My third PicoSure tattoo laser removal session was more of a reunion with the staff and Dr. Neil Oropeza. It was also a reunion with the familiar surgical lights, machines, Dr. Neil’s Star Wars Lego collection you can’t miss when you’re heading towards the beauty rooms and the familiar traumatic pain of the laser machine not to mention the injections.
Getting tattoos can be quite painful but I didn’t realize that removing them can be thrice the pain. Well, actually saying that it’s thrice the pain is an understatement.
I’ve mentioned in my first session that choosing topical anesthetics over injections is a bad idea. Since I can be a chronic complainer when it comes to handling pain, Dr. Neil thought of using the topical anesthetic not for the laser treatment but for the injection instead.
My goofy face, pretending everything is going to be okay and that the pain will soon go away right after the laser treatment.
Before My Third PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal
As you can see, the yellow ink is still visible after having two PicoSure sessions. The yellow ink is just too stubborn, even the red one. That’s why Dr. Neil thought of trying out RevLite for the yellow and red ones.
I got this tattoo on my back five or six years ago. This was my last tattoo and the ink was pretty thick so I’m not surprised that it took two sessions (and maybe two more) for the ink to fade away.
The blue ink is still visible. Aside from yellow and red, blue can also be a difficult color to remove though not as difficult as the two colors mentioned.
Yellow ink is still visible
PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Before and After Photos
RevLite VS PicoSure
RevLite is using heat energy to remove tattoos (like other traditional laser treatments) and we all know that heat can do some damage on the skin. PicoSure breaks down ink pigments making it easier for the tattoos to fade away. It only uses shockwave effect. Since the light pulses are only a trillionth of a second long, it causes less damage and zero skin scars during the laser treatment.
Using RevLite laser treatment means more sessions, thus, suffering more. You can achieve better results with the Picosure laser for only a few sessions.
RevLite may work wonders in any ink color (though it doesn’t work well with black ink). PicoSure works best with black, green and blue while it struggles to remove orange, yellow and red ink colors.
I’ve talked to some people who had their tattoos removed and shared our thoughts about tattoo laser removal. I learned about their opinions about RevLite Q-Switched Laser Treatment based on their personal experiences. Here are some things I’ve learned from them:
Most patients are not satisfied with RevLite Q-Switched Laser Treatment. ( Q-Switched laser treatment is allegedly an ideal method to remove spots, freckles, and tattoos) One patient shared she’s already on her third session but the tattoos are still very visible.
It takes almost eight to ten RevLite sessions to achieve the results you get when you’re on your first Picosure laser session.
The age, color and the kind of tattoo ink used are major factors why removing tattoos can take up to five or six sessions.
There are a couple reasons why your tattoos and your removal session didn’t work out. It could be the laser machines or how well your skin handles the treatment. Having tattoos used to be a lifetime commitment. Thanks to technology for giving us the best options.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. A healthy skin helps fight skin aging and other viruses. We all struggle to have glowing and healthy skin. For women, beauty is everything. And having a good skin care routine tells much about you. So how well do you know your skin?
The idea of having a machine that can thoroughly evaluate your skin is somehow refreshing. The Visia Skin Complexion Analysis machine gives patients objective skin evaluation. It lets you see every detail and gives you a complete picture of your skin health. It doesn’t just evaluate but it helps your doctor determine how to treat your skin related problems and prepare for future aging treatments.
Dr. Neil Oropeza’s clinic is perhaps one of the most innovative clinics in Davao City. It’s the only clinic in Davao that offers PicoSure laser treatments and Visia Skin Complexion Analysis. Dr. Niel Oropeza is a part of my PicoSure laser tattoo removal journey and allowed me to experience the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis device.
Visia captures high-quality facial images to clearly analyze your skin. I was uncomfortable at first but managed to feel at ease because the assistant was really nice and friendly.
How Visia Complexion Analysis Works
Capturing images from different angles
Visia aims to gather clearly defined visual information on important areas that affect your skin health: pores, red and brown spots, wrinkles, skin texture, color evenness of complexion, UV spots and the presence of bacteria.
Showing porphyrins or presence of acne causing bacteria in pores
Showing red areas on my face
Showing the brown spots on my face
Using the 3D viewer to clearly see skin problems and damaged skin cells
The result shows my estimated age based on my skin health on the right part of my face. No thanks to my wrinkles, spots and others for making me feel older. As you can see, it says here that my TruSkin age is 33 while my actual age is 28.
The result shows the left part of my face is healthier and younger than the other. My actual age is 28 but my TruSkin age estimate is 23 years old.
Happy with the result 😉
This is the overall result of the Visia Skin Analysis device. The result reveals that I have low UV spots percentage maybe because I work at home so I am not always exposed to the sun. Basically, I have a higher percentage of enlarged pores, red areas and bad skin texture. The result is upsetting yet it’s also helpful because it helps me learn more about my skin health. The treatment is unique and individualized.
The results would be a patient’s baseline for future assessments. You can constantly monitor if there is progress with the treatment, it’s like seeing everything under a microscope where everything is transparent and highly defined.
Visia Skin Complexion Analysis FAQ
What is the importance of Visia Complexion Analysis?
The device helps determine what kind of approach and treatment a certain patient needs. It helps to diagnose the problem and formulate unique and specific aesthetic treatments. The treatment is personalized and not generalized.
Does it hurt?
No, it doesn’t. It only captures your facial images so don’t worry, no needles.
How long does it take to finish the procedure?
It only takes a few minutes. It’s like letting a machine do your selfie.
How much does Visia Analysis cost?
It depends on your location and clinic.
A lot of people pay too much for skin treatments especially for those who have acne problems. But the treatment isn’t individualized so maybe that’s the reason why there is no progress with the treatment.
If you’re living in Davao City, you might want to try the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis machine. You may visit:
I’m the type of person who buys everything online – from my shoes and beauty products to sports equipment and kitchen tools. It’s not easy to buy imported and local beauty products here in the Philippines because they’re mostly available in physical stores or some of them aren’t available in the country. BeautyMNL is one of the leading beauty stores online that offers a variety of products celebrating beauty and femininity.
BeautyMNL sent me an email offering to give me credits and do a site test run review and to try the products they’ve chosen as well. Here are my thoughts:
What I love about BeautyMNL
The website is very responsive and my shopping experience was hassle free and very convenient. I got my order confirmation email hours after I placed my order.
I love reviews. The site has a customer review section below a specific product, which is really helpful.The reviews are genuine and now that I’m aware of such reviews, each time I search products, I go directly to the review section.
Also, the discounted items are just irresistible! From the first to the last time I checked BeautyMNL, so many products are still on sale, it’s making me crazy!
I got my package two weeks ago and was very excited to try them. Here are my sincere thoughts:
Facial Oil in One (Keeping It Smooth) by Nature
While the thought of applying oil on your face may seem unappealing at first, the fact that it’s organic and made of natural ingredients might convince you to buy one.
When I turned 28, I started to feel worried about my aging skin. I’m worried about having fine lines so I started applying moisturizers and sunblock creams to moisturize and protect my skin. I’m using Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil to naturally lighten my dark under eyes, organic bleaching soap with rosehip and calamansi, tomato toner, castor oil for my hair, cucumber facial mist and other organic local products. You see, I’m very much into anything organic.
The facial oil has no chemical preservatives and artificial coloring. It’s actually a mixture of organic avocado oil, organic sunflower oil, organic jojoba oil and tomato extract. Instead of applying one certain type of oil on your face, you’re using a combination of different organic oils.
It softens and moisturizes
I normally apply the oil on my face at night and my face feels softer in the morning. My face feels moisturized so instead of using my regular moisturizer, I’m now using this oil even at daytime since I’m at home most of the time.
It’s safe for babies too
Because it’s organic, you can also use the oil for your child without worrying about harmful chemicals that most products have. Maybe an ample amount will do.
Non-sticky and unscented
I was worried when I opened the package and found a facial oil bottle among the other items. I’ve tried some beauty oils before and some of them can be sticky and messy. This facial oil isn’t that sticky as compared to other oils. It quickly absorbs to the skin yet it doesn’t dry up. Although I’d want my oil to be scented to give me a relaxing feeling, I think it’s better for an oil to be unscented because synthetic fragrance is not good and sensitive skin reacts to fragrance ingredients.
It doesn’t spill
I’m not a big fan of pump bottles but this one’s better than the ordinary bottles most companies use for their oils. It doesn’t spill because it’s in a pump bottle.
What to not love about the product
None. I love everything about the oil!
Facial Oil in One By Nature is natural and organic. It’s also affordable because it’s only 290php. I love supporting local beauty products that are biodegradable and environment-friendly. Trust men, you can never go wrong with organic products.
Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Intensive Damage Care Shampoo
I’m careful when it comes to using hair products because of my bleached hair. As a person who stays at home most of the time, I don’t really use hair conditioner products or hair masks unless if I’m going to attend an event where I need to have a healthy looking hair.
Facts about Tsubaki oil:
Tsubaki oil, or Camellia japonica oil strengthens hair and it helps bring back your hair moisture. It also protects hair from damage because of using hair dryer and hair iron.
It makes your hair look shiny and natural even without hair conditioner
My hair is damaged and it’s expected that it’s going to be dry and frizzy especially if I don’t apply hair conditioner. After using the shampoo, my hair was shiny and it looked really natural.
It makes your hair softer
Here in the Philippines where it’s always hot and humid, having a dull dry hair is quite normal. I turn to hair masks and conditioners. One of the reasons why we use hair conditioners is to have softer hair. What’s amazing about the Shiseido Tsubaki shampoo is that it makes your hair softer and somehow moisturized. It’s empowering not to use hair conditioners to have smoother hair.
What to not love about the product
Your hair feels rough while wet
Your hair doesn’t feel soft when it’s still wet. It only feels smoother when it gets dry.
It’s a bit disappointing to know that the shampoo doesn’t make your hair smell good. I think shampoos just don’t make your hair feel clean but they should also make your hair smell like flowers or anything feminine.
The Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Intensive Damage Care Shampoo is one of the best shampoo brands I’ve ever tried. It makes your hair look natural and healthy. It’s not a cheap shampoo brand I tell you, but it’s totally worth it.
Made by David Organics Orange and Vanilla Dry Shampoo
With a chemically damaged hair like mine, washing my hair is one of the most heartbreaking things in the world, next to being dumped through social media. My bleached hair is dry and it gets drier everyday because I need to wash my hair unless I want it to look like a fake wig. Once a month, I try to make my own coconut hair treatment oil yet one of the saddest things about applying coconut oil on your hair is that it slightly smells and can be disturbing especially if you’re in an event or a party where people are sitting next to each other.
What I learned about bleached hair is that it shouldn’t be washed all the time, no overexposure to the sun and most importantly, use a dry shampoo instead of the regular one. I’ve always wanted to buy one but I don’t want to spend too much dinero on popular dry shampoo brands like Toni and Guy or Tresemme. Thanks to BeautyMNL for sending me a dry shampoo that’s natural and organic.
The dry shampoo smells better than Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific. Well, what do you expect from an orange and vanilla dry shampoo powder? I love that it makes everybody believe that you just sprayed hair fragrance spray. One of my problems whenever I skip washing my hair is the smell of dust and dirt. It’s a relief that it absolutely smells terrific, making you feel refreshed all day.
It absorbs dirt and oil
A dry shampoo’s job is to absorb oil and dirt and so far, Made by David’s dry shampoo did absorb oil. You just need to massage your hair and blend.
I love how it increases my hair volume as long as the powder reaches the roots or oily parts of the hair.
Majority of beauty consumers realize the importance of reliable beauty product containers only when they travel or when they’re spilled inside their bags or pouches. I love that the powder doesn’t spill and the cap is reliable.
The product is way cheaper than other popular brands like Tony & Guy. It’s being sold for only 250php at BeautyMNL.
Nobody can resist a cute packaging. The color of the packaging is too cute you won’t ever think twice of carrying the product with you anytime anywhere. Also, I love that the bottle is made of plastic and not glass so you don’t need to worry about breaking it.
Made by David Organics is a local brand and I always recommend local beauty products to my friends simply because they know what suits our needs. Also, local products are sometimes organic and use less harmful chemicals.
What to not love about the product
The powder residue might make you sneeze
I don’t have severe allergies and no history of allergic rhinitis. I’ve always hated powdered products and I must say that the powder kept me sneezing for a long time. If you are sensitive when it comes to dust particles and powder, I recommend putting very small amount of powder on your scalp. Don’t forget to blend the powder on your hair with enough patience.
Spray nozzle works better
I was a bit surprised when I opened the product because I expected that it was going to be a dry shampoo with spray nozzle. It didn’t have a nozzle so it was a bit troublesome for me.
A bit messy if not done properly
Using a dry shampoo can be messy for first time users. The first time I used it, the powder was all over my forehead.
Made by David Dry Shampoo makes your hair look shiny and healthy at a very affordable price. It’s convenient especially if you’re always on the go because it’s lightweight. Also, the best thing about it is it makes your hair sweet smelling.
I love my BeautyMNL haul! It’s nice to get to try the products and share my experience. BeautyMNL doesn’t just sell products but they also share beauty related articles. You can check their in-house magazine Bloom and read customer reviews here.
Korean cushion foundation products like AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion are all the rage. The popularity of Korean soap operas gave way to the rise of Korean beauty products in the market. Admit it, we are all drawn to dewy Korean skin. Every girl in my generation dreams to achieve that youthful and glowing Korean skin. I don’t know with you but I wasn’t very much into Korean beauty products like BB creams, moisturizers, and lip tints until I finally got my own April Skin Magic Snow Cushion just to end my curiosity and check what the hype was all about.
And it really isn’t just all hype. It is a Korean cushion foundation that is a perfect combination of BB and CC cream but with a much more impressive formula. So yes, it’s not your ordinary traditional foundation, in my opinion. So I decided to buy a cushion foundation for the first time and write my AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion review.
The April Skin Magic Snow Cushion (SPF50+,PA+++) case is semi-matte and the whole package somehow gives an impression that they aren’t playing around. The packaging is beautiful, though it’s not the usual cute Korean cosmetic packaging you would expect. This is April Skin shade #21.
Now you see the powder puff and the mirror. By the way, peel off the cover and you’ll like the awesomeness of this mirror.
The sponge is soaked with the formula. It doesn’t spill and doesn’t get messy unless if you take out the sponge.
What I Like About The Product
Gives a fresh and dewy feel
It has a cooling effect and builds up on your skin. It also gives a smooth natural finish and moisture. It easily absorbs and has a flawless effect and can really brighten your face. A lot of bloggers say it’s semi-matte. It does look semi-matte in the first few minutes of application but I think after a few more minutes it becomes dewy and gives your face a much more moisturized soft look.
This is really my problem with liquid and powder foundation. They’re too cakey and heavy. I like AprilSkin because the cushion is too light and thin on the skin.
It actually has SPF50 to protect you from redness, sunburn and premature aging. Honestly, using products with high SPF makes me feel good about myself. Girls go crazy over cosmetic products with high SPF.
I applied it to my face at 3pm and to test if it’s really long lasting, I let it stay overnight without washing my face. I woke up and was surprised how it still covered my pores (not fully though) even without reapplying.
It conceals dark spots, pores, and pimples
I have dark under eyes and somehow April Skin works as a concealer too. I don’t need to use loads of concealer to hide the dark circles around my eyes.
Not messy and has good packaging
The cushion is not messy at all. You can drop the whole thing without feeling too guilty about breaking it. Actually a few months ago, I broke my compact powder, got frustrated and opted to choose my Naturactor and bought a liquid foundation instead.
Unlike other foundation, April Skin prevents aging skin
We all love anti-aging products that is why more women are buying anti-aging products and supplements. Not all face powders and foundation products contain anti-aging agents for your skin.
What I don’t like about the product
The package seems too big for its content
When I got the product, I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it was too light. I checked inside and felt cheated because if you squeeze the soaked sponge, you’ll notice that there’s only a small amount of liquid foundation. The content is too small for its price. Lesson: Don’t expect too much.
The cushion is not refillable
Most face powders are refillable. This cushion isn’t. I think one of the things buyers should consider when buying powders is if it can be refilled.
Sometimes it looks too light on your skin
It’s hard to buy foundation and face powders without knowing the right shade for you. Some products have different shades that complement different types of skin. Maybe the shade is too light for my skin type or what. But it’s okay I think it depends on the application.
The powder puff isn’t soft
After weeks of constant use, the powder puff looks dirty and not really soft when you pat it on your face. Or maybe I’m just really used to using my own fingers or brush whenever I use face powders or liquid foundation. Every now and then I sanitize my powder puff and use antibacterial liquid soap.
To be fair, the product is really nice. I like the fact that it moisturizes my face and it’s perfect for me because I have oily skin. I chose the April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Black because according to their website, it’s the best choice if you live in a tropical country like the Philippines. Although this product is already expensive, I think it’s an alternative to a more expensive product like Laneige.
Will I repurchase?
For sure! Buying Korean cosmetics online is just one of the things that make me feel better about aging.
Amazon – $16.99
FaceBook and Instagram Sellers – 900php to 1500php
My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was the biggest struggle in my life. My second was tolerable, thanks to the genius who discovered anesthesia. The tattoo removal cost is high yet worth it. Here are my before and after photos, they are unfiltered to really check the changes of my laser tattoo removal.
Redness of the treated area is common. Pain level is 7/10
Slowly healing; first time to experience itchiness
After a month
(Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink.)
First Session VS Second Session
The second session is obviously a big improvement – the green ink is almost invisible. And yes, no scars.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Blisters are expected, as what I mentioned in my previous blog post
I probably had an infection because I stayed in a hot and humid place for a week so the treated area became really dry. It was too itchy so I was tempted to continuously scratch it until it became red. I was supposed to use the aftercare cream for two weeks more or until the areas are completely healed but I only applied the cream for a week.
Tip: Never look for cheaper alternatives, always use the cream given by your doctor
After a month
The result in my first session was better than the second one perhaps because of the infection.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Healed the fastest; the blisters only lasted for a day
After a month
Another session might completely make the blue ink visible. As what I’ve noticed blue and green inks are easy to treat.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Basic Things About PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal
Cream vs Injection
To start with, if you’re planning to get your tattoo removed, always choose the anesthesia via injection. It works like magic. My comment on using numb creams: It’s like having that part of your tattoo session when the artist starts deeply shading your tattoo. But it’s more painful and less tolerable.
The Color of Your Tattoo Ink Matters
Also, if your tattoo was done by a professional. The most difficult colors to treat are red and yellow. Based on my experience, the green ones are the best colors for PicoSure treatment.
As you can see below the picture, the red lips of the woman are still visible. Even her orange hair and yellow colored eyes. Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink. What a desperate move.
Not 100% Pain-Free
Another brilliant idea that my doctor shared with me is that you can request for an anesthesia via injection without being scared of needles by applying numb cream first before the injection.
Shaving is Everything
One of my regrets during my first PicoBlast session was I didn’t shave. I had anesthesia alright but it was a bit painful each time the light hits the hair on my skin. So if you’re going to have the laser tattoo removal on some hairy parts of your body then start shaving.
Treasure Your First 15-20 Minutes Feeling Invincible
Your first fifteen to twenty minutes during your laser tattoo removal session could be one of the best times of your life. After those triumphant moments, suffer the stinging pain that will last for a day or two.
Q and A About Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal
Here are some of the questions (I’m not really good at Q & As but will try to give relevant answers) some curious readers asked me about PicoSure:
Why should I choose PicoSure over RevLite?
I’ve never tried RevLite treatment and never seen its before and after photos. However, based on my doctor’s experience he admitted that one PicoSure session is equivalent to almost ten to fifteen sessions of RevLite. RevLite costs almost 8500php per session. If you’re smart enough, you can figure it out.
“PicoSure both heats and fractures the ink so that’s why it’s more efficient.”
How painful is PicoSure?
If you’re using the PicoSure machine only to treat acne scars then it’s not painful. Tattoo removal procedures are painful. But you can have anesthesia via injection so it’s pain-free. You can only feel the stinging pain after the anesthesia wears off.
What will my skin look like right after the treatment? Should I expect scars?
Expect your skin to be a bit swollen. Also, expect blisters. I didn’t experience any scars in my first session so I think you’ll be alright.
How long does it take for my skin to completely heal?
It depends on how you care for your treated skin. Mine started healing after two to three weeks. Don’t forget to use the cream prescribed by your doctor.
Does the age of my tattoo matters?
I think it does. The older the tattoo, the better. It’s not just the age but also the quality of the ink, how deep the ink is placed and if it’s done professionally.
I didn’t include some other questions because they’re too scientific and I’m afraid I don’t have the knowledge to answer them. My advice is to go to the doctor who can perform your PicoSure treatment so he or she can do the assessment himself/ herself.
If you’re too worried about the pain, you should start worrying about the needle injection and not the whole session itself. You have anesthesia so why worry?
If you’re interested and want to know more about PicoSure and tattoo removal cost, you better check some clinics that offer tattoo removal near you or if you’re living in Davao City you may contact:
Dr. Neil Oropeza
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Dermhaus Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur