AGNES Treatment and Q-Switch @ The Clifford Clinic
Note: This is a backdated post. My apologies to everyone for the super long delay for my updates on skin condition. Was held up by loads of other time-sensitive posts and neglected this project! So here it goes…
My first AGNES Treatment was done on 9th February 2015, and ever since then, after using the Aknicare series recommended by Dr Gerard Ee, my skin condition was more or less stabilised. I won’t say there’s zero pimples (only in my dreams, for now), the big change was how the papules (tender red bumps) occurred less frequently. The Aknicare series is quite drying on the skin and with the use of the Retacnyl cream, my skin often flakes and peels. Sadly, I have to “listen to the doctor” and continue applying them. With the controlled condition, you might think I’m happier. Well, you are wrong! This brought me to another BIG PROBLEM:
Second AGNES Treatment
What Problem? My tolerance for zits and cysts became ULTRA LOW! Having pimples prior to periods is common amongst the ladies, but after enjoying 2.5 months of breakout-free “holiday”, I start panicking when I get a few break outs!
Now looking back at my face condition back in April, it was actually much better as compared to the period back in January 2015. But at that time, I freaked out and quickly requested Dr Ee for a second AGNES treatment. The redder spots were the areas where Dr Ee treated with the AGNES machine. The covered surface was much lesser than the first treatment.
I won’t repeat and elaborate too much on the AGNES treatment again as I’ve covered it in detailed in my previous article, so here, it’s pretty much the photos doing the talking! Answering some questions from readers:
Q: How Painful? It looked Scary!
A: While AGNES seems really scary (to many people), the pain level was really much lesser (and shorter) as compared to spending one hour getting your extraction and then suffer from a swollen face for one whole day.
Q: Should I do AGNES? Will it be suitable for me?
A: I won’t know if it is suitable for you. Dr Gerard Ee will be the best person to advise you on that. However, my personal take on AGNES treatment is that it is really suitable for people with (a lot of) break-outs.
Looking back now, comparing to the time I had my first AGNES treatment, my skin condition in April wasn’t THAT bad. I did not regret doing it (I was involved in some filming project) but people who are tight with their budget might want to wait longer before doing their second treatment.
Q-Switch Laser Treatment 5 & 6
After the AGNES treatment, the next most important thing is to get rid of the pigmentation! The Q-Switch Laser treatment is used to remove the unwanted brown spots. Instead of having the laser weekly, my Q-Switch laser treatment was now twice a month.
Tip: Before the treatment, you will be asked to wash and clean your face of any sunblock or creams. It is good to use cold water to rinse your face so that the pigmentation will surface (due to temperature difference). This will be good as Dr Gerard Ee can then target the laser treatments on the darker spots to disperse the cells carrying pigmentation molecule!
If you are wondering why the red marks on 30th April are much darker, it was taken after doing Q-Switch. The pigmentation spots would be slightly darker than usual. After telling Dr Ee about my sensitivity problems (skin flaking and drying), he recommended me to use the SkinCeutical Phyto Corrective Liquid/Gel, an oil-free serum which can help to calm, soothe and hydrate my skin. The serum is an oil-free hydrator for acne-prone skin, it contains botanical extracts such as cucumber and thyme which has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and circulation-stimulating properties. It also has hyaluronic acide, an effective moisturizer and botanical glycosides to help fade discoloration without irritation.
Progress Report: After 3 Months of AGNES and Q-Switch
I’m often blinded by the minor details on my face (who doesn’t!) and it was easy to forget the long way I’ve improved within 3 months.
It was only after working out this article that I realised how much I’ve improved. Q: Is this a permanent solution?
A: For now, I am unable to answer this question as I am still on the journey of discovering if it is permanent. However I did a little experiment to see if my condition is still affected by external and internal conditions. When I was under TCM care, a healthy lifestyle (balanced diet, regular exercise and sleeping early) is of utmost important. But because of my work, I am unable to sleep early (I usually sleep at around 2-3am). While this had affected my previously, causing non-stop breakout, after AGNES treatment and with the help of Q-Switch Laser, my condition is so much more controllable!
P.S. I’m not saying what I’m doing is right (sleeping late etc), but I’m still glad my breakouts were more controlled and stable now!
The Clifford Clinic
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm | Sat: 10 am to 2pm | Sun: Closed
Address: 24 Raffles Place, #01-03 Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621
Tel:+65 6532 2400
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