Have you guys read my first review of Laser Facial by Gangnam Laser Clinic? The affordable laser facial works great in controlling blemishes and giving dull face a good exfoliation. Check it out if you haven’t:
A few months later, I revisited Gangnam Laser Clinic with a different skin concern – skin laxity. My skin was losing volume making my laugh lines and tear troughs more obvious. Gangnam Laser Clinic proposed 5 sessions of the same ‘Laser Facial’ treatment, but customized the laser to a different setting to address my current concerns.
This second review continues from Part 1 – “Laser Facial for Skin Firming, Can it Beat Fillers?”. Let’s see if Laser Facial is able to reduce laugh lines.
“Can laser facial beat fillers?”
To be honest, during the past few weeks, I’d thought that the answer was a clear-cut ‘NO’. The effect of the laser facial wasn’t obvious when I observe myself through the mirror. Maybe human beings are born with short memories? I must have forgotten how I’d looked like just a couple of months ago.
Anyway, I’m glad that after reviewing the photo sequence, I was able to see an overall improvement in skin contour and firmness. Pardon me, that the first photo was with makeup while the rest were without. Let’s just focus on the skin firmness and face contour, okay?
It’s better to compare the photos on the left column. These are the “Before” photos of each treatment and can provide a more accurate comparison than the “after photos” [right column] which may include some temporary swelling.
Examining my left cheek (your right), I can see the cheek looking more lifted with each subsequent treatment. The sunken middle-segment was also less prominent with time.
Side-by-side comparison. See the pink arrows? The cheek was bulging out less in Week 11. It has received a slight uplift.
The laugh lines were also less obvious, albeit still present when I look at myself through the mirror.
So, can Laser Facial Beat Fillers?
To tell the truth, I don’t think so. But it can delay the need for fillers if your skin laxity is mild.
For those with moderate to severe skin laxity, filler should be a quicker and more effective solution, albeit minimally more invasive!
Yes, filler is more costly. But don’t forget that it gives instant result and requires only one visit a year as compared to fortnightly visit for laser facial. Comparing them on a yearly basis, the cost difference may not be significant. Furthermore, filler is less harsh on the skin.
My skin was dehydrated during the last 3 months when I was undergoing the laser facial. This is a photo taken immediately after the laser shots. The mosaic marks were the work of ablative laser.
Don’t worry, these marks would disappear after a few minutes, especially after the 15-min mask session. I just wanted to show you that this laser is real stuff and hence can be drying.
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Should I go for Laser Facial?
You can consider going for laser facial if you like to treat acne or pimples. This can also be a good exfoliation tool to achieve radiant and reborn skin. For those with mild skin laxity, laser facial can stimulate collagen and give a minor lift.
If you have more significant loss of volume to your face, fillers may be a better choice.
Considering that I have both blemish and skin laxity (mild) concerns, this would be a suitable treatment for me. However, due to the drying effect, I would consider doing it less often (maybe once a month).
In a Nutshell:
The 5 sessions of Laser Facial gave the following results:
- Blemish Control: Yes
- Fade Pigmentation: No
- Rejuvenate Dull Skin: Yes
- Skin Firming: Yes (but only treats mild skin laxity)
Extra Tips for you!
If you are daring enough or want something more affordable, at-home superficial peels such as 40% glycolic acid and 40% lactic acid peels can achieve the same benefit as laser facial. Similarly, there is no downtime involved.
As with all cosmetic procedure, be it a surgery, a minimally-invasive procedure or at-home peels, there are always risks involved. So do your due diligence in research before deciding if you want to proceed.
The Service at Gangnam Laser Clinic
Service has improved since my first visit which is great. Perhaps, they can enhance customers’ experience further by reminding customers of post-care instructions despite repeat visits. I think this step is important as its laser that we are talking about. A brief 30-second session would suffice.
Having seen how Gangnam Laser Clinic responded to my earlier comments, I am confident that it is a company that is receptive to feedback and would continue to improve on her service and operations.