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Rosacea: causes, symptoms, and treatments

Worry face

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

Facial Chemical Peel

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?

cosmetics

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?

Face care

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

Fractional laser

Our body has the 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 a 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?

Acne scars

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?

Face treatment

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

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

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?

Laser epilation

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

Laser Tattoo Removal Cost in Singapore

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?

laser tattoo removal

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.

Photoshop no more: Your guide on how to get rid of acne scars effectively!

acne scars

At some point in our lives, especially during our adolescent years, every one of us (unless you are extremely blessed!) experienced those horrible acne breakouts. And unfortunately for some of us, the ghosts of these breakouts are still haunting us to this day—acne scars!

Are you plagued by horrible acne scars that are all over your forehead and cheeks? Could you not even post a picture without photoshopping your scars out?  These horrifying reminder from our past acne affects our confidence that is why a lot of people are searching for ways to get rid of acne scars.

Are you curious about how to get rid of acne scars effectively? Continue reading to learn more!

How do acne scars form?

Before we get into ways on how to get rid of acne scars, it is vital to understand the causes of acne and how acne scars are formed. Acne develops when excess dirt, oil, dead skin cells and different skin flora cause blockage in the pores. Usually, there are two types of severe acne that cause scarring. These are:

  • Cystic Acne

When this mixture of blockage particles becomes severe, it develops into a large, red, and inflamed pimple that grow deep in your skin that is very painful.

  • Pustular acne (Inflamed)

Sometimes, this blockage causes some areas of the skin to bulge and form pus-containing pimples.

These severe acne usually cause lesions and inflammations especially if you couldn’t’ resist and pop them.  Our body has its own way to compensate for these lesions by producing new collagen to repair the damage. As new collagen cells are formed, the texture of the skin changes by forming permanent depressions or elevations that result to a scar.  In short, when your skin begins to heal, you can get acne scars. The type of acne scars that can develop will depend on how much excess collagen your skin has produced or lost during the healing process.

What are the types of acne scars?

Generally, acne scars are classified into two types:  Atrophic Scars and Hypertrophic (Keloidal) Scars.

  1. Atrophic scars are formed when there is a loss of collagen resulting in tissue loss during the acne healing process and are characterized by deep depressions on the skin. Atrophic scars are further classified into three categories that are characterized by how the depression looks like. These categories are:
  • Rolling scars: depression with large, rounded and sloping edges (typically M-shaped)
  • Boxcar scars: depression with structured and steep edges (typically U-shaped)
  • Icepick scars: typically narrow and deep
  1. Hypertrophic (Keloidal) Scars are elevated bumps on the skin caused by over-production of collagen during the acne healing process. These excess collagens settle on the area where the acne have been.

What is the difference between acne marks and acne scars?

Acne marks are different from acne scars. Acne marks are red or brown coloured spots (hyperpigmentation) that remain after a pimple heals.

Unlike acne marks, these spots are not influenced by collagen production and do not change the texture of the skin. Normally, acne marks fade and completely disappear over time (usually 2-4 months) with the help of proper skin care.

How can I prevent acne scars?

Acne Prevent

The scarring caused by acne can be prevented with early detection and administration of treatment during the early stage. If you feel that your acne is becoming severe and turning into cystic or pustular type, call your doctor instantly so you can be prescribed with proper treatment.

How do I find the right doctor in Singapore to get rid of acne scars?

There are numerous clinics in Singapore that offer a wide range of treatments to acne scars. In choosing the right doctor and clinic, keep in mind these following tips:

  • Do your research and read reviews online
  • Check for the doctor’s credentials (education and training)
  • The type of treatments offered
  • Ask for opinion from other people who have tried the treatments before

Can I really get rid of acne scars completely?

Acne scars by nature are permanent. Unfortunately, treatments only improve the appearance of the scar but cannot completely erase them. However, for some people with very bad acne scars, even the slightest improvement would mean a great deal for them and can ultimately improve how they see themselves. In Singapore, most patients can expect an average improvement of 60 – 80% after treatment. The extent of your treatment will be determined by your doctor and will greatly depend on:

  • the severity of scarring on your skin (ice pick and shallow box scars are easier to treat)
  • your skin type (sensitive skin may require more treatment sessions)
  • how your skin responds to the treatment

How to get rid of acne in Singapore?

To help you get rid of acne scars, read on below the different conventional and advanced methods to get rid of acne scars.

Conventional Methods:

Pros: Very cheap

Cons:  Can be tedious, uncomfortable and not very effective

  1. Home Remedy Solutions

If you want a natural way of getting rid of acne scars, you may want to try home remedy solutions.

Based on what you see online, the most common home remedy for getting rid of acne is the papaya face mask—a tropical fruit mask that contains papain and chymopapain, the two enzymes that help dissolve dry dead skin cells. Combined with honey which is a natural antiseptic, this mask also helps to moisturize skin.

After application of home-made masks, you may feel very uncomfortable with the smell and may eventually become intolerable. Based on reports from patients, the results were not very effective. After subsequent use, very little significance can be observed.

  1. Commercial Products

Some people get rid of acne scars with the use of the commercial cosmetic product called Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)—a common skin care product composed of natural acids that act as an exfoliating product and removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells resulting to a more improved appearance of acne scarring. With the use of commercial products, a minimal reduction in acne scarring can be observed but not significant enough to even out the texture of your skin.

Advanced Methods:

Pros: Very effective; can be used in combination with other treatments to produce better results

Cons: Can be very pricey

  1. Fractional CO2 Laser

Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is used to treat a ’fraction’ of the skin with uneven skin textures and acne scar depressions—a procedure that stimulates the natural healing process of our body to reconstruct lost collagen in the skin.

Throughout the Fractional CO2 Laser procedure, you may feel some minor discomfort and some tingling sensation, but the results will be satisfactory. Right after treatment, your face may feel swollen but after a few months, visible can already be seen as new collagen will have been formed.

  1. Microneedling

Microneedling is a procedure that uses a patented microneedle system that reaches up to 3.5mm depth below the epidermis to get rid of acne scars even in the deeper tissue levels.

As shared by former patients, the results from a combination of Fractional CO2 Laser and microneedling have been proven to be very significant in getting rid of acne scars.

  1. Chemical Peels

Chemical peel is a procedure which uses acid to burn the topmost layer of skin off causing it exfoliates over time. Through this procedure, further acne scar improvement is facilitated. After the chemical peel procedure, your skin will have lesser uneven discoloration, and your acne scars will become evidently smoother.

  1. Skin Boosters and Fillers

acne treatment

Skin Boosters or Fillers use specially formulated chemicals that are administered in the form of micro injections to repair damaged skin. These specially formulated boosters are designed to have no side effects and packed with skin improving powers to give you a smoother and glowing look! In essence, fillers or boosters can help get rid of acne scars by improving your skin's quality as well as renew dermal cells for a healthier and even skin texture.

After consultation and prepping, the skin booster will be injected into target areas where widespread acne scarring can be found. After skin booster injection, your whole face may become red and swollen. As for downtime, you will be amazed that it will be just one sleep away! The large red swollen bumps and blood blisters after injection will eventually disappear from your face by the next morning.

For the result, gradual improvement of skin texture will become visible over time. Noticeably, the scars on your forehead will recover around the 5-6 weeks and your skin will be smoothened out significantly!

How much does it cost to get rid of acne scars in Singapore?

The prices for getting rid of acne scars in Singapore may range from $1500-$4500 depending on the type of treatment and the severity of the scars. Severe acne scarring will cause more than mild ones because severe scarring is harder to treat.

Final Thoughts

It cannot be denied that getting rid of acne scars may require multiple and successive combination of treatments. And like any other medical procedure, results can vary from person to person. To achieve the optimal results, it is best to discuss with your doctor the potentials of each treatment, so you can an informed decision and finally say goodbye to photoshop and have that photo ready skin all day!

Get Rid of Your Double Chin with these Proven Treatments!

Chin Liposuction

Ever taken a selfie and end up disappointed because your neck looks fat and saggy? Do pictures of you look unflattering because of your chubby chin? Should you just resign yourself to the fact that all that fat tissue under your chin is not going away anytime soon? Or are there actually ways for you to get rid of that pesky double chin that’s been haunting your Instagram for a long time?

Worry not! That double chin of yours does not have to be there forever! Thanks to the wonders of science and medicine, you can finally say goodbye to that extra lump of fat and have the confidence again to pose for pictures.

What exactly is a double chin and what causes it?

double chin, before and after surgery

A double chin, known medically as submental fat, is caused by the development of a layer of fat tissue under your chin. The presence of submental fat isn’t really life threatening but can cause some issues for intubation during a surgery. A double chin blurs the line between the neck and jaw and will appear in pictures as a saggy piece of skin giving you an extra “chin” under your real one. The 3 main causes of the dreaded double chin are the following:

  1. Weight Gain – One of the most common causes of developing fat under your chin is of course, getting fatter. The more calories you eat each day the bigger the chance you get a double chin and gain weight. This doesn’t mean though that a healthy diet and exercise regimen will completely stop double chins from appearing.
  2. Ageing – Another culprit for getting a double chin is getting older. As we age, our skin becomes looser as a result of a lower production of collagen, which aids in tightening our skin. This means that the skin underneath our chin becomes looser and saggier which contributes in the appearance of a double chin.
  3. Genetics – Sometimes it just so happens that even though you’re young and fit, you still have a double chin. Studies have shown that the appearance of a double chin is more common in families. This suggests a genetic reason for your double chin and diet and exercise may not help in losing it.

How do I get rid of my double chin?

Diet and Exercise

Diet and Exercise

A healthy diet and regular exercise can go a long way in getting rid of a double chin. Besides helping you lose the fat under your chin, these also help dissolve fat throughout your whole body and giving you a healthier, fitter physique. These can also reduce the risks of developing heart disease and cancer.

The downside of a general weight loss diet and exercise program is that you can’t specifically target an area of your body that burns fat. Unlike exercises for building muscles, which allow you to target specific muscles for toning, weight loss exercises burn fat from the whole body. You can’t ‘spot burn’ an area of your body, such as your double chin.

Unfortunately, there are situations where even if you follow your diet and exercise routine religiously, your double chin remains. There’s no need to worry though, as several treatments have already been developed for getting rid of your pesky double chin. There are surgical treatments whose effects are usually much more defined and long-lasting but require that you go under the knife. If you’re wary of surgery though, there are also non-surgical treatments developed for you to choose from.

It is important to get a full consultation from a trusted doctor before undergoing any of these double chin removal treatments. Although you may have a preference, your doctor can advise you on which procedure would be best for your situation. There is also the cost factor, since these procedures vary in price depending on the type of procedure and the clinic that offers them.

Surgical Treatments

1. Chin Liposuction

Chin Liposuction

One common procedure that doctors and clinic offer for getting rid of a double chin is submental liposuction. This is a treatment where the surgeon removes submental fat from your chin and neck, removing your double chin. Also known as neck contouring, a chin liposuction is done by inserting one or more small tubes into your chin or neck area while the patient is under anesthesia. The surgeon usually makes the incisions for the tube behind the ears or along the jawline. The fat is then ‘sucked’ out by the liposuction machine and reducing the overall submental fat under your chin.

After the procedure, there may be some swelling and bruising and you will have to wear a chin strap while recovering. Recovery usually takes around 2 to 3 weeks and the results may not be seen until the affected area is fully healed.

If you are overweight, liposuction may not be recommended for you as removing large amounts of fat may be dangerous. A liposuction also has no skin tightening effects, and although the submental fat has been removed, the skin under your chin might hang loose and droop. A separate procedure may need to be done, such as neck lift surgery, to solve that problem.

Chin liposuction costs about $2000 to $4000 in Singapore.

2. Neck Lift Surgery

Also known as a lower rhytidectomy, a neck lift surgery is similar to a face lift surgery but targeted specifically on the chin and neck area. These aim to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin on the targeted regions. Neck lift surgery can consist of two parts – cervicoplasty, which removes excess skin, or platysmaplasty, which tightens loose neck muscles. Cosmetic surgeons may choose to do one or both procedures depending on your situation.

The patient is put under general anesthesia before the procedure, after which the surgeon makes a small incision behind the ears. Through the incisions, the surgeon then tightens the muscles and/or remove excess skin. This gives a tighter, smoother appearance to the neck.

Results are not noticed immediately as some bruising may occur on the affected region. Patients usually recover within 2 to 3 weeks and can then return to their normal activities.

Depending on the situation, your doctor may recommend combining liposuction with neck lift surgery for better results. Neck lift surgery will cost you $3500 to $4500.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-Surgical Treatments

1. Double chin thread lifts

A thread lift is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment wherein temporary sutures are used to create a noticeable “lift” on your skin. This slightly pulls the skin back and thus causes the lifting and tightening of the skin. Another perk of getting a thread lift is that the “threads” trigger the body to produce large amounts of collagen to the lifted areas. This causes the skin to strengthen and become tighter causing a rejuvenation of the skin tissues.

Numbing cream is first applied on your chin, after which the doctor will mark the paths that the threads will follow under the skin. A local anesthetic is then injected into the skin to minimize the discomfort you will feel from the inserted threads. The entry point for the threads is then created using a needle. After this, each thread is inserted carefully to lift the skin and fat tissue. Once all the threads are inserted and in place, the excess threads are trimmed, and the procedure is done. This whole procedure usually takes around 25-35 minutes and there is almost no downtime as you can resume your usual activities immediately after. A double chin thread lift treatment costs around $3000 to $6000 and effects can last for 1 to 2 years.

2. Cryolipolysis or Fat Freezing

Another popular non-surgical treatment for double chin removal is cryolipolysis or fat freezing. It uses low temperatures to freeze and destroy only the fat cells in the double chin, after which the fat cells are excreted from the affected area. This procedure leaves the skin and surrounding tissues untouched, which is why it is very effective. The cool temperature also numbs the affected area and helps in minimizing discomfort during the process.

The treatment costs around $800 to $1200 per session. For best results, at least two sessions of cryolipolysis is recommended.  It takes about 4 to 6 weeks for the full effects to be felt. There may be some side effects, such as some bruising and swelling under the chin.

3. Mesotherapy (Kybella)

Mesotherapy is a type of non-surgical treatment that uses multiple injections of pharmaceutical medications, vitamins and enzymes to remove fats and rejuvenate and tighten skin. For double chin removal, doctors use Kybella (sodium deoxycholate or ATX-101), which is a medication that dissolves fat.

It primarily does two things to help in removing a double chin. First, by dissolving the fat cells’ membranes, the cells are destroyed and are eventually discarded by natural body processes. Second, it triggers increased collagen production by stimulating fibroblasts in the skin. This treatment is popular in the US but is currently not permitted by the Ministry of Health in Singapore.

Kybella is directly injected into the double chin and results can be seen as early as two weeks after the procedure. Depending on how your body responds to it, 2 or more sessions may be needed to experience its full effects. Some swelling, bruising and redness may occur a few days after Kybella injections.

4. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatments are one of the most popular non-surgical procedures for facelifts, however, it can also be used for the removal of double chin. Despite being less popular when it comes for double chin treatment compared to fat freezing or thread lifts, HIFU can be a good supplementary procedure to further improve the effects of other treatments.

HIFU treatment work by passing ultrasound waves through the skin that target deeper fat tissues to lift and tighten your skin under your chin. Treatments costs around $600 to $1100 depending on the size of the treatment area.

No matter which procedure you wish to undertake in getting rid of your double chin, it is always of utmost importance to get a full consultation with your trusted doctor. Don’t rush things and research the process well to ensure that no complications will happen.

Your Ultimate Cheat-Sheet for Lip Fillers in Singapore

Before and after lips filler

Lip Filler Price in Singapore

Lip fillers require much less material so aesthetic doctors in Singapore can charge as little as $200 to $500. The actual price also depends on the brand of filler used (branded US lip fillers cost more than those from Europe and Asia) and the specific practices within the clinic. For instance, your doctor can choose to open a new syringe of fillers but use only 1/3 for the lips and the remainder for the face. This brings down the cost of the actual lip fillers to as low as $200 or sometimes even free.

As we all know, plumped lips look sexier and are more attractive and give your face a more hydrated and fresher look. Want to achieve those thick sexy pouty lips just like the stars you see on TV? One option is to use lip plumping products that will give your lips an absolute boost.

Do you have a gazillion different kinds of lip balms and lipsticks to help you highlight your lips? Let’s be real here, we all know for a fact that though these lipsticks can help, it doesn’t really work like magic. Plus, lip maintenance takes up a lot of our time!

In Singapore, women and men are willing to consider cosmetic procedures that are non-invasive and safe in an ongoing quest for a flawlessly balanced face and youthful appearance. One of the most popular cosmetic procedure is lip fillers.

Though lip filers have been increasingly sought-after in Singapore in recent years, there are still a lot of myths about lip filler procedure that’s why some people tend to be confused shy away from it.

Are you curious with what to expect during lip filler procedure? Do you want to know more about the expected results, downtime, cost and where to get the best lip fillers in Singapore? Here, we discuss everything you need to know about lip fillers, what you should expect and quick tips for lip fillers procedure in Singapore!

First off, what are Lip Fillers?

lip augmentation filler illustration

Lip fillers are a simple and effective cosmetic procedure that increases the fullness of the lips by giving it more volume and shape. The procedure usually involves the use of injectable lip fillers to boost the volume of the lips with very little recovery time. Lip fillers are also commonly known as non-surgical lip augmentation or injection that makes lips plumper or bigger.

What are the different types of Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers can be classified into two different types:

Temporary Lip Fillers

  • Hyaluronic acid (HA): the most recommended type of temporary lip fillers which are made of glycosaminoglycan polysaccharide—a naturally occurring chemical that can be found in our bodies and acts as a universal extracellular matrix in the skin. Therefore, HA fillers are the best choice for since because it is very safe, and FDA approved—you do not have to worry about adverse immune reactions (like allergies) because your body will naturally break them down.
  • Poly-L - lactic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite and polycaprolactone: in essence, they work by having an initial bulking effect and eventually stimulate collagen synthesis in the area where they are injected—a process that may take some time for the full effect to be visible. Also, based on reports by patients and doctors, they do not last as long compared to HA lip fillers.

Semi-permanent Lip Fillers

How long does each type of lip fillers last?

  • Temporary Lip Fillers lasts for 6-12 months
    In Singapore, there is a wide array of hyaluronic acid lip fillers brands available in the market that are equally excellent in quality, so it is important to check with your doctor what brand is best suited for you. After 6 to 12 months when the lip fillers’ effectivity has subsided, you can choose to do the procedure again and get back your plump and perky lips.
  • Semi-permanent lip fillers last for years (2-3 or more)
    While these semi-permanent lip fillers last longer, the risk of causing complications (i.e., scarring) with these lip fillers is also high. Also, because these lips fillers are made of harder materials like plastic or silicone, your lips may look and feel harder and may result in noticeable lumps and swelling over time.

That is why,  Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers lip fillers are the most recommended lip fillers in Singapore as they offer a more realistic, natural look and your lips will still be soft to the touch without risking your lip’s health.

What are the benefits of Lip Fillers?

  1. Lip Fillers Follow Your Lip’s Natural Shape. When done properly done by a professional, this procedure will enhance your lips but will still look very natural and the difference will be hardly noticeable with the naked eye.
  1. Life fillers are safe. By nature, lip fillers injections are completely non-surgical. Therefore, they require very little to zero downtime. When injected by a qualified and reputable aesthetic doctor, lip fillers are completely safe.
  1. Lip Fillers hydrate your lips. Do you think that lip fillers are only a procedure for people who want to attain plump duck lips? Think twice! Because hyaluronic acid lip fillers can also boost skin’s moisture, so you can have a hydrated-looking lip all day long!
  1. Lip Fillers help you look younger. I cannot be denied that as we grow older, different signs of ageing are starting to creep up on our skin. Lines and dryness become more visible and our everyday skin care routine cannot really keep up with your skin. Good thing there are fillers—a procedure that delivers exceptional moisturization keep you lips soft and young-looking.
  1. Lip Fillers Boosts Your Over-all Health and Confidence. Beauty and health almost always come together and can affect our overall wellbeing. Getting lip fillers enhances our physical appearance that ultimately improves how we perceive ourselves and boost our confidence.

Where can I get lip fillers in Singapore?

In Singapore, only certified doctors can perform lip filler injections. There are many experienced clinicians that have intensive training on lip fillers procedure you can choose from. For a more informed decision, search for reviews online and opinions of others who have undergone the procedure before. It is important that you choose your doctor carefully.

Can I get my Lip Fillers at salons?

Do not go to salons! Only qualified doctors can inject lip fillers. So, if you know a salon that offers lip fillers, better stay away from them because they are doing it illegally. Don't fall for cheaper lip filer rip-offs at beauty salons because the procedure will be performed by a non-doctor and can be very dangerous.

What should I consider before getting lip fillers?

  • Determine what look do you want to achieve.

Let your doctor know what you want to look like, show him/her examples of pictures of the look you want to achieve so he/she can advise you about the best procedure for you.

  • Inform your doctor if you have sensitive skin.

Some lip fillers may contain allergens that may cause complications. If you are sensitive to certain allergens, inform your doctor immediately during the consultation so he/she can check your health record and prepare beforehand. If you don't know what you're allergic to, you should have yourself checked first.

What should I expect during lip fillers procedure?

Before your procedure, you will first undergo thorough consultation your doctor. Depending on your doctor’s recommendation and pain tolerance, your lips will be applied with numbing cream to help lessen the discomfort during injection.

The lip fillers will then slowly be injected by the doctor.  The number of lip fillers to be injected will be determined by your doctor during consultation.

Are lip fillers injection painful?

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Lip Fillers are generally not painful. Even with the use of a needle for injection, local anaesthetics and numbing creams are typically administered to the target area to help you be more comfortable. Though you might feel some tingling sensation (and depending on your tolerance!), most lip fillers are not painful at all.

Some patients even report that during their lip fillers injection, their doctor didn’t even apply anaesthetics in the injection area and guess what? They didn’t even feel any pain or excessive bleeding! For some, only ice pack were used to num the lips before injection.

Sounds scary right? Of course, it is normal to be very freaked out when your doctor will not opt for a numbing cream or anaesthetic throughout the procedure. But don’t worry, when done by a very skilled and competent doctor, natural-looking results can be delivered without any pain or discomfort.

How long does the procedure last?

Depending on the number of filers to be injected, the procedure usually is just very quick! Including consultation and preparation time, the overall procedure can be done in under an hour and the injection proper can last under 10 minutes.

With lip fillers procedure, you do not have to worry about wasting a lot of time for the procedure to be finished. You can even insert the procedure in your busy schedule during your break time with no hassle at all.

What results should I expect after lip fillers injection?

Typically, the results are instant! Right after injection, your lips will be more moisturized and plumper. The difference is just minimal and natural looking—maybe not be even obvious to the untrained eye. Good lip fillers show improvement but not so much that people will start asking what happened to your face. Since this is a medical procedure, these results after the procedure may vary from person to person so don’t forget to always talk to your doctor.

Is there downtime?

Usually, there is just minimal downtime after getting lip fillers. After a few hours after the procedure, the injected areas may have some minor swelling which will go away within the day.

The day after the procedure, you might experience few small bumps on the inside of your mouth because the fillers are still adjusting so you shouldn’t be worried. After a couple of days, they will eventually disappear.

For aftercare, your doctor advises may advise you to avoid physical activities and not to lie on your back, so the lip fillers will stay intact in the next couple of days. Weeks after the procedure, the lip fillers will become more settled and the proportions will be more ideal for your face.

As said earlier, these results and side effects after the procedure may vary from person to person. If the swelling persists and doesn’t seem to go away, better call your doctor asap!

How much does lip fillers cost in Singapore?

Singapore Dollars

Lip fillers in Singapore may cost from $500-$900 (per 1ml syringe). Price may vary depending on these factors:

  • type of filler used
  • brand
  • number of injections required

Can I remove my lip fillers if I do not like the results?

Yes, you can remove of your lip fillers if you regret the result. Technically, the lip fillers can be removed by dissolving the injected filler with a medical-grade safe chemical (hyaluronidase). Through this action, the HA filler will dissolve in a matter of days and your lips will return to normal. The procedure and downtime will be similar to the actual lip filler injection itself.

It is important to understand that removing lip filler can be expensive (up to $700!)—this is on top of the expenses you spent on getting lip fillers! So, before committing to the procedure, you should make sure about the look you want to achieve to avoid spending a lot of money.

Finally, what are other tips I should consider?

  • Choose the right doctor.

Remember that the result of your lip fillers mainly depends on your doctor’s skill and technique, so it is important to be careful and choose a highly experienced aesthetic doctor who is known to deliver reliable and natural results.

  • Consider your lip fillers procedure seriously.

Like any other medical procedures, treat your lip fillers procedure seriously. During the consultation, ask your doctor as many questions as possible before committing to a decision.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Remove Eye Bags

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Almost every person can relate to this experience: You wake up from your alarm clock ringing, feeling a little bit groggy from last night’s party. You stand up, rub your eyes and take in the light from the morning sun. You go to the bathroom then stare at yourself at the mirror, hoping you can get yourself ready for the business meeting later. To your horror, you notice something wrong. You have eye bags!

Eye bags are the stuff of nightmares, especially to a working professional here in Singapore. They not only make you look 10 years older but can also lower your self-confidence and hurt your productivity. Nobody wants to go to a social gathering or a public event with eye bags under your eyes. They are not pretty to look at and will ruin any photos of you.

There are a couple of ways to deal with eye bags though. These include changing to a less salty diet and adding exercise to your daily routine. For photos, you can even edit out your eye bags using Photoshop and hope no one notices something weird. Some people swear to the effectiveness of these methods, but none really give you a solution that lasts.

For a long time, several beauty products have been introduced to the market that can hide them and even claim to remove your eye bags. These include eye creams, moisturizers and concealers. It’s unfortunate, however, that a lot of these so-called “solutions” are really just temporary fixes and can only last you the day. Wouldn’t you want a more long-lasting, even perhaps a permanent solution that can remove your eye bags?

Then you can thank yourself for existing in this age of technology because several solutions are now available thanks to science and medicine! It all depends on how much you want to spend and how long you want to have the effect last. You can even opt for non-surgical procedures if you’re not comfortable with going under the knife.

Here are the different treatments you can choose from to remove your eye bags:

1. Scarless Eye Bag Removal Surgery

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If you have no qualms with going under the knife, then scarless eye bag removal surgery is your best bet. This requires a deal of preparation though and a visit to your doctor is needed before you can undergo the procedure. And as always with regards to surgical procedures, there will be some downtime before you can resume your normal activities.

Remember to choose a clinic or doctor that you can trust, and get a full consultation from them before you decide to go through with it. It’s possible that your situation wouldn’t really need surgery and they may advise you to choose a non-surgical treatment instead.

If you do get the go signal from your doctors, there are a couple of things you need to avoid at least 6 days before the procedure, namely:

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Painkillers
  • Vitamin E products

Also, during the day of the surgery if you feel sick or experience red eyes or irritation, notify your doctor or clinic to determine if you can still go through with the procedure that day.

For the procedure itself, the doctor makes a small incision on the lower eyelid area, after which the fat tissues are removed. The procedure can take from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the clinic or doctor. The great thing about this procedure is that it leaves no scars as indicated by its name.

After the surgery, the full recovery period takes about 1 to 3 weeks, however, it is possible to resume normal activities a week after the procedure. The advantage of this procedure is that the results last a lot longer and are more noticeable compared to non-surgical treatments.

Scarless eye bag removal surgery will cost you about $2000 to $4000 depending on the clinic and the reputation of the cosmetic surgeon.

2. Radio Frequency Eye Bag Removal

rf procedure

If you prefer a procedure that doesn’t involve going under the knife, then radio frequency (RF) eye bag removal may be the one for you! This eye bag removal procedure originated from Korea and is now one of the non-surgical procedures available here in Singapore. It helps reduce the appearance of eye bags without having to resort to surgical methods.

A topical anaesthetic is applied to the lower eyelids to minimize the discomfort from the insertion of a micro-needle. The procedure is done via the insertion of a special, patented micro-needle that targets the excess fat deposits on your eye bags. It emits a radio frequency with extreme precision that it selects the subcutaneous fat under the skin and injects poly-L-lactic acid which stimulates collagen formation. This tightens the skin on the eye bag area and reduces the puffiness under the eyes. The whole procedure should take about 35 to 50 minutes.

There is minimal pain and discomfort when undergoing the procedure since no cutting is involved. The micro-needle insertions feel like mosquito stings and disappear quickly with the help of the topical anaesthetic.

There is almost no downtime after the procedure and no scarring occurs around the eye bag area. This procedure can also be done for the upper eyelid area in cases where your eyes look droopy.

The unfortunate downside to this procedure is that it can only be done for small to medium sized eye bags. It wouldn’t be that effective for large eye bags, and your doctor would probably recommend you get an eye bag removal surgery instead. This procedure costs around $3500 to $4500 and the effects last for up to two years.

3. Laser Blepharoplasty (Laser Eye Bag Removal)

procedure preparation

Another option for you to consider is laser eye bag removal or laser blepharoplasty. Instead of using a scalpel or knife to make incisions, this technique employs the use of a carbon dioxide laser. Unlike traditional eye bag removal surgery, there is little bleeding as the laser beam seals small blood vessels as it cuts tissues. This improves visibility for the surgeon and reduces the procedure duration. There is also a lesser risk of scarring as there is lesser wound contraction.

As with other procedures, a full consultation with your doctor is recommended. There are also a couple of characteristics that would make you a good candidate for laser eye bag removal surgery. These include:

  • Having no medical conditions or illnesses that can slow or weaken the recovery after the procedure
  • Being a non-smoker
  • Not being a heavy drinker

The procedure is similar to traditional eye bag removal surgery where the doctor makes an incision on the lower eyelid and removes the fat tissue. The difference is that it uses a laser instead of a scalpel, which is advantageous for reasons stated above. Compared to traditional surgery however, there is less swelling and discomfort after the procedure. This is because the carbon dioxide laser beam seals lymphatics under the skin and speeds recovery. Recovery takes about 7 to 10 days depending on the size of the eye bags.

Besides eye bag removal, laser blepharoplasty can also address these other issues:

  • Droopy eyelids – instead of operating on the lower eyelids, the laser makes the incision on the upper eyelids. Similarly, the excess fat tissue is removed and the skin is pulled upward and improves the appearance of the eyelids.
  • Double eyelid surgery – For a lot of Asians, there is no visible crease that indicates the eyelids. Laser blepharoplasty allows for the creation of this crease, where the skin above the eye is reshaped by the laser and gives the patient a “double eyelid”.

Laser blepharoplasty costs about $3000 to $5000.

4. Non-surgical 4D Laser Eye Treatment

Finally, there is another procedure that uses lasers but does not require incision – 4D laser eye treatment. Instead of using the laser as a cutting tool, this procedure instead uses lasers to stimulate collagen production underneath the skin. This causes the skin on your lower eyelids to tighten and shrink the size of the eye bags. After this, another laser is used to resurface and adjust the contour of the skin around the eye bags to give it a less wrinkly look.

The treatment takes less than 40 minutes to finish and is one of the safest procedures as it is non-invasive. There is nearly no bruising and pain during the procedure and almost no downtime. In fact, a lot of patients have reported that they resumed normal activities immediately after the procedure. High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment may be followed after this to further tighten and give your lower eyelids a firmer and less puffy appearance. For better results, the doctor may suggest that you undergo 2 to 3 sessions of 4D laser eye treatment.

This procedure is suitable for small- to medium-sized eye bags. Patients of any age can undergo this treatment as long as he/she is allowed by the doctor after a consultation.

The treatment costs about $900 to $1100 per session.

Thanks to scientific research, much safer and better procedures may be developed in time. For now, however, these four procedures are your best options on how to remove your eye bags. No matter what, choose a doctor you trust and listen to his/her advice in choosing a procedure.

Your Guide to Chin Fillers Treatment in Singapore

Lady holds her cheeks

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the saying goes. There may be truth to that statement, but as for the aesthetic industry, there are certain body standards that are deemed visually appealing. This may differ between men and women. Let’s take the face for example. Male faces that are aesthetically pleasing to look at are those that have features that appear to be strongly chiselled and symmetrical: eyebrows and lips that are completely defined, jowls and chin that are sharp, and eyes that are deeply set. For women, a face that is V-shape is what most wish to have. This shape is congruent to having a symmetrical, harmonious, and an elegant face.

A well-proportioned face means having certain features on both sides of the face in correct balance.

To check this, you may look at yourself in the mirror and see if the following parts of the face are in precise horizontal symmetry:

  1. The eyebrows
  2. Cheekbones and nose
  3. Chin

At the same time, a face may be considered as balanced and appealing when it has a perfectly proportioned side silhouette.

One of the vital features that determine one’s facial proportion is the chin. This part can easily throw the face off-balance when it appears to be weak, even when all the other features are completely symmetrical. Having a short and stout chin normally depicts a weak chin.

Thanks to advances in the aesthetic field, chins that may be displeasing to the sight can now be corrected by facial contouring with the use of chin fillers. Chin fillers, when applied, can give the illusion of a slimmer, sharper, and well-balanced jawline.

What are chin fillers made of?

Chin fillers are made of Hyaluronic acid and materialize as a gel substance. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the human body that gives the skin its volume. It also helps maintain the skin’s hydration.

How do chin fillers work?

For short chins, a treatment of chin fillers can create a longer and much distinct jowl. Chin fillers can bring receding chins forward, creating the desired V-shape face.

How is the chin fillers procedure done?

As with any aesthetic procedure, a doctor’s consultation is done first. During the consultation, the doctor assesses the patient’s chin. The amount and kind of fillers to be used for the enhancement is determined in this evaluation. Once that is done, the patient’s face is then prepared for the procedure.

The chin is cleaned and sanitized. Following this, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area for treatment. The numbing cream will ease the patient of discomfort by eliminating the sensation on the chin. The fillers are then administered to the patient’s chin with the use of injections. There may be more than one site to be injected depending on the aesthetic need of the chin.

The doctor will then progress to sculpt the fillers according to the correct facial profile—the sought after V-shape.

chin filler injection

How long does the procedure take place?

The procedure can be as shorter than half an hour, but will mostly depend on the areas for treatment.

What results can be expected after the chin fillers treatment?

A patient can expect to see immediate and drastic results after the treatment. The chin will appear slender and more angular, improving the overall appearance of the face.

Is there any downtime needed after the chin fillers treatment?

There is no needed downtime. Patients can return to their usual routine after the treatment.

Are there side effects to this procedure?

Chin fillers augmentation is a non-invasive procedure. Unlike surgeries that involve incisions, this procedure is safe without risks and major side effects. Patients may experience slight pain, swelling, or bruising on the affected areas, but these are tolerable and only temporary.

Are the results permanent or temporary?

Expect the chin fillers to last for 6 months to 1 year. The longevity of the fillers will also depend on the kind used and the amount applied to the chin.

What should be done for aftercare?

For aftercare, avoid touching or massaging the area of the chin where the fillers are located. The chin fillers are expected to completely settle into the desired form after 2 days.  

avoid massaging your face

Can the procedure be reversed?

If a patient is not satisfied with the outcome of the chin fillers augmentation, then they can opt to have the procedure reversed. To do this, an enzyme called Hyaluronidase will be applied to the treated area. Hyaluronidase works by dissolving the Hyaluronic acid fillers. This procedure is safe and will not affect the tissues around the sites where the chin fillers were initially injected. Changes can be seen in 1 to 2 days.

How many sessions of chin fillers treatment are needed to get optimal results?

One session is usually enough. However, if a patient wants to achieve a certain effect and depending on the amount needed to enhance the chin, more than one session may be recommended by the doctor.

Note that the results of this treatment are not the same as the outcome a surgery can produce. If a patient desires to get results that are greatly identical to plastic surgery, then several treatments are needed in order to achieve this. Of course, the more treatments are needed the more cash is needed to cover costs.

How many injections of chin fillers are needed for remarkable results?

The number of injections basically prescribed to achieve remarkable results is 2. A syringe of injection is filled with 1cc of chin fillers. Approximately 2 to 3cc of chin fillers are needed to enhance short receding chins.

How much does a session of chin fillers treatment cost?

The cost of chin fillers treatment differs from each clinic across Singapore. 1 syringe (1cc) of basic Hyaluronic acid filler costs SGD 600 to 650. Factors that affect the cost will also depend on the product used and the amount needed for the session of the treatment.

Who are the best candidates for this kind of treatment?

Anyone who wishes to have a V-shape face by enhancing his or her chin can undergo this treatment. Chin fillers are both safe for men and women. This is highly recommended for people who wish to enhance their jawlines but do not wish to undergo the complexities of plastic surgery.

v shape face

Are there other treatments that may be paired with chin fillers treatment to get a better result?

Depending on a patient’s initial chin assessment, a doctor may suggest combining another aesthetic treatment to get much better results for chin augmentation. Normally, BOTOX treatment is paired with chin fillers. BOTOX helps in keeping the mentalis muscle in a relaxed state when the chin fillers are administered. Without BOTOX, the mentalis muscle, which is located over the chin, can cause dimpling or shortening of the skin when it is in a hyperactive state.

What should a patient look for in a doctor?

The success of the chin fillers treatment will rely on the skills and expertise of a well-trained doctor. When looking for a doctor to do your treatment, do extensive research and do not settle on the first medical practitioner that you find. Before and after photos of a doctor’s previous patients will be of great help to find out about the quality of craftsmanship that a doctor has. Do not hesitate to ask doctors for this.

Also, beware of cheap packages being offered by facial salons or ads online. Be sure that the chin fillers that are used on your face are from a reputable source.

Singapore Doctor’s Opinion On the Best Pore Minimizer Treatments

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Pore Minimizer Treatment Cost in Singapore

Problems of enlarged pores can be treated at most aesthetic clinics and beauty salons. Aesthetic clinics also have access to higher powered lasers which can help reduce the size of pores. Medical-based facial devices cost around $100 to $300 for a facial treatment. Lasers requiring an MOH certified doctor to perform also cost $100 to $300. These can be combined for greater effect. 3-5 sessions is recommended for best results.

Unless you have been blessed with very healthy skin, we cannot deny that fact that every single one of us has experienced (or experiencing) a common skin problem in our lifetime. That’s why the quest for flawlessly smooth and healthy skin has been undertaken by a lot of women since time immemorial.

One of the major skin problems that keep on plaguing our skin and causing damage to our social life are pores. Enlarged, congested, icky pores!

Do you often wonder why do these enlarged pores keep on recurring no matter what you do? Do you want to get over with the embarrassment? Do you spend most of your time looking in the mirror and ask yourself how to make all these visibly large facial pores to appear smaller and less conspicuous? Is it even possible?

The answer to that question is one big YES!—and this is the right place to find out how.

What are pores and what causes them to enlarge?

Naturally, pores can be found in our skin. Pores are very tiny openings in hair follicles in which oil or sebaceous glands are located. The oil produced on the bottom of each pore by the sebaceous gland keeps our skin soft and elastic. Pores are essential, so our skin can breathe and produce natural oils to keep skin hydrated.

In fact, there are more than 15,000 of them on our faces! These tiny holes act as a drain system where sebum produced in our skin is excreted.

Having enlarged pores makes the skin appear unhealthy and unhygienic. Ever wondered why the appearance of your pores enlarges significantly over time?

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When these small oil-carrying channels get bogged down do things get problematic. These noticeably enlarged pores can arise when there is an excessive production of sebum in the sebaceous gland—these excessive oil mixes with dirt and superficial dead skin materials resulting to a sticky plaque that blocks up the pores and makes them appear larger in size.

In some cases, especially for those who have acne, particularly the cystic type, it becomes a scar when the pores are permanently enlarged.

Aside from clogged pores, sun damage is also a major factor that influences the enlargement of pores. Over time and with a lack of ample protection from sunlight and UV rays, pores become dilated and bigger. Other factors contributing to enlargement of pores include the lack of support from the surrounding tissues due to ageing, genes, hygiene, super oily skin and lack of moisture. Finally, not removing makeup completely can be a factor, as the remaining residues can sit on these clogs and inflame them.

How can I minimize pores?

Are Photoshop, application filters and make up your only best friends to hide your enlarged pores? While these are only temporary (and fake!) solutions, there are better options to end your suffering.

One real-life solution is the wide selection of beauty products that promise pore minimizing capabilities--most of which can be easily inserted into your daily skincare routine. These products such as exfoliants, sunscreens, serums and creams are specially designed to minimize pores by stabilizing sebum production, removing oil residues, make your skin suppler, and effectively clean your skin.

While these products can be of great help, problems can surface when you are not careful. For the products to actually work, it is important that you are knowledgeable enough to choose the right products that will not dry your skin out. If your skin becomes too dry or squeaky, signals are sent to the different systems in your body that generate more oil. Also, unsupervised use of certain products that claim to minimize pores may be harsh on your skin and may result in irritation.

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This is why a lot of women are still sceptical about using skincare products because they believe that you just can’t simply minimize the size of your pores with just cream. Scientifically proven treatments to address these skin concerns should be the best way to minimize pores.

For this reason, most people turn to cosmetic treatments for a more effective and reliable result. Enlarge pores on the cheeks, nose and the rest of the face can now be minimized with the use safe laser treatments that not only makes large and open pores smaller and tighter but also focuses on the rejuvenation of the skin.

In Singapore, there are numerous clinics that specialize in laser skin treatment offer to minimize pores. Laser treatment is a pore minimizing procedure which is fast and painless and is also a popular treatment for common skin problems such as uneven texture, wrinkles and lines.

How does laser treatment minimize pores?

Lasers are used to treat large pores. It works by using laser technology to gently heat the deeper dermal layers to boost collagen formation. The newly formed collagen improves the treatment area, tightens the skin and visibly minimizes the pores size.

How does laser treatment feel?

The procedure is administered by the aesthetician using a handheld laser device just above the surface of the skin to be treated. It is a noninvasive procedure and there is no need for painkillers and local anaesthetics. Some patients have even said that the procedure was a more gentle, soothing and relaxing experience compared to other conventional skin rejuvenation procedures.

While it is naturally a painless procedure, a slight pinching sensation may be felt every time the laser hits your face, especially on darker spots and areas where there are scarring caused by acne. In cases where there is a lot of facial hair, the uncomfortable sensation may be heightened so be prepared. Some mild pain may be felt throughout the procedure, which is totally normal with most laser treatments, especially when done on the face.

After the procedure, there shouldn’t be any lingering pain and your skin should look relatively normal, except for blisters and redness that are common after a laser treatment. So don’t be alarmed! Just talk to your doctor about any issues that might bother you.

In some clinics, your aesthetician may apply a cold mask after the procedure which can help reduce the discomfort and add moisture to your skin.

Is there any downtime after the treatment?

Patients may return to their normal daily routine after the procedure as there are only subtle effects on the skin and very few side effects. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to inform your doctor beforehand to avoid serious complications due to the treatment. In most cases, the doctor would only advise you to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from further damage by UV rays from the sun.

Can I combine laser treatment with other pore-minimizing treatments?

Of course! As long as your doctor approves, you may combine the laser treatment with other available procedures to minimize your pores to achieve better results. The combination of treatments will not only minimize your pores but can also enhance skin renewal and make your face appear refreshed and rejuvenated that will make you glow inside and out!

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How much does laser treatment cost?

The costs may vary depending on various factors, such as:

  • Pore size
  • Skin type
  • Size of treated area
  • Number of sessions (as advised by your doctor)
  • Combination of other treatments

Overall, the benefits of the treatment will surely outweigh the costs as it is a safe and sure way of minimizing your pores with little to no downtime and side effects.

Finally, will there be a chance of my pores getting enlarged again after treatment?

To maintain the size of your pores after treatment, it is important to exercise good quality skin hygiene. Poor skin care will lead to oil and dirt buildup and will cause your pores to get enlarged again. It is also always important to protect your skin from sun damage and to keep your skin hydrated at all times to avoid encountering the same skin problem again.