Tried & tested:
Grace Wong tries the spendiest laser treatment in town
It was nerve-wracking going into this. Despite attending the PICO Genesis launch where Bernie Chan extolled the next gen treatment’s virtues, including how it was innovatively pain-free, this was still going to be lasers, on my face, for the first time. My mind flashed back to six years ago when a friend had treatments and ended up with peely red dots all over her face in a grid. So you understand why I unleashed endless questions at Dr. Bob John: how many sessions are needed (one to two if you have “pretty good skin”; around four to six to tackle melasma), how often (one to one-and-ahalf months), and if anyone could truly benefit from this (yes, because it breaks down tiny areas of pigment underneath the skin you can’t see, so light reflects more uniformly for a noticeable glow).
My skin was cleansed and prepped, and then the real work began. The doctor first used the laser on my arm to demonstrate how it would feel: like small crackling sparks or being snapped with a tiny rubber band; slightly irritating, but not unbearable. On it went to the face, and just one side was treated first so I could compare the immediate effects. My skin felt softer to the touch with a noticeably smooth texture. Dr Bob then completed the rest, turning up the setting to target my dark spots. All in all, the process took just 15 minutes, and my face didn’t even look red after! The only aftercare advice was to use sunscreen as per usual.
I write this a month later and the pigmentation around my nose and temple has lightly faded while the rest of my skin looks extra clear, like it’s been physically scrubbed clean. There’s also a velveteen finish where there wasn’t before. The true litmus test has always been unsolicited reactions from strangers and housemates, and I received both. Take this as my full recommendation for an efficient, effective solution against pigmentation. The real bonus? If you have the good fortune of being near a highway to PJ, you can do this over lunch and still have time to grab a sandwich for the office.