Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Right Dermatologist Matters, Recommending Dr. Michael Chua



Many years have passed since I started breaking out - my pimples that is. Several dermatologists have come and go in my life. Through the course of finding who's the right one for me, I have realized that not all dermatologists who were able to cure my friend's skin can also mine.

Pictured above are my before and after pictures. The photo on the left is dated April 2009, when I was still seeing several dermatologists, one after another, when their prescriptions and treatments weren't working for me.

I have tried a lot of options in the past several years, just to see what will emerge as winner in killing my zits. I have tried taking in Isotretinoin, which is expensive and kinda dangerous to the kidney or liver when taken in excess. I have also tried using Proactiv and Obagi, which weren't effective on me as well.

Lo and behold, last November 2009, I went to Imperial Dermatology in Ortigas to consult with Dr. Michael Chua (nickname Mike) on what I can do with my face to lighten the scars, prevent acne, etc. Aside from the usual Facial Cleaning and Diamond Peel, he suggested me to get what they call Intense Pulsed Light or IPL. Quoting Wikipedia,
Intense pulsed light (IPL), is a technology aimed at producing light of high intensity during a very short period of time. It involves specific lamps together with capacitors whose rapid discharge provides the high energy required.

In terms of rosacea, IPL offers one of the few effective treatments to relieve the facial redness associated with the disorder.

After 6 consecutive sessions (once every month) of IPL, my facial skin showed immense improvement that many people have recognized. It has lightened the redness of the scars and made my face look more vibrant and young.

Nowadays, I see to it that I go to Doc Mike once every month for facial and diamond peel to ensure that my face is maintained to look its best as much as possible. Of course, we have to take into account our food intake and sleeping habits and not just rely fully on our dermatologists.

Imperial Dermatology's rates are lower than other derma clinics and is operated by a real dermatologist. Try it out and see it Michael Chua is the right dermatologist for you. Tell him you saw it in Glenn Ong's site, and let me know your experience.


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Imperial Dermatology by Michael Chua

Rm. 907 Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Rd. (formerly Emerald Ave.)
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Tel. No. 637-4097 [first come, first served]
Open on Monday - Saturday, 2PM onwards

101 comments:

Hey Glenn, how much IPL? :-) Thirdee

Hi Thirdee, I think it will be better to call or go there personally to ask the price. Doc Mike can give you discounts if you get the package like what I did. :)

uncle ni bert ryt? dyan dpt ako pa derma but sarado sila ng sundays and un lng free ko ahhh.. -limchu

Wow, that's really great work they did on your skin problems.

@ Dementia, it's Php500 I think. I only paid for consultation once - during my first visit. The next ones kasi you can ask na while being treated.

The fact that you are blogging the result, it means that your dermatologist is really effective. For six months, the result is efficient and effective. I'm thinking of making my face younger too. :)

How much did you spend overall? Approximately lang, I'm going to convince my parents pa kasi eh. They were asking for the price. :( Or kahit yung first visit mo lang, how much did you spend. Hope you can help me. Thank you and please help me.

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Hi, Ina! Each session costs 4,000 for the IPL. Huge discount if you get the package. Facial plus diamond peel is about 1-1,500. But I suggest you visit first to ask for what you need before wasting your efforts pursuing your parents. :)

hey. ang laki na ng difference. hehehe. galing ng doctor mo.

Hi Glenn, ask ko lang kung after ng IPL sessions mo e may downtime ba? kung super pula ng ilang days ang face or kung may sugat. thanks!!

-da

Hi DA! No downtime, which is why it's a great treatment. But you have to do it for several sessions depending on the severity or need.

thanks glenn! hmm, effective sya sa mga acne scars?

Thanks, Glenn! hmm, so effective po sya sa mga acne scars mo?deep ba acne scars mo before?

Acne scars na reddish. Deep acne scars can be cured with a different treatment ata. Best if you try to meet the derma.

hi glenn,

we have same experience. marami na rin akong nabiling gamot at napuntahang clinic. last na napuntahan ko obagi, okay naman un result kaso mahal talaga. matagal na akong naghahanap ng magaling na doktor with affordable service fee. sana ito na un, si dr. chua na. thank you so much sa blog post mo na 'to. thank you talaga!!!

john

hi glenn,

we have same experience. marami na rin akong nabiling gamot at napuntahang clinic. last na napuntahan ko obagi, okay naman un result kaso mahal talaga. matagal na akong naghahanap ng magaling na doktor with affordable service fee. sana ito na un, si dr. chua na. thank you so much sa blog post mo na 'to. thank you talaga!!!

john

Thanks, Glenn! hmm, so effective po sya sa mga acne scars mo?deep ba acne scars mo before?

Anonymous - redness of scars got a huge improvement. as for the deep scars, other treatments are available.

are you still going to him?

Oh my gosh! Thank you for this post! Im looking for a good dermatologist cause the one i go to before was super pricey AND although a doctor saw me in the beginning, wala namang binigay na suggestion or diagnosis. Geeez! Like after nun puro beauticians n lng nila ung nakikita ko na puro facial lang at sila na ung nagsusuggest ng kung anong kelngn kong gawin. Kaya ngayon sana, i wanna make thngs right and just go to a good dermatologist para alaga tlga. I hope your doctor is really affordable. My problems not as problematic as yours but i wanted to really take care of my skin. So thank you so much! Really helps a lot!!

Lelila - Yes, I still go to him once a month for facial, peel and sometimes IPL :)

TiffanyJean - Go to him and give it a try. At times, kanya kanya ang hiyang eh. :)

Lelila - Yes, I still go to him once a month for facial, peel and sometimes IPL :)

TiffanyJean - Go to him and give it a try. At times, kanya kanya ang hiyang eh. :)

Oh my gosh! Thank you for this post! Im looking for a good dermatologist cause the one i go to before was super pricey AND although a doctor saw me in the beginning, wala namang binigay na suggestion or diagnosis. Geeez! Like after nun puro beauticians n lng nila ung nakikita ko na puro facial lang at sila na ung nagsusuggest ng kung anong kelngn kong gawin. Kaya ngayon sana, i wanna make thngs right and just go to a good dermatologist para alaga tlga. I hope your doctor is really affordable. My problems not as problematic as yours but i wanted to really take care of my skin. So thank you so much! Really helps a lot!!

are you still going to him?

hello po.. by appointment po ba consultation sa kanya.? or pe'de walk in?

Hi, Arlyn! It's first come first served. No appointments allowed as far as I know. Walk in only. :) I suggest you go there upon opening, so you don't have to wait long.

hi! thanks for this post! :) i would really like to consult and try dr. mike chua's services. do you have any estimate (maybe from one of your friends/colleagues who are patients of dr. mike) of how much is his service for painless warts removal? :)

Hi, eLyse. I'm not so sure, but I think warts removal is Php2,500 per area. Again, I'm not sure, so please don't quote me on that. Better if you have yourself checked :)

You're welcome. Hope it turns out good for you also. Pls do share my site to your family and friends.

Hi glenn! I would like to ask kung ano ang interval ng ipl sessions mo? I'd like to know kasi im weighing the pros and cons of getting the treatment for my spider veins, based kasi ko sa abroad at sobrang expensive dito. And your post is very helpful. Thanks! :)

will definitely do! :) can i just ask also if you know if dr. mike chua accepts HMI / medical cards?

As i know, no eh. But try to ask :)

Hi Juno! It's every month for the first 6 sessions and every other month or every other two months afterwards. Depends on the need and doctor's recommendation.

How much yung spanish peel sa face? and wala ng bayad yung consulatation pag diretsong treatment na diba ? =D 

how muchh po yung spanish peel

If it's your first time, usually talagang consultation muna before treatment, so you have to pay for consultation fee + treatment. On your succeeding sessions, puwede derecho na treatment and ask stuff while you're being serviced.

Spanish Peel usually comes with facial. I suggest you go to the clinic to ask for prices. :)

sorry i thought sa page 2 yung last post. OK after midterm punta ako diyan =D. 5k Budget ok na po ba yun? para isang puntahan nalang po. Pag commute po pla after mag MRT Ortigas/Shaw anong sasakyan? may mga public vehicle ba like Jeep or FX? or Taxi? or Puwedeng lakarin? nakita ko kasi sa google map sa likod siya ng SM Megamall.

5K is more than enough if facial and peel lang papagawa mo. If may others pa, baka kulangin, depende talaga. They accept credit card too if you have one.

Never tried commuting going there because it's medyo looban. Kayang lakarin pero medyo malayo eh. So I suggest taxi. Sa may likod sya ng Megamall pero lampas pa sa may St. Francis Square, so medyo malayo.

gosh! i have acne that wont go away even if my topical solutions na. ganun din ba sayo? and did he prescribe you oral meds? takot ako dun eh.. 

Hi Kai! Maybe it's not an acne anymore? Or maybe the topical solution you're putting isn't that good. Yup, he prescribed meds before during times I break out so much. But that was way before. 

Hi, nag-offer ba si Dr Mike ng botox treatment, RF, or any anti-aging treatment?

Hi, Joel. I'm just not so sure. I haven't asked him about it. I'm thinking there is, but not really sure. Give them a call or visit

will be trying this IPL tom. I just wish this will work :0 for me 

God bless! Remember it's not a one time thing. :)

thank you glenn I just hope this work talaga I availed the 6 months package. I have question during your IPL did you take acnetrex? 
ps I mentioned your name to doc he asked if your my friend I said na I read your blog 

Nope, I didn't take acnetrex because I don't have breakout during that time na. Acnetrex makes the skin dry and prevents pimples. It should be taken in moderation. It's effective. I've taken that way before pa.

Magkano ginagastos mo every treatment? :)

Hi! It actually varies depending on what treatment I'm getting. Again, I always suggest for you to visit the derma to know your skin's condition and what treatment is best for you. But be ready to spend Php1,000 and above.

Nice post! Thanks for sharing.. Though I have not been into a dermatologist. Great insight.

Wow, the amazing changes on your skin. Good thing you found the right derma for you! Visiting from PB! :)

you look nice in your recent picture.  I am glad you found Doc Michael Cua :) 

I agree. Dr. Chua is a really good dermatologist. He knows what he's doing and very considerate to his patients in terms of fiancial constraints. Hindi sya mapilit na i-avail the tx unless you badly need it. Pang 2nd month na ng treatment ko with him and I'm very happy with results. I'm on IPL and acnetrex 6 month treatment. Very effective for my case of Severe cystic acne.

Amen! :) Glad we've discovered Doc Mike! :)


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hi glen isa lng ba clinic ni dr chua, and for me as a starter to go to his clinic what amount ang masusugest mo sakin dalhin para sa mapa check face ko at ma treat ang mukha ko mala mike enriquez LOL pero totoo un ah pls tell me

Hello! I believe he only holds one clinic. If not, maybe at Metropolitan Hospital. Please call them to ask.

As for the amount, perhaps the most basic would be Php5000 for cleaning, peel, IPL (if you need one), consultation/meds. But it's really best if you visit him to know what treatments your face needs. If you don't like what he suggests, it's okay not to have it done.

glen last na bago na ko komunsulta ke doc,how much po ung ipl per session or there maybe any promos for that IPL, thx god bless you.

Not sure how much na ang IPL ngayon. Mine was 15k for several sessions.

where is it located? What time and date available? I will visit him.

Hi! Details are at the bottom part of the post.

Hi, Glenn. How much would it cost for just a consultation? Thank you!

I think consultation is Php500. Though when you get treatments, it's usually waived.

Thank you for that prompt response :) I just got some irritations after trying to scrub my face. Mild lang naman yung case ko, may ilan-ilang pimples and white heads na. Mga magkano budget for that? Do you have an idea?

Around 1k-1500 for facial and peel.

Hi, ask ko lng, does he accept Medicard? :)

He does not accept any health cards :)

Cool! Thank you, I would try to visit on Saturday :)

Saturdays are usually full of people. As it is first come first served basis, be prepared to wait.

It opens at 11:30 on Saturdays, right? 2:00 at weekdays? Too bad, midshift kasi ako ng weekdays. I might just wait for long hours nalang. :)

As far as i know 1230 on *saturdays*

thanks! very informative post, btw. :) I'm planning to visit the clinic next week. :)

Good luck! Tell doc you read it from me :)

Hi Glenn, galing na ako kay Doc Chua yesterday. I got facial and Spanish peel :) Tinanong niya kung friend kita sabi ko I read your blog :)

Awesome! Hope you had a good experience :)

Yes, I definitely had :D Thank you for your blog. :D Ang sakit lang pala talaga, pinapakalma lang ako ni Doc. Haha.

Hehe. Masakit talaga lalo na yung Spanish peel. :)

hi.. sa first visit ba may treatment na ba agad??

Depends sayo. You can opt to have consultation *only*

hi glen ask ko lng kung malalim ba ang scars mo o mababaw lng? THX

Sir nawala po ba ung malalim mong scars, o pinaless visible mo lng THX!

Some nawala, yung mga malalalim may treatments kasi for those, pero I didn't avail.

Again, best to go there for consultation. Different treatments cater to different situations.

hi glen can you tell me kung anu lahat ang binigay na treatment sau ni doc chua bukod sa IPL, thx nc blog

IPL, cleaning, peels, filler. Again it might not work for you. Please consult with him.

ilang months tumagal ung treatment mo, ganda kasi ng result, and active kapa rin ba sa kanya derma

Thx glenn nakapag pa checkup ako last week kay doctor chua then he offered me a pearl??? d ko matandaan glenn it was around 12k per session, kindly pakisabi naman kung anu yung pearl na yun today im searching for that, dami kasing pearl nalabas na pang treat sa acne scars

Pearl Fraxel perhaps? Not sure. You should have asked doc about it. Again, iba iba tayo ng cases and corresponding treatments.

ano po bang age ang pinakamagandang magpaDerma ???

Sino yung nag-attend sa'yo? si Dr. Chua tlga?

Php500 pa rin po ba ang consultation fee til now?? I'm planning to visit the clinic kasi may irritations sa mukha ko and lumalala na.. Thanks

Php500 pa rin po ba ang consultation fee til now?? I'm planning to visit the clinic kasi may irritaiton sa mukha ko and lumalala na.. Thanks

hi glen, pwede ba after consultation k dr mike derecho na treatment that day?

Hi Glenn! Thank you for sharing! Are you still visiting the same doctor? So far, effective pa din ba ang treatments? I am currently looking for a good derma for my acne problems. Thank you.

Hi Glenn! Thank you for sharing! Are you still visiting the same doctor? So far, effective pa din ba ang treatments? I am currently looking for a good derma for my acne problems. Thank you.

Tumatanggap po ba sila ng health card sir glenn?

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