Some people commented that my complexion is good. I guess they meant for my age. But to me, it is not good enough. It’s too spotty for my liking. Still, looking at me now is definitely much better than looking at me two years ago. Then, I looked hideous.
I had this huge brown spot on the left side of my face. According to the doctor, it’s a skin condition known as solar lentigo which is in effect, a medical term for freckle which started growing when I was in my early twenties to the dreaded spot you see on the picture here.
Before I saw the doctor about my condition, I used many whitening creams and lotions with no effect. Except perhaps for La Mer Face Serum. But even then, it only lightened part of the spot.
So how did I get rid of it eventually?
I had it lasered off by a qualified aesthetic doctor sometime during September 2005. My face was literally burnt and the skin left raw and smarting. Not unlike when you get a bad bruise and part of the surface of the skin came off. Because of the size of the spot, it took more than a week for a scab to form and the skin to eventually heal. I had to keep applying a skin bleaching cream that my doctor prescribed, on top of remembering not to scratch the spot that was by then itching.
Initially, my doctor had thought I might need another two laser treatments to completely remove the spot, considering the size of it. But surprisingly, the spot was almost completely gone after just one treatment. It started turning red, then pink and eventually after a few months, it was almost completely gone, except for a faint mark. You can’t even see it on the picture right? I know the lighting is very different from the first picture but you’re definitely looking at my face.
However, I was told that I need to take care by applying sunblock religiously and that the pigmentation might return. And it is indeed so now. A small spot has started to form again around the same area. But with foundation, it isn’t visible.
I’ll see how this goes. I might go for another laser treatment again if it gets worst. Apparently solar lentigo is a common condition for Asian skin, so this is nothing alarming. I’ve also had some smaller spots on the right side of my face lasered off but the results were not as ideal as the first spot after just one treatment.
As for the cost, it is affordable. That huge spot only cost me S$100. Really, I don’t know why it took me so long to get rid of it. Oh, it isn’t really painful. The doc said it would be like rubber band shooting on my face. And it was exactly that.
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