By: Kellie McMillan
When we are young most of us go through an awkward stage in life. Whether its braces, “too short”, “too tall”, “too skinny”, “too fluffy”, or acne, those times can be hard and also mold us as individuals. It can make us strong later on, but mainly insecure. 6th grade was the first year I got my first red mound of pus, which turned into a face full of them. As I’d like to thank my dad for passing these lovely things down to me, we can’t really change our genetics can we? I thought of myself as “the creature from the unknown”.
I tried everything from antibiotics, skin treatments, specialized washes, to diets, and nothing worked. I missed out on a lot of things, because I was so insecure about myself. I finally got rid of my acne after high school when I discovered Accutane. As much as I am so happy that I got rid of my acne, now I was left with these awful scars that became apart of me.
Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can wear, and my confidence was almost non-existent. Then I started working at Silk Touch Med Spa. I started learning about so many things in the skin industry. I never was interested in knowing too much about some of these things, because of the certain stigma that was created about cosmetic treatments, but after actually gaining the knowledge about these things we have available to us to make us feel better about ourselves, it changed everything I had ever thought negatively about it. It’s human nature to be bias when it comes to something we know little about. We tend to emphasize the negative to downplay the positive in the things uncharted.
That is when I found out about the CO2 laser resurfacing. I waited a whole year because I was a chicken, but after seeing what our patients experienced and how much it helped them I finally got on board to do it. We were originally going to just treat my cheeks where my scars were the worst, but then decided to just do my whole face since I was already going through the procedure. It not only helped my scars, it helped my overall texture and pore size. My skin feels the smoothest it has ever been.
I will warn you, the first week is a little intense since you look like a giant scab. I did not want to be seen in public. By the second week I was red but able to put on a little make up to go out into the world. We tell everyone it’s a good 10 days of down time. You purge, you flake, and just have to be patient with it. Every month I saw more and more improvement. I am now 6 months out and happier than ever that I decided to do it.
I would recommend it to anyone who has ever had a similar insecurity. It’s time to be more open minded about things that can make us feel more confident. I’m in my 30’s and our 30’s are considered our prime time right? It was time for me to inhale confidence and exhale doubt. Why not treat something to help me feel more confident than I ever have before!!!