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About 80% of people suffer from acne breakouts between the ages 11 and 30 and while it is a physical torture to deal with acne, it is also both a mental and emotional struggle for many.
Ms Sherlene Lian, like many, fell victim to a case of severe acne. Sherlene has always struggled with acne since her teenage years but none was as serious as what she had experienced 2 years ago after she embarked on her TCM journey to balance her internal harmony (yin and yang).
Bumps started to appear on her face after her treatment and soon after, it was a full face of cystic and angry acne. And while she turned to many alternatives to calm her flaring acne, none proved to be effective in the long haul, until she visited Dr Gerard Ee at The Clifford Clinic.
What began as bumps that could be concealed with make up soon took a turn for the worse.
Sherlene’s confidence took a plunge after many of her friends and acquaintances started to take notice of her severe acne and while she tried almost everything possible and spent a hefty (SGD $20K), none was even close to a possible solution. The blogger was so down that she became a recluse and detested the idea of going out.
However, things started to take a turn for the better when Sherlene found Dr Gerard Ee at The Clifford Clinic where he specialize in curing acne from its root through a series of laser treatments.
According to the blogger, her first impression of The Clifford Clinic is one that is “impeccably clean and professional”.
Dr Gerard Ee patiently understood Sherlene’s history with acne and under his professional advice, Sherlene took on a series of acne treatment, namely, AGNES Acne Treatment and Q-Switch Laser Treatment.
What is the Agnes Acne Treatment about?
According to Dr Gerard, AGNES is the latest laser treatment protocol from Korea. As our skin has thousands of sebaceous glands, AGNES will selectively destroy individual ‘problematic’ glands, leaving other healthy glands untouched.
The treatment is a long term cure for acne, with a low acne recurrence rate.
Apart from that, there is no need for topical cream application resulting in peeling, so side effects are very minimal, making the treatment safe for pregnancy and breast feeding mothers.
This treatment is performed over a 2 days period, and for someone like Ms Lian, it will require 2-3 AGNES treatments to fully cure her severe acne.
However, for people who have mild acne or blackheads issue, 1 session should suffice to solve your skin problem(s).
Numbing cream is first administered to Sherlene’s entire face and left on for half an hour.
The first AGNES Acne Treatment involves a full face drainage with extraction, which took over 45 minutes for the clinic staff to clear her face of pus, dirt and blackheads.
Post 1st Treatment of AGNES Acne Treatment
Slight swelling and some sebum was oozing out from the extracted areas after the first AGNES Acne Treatment.
2nd Treatment and Pictures of 1st AGNES Acne Treatment
The AGNES machine from Korea is used in the 2nd treatment after the extractions. This process involves an hour of meticulous scrutiny with a microscope from Dr Gerard Ee as he targets the acne infected pores with a tiny burst of electrical energy into 700-800 via a very fine wire, a pore at a time.
According to the blogger, “my face was burning red and it looked as if I had contracted some kind of leprosy.
However, Dr Gerard assured me once again on the results, and mentioned that this procedure is highly effective since each insertion will cause that diseased pore to stop producing oil, ultimately destroying the selective sebaceous gland. I guessed that was comforting to hear immediately after the treatment.”
The above pictures were taken on the night of Sherlene’s first treatment. According to the blogger, “those treated areas dried up and my face looked absolutely horrendous.
The only clear area on my face is the region around my eyes. My acne looked much worse than my pre-treatment condition.
I wasn’t that certain of the treatment anymore and I just felt so disgusted looking at my dirty complexion.”
Pain Level of AGNES Acne Treatment
As for the pain level, Ms Lian states that she has a relatively high threshold for pain. The treatment felt like tiny zaps of electricity against her skin. She would rate the pain level for the treatment a 4/10.
Last session of 1st AGNES Acne Treatment
Sherlene had to return to The Clifford Clinic to see Dr Gerard Ee for her 2nd part of AGNES Acne Treatment the following day.
The last treatment was mandatory as it involves the use of Radio Frequency machine with full-face drainage to clear off the remaining debris from the initial treatment.
The entire process was swift, taking less than half an hour to complete. Sherlene was not allowed to put on makeup for the next 3 days after her treatment.
What seemed to be a face of angry flaring acne after the 1st day of treatment calmed down tremendously after the 2nd AGNES Acne Treatment.
According to the bloggers, her “acne no longer looked as frightening as Day 1 of the treatment. The redness appeared to have tamed, and my facial oil production was significantly reduced.”
Day 2 after completion of 1st AGNES Acne Treatment
Ms Lian could not be happier about the outcome after her 2nd AGNES Acne Treatment as she could see drastic improvements just 2 days after her treatment.
Before Sherlene switches over the the Q-Switch Treatment, she was prescribed a number of treatment gels/creams during this period to prevent bacteria inflammation.
According to Dr Gerard, one of the products will trigger a minor pimple outbreak, before Sherlene starts to see acne clearance.
Day 3 after 1st AGNES Acne Treatment
Just as what Dr Gerard Ee has warned Sherlene, on day 3, pimples started popping up on both of Sherlene’s cheeks.
Aside from the fresh pimples, there is a slight color discoloration of her acne marks. The color changed from bright red to dark brown.
Day 4 after 1st AGNES Acne Treatment
Although there was still a growth of pimples, however, the redness that surrounded her acne previously was starting to subside.
Day 6 after 1st AGNES Acne Treatment
Unfortunately, Sherlene suffered from an allergic reaction to the topical products that were meant to prevent bacteria infection after her AGNES Acne Treatment as Ms Lian has always had a set of highly sensitive skin.
According to the blogger, “My skin felt extremely taut and dry. Fine lines around my under eye area started to develop, and the redness on both sides of my face was hideous.
It seriously resembled that of a red baboon’s ass from afar. Aside from the allergy, it was the first time after months since certain regions on my face felt smooth (without bumps) to the touch.”
After the first round of treatment (AGNES Acne Treatment) to combat her severe acne problem, Sherlene is ready to begin on her second round of treatment (Q-Switch Laser Treatment).
What is Q-Switch Laser Treatment?
Q-Switch Laser is one of the most technologically advanced lasers. The laser works by delivering clinical light quickly with intense energy and pulses are absorbed by the treated area, breaking down the pigments into smaller pigments, which are then eliminated by the body’s natural lymphatic system.
1ST Q-Switch Laser Treatment
No numbing cream is required and the entire procedure lasts for only 10 minutes. Under Dr Gerard Ee’s expertise, Sherlene has to go for one laser session every 2 weeks to expedite skin rejuvenation and the healing of her acne marks.
Dr Gerard Ee was always candid with Sherlene and has truthfully told her that in her case, Q-switch laser treatments will not help Ms Lian achieve a 100% acne marks clearance, but that she should expect at least a 75%-90% clearance and a lightening of her acne marks and brown sunspots.
Having battled a severe case of acne for the past year, a 70% clearance is according to the blogger “deemed an achievement considering my (her) brutal acne condition.”
Dr Gerard gave her assurance that Q-switch laser will reduce the acne marks after any pimples breakout, at the same promoting brighter and luminous skin!
Sherlene’s face looked burning red and tanned after her first session of Q-Switch Laser Treatment to which Dr Gerard Ee generously offered a complimentary Casmera green mask to sooth and calm Sherlene’s face.
The downtime for the Q-Switch Laser Treatment takes approximately 2-3 hours for the redness to subside and makeup can me applied immediately after the procedure.
Pain Level of Q-Switch Laser Treatment
According to the blogger, “Q-switch laser treatment is mildly comfortable and the sensation is akin to having rubber band snapping on your skin. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the pain level a 1/10.” A note from Sherlene is that throughout the laser treatment, you might experience a burnt smell. The first time she did the Q-Switch Laser treatment, she’d thought Dr Gerard had accidentally burnt off certain region of her skin but Dr Gerard later explained that the burnt smell is only normal since facial hairs are being stung, much to Sherlene’s relief.
Recovery after 1st Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Sherlene experienced dry and flaky skin after the 1st Q-Switch Laser Treatment. And although she had minor acne outbreaks on my cheeks and forehead area, Sherlene noticed that they healed fairly quick.
2nd Q-Switch Laser Treatment
In the 2nd session, Dr Gerard Ee increased the intensity of the laser and no mask was required after as Sherlene’s skin had gotten accustomed to the laser treatment.
Recovery after 2nd Q-Switch Laser Treatment
3rd Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Again, Dr Gerard Ee increased the laser intensity for the 3rd round, and the intensity was maintained for subsequent laser sessions. This was done to promote a deeper skin rejuvenation and to reduce her skin redness.
Recovery after 3rd Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Sherlene saw a tremendous improvement after the 3rd Q-Switch Laser Treatment session. Both her skin’s texture and appearance looked clearer.
After her 3rd session of Q-Switch Laser Treatment, Dr Gerard Ee advised Sherlene to go on the 2nd AGNES Acne Treatment. As the AGNES Acne Treatment has a 3 day downtime, Sherlene advises to go for the treatment on a Friday so as to have sufficient time to recuperate after the procedure.
Pre-2nd AGNES Acne Treatment pictures
Again, Sherlene had to go through the repeated process of a full-face drainage with extractions, similar to her 1st AGNES Acne Treatment. However, the 2nd time took less than 30 minutes, as the extraction process was much faster due to a vast improvement of her acne condition.
After the extraction process, Dr Gerard Ee once again very diligently introduced 400 shots into the acne prone pores. After the treatment, Sherlene’s face felt extremely raw and red to which Dr Gerard applied Foban cream to those treated skin regions to minimize inflammation.
After 2nd AGNES Acne Treatment
The next day, Sherlene went back to The Clifford Clinic to undergo the Radio Frequency to clear off any remaining debris from the treatment the day before.
Recovery after 2nd AGNES Acne Treatment
Sherlene monitored my skin condition closely after the treatment, and she was more than pleased with the results.
The bloggers said she “was rather amazed by the swift improvement in my (her) skin clarity. Considering my (her) history of active acne eruption, I (she) have (has) experienced dramatic reduction of acne outbreak since I (she) started my (her) anti-acne treatment with The Clifford Clinic.”
Also, she mentioned that “My (Her) skin around my jawline has cleared up and looking at these photos now further affirmed my (her) decision to go for AGNES Acne Treatment was a right one. Notice how those fresh red marks have gradually turned into brown marks, indicating healing has already begun to take place.”
4th Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Sherlene then went back to her 4th Q-Switch Laser Treatment after her 2nd session of AGNES Acne Treatment. Her 4th session was effective in reducing the redness and her acne scars.
Recovery after 4th Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Sherlene saw a significant reduction of acne after her 4th session of Q-Switch Laser Treatment.
5th Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Recovery after 5th Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Sherlene’s acne marks have lightened significantly by her 5th session of Q-Switch Laser Treatment and the blogger started to receive compliments that her skin quality has improved tremendously.
6th Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Sherlene noticed her acne scars fading and after her 6th Q-Switch Laser Treatment, it calmed her slight acne outbreak prior to the treatment.
Recovery after 6th Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Compared to the previous pictures, it is evident that after the 6th Q-Switch Laser Treatment, Sherlene’s mild acne outbreak was tamed and her skin texture looks a lot healthier.
7th Q-Switch Laser Treatment
Recovery after 7th Q-Switch Laser Treatment
After her final Q-Switch Laser Treatment, Sherlene’s face has taken a 180 degrees change to her appearance. Her face is much clearer than before and her skin is currently standing at an 80% skin improvement index all thanks for Dr Gerard Ee at The Clifford Clinic.
Sherlene’s experience with Dr Gerard Ee was more than pleasant to say the least. According to the blogger, “I love how candid and honest Dr Gerard is to his patients, not just to me but to my friends whom I have recommended to his clinic as well. No flowery language or hard-selling of package by him.”
A final note from Ms Sherlene Lian
“For those who are currently undergoing Q-switch treatments with The Clifford Clinic, have confidence in the treatments and the skills of the two resident doctors – Dr Gerard and Dr Chow. With a dose of patience and optimism, I assure you that you will be seeing brighter and clearer skin in no time!”