Following my last consultation at Dr Ko clinic, I’ve been using a range of their products for several months now. You can read about them here and here. My skin is sensitive so I’m always very careful with changing skincare regime for fear of breakouts or worse, allergy reaction. Luckily for me, Ko Skincare range has been agreeing with me and I’ve been seeing some benefits with using the products. Which is why when they offer for me to try out some of their services, I did so with confidence.
This time, I was invited to their USJ Clinic (there are quite a few of them, do check out their website for one near you) and I met Dr Chan, who’s friendly enough to put me at ease talking about my skin concerns. This clinic offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments as well as body contouring treatments. One thing of note is that the surgical treatments are only available at the Dr Ko Specialist centre which is located in Klang.
During our consultation, we talked about a few things that I’m not happy with and numero uno has always been my pigmentations. No, I’m not talking about freckles (I’m quite proud of them), but the mild lentigos that I’ve starting to get on my cheeks, due to aging and sun damage. I’ve been given products to combat sun damage but it sure wasn’t enough. So Dr Chan recommended a few things, one being the Carbon Laser Peel.
Carbon Laser Peel is increasingly popular for its multiple benefits and convenience. It’s a “lunch time” procedure with zero downtime, and works well for aging skin and pigmentation. The process involves a laser beam focused on skin that has been covered by a thin layer of carbon powder. The laser beam is absorbed by the carbon particles due to its dark colour. Throughout the procedure, skin pores are simultaneously minimised. Due to the thermal effect, the growth of connective tissue increases while the carbon particles exfoliate the skin and purge skin pores. It’s effective in treating scars and wrinkles to0 and provide an overall brightening effect.
So off we went to the treatment room when the assistant gave me a quick face wash, then apply the carbon powder on my face.
You can see from the picture that I have few obvious spots on my face, one located right next to my nose.
It’s not as black as I thought it would be, but then again Dr Chan did instructed her to go lighter on my sensitive skin.
Then, it’s time for the laser!
Because of my specific concerns, I was given 3 rounds of laser. The first one is the long pulse, with the aim of firming and lifting. It’s really tolerable, with just a tiny bite each time the laser fires off. The second round was a little more interesting, as the 1064 wavelength which burns off the carbon powder, creating mini ‘explosions’, those exfoliating the skin while also refining the pores. And for the last round Dr Chan changed to a different applicator for the 532 laser. This is the target the epidermal pigmentations. This one is a little more intense, but still a walk in the park basically.
After the laser, a cooling mask is then applied on my face. It’s made with peppermint, so it smells absolutely amazing and also feels great on the skin.
The effect of Carbon Laser Peel should be immediate, and here’s a pic of my face.
Of course the spots are still there (usually need more than one treatment to get rid of them), but my skin was visibly brightened after the treatment. Excuse the flat hair.
Generally, a carbon laser peel is around RM900 per session, and it’s recommended you do about once a month, although some will benefit from just a single session. Do visit your nearest Dr Ko Clinic for more info, or check out their website. I’ll be following up with more posts about Dr Ko Skin Care soon!
Klinik Dr Ko
Unit 4A-C/D, Jalan USJ 10/1A.
Consultation hours: Mon – Fri 10am to 7pm
Sat 10am to 6pm