Last weekend, I finally got the chance to have some pampering time for myself. It was way overdue and I thought it might as well be a treatment that will jumpstart my skin improvement journey.
It was my first time to visit SkinHouse Beauty and Laser Clinic and I finally got to meet Gretha who explained to me the Gentle Yag Laser Treatment procedure that I was there for.
Laser skin tightening is a unique facial rejuvenation option that produces dramatic results. It effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin for a smoother and more youthful appearance. As gravity and the aging process naturally take place, the skin loses its elasticity and youthful appearance. This treatment may offer an alternative to, or help supplement a surgical facelift. It is a safe, effective way to lessen the effects of time.
Laser skin tightening helps with improving fine wrinkles and lines on the face without prolonged “downtime”. The effect is often referred to as non-invasive collagen remodeling.
I was actually choosing between Laser Hair Removal and Laser Skin Tightening. I also wanted to do away with having to shave my underarms every so often, so the former was very tempting. But since I was blogging about this, I couldn’t bring myself to think I would have to post images of my pits. Haha! Besides, I also would love to do something about my laugh lines that are threatening to further embed around my poor mouth prematurely. Now that I think about it, I believe it’s a facial feature passed down to us because my mom’s laugh lines have been pretty prominent too even at her young age. Plus I kind of give in to laughing whenever. With homeschooling my corny and giggly 8 year old son for 4 years now, can you really blame me? 🙂
The GentleYag laser treatment started off with facial cleansing. Nurse Tricia wiped my face off with a gentle skin cleanser, similar to that of Cetaphil and Physiogel.
The infrared thermometer gun measures the heat transferred to my face. It has to reach 40°C (imagine warm shower temperature), to reach the depth of the skin layer that will effectively go about its non-invasive collagen remodeling.
After my face was cleansed free of makeup, my official photographer a.k.a. “the hubs” snapped away to document the “before” photo. Wouldn’t it have been nice if that zit was lasered away too? 🙂
The danger of having the hubby as my photographer is not being able to help myself to goof around during snapshots. In hindsight, as I was looking through the bunch of photos, this goofy shot actually showed how embedded my laugh lines already were.
Tricia dutifully placed the protectors over my eyes before the GentleYag laser treatment proper. Notice that nurse was also wearing a pair of eye protectors.
Yep! Even the hubby was given an eye protection he had to wear even if he was several feet away from where I was treated.
Lines were drawn around my face where the laser would go. The lines serve as the guide where the nurse will direct the laser during the procedure.
Nurse Tricia did the laser treatment while another nurse measured the heat transfer on my face.
Men and women between ages 30 and 60 are ideal candidates for laser skin tightening procedures. As long as you’re in good health, laser skin tightening can repair loose facial skin and reduce wrinkles and fine lines all over the body. Typically, new collagen growth takes from 90 to 180 days after the initial treatment, at which time patients enjoy a dramatically rejuvenated appearance.
There were some sudden stings as the laser got in contact with my facial hairs. During which times I got startled and actually flinched quite a number of times. Some “Tiis Ganda” moments, for sure, but nothing unbearable.
While patients see noticeable decreases in skin laxity after their first laser skin tightening session, most skin tightening experts recommend up to six treatments, depending on the patient’s desired results and the area to be treated. Treatments are generally spaced roughly 4-6 weeks apart.
Yes, you can say I’m an expert like that. (on zeroing in the camera to the subject -me) 🙂
The procedure was wrapped up with Tricia applying sunblock on my face.
I totally should have taken an “after the procedure photo” right in the procedure room, for the purpose of documentation. My boys got busy playing against each other via Red Alert, it totally slipped my mind. Next time, then. That’ll be a note to self. I’m revisiting SkinHouse for my second treatment after 1 month! Yay!
The above photo was taken as soon as I hopped in the car. Yes I have sunspots too! All the blemishes are magnified without my trusty BB cream. Haha! I was discouraged to wash my face within the 24 hour period. But I can use gentle skin cleanser.
The procedure lasted give or take 20 minutes and I was so thrilled to see that my laugh lines were not all that prominent anymore. I initially thought that it might just be a natural immediate effect of the heat transfer during the treatment. But truth be told, five days since and my laugh lines still remain, for the most part, inconspicuous. It’s that or I have not been laughing a lot lately. 🙂
I couldn’t resist to take a photo of my SkinHouse prettifiers, Tricia and the infra-red thermo gun blaster gal nurse, whose name slipped my mind. I totally loved the friendly atmosphere in SkinHouse. From Gretha to these lovely nurses who took care of my face. Thank you, girls! 🙂
Here’s looking forward to my second installment of GentleYag Laser Treatment! If the effect was dramatic enough for me on the first treatment, makes me excited to look forward to my succeeding ones. Will keep you guys posted! 🙂
SkinHouse Beauty and Laser Clinic
2/F 170 Mayon Street corner Retiro, Quezon City
Contact Nos. 542.4106 | 254.3987