“I have editor skin,” is all I need to tell Dr. Windie Hayano, M.D., Managing Director of The Skin, Inc. Dermatology and Laser Center in Magallanes, a.k.a. the place I’ve come to reclaim my pre-pullout complexion, and she knows what I mean. I reiterate anyway: “Tired skin, visible pores, and redness I can’t explain!” After having me fill out the requisite forms, Dr. Windie proceeded to address my concerns and had me try several kinds to target my issues.
The first, the Palomar StarLux 500 Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) platform, is just as top-of-the-line as it sounds and was for treating my stress acne and acne scars, wrinkles (sob!), pigmentation, and even facial veins. The StarLux 500 purportedly offers one of, if not the most requested, rejuvenation results on the market; its many other technical advancements aside, it has some high-power, adjustable-cooling specs that made the process quicker and significantly less painful than other sessions I’ve tried. She used its LuxG handpiece to treat my pigmentation and the Lux 1540 handpiece, a non-ablative (direct to the dermis, no tissue is vaporized) laser to stimulate resurfacing and deal with minor scarring and melasma.
Dr. Windie also had me try the Acleara laser, which I found to be the most physically satisfying (and relevant to those who suffer from the occasional breakout): It had a vacuum to cleanse skin of acne-causing bacteria and light technology to target acne, making for a two-in-one punch against blemishes. The process was fast, smart, and efficient, and left my skin clearer and refreshed—and all in less than an hour, way shorter than typical extraction facials.
My personal fave of the bunch however was the Palomar Emerge Fractional Laser, which uses a faster and more specialized approach. Its highly focused beams target specific areas, making the process quicker and more comfortable for me (no rubber band-on-the-skin feeling!). Made to clear up pigmentation and stimulate collagen and healthy elastin growth, I saw visible results immediately—pores were smaller, lines gone, redness was calmed down—with minimal downtime: After less than an hour I could go about my day, feeling renewed, cleaned up, reset—which is, basically, all one wants from any laser treatment.
THE SKIN, INC. DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, Room 303-304 Tritan Plaza Building, San Gregorio St., Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes Village, Makati. Tel. no. 853 3024. E-mail email@example.com
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