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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.

recovery downtime

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 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.

man botox

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.

does the angle matter

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.

expression smile with Botox

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 a 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.

Aesthetic Doctor Discusses Best Permanent Hair Removal Options in Singapore

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For centuries people have tried to reduce unwanted hair on their bodies. The techniques have been modified and passed down from generation to generation until today we have a whole lot of options to choose from. It’s fair to say the hair removal industry is at its peak – epilating, waxing, threading, and shaving, to name a few, are all readily available for men and women alike. Some last longer than others and some are more expensive.

It’s all down to personal preferences, but the majority of people would love to say goodbye to their furry legs and underarms once and for all. Below, we will discuss the methods that bring long-term effects so that you don’t have to think about unwanted hair that often. Stick around.

Laser Hair Removal in Singapore

laser hair removal procedure

Laser treatment is a sought-after technique for different kinds of cosmetic procedures. Among other things, it has the ability to strip the body of hair. The way it works is that the hair follicle is bombarded with bursts of highly concentrated light, coming from a hand-held device. The light turns into heat as it is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, which causes the demise of the follicle.

The method has been available for almost 30 years now and is a common way of removing unwanted hair for longer periods of time.

The biggest difference between this and other techniques is that laser treatment targets the tissue below the skin, whereas waxing, shaving, and tweezing all work above the surface. This explains why the latter deliver short-term results.

Which areas can it be used on?

  • Bikini line
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Legs
  • Face (including upper lip, excluding under-eye area)
  • Underarms
  • Private parts (pubic hair)

Before the first appointment, you should make sure to shave the area completely. No waxing, threading or plucking is allowed.

How many sessions are necessary for full results?

We cannot tell you the exact number of procedures you need, as that varies per individual. But one thing we know is it’s going to be more than one session. The appointments should be spaced a few weeks apart. Here is why. Body hair goes through different phases – resting, growing, and falling out. At the time of the treatment, each hair will have reached a different phase, so not every strand will be there the first time around. What this means is that a single session will not be able to accommodate the full cycle at once. Hence the need for several procedures.

Who is suitable for it?

In general, people who have light skin tones with dark hairs are the best fit for a laser therapy. The reason behind this is very simple. The light targets the pigment found in follicles, called melanin. To give you a better idea of it – the treatment soaks up the dark areas on your body in the same way that black surfaces absorb light.

Hence, it is important you have relatively light skin where the hair colour does stand out. That way the device can target the melanin and spare the rest of the tissue. Note that it does not work for darker skin.

Now, in many cases, laser therapy can work for light hair, but repeated applications are necessary.

Who is it NOT suitable for?

If you have medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, or are pregnant, it is not advisable to undergo the treatment. At the very least, you ought to consult your physician about that. Mind you that tattoos and semi-permanent makeup can fade if laser light is shun onto them.

Is it painful?

It shouldn’t be painful to the point that you can’t tolerate it and pass out. The majority of devices these days come with cooling fans that help take away some of the discomforts. Plus, most offices use a numbing cream.

Can the treatment achieve permanent hair removal?

As much as we want to say yes, we’re afraid this is not how it works. It’s rather safe to call it permanent hair reduction. The procedure sends the follicles to a state of dormancy for a good while. And to be honest, that period extends way longer than that for waxing or shaving, which is probably why people assume the technique creates permanent results.

Yes, with repeat sessions, you can ensure that all undesired hair never really grows back. But if you stop getting the procedures, the follicles will eventually “wake up” and your “fur” will come back. So, to answer your question, it can achieve long-term effects, but as for permanent hair removal – not so much.

Advantages

  • No more ingrown hairs – epilating and waxing (including Brazilian waxing) can leave a parting gift on your skin that is visible and sometimes painful. You can say no more to that once you start the laser sessions.
  • Cost-effective. In the long run, depilatory creams, wax treatments, razors and whatnot can become tough on your wallet. By contrast, laser therapy, although it seems more expensive up front, will save you bucks galore once you start getting results.
  • No more skin irritation and razor burns.
  • It works for people with sensitive skin.

Disadvantages

  • No tanning is allowed before or after the sessions. This includes fake tans and sun tans alike. If your skin gets darker, the procedure will not be effective.
  • Laser technology is not suitable for everyone. Like we said it before, as far as hair reduction is concerned, it works only for light skin tones where the hair is dark.
  • It should not be applied to men’s facial hair.
  • While you are having the treatment, you are not allowed to wax or epilate. You can only shave in the meantime.
  • Sometimes side effects might be observed: redness and bumps, etc.
  • It can be painful depending on your pain threshold.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for Smooth Skin Control

young woman getting IPL treatment

IPL is another popular hair removal method in Singapore that is based on light. In fact, it works on the same principle as the above treatment. The difference is that it emits scattered wavelengths of light rather than a specific one. This makes it quite similar to the effects of a flash-lamp.

As a whole, the treatment is used for various cosmetic procedures. Needless to say, here we focus on its abilities to remove unwanted hair.

Which areas is IPL hair removal used on?

  • Legs
  • Bikini line
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Face
  • Underarms

Who are IPL services suitable for?

Just like it is with lasers, you make a good candidate for IPL if you have light skin. Ideally, though, your hairs will be dark.

Who is it not suitable for?

People with certain medical conditions like hormonal imbalance, epilepsy, heart disease, etc. should not undergo IPL. Individuals who take pills that cause light sensitivity are not a good fit either. Additionally, if your skin is tanned, whether artificially or by the sun, you will not qualify for the treatment.

Does it deliver permanent results?

No, but they can last a good while. The same answer regarding laser therapy applies here.

How many sessions are needed?

Again, it varies per individual. Your dermatologist of choice will tell you the number of times you are to have the procedure.

Which is better: IPL or laser for hair removal?

Although the two treatments are very similar, IPL is considered less effective. Since it spends out various light waves at once, therefore is more scattered, it becomes less powerful.

Advantages of IPL treatments

  • It is less expensive than laser treatment.
  • It is a very precise procedure that does not affect the skin.
  • It is not entirely pain free but it is less painful than other methods.

Disadvantages

  • Slight side effects might be observed.
  • Multiple sessions are required to remove hair fully. If you want to maintain the results, you will have to undergo IPL occasionally.
  • It is not effective on grey, light or white hairs.

Electrolysis Hair Removal in Singapore

Electrolysis diagram

Electrolysis hair removal is another technique for long-term hair removal. It works by destroying the follicles either by means of heat energy or a chemical. In most cases, a specialist will insert a teeny-tiny needle underneath the skin which will emit an electric current. Then individual hairs will be removed with tweezers.

Which areas can electrolysis be used on?

The method is effective on the full body. It works for the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Legs
  • Breasts
  • Thighs
  • Face
  • Bikini line
  • Private parts
  • Eyebrows

That’s pretty much all the areas where hair is not desired, right?

How many sessions do I need?

The amount of procedures is different for different people. Your best friend might need 15 sessions, whereas you yourself may see results after eight treatments. It’s strongly individual.

Who is a good fit for electrolysis?

Generally speaking, everyone who is looking to get rid of body hair is a good candidate. There are no restrictions for age, gender, skin or hair colour. Whether your hairs are thick or thin, or maybe a combination of both, it doesn’t matter. If you’ve had laser before and now you are only left with a few sparse strands here and there – again, you are eligible for electrolysis. So convenient!

So, who is not suitable for it?

If you are not up for undergoing multiple sessions over a long period of time (some people do it for years), then you are not recommended to go for electrolysis. If patience is not really one of your best traits, you had better choose another treatment.

Does it remove hair once and for all?

Yes. After the electric current is sent through the follicle, the latter is then removed, which ensures that it will never have the chance to grow back. In comparison, what laser removal does is attack the follicle, but it doesn’t get rid of it. This leaves room for unexpected and undesirable hair growth.

Advantages:

  • It works on a large variety of hair and skin types.
  • It doesn’t cause ingrown hair.
  • It can be used on the private parts too. Tip: it is a good idea to start off with a few laser sessions to ensure that the hair in that area is reduced, and then move on to electrolysis. This will make things faster.

Disadvantages:

  • The method might be painful. A topical anaesthetic will help ease the discomfort and soothe the skin (if it ever gets that unbearable).
  • It takes time. Lots of time. The larger the area you want bare, the longer it will take for electrolysis for work. This is because hairs are eliminated one by one using tweezers.
  • This also means that you need to make a host of appointments for satisfactory results. And with that, money is a factor as well.

Who Should Be My Go-To Specialist for These Treatments?

First of all, do not leave anything to chance. Not every hair removal salon will do. Make sure that you fully research the person that will do the procedures, look for reviews online and offline, and check their reputation. Second, you don’t just go to a random person who claims they can perform hair removal. You need a dermatologist who not only has a degree in this but also uses state of the art technology. Be wise about it and dedicate some time and thought on investigating the matter.

How much does a laser or IPL hair removal treatment cost?

The price of laser hair removal treatments can vary greatly. Prices can range between $80-500, largely dependent on the size of the treatment area.

The price of an IPL would generally be about $40-100 per session. Some clinics would give you a bulk package for unlimited treatments, so generally, expect to pay between $400-700 for a robust IPL package.

Sciatica in Singapore: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Exercises

Sciatica

Sciatica affects a large number of people in Singapore, particularly those between the ages of 30 and 50. And the percentage is quite high, some doctors say it goes up to 80%. It comes unannounced and puts your body through quite a challenge. Some individuals only get numbness and tingling, whereas others experience severe pain. Here is everything you need to know about the problem – from what causes it to how to treat it.

What is Sciatica and What Causes it?

Sciatica is a symptom of a medical condition affecting the biggest nerve in the body – the sciatic one. When irritated, it results in lower back pain and sometimes affects the buttock area. In other words, it is not a malady in and of itself. It is rather an indication that something else is going on in the body that needs your attention.

In most cases, the underlying ailment originates in the spine. This is why the causes of sciatica include spinal stenosis, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and cauda equina syndrome.

Moreover, other conditions can trigger the symptom, including muscle strain, fracture, infection, spinal tumour, etc. Last but not least, it is not unusual to experience sciatica pain during pregnancy.

How to Recognize the Symptoms

Sciatica

The body sends a few signals to warn you that there is a pending problem to solve. This includes:

  • Severe pain that may cause difficulty walking or standing up
  • Weakness/numbness in one foot, leg, toes
  • Burning leg pain in one leg/buttock
  • Pain gets more intense after long periods of sitting

Discomfort in both legs is a rare occurrence. Sciatica usually manifests itself on one side of the body. Besides, lower back pain is not as strong as the one experienced in the lower limbs. It may come and go, become more intense or weaker. Also, during sudden movements of the body, the symptoms may intensify – think coughing and sneezing.

The fact that the pain can travel from one area to another should not be surprising at all. The nerve roots of the sciatic nerve begin at the lumbar spinal cord, which is enclosed by the spinal canal, and then they reach down the buttock area. This allows them to transfer nerve endings to the lower limbs.

Is it treatable?

There are different surgical and non-surgical ways to manage sciatica. The most popular one involves coupling medication with physical therapy. Many patients believe lying down for prolonged periods is the best thing to do, but this is not the case. Being inactive can do more harm than good - the longer you sit, the more pressure you put on the discs. This is not to say you shouldn’t give your body a break. Just make sure you alternate rest and exercise.

Since nerve pain can be anything but appealing, people also resort to over-the-counter medication. A common painkiller for sciatica is aspirin, as it helps to deal with inflammation. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are also used for pain relief. Yet, medication alone can only do so much in solving the problem. This is why a combination of pills and exercises will produce better results.

What Are The Best Exercises for Sciatica?

sciatica exercises

Physical therapy is a crucial part of the nerve pain treatment plan. When the right regimen is implemented, you can have a faster recovery and minimise prospective episodes of soreness. Your doctor will put forward the best course of action that suits your condition. In general, a mixture of exercises should be used for maximum results.

Stretching – It is very beneficial for the whole body because it helps to enhance your flexibility, daily performance, and coordination. When you already have a health problem like sciatica, stretching can help soothe the pain. It is crucial to stretch the hamstring – this is one of the thigh muscles located between the knee and the hip. Another exercise that will help ease the symptoms is called the Bird Dog move. You need to get down on all fours. Simultaneously extend one leg and the opposite arm. Hold for a few seconds. Then, alternate the limbs.

Strengthening – Strengthening the muscles that support the spine can not only alleviate the pain but also prevent future damage. There are different types of exercises to go for, such as weight lifting, tai chi, yoga, and Pilates. In addition, you can try using an exercise ball and resistance bands.

Aerobics – Stationary bicycling, swimming and walking are all low-impact aerobic exercises that can help to combat sciatic pain. They aid in the release of endorphins, which naturally eliminate pain. What is more, they encourage fluid exchange, creating an improved healing environment.

Physical activity is like a tool that lets you stay in control of the symptoms, especially if you have developed chronic sciatica.

Does Acupuncture Work?

It can assist in the management of pain, but it cannot cure the underlying illness that is causing sciatica. Acupuncture is very beneficial for migraines, nausea, neck and back pain. Not to mention, it has proven to help with depression and anxiety. It definitely won’t hurt to use this therapy in addition to another treatment to lower the unpleasant symptoms. It will relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins.

What Other Treatments Are Available?

There are other non-surgical options that can help diminish the symptoms and make you feel better. For starters, you can try applying cold packs on the painful areas for a few days in a row. And then you should switch to heat packs. This will relieve the pain and reduce inflammation. Regular massages will relax your muscles and yoga will have an impact on your whole body.

An interesting approach to treating sciatica is biofeedback. This is a process that enables you to obtain more information about your body’s functions. During the examination, electrical sensors are connected to your body. Thanks to them, you can get feedback regarding your heart rate, pain perception, and muscle tone, to name a few. Based on the data, you can make the necessary corrections so that your performance and health can improve.

Is Surgery Necessary?

A very small percentage of people - say 5-10% - use surgery as a last resort. When all else has failed, going under the knife seems to be the only option. The good news is that in most cases the symptoms go away on their own and no operation is necessary.

However, conservative treatment may not work for everyone. For instance, a person whose sciatica has been caused by a herniated disk might benefit better from lumbar surgery.

At the same time, another individual with a similar problem may find relief through different therapies and medications. So, it really depends on the case. In the end, you need to understand that what works for some may not work for you, and vice versa. It is strongly individual.

What You Can Do About It

  • Find a good doctor that will make a correct diagnosis.
  • Ask for a second opinion.
  • Do not self-administer a treatment; a specialist knows better.
  • Follow your doctor’s recommendations fully.
  • You don’t have to undergo surgery if you don’t want to. The decision is up to you.

Rejuran Healer Cost & Side Effects – Advice by a Singapore Doctor

Rejuran Filler

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Rejuran is a straightforward injectible treatment offered at most aesthetic clinics. A full treatment usually costs between $500 to $1,500. The bulk of the cost is the doctor's time as the process requires multiple injections to the face performed by the doctor personally. Some clinics use injectible guns to make the process easier but the tedious, manual hand method has been proven to be more effective by peer reviews and papers.

For the past year, Rejuran Healer has been the talk of the town at beauty centres in Singapore. Designed to regenerate damaged skin, it comes with the promise of giving you youthful looks. The treatment contains biological molecules which help correct the signs of ageing. This post will get into the powerful all-round skin booster. We will talk about everything from how it is applied to what risks it has, and what not. Read on.

What Exactly is Rejuran Healer?

In short, it is an anti-ageing filler that is administered into the skin through an injection. Known by the name 婴 儿 针 (baby skin injections), it originates from South Korea. What sets it apart from other aesthetic treatments is that the latter target specific problems like acne scars and wrinkles. On the other hand, Rejuran has wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that resurrect the skin.

Now, you will often hear people call it PN or PDRN. What do these terms stand for? The former is an abbreviation from polynucleotides (i.e. multiple nucleotides). If you remember from your biology classes in school, those are the main molecules that DNA is made of.

So, what is PDRN then? Basically, this is a subtype of PN. Its full name is Polydeoxyribonucleotides. Hence, the treatment naturally contains both forms of molecules.

What we are trying to say is that the healer is made of DNA. Whose DNA, you would ask? No, they don’t extract it from human beings. They take it from fish, salmon specifically.

Rejuran skin healing

Why Salmon?

It has been proven that salmon DNA is quite like human DNA. Therefore, it does not cause serious side effects and is considered very safe for human beings. What is more, a study conducted in 2010 found that rubbing salmon DNA into the skin helped to improve its hydration, texture, and elasticity. That led researchers to the idea that salmon can be used to reduce the signs of ageing. And this marked the beginning of a new phase for facial treatments.

It is important to note that the DNA they extract from fish goes through a thorough purification process, which eliminates the risk of activating an immune response. For example, one of the substances they take out is protein.

How is Rejuran Healer treatment done?

Before you have the procedure, a nurse will clean and disinfect your face. Then, she will put numbing cream on and wait for it to settle. About 20 minutes later, the specialist will inject small amounts of the healer into the skin using a fine needle. It takes no more than 20 minutes for them to cover all areas of interest. At the end of the procedure, some doctors like to apply Infrared or LED light to minimise swelling and redness. In that case…

Does Rejuran Healer cause any side effects?

Well, apart from the ones we just mentioned above, the treatment might also cause moderate bruising. We can assure you there is nothing to worry about. It is a matter of a few hours before it goes away. Shining light to the incision areas can significantly reduce that time, which means you can go back to work immediately.

If the procedure was effective, you will know it instantly. You’ll notice small even bumps across the treatment site. Don’t worry. They will fade within a day or two. Note that it is not advisable to use makeup during that period.

Which is Better: Manual Application or Injector Gun Technique?

The best way to apply Rejuran is by hand. A microneedle is used to puncture the skin and infuse the substance underneath it. Contrary to what some people think, using an injector gun isn’t as precise as the hand technique and is likely to cause bruising.

Benefits of the Treatment

The treatment comes with tonnes of advantages, as it:

  • Helps to greatly improve hydration
  • Boosts elasticity
  • Regulates the production of oil and normalises the skin
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improves skin texture and tone

Because of these benefits, the procedure can be used to treat acne scars, fine lines, enlarged pores, wrinkles, moderate pigmentation, and dark eye circles.

What Makes a Good Candidate?

Adults with patchy skin and fine lines can obtain good results from this treatment. People with scars might also benefit from it. If you want to deal with your dull skin, you should definitely avail of the procedure. As a whole, if you are looking to repair your skin in a non-surgical way, this is the way to go.

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How Long Does it Take for the Effects to Show?

Unlike Botox where you can spot the results immediately, with Rejuran you need to wait a few weeks before the outcome is visible. As you know, it takes time for the skin cells to repair, it doesn’t happen overnight. Hence, you can expect to notice an improvement in your complexion a month after the treatment.

Will the Skin Regenerate After a Single Session?

While your complexion may change after a single procedure, you will need to schedule three to four sessions overall. However, they should be spaced evenly. It is recommended to go back to your doctor’s office once every four weeks. Then, when you are finally done with the procedure, it may take years before the results are undone. Which means that you don’t have to worry about it for months.

Rejuran vs. Other Facial Procedures

Compared to other skin rejuvenating treatments that address specific health conditions, Rejuran can help with multiple issues at a time because it is focused on curing damaged tissue. It activates the healing mechanisms of the body and promotes collagen production. The skin takes it from there.

With other facial procedures, you often need to combine two or more treatments to get the desired results. For example, if you want to deal with wrinkles, you can use dermal fillers and Botox collectively. That may cost over $2,000 depending on the number of sessions you’re getting. To do away with pigmentation, you can opt for Fotona lasers coupled with Picosecond. Not only is that expensive, but also it has long downtime.

And now imagine you want to treat dry skin, wrinkles, pigmentation, and other issues at the same time. This can cost the whopping $10,000 and more!

That said, the Rejuran healer price is a fraction of what you would pay for a combination of facial treatments. It has insignificant downtime and it can achieve astonishing results. Of course, the outcome will vary per individual, so do try to have realistic expectations after all.

Before You Undergo The Procedures…

Check out some Rejuran healer reviews. Get to learn what other people think about this treatment and whether they were satisfied with it. Ask your physician about before-and-after pictures to see if the results are significant. If you are not convinced it is worth the investment, you can get cold feet.

Rejuran can definitely lead to glowing and improved skin, but you should consult a specialist to find out whether it can work for you.

What You Need to Know About Thermage – the non Surgical Facelift

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Thermage in Singapore costs around SGD$3500-4500 per session. The price varies from clinic to clinic depending on the size of the target area to be treated, location of the target area, skin sensitivity and doctor’s fees. If a patient somehow develops complications (which is very rare), a follow-up consultation is required. The doctor may prescribe additional medications to treat the complications. Patients should inform their doctors if they have sensitive skin, so the doctor can adjust the treatment accordingly to avoid complications.

The army of cosmetic procedures has recently welcomed a new soldier – Thermage. It is the latest face treatment that helps battle loose skin and wrinkles in a scalpel-free fashion. Below, we will explore what it entails and how effective it is. Read on.

What is Thermage?

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It is a minimally invasive treatment designed to remove sagging and tighten the skin, no cuts or stitches. Before we get into the basics of it, let’s talk dermatology. In short, the skin has three layers. The second one, the dermis, is mostly made up of protein we generally refer to as collagen. It not only supports the tissue but also gives us that glowing, supple complexion.

As we age, the production of collagen naturally decreases, leaving us with lines and sags that make us look tired.

Thermage is designed to renew collagen reconstruction. It employs a handheld device which sends radiofrequency energy through the skin and into the dermis. From there, it works to rebuild the body’s most abundant protein.

The main areas to treat include the jawline, eyelids, forehead, stomach, knees, and arms. No follow-up is due, but repeat sessions are needed to sustain the results.

Is it Painful?

During the procedure, you will face some discomfort. But whether that can become unbearable or not depends largely on your tolerance for pain. The other significant factor is how intense the treatment is – some are more invasive than others. In all these cases, a numbing cream can be used to keep the pain to a minimum.

Now, a Thermage CPT is the latest generation of radiofrequency devices. They come with an additional gadget that delivers cooling bursts to soothe the skin. This makes the procedure less painful (CPT stands for Comfort Pulse technology).

Side Effects

We would be lying if we said using Thermage cannot cause any negative reactions. In spite of it being a relatively safe procedure, it can still make your face red or leave a burning sensation for a few days. General soreness and swelling are expected too but should dissipate quickly. The less common side effects include scarring and blistering.

Recovery Period

There is no downtime, so you don’t have to take days off. Then again, this doesn’t convey that your skin will heal right away. It will take a few months before the body’s natural collagen replaces the old tissue. By that time, you will have started to see improvement in your complexion. The full effects will show through at least half a year afterwards.

And while you wait for the miracle to happen, here is something to remember. It is essential to restrain from taking anti-inflammatories for the time being. Medicine like aspirin and ibuprofen can affect the outcome. The procedure uses controlled inflammation to trigger the production of collagen in your skin. So, if you take pills that hamper the process, improvement may not ensue.

Who is it Suitable for?

You will be an ideal candidate if your skin laxity is minimal and you wish to obtain a more youthful complexion. It works both for men and women. As a whole, non-smokers are a better fit than those who regularly consume cigarettes. Age can be a factor too. The older you get, the less receptive to collagen you become. So, the best time to undergo Thermage is between the ages of 30 and 65.

Who Should Steer Clear of the Treatment?

Believe it or not, not everybody can qualify. We are talking about radiofrequency here. That automatically makes a whole bunch of people unsuitable for the procedure, mostly the ones with pacemakers. But if you happen to have other electrical implantable devices, you too should think twice before doing a Thermage session.

Thermage Face Lift Cost

This procedure is valued at around $2,000, although the price can fall in the range of $1,000-$5,000. The price can vary due to a few factors, such as

  • The doctor or clinic you choose
  • The brand of their machinery

What is the Difference Between Thermage and Ulthera?

thermage ultherapy differences

While both treatments are used to improve skin texture and appearance, one employs radiofrequency energy and the other uses ultrasound. So, the difference is in the technology.

Complete List of Aesthetic Clinic Treatments in Singapore

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Aesthetic Clinic Treatments in Singapore cost will vary depending on the treatment. Thread lifts cost around $1,500 to $3,000. The price of microdermabrasion starts at $70 and can go up to $150 per session. Chemical peels cost around $150-300. Filler injections typically cost around around $500 and $850 per syringe. Fractional CO2 Lasers are priced around $500 to $1000. IPL treatments cost between $300 and $500.

People all around the world want to look good, this is why aesthetic clinics in Singapore are thriving. There is a range of cosmetic procedures that one can have to rejuvenate their skin and improve their overall appearance. From reducing wrinkles to straightening the nose, these treatments offer temporary or permanent solutions for the issue at hand. We will now take a look at the procedures you can do in Singapore.

Minimally invasive vs Non-invasive

Before we begin, there is a differentiation between these two terms and we would like to make it clear right away. A non-invasive procedure refers to one that it is executed outside of the body without breaking the skin. Typically, it lasts 15-30 minutes and it can be carried out during your lunch break. For this reason, they are often referred to as “lunch-time procedures”. There is no staying in a hospital overnight, so the patients can instantly go back to their daily activities. Dermabrasion, laser therapies, and chemical peels are perfect examples here.

Now, a minimally invasive is also a non-surgical operation, only it involves some form of skin breaking. Recovery is quick and little to no downtime is necessary. An example of such a procedure is using fillers or Botox.

Thread Lifts

ThreadLift Diagram on a Woman

A thread lift is generally used to contour the face, lift and firm the skin. It requires a local anaesthetic, which can be a numbing cream or something similar. Only a qualified medical practitioner or a surgeon can perform thread lifts.

How does it work?

It prompts the skin to build new collagen. For those of you who don’t know, there is a protein responsible for making our skins so radiant and youthful. That’s collagen. As we age, its production decreases, resulting in sags and lines.

There are different types of thread lifts. Some of them are suited to people who want fresher skin and others are targeted at removing folds and lines. Overall, the treatment focuses on the face. However, it is not uncommon for thread lifts to be used on the cleavage, neck, and other body parts.

How long does it last?

The results will depend on the person. Generally speaking, the lifts will begin to wear off in 6 to 30 months.

Who is suitable for it?

Group ages between 30 and 60 are the most suitable candidates for thread lifts. Of those, patients whose skin is just starting to show signs of ageing will benefit the most from the treatment. If you experience excessive sagging, you had better stick with a traditional facelift.

What are the risks/side effects?

The procedure bears no risk if executed by a certified dermatologist. As for side effects, you can expect minor bruising and swelling afterwards. Although no pain is associated with thread lifts, some people report aching when touching the affected area. But it subsides fast. Recovery time is no more than 48 hours.

How much does it cost?

In Singapore, a thread lift session may cost from $1,500 to $3,000, based on the clinic.

Microdermabrasion

microdermabrasion procedure on a woman

Microdermabrasion is a non-incision procedure for improving the skin texture and tone. It employs a hand-held device with tiny crystals on it. They act as exfoliators, removing dead and dry skin cells.

How long does it last?

6-12 months. But it really depends on the patient.

Who is suitable for it?

Microdermabrasion works best for people with acne, stretch marks, blackheads, enlarged pores, and acne scars. You should not expect it to have the same results as chemical peels (which are stronger). For the best results, you might want to repeat the procedure 3-5 times, with 1-2 month intervals in between.

What are the risks/side effects?

Patients commonly report mild redness, swelling, and tenderness, which normally go away after a few hours. Keep in mind that unless the treatment is performed by a professional, you risk getting perforated skin, contracting infections or experiencing other complications.

How much does it cost?

The price tag of microdermabrasion starts at $70 and can go up to $150 per session.

Chemical Peels

woman in chemical peel

Another procedure you can book at aesthetic clinics in Singapore is chemical peels. It works best for treating some types of acne, removing small wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, it reduces age spots and gets rid of freckles.

How does it work?

A professional will clean your skin prior to giving you the treatment. Then they will apply different chemical solutions to your face – as in salicylic acid, glycolic acid, carbolic acid, or lactic acid. You are likely to experience stinging or burning sensations. It will last no longer than ten minutes. You can apply a cool compress on it to help with the problem.

How long do the results last?

It is strictly dependent on the individual, but your face will look rejuvenated for a few months afterwards. To maintain the results, you are recommended to book a chemical peel session twice or thrice a year.

Who is suitable for it?

People who are light-haired and fair-skinned are perfect for chemical peels. If you have bulges, sags or severe wrinkles, chances are you will not respond well to this treatment.

What are the risks/side effects?

Some patients may get small scarring. A permanent or temporary colour change might occur in people with a tendency toward brownish discoloration. Women who are on the pill are also at risk of getting this unpleasant side effect.

How much does it cost?

A session executed in Singapore will be around $150 and up to $350.

Filler Injections

Woman Receiving Dermal Filler Injection

This is a treatment that serves to fill creases and lines with different substances. It is very much unlike Botox whose purpose is to relax the muscles in certain areas of the face. In the case of nose fillers, the goal is to straighten the bridge and improve the profile. It can also work with other parts of the face – to lift temples, jawlines and cheeks, or to fill thin lips out. What is more, it is even used to plump hands.

How long does it last?

The effects are observed immediately after the treatment, lasting from half a year to nine months. This means you will want to book a session every once in a while to maintain the results. Some of the fillers may last up to two years.

Who is suitable for it?

Injectable fillers are ideal for people under the age of 50. Older individuals should not take advantage of the procedure because it won’t produce the desired effect.

What are the risks/side effects?

When it comes to synthetic fillers, some people may trigger an allergic reaction. And sometimes skin colour change may be noticeable for months after the treatment. The longer a filler is designed to last, the more likely it is to produce side effects. As for naturally derived fillers (collagen, hyaluronic acid), risks are almost non-existent. Overall, you may have bruising, swelling, and redness post-treatment.

How much does it cost?

It depends on the treatment. The cost typically revolves around $500 and $850 per syringe. Normally, the specialist will use one to two syringes per session.

Fractional CO2 Lasers

Woman undergoing Fractional Co2 Laser treatment

This is a cosmetic procedure known as laser resurfacing. A fractional CO2 laser is one of the many types of lasers which can be employed. The treatment is used to rejuvenate skin cells and achieve younger, smoother skin.

How long do the results last?

That’s the thing with laser resurfacing, the results it yields are sort of permanent. (And so are the side effects if the job is not done right.)

Who is the ideal candidate for this procedure?

The procedure is suitable for people who have acne scars, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and lines. The perfect candidate does not have any underlying health conditions and is free of prescription medication. Note that if you have minor skin imperfections, you would not be a good fit. Even though fractional CO2 lasers are not invasive, a procedure like that is considered a surgical one by many doctors. This is because it is a little bit tougher on the patients. For this reason, it is recommended to undergo the treatment only when no other treatment has proven to work.

What are the risks/side effects?

For the most part, the procedure is safe and bears no risks but only if performed by a professional. Yet, there could be some discomfort following a laser resurfacing session. For example, abnormal healing or infection might occur. Other common side effects include swelling and redness.

How much does it cost?

Each session is priced from $500 to $1000. A maximum of two sessions might be required to get you the results you want. But that would strongly depend on the individual’s health condition.

Intense Pulsed Light

Woman having IPL Therapy

This treatment uses intense pulses of light to treat common conditions such as sun-damaged skin, fine lines, and uneven skin tone. It is also referred to as Photofacial in Singapore. It comes in the form of handheld devices which emit short bursts of light over the application area.

How long do the results last?

In most cases, the effects will be visible between six months and one year. There are things that can affect how long the results will last. For this reason, it is important to follow your specialist’s advice regarding the post-treatment period. This will ensure that you enjoy smooth skin longer.

Who is the ideal candidate for this procedure?

People who have age spots, freckles, blood vessels on the chest, neck, and face. Also, people with spider angiomas. If you are looking to move stubborn skin concerns out of the way, slow down the early signs of ageing or just revitalise the skin, this one is for you.

What are the risks/side effects?

There may be swelling and redness afterwards. More often than not, they disappear shortly after the procedure has been performed.

How much does it cost?

The price of a session is between $300 and $500.

What Perks Do These Procedures Offer?

For one, people like how easy on the wallet they are. You can get a face work for next to nothing these days. By contrast, surgical jobs have always been costly.

For another, most of these procedures are reversible. So, if a person changes their mind at some point, they can always undo the treatment and restore their previous look. Easy peasy. (Unless it wasn’t executed properly.)

Thirdly, let’s not forget the fear of surgery. The majority of people are not okay with the idea of going under the knife just to get a better-looking jowl. Being so affordable and so accessible, non-incision operations are gaining popularity by the minute. And aesthetic clinics in Singapore are ready to offer an abundance of options for the bold and the vain.

And finally, most of these procedures offer quick results. Who wouldn’t like that?

Final Thoughts

Healthcare centres provide a range of non-surgical treatments that boost one’s overall appearance. There are many factors that determine whether you will be suitable for a given procedure or not. Only a certified specialist can give you a quality rundown on what you ought to expect from each treatment. Not only that, but they will evaluate your current health condition based on your medical history and the state of your skin. With that knowledge at hand, they can offer the best service.

These are all important aspects you should consider. If something goes wrong, the effects might be irreversible. This is why it is essential to go for the best aesthetic clinics in Singapore. The doctors there have the know-how, backed up by years of experience. You want to be the one whose friends keep on asking, “Wow, you look better than ever! How do you do that?” rather than, “Is everything okay? You have something on your face.” To achieve that, you have got to stick with the professionals.

Singaporean Doctor Reveals 3 Non-invasive Acne Scar Treatments

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Acne scar treatments in Singapore cost between $150 to $1400, depending on the treatment you choose. Prices may vary depending on how severe your acne scars are. Laser treatments usually cost around $300 to $1,500 (minimum of 3 sessions required). Microneedling treatments cost around $350-500 a session (usually 3-4 sessions required). AGNES acne treatments cost around $1,000-1,500 per session.

Thought having acne is tough? Wait until it begins to scar. It’s as if having pimples all over the face is not enough, you are doomed to deal with acne scars afterwards. The great thing about advanced technology is it offers heaps of treatments for mild to deep scarring. They can put an end to the embarrassing blemishes. For that to happen, you need to schedule an appointment with a certified dermatologist and let their expertise guide you through. In the meantime, check out the most used therapies to battle scars so that you are prepared.

Scars Vs Marks

First and foremost, let us stress the fact that there is a distinction between acne scars and marks. The former are indentations in the skin that make it uneven and not very appealing to look at. In comparison, the latter is a post-inflammatory condition which occurs during the healing process. In most cases, it goes away after several months providing that no acne lesions happen.

Scars, on the other hand, do not fade on their own. There can be different types, such as ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, atrophic scars, hypertrophic, depressed scars, etc., and they all can get worse through sun exposure, hence adequate measures should be taken when going out of the house.

Usually, people with lighter skin type get purple or red marks, and those with darker skin have brown marks. Unfortunately, if they last more than 12 months, you can bet they have become permanent.

How Acne Scars Form

Acne Forming Diagram

It is time to debunk a widely held belief about acne scars. You have probably been told repeatedly that scars emerge because you pop your pimples. You might have even heard yourself say that a number of times. But here is the thing, some lesions are susceptible to scarring anyway. So even if you leave them alone, there is still a great probability that scars happen. It’s not fair, is it?

Needless to say, that doesn’t make it okay to pick at your blemishes. But now that you know you’re not at fault for the scarring, doesn’t it make you feel better?

How to Remove Acne Scars

Hands down, there are therapies galore, both minimally invasive and surgical, that tend to remove scarring. One thing you should know is that just because one treatment is touted to be the best, that doesn’t make it the best for you. See, everybody’s acne problems are different. It depends on the type of scarring, your lifestyle, and the severity of the situation. Then again, even if your doctor says that this or that will work wonders for you, you still have to factor in your budget. And this is not to be overlooked.

So, now let’s talk briefly about the acne scar treatments that promise complete acne scar removal. That way, if your doctor suggests any of them, you will be vaguely familiar with it.

Laser therapy

Laser treatment is one of the top methods for removing the stubborn type of acne scarring non-surgically. The outer layer of the skin receives small bursts of micro-fine laser light damaging the tissue. Then, the natural healing process of the body flushes away the tissue and promotes collagen production.

Types of laser treatments for acne:

  • Carbon dioxide lasers
  • Active Fx and deep Fx laser
  • Frazel laser
  • Pixilation
  • Fractional laser treatment

The good things:

  • Laser therapies work in harmony with the skin tissue and the way it is structured.
  • The treatment is safer than surgical lasers, glycolic acid, or chemical peels which also tend to remove the top layers of the skin in a more aggressive way.
  • The results are permanent.
  • It works for dark spots as well.
  • It is better than punch excision (a technique for removing problem skin with a tiny hand-held tool).

Things to consider:

  • No matter which type of laser treatment you pick to remove acne scars, just stay out of the sun at all times. That is, before and after each session. Additionally, you want to always apply sunscreen to prevent undoing the results of the therapy. And yes, you need to wear SPF even at home.
  • Each laser has different energy settings and wavelengths. Going for the wrong setting might cause irreversible damage to your skin cells.
  • On that note, choose your doctor wisely. It is easy to come across an unregistered clinic without certified dermatologists. If they don’t know what they are doing, you are in for a poorly done laser job. Unless you want to end up with a disfigured face, don’t go down that road. There are a few good health centres in Singapore that treat acne scars in a safe and effective manner.
  • Lasers carry a big price tag. It might not be the most budget-friendly solution for you.

Possible side effects:

  • For one, burning might be caused due to poor technique or high-intensity laser treatment. In turn, this will bring about dilated blood vessels, swelling, crusting, cyst, and oozing.
  • Blood spotting might occur, too.
  • If the biggest organ in your body is sensitive, an uneven skin tone might develop in the treated areas.
  • You may develop eczema, saggy skin, cyst or acne if the treatment is inconsistent.

Microneedling as a means of Acne Scar Treatment

This therapy involves a small device with tiny needles that does small punctures to the skin. It’s about the size of a pen and it’s not as spine-chilling as it sounds. The microscopic needles scratch the surface of your skin, forcing it to rebuild elastin and collagen. During the procedure, you may feel tickling or poking, but nothing unbearable, so to say.

Microneedling might be the best acne scar removal treatment if you are in your mid 20s or 30s. It works well for intense scar tissue, too. The deeper the scar is, the deeper the needles have to go. But don't worry about it. You will feel no pain during the procedure because they will numb the troubled area with lidocaine or a cream.

Things to consider:

  • There are at-home kits suited to people who don’t want to pay more for a non-surgical manipulation. However, these may not be as efficient as the tools that a health centre has. Plus, an experienced doctor will know what they are doing and follow all safety measures. Besides, you can always consult with them if any problems arise.
  • You can have a microneedling procedure for $$$. The price will vary from clinic to clinic.
  • Strictly speaking, you will probably need more than one session.

AGNES Acne Treatment

agnes acne treatment

What is it? This is a revolutionary microneedling device that employs radiofrequency. Being a non-surgical procedure, it offers mild to no discomfort and plenty of benefits. What is more, it involves minimal risk and is efficient with regard to acne scar removal.

The AGNES device targets the sebaceous glands - the main culprits for pimples. By eliminating the problematic tissue, they not only remove the symptoms, but also the causes for acne.

Here is how it works. The doctor you task with the issue will apply topical anaesthetic cream on your face. Its purpose is to numb the area so you experience no pain during the treatment. Second, they will clean your skin, getting rid of the excess sebum. Third, they will prepare the micro-needle and then insert it into the problematic sebaceous glands. The radiofrequency current will kill the glands.

Things to consider:

  • Overall, the procedure will last between 30 minutes and 60 minutes.
  • Mind you that you will have to visit the specialist again on the next day for another session. The goal here will be to remove any impurities and debris left after the treatment. This time round they will use a surface probe to apply bipolar radiofrequency current.
  • How many sessions with the AGNES device should you attend to get rid of acne scars? Say, two or three depending on your condition. Clearly, severe scarring takes longer to heal.

And now the benefits:

  • Safety
  • No side effects
  • Low downtime
  • Low recurrence
  • Deep scar removal

If you are not convinced that this procedure is efficient, here is a review that might help: https://vanessamissylove.com/acne-solution-at-cambridge/.

What About the Marks?

If you are lucky enough to experience marks instead of scars, there are a few home treatments that you could include in your skin care routine to help even out your skin tone. Over-the-counter creams with lactic acid, glycolic or salicylic acids come with exfoliating properties and brighten the skin. Do not take it to extremes, though. Keep in mind that some brightening creams contain hydroquinone. Overuse of said ingredient can result in lasting grey pigmentation on your face.

Now, if you need a product that can work for both bright and darker skin tones, opt for a retinoid. It will help the healing process.

As for prescription treatments, this is something you have to consult a dermatologist about. They may put you on Retin-A-Micro, Tazorac, Differin, or any of the Elure products.

Before You go…

It is essential to remember there exist different types of scars and different kinds of people. Some of you may not need surgery at all. In fact, one of the above treatments will probably work like a charm for you. As long as you find the right therapy, complete acne scar removal is absolutely possible. Or, there is also the possibility that you are left with smaller but less visible scars. All things considered, you will see improvement in your overall complexion. The key job here is to find a specialist that has the know-how and really cares for you.

Facial Treatments In Singapore That Will Help Improve Your Skin Texture

Facial Treatment

More and more people these days treat themselves to special facial procedures that lift the skin, remove wrinkles and clear the complexion. It’s a tendency that has taken the world by storm, and Singaporeans are no strangers to the perks it brings. Beauty salons and clinics across the city-state offer a diversity of procedures, touted to provide benefit after benefit. Here we will discuss the most popular facial treatments that work to breathe new life into your skin.

Intense Pulsed Light

Woman Receiving Intense Pulsed Light Treatment

IPL is a facial treatment that helps treat uneven skin tone, pigmentation, freckles, and spots in different parts of the face. It uses small flashes of light to reach below the surface of the skin.

Aside from light, heat is also administered to the face. It serves to decompose the brown pigment, which is then flushed away by the lymphatic system. In some cases, it may appear on the surface of the face in the form of scabs. No worries. They will flake off naturally after a week or two.

Is there a need for anaesthesia?

Anaesthesia might be used, depending on the situation. Most of the time, it is a numbing cream they put on your face.

What are the risks of using IPL?

The greatest risk associated with this procedure is burning; changes to the natural skin colour might occur as well. However, this shall not be a concern at all if you stick with a certified professional who can evaluate your skin properly and then execute the treatment the right way.

It is worth noting that after every session, your face will appear splotchy, swollen, and red. Don’t panic, it will all go down very quickly.

Who is IPL not suitable for?

People with a natural or fake tan are not a good fit because the machine doesn’t tell pigmentation and tanning apart. Hence, it won’t be able to target problematic areas. If you have multiple skin conditions, it might not be a good idea to undergo the treatment. Your doctor will tell you more about that.

Who is IPL suitable for then?

People with an uneven tone, minor wrinkling or early pigmentation are the perfect candidates. This procedure is great for the time-starved too. If you want to improve your skin complexion but can’t take a few days off work, you can try this one.

What shall I expect from an IPL session?

Once you find your way to the treatment room, you will be asked to lie down and wear goggles. They will put cold gel on your face and begin the procedure. Will it hurt? Well, it depends on your pain tolerance, but you are expected to feel discomfort, at the very least. Fortunately, the session is over so quickly that you won’t have to get used to the pain. The doctor will need about 20 minutes to work on your entire face.

You are allowed to apply makeup straight after the treatment, which is great. If you don’t want people to ask you what happened to your face, cover it with foundation on your way out of the clinic.

About 48 hours following the treatment, the dark spots will begin to come off on their own, resulting in clear and cleaner skin.

Chemical Peels

Woman removing Chemical Peels

What are facial peels? Those are chemical solutions used to remove imperfections and rejuvenate the complexion. It eliminates the top layer of the skin so that the latter grows back much younger looking and smoother. The most commonly applied chemicals are salicylic acid and glycolic acid.

The procedure is stronger than at-home cleansing and exfoliation practices. The depths at which chemical peels are available are as follows:

  • Light – This is the least intense facial peel. It is used to address uneven skin tone, fine wrinkles, dryness, and acne, as it only works on the upper layer of your skin. Given its intensity, you can repeat it every couple of weeks if necessary.
  • Medium – As its name implies, this one reaches the middle layer of the skin. It can help treat acne scars and wrinkles, but you should opt for it less frequently than the light peel. The bare minimum is every three months.
  • Deep – This one reaches a little bit deeper into the dermis (the skin’s mid-layer), addressing bigger scars and deeper wrinkles. You can do this procedure only once.

It goes without saying every type uses a different solution, from mild to stronger. Whether you go with one or the other depends on the results you are after. Feel free to discuss that with your specialist.

Is anaesthesia necessary?

It depends. Light chemical peels do not necessitate anaesthesia, while deep peels use a numbing cream to prevent pain and discomfort in the treatment area.

Are there risks to this procedure?

Various side effects might arise after a chemical peel, including infections, scarring, and redness. But if everything goes right, you will not experience any of these. Keep in mind that your skin will feel tight and irritated after the session, but that’s okay. The physician might try to relieve the area using a protective ointment.

Who should stay away from facial peels?

This type of facial is not suitable for everyone. If you have a dark complexion, abnormal skin pigmentation, or a history of severe outbreaks, your doctor will advise against using peels. Not to mention, if you have been taking Claravis, Amnesteem, or other acne medication in the last six months, you are not eligible for the procedure either.

What shall I expect after a session?

The first few days afterwards your skin will be shedding, but you should resist the temptation to peel it purposely. The recovery process will last about a week. You can still go for your makeup and skincare routines in the meantime. The doctor will give you a topical cream or balm to apply post-treatment.

Laser Treatment for Face

Woman having a facial laser skin treatment

Laser treatment, also known as laser resurfacing, is a procedure that works to remove layers from the skin and thus boost the complexion. It is administered through special devices emitting high-intensity light and energy. This can help treat blemishes, scars, and wrinkles. It can also seal blood vessels, heal spider veins, get rid of unwanted tattoos or hair, and improve skin texture.

There are two types of laser:

  1. Ablative – It removes the epidermis and dermis and is considered a wounding laser. It comes with a bigger downtime. Types of ablative lasers include the erbium laser and the carbon dioxide laser.
  2. Non-ablative – It stimulates the growth of collagen and is considered a non-wounding laser. This method is less invasive, but also less efficient. It offers a small recovery period. Intense Pulsed Light is a non-ablative procedure.

Do I need a sedative?

On one hand, with some types of laser treatment, an injected anaesthetic will be the best option. On the other, there are procedures that can be executed with a topically applied anaesthetic like a numbing cream. It is used after every round with the laser. This guarantees that regardless of how deep into the skin the device goes, the numbness will persist.

What are the risks?

The treated skin may be red, swollen, and itchy after a session of laser resurfacing. This is perfectly normal. Yet, there may be complications. For example, scarring, infection, and changes in the skin colour are all possible outcomes.

Who is it not suitable for?

The procedure is not appropriate for people who have very dark skin, an autoimmune disease, active acne, or are prone to scarring.

Who is laser treatment suitable for?

Guys and gals with lighter skin are excellent candidates for this. Generally speaking, if you are looking to boost moderate imperfections like discolouration, mild wrinkles, and acne scars, this is the right way to go.

What shall I expect during the session?

You will be seated and given protective goggles to cover your eyes. The doctor will apply a numbing cream an hour beforehand. Then they will follow up with a cooling gel. The procedure will last between 15 and 30 minutes. The laser will damage the upper layer of the skin and initiate new collagen growth. Your doctor may suggest scheduling several sessions over the course of months. Yet, that will depend on the outcome you are willing to get, your budget, and your condition.

Dermal Filler Facial Treatment

Woman receives a dermal filler injection

As the name suggests, dermal fillers are materials administered under the surface of the skin to make it firm and wrinkle-free. They can be synthetic or natural, permanent or temporary. That being said, the results vary based on the filler type, but on average they can last from half a year to five years. Most fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is produced naturally by the body and is therefore risk-free.

What fillers are available out there?

First off, we’ve got Belotero and Restylane. Typically, they are stiffer because they come with a bigger concentration of HA. Then, there is also Juvederm, which is appropriate for smile lines and crow’s feet (those nasty wrinkles at the side of the eyes). All these last between six months and a year – that’s about the time necessary for the body to absorb the hyaluronic acid.

If placed in the lip area, it tends to go away faster – you know, we use our mouths constantly talking, eating, and laughing. And if the area is more static, you can expect the filler to have longer shelf life. To illustrate this with an example, there is not much motion in the lower eyelids, so an HA injection in that part of the face is likely to hold up for three years or more.

What is Sculptra?

This is one of the most commonly administered fillers that is currently available on the market. What is interesting about it is that it’s purely synthetic, yet biocompatible. Made of poly-L-lactic acid, it is safe for the body.

Another thing you should know is that Sculptra works gradually to improve the creation of collagen within the skin, which means that multiple treatments are necessary until you can observe the desired outcome.

On the plus side, once obtained, the results persist up to two years longer than hyaluronic acid fillers. It’s worth giving it a thought.

Which areas can dermal fillers enhance?

The most common areas are the cheekbones, chin, nose, and forehead.

Who is not a good candidate for this procedure?

Smokers are not recommended to use injectable fillers for two reasons. One is that the bad habit undermines the body’s healing process. The other is that all the sucking motions smoking involves will reduce the life of the material.

We should not forget to mention that if you happen to have extreme allergies, injecting a dermal filler might trigger an unwanted reaction.

And lastly, people who don’t have realistic expectations aren’t a good fit either.

Who is suitable for a filler?

The best candidates are people who have sunken cheeks, under-eye circles, and moderate or severe wrinkles and folds. The procedure is a good option if you want to improve your look without surgery.

Are there any risks?

In the hands of a skilled doctor, the procedure carries no risk. Hyaluronic acid fillers do not pose a health threat to your body, so you can rest assured everything will go tip-top. Immediately afterwards, mild bruising and swelling might occur. It won’t be so bad as to force you to take time away from work or your normal activities.

HydraFacial Treatment

Woman Receiving HydraFacial Treatment

HydraFacial is an innovative procedure that exfoliates the skin without irritating it. With the help of a vacuum-based abrasion tip, it sucks up impurities and dead skin cells. Here are all the benefits it carries:

  • Infuses the skin with minerals and vitamins
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Cleanses the pores
  • Has antioxidant protection

Do I need a sedative?

No. The procedure is painless.

What can you expect from the treatment?

You will leave your doctor’s office with hydrated skin and refined skin texture. The procedure will diminish pigmentation, reduce fine lines, and improve elasticity.

Are there any risks?

The procedure uses no knives or needles, so there is hardly any risk involved. In addition, there is no downtime and no discomfort. You can put makeup on right after you step out of your doctor’s office.

Who is it suitable for?

HydraFacial works for all skin types and all ages but has shown incredible results for acne-prone skin. People looking for mild improvements in their skin texture will benefit from it the most. From teenagers to adults, everyone can treat themselves to this procedure.

Microdermabrasion

Woman Getting Microdermabrasion

If you are looking for a non-invasive, pain-free facial treatment that will rid you of dead and dry skin, look no further than microdermabrasion. In contrast to peels, it does not use any chemicals.

Instead, it employs microcrystals to eliminate the skin’s outer layer. By destroying the skin cells, it promotes the production of elastin and collagen.

Note that this is different from dermabrasion, which tackles problems like scars and extreme sun damage.

Is anaesthesia necessary?

There is no need to apply any sedative, but if you have low pain tolerance, the specialist might apply a numbing cream to soothe discomfort. The procedure is painless, but it may cause tingling.

What are the risks of using this method?

Dry feeling and redness are the most common side effects that occur after microdermabrasion. There is nothing to worry about, however, because this is temporary.

Who is it not suitable for?

The treatment is not effective for reducing wrinkles, stretch marks, deep acne scars or keloids.

Who is microdermabrasion suitable for then?

The individuals who will benefit from this treatment the most are those with clogged pores and fine lines. Overall, it can work on all skin colours and types.

What shall I expect from a microdermabrasion session?

Your skin will look rejuvenated and younger. However, you may need to repeat the procedure a few times for better results. Also, your doctor will recommend using high-quality moisturisers and sunscreens. It is advisable to avoid sun exposure for a few days afterwards.

Check out our 2019 list of Facial Treatments in Singapore.

Singapore Plastic Surgeon’s Advice On Double Eyelid Surgery

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I am a plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience and have operated on a wide range of plastic surgery and reconstructive procedures. Apart from caring for my patients, I have also trained other plastic surgeons in my former role as the Head of Department of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery at Singapore KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. In addition to juggling professional duties at my private practice, I am also passionate about giving back to the community. Being a volunteer in cleft surgical missions abroad for over a decade has inspired me to start Smile Asia— a non-profit organisation that helps the less fortunate suffering from facial deformities. Through this organisation, I lead medical teams on voluntary missions with a unified goal: to change lives and bring smiles to children’s faces.
prof Vincent Yeow
A/Prof Vincent Yeow

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For non-incisional double eyelid surgery, plastic surgeons in Singapore typically charge between $2,000 to $3,500. An incisional method requires more work from the surgeon and is priced slightly higher at $3,500 to $4,900. These costs cover the surgeon's fee only. Costs for an anaesthetist (optional) can be an additional $1,000-$2,500. Post-surgery medicine usually costs no more than $250.

Double eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in Asia. In 2015 alone, there were more than 1.3 million manipulations performed in various surgery centres. Predominantly done among the South East Asian population, double eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, first gained popularity in South Korea and Japan. Many of the techniques that local specialists in Singapore use are inspired by the pioneering plastic professionals in these regions.

Double or single eyelid?

The skin on the eyelid is made up of 3 main layers – skin, fat and connective tissue (Levator Aponeurosis). An eyelid crease is formed when the skin and connective tissue on the eyelid are firmly attached to each other. Where there is no attachment between the layers, no visible double eyelid crease is created. In cases where the attachment is weak, there may be undefined crease lines or multiple crease lines on the eyelid.

From single to double: How is it done?

Blepharoplasty surgery mimics the attachment between the two layers by pinning the skin on to the connective tissue using sutures. This is a general idea, but let me share the types of double eyelid surgery techniques available today.

What are the options - Types of double eyelid Surgery in Singapore?

There are three ways to attain double eyelids through aesthetic surgery:

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  1. Incision

The incision method involves cutting and is suitable for all types of eyelids. Excess fat on the eyelid is removed, loose skin can also be eradicated using this method. With the unnecessary fat and skin out of the way, the skin can be stitched more firmly onto the muscles. Hence the incision technique creates a more defined, permanent and long-lasting eyelid crease.

The recovery period for patients who undergo this procedure is comparatively longer than those who choose the sutured method, with an average downtime ranging from 7 – 10 days. During the recovery period, the initial puffiness of the eyelids post-surgery will subside and the double eyelids will gradually look more natural.

  1. Suture

The suture method of attaining double eyelids is a minimally invasive process that creates a neat crease on the eyelids by stitching skin to connective tissue. Commonly known as the ‘sewing method’, this is a popular option for those who are hesitant to go under the knife (incision). However, the suture method is not suitable for those with droopy eyelids (Ptosis), or eyelids with excess skin. The recovery period for the suture method is short and patients can return to their normal daily activities 4-7 days after surgery.

  1. Partial-incision

This method of double eyelid surgery combines both the use of sutures and the full-incision technique to minimise scarring and to achieve a more natural look. An incision is made to remove excess fat in the eyelids before stitches are used to pin the skin onto the muscle to create the desired crease. This method is good for individuals who have thick eyelids but have no issues with excess skin. Complete recovery takes up to 2 weeks.

Variations of Suture Double Eyelid Surgery

Innovations in suture techniques have come a long way. Today, many different variations of the suture method exist to cater to the diverse types of eyelids, to achieve the best results.

Here are some of the more commonly used variations:

  • Hata method (3 sutures)

Invented in 1933, the Hata method is suitable for those with very thin eyelids. Just 3 knotted stitches at different points on the eyelid help to form a double eyelid crease. While this is an old method, it is still being applied in modern aesthetic surgery.

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  • Multi-suture method (5 sutures)

With sutures at 5 points across the eyelid, this is regarded as a more secure way to create double eyelids. Eyelid thickness can be adjusted as well. The result: natural-looking double eyelids with a short recovery period.

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  • Double Suture and Twist (DST)

The Double Suture and Twist (DST) technique was in 2001 by Dr Akihiro Minami, a famous plastic surgeon in Japan. Commonly performed by surgeons in Japan, South Korea and in Singapore, the difference of this technique lies in the extra twisting of multiple knots at each point along the eyelid before they are tied. This method provides more security in holding the double eyelid crease in place.

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  • Twin Lock Burial Method (Dream Technique)

The twin lock burial method works differently from the other techniques and this unique technique is used at Dream Plastic Surgery for creating a natural double eyelid crease.

Instead of pinning the skin down with multiple knots and multiple sutures, this technique creates double eyelids using just one suture. This achieves minimal scarring with short a post-surgery recovery time.

Weaving: The suture is weaved along the double eyelid in a figure-of-8 shaped path. Each time the thread intersects itself, it fixes a point on the skin and is tied down only where the crease line ends. A major advantage of this is the elimination of any uneven tension at various intersections (points), with tension distributed more evenly across the eyelid with a gentle massage post-surgery.

Single knot: Only one anchoring point is required and the knot is usually fixed at the outer corner of the eye, at the end of the eyelid crease.

I personally prefer this method because it preserves the benefit of a traditional method but circumvents the possibilities of having uneven depressions which can arise from multiple knots with varied tensions. This results in a more even and natural looking crease.

How is it done?

A patient may choose to have local anaesthetic applied to the eyelids or to be sedated. When this is done, the surgeon makes 3 puncture holes along the upper eyelids and a single suture is threaded through these incisions.

The suture is weaved in an 8-shape, pulling eyelid skin and connective tissue closer to each other in its path before it is knotted at the end. The knot is reinforced by twisting the suture a few more rounds before being tied down securely. The entire process is straightforward and takes about 20 min to 40 min.

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The Pros and Cons of Double Eyelid Stitching

  • Pros - In addition to being less invasive than incision methods, Double eyelid stitching is quick, with most procedures being under an hour long. It also involves a much shorter recovery time. In cases where a patient cannot adapt to double eyelids or experiences prolonged discomfort, this suture method is also reversible via a procedure that returns eyelids to their original appearance.
  • Cons - Double eyelid stitching ensures results that can last 5-10 years, or more. Further surgery may be required to maintain the eyelid crease as the double eyelids will become less defined over time. Unlike the incision method, which is able to address other issues in the eyelids such as being able to remove excess fats and loose skin, the suture method is effective only in the formation of creases on the eyelids that mimic natural double eyelids. Therefore, it works best on thin eyelids (i.e. absence of loose skin, droopy eyelids). If the eyelids have excess fat tissue, this method can still create double eyelids, but the crease will be less defined, and there will be a limit to how high the crease line can be positioned.

Common Concerns

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  • I don't have thin eyelids

If your eyes are heavy-lidded, meaning that your upper eyelids have more fatty tissue, you can consider a partial-incision. The short incision will allow for extra fats to be removed before pinning the skin onto the muscle.

However, if you have a combination of heavy lids and excess loose skin on your eyelid, the only option is to go for the incisional method, so that these issues can be removed. Non-incisional methods are hampered by the weight of extra tissues and so would be very likely to come undone easily on these types of eyelids.

  • Procedure Durations and Downtime

    Post-surgery downtimes for incisional, partial-incision and non-incisional double eyelid surgery vary depending on the level of invasiveness of each procedure.

    Incisional method:

    • Lasts 45 to 60 minutes in the procedure room
    • Has a downtime of 7 - 10 days post-surgery

    Partial-incision method:

    • Lasts 45 to 60 minutes in the procedure room
    • Has a downtime of 7 - 10 days post-surgery

    Non-incisional method:

    • Lasts 30 minutes or less in the procedure room
    • Has a downtime of 4 to 7 days as you rest and heal

If you want to wear eye makeup, it is safe to start applying it two to three weeks after the procedure.

  • Will I regret it?

Some may regret their decision after having had the surgery. Fortunately, the effects of double eyelid surgery can be reversed with non-incisional methods. Of course, if you are dead set on the surgery and are absolutely sure it is something you want permanently altered, then an incisional method is the way to go.

  • Which is more popular?

For its low invasiveness, reduced scarring/swelling, shorter post-surgery downtime and reversibility, non-incisional techniques are much more popular.

In terms of cost, non-incisional methods are also more affordable. Compared to incisional surgery that will set you back between $3,800 to $5,000, a non-incisional suture procedure is typically priced between $3,200 to $3,900.

In conclusion

Ultimately, the outcome of double eyelid surgery, regardless of whether it’s an incision, partial-incision or suture procedure that you opt for, is largely dependent on the skills of your chosen plastic surgeon. It is therefore important to do ample research both about the procedures and implications of each surgery type, as well as about the experience and expertise of the plastic surgeon who will perform the procedure.

I hope this article has been helpful in your research as you weigh your options for double eyelid surgery. If you have any questions or if you are curious about recent medical advancements in the field of plastic surgery, you are welcome to contact me at +65 6871 8888. I can also be reached via https://dreamplasticsurgery.com.

Doctor’s Guide to Liposuction in Singapore

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Depending on the complexity of the case and amount of fat to be removed, cost of liposuction in Singapore can range from $2,000-$15,000. The surgical fees also don't include a mandatory anesthetician ($2000-$3000) and post-surgery medication ($200-$500). A typical stomach liposuction case would sit around $7,000.

How often have you lamented about your flabby arms or saggy midsection? “Oh, how I wish I could somehow melt my fats away,” is definitely a phrase that many have uttered in dismay. Fear not! There is a medical procedure that can help you in your troubles, named the Liposuction.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic procedure that literally sucks fats away from any trouble spots, effectively sculpting the area leaving you with a leaner silhouette. It is a procedure whereby fats are removed from the body through suction tubes.

It is a type of cosmetic surgery done for body contouring and is usually indicated when the targeted area does not respond to exercise or diet.

If you think that that sounds too good to be true, you are not wrong – not everyone is a suitable candidate for Liposuction and there are several implications of this procedure that you have to know before scheduling a session for yourself.

Unless a large amount of fat has to be removed during surgery, Liposuction is generally an outpatient treatment and is commonly performed on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arm areas, under general, regional or local anaesthesia.

Liposuction is not a replacement for your gym membership!

Before you cancel your gym membership, remember that Liposuction is NOT a weight loss method and you will have to continue with a workout regime and healthy diet in order to maintain a lean physique. The targeted area for Liposuction should be one that does not respond to dieting or exercise.

There are some risks involved

As with any other surgical procedure, there are risks involved with Liposuction:

  • There may be more bleeding than expected (do not take blood thinners pre-op!)
  • Patient may develop an infection
  • Fluid may build up under the skin, known as Seroma
  • The affected area may feel numb. This sensation could be temporary or permanent.
  • Poor skin elasticity may lead to saggy and loose skin. Skin in the affected area may also feel or look lumpy.
  • A very rare occurrence is that the cannula (tube that is inserted into the body) may puncture an internal organ.
  • As Liposuction involves additional fluid being injected into the body, the resulting fluctuation in body fluids may cause kidney and/or heart problems.

It can last forever

With regular exercise and a healthy diet and lifestyle, the effects of Liposuction can be permanent. If you gain weight after Liposuction, the weight distribution will be different as compared to before the procedure was done.

Here is the timeline for what you expect post-surgery:

  • A few weeks after the procedure – swelling goes down
  • 4-6 months after the procedure – The effects of Liposuction will slowly come to fruition and the targeted area will take on a leaner appearance.

Not everyone is suitable for Liposuction

Because of the possible side effects of Liposuction, as with any other surgical procedure, not everyone is a suitable candidate for the surgery.

These are the prerequisites for the procedure:

  • General good health
  • 18 years old and above
  • Must not be obese
  • Must not be pregnant or nursing
  • Non-smoker. As smoking hinders the healing process post-surgery, the doctor will advise that the patient stop smoking for a while before and after the procedure.

Life continues immediately after

Most patients can return to their regular lifestyle a day or two after a Liposuction procedure. In the cases whereby a large amount of fats has been removed, the patient may require an additional 1-2 days of bed rest.

Liposuction is safe

Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States and the United Kingdom, and statistics show that it is extremely safe. It is important that the surgeon who does the procedure is highly experienced and skilled.

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Emotional well-being

Understandably, those who chose to undergo Liposuction are concerned with their appearance and wish to look better after surgery. Liposuction will effectively and definitely increase the patient’s confidence and resolve any body image issues that they may have had.

Discomfort and pain

The level of pain and discomfort felt by the patient is dependent on the extent of the procedure and the condition of the patient themselves. This may be an issue for those with a low tolerance for pain. In the first couple of months after Liposuction, the patient will have to wear compression garments to reduce swelling and this may be uncomfortable as well.

Post-Liposuction effects may be worse than expected

If weight is not maintained after Liposuction, the subsequent weight distribution may cause the patient to appear even more bloated and swollen than before the procedure. The skin may also become lumpy and loose.

The technical stuff - How Liposuction is done

A minuscule incision is made on the patient’s skin and a very thin tube is inserted through the incision. This tube is called a cannula and it is used to disintegrate fats which are then cleared out of the body using a vacuum.

Techniques

New Liposuction techniques have been introduced and used by cosmetic surgeons in recent years that effectively lower the complications and risk factors of the procedure. These techniques are also less painful for the patient.

These techniques vary in the methods used to break up the fatty deposits before it is removed with a high-pressure vacuum:

  • Tumescent Liposuction
    The tumescent method completely eliminates the need for sedatives during the surgery as the procedure itself involves pumping lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, and epinephrine, a vessel-constrictor, directly into the targeted area to numb the fatty deposits.
  • Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction
    Also known as Ultrasonic Liposuction, this technique utilizes ultrasound vibrations to liquefy fatty deposits. The cannula is first energized with ultrasound before being inserted into the targeted area and the walls of fat cells will burst and liquefy upon contact with it. This technique is the most efficient and effective in removing fat from more fibrous regions of the body such as the neck, upper abdomen and back. Ultrasonic Liposuction is not the same as Ultrasonic Exfoliation which is facial treatment.
  • Laser-assisted Lipolysis
    This technique requires the use of the same solution of lidocaine and epinephrine used in the tumescent method of Liposuction. A microcannula is inserted into the skin through which laser energy and heat are used to break up fatty deposits. This is a significantly less invasive method as compared to traditional Liposuction techniques and there is less bleeding and bruising involved.

But at what cost?

Liposuction is becoming a popular cosmetic procedure in Singapore and the cost of it varies according to the clinic that the procedure is done at as well as the extent of the surgery. Prices start at SGD $2,000 and can go up to SGD $15,000 per area.

Cost of Liposuction in Singapore vs Overseas

The cost of Liposuction in Singapore is comparable to other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam, as well as with countries in South America like Costa Rica and Colombia, with an average price of USD $2,900 to USD $3,000. The average cost of Liposuction in the United States is about USD $5,500 and USD $4,500 in Switzerland.

Hidden costs and risks

Medical tourism has been widely touted and extremely popular in recent years. However, while it may cost less to undergo certain cosmetic procedures overseas, extra costs such as airline tickets, accommodation and post-surgery care have to be taken into consideration as well. For those planning to head to countries where a different language other than English is being spoken, such as South Korea or Thailand, you might need to fork out extra money to hire a translator.

It is ill-advised for a patient to travel immediately after any cosmetic surgery as the risk of infection and swelling of the wound is increased when you are in an aeroplane at high altitudes. Therefore, most patients choose to remain overseas for at least a week after surgery to rest and heal. This means that you will have to pay even more for accommodation either in a hotel or hospital before being able to return home.

Cosmetic procedures overseas: Why you shouldn’t do it

How much trust can you place in foreign cosmetic surgeons?
According to a report by TODAY Online, more physicians in Thailand are opting to join the lucrative cosmetic surgery industry. However, the means at which they attain the know-how to perform cosmetic surgery are unconventional and places patients at risk. From attending week-long seminars to self-studying through watching YouTube videos, many of the cosmetic surgeons marketing their services are not properly trained and qualified.

Doctors in Singapore fixing mistakes done overseas
In a 2014 report published in The New Paper, plastic surgeons in Singapore shared that they are attending to an increased number of patients who have suffered botched cosmetic surgery overseas. Many of these cases are a result of having surgery done at the hands of an unskilled or unqualified surgeon or because of a lack of proper post-surgery care.

Do your research!

Whether you choose to travel overseas for cosmetic surgery or to remain in Singapore for a procedure, adequate research should be done to ensure that your cosmetic surgeon of choice is qualified, experienced and skilled. By doing so, you can save yourself unnecessary pain and extra money that may be needed to fix any mistakes.

Singapore Plastic Surgeon’s View on Ptosis Correction (Droopy Eyelid Surgery)

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The actual cost of ptosis correction surgery depends on the severity of the condition which can only be determined after a consultation with an ophthalmologist or plastic surgeon. The average cost of ptosis correction in Singapore is between $2,000 to $4,000 per eye. However, rates are very much determined by the doctor's reputation in the private sector. It is not uncommon to see ptosis surgery costing up to $12,000 for one eye as the cost is fully covered by insurance. Ptosis is also a Medisave claimable condition.

Ptosis correction, also known as droopy eyelid surgery, is a medical procedure performed to correct Ptosis - upper eyelids that are sagging and obstructing vision.

Ptosis can be congenital in nature or can come about later in life when the levator muscles in the upper eyelids weaken. These muscles are responsible for holding the eyelids up.

The weakened eye muscles result in a ‘droopy’ look where a portion of the eye is concealed by the eyelids pervasively. This is why patients with ptosis often are called out upon for looking sleepy and lethargic. This might not necessarily be the case as these patients suffer from Ptosis.

What are the causes of Ptosis?

There are two different types of Ptosis that are caused by different factors:

  • Involutional ptosis typically affects older adults and is commonly caused by muscle dysfunction. It happens when the levator muscles separate from the eyelids or begin to slacken. This typically affects the elderly as our muscles deteriorate as we age. It can affect one or both eyes.
  • Congenital ptosis (literally meaning from birth) is more prevalent in children and is caused by problems in their levator muscles that result in the inability to properly lift the upper eyelids.

What are the symptoms of Ptosis?

The symptoms of Ptosis include:

  • Drooping eyelid or eyelids
  • Tilting of the head backwards in order to compensate and see better
  • Upper eyelid creases that are uneven on both sides

Some of the other conditions that may develop from untreatedPtosis are as follows:

  • Amblyopia
  • Astigmatism
  • Misaligned eyes

What can I do if I suffer from Ptosis?

An Ophthalmologist can conduct a medical procedure known as Ptosis correction for you to significantly reduce the prominence of your condition. A local anaesthetic is administered on the eye and the area around it prior to the procedure.

In cases where the levator muscles retain some muscular function, a levator resection can be performed. This means that the levator muscles are tightened in order to maximize its ability to properly lift the upper eyelid.

However, if the levator muscles fail to exhibit any function and are extremely weakened, a levator resection will be inadequate to correct the condition. Instead, a frontalis suspension will be performed. Small strands of silicone are positioned in the space between the eyelid and eyebrow, and the silicone strands will be tightened to lift the eyelid.

In some cases, excess skin and/or fat may be removed from the eyelid to allow the levator muscle to work more effectively.

The patient will have to rest for 1 to 2 weeks post-surgery and any non-dissolvable stitches will be removed 3 to 5 days after the procedure.

What should I expect after surgery?

An antibiotic ointment will be provided to you to prevent your eye from drying out, which will result in some serious side effects. It is essential that you apply the ointment for 1 to 2 weeks in order to keep your eyes lubricated.

You will notice that your operated eyelid will be swollen and feel heavier than usual. You will be provided with cold compresses to use for 3 to 4 days followed by warm compresses. This is for helping with the swelling. You should also take note to keep your head elevated for as much as possible.

Although minimal discomfort and pain is expected with droopy eyelid surgery, you will still be prescribed painkillers to deal with any minor pain that you may feel post-surgery. 

Are there any risks involved with Ptosis surgery?

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks involved with Ptosis surgery that the patient needs to be aware of. It is highly encouraged that the patient weighs the risks against the benefits in order to make an informed decision with regard to Ptosis surgery.

Risks involved with Ptosis surgery can be broken down into two types:

Risks common to surgery in general
During Ptosis surgery, anaesthesia will be required to ensure the patient does not feel unbearable pain. There are two kinds of anaesthesia that are typically used called Local Anaesthesia and General Anaesthesia.
Other risks that are involved in Ptosis surgery include excessive bleeding, a risk of infection and swelling.

Risks specific to Ptosis surgery
Risks involved that are specific to Ptosis surgery are typically aesthetic in nature. There is always a possibility of under-correction (eyelid still sags after surgery), over-correction (eyelid remains open after surgery) and disagreement of cosmetic appearance.
It is vital that the patient discusses with the surgeon PRIOR to the surgery to avoid cosmetic complications post-surgery to ensure maximum satisfaction with the results.

Is surgery really necessary? Are there other methods of correcting Ptosis?

As Ptosis is affected and caused by physical factors such as the levator muscle of the eyelid, surgery is the best option available to correct Ptosis.

However, in special cases, a non-invasive and non-surgical option is available, though this is extremely rare. Special eyedrops can be used to temporarily and briefly lift the Mueller’s Muscle.

This is usually done to make the eye appear more fuller and bigger for a short period of time for aesthetic purposes in photography. In summary, in order to meaningfully treat Ptosis, surgical methods are the best option.

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Will my Ptosis be permanently corrected after surgery?

Assuming all goes well, yes. However, there is the possibility that you will require a follow-up surgical procedure depending on numerous factors.

These include:

  1. The type of Ptosis present
  2. Your tissue elasticity
  3. Any changes that happen due to ageing
  4. The age that you have the procedure

To elaborate, a child that had Ptosis surgery before the age of six may require to undergo the procedure again once he has matured into an adult. Similarly, an adult that has aged may, in a similar vein, require to undergo Ptosis surgery in order to correct the condition. Discuss with your surgeon or doctor to best know if you would require follow-up surgical procedures in the future.

Follow-up consultation with the doctor

A clinic appointment will be scheduled for a week after your surgery. The doctor will see you to check on the condition of your eyelids.

Some things that he will look out for includes:

  • The lubrication of your eye
  • Whether or not you are able to shut your eye
  • How you are adjusting to the changes

Your next and final appointment (assuming there are no complications) with the doctor will be 4 to 6 weeks after this post-surgery evaluation.

Estimated downtime

It is advised that you take 5 to 10 days off work after your Ptosis correction surgery to recuperate. This is especially the case if your work involves physical activity.It is best to stay put at home as you do not want to aggravate the wound.

You will experience some bruising around the affected area that should last no longer than 5 days after surgery. However, if the bruising is more significant, it can take up to 2 weeks to subside.

As for the swelling in the eyelid, it should subside within 10 days or so.

It is advised that you take note of the following to alleviate the swelling:

  • Avoid caffeinated drinks as it may cause the blood vessels to dilate which will lead to further swelling
  • Keep your head elevated when lying down; prop yourself up with 3-4 pillows

What to avoid

In order to speed up the healing process after droopy eyelid surgery, take note of the following:

  • Refrain from rubbing your eyes. If you worry that you might do so in your sleep, you can use protective eye shields
  • Apply your eye drops or antibiotic ointment as prescribed by the doctor to prevent your eyes from drying out
  • Avoid any vigorous activities for 2 weeks. This includes swimming which can cause infection in the wound
  • Refrain from applying eye makeup until the stitches have been removed or absorbed
  • Do not wear contact lenses until 3 to 4 weeks post-surgery
  • If you require spectacles, wear it lower down on your nose to prevent from pulling on your eyelids

As with any other surgical procedures, it is important to adhere to the post-surgery guidelines and any advice given by your doctor to speed up the healing process and prevent any other complications.

Ptosis correction surgery in Singapore

As Ptosis is considered a medical condition, Medisave can be used to cover the costs of the surgery. Most insurance plans also provide coverage for the procedure.

Cost

The actual cost of ptosis correction surgery depends on the severity of the condition which can only be determined after a consultation with an Ophthalmologist. The average cost of ptosis correction in Singapore is between SGD$2,000 to $4,000 per eye.

The cost of having ptosis repair in Singapore is less than in countries like the United States (USD$2,000 to USD$5,000) and South Korea (USD$3,000 to USD$5,000), and is comparable to clinics in Japan where the price range per eye is between USD$2,5000 to USD$3,500.

Invisalign in Singapore – Written By A Dentist

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Invisalign costs $4,500 to $10,000 in Singapore. Dentists cost less and Orthodontists (who specialise in your bite and bone structure of your jaw) cost more. Clinics who do more cases can also charge less as Invisalign themselves charge the clinics less for fabricating the aligners based on how many sets they sell. The more the clinics sell, the less they are charged for the cost price of Invisalign. You cannot use Medisave for Invisalign (or any kind of braces for that matter) as it is considered a cosmetic treatment.

The path to the perfect smile has never been easier. Gone are the days of clunky and conspicuous metal braces that used to line the teeth of teenagers and young adults. Invisible braces are gaining popularity. The most commonly used type is the Invisalign technology and here is a guide to everything you need to know about it.

How does it work?

During your first visit to your Invisalign-trained orthodontist, a model of your teeth will be created. They will use a specialised digital scanning device powered by Clincheck software. A set of aligners will then be customised to fit comfortably over your structures. They are removable and clear, making it impossible to see them. They will subtly shift the teeth into the proper position over time.

A new set will be fitted every week to accommodate the constant tooth movement. Gradually, the structures will be straightened out and perfected.

Why is it so popular?

While most people aspire to have their teeth corrected, they don't want everyone to know about it. As Invisalign is ‘invisible’, many opt for it as a low-key way to straighten teeth.

Another reason for the popularity of this technology is how easy it is to clean. With the absence of fussy metal wires and brackets, all you have to do is take the plastic aligners out and give them a good wash. Keeping proper oral hygiene is also extremely easy with this device. After removing it, you can brush and floss as per normal. Not to mention, the process is very simple.

Last but not least, the comfort level is an important factor in the decision-making process. When worn, Invisalign causes less (if any at all) irritation to the oral cavity as compared to traditional metallic braces. That applies specifically to the inside of the cheeks, lips and tongue.

Cost of Invisalign in Singapore

Invisalign costs $4,500 to $10,000 in Singapore. The price range is so broad because the final estimate is based on the condition of your teeth. In most cases, this excludes the initial consultation fees, X-rays and teeth model.

Do take note that you cannot use Medisave (or any types of braces for that matter) as it is considered a cosmetic treatment. You may stick with a credit card, though. Some come with long promotional periods that include no interest or additional fees. The bad news is that there is no cheap Invisalign treatment no matter where you go. But at least you can pay in instalments.

Why is it so expensive?

Invisalign is custom-made and additional aligners will be needed over the course of the treatment.

There are a total of 18 to 30 sets of braces that are replaced once every 2 weeks. This is to keep up with the changing positions of the structures as teeth straightening is occurring.

Do mind that with invisible braces, patients also have the option of tracking their progress through the use of simulator software. This is great for curious people who like to view their money’s worth. By contrast, such an option is not available for metal braces.

Some differences between Invisalign technology and conventional metal braces treatment

  1. Ease of removal.
    Braces are only to be taken off at the orthodontist’s clinic, but you can pull Invisalign out easily at any time.
  2. Structure.
    Invisalign consists of a set of aligners that fit over the teeth. In comparison, conventional braces contain brackets that are placed on each tooth and wires that hold the brackets into place.
  3. Post-treatment.
    After braces are disposed of, a retainer will have to be worn for up to 2 years. Invisalign, after removal, does not require any follow-up treatment.
  4. Diet limitations.
    With metallic braces, there are some foods that are off-limits. This includes chewing gum, caramel, hard candy, popcorn, corn chips and pretzels, to name a few. The problem with these is they are quite likely to get stuck in between the braces. With Invisalign, however, you can remove the aligners before eating so there is no concern of anything getting stuck in them.
  5. Correction of certain dental issues.
    Invisalign cannot correct problems or complex cases that involve back tooth alignment, root movements, gum disease, accomplishing vertical movements or turning/rotating cylindrical teeth. All these can only be fixed with a traditional metal brace.

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What are they made of?

The Invisalign aligners or trays are made of a BPA-free thermoplastic material that is transparent, making it almost invisible. These clear aligners look like teeth-whitening trays. They are custom-made according to a 3D computerised model of the wearer’s structures (as mentioned earlier).

Metal braces are composed of stainless steel or titanium and are comprised of 3 parts:

  1. Brackets are fastened to the teeth with the use of cement. In order for the dental braces to stay in place, the specialist will use high-intensity light.
  2. An arch wire connects the brackets applying pressure on the teeth to move them into the proper position.
  3. Ligature elastic are elastic bands available in a variety of colours that attach the arch wires to the brackets. These are changed at every appointment. If not, there is a risk that they slacken and lose their hold over time.

Procedure

  • How long will it take for metal braces to be fitted?
    Your dentist will spend about 10-20 minutes to attach a full set. Subsequently, you will have to visit the clinic again to have the elastic band changed.
  • Will it take long from the first consultation with the doctor to the time that my Invisalign aligner is ready?
    During your first appointment when your dental impressions are taken, get ready to wait up to 90 minutes. This is just about the time the specialist will need to prepare all the necessary information. Next, they will send everything to Invisalign’s dental lab. It will then take 3 to 6 weeks for your aligners to arrive.

Frequency of visits to the orthodontist

  • Invisalign.
    You should wear each set of aligners for two weeks before you change it. A consultation is needed every 4 to 6 weeks to track the progress of your Invisalign journey.
  • Conventional metallic braces.
    You will have to undergo a check-up once a month, though it is best to consult your orthodontist regarding this. Certain cases require more frequent follow-ups than usual. Depending on your situation, your doctor will tell you what to do and how often. It is important to follow their instructions religiously.

Length of Invisalign treatment

  • Will it take longer to achieve straight teeth with metal braces than with Invisalign?
    Invisalign does not speed up the process and the orthodontic treatment times for both are fairly similar. It typically takes 2 to 3 years with metal braces and up to 18 months with Invisalign. It should be noted that the times vary with each individual.
  • What is a factor that will affect the duration of recovery?
    Age is a significant factor in determining how long it takes for the treatment plan to be considered successful and complete. Young patients typically see results a lot faster than adults because their jaws are still growing and therefore easier to control.
  • Is there a minimum period of time that I will have to wear my Invisalign trays daily?
    For maximum results, it would be best to keep the aligners on for at least 22 hours a day (i.e. full time).

Comfort level

  • Are invisible braces more comfortable than metal braces?
    As there are no metal wires involved in invisible braces, wearing Invisalign feels considerably more comfortable. Not to mention, the initial adjustment period with metal braces may cause various problems. This includes slight speech impairments, pain when moving the jaw and ulcers.
  • Are there any foods that I should avoid when wearing metal braces in Singapore?
    There is a concern that food can get stuck in between the wires of the metal aligners. Therefore, it is best to avoid sticky and tough foods or anything that is difficult to bite into.
  • Do I HAVE to remove my Invisalign aligners when I eat?
    It is essential that you do so. Leaving the aligners on when eating may damage or break them. The cost of replacing invisible braces does not come cheap.

Maintenance

  • How do I clean my Invisalign trays?
    The aligners come with a ‘Cleaning System’ that is easy to use. Alternatively, the trays can be cleaned by first brushing and then rinsing with lukewarm water.
  • How should I clean my metal braces?
    Take extra care to clean out the braces with your toothbrush or a water pick while brushing your teeth.

In conclusion

Invisible aligners work the same way as conventional metal braces, except they are more pleasing to look at. They are virtually invisible. The flexibility and convenience on offer, paired with the ability to track your progress with the assistance of a simulator software, gives invisible braces an added edge over other treatment options.

Invisalign is available in dental clinics all over Singapore. While it is way more expensive than traditional braces, the advantages, such as comfort level, ease of use and maintenance, make it worth the price. You may be unable to use your Medisave to pay for Invisalign but that applies to all forms of orthodontics treatments.

Additionally, most clinics offer flexible payment plans that make it easier for you to achieve that beautiful smile. You don't necessarily have to provide upfront payment in order to finance the treatment. Some medical establishments will accept instalments.