When in need of some serious pampering, it’s a must to press the pause button and unwind with a bit of “me” time. Visiting beauty salons and spas is a great way to treat yourself after a busy week. Across Metro Manila, cosmetic and skin treatment centers offer cut-price deals on everything from slimming, whitening and hair removal to facials. Each has its own specialization and the common objective is to help us achieve healthier, youthful, and more radiant skin.

However, when it comes to dermatology and cosmetic surgery, choosing the right expert is important. You don’t want to be complacent with just the cheapest and most accessible skin care center, especially when you have sensitive skin.

For services like skin whitening, acne treatments, IPL hair removal, anti-aging treatments, and dermal filler, skipping the clinical setting of a doctor’s office in favor of a pampering beauty center is tempting. Dr. Adraneda of Adraneda Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, one of the members of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), reminds us to watch out.

Before booking skin-enhancing services in beauty centers and “medical” spas here and there, doing your homework will ultimately be worth the time and effort. 😉 Which ones are okay and which ones you should steer clear of? If you’re not comfortable with what you find out, move on to another establishment.

I had the chance to visit Dr. Miriam Dumandan-Adraneda’s new clinic in Marikina with my mom last Saturday for consultation and learned more about their dermatology services. Dr. Adraneda took the time to explain what and why she was going to do. I highly recommend setting an appointment with her if you have skin problem or just want skin care and pampering. This post is a review of her services plus an online giveaway at the end. 🙂

Review of Adraneda Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery (San Roque, Marikina City)

Diamond Peel Facial

The last time I experienced getting a diamond peel facial was perhaps more than 10 years ago—at the peak of puberty. Acne all over my forehead and clogged pores on my nose bothered me, caused a lot of stress, and lowered my self-image. For visible results, I religiously attended bi-monthly sessions of facial treatment by our family dermatologist.

At Adraneda Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery’s clinic, the Diamond Peel Facial consists of a medical exfoliation and extraction that can clear pores of dirt and debris and remove dead surface cells. The facial procedure helped to soften, nourish and rejuvenate the outer layer of the skin as well as promote cellular turnover. Pain was minimal and tolerable as it’s a very non-invasive way of peeling the skin for a fairer complexion.

Unlike other cosmetic procedures, the diamond peel facial does not require injections or surgeries. The diamond-tipped hand-piece literally felt like vacuum, as it was “vacuuming” away whiteheads, blackheads, dirt, and dead skin. Why is it called “diamond”? The instrument, apparently, is filled with real diamond dust which gives that sandpaper effect on the skin.

Diamond peel facial, when done regularly (every two weeks), can really make significant changes in minimizing scars, removing blackheads, producing collagen, and improving overall skin condition. To ensure that the skin was soothed and to reduce irritation, the procedure ended with a peppermint mask which left a fresh, cool and awesome feeling. The peppermint mask is also good for those who have acne-prone, blemished, and oily skin. I like the feeling of having moist and supple skin. 🙂

Warts Removal

During the facial treatment, Dr. Adraneda spotted some warts on my face. I was not even aware I had warts! 😛 Size was small and hardly noticeable especially when I wear makeup. It was funny that all along, I had been thinking that they were just small moles.

Moles are highly pigmented benign spots on the skin, whereas warts indicate a viral infection within the skin. Furthermore, Dr. Adraneda explained that the difference between a mole and a wart is that moles are not contagious but warts are. Warts can be passed to others by direct contact (e.g. beso-beso or cheek-kissing) and indirect contact (e.g. public showers or swimming pool areas). Upon learning this, I had zero hesitation to have them removed and thought it would be best to stay away from beso-beso-ing people and shake their hands instead. 🙂

Warts removal was quickly done, surprisingly. A topical anesthetic was applied and it took about 30 minutes to numb the skin. When the doctor told me we were about to begin, I clenched my fists and closed my eyes, getting ready and bracing myself for the pain I was expecting. Dr. Adraneda burned the affected areas with a high frequency current which took no more than five minutes. Thanks to the anesthesia and the doctor’s expertise, I didn’t feel a thing. I could not believe that warts removal could actually be pain-free!

RF Anti-aging Treatment

For my mom who loves to look younger than she is, the radio-frequency anti-aging treatment was most recommended. Dr. Adraneda’s anti-aging/tightening treatment utilized RF energy, causing the dermal collagen to heat up and thus create renewed collagen leading to increase skin firmness. The RF anti-aging treatment is also known as the “non-surgical face-lift” or “non-surgical wrinkle treatment” as it tightens the skin and reduces sagging.

The instrument provided massage-like stimulation to the surface of the skin that encourages blood flow, giving the skin that youthful glow. Though not too dramatic, the result is immediate after the first session; the effect can last up to two weeks. The same RF therapy is a viable solution for reducing stretch marks.

Syringoma Removal

My mom had her syringoma removed about a decade ago, but like weeds, it regrows back again of its own accord even if we don’t want it to. Syringoma are benign sweat gland growths. The bumps cause the undereye area to crinkle and create unsightly wrinkles.

With the treatment, anesthetic was used for numbing the skin and the spots were covered with tape for increased absorption. To burn away the syringoma, a small probe with an electric current ran through the deep dermis. Results are said to be typically seen within one to two weeks.

Wrap Up

“Medical” spas that are not associated with certified dermatologists may suggest products to use and solutions to try, but consulting with a licensed doctor who has earned a solid reputation with complete qualification can always guarantee safety, ethics, and effectiveness. Board-certified dermatologists and members of PDS like Adraneda Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery spend years learning about the skin, hair, nails and related areas. They are the most trusted and experienced professionals that understand better about skin diseases, causes and treatments.

Adraneda Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery offers a wide range of medical and cosmetic services consisting of dermatology procedures and treatments. In this clinic, patients are assured with the right cosmetic and medical practice as they deserve, regardless of the procedure. So whether you’re looking for fillers or facials, microdermabrasion or warts removal, Dr. Adraneda and her team are committed to safe and effective treatments with proven results.

Online Giveaway

To join the giveaway, all you have to do is enter the raffle below. This giveaway will run from August 11, 2016 to August 20, 2016. The five (5) winners will be announced on my blog and I will personally contact them via email. If they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected. Prize: The winners will receive one (1) gift certificate each for diamond peel treatment. Good luck! 🙂

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Google Map (How to Go to Adraneda Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in MEC Building)

Operating Hours

Adraneda Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in MEC Building: Mon/Wed/Sat 2-7pm, Tue/Thur/Fri 1-4pm
The Medical City SM Masinag: Fri 5-7pm & Sat 10-12nn
The Medical City SM Sta. Mesa: Tue & Thur 5-7pm

2nd Floor MEC Building, 2 Pitpitan Street, Midtown Subdivision 2, Marikina City
For inquiries/appointments, call 0919-9130113 / 0928-7559133 / 899-3697
Date Published: 08/10/2016

Review of Adraneda Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery (San Roque, Marikina City)
Price for Value
4.4Overall Score


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48 Responses

  1. Bhushavali

    Rochkirstin…… I’m not at all looking at you this time. Your mom looks so damn gorgeous. She’s just fab!!! She stole the show this time from you! Lolz..

  2. Zwitsy

    How about the price? Are they affordable? Just wondering, though. I have tried diamond peel in Cebu but I am not satisfied with their service. It costs me Php850 I guess and it just took 30 minutes as far as I remember.

  3. Francisca Ramos

    Your skin looks refreshed and flawless. Dr. Adraneda did a nice job. I would love to do the Diamond Peel Facial. My face needs to get cleaned up and treat some acne. Thanks for sharing your information.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome! The diamond peel facial doesn’t hurt at all. It’s also great that the peeling of skin did not obvious. I don’t have super sensitive skin so my face did not become red after the procedure.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks! It’s wonderful how a simple and innovative treatment can cause someone’s happiness. Looking young and feeling fresh are factors also to boost one’s self esteem. 🙂

  4. Elizabeth O.

    Looks like you and your mom had an amazing experience! I like the after pictures, you can see how hydrated your skin looks. It’s awesome that they’re offering a giveaway!

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, this is a good way to promote awareness about their new clinic. I also hope that more people would learn to appreciate medical dermatological centers more and the value they provide. Thanks!

  5. Jennifer S

    I’m loving the sounds of the Diamond Peel Facial! I could really use a treatment like that since all of the summer heat here in Texas has cause me to get oily and break out. And I totally agree that consulting with a licensed doctor who has earned a solid reputation, is VERY important! You don’t want just ANYONE “playing” with your face and skin!

  6. Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking

    I wish I wasn’t on the other side of the world! Adraneda looks like an amazing place! You’ve definitely opened my eyes about different facial treatments that are available. Maybe someday I’ll get to visit!

  7. Geraldine Guo

    I agree that we have to do our homework when it comes to beauty treatments and “medical” spas. Don’t be penny wise, pound foolish! This looks like a great place to do diamond peel facial and anti-aging treatments – i can spot large difference between the before and after! I wish I can do a diamond peel every 2 weeks too 🙂

  8. Claire Algarme

    I agree that when it comes to treatments like these, an expert should be at hand to oversee the process. Other dermatological centers only have trained staff so I would go to those with a licensed dermatologist. There are not so many centers like this here in Bacolod but I’m glad I have found one that is right for me.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Right. Besides treating medical skin conditions, many dermatologists are knowledgeable about cosmetic procedures and can advise you on the most appropriate procedures for your concerns. Dermatologists can also educate you about protecting your skin, help you understand it, and recommend the best products for you.

  9. Summer

    I really do look in the internet for reviews not only for products but also services of different companies. With this days, reviews are just one way of brand awareness.

    I want to have a diamond peel. Oh I miss facials.. 😐 Wish I’m near manila so i could join too.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      MEC Building is in Marikina, which is like about 2 hours away from Manila. The traffic is just so cruel. Anyway, if you find yourself deciding to visit a medical dermatologist than a regular aesthetician, know that Adraneda is a clinic to trust.

  10. Aileen Adalid

    Oh wow, I’ve never tried those things before but they look absolutely interesting! It’s even great that you got your mom to try it too 😀 makes me tempted to give my mom this kind of makeover. I think she will love it!

  11. Kathryn | The Graceful Mist

    Hello. Did you have make-up on during the treatment? The peppermint mask at the end of the procedure sounds like a wonderful treat for the skin considering I like to drink peppermint tea. I really hope I can win the gift certificate! I want to try Diamond Peel.

  12. Fred

    Derma clinics are great as long as the derma does the procedures herself. I cannot feel comfortable if it is only a nurse or tech doing the procedures without a licensed derma around.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Taking care of your skin and the various problems that may show up can be challenging. Over-the-counter products can help but ultimately, a licensed and trained dermatologist can deal with skin difficulties and resolves those issues whether they be acne, dandruff, calluses, wrinkles, oily skin, dry skin, red bumps, etc.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I have sent you the congratulations message and the digital gift certificate through the email address you submitted in the giveaway. Please check. Thanks! 😀


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