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Loh Ling Ying Review of Veritas Clinic Skin Treatment

Loh Ling Ying

Being an actor/model, my job consists of having different types of makeup on my face often and also maintaining good skin is a given in this line of work. It’s definitely not helpful when I have an oily acne-prone skin problem and random breakouts have always been an unpleasant surprise to me on important shoot days. Then, I was introduced to Veritas Medical Clinic.

Loh Ling Ying at Veritas Medical Clinic

When I first arrived at Veritas, I was welcomed by a group of friendly staff at the counter who helped to check me in. The clinic is very clean and spacious allowing me to feel at home already. I was then brought to a room and the staff helped to cleanse my face once. Then from there, they started to analyze my skin and made my skin concerns theirs.  I have oily acne prone skin and they explained to me what kind of skin care products I should avoid using and what my skin needs right now.

They used a gadget to “x-ray” my skin and explained to me patiently what my skin is lacking of right now and what causes me to break out. I was thrilled and amazed as I now know my skin better than ever. So apparently, my skin’s oil and water level is imbalance so I have to take note and make sure my skin is hydrated. I also have clogged pores and blackheads which causes breakout and excess oil production. Thus, they introduced me to the treatment, Hydra Peel Facial which can help to hydrate my skin with lots of hydrating serums by injecting into my skin while also at the same time extracting the impurities clogged in my skin too.

The staff is very gentle and she always explains to me kindly whenever she’s about to move on to the next step of the facial. I felt at ease and almost fall asleep because I felt that I can trust them and wake up to a pretty and clean face.

Due to a few stubborn blackheads/whiteheads clogged in my skin, the staff was very gentle during the extraction and she made sure that I was not in any discomfort at all times. After the extraction, they disinfect and soothe my skin with a cold metal gadget which was followed by a cooling mask. I guessed I doze off after some time as I was too comfortable.

Loh Ling Ying blackheads/whiteheads extraction

Loh Ling Ying Bioptron light therapy

Loh Ling Ying blackheads whiteheads extraction procedure

As I expected, I woke up to see that my skin was so much cleaner and I could see a big difference. My skin was brightened instantly and my pores were very clean especially my nose area which was previously filled with blackheads. Not only that, I noticed that my acne scars seem to fade lighter after the treatment the next day.

Loh Ling Ying HydroPeel Facial

Loh Ling Ying HydroPeel Facial day 2

On the second day after the facial, my face broke out a little but I assumed it might be the wrong skin products I used or the acne supplement I took that is showing its side effect. Nevertheless, I took care of the problem and made sure I moisturize my skin well every day.

Loh Ling Ying - before-after HydroPeel Facial

It has been almost a week since the facial and my pores are still very clean. I’m definitely looking forward to the next appointment with Veritas! Good skin provides great confidence too! I’m pretty sure Veritas will be a big help in my goal for achieving great skin.

Thank you Veritas! See you at my next appointment!

-Loh Ling Ying, 26, HydroPeel Facial

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Thread Lifts – The Non-Invasive Solution to Wrinkles and Loose Skin

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Threadlifts in Singapore cost around $2000-5000 per session. The price can vary across a few factors, such as the type of thread used and the experience of the doctor performing the procedure. Patient specific factors such as skin laxity might also be taken into account when pricing the procedure.

As you grow older, your body’s collagen production slows down, which in turn causes your skin to loosen and develop wrinkles. These are especially noticeable in the facial area, which can make you look less attractive to your peers.

Just a few years ago, the only solution available to rejuvenate and tighten your skin was to undergo facelift surgery. Although injectables exist that help in tightening the skin, these are not effective long-term solutions. Surgery was the only choice for people that needed a semi-permanent solution, and not a lot of people were willing to go under the knife.

Thanks to medical research, a non-surgical face lifting solution has been developed with long-term effects and little to no downtime – thread lifts. To know more about thread lifts, keep reading and determine if this is the right procedure for your needs.

What are Thread Lifts?

A thread lift is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure where temporary sutures (or “threads”) are inserted under the skin to create a tightening effect or “lift” on the skin tissue. Unlike facelift surgery, where the surgeon directly cuts off the loose skin, thread lifts elevate the loose skin by stitching parts of it together. This gives the skin a tighter, firmer look by pulling back the skin.

Thread lifts also leads to a large amount of collagen to the target skin are and stimulates an increase in its production. Collagen is the main structural protein of the skin and is responsible for a lot of factors that keep the skin looking young, firm, thick and strong. The increase in collagen production rejuvenates the skin and gives it a younger look. It is also used by the body for healing wounds and helps strengthen the form of the skin. This is one of the main reasons that wrinkles and loose skin develop as we get older. The skin grows weaker which in turn makes it harder to support the tissues underneath. Gravity pulls the skin downwards and creates loose skin. Thread lifts help prevent this event from progressing further and would give a lifting effect that lasts for a long time.

Good Candidates for Face Threading

Thread lifts

The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate to undergo a facial thread lift is by visiting your doctor and getting a full consultation and checkup.

In general, though, a good candidate for the procedure is someone who:

  • Have had the same procedure before and whose effects are starting to wear off

Thread lifts have long-lasting effects but are not permanent. If you have had face threading before, it is standard to undergo it again after 1 or 2 years to keep your skin tight and firm.

  • Has minimal signs of ageing

Thread lifts are recommended if the patient has only a slightly saggy or droopy skin in the neck, cheeks, jowls, or brows. The procedure is a good choice for men and women aged 40 to 60 years old.

  • Desires a more youthful, rejuvenated look

If you work in entertainment, the media or another industry where your looks are important, then thread lifts are a great option for you. Not only does it give your face a more youthful appearance, the procedure has almost no downtime and you can resume work in just a few days.

Advantages of a Thread Lift over a Facelift Surgery

Here are some advantages of a thread lift procedure has over traditional facelift surgery:

  • Dramatically reduced recovery time

Facelift surgery has a long recovery time (around two to three weeks) since it is an invasive procedure and would take time for the incisions to heal. A lot of facelift patients also need constant assistance from a caretaker for at least 2 days after the surgery. Patients also have to miss at least one or two weeks from work for recovery.

On the other hand, thread lift patients have very little downtime after the procedure. Since the procedure is done under local anaesthesia, instead of general anaesthesia for facelift surgery, a patient can look after themselves after. While there will be some redness and soreness, this wears off after a few days and will not interfere much with your normal activities. There is no need to take pain killers as the pain is bearable compared to facelift surgery.

  • Lower risk of complications

Since thread lifts are non-invasive procedures, there is very little risk of bruising, bleeding, scarring and other complications. If ever irritation or infection does occur, the sutures can be easily removed by the surgeon.

When undergoing any kind of surgery, there will always be some risks of complications such as infection and hematoma. If you want treatment with minimum risk, thread lifts are your best option.

  • More affordable

A thread lift is a less complex procedure compared to facelift surgery. This makes it also a less expensive procedure for the alternative. There is also less anaesthesia needed as well as aftercare.

How Thread Lifts Work

Thread face lift

Thread lifts utilize threads that have barbs or cogs and are inserted in a specific trajectory to create a lifting effect on the skin. These threads also stimulate collagen production and improve the firmness of the skin.

There are different types of thread lifts available in Singapore – most common of which are the PDO and Silhouette thread lifts.

The threads used in these procedures are made of one of three materials:

  • PDO – polydioxanone, the most common material used in sutures and have long been used for their reliability and safety.
  • PLLA – Poly-L Lactic acid, which is a desirable material for a support structure of the skin
  • PCL – Polycaprolactone, a relatively new material that are supposedly stronger than PDO threads. These are currently being limited for use only in nose thread lifts.

What to Expect

Before the procedure, a thorough checkup is first done by the doctor to ensure that the patient is ready and prepared for the thread lift. The doctor would also take some “before” pictures for reference and comparison.

The doctor then uses a marker to indicate the points of insertion of the threads. A local anaesthetic is then administered on the facial area to numb it, and to prevent the pain from the procedure.

Using a needle, the entry points of the threads are created, after which each thread is inserted carefully to lift the skin and fat tissue. After all the threads have been inserted, the excess threads are trimmed, and the procedure is finished.

The whole procedure should take around 25 to 35 minutes to finish. Depending on your pain tolerance, there may be very little to no downtime at all after the thread lift. Several patients of mine even had the procedure during their lunch breaks and come back to their jobs immediately after.

Expect some soreness and swelling around the entry points but these should disappear in a few days. The effects of a thread lift can last for up to 1 or 2 years and a follow-up thread lift is recommended after.

Recovery

Since thread lifts are minimally invasive procedures, there is a relatively fast recovery period. Swelling and bruising might occur directly after the procedure, but these usually go away after a few days. Pain killers can help to manage the aching but are not necessary.

There is also no need to follow a diet and exercise regimen, and effects can be observed as fast as a week after the thread lift. It is also advised that the patient undergo a follow-up assessment and consultation with your doctor to ensure that no complications occur. Your doctor may also advise you to have a follow-up thread lift or another similar procedure for better results.

The threads left under your skin will dissolve naturally after a few months so a follow-up procedure to remove them is not needed. It is generally safe to leave the threads inside although there may be a rare chance of having complications. From the follow-up consultation, your doctor will inform you if there are any complications, such as:

  • Asymmetry – this happens when there is an uneven or irregular insertion of threads which could result to one side of the face becoming more tighter than the other side.
  • Infection – the risk of infection is very low as long as proper aseptic technique is observed by the doctor during the thread lift.
  • Puckering and Rippling – rippling might occur on the skin if the threads are inserted unevenly, although it might also be caused by overtightening. In the case of over tightening, the issue should go away in a week.
  • Granuloma – this happens when the thread is placed too close to the skin surface and might stick out or irritate the skin. Consult your doctor or clinic if this happens so that corrective measures may be undertaken.

Thread lifts are a very popular option for Singaporeans when it comes to rejuvenating the face and achieving a more youthful appearance. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, people are more willing to undergo it in contrast to traditional facelift surgery. Faster recovery time is another important factor that makes it a more appealing option for a lot of Singaporeans.

There is still a chance for complication though, so always remember to visit your doctor and ask for a full checkup before the procedure. Be sure to choose a doctor or clinic that is trusted and have a good history of satisfied customers.

Price

For a full-face threadlift, expect to pay anything in the region of $2000-5000.

The cost depends on several factors, such as:

  • The type of thread used
  • Your skin laxity
  • The doctor or clinic offering the thread lifts

Made in Singapore: Why you should choose to get breast augmentation locally

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Breast augmentation in Singapore costs around the region of $2000-2500. While breast augmentation is an invasive procedure, it is generally a straightforward procedure and costs are quite standard across the board. If the price is higher than expected, it is usually because of the clinic you chose and the post-operative care that they offer.

Breast augmentation, also commonly known as breast enlargement, is a popular cosmetic procedure that enlarges the size and enhances the shape of the breasts with the use of breast implants. Typically, the most preferred choice of material for breast implants is silicone gel.

In Singapore, breast enlargement is becoming more and more sought-after by:

  • Women who are in their early 20-30’s who have smaller cup size.

These women want to give their appearance and confidence a boost with a fuller chest through breast augmentation.

  • Women who have given birth.

After single or multiple pregnancy and breastfeeding, women’s breasts tend to sag and lose their shape. For this reason, a lot of women turn to breast augmentation post-delivery.

Where to get breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation

There are many credible clinics in Singapore that offer breast augmentation procedure and many Singaporeans opt to have their breast augmentation procedure in these clinics. However, because of various factors, there is also a large percentage of women who choose to have their breast augmentation procedure done overseas. Countries such as Thailand and South Korea have become a popular choice among women seeking breast enlargement procedures.

Each surgery involves risks and breast augmentation surgeries are no different. If you are still weighing your options whether to have your breast augmentation procedure locally in Singapore or in another country, it is important to know the different advantages and disadvantages for both options first before committing to any procedure.

This article aims to help you have a more informed decision and avoid the associated risks.

Is it advisable to have breast augmentation overseas?

While there is completely nothing wrong with having breast augmentation overseas, based from many years of experience working with patients, I have observed that some women who got their breast augmentation procedure in other countries manage to have several complications. Some patients even report that their desired result was not achieved, and they go home disappointed.

Of course, this is not to say that those who choose to have breast augmentation here in Singapore will not experience complications and women who choose to have it overseas will always have unsatisfactory results. Since breast augmentation is a medical procedure, the result will always vary from person to person.

Advantages of choosing to have breast augmentation procedure in countries like Thailand and Korea over Singapore.

The following are the enticing reasons why Singaporeans easily choose to go to Thailand or Korea for their breast augmentation procedure:

  1. Breast enlargement surgeries in Thailand are way cheaper.

In Thailand, the cost of breast enlargement surgeries are significantly cheaper compared to the Singaporean rate. Most of the time, the difference can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

  1. In Korea, there is an abundance of clinics that offer discounted prices.

The cost of breast augmentation in Singapore and Korea do not have a significant difference.  Still, many Singaporeans choose to go to Korea because there are a lot of clinics that offer discounts on their procedures.

  1. People consider Korea as the global centre for plastic surgery.

Korea is considered as the global centre for plastic surgery by a lot of people worldwide. And because of this branding, the idea of having a Korean plastic surgeon perform your breast augmentation procedure is attracting a lot of Singaporean patients.

  1. A trip abroad entails for a holiday.

After the procedure, most patients give themselves the reward of a much-needed vacation and tour around and have fun in a foreign country.

Disadvantages of choosing to have breast augmentation procedure in countries like Thailand and Korea over Singapore.

Why would anyone choose to have their breast augmentation locally with all these enticing benefits of going overseas for breast augmentation?

Here, we discuss the reasons why Thailand and Korea can offer breast enlargement at such cheap prices and how it can be disadvantageous for patients.

  1. Your desired outcome may not be fully expressed because of the language barrier.

Choosing to get your breast augmentation overseas may lead to challenges especially because the language is different.

Even when you have someone who can translate for you, expressing what you really want can be very tricky if you and your doctor do not understand each other.

You may not even know or understand what a foreign surgeon may put in your breasts because you are not familiar with the language.

  1. Cheaper cost of breast augmentation may compromise quality.

It cannot be denied that the cost of breast enlargement in Thailand versus the cost in Singapore is significantly different. The cost of a pair of silicone breast implants in in Singapore can range from SGD$2000-2500 while in Thailand,  a pair of silicone breast implants can only cost from SGD$600-750.

If you think that you can save a lot of money in Thailand or Korea, you also need to consider the quality of service and results you are about to receive. Cheaper prices are usually associated with lower quality.

  1. Lower quality increases the risk of complications.

Fixing complications will require additional treatments and surgeries—thus will require you to spend more. Before considering cheaper prices, always make sure to choose the breast augmentation procedure that will save you money in the long run.

  1. Breast augmentation abroad usually prioritizes quantity over quality.

Although not all, but a lot of clinics abroad prioritize quantity over quality. In essence, these clinics charge less but compensate their earnings by performing as many procedures as possible in a day. Imagine an exhausted doctor doing your surgery. Sounds pretty scary right? Also, the quality of breast enlargement that may result from a rushed procedure will be greatly compromised.

  1. Lesser consultation time for breast augmentation procedure to be discussed.

In addition, since these doctors perform breast augmentation on a lot of patients in a day, the time for your appointment may not be sufficient to cover proper consultation and procedure. Remember that proper dialogue with your doctor is very important.

If your time with your doctor becomes limited, there may be a chance that your procedure and the expected results will not be discussed very well. It is vital that you really understand everything before committing to a surgical procedure.

  1. Unsatisfactory breast augmentation results.

In some clinics overseas, because of the bulk of patients to be attended to, you may only be given less than 30 minutes to select your implants and then the doctor will immediately go on with the procedure—not enough time in my opinion. This may result to unsatisfactory results and may require replacement and additional surgeries.

  1. Breast augmentation is performed by non-qualified surgeons.

Getting breast enlargement procedure from at cheaper cost by a non-qualified professional can be very risky and unsafe. Some doctors and patients say that breast enlargement surgeries overseas are performed by non-qualified surgeons and even by general practitioners! Before choosing your doctor, make sure that he/she is accredited and fully trained to perform breast augmentation.

Why should you choose to get breast augmentation in Singapore

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  1. Qualified doctors only.

In Singapore, breast augmentation are expensive for a reason. This is due to the fact that only qualified plastic surgeons are permitted to perform breast augmentation surgeries. In Singapore, there are very strict regulations regarding this matter, so you can be rest assured that only qualified surgeons can perform breast augmentation surgeries.

  1. Effective communication.

In Singapore, you certainly won’t have to worry about any confusion because you and your doctor will be able to communicate effectively. Your desired outcome can be discussed and achieved thoroughly without any hassle.

  1. Postoperative care and follow ups.

After the surgery is done, the process does not end yet. As important as the procedure itself, postoperative care should also be given attention. Typically, breast enlargement is a relatively low-risk procedure. If you manage to develop complications and need to talk to your doctor as soon as possible, wouldn’t it be more convenient if your doctor is just one call away?

It would be a great inconvenience to fly back to Bangkok or Seoul Thailand every time you need to see your surgeon or to correct or treat something. Also, unless you have made it clear before the procedure, there is no assurance that these overseas clinics will entertain you again to fix what went wrong. Some might even charge you extra fees.

In addition, one of the most feared complications with breast augmentation is breast implant infection where the breast implants are required to be removed. Infections need urgent treatment therefore, it is better to have your doctor close at hand in case you need to be hospitalized to be fully treated.

As doctors, it is part of our duty to help patients to have a better understanding of the procedures, optimal possible results, after-care and treatment—especially when dealing with invasive surgery such as breast augmentation.

Note that breast enlargement is a lifelong commitment—meaning, you will have to live with these breast implants for the rest of your life, so it is of paramount importance that you fully understand the procedure. Make sure that your breast enlargement procedure will be performed by a well-trained and accredited doctor you can truly trust.

CoolSculpting Fat Freezing – The Popular Non-invasive Solution to Fat Removal in Singapore

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Gaining weight is a very sensitive topic for a lot of people. Not only does getting fat make you look less attractive, but it can also bring about complications on your health and daily activities. Unfortunately, not everyone has the free time to go to the gym and work out. Calorie counting is another thing you can do but takes an immense amount of discipline and time and would require you to let go of some of your favourite delicious dishes.

Although these are proven to be effective weight loss methods, you cannot target a specific part of your body to burn fat from. For example, if your problem is a fat bulge on your arms, diet and exercise will not necessarily remove the fat on that region. Fat may be burned from your breasts or buttocks instead, which you may not like. What’s worse, there may be areas in your body that still have fat bulges even after you lose weight.

One possible solution to this problem is by going to your doctor and undergoing a fat removal procedure. These procedures can target specific areas of your body and you won’t have to worry about losing fat from elsewhere. There are several treatments you can choose from here in Singapore, one of which is fat freezing, a fat removal procedure that uses CoolSculpting technology to dissolve fat tissue.

How It Works

Fat freezing

When you lose weight through diet or exercise, your body does not reduce the number of fat cells in your body. Rather, they reduce the average size of your fat cells throughout the body. For example, if you generally have thick thighs, you will not necessarily lose that feature through diet and exercise.

On the other hand, fat freezing through CoolSculpting will permanently reduce the number of fat cells in a region after the procedure. If ever you gain weight again, it won’t show up on those regions as much compared to if you lost weight through just diet and exercise.

Also known as cryolipolysis, fat freezing works through the non-invasive application of cold temperatures at a target region of your body. The cooling specifically targets fat cells while causing no damage to the skin and surrounding tissues. These fat cells die after being frozen, after which your body naturally removes and eliminates them.

Effects of fat freezing are long-term since the fat cells themselves are destroyed instead of just reduced in size. CoolSculpting technology, in general, eliminates approximately 20% to 25% of fat cells in the treated area.

Why Choose Fat Freezing over other Fat Removal Procedures

The CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure is only one of many treatments you can choose for specific fat removal. The following are the procedures and the advantages CoolSculpting fat freezing has over each:

  • Traditional Liposuction – This is a surgical procedure that removes fat through the insertion of one or more small tubes into the target area. The patient is put under general anaesthesia before the liposuction, after which the fat is sucked out by the machine through incisions made by the surgeon.

Why choose fat freezing over this? Fat freezing is a non-invasive procedure and doesn’t require you to go under the knife. Recovery time is also faster with fat freezing, which takes a week compared to liposuction which can take up to a month before a full recovery.

  • Laser Liposuction – An alternative form of liposuction that utilizes a laser to heat the fat, which softens and liquefies it. This makes it easier to remove and utilizes smaller tubes compared to traditional liposuction. Only a local anaesthetic is utilized for this and has the added benefit of tightening the skin over the targeted area. It also has a faster recovery time compared to traditional liposuction.

Why choose fat freezing over this? Although laser liposuction has a faster recovery time compared to traditional liposuction, it is still a surgical procedure which requires incisions by the surgeon.

  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) – HIFU is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes a machine to deliver focused ultrasound waves to cause necrosis of fat cells. The ultrasound is focused to reach a precise depth so that it can target fat cells and leaving the skin surface unaffected. Results from this procedure have high variance though and are different from person to person.

Why choose fat freezing over this? Since HIFU procedures apply intense heat to the fat cells, the patient may have to experience pain that increases as the intensity of the HIFU are increased. On the other hand, fat freezing causes the target area to numb and is a typically relaxing procedure compared to HIFU.

  • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) – This non-invasive procedure uses a ‘cold’ laser to target fat cells and utilizes a similar process as fat freezing. Not a lot of studies have been done on LLLT though, and results seem to vary a lot depending on the person. It is also advised that the patient undergo a specific diet and exercise regimen to accelerate fat removal.

Why choose fat freezing over this? Studies have been done on LLLT that show that the results from the procedure are highly variable. Another study has also shown that LLLT does not provide a significant reduction in abdominal fat thickness. There were even cases where there was an increase in the thickness of fat. Fat freezing is a highly studied procedure and have shown to be very effective and garnered a high degree of satisfaction from patients.

  • Radio Frequency (RF) Fat Reduction – This is a non-invasive procedure that applies a radio frequency to heat the fat cells without the instrument touching the skin of the patient. This applies a combination of heat and vibrations to the fat cells, which causes them to break down and die.

Why choose fat freezing over this? Similar to HIFU therapy, the results of RF fat reduction are highly variable. The effectiveness of the procedure depends on a lot of factors, such as the targeted area and skin impedance. Fat freezing, on the other hand, is shown to be consistently effective and is more precise on the contouring of your body.

Good Candidates for Fat Freezing

Fat freezing candidate

Fat freezing is not recommended for obese people since fat removal is only concentrated on a specific target area. It is not a weight-loss procedure, and surgery (such as a gastric bypass) is recommended for them.

This procedure is recommended for people who have unwanted fat bulges in certain regions. This is a non-surgical and non-invasive alternative to liposuction, which is also a fat removal procedure.

In Singapore, the CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure can be used for treatment of fat bulges in the submental area (double chin), thigh, abdomen, back fat, buttocks and upper arm.

What to Expect Before the Procedure

The first step in any fat removal procedure is a thorough consultation with your clinic or doctor in Singapore. The doctor will assess your personal body goals and give you a recommendation on which areas will be targeted and how many treatments you will need. Each patient has a different need and a full consultation will make sure that you get what you want at the end of the procedure.

Doctor consultation

The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared in the USA for the treatment of visible fat bulges and is guaranteed to be safe.

At the day of the procedure, your doctor will do a body fat pinch test to estimate body fat and evaluate your body composition. A couple of ‘before’ photos will also be taken of you for comparison and documentation purposes.

What to Expect During the Procedure

No surgery is done during the procedure. Instead, a gel pad and applicator are applied to the target region. This delivers measured cooling to the target fat cells, which initially gives an intense cold feeling. This subsides within 5 to 10 minutes as the cold numbs the target area. There may also be a pulling, tugging or pinching feeling depending on the applicator.

You can relax during the procedure and even read a book or use your cellphone. Multi-tasking is encouraged as the procedure may take a while and relaxing can help take your mind off it. The fat freezing procedure takes approximately 30 to 70 minutes depending on the size of the target area. Some procedures treat two or more areas at once.

After the procedure, expect some temporary redness and swelling on the targeted area. These side effects should subside within a week.

There is almost no downtime after CoolSculpting since the fat freezing procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive.

When to Expect Results

There will be no immediate results at first since the body takes time in removing the dead fat cells naturally. Results may be noticed as fast as 3 weeks after the procedure and the most significant results can show up after 60 days. For up to 4 to 6 months after the procedure, the body will continue flushing out dead fat cells. Full results should be achieved and noticed after this.

What to Do After

There is no post-procedure regimen that a patient will have to follow after the cool sculpting treatment. You do not need to take supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program after the fat freezing treatment.

It is recommended though to take good care of your body as general advice to avoid fat bulges from developing in the future. You should schedule a follow-up assessment with your doctor a few weeks after the treatment to make sure that no complications occur and to discuss the possibility of future treatments.

The great thing about the procedure is that even if you’ve gained weight, the weight will be distributed evenly throughout your whole body instead of just the previously treated area.

Costs

A single session of CoolSculpting fat freezing treatment costs about $500 to $700 in Singapore. Depending on your needs, your doctor or clinic may prescribe you a personalized treatment plan that includes several sessions of treatment and consultations.

Final Thoughts

Fat freezing has become one of the most popular fat removal procedures in Singapore besides liposuction. This is because the procedure is non-invasive, relatively painless and has almost no downtime for the patient. A lot of my patients who have undergone CoolSculpting fat freezing treatment have been extremely satisfied with the procedure and have even recommended it to their friends.

The safety and comfort of our patients is the utmost priority and I recommend that you undergo a full consultation and checkup before going through with the procedure.

Freckles: Facts, Prevention, and Removal

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Freckles removal treatment in Singapore costs will vary based on the treatment you choose. Bleaching creams cost around $20-40. Chemical peels cost between $150-300. IPL costs around $200-300 per 100 shots. Laser treatments have a price of around $150-300. Cyrosurgery is the most expensive, with prices around $400-800.

Freckles do not pepper on the skin upon birth. But being in a tropical country like Singapore, freckles may appear at some point, especially for people who are always exposed to the sun’s harsh rays.

Spending time outdoors without proper sun protection, such as sunscreen or umbrellas, can cause unwanted pigmentation to develop on the skin.

Freckles are just one of the many skin flaws that can occur on the skin caused by pigmentation. They are more common on Westerners and there are a number of famous celebrities carry them as their trademarks (think Lindsay Lohan). Some people, however, cannot stand the sight of them!

Did you know that during the medieval age freckles were believed to be marked from the devil? Women who had freckles were considered witches.

If you have seen this pigmentation sneakily invading a certain area of your skin and would like to get rid of them, then you are in the right place! Read on to the very end of this article to see what treatments are in store to make those freaky freckles vanish!

What are the types of freckles?

There are two types of freckles, namely, the Ephelides and the Lentigines. Ephelides are light brown freckles noticeable on people with lighter complexions. This type of freckles can fade with less sun exposure. They are darker during summer time and lighter during colder months. Lentigines, otherwise known as age or liver spots, are specks on the skin that contain an excess of melanocyte cells, which are responsible for producing the skin’s pigmentation.

How can freckles be distinguished from other skin pigmentation flaws?

There are several skin flaws that are caused by an overproduction of pigmentation. Freckles can easily be distinguished according to their colour and form. They are multiple tiny spots that are flat and circular in shape. They are about 1mm to 2mm in size and are likened to tiny peppers flecked across the skin.

The colour of freckles is uniform on the skin but may vary from one person to another, depending on the skin’s complexion. For example, Asians may have freckles that are brown in colour, while redheads have reddish freckles. Freckles may also be yellowish, tan, light brown, or black. Freckles stand out, as they are darker than the surrounding skin.

What can cause freckles to appear on the skin?

Face with freckles

Freckles can either be inherited genetically or developed through continuous sun exposure. Freckles that are passed on through a family’s lineage are typical among people with fair skin, blond or red hair, and green eyes.

People with darker skin tones do not exhibit this skin impurity. Furthermore, women are more prone to getting freckles as compared to men.

How do freckles develop on the skin?

Freckles develop when the skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays. The skin’s pigmentation, called melanin, is triggered to production whenever the skin soaks in the ultraviolet rays.  When the skin is overexposed to UV rays, may they be from the sun or even fluorescent tanning lights, the melanin can generate excess amounts of pigments that result to an abundance of melanocyte cells forming the freckles.

What parts of the body can freckles develop?

Freckles generally develop on the cheekbones and across the nose.

At what age do freckles usually develop?

Children as young as one or two years old may develop freckles, especially if they acquired this from their family’s bloodline. For adolescents or adults, freckles may form at any age. They are most likely to occur whenever the skin is repeatedly basked under the sun without proper protection to shield it from the harsh UV rays.

Are freckles cancerous?

Freckles are normally harmless and are rarely cancerous.

Are freckles contagious?

No, freckles are not contagious.

Can freckles be prevented from worsening or forming on the skin?

skin damage from sun UV

Preventing freckles to surface is a much better alternative than having it removed. Freckle removal is a tedious task that can cause time and a lot of money. There may be times that results from treatments are not adequate.

People with a family history of freckles are advised to start shielding the skin with appropriate sun protection early on in life.

There are several ways to prevent freckles from worsening or forming on the skin. A sunscreen with a strong sun protection factor (SPF) should be applied to the skin. When looking for the perfect sunblock, choose one that has SPF ranging from 30 to 50. In addition, pick a brand that has “broad spectrum coverage for Ultraviolet - A & B” or “PA+++” indicated on the label. Make sure that the skin exposed to the sun is covered with a generous amount of sunscreen, even when indoors or overcast days.

Aside from sunscreen, use wide-brimmed hats (preferably 6 inches in measurement) or an umbrella to cover the face from the direct heat of the sun. It is also best to avoid the sun during its peak hours, which is between 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.

What are the available treatments to reduce or remove freckles?

The following treatments can help reduce or remove freckles:

  1. Bleaching Creams
  2. Chemical peels
  3. Cryosurgery
  4. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  5. Laser
  6. Retinoids

A combination of the treatments mentioned may be used to effectively reduce or remove the presence of freckles on the skin.

Bleaching Creams. These are topical creams that use hydroquinone or kojic acid as an active ingredient and work to lighten the pigmentation gradually with a continued application on the affected areas.

Chemical peels. Chemical peels utilize gentle acids, such as glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. When applied to the skin, the chemicals peel the thin layer of the epidermis together with the pigments, allowing the tone to lighten and the new skin beneath to surface.

Cryosurgery. This treatment uses liquid nitrogen to treat freckles, although some stubborn pigments do not respond to it well.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This treatment uses light therapy to lighten and eliminate freckles.

Laser. The Q-Switched Nd: Yag laser is effective in treating freckles. This technique uses laser beams to target pigmentation and breaks them into powder-like substances that the body eliminates. Laser treatments will require several days of rest to allow the skin to heal.

laser freckle skin removal

Retinoids. Topical retinoids like tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene can help lighten the freckles. This works well with bleaching creams, although results may take a bit longer.

Can freckles be cured permanently?

Unfortunately, freckles cannot be cured permanently. When the areas that have responded to treatments successfully are exposed to the sun without protection, there is a great tendency that the freckles could recur.

How do I know which treatment is suitable for my freckles?

The best way to know which treatment to choose to remove your freckles is to have your condition assessed by a medical professional. At the same time, ask for options. Some doctors will recommend laser treatments outright, but some freckles respond well to topical creams.

Lasers or IPL may cost more, though results come quicker than creams. When deciding to use laser or IPL, be sure to ask your doctor about their experience in administering this method to previous patients. You may ask for before and after photos to gauge the success of their treatments.

Remember that the skill of the doctor handling your case is very important in achieving the best results of eliminating your freckles. Be sure to follow the aftercare instructions to avoid recurrence.

Your Guide to Melasma Treatment

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One great indicator of having an undamaged skin is it's being smooth and blemish free. Yes, your face may not be plagued by dreadful acne, but that alone cannot guarantee that your skin is 100% healthy.

The presence of dark spots and uneven skin tone, despite the absence of pimples and other impurities, is a sign of unhealthy skin.

Skin discolouration is caused by excess production of pigments, otherwise known as melanin. Skin conditions that are caused by pigmentation come in different colours and forms. An example of which are freckles, sunspots, Hori’s Nevus, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and melasma. Among these, we will be having a closer look at Melasma.

Definition of Melasma

melasma and normal skin

Melasma or ‘chloasma’ is a skin condition brought about by pigmentation that usually affects adults. It can be distinguished from other skin pigmentation flaws by its shape and colour. Brown and grey coloured irregularly shaped patches characterize melasma. It is prevalent among people with medium to dark skin tones or those whose skin tan easily.

Studies show that melasma is more prominent in people living in Asia and the Middle East.

Which parts of the body does Melasma affect?

Melasma affects certain parts of the body that are always exposed to the sun. Patches may form on the face, specifically on the cheeks, chin, forehead, upper lip, and nose. It can also be seen on the neck or forearms.

What causes Melasma?

There are several factors that can be attributed to the existence of melasma, but the precise cause of this condition remains unknown. The most common reasons for developing melasma are credited to hormones and ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, phototherapy, or sun-beds. On some occasions, cosmetic products or medications that irritate the skin may also trigger melasma.

Melasma generally affects women and is seen less in men. Women who undergo pregnancy or are taking contraceptive pills have a larger chance of getting melasma. It is believed that the changes in hormones cause the pigmentation to overly produce. Melasma that affects pregnant women is coined as “pregnancy mask.”

Is Melasma contagious or hereditary?

Melasma is not contagious. It is not hereditary, although it can be present in several members of a family that has a history of this skin condition.

How do I know if I have melasma and not some other skin pigmentation flaw?

The best way to have your skin flaw diagnosed is by consulting with a dermatologist. Doctors can distinguish melasma from other hyperpigmentation just by looking at your skin. However, to get an accurate diagnosis and rule out other symptoms that may be similar to it, a test may be requested by the doctor to be done. A small part of the skin may be extracted as a sample for further examination (biopsy).

Other skin assessment tools, such as the Wood’s lamp and the Melasma Area and Severity Index (MASI) can also be used to evaluate the severity and degree of melasma.

What are the kinds of Melasma?

Melasma has different levels of severity. It is categorized into three kinds:

  • Dermal
  • Epidermal
  • Mixed

Epidermal melasma affects only the very top portion of the skin’s surface. Patches of discolouration are well defined and easier to banish. Melasma that affects the dermal layer of the skin is more difficult to treat because of the existence of melanophages (melanin-ingesting cells). Dermal melasma are embedded deeply into the skin and can be determined by brown or greyish colour. Its shape is less defined as compared to melasma found on the epidermal layer. Mixed melasma is comprised of both epidermal and dermal kinds occurring on the skin.

Is Melasma temporary or permanent?

Depending on the cause, melasma may either be temporary or permanent. For excess pigmentation triggered by pregnancy or contraceptives, melasma may vanish naturally upon giving birth or cessation of the use of the prescribed medication that affects the hormones. In addition, women affected with melasma during pregnancy can expect it to recur with every child conception.

Melasma that is caused by extreme sun exposure may or may not disappear completely. However, there are several treatments available that can aid in improving this skin condition.

Can Melasma be prevented?

Melasma prevent

Avoiding specific triggers can prevent melasma that is due to sun exposure and birth control pills or contraceptives.

Whenever outdoors, be sure to protect all exposed skin against UV rays with a generous application of sunscreen, ideally above SPF 30.  Umbrellas and wide-brimmed hats also come in handy.

What are the treatments available to get rid of Melasma?

Fortunately, there are several treatments available that patients can turn to as remedies to melasma:

  1. Cosmetic makeup or skin camouflage. Cosmetic makeup that is tinted can be used to cover up melasma. Skin camouflage is a thick cream that is matched to the patient’s skin colour. When applied to the affected area, the camouflage is not easily erased. This kind of treatment does not diminish melasma but helps in improving the quality of life of people affected by melasma.
  1. Dermatological procedures. Aesthetic advancements continue to develop more, especially with procedures that aim to enhance skin and restore its health. The following are treatments that offer improvements for melasma sufferers:
  • Chemical peels – Chemical peels work by applying concentrated chemical agents like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid on the surface of the skin. The chemicals exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin, which results to peeling and improvement of skin pigmentation as the skin is renewed. An experienced doctor must administer chemical peels, as mishandling of the substance may cause more harm than good on a patient’s current condition.
  • Microneedling – Microneedling works by poking tiny needles into the skin in repetition to aid lightening creams in reaching the depth of the skin.
  • Lasers – Lasers use energy charged light beams that either destroy pigments or removes the surface of the skin that is affected by melasma.

Note that these procedures are prone to risks and side effects. Some of which are bruising, irritation, infections, swelling, and scarring.

  1. Topical lightening creams. Topical creams like hydroquinone, retinoid, and steroid can help lighten the discolouration of the skin brought about by melasma. The application of these creams must follow the doctor’s orders as they can cause side effects when administered incorrectly. Pregnant women are advised to stay away from using hydroquinone or retinoid creams during the course of their pregnancy as these may hurt the fetus.

Which of the treatments available is best to address Melasma?

Melasma before-after

Each treatment has its pros and cons. It is highly recommended for individuals suffering from melasma to get a professional consultation with a reputable medical practitioner in order to get proper diagnosis and treatment apt for the degree and severity of melasma present on the skin.

Among the three, laser treatments have a greater success rate in achieving quick results. However, this may still require several sessions, especially for extreme cases of melasma.

What are the factors to consider when searching for the right doctor to treat melasma?

Extensive research is recommended when choosing a dermatologist to handle your case of melasma. Seek also for recommendations from family or friends that may have undertaken treatments for melasma. In addition, patients need to ensure that the dermatologist handling their cases has the proper training and skills to perform any kind of procedure to treat melasma.

Rosacea: causes, symptoms, and treatments

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Rosacea removal laser treatment cost in Singapore is usually around $100-500, depending on the procedure you're considering getting. For a Q-switch laser treatment, expect to pay around $100-250 for the entire course. This might vary due to the severity of your facial pigmentation, so getting a proper diagnosis is important. Picosecond laser treatments uses a more advanced technology and would generally cost $200-500 for a full course. For topical remedies, expect to pay between $50-100 for the medication. Also, a doctor's consultation fee would usually add to the total cost as well.

Rosy cheeks or a natural blush can look aesthetically pleasing. When pimples, skin irritation, and spider veins accompany it then that is a whole new and different story.

Rosacea is a skin condition that is common to individuals of Celtic and European lineage but can also affect people of Asian descent.

Some famous international artists, celebrities and personalities that suffer from rosacea include Princess Diana, Prince William, Bill Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Renee Zellweger, Sam Smith and Rembrandt.

If you have noticed redness on your skin that would not go away, this may be a hint of rosacea. This skin impurity is more obvious on the faces of persons with fair skin. Reports on rosacea experienced by people with darker skin is less, most probably because it is not easily detected as the colour of the skin masks its existence.

You may have stumbled on this article in an attempt to search for more information or a cure to rosacea. You are on the right track, as this piece is dedicated solely to this red-hot topic.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation on the skin. The surface of the skin may feel hot, prickly, or itchy, coupled with a flush of redness, and sometimes the appearance of pustular acne. Rosacea normally develops in people over the age of 30 and is more common in women than men.

What are the causes of Rosacea?

There are several causes of Rosacea. The most popular instigators of this condition are:

  • Alcohol
  • Food
  • Disorders in the Immune System
  • Genetics
  • Ultraviolet Light

Alcohol. Excessive consumption of alcohol over a long period of time can result to developing phymatous, or excess tissue, which is one of the primary symptoms of rosacea. Alcoholic beverages more often than not cause the face of a drinker to redden that may eventually lead to trigger a flare-up of rosacea.

Food. Some patients have developed rosacea after eating certain foods. The most notable commonality among all reported food triggers is spicy food.

Disorders in the Immune System. The immune system is responsible for protecting the body from diseases. It develops antibodies that attack and kill bad bacteria that cause different kinds of sickness. However, there are times when the body’s immune system overreact and excessively produce these antibodies. This overproduction often leads to the cells’ attack on the body, when it should be protecting it. Rosacea can be a result of this abnormal occurrence.

Genetics. Some studies have shown that rosacea can be passed on through generations of families that have a history of the skin condition. However, there is no concrete evidence that the illness is formed by genetic incompatibility.

Ultraviolet Light. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause extensive damage to the skin. The ultraviolet light can still get through the clouds during overcast days. When the skin remains unprotected, the UV light can bring damage to the skin’s capillaries, causing it to redden and develop spider veins, which is a symptom of rosacea.

What are the symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea skin

There are various symptoms of rosacea. A few of these symptoms may sometimes be similar to, but should not be confused with acne.

  • Blemishes
  • Burning or stinging of skin
  • Dry skin
  • Eye redness
  • Pimples (papules and pustules)
  • Redness of face
  • Red patches on the face (plaques)
  • Skin thickening and sensitivities
  • Spider veins
  • Strawberry nose

The most obvious sign that a person is suffering from rosacea is the face’s reddish colour. This may be prominent on the chin, cheeks, forehead, and nose. The face may experience an occasional that may immediately disappear. This may not be a rosacea symptom. Stubborn redness that remains and flares up when exposed to further triggers is a typical onset of rosacea.

As mentioned, rosacea can be misdiagnosed as acne due to hard and soft pimples that can sometimes surface on the skin along with other symptoms. Some patients have mistakenly used treatment for acne on their skin that is plagued with rosacea and ended up making matters worse as the treatment caused dryness and irritation to the skin. It is best have a dermatologist check on the skin’s condition for it to be diagnosed and treated accurately.

Strawberry nose or rhinophyma is another symptom of rosacea. This causes the skin on the nose to swell and thicken, giving it a reddish hue and a shape that is similar to a strawberry. Pustular pimples usually cause this to occur.

Another cause of rosacea is damaged blood vessels that surface on the epidermis looking like spiders, hence the earning the name spider veins. This may sometimes appear in bluish or purplish colour.

In addition, it is important to note that rosacea does not only affect the skin but also the eyes. Rosacea can be identified when the eyes are unusually red and this redness is accompanied by itching and swelling.

What are Rosacea triggers that should be avoided?

The following are probable rosacea triggers that should be avoided:

  • Alcohol
  • Cold weather
  • Coffee and tea
  • Heat
  • Some cosmetics and medications
  • Stress
  • Sun exposure

Sun exposure

For women, one trigger that cannot be avoided is menopause.

Is Rosacea contagious?

Fortunately, this skin condition is not contagious.

Which parts of the body does Rosacea affect?

Rosacea commonly affects certain parts of the face such as the cheeks, eyes, forehead, chin, nose, and ears. Facial pores may be larger when affected with rosacea. Rosacea is not only reserved to the face and may also develop in other parts of the body.

What are the types of Rosacea?

There are several types of Rosacea. The table below outlines the definition and possible treatments for each kind for easier reference.

TYPE OR ROSACEAINDICATIONS
Erythmatoteangiectatic rosaceaRedness and the appearance of spider veins on the cheeks, forehead, and lower part of the nose.
Ocular rosaceaBlurry eyesight, bloodshot eyes, itchiness, watery eyes, and sensitivity to light.
Papulopustular rosaceaHard pimples that feel like burning or stinging on the skin.
Phymatous rosaceaSkin thickening that is generally found on the nose. Sometimes this may also develop in the other parts of the face, such as the cheeks, ears, and forehead. Spider veins may also be present in these areas.

Is there a permanent cure for Rosacea?

A permanent cure for rosacea, sadly, has not been found. Symptoms may, however, be controlled and managed by dermatological treatments and medications. The type of treatment will depend on the kind of rosacea that a patient has. When the condition responds positively to a certain treatment and is successfully removed, patients should make changes in their lifestyle that would improve the skin’s health.

What are the treatments available for Rosacea?

Rosacea skin before-after

Rosacea treatments may vary on the kind of skin condition that a patient has. Likewise, the response to treatment may differ from person to person. Administration of medications and clinical procedures must be under the supervision of a medical professional.

Below are the treatments that can be done to eliminate rosacea:

SYMPTOMSTREATMENTS
Erythmatoteangiectatic rosacea
  • Brimonidine (Topical Gel)
  • Clarithromycin
  • Oxymetazoline hydrochloride (Topical cream)
  • Broad Band Light (BBL)
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  • Pulse Dye Laser
Ocular rosacea
  • Cyclosporine (Eye drop or oral medication)
  • Eye lubricants (Artificial tears)
  • Metronidazole (Topical Gel)
  • Steroids (Topical ointment)
  • Tetracycline (Oral medication)
Papulopustular rosacea
  • Azelaic Acid (Topical Gel)
  • Benzoyl Peroxide (Topical Gel)
  • Isotretinoin (Oral medication)
  • Ivermectin (Topical cream)
  • Metronidazole (Topical Gel)
Phymatous rosacea
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser Surgery
  • Electrosurgery

When should I consult a doctor?

Individuals should seek a doctor’s advice when either of the symptoms is present on the face for an extensive amount of time. Do not stall treatment on its onset as this may only aggravate the symptoms and lead to a more severe condition. Self-medication is also a big mistake as, without the proper guidance of a health professional, the medications can only flare up rosacea.

Feel the Peel: your guide to chemical peel treatments

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Chemical peel treatments in Singapore cost around $150-300 per session. This price might vary due to factors like the clinic or doctor you choose to go for. There might also be slight variance in the price caused by factors such as the size of your treatment area, number of areas targeted and severity of your condition.

The skin is the primary source of protection our body has. It is the largest external organ of the body. It serves as our covering, keeping unwanted germs that can cause illnesses from penetrating through our body.

Fun fact: the body replaces 30,000 to 40,000 old and dead skin cells every single day!

The dead skin cells that the body discards rests on the top layer of the epidermis. When these cells are not removed completely and get stuck on the surface or within the layers beneath the skin, they can cause a build-up of bacteria, which can result to skin irritation and swelling. Aside from the regular washing and cleansing of the face, exfoliating is also recommended to ensure that the dead skin is eliminated from the face to enable the new skin to resurface.

Exfoliation can be done physically or chemically. This article will focus on the different exfoliation methods using chemical peels.

What is Chemical Exfoliation?

Chemical exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells with the use of gentle acids or enzymes from fruit. Exfoliation has been used since ancient times, dating back to the era of the Grecian, Egyptian, and Roman empires.

What are Chemical Peels?

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Chemical peels are a combination of different substances like glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids that may be done by individuals at home (home peels) or administered by a dermatologist (professional peels). The peels are applied to the surface of the skin. As the active ingredients in the chemical peels work, the dead cells are rid off, allowing the collagen and new cells to form.

Home peels have acids that are less concentrated as compared to professional peels. Due to its gentler components, home peels may not be able to give the skin the same results that professional peels offer. Home peels, despite regular use, are not able to address skin impurities that go deeper into the dermis.

What are the skin impurities that Chemical Peels treat?

Chemical peels can treat different kinds of skin impurities, such as:

  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Excess facial oil production
  • Fine lines
  • Mild wrinkles

What are the different kinds of Chemical Peels?

There are several kinds of chemical peels available that are used specifically to treat certain skin conditions. The table below enumerates each.

 TYPE OF

CHEMICAL PEELS

DEFINITIONPROSCONS
Alpha-Hydroxy (AHA) PeelGentle acid peels in the form of lactic acid, glycolic acid, and mandelic acid.

This type of superficial peel works by separating the dead skin cells on the topmost layer of the skin, allowing for its easier removal.

Can address acne that is mild to moderate in severity.Results are short-term and are more prone to side effects.

Skin discolouration may also happen, especially to those with darker skin tones.

Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA) PeelRecommended for people who suffer from acne.  BHAs are oil-soluble and are stronger than AHAs. The active ingredient used in BHA is salicin.

BHAs work by seeping deep into the pores of the skin, breaking impurities, and eliminating them as the old skin is replaced.

BHAs have antibacterial properties that help cleanse and suppress skin inflammation. It is recommended for an individual with oily and acne-prone skin.

As compared to AHA peels, patients can expect to see minor peeling and skin discolouration after use.

Salicin, which is the active ingredient and is also found in aspirin, may cause side effects for people who are allergic to aspirin.
Jessner’s PeelJessner’s peel is a mild solution that is a combination of lactic and salicylic acid.This chemical peel is perfect for treating uneven skin tone brought about by hyperpigmentation. It is also effective in purging clogged pores and addressing mild acne.Not recommended for individuals who are allergic to aspirin due to the salicylic acid content.
 Phenol PeelUses carbolic acid and penetrates through the deepest layers of the skin.Produces remarkable improvements for moderate to severe wrinkles.People with extremely sensitive skin are advised not to try this chemical peel as it can cause burning and skin scarring.
Trichloracetic Acid Peel (TCA)TCA peels saturate the layers beneath the surface of the skin and effectively rid the skin of imperfections.Improves hyperpigmentation and acne scars.

TCA peels are also effective in improving symptoms of ageing.

This chemical peel may cause swelling, bruising and scarring.

Requires a few days of downtime to allow the skin to recover.

 

Should I do a home or a professional chemical peel?

Facial Chemical Peel

Choosing whether to do a home or chemical peel will depend on certain factors, such as the kind of skin condition you want to address, costs, and downtime. Home peels are cheaper compared to peels done in clinics. At the same time, it saves you time as you can do it at your own convenience. However, home peels are milder compared to professional peels and may produce minimal outcomes when the treated areas concern the deeper portions of the skin. Likewise, improper use of these solutions may worsen your skin’s current state.

Chemical peels produce more efficient improvements, but they may require several days for rest and healing of the skin. They are also costly and may involve more risk and side effects since the solutions used contain stronger and more concentrated acids.

What are precautions when considering chemical peels?

People with skin that is hypersensitive are advised to steer clear of chemical peels, as this can trigger skin allergies. Likewise, those who are diagnosed with psoriasis and dermatitis can only aggravate their skin condition with peels. Skin that is raw from sunburn or tanning should not undergo chemical peels as well.

What is expected after a chemical peel?

Redness and minor inflammation may be present after an application of a chemical peel solution. As the peel works to slough the dead skin off, expect dryness and flaking in the coming days. This should not last more than a week.

When all the dead skin is eliminated, new skin will resurface. For professional chemical peels, improvements like the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles can be expected. Acne sufferers can expect to see their skin clear up gradually. Devoid of any bad reaction to the chemicals, patients can enjoy glowing and radiant skin.

What are some tips in caring for the skin after a chemical peel?

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The skin needs to be treated gently after its exposure to a chemical peel. Facial scrubs or cleansers that also contain acids such as AHA, BHA, and retinoids should not be used as they may irritate the skin as it is healing.

Always remember to use sunscreen, even when indoors, to avoid developing hyperpigmentation. Be extra vigilant in protecting the skin from sun rays and use hats or umbrellas whenever there is a need for you to step outdoors under the heat of the sun.

Since the skin will be very dry, apply moisturizers to keep it hydrated. The skin should also not be exposed to saunas and steam, as this will only add to its dryness.

Keep hands off the face when the skin begins to chap off. Picking on scabs can lead to infections, pigmentation, wounding, and scarring of the skin. Allow the dead skin to fall off naturally.

Can chemical peels be done consecutively?

An interval of three weeks to a month is advised when getting chemical peels. The time in between treatments is crucial to give the skin ample time to heal and regenerate new cells.

How many sessions are needed to be able to achieve optimum results?

Achieving optimum results with the use of chemical peels will depend on the severity of the skin’s condition and the type of treatment used.  It is best to consult with an aesthetic practitioner to be sure that your skin is getting the proper care it needs.

Aesthetic treatments to reduce facial scars

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Facial scar removal treatments in Singapore cost between $150 to $1400, depending on the treatment you choose. Chemical Peels for acne scars cost $150 per session. Dermal fillers cost around $1,400. Laser treatments are the most effective but cost around $300 to $1,500 (3 sessions required). Subsicion for acne scars costs around $150 to $350 per session (multiple sessions required). Punch excision costs $250 to $400 per session (multiple sessions). The combination of treatment types depends on the types of acne scars on the patient's face (box car, rolling, ice pick scars).

Our body has an amazing natural ability to heal and close up wounds. However, it is not always that the skin is restored to its original state. Scarring may sometimes develop.

Scars, especially those on the face, can be unsightly and cause low self-esteem for some people.

Cosmetic makeup may help in covering up subtle scars, but those that protrude or are deeply set in the skin can still be visible despite layers of concealers. If you are tired of spending so much time in front of the mirror just to hide scars with the use of tinted creams, worry not! There are available treatments you can turn to in order to improve the appearance of those dreadful scars!

Before diving into treatments, let’s look learn more about the definition, causes, and types of scars.

What are scars?

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Scars are permanent marks left on the surface of the skin after healing from an injury. As a wound heals, collagen fibers in the skin work to form a scar tissue. The scar tissue that eventually closes the wound is not as supple as compared to undamaged skin. Scars can be raised, depressed, or discoloured spots on the skin.

What are the causes of scars?

Scars are actually a result of the healing of inflammations or lesions caused by damage to the skin. Lesions can be in the form of blisters, burns, cuts, and even pimples.

What are the types of scars?

Scars come in various colour, forms, and shapes. The table below differentiates each type of scar according to its composition.

TYPE OF SCARDEFINITIONFORMCOLOUREXAMPLES
FLAT PIGMENTED SCARSAs the name suggests, this scar is flat and is neither dented nor raised.Flat on the surface of the skin.The colour of flat-pigmented scars is different from the skin’s natural tone. It can either be a darker shade of brown, black, red, or white.Can be caused by any form of cut to the skin.
INDENTED SCARSThese scars are depressed or sunken in the skin and are caused by the body’s poor production of collagen.Shallow or deep pits on the skin’s surface can identify indented scars.The colour of indented scars can be dark brown or red.Indented scars result from abrasions caused by acne and chicken pox.
RAISED SCARSThese scars result from the body’s excessive production of collagen.

Raised scars are also known as Hypertrophic Scars.

Raised scars protrude from the skin but only stay within the area, which the wound existed prior to healing.The colour of raised scars can likewise be dark brown or red.Can be caused by any form of cut to the skin.
KELOIDSThese scars are thick and are developed when the body heals a wound in an aggressive manner. They are common in Black, Chinese, and Hispanic lineage.

Keloids may sometimes be itchy and bring discomfort to the skin.

Dense, irregular, and protruding scars can identify keloids. Not to be confused with a raised scar; keloids go beyond the outline of the wound.The colour of keloids scars is red.Can be caused by any form of cut to the skin.

 

What are the common facial scars?

Most, if not all, of the scars on the face, are from traumas to the skin caused by acne. Acne is a skin inflammation that can be cystic or pustular. When the acne pimples are not allowed to heal naturally (e.g. popping or pricking them), the skin gets damaged. As the skin heals, scars may develop deep into the skin or wide on the surface of the skin, depending on the depth and width of the wound caused.

Acne scars may be categorized into 3 kinds:

  • Boxcar scars
  • Ice pick scars
  • Rolling scars

Boxcar scars are depressed scars that have a wide opening and defined edges. Icepick scars have a small opening and go deeper into the skin. Rolling scars are similar to boxcar scars, depressed, but the edges are round and askew.

What are the treatments available to address facial scars?

Fractional laser

The aesthetic industry has been proactive in developing various methods that can improve scars on the face. Patients have more choices to choose from that can fit their specific needs and even their financial budget.

These are some of the facial scar treatments available:

  1. Chemical peels
  2. Corticosteroid injection
  3. Dermal Fillers
  4. Punch excision or grafting
  5. Laser treatments
  6. Radiofrequency microneedling
  7. Subcision

Chemical peels work with the use of concentrated fruit enzymes or gentle acids that are combined and applied to the face. The solution targets to exfoliate and rid the outer layer of the skin from dead skin cells by peeling them off, allowing new cells to resurface.

Corticosteroid injections are anti-inflammatory and antipruritic solutions that are used to treat keloid scars. Corticosteroids are injected directly into the keloid scars.

Dermal fillers are gel substances that are injected into the skin to elevate broad and shallow scars.

Punch excision uses a tiny hole-punching tool that cuts the skin around the scar. The wound from the cut made is then stitched closed and allowed to heal for a week before the sutures are removed. Punch grafting involves a similar technique. However, a piece of skin that is taken from a different part of the body is replaced into the hole and stitched closed to heal.

Laser treatments use energy-charged light beams that are administered to the scars. The beams penetrate through the skin, reaching the depths and stimulate collagen production that helps in skin resurfacing. There are several laser treatments available and each has a certain setting that is best for a specific type of scarring.

Radiofrequency microneedling is a technique that utilizes tiny needles that puncture repeatedly through the skin. The needles distribute heat energy that promotes collagen production, which then progresses to the reformation of the scar.

Subcision is used for depressed scars that are indented into the skin by fibrous scar tissues. A small needle is used to puncture through the skin and release the hold of the fibrous scar tissues. Production of collagen is then activated and this helps push the skin to the surface as it heals.

How do I know which facial scar treatment will work best for me?

The best way to know which of the scar treatments will work best on a patient’s face is to see an aesthetic professional for a consultation. The doctor will need to do a thorough assessment on your face to see the condition of the skin. There may be more than one kind of scarring present, so a combination of treatments may be recommended.

Is there any way to prevent facial scarring?

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As they say, “prevention is better than cure.” And yes, there are ways to prevent facial scarring. An individual’s top priority is to always take good care of the skin. Have a skin care regimen that is gentle to the skin. Whenever your skin encounters a breakout of pimples, avoid touching or popping them.

In addition, wounds on the face should be allowed to heal naturally. Never peel off scabs prematurely as this can lead to permanent scarring when the flesh beneath has not healed completely.

Your guide to home and professional facial hair removal treatments

Facial Laser Hair Removal

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Facial hair removal treatments in Singapore cost anywhere from $40 to $300, depending on the type of treatment you choose. Depilatory creams are usually around $40 for a tube. Electrolysis generally costs around $100 for an hour of treatment. IPL costs around $100 for 50 shots, which is usually the norm for facial hair removal. Laser hair removal for facial hair is more expensive, costing around $250 and above. Finally, waxing is the cheapest alternative with a price as low as $20 for a kit.

Facial hair growth differs between men and women. Men are generally hairy given that they have an abundance of the male hormones known as testosterone. However, some women may also get excess hairs on certain parts of their bodies and the face is no exemption at that.

For women who experience facial hair that is beyond normal, this may be a sign of an imbalance in your hormones.

It is important for women to be examined by a doctor when unusual facial hair growth is seen in a short period of time. This may be linked to a disorder like polycystic ovaries (PCOS). Other times, hormones also are not to blame but genetics.

As you work on figuring which of those mentioned are actually causing that unnecessary beard or whatnot, you might also be troubled about how you look. Let’s not add stress to that! In this article, we take care of information on different ways in which you can get rid of those fuzzy and unsightly excess hairs on your face!

Home Remedies vs. Aesthetic Professional Treatments

Typing “effective hair removal” on your search bar can lead you to tons of articles with lists of the different ways you can do to strip facial hair off your skin. You may notice that these methods may either be done personally at home (DIY treatments or techniques) or in aesthetic clinics or salons as administered by a trained professional or assistant.

What are the various ways of getting rid of facial hair?

Itching to purge that thin layer of moustache blanketing your upper lip? We got you covered (but not with hair, of course)!

  1. DEPILATORY CREAMS

Depilatory creams

Depilatory creams, which may also be in the form of lotion or gel, use active chemicals like barium sulfide, sodium, and titanium oxide. When applied, the cream dissolves hair as it destroys the proteins in each strand. The components of the cream are safe to use, but some skin may experience some reaction to them. It is always recommended to do a patch test on a small portion of the face first before proceeding to apply the product to the entire target area. You will know that the cream is not suitable to your face when the following reactions happen:

  • Bumps
  • Skin inflammation
  • Skin Irritation

Do use depilatory creams that are created specifically formulated to treat facial hair as they have additional ingredients that exfoliate the face and leave it moisturized.

Best used for: Excess hair in between the eyebrows and the upper lip.

How long will it take for the hair to grow back: One to three days until hair grows back.

Where to get this treatment: Depilatory creams are available at pharmacies.

  1. ELECTROLYSIS

Electrolysis hair removal

Electrolysis uses low electric currents that travel through a tiny needle embedded into the pore of the skin to destroy a follicle of hair. This process is very meticulous as the treatment entails killing the hair strand individually. Unlike laser, this method works on all kinds of hair, may they be dark or light. Electrolysis is also more painful than laser.  They are greatly cheaper as compared to laser treatments. However, to get the optimum results, about 15 to 30 sessions are needed.

Best used for: Eyebrows, excess hairs on the chin and the upper lip are best addressed by this method.

How long will it take for the hair to grow back: This facial hair removal treatment promises permanent elimination of unwanted hairs as each of the hair root and cell responsible for growth is killed.

Where to get this treatment: Only trained and licensed aesthetic doctors are allowed to administer electrolysis to patients.

  1. INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL)

Intense pulsed light or IPL uses light technology similar to lasers in targeting hair removal. What differentiates this method from laser is the way that the light is released onto the skin. IPL uses different kinds of wavelengths that emit heat energy on the skin and penetrates deep as the hair pigment continues to absorb the heat, reaching and killing the hair follicle as well as the bulb of cells responsible for hair growth. IPL has a tendency to affect the surrounding skin and may cause pigmentation to develop on darker tones with several uses. It is also not effective in removing facial hair that is lighter in colour.

Best used for: Dark facial hair on light skin tone.

How long will it take for the hair to grow back: Permanent removal of facial hair may be achieved over time.

Where to get this treatment: IPL is best administered by aesthetic doctors.

  1. LASER TREATMENT

Facial Laser Hair Removal

Laser treatments use light beams that are set at a specific wavelength in order to zap the hair’s follicle and kill it. Many people think that lasers are painful. In truth, having the light beams touch the skin feels like an elastic band snapping against it repeatedly.

Laser treatments are pretty much expensive and more than one session may be needed in order to achieve optimum hair removal results. Lasers are basically safe to use on the face, but as a precaution, patients must wear protective eyewear as the energy-charged laser light can cause damage to the eyes. In addition, lasers are not able to efficiently remove light hair colors, such as blonde, grey, and red. Four to six sessions are needed to achieve great results.

Best used for: Any type of dark facial hair on lighter skin.

How long will it take for the hair to grow back: With repeated sessions, patients can expect permanent removal of their facial hair, although this may vary from one patient to another

Where to get this treatment: Technological advancements continue to happen in the aesthetic world. There are laser devices that can be bought and used at home for hair removals. Technically, these are also safe, but the best way to get laser treatment is through licensed aesthetic professionals.

  1. WAXING

Waxing is one of the most popular facial and body hair removal methods. This makes use of a special kind of wax that is clinically formulated to grab several hairs and strip them off the skin at one go. With continuous use, the hair may grow thinner and be less obvious. Waxing, however, may also cause ingrown hairs. It can also be very painful. A piece of ice cube should be applied to the treated area to avoid swelling or skin irritation.

Best used for: Eyebrows, upper lip, and sideburns are best addressed by this method.

How long will it take for the hair to grow back: Four to six weeks until hair grows back.

Where to get this treatment: Waxing strips or those that need melting are available in drug stores and can be used at home. If you do not want to go through the hassle of doing it on your own (and risk possible burning when using melted wax), you can step into waxing salons.

CONCLUSION

We hope this article has helped you in choosing the right facial hair removal treatment that is suited for your desired result and budget. For a more permanent result, we recommend to opt for treatments that are done by aesthetic professionals.

IPL or Laser treatment: which is the best treatment for hair removal?

IPL and Laser Hair Removal

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IPL treatment in Singapore costs around $200 for a full course of 100 shots. Laser hair removal treatment costs around $300 and above. Laser hair removal treatments are slightly more permanent than IPL treatments, so they generally cost more. The price of these treatments are largely dependent on the area that you are targeting. For example, the price of an armpit IPL treatment should only be around $60, while a full brazillian is usually around $200.

Unwanted body hair is one of the problems common to a lot of women. Shaving, waxing, plucking, and threading are among the traditional ways of getting rid of these excess hairs. When done in repetition, the skin care habits mentioned also have some side effects to the skin. They can bring damage to the skin such as roughness, pigmentation, and irritation.

The aesthetic industry continues to improve and, over the years, has developed several treatments that offer hair removal procedures that promise to leave the skin smooth and free from hair with less discomfort.

This article will set things straight between two of the leading hair removal treatment available: IPL and Laser treatment. Read up until the very last to know which is best to address your abundant hair woes.

Let us start off by defining each.

What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light, otherwise known as IPL, is a treatment used to address different skin problems that makes use of light therapy. When applied to the skin, the light that IPL emits reaches a wide range. It releases numerous lights simultaneously with wavelengths that range from 500 to 1,200 nanometers.

What is Laser?

Laser is a device that, similar to IPL, uses light to treat a broad variety of skin flaws. Laser utilizes energy-charged light beams set to a specific wavelength and concentrated to target a certain area.

Hair Removal Using IPL and Laser

IPL and Laser Hair Removal

The technique used by IPL and Laser for hair removal is similar. Both use light that targets the hair’s pigment. As the light is focused on the hair, the pigment in the strand absorbs that energy and heats up. When this happens, the heat damages the bulb of cells surrounding the follicle, which is responsible for producing a strand of hair.

Confused? Just imagine a black piece of clothing in place of a hair strand. As it absorbs the heat of the noonday sun, the entire material heats up. This heat eventually destroys the cells that grow the hair.

If both devices make use of light for treatment, is there any difference?

The great difference that is notable between IPL and laser is the amount of light released by each device and the scope of the area on the skin that it affects.

The light discharged by IPL is generated by a lamp that releases several wavelengths of light at one time. This means that, the energy is less powerful when pressed to the skin. Likewise, the light from IPL spreads out widely, affecting not only the hair’s pigment but the skin’s also. This may result to excess skin pigmentation. Because of this, IPL is not recommended for dark complexions.

Laser, on the other hand, releases light beams that are set to a specific frequency of wavelength needed to heat a precise hair pigment. The laser beams are more controlled and focused, which makes it easier for the heat energy to travel through the depths of the pore, reaching and damaging the follicle and cells at a quicker pace. As the light emitted by laser is directed only to the targeted area and is not spread out, it does not affect the skin surrounding the part being treated.

What are factors to consider whether to use IPL or Laser for hair removal?

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There are several factors that patients need to consider when choosing which of the two hair removal treatments is suited for their condition:

  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is much cheaper as compared to laser hair removal procedures.
  • Skin and hair colour. The right hair and skin colour matters for hair removal using light-based devices. Hair pigment, ideally, should be darker than the skin’s pigment. IPL works best in treating hair on fairer skin, while lasers work best on darker skin. In addition, lasers are not able to remove hairs that are lighter in shade, such as blonde, grey, red, or white.
  • Skin condition. Use of IPL or lasers on suntanned skin is not advisable as the procedure can cause damage and scarring.
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding women. Some medications taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women may cause the skin to be hypersensitive. Hair removal using either IPL or laser is not recommended.

Which hair removal procedure is quicker to finish and can produce results faster?

Hair removal procedures using IPL or lasers do not promise immediate results. However, patients can be assured of permanent hair reduction gradually. The growth of hair will also be thinner. Compared to traditional hair removal like waxing or shaving, patients can expect to the hair regrow slower.

IPL may be done quickly in 10 minutes, as its treatment range is wider. Although, several sessions may be needed to achieve the same results that lasers can yield. On the other hand, laser procedures may take a bit more than 30 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the area for treatment. As laser treatments for hair removal are more intense, the number of sessions needed to reach the optimum results can be fewer than that of IPL.

Both hair removal procedures will need several treatments before achieving significant results. Normally, six to 12 sessions are needed for lasers to produce satisfactory outcomes.

Are there side effects for both IPL and Laser hair removal treatments?

Side effects are common for any aesthetic procedure. The side effects that can be expected from IPL and laser hair removal treatments are:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation
  • Itchiness
  • Skin sensitivity

Patients need not to worry as these side effects are temporary and will subside within the day of the procedure or after.

What are the things to remember for IPL and laser hair removal aftercare?

Because the skin is exposed to energy and heat from the light of IPL and laser, the treated area will be extremely dry. The skin should be kept moisturized to avoid irritation. At the same time, the skin should be protected from the direct sun exposure, as it is hypersensitive after the treatment. Patients should avoid scratching or touching the skin and must always remember to keep the treated part sanitized to avert infection.

Are both IPL and Laser safe to use on the face?

Hair removal on the face

Yes, IPL and laser are both safe to use on the face but with exceptions. IPL and lasers must not be used on the scalp or on areas that are close to the eyes, such as the eyebrows or the areas surrounding the eyes. Protective eyewear must be used whenever the light beams are administered to parts of the face or other parts of the body as this can severely damage the eyes’ vision.

What should a patient look for in a doctor or clinic that offers IPL or laser treatments for hair removal?

Before settling for an aesthetic practitioner, patients are recommended to make ample research on the different clinics or doctors offering IPL or laser treatments.  Reviews of beauty bloggers are a great help and abound online.

Also, inquire about the kind of machine they use when administering IPL or laser treatments to patients. A good sign to note is finding a clinic that offers more than one equipment for treatment.

The expertise of the doctor or aesthetic therapist conducting the treatment is also very important. Choose a practitioner that has experience of operating the IPL or laser equipment for about a year.

Patients may also request for a patch test to be done prior to the actual procedure to see whether their chosen hair removal treatment is suited for their skin.

Laser Tattoo Removal In Singapore – Advice By An Aesthetic Doctor

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For Picosecond lasers for tattoo removal, the cost may range from $800 to $1500 per session. 2 or more sessions are usually required. Removal of smaller tattoos will be cheaper compared to bigger and more challenging ones. While conventional lasers may cost less ($300 to $1,000 per session), picosecond lasers save you more recovery time and sessions — resulting to more savings in money in the long run.

If you are someone who have had a tattoo when you were very young (and naive!) that really don’t have a meaningful significance in your present life, then you are not alone.

There are a lot of people (1 in 4) who get tattoos on the spur of the moment - and regret it almost immediately. And although a lot of people view tattoos as a form of art and self-expression, Singapore is still a very conservative society, and many do not approve of tattoos especially the ones that are very visible and cannot be covered with regular everyday clothing.

In addition, eyebrow embroidery tattooing is one of the most popular trends in the world of beauty. Many beauty salons offer this kind of eyebrow enhancing procedure even without proper training. One wrong move can turn into a disaster! This is the reason why a lot of women instantly regret getting eyebrow tattoos and want to have it removed. Also, these eyebrow tattoos tend to fade in colour over time and do not match your skin and style anymore.

This is why a lot of people turn to cosmetic tattoo removal. To help you, this article talks about the basics, procedures and what to expect about tattoo removal in Singapore. Read on to know everything about it!

What are the most common tattoos that people regret?

The most common types of tattoos that people regret are the following:

  • designs like flowers, hearts, etc.
  • gang symbols
  • religious markings
  • traditional characters
  • eyebrow embroidery
  • lover's name (people want to instantly remove it when they separate)

There are also tattoos that people get after a night of drinking and regretted them. Also, some tattoos we got when we were still way younger really didn’t have any meaning attached to it.

How are tattoos removed?

In Singapore, the best procedure for tattoo removal are medical-grade lasers. The latest technology used is the picosecond laser. In fact, this procedure is now considered as the gold standard for tattoo removal.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

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In essence, these lasers distribute ultra-short pulse bursts of energy to the target area of the skin in picoseconds (trillionths of a second)—hence the name of the technology. This ultra-fast energy breaks the ink pigment into minute dust-like particles. These particles are then absorbed by our body’s lymphatic system and naturally exits the body.

What’s the advantage of Picosecond lasers compared to traditional lasers?

Compared to conventional tattoo removal procedures that use a single Q-Switched laser, the tattoo removal process with picosecond lasers is uniquely different. Picosecond lasers can discharge laser energy at higher peaks and shorter pulse period, which results to more effective and safer tattoo removal.

In this light, conventional lasers may require as twice the sessions to produce similar results. In some cases, even with more than 8 sessions, inferior lasers may not produce results at all.  Imagine all the money you have to spend with conventional lasers.

Also, inferior lasers if not handled properly, may worsen pigmentation and blisters resulting to more sessions to completely remove the tattoo and heal the wounds.

Is laser tattoo removal safe?

Yes! Picosecond lasers are FDA-approved and certified safe. For extra protection, Picosecond laser technology minimizes damage to surrounding skin by controlling the amount of heat delivered to the target area, thus resulting in less downtime.

Where to go for tattoo removal in Singapore?

In Singapore, only accredited doctors are allowed to remove tattoos via lasers. These procedures (and machines!) are expensive for a reason.

Be extra careful and don’t fall for scams of getting tattoo removal services in a cheaper beauty salon or spas by a non-medical professional. These salons that practice tattoo removal are doing it unlawfully and can be very unsafe.

How can I find the best doctor for tattoo removal in Singapore?

Singapore has plenty of experienced clinicians that are trained to do tattoo removal and different types and brands of lasers have variable levels of effectiveness for tattoo removal. Choose your clinic (and doctor!) carefully, do your research and read on reviews on the internet. Also, ask for opinions from friends or family (or someone you can really trust) who have had tattoo removal before.

How many sessions do I need for complete tattoo removal?

Laser Tattoo Removal

The number of sessions for each person may vary depending on different factors. For starters, if you think that your tattoo will be removed after one session, then I’m sad to say that you are wrong. To avoid being disappointed, it is time for you to hear the truth: Doctors in Singapore cannot assure that your tattoo will be completely removed (100%) with just one session.

Your doctor will decide how many sessions are required to remove your tattoo. With recent technology, however, the number of sessions required for complete tattoo removal can be ultimately decreased.

How much improvement can I expect after laser tattoo removal?

For Picosecond Lasers, 75 - 90% development in tattoo removal can be attained within 5-6 sessions. With other traditional laser machines (i.e., like the Q-switched lasers) or illegally used “lasers” found in spas, noticeable improvements may take twice as many sessions compared to Picosecond Lasers in achieving the desired results.

What are the factors that affect the number of sessions for tattoo removal?

The following are the different factors that affect the rate of tattoo removal in Singapore:

  • Skin colour. Typically, tattoos on lighter skins are easily removed compared to darker skins because darker skins have the tendency to absorb the energy from the laser rendering the treatment less effective.
  • Skin type. People with sensitive skin may require extra care so it’s better to tell your doctor if you have sensitive skin to avoid complications.
  • Tattoo ink colour. Black ink is more easily removed compared to other ink colours since differently coloured tattoos require varying wavelengths.
  • Ink Saturation. The more saturated the ink of the tattoo is, the harder it is to remove.
  • Size of Tattoo. Obviously, the smaller the tattoo, the easier it is to remove.
  • Tattoos located on the body parts with better the blood circulation (i.e., heart) are easier to remove compared to body parts where there is poor blood circulation (i.e., limbs).

What should I expect during a tattoo removal procedure?

Laser Tattoo Removal Before And After

Before anything else, you will have to consult with a reliable doctor to know more about this procedure. At the clinic, after your consultation, your doctor may recommend a combination of treatments with laser tattoo removal to help skin rejuvenation and toning. These supplemental procedures are conducted to reduce blisters and scarring by treating the outermost layer of the skin.

Will there be pain during tattoo removal procedure?

The extent of pain really depends on the pain tolerance of each person. Typically, as shared by some patients who have tried it, the tattoo removal procedure is nearly (sometimes even more!) as painful as the act of tattooing.

Although some patients who have a high tolerance for pain admitted that there is no need for you to worry about the pain because it isn’t as bad as what other people said it will be.

After the procedure, however, you may feel some sort of discomfort, but nonetheless manageable.  Tell your doctor if you feel discomfort so he/she can try to minimize it with available methods (i.e., numbing cream, ice packs, anesthetics).

What about downtime?

For downtime, it is usually 4 days to a week depending on redness of the skin and if there are mild scabbing. During this recovery time, make sure that you protect yourself from direct sunlight to prevent further complication.

Will there be scarring after a tattoo removal procedure?

With Picosecond Lasers, the risk of scarring is very low while inferior laser technology may cause scarring and hyperpigmentation and other side effects, especially if you have sensitive skin.

If I regret a new tattoo, can it be removed immediately?

Right after getting a tattoo, you cannot immediately remove it if you find it regretful. Typically, you will have to wait for at least a month before you can start the process of tattoo removal because getting a tattoo is a painful process.

Basically, tattoo application is a procedure that uses a mechanized needle to drill tiny holes in the skin and inject ink into the second layer of skin just below the epidermis (outermost dermal layer). Therefore, after getting a tattoo, you should allow the wound to heal first and wait until it has fully recovered to avoid scarring and infections.

How much does tattoo removal in Singapore cost?

For Picosecond lasers for tattoo removal, the cost may range from $800 – $1500 per session. Removal of smaller tattoos will be less cheap compared to bigger and more challenging ones. While conventional lasers may cost less, picosecond lasers save you more recovery time and sessions — resulting to more savings in money in the long run.

Remember, if you are thinking of getting a tattoo, bear in mind how expensive tattoo removal is so better to get a tattoo you will never regret in the future.