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In my practice, I get patients asking about anti-ageing treatments that can help to lift and firm the skin. Of the non-surgical and non-invasive treatments available, the most frequently enquired are Thermage and HIFU. This is what prompted me to write this in the hopes of sharing it with the general public. So how are these treatments different and which one should you choose? Our bodies’ ability to produce collagen drops as we age. Essentially, Thermage and HIFU use heat to induce immediate collagen contraction and a subsequent secondary wound healing response with new collagen formation and remodelling in the
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September 7, 2019

The Popularity of Botox

With huge marketing budgets, pharmaceutical giant Allergan has made Botox a household name as a panacea for wrinkles. Surgical or non-surgical facelifts can even be found in most aesthetic clinics in Singapore, which tends to be on the more conservative side. Exposés of high-profile personalities and features in fictional productions have associated Botox with “younger-looking” smooth skin, as well as frozen expressions and dramatic surprised looks; forever cementing the drug in the public’s mind as a “wrinkle eraser”. But what’s unknown is how Botox works and the relationship it has with wrinkles. Read more about Botox here. Not All Wrinkles
grandma lips
Left unchecked with Botox, lines that appear around your lips when you purse them can become deeper and even permanent. Botox for Upper Lip – Not Just For Smokers Many smokers have them; vertical lines that appear as you purse your lips. Especially evident in the upper lip, these lines become more apparent the more time you spend puckering your lips around a cigarette. But you do not have to be a smoker to sport the same lines. These wrinkles can also develop as a result of the natural aging process, excessive sun exposure, and can also be hereditary. Over
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“Back in 2011, men made up about 5% of my total Botox clientele in Singapore. Now coming to the end of 2018, they make up about 10% of that figure, and I reckon it’ll continue to grow!” says Dr. Kelvin Chua, medical director of SL Aesthetic clinic, one of the various aesthetic clinics in Singapore. Not Why But How Vanity, job competitiveness, appeal to partners, social (media) pressures, etc.; the list of [reasons why] more men are getting cosmetic treatments such as Botox just keeps getting longer and varied. “It has come to a point where men do not need
horizontal forehead lines
Horizontal Forehead Lines, or “Surprise” Lines, can form over years of facial expressions, specifically the raising of the eyebrows. They can be treated with Botox. (Credit: What Are Horizontal Forehead Lines? Horizontal Forehead Lines are wrinkles that appear on your forehead; between the brows and the hairline. These lines stretch out horizontally across your forehead in rows. They appear when the brows are raised when the skin of the forehead scrunches up. After many years of scrunching up, these wrinkles can gradually stay visible even without the eyebrows raised. What’s more, the more expressive you are (i.e. raising your
rebecca b foo
The Story of Rebecca B. Foo (Botox for Frown Lines – Devon Aoki in her signature RBF. Credits: “Are you ok?” “You should smile more.” “Why so serious?” Rebecca gets these kinds of remarks all the time. But what people do not understand is that Rebecca is not worried, sad, or angry. It’s her neutral face; even though it looks like a “Resting Bitch Face”. The Resting Bitch Face (RBF) Condition While the above story is fictional, RBF is a real condition that affects many of us. So much so that frown-induced Resting Bitch Face has become a social
woman with dimpled chin
(Botox for dimpled chin is the solution if you pout, sulk and scrunch your chin up frequently. Credits: Sure, it looks cute to pout when you’re in your teens until you need Botox for chin by age 40 if you keep it up. But how exactly do you end up with a chin that looks like you can do the laundry with? Read on to find out. What Is A Dimpled Chin? A dimpled chin is characterised by the lines and divots formed on the chin when the mouth moves. In advanced stages, these can appear even when the
As we age, our skin gets thinner, loses elasticity and fat volume. This results in wrinkles and folds on our skin. Coupled with the stress from work, it’s easy to see why some might choose to opt for skin tightening treatments in Singapore. What Are Crows Feet? Crows Feet are lines that appear at the corners of our eyes. These are usually one of the first signs of aging that can appear in our late 20s. Crows Feet are dynamic wrinkles that are noticeable when muscles are contracted when we smile, squint or laugh. Smiles, frowns and squints are some
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Botox – a name synonymous with “youth in an injection” – conjures up images that horrify in one moment, incite laughter in another, and inspire people in the next. Expressionless, cold looks are what people think of when Botox is mentioned. Horror stories are aplenty. One notable account that comes to mind is Eric and Bonnie Kaplan‘s close brush with death; after unknowingly receiving home-made concoctions of botulinum toxin injections from a friend. Humorous “accidents” are also common among high profile individuals. Think Rosmah Mansor, wife of ex-PM of Malaysia. But what’s not highlighted by the media are the other
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(Botox is a non-permanent way to lift and rejuvenate your skin) Botox is a neuromodulator typically injected into the underlying muscles of your face to erase wrinkles and lines. It works by weakening the muscles responsible for skin wrinkling and folding, hence softening and preventing wrinkle and line formation on the surface of the skin. Little do people know, Botox can also be used as a non-surgical way to lift certain areas of the face. With a good understanding of the facial anatomy and expert placement of Botox in the appropriate amounts, the drug can create a “lifting” effect in
More than a wrinkle treatment Discover other brilliant ways Botox can help you look beautiful. Derived from botulinum toxin – one of the deadliest substances known to man – Botox works by blocking nerve signals in any treated area. This useful property has lent itself to a seemingly endless number of applications in the field of medicine. Here, we’ll share 8 surprising cosmetic uses of Botox, well beyond its popularised function in treating wrinkles and fine lines on the face. 1.   Oily Skin & Acne Botox can be used to reduce your skin’s oil production, thereby minimising acne breakout. Minute
woman with botox skin singapore
Botox is proclaimed by many as a “miracle” drug, with the ability to erase years of wrinkle and lines off a face. And it’s easy to see why. With invasive and non-invasive cosmetic surgery becoming more common, skin tightening treatments in Singapore like Botox have started popping up more often. Since it’s FDA-approval and adoption in anti-aging medicine, Botox kicked start the rise of minimally invasive, “lunch hour” aesthetic treatments. In 2016, Allergan, the company behind Botox, made over US$2.5 billion in the drug’s sales alone. The “miracle” of Botox lies in its ability to block nerve signals. And when
woman getting botox on lips
With millions of Botox treatments performed annually, it is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in the world. With Botox prices in Singapore ranging from a few hundred to thousands of dollars for differing treatments, there’s a treatment designed for everyone. Revered for its ability to reverse the signs of aging, many seek Botox almost instinctively to look younger. But what is it about this “miracle” treatment we should know? As it turns out, there are plenty. Before you join millions of Botox fans around the world, here’s what you should know about Botox and its side effects. Read
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1.   It is safe Botox contains a purified protein extracted from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The organism produces one of the world’s most toxic substances known to mankind, the botulinum toxin. (Botox was first approved by the FDA for cosmetic use on frown lines in 2002 and gradually expanded to include many other approved indications. It has also been approved by the Health Science Authority (HSA) in Singapore for use.) But because Botox’s purified form only contains 1 of 8 types of botulinum toxin produced by the bacteria, it does not have the same poisonous effects as when all 8
Juvederm VOLUX – chin filler, jawline filler, available soon at SL Aesthetic Clinic Singapore Allergan, the global aesthetic pharmaceutical company, has launched Juvéderm VOLUX – a welcome chin filler addition to its Juvéderm line up of dermal fillers. What is Juvéderm VOLUX Chin Filler? Juvéderm VOLUX is a hyaluronic acid-based filler designed to sculpt the chin and jawline areas, giving you facial definition. With its patented VYCROSS® technology in hyaluronic acid, Juvéderm VOLUX results can last for up to 18 – 24 months. This is comparatively longer than its cousin Juvéderm VOLUMA, which can last up to 18 months. This
“How to tighten pores?” I’m often asked. With consistent effort, perseverance, and the Clear + Brilliant Laser. With the number of Clear + Brilliant Lasers I do on a daily basis, one may be forgiven for thinking that it’s a new treatment enjoying a hyped up demand for its ability to shrink and minimise pores. In fact, the Clear + Brilliant Laser has been in Singapore for almost 10 years. But how? Why has it not gone the way of trendy “miraculous” treatments – popular one day, dead the next? 4 reasons the Clear + Brilliant Laser an answer to
Cysteamine Whitening Cream
What is the Cysteamine Whitening Cream? The cysteamine whitening cream uses the active ingredient cysteamine, the simplest natural aminothiol produced in human cells – a metabolite of amino acid L-cysteine. Cysteamine promotes the transport of L-cysteine into human cells. This can be further used to synthesise Glutathione, an antioxidant. Cysteamine inhibits melanin (dark pigment) synthesis in skin cells, therefore reducing pigmentation. The Cysteamine Whitening Cream – a product shown to correct pigmentation. Is the Cysteamine Whitening Cream new? Initially, oral Cysteamine was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for human use for cystinosis, a rare genetic disorder. However,
Melasma patch on the forehead. Credits: American Medical Aesthetics Do you suffer from patchy pigmentation on your cheeks or forehead? Have you tried many whitening products, lasers and even chemical peels without significant improvement? If you do, you may benefit from a treatment which has been shown to help with your pigmentation problem. Melasma is a fairly common skin condition affecting mostly ladies in their 30s and 40s. It is also prevalent among pregnant women. Melasma appears as patchy brown pigmentation on the cheeks, forehead and nose bridge. These patches of brown pigmentation add a “dirty” look to an otherwise
[6 August 2018] A blog post by Dr. Mark Lim From facials, skincare products, to medical aesthetic procedures bearing the Skin Booster name, it’s a wild wild world of skin hydration treatments. Many of such mimic the original Restylane Skinboosters™ treatment, at varying levels of success. Credits: Here, I give you a low-down on three medical aesthetic Skin Booster treatments, including Juvederm’s Volite. But first. What exactly is a Skin Booster? Not to be confused with the cosmetic product, medical grade skin boosters are meant to be injected rather than applied. Skin Boosters contain a sugar molecule called hyaluronic
The Facial Ageing Process How does one lift a droopy face? A common question I get in my practice, we first have to how our face ages. The ageing process is not a straightforward one. Ageing takes place in the slow degeneration of multiple layers of our face: 1. Your facial bones shrink and lose volume 2. Facial muscles and ligaments that hold fat compartment in place become lax; these fat compartments shift downwards with gravity 3. Your outer skin becomes thinner and wrinkly. Therefore, in order to reverse ageing with the aim of creating a youthful look, there is
[10 January 2018] A blog post by Dr. Kelvin Chua To some, ageing gracefully means carrying the “character lines” with pride and quiet dignity. Others seek the help of Botox and Fillers to maintain their natural youthfulness. The operative word being natural; many aesthetic practitioners ruefully fail to master the art of minimal injections. Choose Quality, Not Quantity. Having practised medical aesthetics for over a decade, I’ve seen and corrected my fair share of sloppy work and botched jobs. Frozen brows, misshapen cheeks and skewed noses were common sights. Such cases have decreased in numbers over the years. All, except
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