FAQ on birthmark removal and updates

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As promised on my‚ÄĮFacebook page‚ÄĮ(follow me if you haven‚Äôt already!), here is the latest update on my birthmarks removal.

You may read¬†about¬†the progress¬†from the treatments I have undergone thus far‚ÄĮhere.

I have been trying out‚ÄĮthe‚ÄĮMedlite¬†C6 laser from HOYA¬†ConBio¬ģ, the latest in Q-switched laser technologyto treat and remove¬†my birthmarks.¬†So far, my 2 smaller birthmarks have been responding to the¬†Medlite¬†C6 laser treatments¬†well enough to have them almost completely removed. There is a risk of having a white indent mark after the treatments but I guess that would be better than having a dark one? However, not to worry because the white indent will slowly fade away with time as seen from the pictures.

Unfortunately, the huge birthmark on my inner thigh has not been responding well to the laser treatments but instead, sort of backfired. You will need to consider this risk if you are looking to remove yours. Stubborn pigmentation that are too dark and deep may not be able to disperse and lighten, and may darken even further. This was what happened to mine.

After the 4th treatment using¬†Medlite¬†C6,‚ÄĮmy doctors‚ÄĮdecided to use another alternative to help treat my birthmarks, especially the huge one, which is the Fractional Laser Treatment. I was told that this is stronger than¬†Medlite¬†C6 but surprisingly, it did not hurt as much as¬†Medlite¬†and downtime in terms of swelling and redness but lesser and faster too!

This is the first attempt using the Fractional Laser Treatment.

My doctor mentioned to me that some of the patients who have had their cafe au lait birthmarks treated using Medlite have also encountered the same issue as my huge birthmark. Similarly, they have also been advised to use the Fractional Laser Treatment and some of them had theirs successfully removed.

I am crossing my fingers doubly hard this time round because should this treatment also fail me, then the final and last resort would be to ‚Äėcut‚Äô away the layer‚Ķ.which I really shudder even at the mere thought of it, although I‚Äôm not too sure how this would be done since my birthmark is flat and not ‚Äėpopping‚Äô out with an ‚Äėextra flesh‚Äô.

I know some of you guys might think that it isn’t such a big deal having these birthmarks but all I can say is that I have been living with these for the past 26 years of my life and every single time I wear short skirt, short dress and shorts (not even mini level), I get extremely self-conscious. Without fail.

And to make it worse, this is validated and verified by onlookers’ watchful eyes. Although some of you guys might also say that thankfully the birthmark is not on my face which is a gazillion times worse, but still….

I got this even when I was a child especially when I went swimming as the huge birthmark on my inner thigh would definitely be seen while wearing a swimsuit or during physical exercise lessons in school.

In whatever circumstances, this huge birthmark has somehow or rather but certainly affected my self-esteem. Even having long slim and toned flawless legs (no other blemishes) wouldn’t make me contented if the huge birthmark remains.

I must say that patience is really required should you want to remove your birthmarks, because a few treatment sessions are usually required. One should be realistic with their expectations of the results and time process.

Here are the usual FAQs I have been receiving and should I have missed out any of your queries, I apologise. I hope these FAQs would more or less address your concerns with regards to birthmark removal.

Q1: How many treatment sessions do I need? 

A1 :¬†This is one of the most common queries I have received. My answer to this is that it would really depend on¬†the¬†individual‚Äôs condition. The number of sessions would depend¬†on how ‚Äėdeep‚Äô your pigmentation is, into the layers of your skin. One very obvious method in deciding whether your birthmark pigmentation is deep or not, would be to¬†analyse¬†the shade of the birthmark.

The 2 smaller birthmarks are definitely much lighter than the huge 1 on my inner thigh. And to achieve good results, I have undergone 4 treatment sessions for that to reach this stage.

Another consideration would be the size of the birthmark. Logically, smaller birthmarks would require less number of treatments compared to bigger ones.

Q2 : How much does the treatment cost? 

A2 :¬†This is pretty much dependent on the number of treatments required for your condition. From what I know when I inquired with the doc on behalf of my friend, a 50cent coin size scar (not birthmark) costs around $350-$400. ‚ÄĮBut then again, for a more accurate and confirmed quotation, it is best that you check with the doc.

Q3 : How long would a session take? 

A3 : Again, depending on the above contributing factors, it may take approx 15mins to 30mins. You will also require numbing cream to be applied before the treatment, and it would require about 10 to 15mins for the numbing effect to take place.

Q4 : Does it hurt? 

A4 :¬†I would be lying if I say it doesn‚Äôt¬†hurt. Before the process, as mentioned above, numbing cream would be applied to minimize pain. During the treatment, when the laser beams penetrate into your skin, it does hurt but it is more of an¬†ant-bite¬†pain. Personally, the aftermath of the treatment is much more painful as there would be redness and swelling¬†involved.¬†Based on my experience thus far, the pain would usually remain until about 2 hours later, after¬†which it would gradually subside. I tolerate all this¬†pain because it‚Äôs really ‚ÄėNO PAIN NO GAIN‚Äô.

Q5 : Any downtime? What is the recovery period? 

A5 : As mentioned above, there would be redness and swelling for approx 2 hours after the treatment. The redness may continue till the next day and will then subside gradually. After about 4 to 5 days, the treated areas would then experience dryness and scabs would form, then shrivel and dry up. This is the period in which you may most probably itch like crazy. It’s best not to scratch or touch the area at all, which can be quite frustrating because it’s just sooooo itchy. But this is the same with any other wounds that are healing.

Q6 : Any medication? 

A6 :¬†I¬†was¬†given bleaching/whitening cream and ‚Äėcalming cream‚Äô before but logically, I skip applications when the area is¬†still¬†sore and the new layer of skin is still ‚Äėfresh‚Äô. Definitely would hurt a gazillion times if you apply something on it¬†then.

I was told not to apply anything onto the birthmarks after my Fractional Laser treatment.

Q7 : Will it be permanently removed? 

A7 : This is really anyone’s guess. Even the doctors would not be able to provide a definite answer because it really depends on the individual and one’s luck. Some birthmarks do recur while some don’t.

Q8 : Any scars? 

A8 :¬† I am very lucky not to have had any scars from the treatment. There may be some white indents¬†which¬†some¬†of you¬†might call¬†‚Äėscars‚Äô,¬†they¬†are actually areas that are whiter than¬†the¬†surrounding¬†skin. But I guess that looks better than having a brown patch which is more obvious? I was actually afraid that the white indents would remain forever but it seems like they do fade away gradually with time, although not 100% complete.

With the new laser treatment, I am starting to harbour hopes that my birthmarks can be completely removed again.

*fingers crossed doubly tight*

Watch this space for the next update!

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Updates and FAQ on my Birthmarks Removal

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As promised on my‚ÄĮFacebook page‚ÄĮ(follow me if you haven‚Äôt already!), here is the latest update on my birthmarks removal.

You may read¬†about¬†the progress¬†from the treatments I have undergone thus far‚ÄĮhere.

I have been trying out‚ÄĮthe‚ÄĮMedlite¬†C6 laser from HOYA¬†ConBio¬ģ, the latest in Q-switched laser technology to treat and remove¬†my birthmarks.¬†So far, my 2 smaller birthmarks have been responding to the¬†Medlite¬†C6 laser treatments¬†well enough to have them almost completely removed. There is a risk of having a white indent mark after the treatments but I guess that would be better than having a dark one? However, not to worry because the white indent will slowly fade away with time as seen from the pictures.

Unfortunately, the huge birthmark on my inner thigh has not been responding well to the laser treatments but instead, sort of backfired. You will need to consider this risk if you are looking to remove yours. Stubborn pigmentation that are too dark and deep may not be able to disperse and lighten, and may darken even further. This was what happened to mine.

After the 4th treatment using¬†Medlite¬†C6,‚ÄĮmy doctors‚ÄĮdecided to use another alternative to help treat my birthmarks, especially the huge one, which is the Fractional Laser Treatment. I was told that this is stronger than¬†Medlite¬†C6 but surprisingly, it did not hurt as much as¬†Medlite¬†and downtime in terms of swelling and redness but lesser and faster too!

This is the first attempt using the Fractional Laser Treatment.

My doctor mentioned to me that some of the patients who have had their cafe au lait birthmarks treated using Medlite have also encountered the same issue as my huge birthmark. Similarly, they have also been advised to use the Fractional Laser Treatment and some of them had theirs successfully removed.

I am crossing my fingers doubly hard this time round because should this treatment also fail me, then the final and last resort would be to ‚Äėcut‚Äô away the layer‚Ķ.which I really shudder even at the mere thought of it, although I‚Äôm not too sure how this would be done since my birthmark is flat and not ‚Äėpopping‚Äô out with an ‚Äėextra flesh‚Äô.

I know some of you guys might think that it isn’t such a big deal having these birthmarks but all I can say is that I have been living with these for the past 26 years of my life and every single time I wear short skirt, short dress and shorts (not even mini level), I get extremely self-conscious. Without fail.

And to make it worse, this is validated and verified by onlookers’ watchful eyes. Although some of you guys might also say that thankfully the birthmark is not on my face which is a gazillion times worse, but still….

I got this even when I was a child especially when I went swimming as the huge birthmark on my inner thigh would definitely be seen while wearing a swimsuit or during physical exercise lessons in school.

In whatever circumstances, this huge birthmark has somehow or rather but certainly affected my self-esteem. Even having long slim and toned flawless legs (no other blemishes) wouldn’t make me contented if the huge birthmark remains.

I must say that patience is really required should you want to remove your birthmarks, because a few treatment sessions are usually required. One should be realistic with their expectations of the results and time process.

Here are the usual FAQs I have been receiving and should I have missed out any of your queries, I apologise. I hope these FAQs would more or less address your concerns with regards to birthmark removal.

Q1: How many treatment sessions do I need? 

A1 :¬†This is one of the most common queries I have received. My answer to this is that it would really depend on¬†the¬†individual‚Äôs condition. The number of sessions would depend¬†on how ‚Äėdeep‚Äô your pigmentation is, into the layers of your skin. One very obvious method in deciding whether your birthmark pigmentation is deep or not, would be to¬†analyse¬†the shade of the birthmark.

The 2 smaller birthmarks are definitely much lighter than the huge 1 on my inner thigh. And to achieve good results, I have undergone 4 treatment sessions for that to reach this stage.

Another consideration would be the size of the birthmark. Logically, smaller birthmarks would require less number of treatments compared to bigger ones.

Q2 : How much does the treatment cost? 

A2 :¬†This is pretty much dependent on the number of treatments required for your condition. From what I know when I inquired with the doc on behalf of my friend, a 50cent coin size scar (not birthmark) costs around $350-$400. ‚ÄĮBut then again, for a more accurate and confirmed quotation, it is best that you check with the doc.

Q3 : How long would a session take? 

A3 : Again, depending on the above contributing factors, it may take approx 15mins to 30mins. You will also require numbing cream to be applied before the treatment, and it would require about 10 to 15mins for the numbing effect to take place.

Q4 : Does it hurt? 

A4 :¬†I would be lying if I say it doesn‚Äôt¬†hurt. Before the process, as mentioned above, numbing cream would be applied to minimize pain. During the treatment, when the laser beams penetrate into your skin, it does hurt but it is more of an¬†ant-bite¬†pain. Personally, the aftermath of the treatment is much more painful as there would be redness and swelling¬†involved.¬†Based on my experience thus far, the pain would usually remain until about 2 hours later, after¬†which it would gradually subside. I tolerate all this¬†pain because it‚Äôs really ‚ÄėNO PAIN NO GAIN‚Äô.

Q5 : Any downtime? What is the recovery period? 

A5 : As mentioned above, there would be redness and swelling for approx 2 hours after the treatment. The redness may continue till the next day and will then subside gradually. After about 4 to 5 days, the treated areas would then experience dryness and scabs would form, then shrivel and dry up. This is the period in which you may most probably itch like crazy. It’s best not to scratch or touch the area at all, which can be quite frustrating because it’s just sooooo itchy. But this is the same with any other wounds that are healing.

Q6 : Any medication? 

A6 :¬†I¬†was¬†given bleaching/whitening cream and ‚Äėcalming cream‚Äô before but logically, I skip applications when the area is¬†still¬†sore and the new layer of skin is still ‚Äėfresh‚Äô. Definitely would hurt a gazillion times if you apply something on it¬†then.

I was told not to apply anything onto the birthmarks after my Fractional Laser treatment.

Q7 : Will it be permanently removed? 

A7 : This is really anyone’s guess. Even the doctors would not be able to provide a definite answer because it really depends on the individual and one’s luck. Some birthmarks do recur while some don’t.

Q8 : Any scars? 

A8 :¬† I am very lucky not to have had any scars from the treatment. There may be some white indents¬†which¬†some¬†of you¬†might call¬†‚Äėscars‚Äô,¬†they¬†are actually areas that are whiter than¬†the¬†surrounding¬†skin. But I guess that looks better than having a brown patch which is more obvious? I was actually afraid that the white indents would remain forever but it seems like they do fade away gradually with time, although not 100% complete.

With the new laser treatment, I am starting to harbour hopes that my birthmarks can be completely removed again.

*fingers crossed doubly tight*

Watch this space for the next update!

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my¬†Facebook page! ūüôā

My second birthmark removal treatment session

As you can tell from my first treatment session to remove my birthmarks, results have been very promising, especially for the 2 small ones! I was scheduled for my second treatment session some time back and here is an update on the progress thus far!

Because I needed some time for the results to be seen, I had to blog about this after few weeks to allow the skin and scabs to peel off. I say this because I have been receiving queries regarding my treatment sessions and its results, so thanks for your patience!

The smaller birthmarks have been reduced and lightened. The white indents will also fade away with time.

However, as for the huge birthmark on my thigh, it would require more treatments due to the size and the pigmentation is very deep into the layers of the skin.

This is also the reason as to my general advice to queries because it really depends on the type of birthmark, the size and how deep the pigmentation is. Every birthmark is different. Hence, it is best that you consult your doctor to have your birthmarks or pigmentation problems (since this laser can treat other pigmentation problems too) assessed.

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My first birthmark removal treatment session

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In my previous post, I talked about how my birth marks have affected my self-esteem and reduced my self-confidence, so much so that I avoided wearing shorts for some time. Even when I do wear them now, I am still very conscious about its presence.

Getting rid of my unsightly birthmarks has been what I have yearning for, and I am excited about my treatment at Astique Clinic!

I made some enquiries, and found out that for birth mark removals or other pigmentation problems,‚ÄĮAstique Clinic‚ÄĮoffer laser treatment for hyperpigmentation, via the¬†Medlite¬†C6 laser from HOYA¬†ConBio¬ģ, the latest in Q-switched laser technology. The¬†Medlite¬†has been studied in many clinical trials and is approved by the FDA for the successful treatment of pigmentation disorders including birthmarks.

Depending on the size and extent of your birthmark pigmentation and the treatment level of your sessions, you may need anywhere from 2 to 6 sessions. The treatment may be repeated every 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the type, extent and severity of the pigmentation. After the procedure, there will be mild redness at the treated area which usually resolves after a few hours. More obvious localised redness lasting a few days may occur with intensive spot treatments for more resistant pigmentation.

Before the treatment began, I had a further consultation with‚ÄĮDr Matthew Yap‚ÄĮto further clarify my doubts.

Here are some useful tips and questions which you may wish to consider during the consultation process :

  • What type of birthmark is yours? (Assuming you are removing your birthmarks)
  • Is it 100% safe?
  • What is the downtime for recovery?
  • Can you resume your normal activities after treatment?
  • What food/drinks to avoid?
  • Will it recur?
  • What is the pain factor?
  • How many treatment sessions are required?
  • Is there a need to apply any lotion aftermath?
  • How long will it take to peel/scab?

I did my own research and read up more on my type of birthmark which is‚ÄĮCafe-au-lait¬†spots. These birthmarks are brown and flat, and also I had to confirm with Dr Yap on the recurrence as I have read about it online too. It is difficult to gauge the possibility of recurrence and depending on a case-by-case¬†basis,¬†it is possible that these‚ÄĮCafe-au-lait¬†spots recur.

So I am really crossing my fingers here.

There will be peeling and scabbing occurring and during 2 weeks post-treatment, and some itchiness will be felt which is normal. Scratch the areas around the treated area if you really need to scratch. I was also prescribed antiseptic cream to apply twice a day after the treatment. The area might also be sensitive especially after treatment, so do take extra pre-caution. You may avoid wearing tight fitting clothes, like how I wore shorts for the next few days to prevent any abrasion and it is highly recommendable that you moisturise the area with your usual body moisturiser as the area would dry out when the skin is preparing to scab.

Most importantly, AVOID any direct contact with the sun and slap on your usual sunblock lotion as tanning might cause these areas to darken further.

I am very pleased with the results thus far although I know that the biggest birth mark would still require further treatment sessions to completely reduce/remove it.

I am really looking forward to flawless skin with this laser treatment!

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