WHAT: Using a special laser called the RevLite – a piece of technology which uses a “PhotoAcoustic Technology Pulse (PTP)” system to deliver the laser energy into the skin at very narrow pulse widths – the DermaC MD Skin Rejuvenation System from the Dermacare Aesthetic & Laser Clinic is a kind of “laser facial”.
The treatment is meant to work in the way a chemical peel would but with much less “invasion” of the skin and correspondingly much less impact. According to Dermacare, the procedure targets issues like “melasma, a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face, as well as age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin, skin laxity and mild to severe hyperpigmentation”; it acts to exfoliate the skin and reduce “hyperpigmentation and acne flares” while correcting “laxity, lines and wrinkles”.
The DermaC MD Skin Rejuvenation System “laser facial” using RevLite is available from The Dermacare Aesthetic & Laser Clinic is located at #05-05 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Tel: 6634 6328 and is open Monday through Sunday from 11am to 9pm. For more details on the procedures available at the clinic, go to www.dermacare.com.sg.
REVIEW: Having previously experienced a variety of laser-based anti-aging, non- or semi-invasive procedures, I was interested to see if the DermaC MD Skin Rejuvenation System “laser facial” would have similar results despite its less-is-more non-invasive description.
Having undergone another treatment just prior to the laser facial, my skin was already fairly numbed with the clinic’s topical cream and I was used to the movement of a wand over my face.
The treatment is as far as I can tell, practically painless. The RevLite laser used in this procedure is set at level that doesn’t physically penetrate the outer skin – unlike an ablative laser procedure like a fractional laser that actually leave miniscule cuts the skin – so you can actually apply makeup and head straight back to work.
There is an added side benefit for those who have a lot of fine hair on your face; the laser burns it all way with a slight smell of burnt hair but no rubbing or pulling.
Dr. Dennis Kwan, the medical director of the clinic, says there are a lot of women in Singapore who are getting these laser facials regularly, monthly or even fortnightly, and that the incremental benefits of non-ablative and non-invasive procedures – particularly the lack of downtime, redness or pain – have made them one of his most popular treatments.
On immediate examination my skin was definitely smoother at a superficial level; there was little or no redness, no swelling, no irritation at all. I can’t say I saw immediate brightening; but after a week I saw a marked improvement in reduced pigmentation. A number of small sunspots had totally disappeared after a few days of darkening – which is normal according to Dr. Kwan.
There was also a slight improvement overall in the surface texture of my skin, although nothing like the improvements I got from the more aggressive fractional laser treatment where I saw a definite and lasting improvement in smoothness and fine lines.
One month later, the spots are still gone, but the general surface texture of my skin is returning to its previous condition. Looks like I need a another laser facial to continue the gentle and gradual improvement of my skin texture.
For those who have definite concerns over skin pigmentation, freckles and the like, or those who are concerned about more invasive treatments, I would totally recommend trying the DermaC MD Skin Rejuvenation System laser facial using RevLite. The overall results for surface texture and fine lines are immediately apparent but with additional treatments you can see how the gentle procedure would work to improve skin quality overall.
If you suffer from more obvious skin unevenness like acne scars for example, I’d recommend speaking to the doctor about using a “stronger” version of the laser for better, faster results.