faded slightly, but the full effect will be seen in two more weeks and I’m confident the results will be good. The most important thing to remember, and something the doctors at Clique are adamant about, is to minimise sun exposure for a few days after the treatment and to always use sunblock (minimum SPF50) to prevent further damage.