Tell me if I’m wrong but in my observation, even those who have the less problematic skin need to visit and consult a dermatologist from time to time to have their skin checked. Skin care products, skin care supplements and non-surgical treatments at home are not enough to address the issues of the skin. I cannot totally say that I have clear skin. I still suffer from breakouts from time to time especially when it’s time of the month, I also have skin pigmentation that needs attention and utmost care from an expert.
I’ve been reading blog posts from co-bloggers trying out Luminisce’s facial care services. Reading their stories and seeing the improvements after their first session gave me the go signal to see what Luminisce has to offer. To feed my curiosity, I went to Luminisce Skin and Laser Clinic two weeks ago. So for the past 7 years I’ve been telling myself that those brown spots on my upper cheeks are freckles until someone enlightened me regarding my skin condition. Sharing with you below what happened during my visit at Luminisce Skin and Laser Clinic- my discoveries and services that made me decide to visit a dermatologist monthly.
Luminisce Skin and Laser Clinic is very accessible by all means of land transportation. It is located at the 2nd floor of the Mercury Building in BGC and in front of St. Lukes Medical Center. These well-known landmarks made it easier for me to reach the clinic hassle-free. I was welcomed by friendly and accommodating staffs offering something to drink. The clinic is well-lit and the ambiance is very relaxing. I felt like a princess inside Luminisce because of the royalty-themed furnishings. One of the attendants handed me a form to fill-up. I wrote there everything, from my health care related history and skin concerns.
My mission that day was to know the root-cause of my skin pigmentation and to seek advice from an expert. I met Dr. Kaycee Reyes and learned a lot from her. She is a London-trained dermatologist and a wellness advocate. During my visit Dr. Kaycee made an expectextensive skin analyses and enlightened me on my skin issues. I’m expecting her to tell me that I have freckles on the upper side of my cheeks and melasma. The latter is expected since someone already told me that but I was shocked when she told me that I have Hori’s Nevus- also known as acquired bilateral nevus of Ota like macules or acquired dermal melanocytosis which is common with Asians. It’s my first time to hear this skin condition. I did not panic after hearing Dra, Kaycee’s explanation and listened carefully to her advises.
According to her, this condition is like melasma that cannot be treated but can be managed to make them look lighter and not visible. Melasma and Hori’s Nevus can present concurrently. If not given attention, the pigmentation will spread and become bigger in the long run. Hori’s Nevus is challenging to treat that’s why regular visits to dermatologist is required and the recommended type of service for this is Clear Laser Treatment. For my case, I need around 4-6 sessions of Clear Laser Treatment to see maximum results.
Sharing with you the Clear Laser Treatment (procedure and photos) that I’ve tried at Luminisce Skin and Laser Clinic below.
A. Luxury Facial (P2,500)
Luxury Facial- this is Luminisce’s special facial treatment that deep cleans pores and removes bacteria-causing acne, trapped dirt, and excess oil, while minimizing pores up to 2 weeks! This is the first phase before the recommended laser treatment for my melasma and Hori’s Nevus.
1. The nurse cleansed my face and gave a relaxing massage. But before this, I asked her if she’ll be removing everything on my face. She said that eyeliner and my lip color will stay but my bb cream, tinted sunblock, and face powder will be removed. So what you’ll see in the following photos below is my bare face.
2. Next step is Sonophoresis- this is a procedure where a handheld metal device run all over my face wherein ultra sound waves seep nutrients in the skin while removing blackheads and whiteheads at the same time.
3. Then another device which uses electric currents was used to lift and revitalize the skin. There’s a gauze bandage placed over my face and the device safely passes those currents onto the different parts of my face.
4. Two more metal devices run all over my face. Both also have electric currents to take out impurities, energize, and make the skin glowing and radiant.
5. Last step for this facial is infusing oxygen onto my bare face from the oxyginating machine. This releases oxygen to hydrate the skin and pores. This is a combination of Vitamin C for lightening and Ceramide for anti-aging. After the procedure, my skin felt soft and smooth to touch.
Can you spot my melasma and Hori’s Nevus? They’re still there so the next phase of Clear Laser Treatment follows after pampering my skin with the Luxury Facial that my skin deserves. This is called clear laser peel!
B. Clear Laser Peel (P5,000)
Clear Laser Peel- Uses a film of carbon lotion to regenerate collagen and correct melasma, pigmentation, acne, skin tone, pore appearance, and fine wrinkles. Best of all, these procedures are done in minutes, safe for all skin types, and require ZERO downtime, so you can get back to business in no time!
First step, the attendant applied carbon lotion. After 10 minutes Dra, Kaycee did the laser treatment concentrating on parts of my cheeks where Hori’s Nevus are located. To tell you honestly, there’s a prickly sensation whenever the laser passes by those spots. It’s bearable though. Basing from my experience, she used different strokes for my melasma and for the Hori’s Nevus. Here’s my face after the laser treatment.
Fret not if you see redness on my face. I have thin skin and my skin is prone to redness. I noticed that after the procedure, some of the pigmentation lightened a bit. Since it was my first session, I did not expect drastic or dramatic results. Thank you so much Dra. Kaycee Reyes for letting me try the Clear Laser Treatment and for enlightening me with melasma and Hori’s Nevus. No regrets that I’ve trusted Luminisce Skin and Laser Clinic to try the very first laser treatment for my face to date.
I will highly recommend Luminisce Skin and Laser Clinic if you’re a newbie who wants to get informed first about your skin issues by an expert dermatologist before undergoing a non-surgical procedure or other kind of facial treatments. No need to worry about dermatology procedure nightmares that keep you from getting the right skin care treatment that you deserve. Having a good skin is an investment and in the long run, it will save hundreds and thousands of pesos from buying makeups just to cover flaws.
Visit Luminisce Skin and Laser Clinic at 2/F Mercury Drug Bldg., 32nd St. cor. 4th Ave., Fort Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig, Philippines (in front of St. Luke’s Medical Center)
Clinic schedule: Mondays to Saturdays from 10AM to 7PM and Sundays by appointment.