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Rejuran Healer Reviews From Singapore Bloggers

Men generally have more and larger pores than women.
Men generally have more and larger pores than women.

Have you ever looked closely at the face of babies and wished you had the same flawless and pore-less skin as you age?

Let’s face it. None of us is blessed with perfect skin.

Skin type varies from person to person. It can be dry, oily, or a combination of both. Generally, Asian skin is prone to producing more oil, as compared to African or Western people. This is one of the reasons attributing to the existence of those blasted pimples (can you relate?). Also, the melanin present in Asian skin is considerably higher than other race, which makes us more susceptible to hyperpigmentation.

I would like to believe that the “Fountain of Youth” exists, but the sad fact is it doesn’t. No matter what we do, nature gets the best of us as we grow OLD—especially our skin! So, in the hopes of preserving youthful beauty and glow, I went on an Internet quest to learn more about the latest craze I have been hearing about: a miracle healer injection that rejuvenates our skin back to having a baby face!

Curious? Read on to find out what Singapore bloggers have to say about their Rejuran Healer Treatment experience!

I Did Rejuran and the Results Were Shocking! by Jpglicious

My expectations on Rejuran Healer already went up a notch and I haven’t even started reading her piece. The title of her blog review seems to scream about major positive results! If you are suffering from extremely dry skin, this review from Yuna J Cass of Jpglicious is definitely a treat.

Yuna starts off her review with an introduction to her facial flaws. She posts a close-up shot of her face and mapped out her skin problems: dryness, flaking, peeling, redness, sagging, and enlarged pores! She shares that her skin has certain “moods” and that on normal days her skin texture is dry on the sides and oily on the T-zone. Hydration is one of the causes of her skin’s excessive dryness and hydrating masks no longer works on her face.

Yuna’s desperation to find a cure was answered when one reader of her blog recommended Rejuran to her.

Rejuran, as Yuna shares, is a skin repair treatment that contains salmon DNA. She also enumerates the different benefits of Rejuran.

Yuna reveals that Rejuran involves small injections on the face. (Yes, this procedure is not for the faint of heart!) At the start of her procedure, a numbing cream was applied to her face. Yuna asked for extra painkillers since she had low pain tolerance. The numbing cream was left for 30 minutes on her face to take effect.

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Next step, INJECTION! Her face was injected with Rejuran solution. Yuna comments that this procedure was done in 10-15 minutes. She likened the pain she felt to an ant bite or a pimple being popped. Some parts of the face that are sensitive, like the sides of the face and nose, experienced more pain than the others.

As with any beauty procedure: no pain, no gain!
As with any beauty procedure: no pain, no gain!

After the injections, Yuna’s face looked like bees have stung it! There were small bumps called blebs, which she says helps in generating collagen in the skin. Most of the blebs usually disappear after the treatment, while those that remain shrinks the following day. There is no mention of downtime or aftercare needed after treatment.

Yuna’s skin goes from drab to fab!

Yuna discloses that Rejuran Healer made her skin glow and she didn’t suffer from dryness, redness, and flaking! As seen in her photo, her skin drastically changed within 2 weeks following her Rejuran treatment! Her face looks radiant, well hydrated, and flawless!

Indeed, as Yuna’s blog title goes, the results are shocking! To read more about her treatment, click here!

My Rejuran Journey by Kristen Chen

Blogger Kristen Chen shares her search for a treatment that would tackle the root of her skin problems. The result of her last aesthetic procedure was already wearing off due to poor lifestyle choices and stress! She was keen on undergoing treatment with outcomes that are not temporary, so she turns to Rejuran Skin Healer for help.

Kristen’s Rejuran treatment begins with a doctor’s consultation. The doctor assessed her facial needs and commented that Rejuran would bring improvement on her acne scars as well as strengthen and bring healing to her skin.

Kristen’s face before Rejuran.

Kristen gets prepped up for her Rejuran treatment following the consultation. Her face gets cleaned and numbing cream is applied. A cling wrap is placed over her face, although the science to this step was not explained. The plastic film was removed and the numbing cream was cleansed after some time.

Numbing cream to numb the pain away!
Numbing cream to numb the pain away!

The Rejuran liquid was then injected into Kristen’s face manually. She explains that the doctor used an injection instead of a “gun” (which is used for another treatment) as the injection is more precise and the needle is able to penetrate through the skin without wasting the liquid. Kristen felt slight stinging when the liquid was injected on the skin below her eyes. Aside from this, she felt no pain at all.

The Rejuran liquid gets injected manually to ensure precision and avoid waste.
The Rejuran liquid gets injected manually to ensure precision and avoid waste.

Kristen’s procedure took 20 minutes to finish. To eliminate puffiness and discoloration on her face, a special mask was covered over her face. Little bumps filled Kristen’s face after finishing the treatment, but she says that the bumps will fade the day after. As a tip, Kristen advises to keep the skin moisturised and protected with sunscreen. Redness may still be present a day after the treatment, but it can be touched up with makeup.

Redness on Kristen’s face are still visible a day after the treatment.
Redness on Kristen’s face are still visible a day after the treatment.

The results of Rejuran Healer on Kristen’s face began to be noticeable a week later. Her skin looks hydrated and her facial lines smoothened out. As a matter of fact, Kristen was so happy of the results of Rejuran that she already booked 2 more treatments!

A week after the treatment and Kristen’s face looks healthier!
A week after the treatment and Kristen’s face looks healthier!

If you want to be more convinced of Kristen’s Rejuran journey, read her blog here.

I Tried a $4,500 Skin Healing Treatment by Laura M

Laura M’s review of her Rejuran procedure is just short and there are no photos of her procedure. But of all the blogs I’ve mentioned in this article, this is the only one that mentioned the cost of Rejuran Healer treatment. And, by golly, it’s a whopping $4,500.00! Now, I am not quire sure if the same goes for the rest. Of course, it’s best to inquire thoroughly first before jumping in for the treatment.

The microneedle on the left is used to inject the Rejuran liquid into the skin.
The microneedle on the left is used to inject the Rejuran liquid into the skin.

Laura’s treatment started with the usual application of the numbing cream. However, her neck also received some lathering apart from her face. After this step, Rejuran was administered to her face using a microinjection. She does not mention anything about pain, so I’m thinking the numbing cream did its job perfectly well. To end her procedure, her face was saturated with vitamins through an ultrasound. I wonder if this is similar to the hydrating mask applied in the other Rejuran procedures. All in all, Laura’s treatment took a quick 20 minutes to finish. Aside from redness, she mentions nothing about horrible aftermaths happening to her face after receiving several needle pokes.

As Laura shares, the effects of Rejuran are not visible immediately after the treatment, not like when you get fillers. As her doctor explained, the results will be gradual as the skin heals from within. Skin improvement will appear in 3-5 days later.

Rejuran takes years off the face! Say hello to baby face!
Rejuran takes years off the face! Say hello to baby face!

The results? Amazing supple and healthy-looking skin! Her photos show how her skin progressively improved from being dull to full! Her fine lines and acne marks faded, and over 6 sessions of Rejuran her skin looked younger!

Head on to Laura’s review to know more about her experience. It’s a fairly quick read—probably quicker than the Rejuran treatment itself!

Rejuran Skin Healer is Great On Me by William Tan

Women bloggers usually do most aesthetic reviews and I have often wondered whether the treatment they get on their faces are compatible to men. The skin on men’s face is thicker by composition compared to women’s and they have more pores, too. I was so happy to have stumbled upon William Tan’s blog review on Rejuran Skin Healer as some of my questions will be finally put to rest. I am sure men readers are just as curious as me, so here’s a treat!

William discloses in his blog that having enlarged pores is just one of his many skin problems. To address this, he sets of to undergo a session of Rejuran Healer after hearing its benefits that include: anti-ageing, exceptional skin regeneration, and skin smoothness among others.

Men generally have more and larger pores than women.
Men generally have more and larger pores than women.

Before the procedure gets under way, William shares that the doctor assessed his face. Following this, numbing cream was daubed all over the skin on his face and covered with cling film. This is to ensure that he does not feel any pain during the entire procedure. As the cream takes effect, the doctor proceeds to inject the Rejuran liquid on his face.

Rejuran is carefully injected to the target areas on the face.

For his treatment, the liquid was injected on his cheeks (where the dreadful ginormous pores are!) and forehead area. Tiny bumps that look like hives become visible on the areas where the injection penetrated his skin. To soothe and lessen the redness of his skin, William discloses that a mask infused with linseed and aloe vera extract was placed over his face.

And the results are in! Drumroll please…

The smoothness and suppleness of William’s skin is evident!
The smoothness and suppleness of William’s skin is evident!

William comments that the improvements on his skin were progressive.  Within the first month after the treatment his skin looked radiant and hydrated. Coming into the second month, William shares some of Rejuran’s effects on his skin: improved elasticity, clear complexion, and most importantly, smaller pores!

Downtime was not a problem after his treatment, as he did not need any, though this may vary from patient to patient.

Check out William’s write up on Rejuran on his blogsite, Only William.

Mbrace Aligners In Singapore – 7 Tips By a Dentist

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This author doctor has chosen to stay anonymous.

Under the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act, doctors can be warned, fined or suspended if they position themselves as an expert above their peers. Doctors also cannot use before/after photos in the article or state their preferences towards specific methods or techniques. The strict laws help uphold the repute of Singapore’s private healthcare scene and we strongly support it. Due to this, some doctors choose to stay anonymous so they can write more informative pieces.
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As compared to Invisalign, Mbrace is remarkably cheaper by approximately $1,500 to $2,000. The average cost of a complete treatment of Mbrace clear aligners is $5,000 to $7,000.

Clear aligners have recently gained a popular following from Singaporeans who want straighter teeth without the inconvenience of traditional (and a bit more painful!) metal braces. There are a lot of brands available in the market, however, there are two most prominent ones that are usually chosen by dental patients. You will be surprised to know that one of them is locally sourced in the country!

This product is no other than Mbrace!

A lot of people mistake Invisalign and Mbrace as one for the other. To set the records straight, here are facts about Mbrace that differentiates it from the imported brand.

Introducing Mbrace

Mbrace Dental aligner

Mbrace is a brand of clear aligners that are designed, developed, and produced in Singapore. Dr Keith Wong and Prof. The Bin Tean of Dentalthon Medtech Pte founded it in 2014. Ltd.

Although Mbrace is very recent in the dental seen as compared to Invisalign, the company has seen an expansion of its clear aligners in other countries like Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

Costs

As mentioned at the start of the article, compared to Invisalign, Mbrace is remarkably cheaper by approximately $1,500 to $2,000.  The average cost of a complete treatment of Mbrace clear aligners is $5,000 to $7,000.

You may have noticed the significant disparity between the pricing of the two braces. Why is Mbrace cheaper than Invisalign? You wonder.

Mbrace is much cheaper compared to Invisalign because the clear aligners, as said, are fabricated locally. A big chunk of the cost savings when choosing Mbrace over Invisalign is credited to Mbrace’s laboratories that are located in Singapore. This means that the mapping out of a patient’s full course of treatment does not have to be shipped off and be developed overseas.

An Invisalign treatment, on the other hand, will have to pass through two countries (Mexico and Costa Rica) for the production of the clear aligners.

When scouting for an Mbrace accredited clinic for treatment, do note that each clinic will offer different rates for pricing. Always inquire about what is included in the packages being offered and payment options as well.

Basic Cost Inclusions 

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A regular Mbrace package quotation should include pre-treatment bite registration and patient’s photograph for profiling, dental x-rays, and your teeth’s moulds.

Other Items Affecting Mbrace Costs

As you may have noticed, the cost of Mbrace is based on a price range and not on a specific amount. There are several reasons for this.

First, the laboratories where the clear aligners are developed and manufactured belong to Mbrace. The dentists are paying for all the materials and equipment used in the labs; therefore they follow the company’s given rates. If the company decides to multiply on costs, then these price adjustments trickle down to the charges of the dental practitioners.

Next, the number of aligners needed for the treatment relies solely on the intricacy of a patient’s dental condition. If the misalignment is severely complicated, then expect that more aligners and extended time will be needed for your treatment. Of course, extended time would mean more trips going back to the clinic for follow-up appointments, which will entail you to shell out more cash.

Often times, the dentist may note additional requirements or enhancements to your treatment plan, such as interproximal reduction. This process is done to improve a patient’s jaw bite, as well as create enough space for teeth movement when the aligners are set in place.

In addition, the type of dental practitioner you choose may contribute to your treatment’s expense. Both dentists and orthodontists can practice Mbrace treatment as along as they have successfully finished the course required by the company.  However, do note that orthodontists may charge higher compared to general dentists as they have taken additional years of learning and specializing in the structure and function of the teeth’s mechanical movement.

I am afraid that there are no options available when it comes to greatly lessening the costs of Mbrace’s treatment. Medisave only covers medical procedures relating to surgeries, which Mbrace is obviously not. On the other hand, dental insurances normally do not include cosmetic or orthodontic treatments in their coverage.

Mbrace Treatment Package

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This is what you can anticipate once you have found the right doctor to do your Mbrace treatment:

  • During the consultation, your dentist should be able to evaluate you based on the basic inclusions mentioned earlier (e.g. dental x-rays, pre-treatment patient photographs and bite registration, teeth moulds).
  • Treatment Plan. After the evaluation, the dentist will formulate your Mbrace treatment plan. The plan should be presented to you and your approval to the proposal is needed to proceed with the production of Mbrace clear aligners that are to be used in sequence.
  • Use of Mbrace Aligners. As soon as you receive your first pair of Mbrace aligners, use them at least 20 to 22 hours daily for 2 weeks before moving on to its replacement. During this period, patients will need succeeding appointments to the dentist to monitor the progress of the teeth’s movement.
  • End of Treatment. As soon as you have successfully completed all sets of your Mbrace clear aligners, your dentist will issue you a pair of retainers. The retainers are to be worn in order to avoid relapse that may result in misalignment for a second time.

In Summary

My advice for patients who want to scrimp on costs is to do research on the different Mbrace packages offered by clinics. This may take a bit of time and effort, but to land on a package that best fits your budget and getting the straight teeth that you want are great rewards in the end. Likewise, it is vital to find a dentist that looks after the welfare of the patient more than focusing on profit. Dentists that are honest when it comes to their competencies and those that are able to recommend better alternatives, such as getting traditional braces if need be or recommending a colleague more well-versed on your condition, are your best bet in getting optimal Mbrace treatment results.

A List of Acne Scar Treatments as Reviewed by Singapore Bloggers

A closer look on Yvonne’s face shows scars that vary in depth and shape.
A closer look on Yvonne’s face shows scars that vary in depth and shape.

Acne, if there was one thing that I dreaded in getting, it is acne. A lot of us have had our own bouts with acne at one point in our lives. The height of getting acne usually comes during the puberty age. There are a few who are able to dodge getting their face peppered with pimples during this time only to get them years down the line. Yes, people. There is such thing as adult acne.

Asian skin is more prone to acne due to its composition. Asian faces have very active pores that produce too much oil and sebum. Overcoming acne is easier nowadays, given all the beauty treatments and facials available in the market.

One of the disheartening aftermaths brought about by breakouts are the marks they leave on the face—ACNE SCARS!

Acne scars come in different forms, shapes, and depth on the skin. I have not yet heard of a specific facial procedure that targets all scars in one sitting. In fact, if your scars vary greatly you might have to try several treatments to address each kind. So, in an effort to make your life easier (and to avoid getting stress-induced acne!) here are some blog reviews covering a variety of acne scar treatments in Singapore!

Infini Fractional Radiofrequency for Depressed Acne Scars in Singapore by Cindity

Blogger Cindy of Cindity shares her terrible experience with acne during her teenage years. Her acne left scars on her face after not being able to take proper care of her skin during her breakouts. Her collection of acne scars is comprised of boxcar and icepick scars.

For her treatment, Cindy chose the Infini microneedle Fractional Radiofrequency system. According to her, this treatment is recommended for Asian skin as it lessens the risk of getting hyperpigmentation from inflammations that may result from the procedure after. To note, Asian skin is more prone to discolouration as compared to others.

The numbing cream effectively shields Cindy from feeling the pain from the needles’ pricking on her skin.
The numbing cream effectively shields Cindy from feeling the pain from the needles’ pricking on her skin.

I won’t go into details as to how the Infini Fractional Radiofrequency works, so we are jumping in directly to Cindy’s acne scar removal procedure!

(You may read a detailed explanation on Infini RF on Cindy’s blog.)

To begin Cindy’s treatment, two coatings of numbing cream were applied to her face. She mentions that on top of this her cheeks were injected with local anaesthesia on both sides. After which the doctor proceeds with 4 repetitions of Infini microneedling on the areas wherein the scars are prominent. The needles used were of different lengths to ensure that it penetrates the depths of the scars. Cindy’s treatment lasted only for 15 minutes. She likens microneedling to a stapler but does not remark on any pain or discomfort during the treatment.

Slight redness can be seen on Cindy’s glowing face after the treatment.

Recovery time took only 2 days and the only discomfort that Cindy encountered was redness on her cheeks. An antibiotic and serum were prescribed for her to use following the treatment. In addition, Cindy instructs to use SPF25 sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun.

Scars have definitely improved 3 months after Cindy’s Infini treatment.
Scars have definitely improved 3 months after Cindy’s Infini treatment.

Cindy shares that her box scars have improved. The edges appeared to be softer and dents have elevated. Optimum results are achieved after 4-6 months from the initial treatment.

Ematrix Treatment by Yvonne

Yvonne’s acne scars were caused by her skin’s sensitivity to dust, clogged pores, and oily skin that resulted in breakouts. Years after her skin healed from acne, her scars never found the time to move on.

In the hopes of banishing her acne scars, Yvonne turns to the Ematrix Treatment.
In the hopes of banishing her acne scars, Yvonne turns to the Ematrix Treatment.

So goes Yvonne’s story and her hunt to find the right acne scar treatment to banish the memories of the past from her face. In her search, Yvonne settled for Ematrix Treatment.

Starting of her treatment, Yvonne shares that her face was cleansed thoroughly from makeup. Next, a generous amount of numbing cream was applied to her face. Once the sensation from her face dissipated her face was subjected to another round of thorough cleansing.

Skin discoloration appears as soon as the machine passes through the target areas
Skin discolouration appears as soon as the machine passes through the target areas

Damp cotton was placed over the eyes of Yvonne prior to the administration of the procedure. As the treatment progressed, Yvonne mentions feeling slight pain as tiny needles jabbed on her skin. Redness was observed on her skin after the first round of treatment. Yvonne discloses that another round of the treatment was done on her skin to address the deeper acne scars and to promote collagen production.

The cooling gel is applied to ease the burning sensation after one round of treatment.

To ease the flushing of her face, a soothing balm was spread on the areas where the machine passed through. The final phase of her acne scar removal process was the application of a seaweed mask to cool her skin and lessen its discolouration and swelling. Before leaving the clinic, a layer of moisturizer and BB cream was applied to her face.

Yvonne discloses that her skin’s pores appeared to be larger due to the treatment. The redness did not subside and was even more visible 2 days following the acne scar removal session. Her face felt stinging even when she used the most delicate facial wash on her skin. The discolouration started to subside on the 3rd day after the treatment and scabs began to form as well.

Scars are still evident after the skin has healed on Yvonne’s face.

A month and a half after her Ematrix treatment, Yvonne discloses that her skin did not receive many results as her acne scars and pores were still noticeable.

Although the acne scars are still prominent, Yvonne’s skin looks radiant a month after the treatment
Although the acne scars are still prominent, Yvonne’s skin looks radiant a month after the treatment

To read more about the treatment is done on Yvonne’s acne scar removal, click on this link.

My Scar Treatment With Fractional CO2 Laser by Yvonne

Yvonne’s determination to free her skin from acne scars did not end with the Ematrix Treatment. In this blog, she reviews another acne scar removal procedure that uses Fractional CO2 Laser.

A closer look on Yvonne’s face shows scars that vary in depth and shape.
A closer look on Yvonne’s face shows scars that vary in depth and shape.

Yvonne’s doctor recommended this laser treatment after assessing her skin’s condition. During the publication of this post, she mentions that she has undergone 3 rounds of Fractional CO2 Laser.

As with any facial procedure, these basic steps are done at the very beginning: skin cleansing, numbing cream application, and removal of numbing cream after the recommended time of application have lapsed (usually 30 minutes). After all, those are cleared, the laser treatment starts.

No drastic improvements on Yvonne’s acne scars can be noted after the first treatment.
No drastic improvements on Yvonne’s acne scars can be noted after the first treatment.

Yvonne shares that her doctor determined the strength of the laser beam used on her face. As the laser touched her skin, no pain was felt thanks to the help of the numbing cream. However, Yvonne started to feel flushing on her face as soon as the laser treatment ended. To ease the prickling pain, Yvonne suggests staying in a cool place or applying a cold mask over the face.

Results of Yvonne’s second session show her skin looking more radiant and smooth.

There was a lot of micro peeling involved after her first procedure. This treatment made Yvonne’s skin look healthier. She says that her skin was brighter, her pores more refined and her scars less depressed.

During the succeeding treatments, Yvonne shares that her doctor amplified the power of the laser used on her skin. Right after her second treatment, her skin’s redness was more evident but it only lasted temporarily. Yvonne notes that her face got dehydrated easily. Because of this, her pores became more obvious. She combated this with the use of hydration masks.

Gradual changes in Yvonne’s acne scar are noticeable through the progress of her treatments.

On her third treatment, scabs formed on her face after the procedure. Her skin tone was obviously imbalanced and looked like she has hyperpigmentation. Not to worry though, as Yvonne assures that things will get back to normal as the skin heals and scabs start to fall off the face.

There was no mention of the cost for this treatment. For downtime, Yvonne discloses in the comment section of her blog that it normally takes 4-5 days for the skin to recover. She also includes the products that she was prescribed with as aftercare for her skin. Yvonne shares that, although her skin is far from perfection, she is much happier with its outcome after this treatment.

Read more of this acne removal experience here.

Acne Scar Treatment: CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing & Infini Scar Treatment by Seth Lui

If you think that it’s only women who suffer from skin impurities, think again! In Seth Lui’s blog, he shares about how he experienced acne breakouts when he was still a teen. As a remembrance, acne scars are visible on his face now that he is an adult. Seth Lui decided to look into treatments to remove his acne scars due to the media exposure he needs to do for his work. His acne removal experience is broken down into two separate articles.

For his acne removal treatment, Seth Lui shares that his doctor recommended a combination of Fractional CO2 laser and Infini Scar Treatment during the consultation. The initial laser is used to treat the scarring on the skin’s surface while the latter targets the deeper scars.

Seth Lui shares that the procedure is pretty basic for Fractional CO2 laser. It consists of 3 steps: facial cleansing, numbing cream administration, laser treatment. The laser treatment itself takes a quick 20 minutes to finish.

Fractional CO2 laser only targets the scarring present on the surface of the skin.
Fractional CO2 laser only targets the scarring present on the surface of the skin.

As the laser is used to treat Seth Lui’s skin, he mentions that it was mostly painless. For men, however, Seth Lui says that pain can be felt when the laser passes through the skin where they can grow a moustache or beard. Apparently, areas that grow hair follicles are more sensitive to laser beams. I have not encountered any complaints on this on women’s blogs, so I guess this applies generally to men. Seth Lui says that the feeling of pain will depend on a patient’s threshold. Also, the stronger the intensity of the beam used, the pain will be greater but the results will be more effective.

Expect that your skin will look sunburned every after the session. This is why a downtime of 5 days or more is needed, as there will also be scabbing that will happen as a result of the treatment. If skin discolouration or discomfort does not bother you at all, then I guess you can get back to your usual work—just be sure to take all precautions your doctor recommends regarding aftercare.

Expect to have sunburnt-looking skin every after treatment.

Costs for Fractional CO2 laser varies according to the number of sessions you need to undergo. For 1 session the charge is $650, for five sessions $490 per session, and $390 per session for 10 rounds of treatment.

As mentioned, Seth Lui also underwent the Infini Scar Treatment system. This is more effective for targeting deeper scars. Unlike laser, this treatment uses microneedles for acne scar removal.

Preparations done before the procedure proper is almost the same: cleansing, numbing cream application (do note that for this treatment the numbing cream was left for 40 minutes instead of the usual 30), and a local anaesthetic injection, which is optional.

These needles get stamped on the skin to reach the deeper dents caused by depressed scars.
These needles get stamped on the skin to reach the deeper dents caused by depressed scars.

The Infini machine works similar to a stapler. The microneedles are pressed onto the target areas repetitively. Seth Lui confesses that this procedure is much more painful as compared to the laser treatment. His agony, which only lasted for 10-15 minutes, felt like a lifetime of torture!

Microneedles get “stapled” painfully on the skin for 10-15 minutes.

As compared to the laser treatment, Seth Lui commends Infini more because the results were more evident right after finishing the treatment. Downtime is also not a problem as there is no scabbing involved.

Your face will be looking like a plump tomato for a bit of time after microneedling.

To set expectations straight, Seth Lui reveals that there is a need for succeeding treatments in order to achieve optimum results. The treatments have to be spaced one month from each other to allow the skin to heal.

Infini costs $2,550 for one session and $2,000 for two.

Seth Lui’s before and after photo shows significant changes after a combination of the laser and microneedle treatments.

Seth Lui’s blog offers a much more extensive explanation of each procedure done, so if you have more time to spare you may read them here.

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That sums up our list on acne scar removal! These are just a few of the treatments available in Singapore, but hopefully, the details shared here are able to make your life easier as you search for the perfect treatment to eradicate those pesky acne scars! Good luck!

Lasers Alone Aren’t Enough for Acne Scars

Acne Scars laser treatment during the procedure

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

Scars are the most stubborn obstacles to clear, smooth skin. Pigmentation can be troublesome, and melasma can be difficult to fully eradicate, but scars cannot be readily concealed.

I have a personal interest in treating acne and acne scars, having battled acne as a teenager. Most people waged the same battle; many of us have suffered scars from other sources as well.

Many of my patients come to me after having tried various forms of laser therapy, to no avail. Some have grown frustrated after frequent laser treatments left their scarring unresolved; others hadn’t found a doctor who could fit an effective treatment into their busy schedules.

Most of these patients had been treated with traditional CO2 fractional-laser therapy, for years the industry standard for treating acne scars.

Although their frustrations take various forms, they tend to spring from a single, simple cause: CO2 laser treatments do not treat every type of scar. If your doctor insists on treating your entire face using only fractional CO2 laser therapy, you may not be getting the careful attention you deserve.

Different Scars, Different Treatments

Facial scars are most commonly due to acne. Other causes include herpes zosters, surgery or injury. Acne alone can cause up to seven types of scars, shown below. It takes a fully trained and exceptionally diligent doctor to accurately diagnose each type of scar affecting each patient.

Each type of scar requires a precise and specific treatment. For example, fractional CO2 therapy is not an effective treatment for deep- and shallow-pit, or ice-pick, scars.

No two patients have exactly the same type and severity of scarring. With careful attention and the right equipment at hand, though, an experienced doctor can greatly improve the appearance of any kind of acne scar.

I believe that acne scar treatments require a bespoke plan based on skin type, scar type, lifestyle and cost concerns. That’s the only way I have been able to deliver my patients the results they seek and deserve.

A Complete Approach to Scar Treatment

My approach is based on precise diagnosis and personalised treatment for each and every scar. I begin by taking detailed photographs, which I use to identify each scar. I then label each scar according to its nature and severity. This gives me a detailed map of the challenge ahead and an idea of which combination of treatments would work best together.

Because I treat each scar as its own challenge, my options are limited only by the current state of medical technology. I use lasers, chemical peels, subcision, and fillers to ensure that each scar receives the care it demands.

Each program of treatment takes 3-12 months to complete, depending on the number, characteristics, and severity of each patient’s scars.

That’s just an overview of my approach. Let’s look at some case studies to learn more about how it works.

Acne Scars asian boy

Case #1:

This patient was an Asian male businessman with generalised acne scarring. He was eager to improve his skin’s texture but was unable to set aside more than 2-3 days for recovery. He is an avid athlete, and hoped to resume outdoor activity within days of his treatment; he also had an important meeting in one week and did not wish to display any signs of recovery.

Scar TypeTreatmentSessions
Ice pick scarsTCA peel2-3
Subcision + Filler2-3
Rolling scarsInfini RF2-3
PicoPlus Triple Depth2-3
Boxcar scarsFractional CO22-3
Sublative2-3

 

To make ideal use of his time, I combined three or more types of treatment in each clinic visit and prioritised treatments with less downtime for his first session. In the end, he was happy with the results and fully recovered for his meeting.

Case #2:

This patient was a 29-year-old female with rolling scars and boxcar scars, seeking to improve her skin within the four months leading up to her wedding. Like patient #1, her schedule did not allow for the recovery time of more than 2-3 days.

To achieve her important long-term goal while allowing her to continue her busy lifestyle, I developed a treatment schedule that allows ample time for recovery:

Scar TypeTreatmentSessions
Rolling scarsInfini RF2-3
PicoPlus Triple Depth2-3
Rejuran Healer1-2
Boxcar scarsFractional CO22-3
Sublative1-2

 

As her primary concern was with recovery time, I selected treatments with minimal downtime while ensuring that she got her desired results by her wedding day.
Two patients, each with acne scars. But that’s where the similarity ended. Because each patient had unique goals and conditions, and because acne scars present themselves in so many different forms, their treatment plans were completely customised.

Acne Scars asian girl

Which Doctors Offer This Approach?

Frankly, I think every patient deserves the kind of consideration I show to mine. Unfortunately, most doctors don’t offer such a painstaking approach. In my experience, this is down to four main reasons, each of which you can mitigate:

Time

A personalised approach requires a detailed consultation to understand the patient’s goals, lifestyle and preferences. In addition, doctors need to manually map each scar, and develop a treatment schedule accordingly. Too many doctors consider such time-consuming steps not to be worth the trouble. If you consult a doctor who suggests a more generalized approach, you might want to keep looking.

Equipment

To offer truly personalised service, a clinic must be equipped with the latest lasers, peels and fillers. Such supplies are expensive, and most clinics don’t provide the full range of options. A given clinic may try to hide this fact by asserting that only a certain narrow range of options is worth pursuing. Don’t be fooled. Only a doctor who has invested in a truly complete range of therapies is able to choose the very best one for each scar he treats.

Expertise

Complete scar treatment requires meticulous diagnosis and precise treatments that target each scar individually. It also requires in-depth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of each treatment. In other words, it’s not enough merely to have purchased a wide range of equipment: your doctor must choose wisely from that range.

Recovery Support

Treatment of most scars isn’t terribly painful, but it does represent a change that your body must accommodate. The more support your body receives during recovery, the better the long-term results tend to be. Make sure that your doctor understands this, and is ready to develop a treatment programme that includes a detailed recovery component.

No two faces are alike, and finding the right combination of therapies for any given patient’s array of acne scars is a demanding proposition. It takes a great deal of time and patience to customise an effective program for each individual.

And it’s worth the effort.

Why Your Pigmentation Didn’t Improve After Laser Treatment

Laser Treatment for pigmentation results asian girl face

Even though I work with lasers every day, consult regularly with engineers developing new laser technologies, and study the efforts of scientists to test the application of lasers, I’ve never lost my sense of wonder about them.

Most people feel similarly: lasers are all around us, but there’s still something intriguing and mysterious about them. Which can lead us to expect a bit too much from them at times?

Take laser treatment for skin-pigmentation issues. Many of my new patients come to me after trying a session or two of laser treatments elsewhere, and wonder why they haven’t seen the results they were after.

The truth is, most patients of qualified doctors are perfectly happy with the results of their laser treatments. Finding the right one can take some time, but it’s worth the effort.

Word of mouth and online reviews can help guide you toward the experienced, responsible doctor who’s right for you. But secondhand opinions should be supplemented by your own research.

Ask prospective doctors about their specific experience in treating pigmentation. And be sure to learn about the type(s) of lasers available at each clinic for treating pigmentation issues. Also consider an underappreciated factor: chemistry. Singapore is full of good doctors and medical staff. Focus on finding a team who you’re comfortable with and who understands you well.

If you have found a doctor you like and still have not gotten the results you’re after, consider these three factors as you plan your next treatment programme.

What could be reasons for your pigmentation not to improve after laser treatment?

UV Exposure

Because your skin is particularly sensitive after laser treatments, protecting yourself from sunlight, or avoiding it altogether, is a vital safeguard before and after each procedure. Chances are good that ultraviolet (UV) exposure contributed at least a bit to the condition you just treated. Don’t let UV exposure undo all the progress you’ve made. You’ve invested in your skin; protect your investment.

At a minimum, be prepared to avoid direct sunlight for three days after laser therapy. After that, apply sunscreen every four to six hours until your skin has fully recovered from treatment.

laser treatment for pigmentation sun exposure asian girl with sun glasses and a hat

Misapplied Laser Treatments

I’ll let you in on an industry secret.

Run-of-the-mill laser clinics tend to use the lowest power settings on their lasers. This allows them to charge less per session…but each procedure also accomplishes less. As a result, such clinics ask their patients to come more frequently, up to three times per week.

Although each procedure might be less expensive than a more fully qualified doctor would charge—$60-$80 per session—the long-term cost is often more expensive.

Cost isn’t the only thing that you should be concerned about with such frequent treatments. The risk of complications can be greatly increased in these situations. Research proves that overly frequent laser sessions using Q-switched Nd:Yag lasers can cause complications like mottled hypopigmentation, or white spots.

These can take years to resolve. In certain cases, the condition may be irreversible.

I only perform laser treatment for pigmentation removal every 3-4 weeks. This is consistent with published research, and I have found that it gives patients the most effective balance between intensive treatment and complete, comfortable recovery.

Don’t be fooled by clinics hoping to sell you a long, uncomfortable battery of treatments. At safe and effective power settings, you should never be asked to undergo laser-treatment sessions several times a week.

laser treatment for pigmentation asian girl during the procedure

Using the Wrong Laser

Patients and even doctors themselves tend to fixate on certain types or brands of a laser. I love learning about new technologies, but it’s important to keep a broad mind about these things.
The equipment is important, but even more vital are the doctor’s skill, training, and experience.
Two types of lasers are commonly used for pigmentation removal: Q-switched Nd:Yag lasers and picosecond lasers. Each has its advocates; most doctors are loyal to just one.
Which is why I use both.

I find that picosecond lasers (often shortened to “pico lasers”) are more effective for complex, stubborn pigmentation. This is borne out in the professional literature. For example, a Taiwanese research study on melasma (a challenging pigmentation anomaly) showed that picosecond lasers achieve a “faster and better clearance rate” as compared to Q-switched nanosecond lasers. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29732522)

However, Q-switched lasers are effective against simple pigmentation while requiring less recovery time. A patient wishing to remove freckles, for instance, can reasonably expect the same results from either approach. In cases like these, picosecond lasers may be unnecessarily aggressive, and the longer recovery times involved may invite unneeded complications.

Figure: Picosecond lasers like Lutronic’sPicoPluscan break pigmentation particles into smaller fragments than older nanosecond lasers. Smaller particles are more easily removed by your body.

Aesthetic doctors have more options than ever when it comes to treating pigmentation issues. Your doctor should know each option in depth and should choose the one that best addresses your specific condition.

Doctor Reveals Fractional Laser Costs in Singapore

Fractional Laser Treatments procedure

Fractional lasers are one of the most popular techniques used to treat acne scars in Singapore. It might not always be the best, but for something so basic and easy to perform, it does solve a lot of my patient's simpler acne scar issues.

Fractional laser cost in Singapore vary greatly

The confusion with fractional lasers arises when it comes to the cost. How come clinic A and clinic B both use fractional lasers but their costs can vary by more than $1000!?

It’s strange that when patients Google for “fractional laser costs in Singapore”, the results are filled with clinic websites that don’t list a single price list. Instead, we often get the line “Please schedule a consult and we will advise you on pricing”.

Thus begins the patient’s journey of clinic hopping and shopping around for the best price.

To save everyone the trouble of having to do that ever again, I’m going to take this opportunity to reveal exactly how much to pay for fractional lasers in Singapore.

What goes into determining fractional laser costs at clinics?

There will be 3 main factors that determine how much a clinic charges you for fractional lasers.

  • How experienced the doctor feels he or she is – This is a very subjective matter. Doctors who have only been running a clinic for a year might feel very knowledgeable and confident with their skills and charge higher. Likewise, doctors who have been practicing for 20 years might feel their clinic is less premium and charge slightly cheaper. The end result is that a big part of fractional laser prices is based on the clinic’s branding and how much the doctor feels their time is worth. There’s no real medical science behind it.
  • The number of sessions required – For the exact same case, one doctor might decide to use a stronger setting with more downtime and treat it quicker. Another doctor might instead pick a weak setting and cure you over time. Regardless of weak or strong settings, the price per session should be the same! After all, you are only paying for the doctor’s time. A stronger setting doesn’t cause the doctor to work harder. It’s the machine that works harder! But there are no additional costs incurred for the clinic. In short, package prices might change based on the number of sessions recommend but the cost per laser session should remain.
  • What machine is used – Fractional laser is a mode of treatment. Just like when we buy a mobile phone, we can choose to use an iPhone, Samsung or Huawei. Essentially, they are all phones but there will be differences in their performance. It’s the same for machines. Different fractional laser salespersons will come to our clinics and each will have their own research papers to back up their machine’s advantage. The doctor then decides which machine to buy. If the doctor bought an expensive machine, expect him to need to charge you more to get his cost back. If another doctor bought the exact same machine 2nd hand from a friend, he can charge you much lower. Once again, this is a very subjective issue.

In short, we charge you as much as we feel our time is worth and how good our machine is.

Now let’s get into actual costs and prices for fractional lasers in Singapore.

Consultation for fractional laser

Fractional Laser Treatments wrinklesConsultation is the stage where we assess the severity of your condition and draw up a treatment plan for you. We will think of how long we need to cure your issue, what types of lasers or creams to use and how effective we think the results will be.

Based on what I can see from friends in the industry, doctors with around 10 years of experience, charge $50 to $100 for consultation. Many clinics will waive this upon you paying for the 1st laser session or taking a package.

Fractional laser Cost Per Session

Costs in Singapore are high due to rental and salaries. As such, doctors in Singapore usually have to charge much higher than counterparts in JB doing the exact same thing. Depending on the machine used, per session costs can range from $100 to $950.

Is the $950 session really 9.5 times better than the $100 session? Manufacturers and marketers might want us to think that. In my humble opinion, MOH’s checks ensure that all medical treatments carried out in Singapore adhere to their standards. Both the $100 and $950 per session treatment meet all of the Ministry of Health’s requirements. It’s down to how much you want to pay as a patient.

Fractional Laser Treatments frecklesIn closing, I want to share 3 very effective tips to help find the best prices for Fractional Lasers.

Firstly, gauge the overall feel of the clinic. If it is a very premium and posh clinic, they will likely also charge more for each service. Premium clinics cannot charge cheap or it might damage their branding. As such, you will always pay more for the same thing at a premium clinic.

Secondly, always ask for before/after photos from the doctor. Look for at least 5 past cases similar to yours to estimate the type of results you can get. This is the most important thing required to select a doctor. It does not matter how much theory or branded names a clinic can throw out. Demand for pictures of multiple past cases and be your own judge.

Finally, observe how busy the clinic is. Many patients feel that crowded clinics mean good doctors. That might or might not be true. What is certainly true is that the more crowded the clinic is, the less time that doctor has, and hence he will have to charge you more for that precious time. So expect to pay higher prices at packed clinics.

Singapore Pricelist for Laser Treatment for Face

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Laser treatments in Singapore cost between $100-350. There are a variety of different treatments and they naturally vary in price. In general, the price of most laser treatments should not go above $500, as there are generally package deals which are more cost-effective. Just because a laser treatment is more expensive doesn't mean its necessarily better for you and your skin type. Always make sure to consult with a professional to find the correct laser treatment for you and ensure that the price is commensurate with industry practice.

Treatments which give brighter, smoother skin are the most popular category of aesthetic procedures in Singapore today. As a doctor, I want to first and foremost clarify 2 important things.

Laser Treatments for Face Are Doctors-Only

The first is that plastic surgeons do not usually perform lasers. They are highly qualified and can if they want to, but they mostly focus on surgical procedures that normal doctors don’t know how to perform.

Second, true lasers can only be carried out by MOH certified doctors in Singapore. Therefore, it is completely illegal for foreign certified doctors and beauty spas to perform laser treatments for face and skin.

Therefore, the only way to get real laser facial treatments or laser treatments for your face or skin is to visit an aesthetic doctor.

laser treatment for pigmentation

Types of Laser Treatments for Face & Skin

Now that we’ve cleared up that part, let’s go a little deeper into exactly what type of laser facial treatment to go for since there are many different types and brands of laser machines.

At the core of it, a laser is nothing more than a very intensive light beam. Doctors are trained how to skilfully control this light beam and the wavelengths to treat specific skin conditions. What wavelength to use to ensure best results is down to the doctor’s skill, experience and knowledge. It is very common and completely valid for 2 different doctors to prescribed vastly different wavelengths and session durations for the same patient. It is simply down to personal preference and the doctor’s opinion as there is no right or wrong answer in this case.

Every wavelength is most suited for treating only one condition!

For instance, the PICO laser is making big waves in Singapore today. It can be a good laser for pigmentation in certain scenarios, but if you were to use that same laser for spider veins, the results are going to be very disappointing. There is no best laser treatment for face and every laser has its use.

Singapore Laser Treatment Prices & Effectiveness

Does your doctor know which laser to use for which condition?

I have compiled a list of lasers I have personally tried and tested over the years. I believe this to be one of the most extensive lists in Singapore but the ratings are still very much a personal opinion based on my individual experiences with more than 2,000 patients.

I will go on to share the effectiveness and price of each laser in a simple to understand format. Do keep in mind that if you use the wrong laser type for the condition, then of course results are going to be very disappointing!

TypeBrandsConditionRemarksPrice/Session*
Combination Long-Pulse LasersCynergy, Excel V, Fotona Starwalker*Reddish marks and spots caused by blood vessel related issuesNAFrom $300
PICO LasersDiscovery PICO, Picolo, PicoSureTattoo removalAlso ok at treating brown spotsFrom $200
Long-Pulse Visible LightDual Yellow, Excel V, Fotona VERDE, Pro Yellow, V BeamBrown spotsA decent alternative for getting rid of redness and for tattoo removalFrom $200
Q-Switch LasersHelios III, Pastelle, Revlite, SpectraXTBrown spots???Even for brown spots, it does not come close to the above 2 lasers. But this is cheap so many clinics like to buy it.From $50
Long-Pulse ND: YAGAileen, Cutera Excel V, GentleYag, Fotona VERSA3/FRAC3Hair RemovalThis is the only laser you should ever consider for hair removalFrom $200
Long-Pulse Visible LightRuby Lasers, Soprano ICE (Alexandrite)Hair RemovalA less effective alternativeFrom $200
IPL Hair RemovalBBL, IHL, LHEHair Removal???Compared to the above, this is a bad alternative for hair removal. But once again, it is cheap and non-doctors can perform it so it is very popular.From $50
Ablative LaserseCO2, Ecoxel, EDGE, Fraxel re:pair, Lumenis, MiXTO, SmartXide, Alma PIXEL, SP Dynamis, YAG: Lotus 3, Venus VivaAcne scars, poresGreat for scars and pores. Very bad for pigmentation. Do not let your doctor sell you this laser for treating pigmentation.From $300
Non-ablative LasersDe Oro Dual, Fraxel Dual, Fraxel re:store, Mosaic, Sellas Evo, Infini, Intracel, Lavieen BB Laser, LaseMDAcne scars, poresI feel these are the best choice for acne scars and marks. These lasers are even better at treating scars than ablative lasers.From $300
Quasi-Long Pulsed ND:YAGCarbon laser peel, FRAC3, Genesis, Pastelle, SpectraXTDon’t botherCan be used for skin tightening but you might as well go with other technology or injectibles and threadsFrom $200

*There have been 2 camps debating about whether or not the Fontana Starwalker is a pico laser. Personally, for me, I would classify it as a Combination Long-Pulse Laser

laser treatment tatoo removing

laser treatment hair removing

There are many other types of technology used in medical aesthetics such as radiofrequency (RF), HIFU and plasma devices. However, these are not true lasers and hence, I will not be covering them in this guide. These devices can also be performed by non-doctors so don’t be alarmed if a therapist starts to fire off some HIFU shots on your face. It is perfectly legal as the skill level required to operate such devices is not as high.

Such Cheap Laser Treatments in Singapore?

Now, I’m sure patients will ask “Doctor, the prices you listed are so low! Are you sure they’re that cheap per session?”

All I can say is that is a reasonable price. However, some machines are branded and very expensive for clinics to purchase. Combined with the fact that some doctors feel their time is worth more so you can be quoted by up to 2 times or even 3 times more than the prices I listed.

It’s no different than going to a lawyer’s office. The same lawyer who works in the most reputable law firm can charge you $5000/hour. But when he sets up his own practice, suddenly he’s only charging you $500/hour. There is no real basis behind this other than market factors that determine the prices charged.

Before running off to your nearest clinic for a laser facial or laser treatment for face, I just want to add 1 final point. Remember that there is absolutely no basis for doing very quick laser sessions multiple times over a prolonged period. If the laser used is too weak every session, it will never achieve the results intended. Be very careful of clinics trying to sell you extremely large laser packages with multiple short sessions.

Singapore Doctor Advices on Acne Scar Treatments

asian girl with acne scars

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

A lot of Singaporeans have dealt with acne at one point in their lives.

I’d have to say you are extremely blessed with perfect skin if there was not a day in your life that you have had to see a red blemish on your face. For some, dealing with acne may last only for a certain period in their life, such as puberty. While others may deal with this skin impurity later on when they are grownups. This is what we call adult acne.

Whether you may have encountered acne problems in your teens or as an adult, you could very much relate to one of its seemingly everlasting effect on your skin - Acne Scars. I am certain that this is the very reason why you are reading this article right now.

I don’t blame you. I have had my fair share of dealing with this dilemma and have seen a lot of people struggle with ways of finding the right treatments to get rid of it. Acne scars are not really pleasing to the sight, yes?

The Internet can be a watering hole of acne scar treatment remedies. But, the question is, how effective can they be?

The article that is before you is the answer to that question; I have prepared this as your go-to guide for the best acne scar removal treatments available in Singapore. The procedures written here are backed up by my years of cosmetic practice and are certainly not just hearsay.

If you wish to know every single detail about tackling those unflattering scars, then read through this post. Your only capital for this first step to achieving an acne scar free face is patience, as this is quite a lengthy (but info filled) read.

Introduction to Acne Scars

Not all flaws visible on your face are acne scars. Another skin irregularity that can also be a result of acne is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or acne marks.

skin with different acne scars

Let us define each so we can get more clarity.

Acne marks

This flaw is characterized by a pink or dark colour on the surface of the skin. It is actually a remnant of the acne’s healing process and is smooth to the touch. The existence of acne marks means that the collagen in the skin is still intact even after an inflammation. Acne marks, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, are temporary and would naturally clear up on their own. The disappearance of the hyperpigmentation may take up weeks or even months.

Acne Scars

This flaw, on the other hand, is characterized by skin depressions caused by the breaking of the skin whenever the pimples rupture (generally caused by pimple popping!) Depressions on the skin happen when, during the rupture of the inflamed pimple, the collagen deep in the dermis gets damaged permanently. At the same time, acne scars may also appear as bumps on the skin.

Acne scars come in different depth, shapes, and sizes

Type of ScarWidth Measurement of Skin Surface OpeningCharacteristic
Boxcar > 1-4mmRectangular, sharp, and defined edges
Ice pick< 2mmDeep with a slight opening on the skin’s surface
Rolling> 1-4mmWide, rounded opening with sloping edges
Hypertrophic-Thick, wide, and raised
Keloid-Smooth, raised, and hard to the touch

 

Scarring caused by acne can very well be avoided by having the skin treated during the onset of a breakout. Topical and oral medications can be prescribed by your dermatologist depending on the severity of the acne present on your skin. Be sure to schedule a doctor’s appointment immediately at the first sight of reddish inflammations on your face if you want to save your skin from the risk of getting scars.

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Types of Acne Scar Treatments

Clinics in Singapore offer several procedures for acne scar removal. Here’s a table summary of the top treatments for your easy reference and comparison.

Chemical peels

Recommended for: Ice pick scars

How Chemical peels work:

TCA CROSS, an example of a chemical peel, involves a solution that promotes collagen production in order to close scars.

This is administered with the use of a needle to inject the TCA solution into the skin, penetrating deep into the acne scars. This is done painstakingly per acne scar.

Among the different treatments, chemical peels have the most risk involved as the right ratio of the chemical plays a vital role in either making or breaking your skin.

Chemical peels expected results and downtime

Ice pick scars that are deep set with a tiny opening can see improvement on just the first treatment by 30 to 40%. Optimum results may be achieved in 2 to 3 sessions.

Chemical peels Cost/Price

$150 for 1 session, $400 for 3 sessions.


Dermal Fillers

Recommended for: Boxcar scars

How Dermal Fillers work:

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into depressed scar to fill in the shallow space and raise it to the skin surface.

Sample brands of dermal fillers are Juvederm and Restylane.

Dermal Fillers expected results and downtime

Dermal fillers only provide temporary results. Because of the need for repeated treatments in the interval of 6 months, this acne scar treatment is a less popular choice among Singaporeans.

Dermal Fillers Cost/Price

A session will require for 2 syringes of Dermal Fillers. A syringe would cost around $550 to $850.


Laser treatments

Recommended for: Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and all kinds of acne scars

How Laser Treatments work:

Laser treatments, such as Pulse-dye laser and Fractional C02 laser, are procedures done with the use of energy-charged light beams that are administered to the skin to improve its condition.

If you have more than one kind of acne scar present on your face the doctor may use a combination of laser treatments to treat your skin. It’s best to always discuss treatment priorities with your doctor first to ensure the best results.

Laser Treatments expected results and downtime

Among all treatments, lasers have earned the trust of both doctors and patients like this type of procedure have produced the best results with minimal downtime.

This treatment will need to be repeated for not more than 3 sessions.

Laser Treatments Cost/Price

Depending on the laser equipment to be used, a session of laser treatments may range from $300 to $1,500.


Punch excision/grafting

Recommended for: Ice pick scars

How Punch excision/grafting works:

This treatment uses a punching tool that performs minuscule cuts surrounding the scar. The punched skin is then removed and replaced by a piece of skin grafted from a different part of the body.  After which, the area is stitched to close and heal.

Punch excision/grafting expected results and downtime

Sutures are removed after a week.

Punch excision/grafting Cost/Price

The cost of this procedure may also depend on the number of scars needing treatment. Roughly, one session ranges from $250 to $400.


Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling

Recommended for: Atrophic, rolling, and mixed scars

How Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling works:

This treatment uses a tool that has energy-charged tiny needles that pierce through the skin in several rapid and repeated jabs. The needles penetrate through the dermis and quicken the production of collagen, thereby allowing the reformation of the scar.

INFINI and Venus Viva are some of the brands used for this procedure.

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling expected results and downtime

Results appear gradually within the course of 6 months. For downtime, this procedure is the best option with less than 3 days to spare for rest as the treated areas can be expected to recover in 2 days.

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling Cost/Price


Subscision of scars

Recommended for: Boxcar, rolling fibrous scars

Subscision of scars microneedling work:

This treatment uses a needle to penetrate through the scar and relieve the skin from the fibrous scar, which causes it to be depressed. This action promotes the production of new collagen, which then elevates the scar upward to level it with the skin’s surface.

Subscision of scars expected results and downtime

Minimal improvements can be expected following each session of subscision. This treatment causes some wounds on the skin that takes about a week or two to heal.

Subscision of scars Cost/Price

One session of subscision includes treatment of 5 fibrous acne scars. The price range is around $150 to $350.


Acne Scar Treatments The Best Results (Doctor Advice)

To achieve the best results, your doctor may propose to do a combination of the different procedures presented above. This can be determined during the initial consultation. The treatment price range for mild to moderate acne is from $2000 to $4000, while severe ones cost at around $3500 to $5500.

The success of an acne removal treatment will depend on some factors. These are the things to consider: the kind and degree of the scars present on the skin, the type of treatment/s used on the scar, and skin’s reaction to the procedure. Improvements show greatly at the start of the procedure, and then gradually decrease as the treatment progresses.

dermal fillers for acne scars

On average, patients can expect to see 50% to 80% improvement on their skin after full treatment. A full acne scar treatment means completing the whole acne scar removal treatment plan recommended by the doctor. As mentioned, this may entail different types of procedures and repetitive sessions.

Knowing which kinds of treatments to combine for your skin is tricky. The doctor needs to examine the condition of your skin thoroughly to be able to create a plan that would address each type of acne scar that you wish to banish from your face.

For example, the doctor may recommend a few sessions of laser resurfacing combined with a session of subscision and non-ablative laser if you have severe acne scars.

Scar Treatments in Singapore

There are several competent medical practitioners all over Singapore who specialises in acne scar removal treatment. I suggest that you do extensive research by reading reviews online or asking around from your family or friends for recommendations. It is best that you also get a second opinion, especially when it comes to your acne removal treatment plan. When you find yourself consulting with a dermatologist, do not hesitate to ask about his experience and the success rate of the treatments he was able to perform on patients. In addition, request for sample photos as proof so you can gauge your expectations well.

Conclusion

I hope this article has broadened your awareness about getting rid of those pesky acne scars. Remember: there is not one procedure that can be the sole answer to your acne scars removal. If you ever see any such thing being advertised, I kid you not, that is too good to be true. It is best to have your skin’s fate placed in good hands—meaning dermatologists who have extensive knowledge and experience in performing acne removal procedures.

Dental Surgeon Explains Dental Crowns in Singapore

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A dental crown may range between $500 and $2,800 per tooth. The price is greatly determined by the material used in its making, but there are other factors included. The most expensive are metal crowns - $1,500 and up. Resin and stainless steel crowns are on the low end of the price spectrum, starting at $300 per tooth. Porcelain crowns are available for $500-$800 per tooth.

Like every other part of the human body, your teeth are prone to health conditions and diseases such as cavities, plaque, and decay. Some of these may worsen to the point that a crown is needed to fill in a missing tooth or a reduced one. There are various types of dental crowns available, each of which has a different lifespan and durability. To find out what makes them differ from one another and which one is suitable for you, keep reading until you reach the bottom of the page.

What is a Crown?

broken tooth illustration

A dental crown is an object that is placed over a damaged tooth to protect and strengthen it. It’s also called a cap. The procedure normally takes place over a span of two or more visits to the dentist. On the first appointment, the specialist will remove any decay, if such exists, and reduce the tooth to the desired shape and size. The goal is to allow enough space for the crown.

Sometimes an X-ray will be necessary to determine whether the roots are in good condition. If there is a risk of infection or gum disease, you will need to receive a root canal treatment.

Next up, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth. That way the dental laboratory can make a model of your mouth and create a crown that fits your individual bite. Because it’s uncomfortable to eat and drink with a reduced structure over a period of two weeks, the dentist may put a temporary crown in the affected area. It will be made of plastic or metal. It is easily removed because the cement is temporary too.

On the next visit, you will have your permanent crown cemented in place. When done right, it encloses the visible part of the tooth above and at the gum line.

There are a few instances when such a procedure is necessary:

  • When what’s left of the tooth isn’t enough to support the structure
  • When a tooth has worn out heavily or is broken
  • For the sake of a cosmetic modification
  • When a tooth is too weak or cracked
  • When there is a dental implant in the gums
  • When the shape or colour of a tooth have changed

Types of Dental Crowns Available

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Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain, or ceramic, crowns are the best aesthetic replacements for incisors and canines. The reason behind this is they blend perfectly with the colour and overall appearance of the teeth. They are not to be used for pre-molars and molars, though. Like everything else, they have their pros and cons.

One disadvantage is they can chip off much more easily than other materials. Due to the fragile nature of porcelain, heavy biting and chewing forces plus extreme temperatures are a big no-no.

In addition, your teeth may become hypersensitive to hot and cold after the fitting. Not only will you cringe every time you have a bite of something warm or cool, but you risk damaging the material. Another disadvantage is that a lot more of the initial tooth structure needs to be reduced for the crown to fit onto it.

On the plus side, porcelain is biocompatible, which means it’s not likely to cause gum problems or allergies as opposed to other materials. Another huge advantage is that the procedure is very time-efficient and can be performed in one single appointment. Last but not least, there is no risk of dark lines appearing on the crown over time. Porcelain does not lose its colour.

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns are notorious for their endurance, which makes them the perfect option for people with bruxism and strong chewing habits. Because their colour doesn’t really match that of the teeth, they had better be placed in the back of the mouth. The good thing is they need just a small amount of filling.

Overall, the biggest drawback of metal crowns is their colour. It brings no aesthetic appeal and it can’t be used on teeth that are visible, like the front ones. The other concerning disadvantage is that people who suffer from metal allergies should refrain from getting those types of crowns.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns (PFMs)

A PFM comes with a metal core covered with an outer layer of porcelain. It can be placed on the front teeth because of the naturally-looking colour. This type of dental crowns is quite durable and long-lasting. They can easily handle heavy biting forces, but, unfortunately, they might cause wear and tear of adjacent teeth.

Also, since the outer layer is translucent, it can make the metal underneath it show through. That’s quite an uncomfortable moment for patients.

It takes two or more appointments to complete a replacement using a PFM.

Gold Crowns

Gold by far is the best dental crown material in terms of durability. It’s also a popular choice because it doesn’t cause as many reactions as metals, plus it has less sensitivity. The negative aspect of gold crowns is that they are not aesthetically appealing as compared to porcelain crowns. The yellow colour stands out from the natural teeth and ruins the appearance of the mouth.

For this and other reasons, it’s best that they are mounted in the back. If you happen to have bruxism, this is the kind of material you need.

Stainless steel crowns

In general, these are used as a temporary measure. They are often placed on children to protect a primary tooth from further tooth decay. Many parents stick with this option when their small ones have a hard time following good oral hygiene practices.

The best part is, stainless steel crowns naturally come out when the permanent tooth begins to grow, so there is no need to visit the dentist. These replacements are easy to make. A single appointment is usually enough to get the job done.

All-resin crowns

These look good on the teeth and blend with the rest of the structures. They are also quite affordable. The problem is, they wear down too quickly, which means they are not so inexpensive after all. Overall, the material is less durable than that of PFMs.

How Long Do Crowns Last?

It depends on the material it is made of. The average lifespan is 5 to 15 years and some crowns can hold up 25 years and more. The minimum shelf life is five years, which means that insurance companies will pay for a new crown if one is needed before the period has expired.

Cost of a Tooth Crown

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A dental crown may range between $500 and $2,800 per tooth. The price is greatly determined by the material used in its making, but there are other factors included. That plus, different complications that need treatment prior to the procedure will add to the cost.

The most expensive seem to be metal crowns - $1,500 and higher; however, considering their durability, they may actually result in being cost-effective in the long run, just like with the Invisalign braces, you pay more but you get a better result that lasts longer than the cheaper options.

Resin and stainless steel crowns are on the low end of the price spectrum, starting at $300 per tooth. Porcelain crowns are available for $500-$800 and more. Of course, they are fragile and easy to fracture.

What you should know is some part of the cost may be covered by your insurance company. Be sure to check with them on this matter.

What About Dental Implants?

These are metal frames or posts that are operatively placed into the jawbone. They enable dentists to adjust replacement teeth on them. They can also be used to support crowns and bridges. Here is the thing. Some people have poor ridges, sore spots or gagging in the affected areas, which makes placing a bridge impossible or uncomfortable. In those cases, a dental implant helps secure the tooth in place so that it doesn’t shift in your mouth when you eat.

In order to receive one, you need adequate bone for support and healthy gums. Besides, implants are in the high price range, with most dental insurance companies covering no more than 10% of the fees.

Things to Know Before Having Lip Fillers

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Health and beauty almost always come hand in hand, and more often than not, one always affects the other. Getting lip fillers is no exception because it physically alters how your face appears to you and to other people. Lip fillers entail a simple intrusive procedure where a type of hyaluronic acid is injected under the skin of the lips to make it plumper or bigger.

What are the lip fillers?

It will make your lips look whichever you desire, however, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you get your lips done.

1. Health concerns

Any form of body alteration come with their own risks and rewards, and since you are probably halfway in thinking this through, you have to consider if you are capable of what lip fillers will entail before and after the procedure.  Do you have sensitive skin? Do you bruise easily? Do you have current prescription medications? Are you prone to cold sores? These are only a few of the things that you need to consider before having your lips done. Of course, the doctors will also check on these, but it’s better to be already prepared beforehand.

If you are sensitive to specific allergens, you may specify this with the doctor during the consultation and provide your health record. If you are not aware of what you are allergic to, it is advisable to have yourself checked first. You can also inquire about the lip filler clinic if they provide a scratch test on an intradermal skin test for allergies to save you some time and effort. You can opt to have the test first at a hospital or specialist before your appointment if they don’t have the service at the clinic of your choice.

Bruising is another factor you have to consider because the filler will intrude under your skin, literally forcing in between skin and muscle. In a sense, it is a minor injury and it depends on your body’s capacity to heal to know how long you will recover from the procedure.

Another concerning factor is your probable tendency to have cold sores. These types of sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus and can easily be contracted through sharing of lip products, utensils or glassware. According to statistics in Singapore, more often than not, people are usually unaware that they are actually carriers of the said virus. If you have been tested vaccinated against these types of viruses, then there is no cause for worry. Cold sores are a cause for concern with having lip fillers because the procedure is aggravating the skin on your lips and may cause an outbreak. If you have never had a case of cold sores in the past, there is lesser need to worry, however, if you have had this case in the past, the doctor may advise you to take Valtrex a few days before the procedure as a precaution.

2. Having the right budget

Considering the health factors related to getting lip fillers done, it is no surprise that their prices can range from 800 to 2000SGD per 1mL, depending on the brand of filler. The clinics involved with such delicate procedures make sure that you get the care that you need. Brands like Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most common brands used, so you can look up reviews related to these fillers and which clinics use these brands. If there are any components in either that you are allergic to, you can also consider looking for other brands in the market that have good reviews. You will want to have your good money spent wisely on yourself.

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3. Finding the right clinic

Body alteration is already becoming more and more common in Singapore. What once was considered taboo is slowly becoming acceptable. Due to this, it isn’t difficult to find a recommendation for a clinic for plastic surgery or other similar clinics. There is a dozen of different clinics offering lip filler services in Singapore but despite recommendations, you have to enter with the mindset that you need to be comfortable with the clinic staff and the doctor who will do the procedure. Remember, even if they have high ratings, but if you feel uncomfortable, you have all the right to turn down a potential procedure from one clinic to look for another one, or to go to your backup one.  Remember, the priority for finding the right clinic is that you can see that they respect your personality and treat you well even before the procedure.

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4. Preparation

The doctor will probably advise you on what to do and what to expect, but for starters, you have to remember to avoid any medicine that has blood thinner components that may affect your bruising rate. Medicines or multivitamins may have these, specifically anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirins, vitamin E or fish oils. If you enjoy alcoholic beverages or coffee drinks, it is also advisable to avoid them for a few days before the procedure.

There is also some conflict about the use of numbing creams before the procedure. Some would opt for it due to the pain the procedure causes, even if numbing cream causes inflammation. Some would opt not to have the cream despite the pain to fully see the effect of the lip filler during the initial injection. If you have high pain tolerance, you can opt out of the cream. Discuss with the doctor of your choices so they would be able to administer the filler according to your preferences.

If you’re not yet sure of how big of a change you want for your lips, you can have half an mL reserved for you for another appointment once your lips are healed and have seen the final result.

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5. Caring for your new lips

As discussed earlier, the procedure will cause some bruising and asymmetry but the clinic will provide you with the appropriate post-injection care. Like any type of bruise, do not aggravate the injury and apply a cold pack as necessary, on and off for several minutes as instructed. Have a topical cream ready for cold sores in case an outbreak occurs. Depending on how the filler forms under your skin, the doctor may advise you for the need to massage your lips now and then to even out the filler.

Despite how much having fillers cost, the effects only last from six months to a year, depending on the brand type. It depends on your preferences on how long you want to have lip fillers or if you want to commit to such augmentations for the long run. If this is your first time, it is advisable to try it out first and see for yourself if having lip fillers is something you want to commit to.

A Singapore Doctor’s View on Carbon Laser Peels: Cost, Benefits, and Side Effects

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Carbon laser peels are one of the cheapest face lasers in Singapore. Most aesthetic clinics and doctors charge between $100 to $250 per session.

Carbon laser peel rejuvenation is the latest treatment in Singaporean beauty centres that sets the skin cells in regeneration mode. It is a type of laser resurfacing procedure which uses a combination of carbon and light to remove debris from the face, with noticeable results from the first session. Let’s have a look into its perks and features.

What Does the Treatment Do?

carbon laser peel result

Now, to explain it in more detail, it’s a type of non-invasive facial procedure designed to rejuvenate and exfoliate the skin. It involves applying a thin layer of liquid carbon to reach deep into the pores and make them shrink. Then small bursts of laser light are shone onto the face, creating multiple mini implosions and vacuuming up the particles. Technically, there is no need to manually remove the paste, as the beams end up destroying the carbon and sucking away any left-off contaminants. The heat also promotes new collagen growth, which is linked to younger-looking skin.

The use of carbon particles in addition to the laser only makes the treatment more powerful and effective. It comes with minimal to no downtime and aims to make the skin smoother, softer, and firmer. The end result is a glowing complexion, no dead skin cells or oil, and fewer blackheads.

The procedure goes by other names as well. You can often hear the term charcoal facial thrown around to refer to it. Sometimes it’s also called China doll peel.

Who Makes for a Good Candidate?

Carbon laser peel rejuvenation is beneficial for people who would like to address oily skin, acne, pigmentation, and other problems with their complexions. The good news is that the procedure is appropriate for all ages as the carbon carries no risk and can be used on any part of the body. When it is applied to the skin, it penetrates deep into the pores and catches on to impurities, which then get blasted away by the laser.

Carbon Laser Peel Benefits

The procedure:

  • Evens out skin tone
  • Gives a radiant complexion
  • Helps remove acne and blackheads
  • Can stimulate collagen production
  • Reduces fine lines, lightens dark spots, and tightens enlarged pores
  • Improves skin texture
  • Gives a porcelain finish to the skin (hence the name China doll peel)
  • Gets rid of dead skin cells from the top layers of the skin
  • Is non-invasive and pain-free
  • Is suitable for people of all ages, men and women alike
  • Has no downtime

How Many Sessions Are Required?

A single procedure will make a significant impact on how your skin looks and feels, so there is no need to go through multiple sessions if you don’t want to. However, if you are looking to achieve long lasting results, you need to schedule regular treatments, spaced 2-4 weeks apart to allow enough time for your face to recover. Having a carbon laser peel once or twice a year will ensure that your complexion stays rejuvenated at all times.

Does it Hurt?

The treatment should not be painful at all. While the specialist is using the laser, you may feel a warmth and slight stinging on your skin. That’s perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

Are There Any Side Effects to It?

The carbon laser peel treatment may cause redness, swelling or itching which resolve on their own a couple of hours after the procedure. However, this is a rare occurrence. In most cases, you will experience no side effects at all and your skin will be glowing immediately afterwards. If it becomes so red, you can’t stand it, you can always camouflage it with makeup.

What About the Laser?

The majority of laser types are designed to deliver a single wavelength to the treated tissue, but there also are devices that can use extremely short bursts. Those are called Q-switched lasers. Their unique property makes it possible to treat sun spots, freckles, tattoos, birthmarks, and other pigment-related conditions.

What Shall I Do Pre- and Post-Treatment?

carbon laser peel preparation

It is vital to avoid exposure to the sun prior to getting the procedure. You should have no tan, whether fake or natural. Make sure to wear a minimum of SPF30+ on a daily basis. Also, you will be given additional tips on how to prepare your face with specialised skin care products that should be used a couple of weeks beforehand.

As for what you should do after you undergo the treatment, same rules as above apply. Furthermore, you want to avoid excessive sweating 24-48 hours afterwards, so skip the gym. And don’t forget to follow the specific instructions given by your doctor.

Carbon Laser Peel Rejuvenation Vs. Chemical Peel

Both procedures achieve similar results, however, there are a few differences to point out. For starters, it’s the way each one works. Chemical peels use a chemical reaction to yield the anticipated effects. They have different depths and can target mild to moderate wrinkles and skin imperfections, even acne scars. Since the strength of the treatment varies, a few days of downtime might be necessary. Considering it’s a little tough on the skin, it should be noted not everyone makes a great candidate.

In comparison, a laser peel addresses most of these problems too, but, sticking with monochromatic light instead, it is much gentler and does not require any recovery time. You can walk out of the doctor’s office and head straight into your normal daily activities. This revolutionary skin treatment is a bit ahead of everything else available on the market right now. That makes it suitable for people with sensitive skin and those prone to eczema.

A Guide to Botox in Singapore: Use, Side Effects, FAQs, Myths

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The cost of botox depends on the brand and area you inject. The 3 leading brands are Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. Most clinics charge $200 - $500 for wrinkles and up to $1,500 for jaw slimming. Unbranded botox from Korean, Taiwanese and China brands can cost up to 50% less. Patients should ask for the brand of botox used before deciding.

Gone are the days when Botox treatments would be frowned upon. Today, it is not so uncommon to undergo a cosmetic procedure like this. Everybody does it. Since hitting the market in 2002, the famous injectable has turned into a billion-dollar industry. Not by surprise, though. Being a minimally invasive procedure with quick results is why people in Asia and elsewhere are so into it. But although getting Botox in Singapore might no longer raise your eyebrows in disapproval, it is still little talked about. This is why we have assembled a blog post with all the information we could find about the treatment. So, keep reading.

What is Botox? Is it really toxic?

Botox is a short name for botulinum toxin: one of the most common ways of non-surgical wrinkle removal in Singapore these days. Technically, it is a poison derived from a bacterium found in canned meat and fruit. So, how come a deadly substance is used in cosmetic procedures? Isn’t that risky? Don’t worry. A small dosage is anything but dangerous and it can have a positive impact on our appearances and lives. Besides, it is FDA approved.

As scary as it sounds, Botox works by forbidding the muscles to contract. It is precisely this property that allows doctors to smooth out fine lines and make the skin look more youthful.

Now, there are different botulinum toxin types. Type A is the one we’ll focus on here because it’s exactly the kind they use for cosmetic purposes. Just so you know, the end product also contains sodium chloride and a protein called albumin.

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Injection Sites

Botox is mostly used on the face – the area that first shows how much we have aged. It can address the following problems:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Laugh lines
  • Bunny lines
  • Palms
  • Armpits

It works by relaxing the facial muscles and reducing the creases. The most common requests are for frown lines. A muscle is generally given one to three injections.

What is the Downtime?

There is none. Unless something goes wrong, you will be walking out of that doctor’s office right after the procedure, ready to pick up your daily activities where you left off. There are a few things you can do, though, to make sure that everything is okay. Some doctors discourage patients from wearing makeup around the injection site or lie down a few hours after the treatment. However, other specialists claim that there is nothing wrong with doing these things. So, do ask your dermatologist what is the best course of action.

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Benefits of Botox

  • It removes frown lines, fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles on the face.
  • Not only that, but it can help treat medical conditions related to the bowel, bladder, and muscles.
  • In addition, it reduces excessive sweating and helps with migraines. We bet you didn’t know that.
  • It is faster, less expensive and less risky than plastic surgery.

Receiving Injections vs Fillers: What’s the Difference?

The way that dermal fillers like Rejuran Healer work is that they plump areas which have lost volume. This helps erase wrinkles and fine lines. By contrast, Botox injections target muscles forcing them to temporarily stop working. It is not used to “fill in” any sunken areas. It just restricts movements so that you don’t do anything that causes wrinkles to happen. This is how it actually erases creases and fine lines.

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox in Singapore

Q: How is the pain level?

A: A lot of people are concerned that the procedure might result painful for them. What else would one think when there is a needle involved? Considering it is more than one botulinum toxin injection per session, it looks like a modern method of torture rather than a cosmetic procedure. But don’t worry. With the application of a numbing cream, it won’t be as bad as you think. Some areas might be more sensitive than others, but you are not likely to scream with pain. Plus, it will be over in seconds.

Q: Are there any dangerous side effects of Botox?

A: The general side effects include bruising and muscle stiffness at the injection site. However, you may also get swelling, bleeding, muscle weakness, headache, and trouble swallowing. Note that some of these might actually indicate the onset of an allergic reaction. If anything like that happens, it is important that you seek help from a medical professional.

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Q: How much will I pay for a Botox cosmetic treatment?

A: An injection costs between $150 and $350. It is dependent on how severe your wrinkles are and which areas you want to have treated.

Q: Can men get Botox?

A: Of course. It is a common procedure for both women and men. In fact, some male patients are encouraged to undergo the treatment to make their complexions appear less stern or angry.

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Q: Can I make the outcome last longer?

A: Research suggests moving the muscles (the doctor worked on) right after the session is over for maximum effects. It sounds weird but it doesn’t hurt to try.

Q: Does the angle matter?

A: Only if the injection is going to take place around the eyes. This is a very specific area which requires a slightly different approach than the other parts of the face. The doctor has to get under the skin by a very small margin. Apparently, the only way to do that is by directing the needle at an angle.

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Q: Is there any way to minimise the risk of bruising?

A: If you can, don’t take blood thinners for a week prior to the treatment. That includes both medication and supplements like ibuprofen (Motrin) aspirin, Aleve, omega 3s, fish oil, etc. Also, skip the gym on the day of the procedure. There is nothing wrong with working out, it’s just that it might make bruising more likely.

Q: If it is a poison, then how come it doesn’t travel out of the injection site and into other areas?

A: When used in small doses, it has the ability to stay localised. This is why it is of utmost importance to get treated by a doctor who is trained and licensed.

See also: Type of Facial Treatments In Singapore

Myths about Botox Debunked

The injectable has come a long way since the day of its invention. A controversial topic as it is, it’s no wonder why so many fables were created around it. It’s time to debunk some of these myths once and for all.

Myth #1: It is permanent and once you do it, there is no going back.

After it takes a few years off your face, you’ll wish botulinum was there to last. But the sad truth is, you’ll need repeated sessions to maintain that youthful look. The effects remain about 4-6 months, which means you will have to schedule appointments twice a year for the rest of your life. Unless of course, you don’t need it anymore. The good news is that if at some point you decide that you want your wrinkly, mature look back, you simply have to let time do its thing.

Myth #2: Botox leaves you expressionless.

It is a common fear among people who still haven’t given the treatment a go. They are concerned that the substance will give them a frozen look and disable them from making facial expressions ever again. That fear is probably fuelled by celebrities who once did the Botox injections. And by once we mean a long time ago.

All things considered, if you go to a licensed dermatologist, nothing like that will happen. It’s all about the right dosage and in this case, less is more. It’s always better to get a smaller dose and then return to the doctor’s office for a readjustment than to overdo it. You don’t want to end up with a frozen face for four months straight. That would be inappropriate.

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Myth #3: Botox treatments can wipe all the wrinkles off your face.

We really don’t want to be bubble-busters here but – again – this isn’t quite true. To explain why we need to start off by saying there are two main wrinkle types: static and dynamic. The latter are those we develop from repetitive facial motions like frowning and smiling. The former is caused as a result of sun exposure and ageing.

And here is the thing – Botox focuses on dynamic wrinkles and is not effective in treating other types of creases. There, we said it. On that note, if you want to address static wrinkles, you’ll have to reach up for a bottle of filler of some kind. But not without having consulted a specialist about it first.

Myth #4: The outcome can be observed right away.

Not really. The full effects are visible a week after the cosmetic injections. This is because it takes time for the toxin to block the nerve signals – generally 1-3 days. It is after this period that the results gradually begin to show until they reach a peak on the seventh-tenth day.

What to Look Out For

Let’s face it, the main reason why some people are deterred from using Botox as their anti-ageing go-to procedure is that they are concerned about looking unnatural. And the only way to avoid that is by finding a certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Do have a thorough consultation in advance, asking all the burning questions that come to your mind. Do tell the doctor what you want and what you expect from the treatment.

And finally, ensure that you know what will happen from start to finish. If possible, take a look at some before-and-after photos of previous patients.

And before we go, here is one more thing to take into account. Don’t try to look for discounts or bargain a price down. Botox is not a treatment you can take lightly. It’s not peaches you can buy for a fraction of the cost. There are some places that will try to sell you stuff that sounds too good to be true. Don’t fall for that. Always seek qualified healthcare professionals and remember that everything comes at a price.