I’ve been writing for magazines for seven years, but I’ve only done one laser treatment in my life. You might wonder, “Shouldn’t she have tried more laser treatments than that?” The truth is, I get a bit apprehensive about lasers because of the down-time. The only reason I did my first laser treatment was because it promised there wouldn’t be any.

So when Dr Kenneth Thean from ENSOUL Medical Clinic said during our breakfast meeting that the laser treatment he would be doing on us had no down-time, I was sold. He went on to explain that the purpose of the treatment was to promote collagen production and brighten up my skin.

I visited his clinic the next day to have my treatment done. Being a medical clinic, the consultation room and treatment room looked sterile and didn’t have the fancy plush interiors you’d expect of a spa.

Dr Thean asked me about my skin concerns and what I hoped to achieve through the treatment. I was told that he would customise his treatments according to the patient’s skin and aspirations. My concerns are obviously my acne scars but lately, my dark circles have gotten more pronounced, I told him.

He honestly told me it would be hard to get rid of my deep-pitted scars with no down-time. It would require at least a week, he said. Obviously, I didn’t have that kind of time to spare since I would need to attend events often. So he decided to do another laser on me, QS Laser.

Dr Thean told me that with this treatment, my skin would look better as days go by. In fact, I was told that I should see a visible difference the next day. When I woke up the next day, I noticed that my skin was brighter, but I had a mild breakout. I’m going to take a gamble and attribute it to the mask that caused my skin to sting.

I must admit, I did see my skin being brighter as the day passed. The only “problem” was the flaking, which Dr Thean had warned me about. In fact, he did tell me beforehand that he would be using a slightly stronger laser so that my skin would flake, so I can have new skin. But the flaking was mild and was nothing a good sleeping mask can’t handle. A week later, my skin was glowing.

Photo taken eight days after the treatment.

CLEO Writer Adora noticed the positive change in my skin and asked, “Wow, what did you do to your face?” According to her, my skin looks better now even when I’m not wearing makeup. In fact, she’s so amazed that she’s toying with the idea of paying him a visit.

The laser costs start from $280 per session, and Dr Thean recommends that people in their 20s with good skin do it once every two months, and do a medi-facial in between their sessions. He said, “At this age, most people in their 20’s have a healthy skin renewal process. I would recommend facials like our En-Jet Skin Revival Facial Treatment for someone who has normal to dry skin and En-Peel Medi-Facial for oily blemished skin.”

However, if you’re currently battling acne, he recommends a monthly session. He said, “For a person who has active acne, I will still recommend monthly laser treatment to clear the problem of clogged pores and overactive sebaceous glands.”

ENSOUL Medical Clinic and Aesthetics is located at #08-01 International Building. Opening hours are from Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 8pm.