Sunday, September 28, 2014

How I removed my Skin Tag

My Skin Tag Removal Story

Well all of that blog post about skin tag and lasers has lead up to this. I was invited by Dr Chen, to try out their new clinic branch at TTDI.

A few years ago I was given a chance to try Fractional CO2 laser at their UOA clinic. It was definitely an experience I will remember. It was done to remove some scars from past acne.
I was again invited to try a procedure with their new Premier Clinic which specialized in Aesthetic treatments.  They have a quite number of treatment choices ranging from lasers, botox, fillers and weight loss treatment. Basically almost everything a Holywood star does to keep them looking like they do, is available here.

I personally don’t have any issues even though I am on the plump size. However after skimming through their website, they actually provided a procedure to remove skin tags. I checked my own neck and yes, there were a few skin tags here and there.

The skin tag procedure actually uses the same CO2 laser machine that was used for my Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. What a multipurpose machine this is.

I wonder if this is the same machine that was used on me in Wisma UOA

The reason I choose this treatment is because it’s something I need and the result in instantaneous. In addition the recovery time is every swift. Hell yeah, I am going to try this.

Bye bye pesky skin tags
When I tried to Google Map the clinic, it does not actually show itself on the map. If you managed to get the row of shoplots and the Pasar TTDI nearby, you are in the right path. Besides, by the time you drive there, the sign board is actually visible from the road side.
Parking is okay, I mean if you have an appointment, you will get a free parking in front of their clinic, if not, you can just park near the market for like 50 cent an hour.

The front entrance and reception

When you enter the clinic, it looks presentable, it feels like a regular hotel or spa lobby. However, if you just loathed being seen in an Aesthetic clinic, they do have a private waiting room inside, hidden from view, as you wait for your treatments.
No one has to know

Before getting my skin tag removed, I was prepped. They applied some numbing cream to the cleaned area of my neck and the cream is left to do its magic for about half an hour. They do have WIFI, so FB or Tweet while you wait.
My hair was long, so I got hair nets.

Before the procedure, they put on this eye goggles to protect your eyes from the lasers. Since there was numbing cream on, from a scale of 1 to 10 in the pain level, I would say the pain level is about a 2. You feel a bit of heat and some poking. However one thing I did not realized is the smoke from your skin tags vaporizing into this air. I actually laughed at this part because it smelled like ikan masin goring (fried salted fish).

The tool used to apply the lasers

In about 10 minutes the whole procedure was over and I was shown what was removed from my neck. Eeewww.
Eeeww indeed

The advice they gave me was that the area where the skin tag was removed will feel like an ulcer, so I should avoid the sun, chlorine and salt water in that area. So if you sweat, you totally wipe the area dry. That’s about it. No bleeding, not weird marks, it’s just gone. Fantastic
What skin tags? There is barely any marks of its existence

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants their Skin Tag removed

Give them a call, sms or FB private message and they will cater to all your questions and needs. You can also visit them at

CO2 lasers in the medical field

Lasers have been an objection of fascination for some. What I mean by some it is usually sci fi nerds. I mean come who has not wish they could have light sabers or shoot with laser guns. Seemingly harmless light is actually  a beam of death that will either puncture you or cut off your limbs

Dead Rising 3 game play

Violent eh.

Sadly the most violent thing that normal people can do is to place with laser pointers and cause the goal keepers to miss blocking a shot. There is also the boring usage of lasers where your DVD and Blue Ray players plays your movies or games.

However little that people know, that lasers that you see in the movies are actually available to the public. Sort of.

Your local dermatologist or astheticians might actually have lasers at their disposable capable to blow a whole in a wall. A reason not to piss off them off?

CO2 laser was first invented by  Kumar Patel in the USA. The CO2 laser was one of the higheset powere and most efficient lasers that were available. It was one of the most useful in a variety of surgical, industrial and military applications.

Mr laser himself, well at least he pioneered the ones dermatologist uses in clinics.

Fast forward into the future, CO2 laser has been one of the widely used lasers in the cosmetic world. Skin aesthetic clinic such as use these type of lasers regularlt.  CO2 laser has 10600nm wavelength which is absorbed extremely well by water. Since water makes up most biological tissue, skin respon well to this laser. A CO2 laser will direct short, concentrated pulsating beams of light to the skin and precisely remove skin layers by layers. This procedure is great for a variety of problems such as wrinkles, scars, warts, oil glands and other condition. A very multipurpose laser indeed.  Newer version of lasers uses fractional CO2 that uses short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams that are delivered in scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage.


Since the layers of skin are vaporized at a prĂ©cised level, recover time is as short as 2 weeks. Treatments for scar, acne or wrinkle might take a few sessions. However skin tag takes only one session with no bleeding and no major discomfort. Now that is what something all skin tag sufferer want to try is. 

What Are Skin Tags?

When I first the word skin tag, I immediately thought of a price tag on a piece skin, like black market post apocalyptic thing.

Perhaps my mind is a bit too imaginative. However a quick trip to Google search shows that skin tags are pieces of skin than hangs off the skin, kinda like the tag on a shirt. Hmm, quite a straight forward name for a condition.  It’s a benign type of growth of the skin, which means it will not change into anything other than a skin tag. A less glamorous name for skin tag is acrochordon

It usually occurs at places where there is skin to skin friction such as your arm pits, neck, chest and groin. Eeewww.

So why remove a skin tag? Is vanity so important so to you?.  I would slap a person who says that to me. Obviously they don’t have a skin tag to say that. Since the location is a places where either your skin rub against each other or where clothes and jewelry will rub against the skin tag, it will get incredibly annoying and sometimes it irritates the skin, especially when you sweat.

So most people have the skin tags removed. There are a few ways to do this. There is the method of using nail clipper or scissors. Mind you, the skin tag is attached to the skin, so it feels like you are cutting your skin and there will be blood, a lot of blood. In addition there will be scarring at that particular place. I bet you, a lot of people with skin tags have tried this before. Eeewww

Then we have the trusted and tried method of choking the skin tag to death by taking a string and wrap it around the skin tag and leave it on for a few days. What will happen is that, you cut off the circulation of the skin tag and it will fall off, eventually. Eeewww again.

How about a modern take on skin tag removal. Like a futuristic kind of procedure, such as lasers. Lasers are awesome. It’s what comes to my mind when I think of the future.  A concentrated light that will safely remove just the skin tag with out harming the rest of the skin that is done quickly with no blood shed. I had great fun looking at for some skin tag removal  procedure that is quick and safe.

Now that is awesome

*I tried to google skin tag pictures and I got really disgusted, you guys can go freak your selves out

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Xmen - Days of Future Past, After Credit Scene

I loved the Xmen movies and even more awesome, we get to watch early before the rest of the world. It was fantastic movie and a must for all X men fans. If you forgotten or did not have the time to wait till the credits roll, this is the scene for the next Xmen movie. Try to guess who is the character in the clip

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NIVEA brings us the 1st rinse- off body lotion

Body Lotion? Ain't nobody got time for that. Sometimes (or all the time) you are just in a rush, you just want to hop in the shower, hop out, clothes, hair, face and just get out.

However you have dry flaky skin. Its either your skin looking kind of ashy, it seems like there is a fine white powder on your skin, or perhaps you have dry and pigmented skin at places where you joints meet, elbow, knuckles, and knees.

You know you have to put on lotion, but dear god, time is just running of your feet. You use conditioner on your hair after you shampoo. What? You don't use conditioner? You don't know it exists? Gasp!!. Well my friends it’s an awesome piece of chemical engineering that you use after you shampoo. Yes, there are those "all in one" shampoo where you hair gets cleaned and conditioned at the same time, but you never have lived until you felt you hair after you apply conditioner. Holy sweet "what ever you worship in", you never thought your hair could get this soft and smooth. True, that conditioner is usually for long hair and heaven sent for those who have curly kinky hair, but trust me, if you can comb your hair, you would love the baby softness hair conditioner does to it. This is basically how Nivea In-Shower Body Conditioner do. How does exactly a lotion that you apply to skin stays on after you wash off..

We are going to do a little chemistry children, but don't worry, you lived with it during school, you are going to survive this blog post.

These are the important ingredients in Nivea in Shower Body Lotion works in moisturizing the skin.  

Cera Microcristallina, and Paraffinum Liquidum are a type of petrochemical product that is normally used in skin products, commonly known as petroleum jelly. These are what we called as “occlusive”, which forms a film on your skin which blocks water from evaporating. This causes the skin to feel moisturized. Since you are in the shower already, you are keeping in all the water in your skin.

Glycerin is humectants, which will attract and bind water together. It’s a byproduct from traditional soap making process called saponification, but today’s detergent based soap, glycerin is added so that the soap will be less drying.

Hydrogenated Coco-Glyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, and Myristyl Alcohol sounds like a recipe for cocktail but its actually types of emollients. It’s basically a fatty acid that is found in plants and animals, but for skin care, we use plant origins. They are supple, wax like, lubricating, thickening agents that prevent water loss and have a softening and soothing effect on the skin. This is one way that you skin feels nice and smooth after using Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

Maris Sal. What? Who? Google this now. Well apparently maris sal is basically dead sea salt. It’s not just your ordinary table salt which is sodium chloride. There is a whole other lot of mineral in it. It comes from the infamous Dead Sea, a sea where the water is so dense with mineral, you just float in it. The ocean contains 85% sodium chloride, but the Dead Sea contains only 12-18%. Other minerals that contains in Maris Sal includes silicon dioxide, calcium dioxide, aluminium dioxide,magnesium dioxide etc. It has a lot of known benefits such as helping ease common skin ailments such as acne, psoriasis and inflammation.

Whoa. It blew my mind when I wrote this blog post. Who knew so much science comes from a product. However it’s always good to find out what are the ingredients in your product is, especially those that is located in the upper tier of the list. When you understand what each ingredient do, and where it comes from, you are more educated and wise when you use a product.

I liked it a lot actually, even more after I understand how it works. I just don’t have the time or the diligence to apply body lotion, so an in shower rinses out product works perfectly. 

Another nice touch that Nivea did was to put perfume at the last ingredient on its list. So you are left with a very light “soap like” scent that won’t over power your perfume or your natural body odor.

Another good thing Nivea did is that it offers this product in two variants. One for normal skin and the other one is dry. The ingredients are almost similar except that instead of Maris Sal, the one in the blue bottle which is made for dry skin, contain almond oil, which is a type of natural emollient. I choose the regular white bottle because I don’t like to get too moisturize because I sweat very easily.

This is a good product if you have no time to put on body lotion or you just need an extra coat before you apply your favorite body lotion.

This is definitely worth a try.

Take a peak at the Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion video. Its a quirky video with plenty of eye candy, if you like half naked men.