Medical aesthetic ‘tweakments’ have become increasingly popular in the last few years. From Botox and fillers to lasers and skin injectables, people have come to accept and embrace treatments that subtly enhance features and rejuvenate faces and complexion.

Amongst the latest, Profhilo is one of the latest up-and-coming anti-ageing ‘tweakment’ of the hyaluronic acid skin injectables in the market. Unlike the existing hyaluronic acid skin injectables like fillers and skin boosters in the market, Profhilo not only improves hydration and plumps up your visage; it is also unique in that it can counteract wrinkles and sagging of skin by stimulating bio-remodelling of collagen and elastin structures in the skin.

The highly-raved Profhilo is made of 100% pure hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a natural component of human skin. HA can bind water up to 1,000 its own weight, which is why HA skin treatments are often touted as ‘injectable moisture’. However, not all HAs are made equal. Because of the unique thermal crosslinking process used to link the short and long-chain hyaluronic acid in Profhilo instead of binding agents such as BDDE, as well as its high HA concentration, Profhilo stimulates natural collagen and elastin production in the skin, which helps it increase the elasticity of the skin while reducing wrinkles and sagging as well as increase skin hydration.

Profhilo also has the advantage of having almost no downtime. Due to its unique spreadability when injected into the skin, Profhilo requires small injections in only 10 selected bio-aesthetic points which minimizes risk to blood vessels and nerves. The product then diffuses throughout the layers of the skin and exerts its effects. Due to the unique injection technique, most people can go back to their daily activity immediately after injection with minimal downtime. 

The result? A dewy, plump complexion with a firmer and better-lifted contour, enhanced hydration and better tissue and scarring repair. Typically, 2 treatments are done 1 month apart and effects can be observed after the second treatment. They gradually improve over time and can last between 6 and 9 months. For best results, Profhilo is recommended to be administered twice a year. 

For those who are looking for a more striking and significant improvement, Profhilo can be combined with other treatments such as skin boosters, Rejuran healer and even lasers for better results. Profhilo is best for anyone over 30 who wants to improve tired, dull and ageing skin. 

In Singapore, Profhilo injections are provided only in accredited medical aesthetic clinics. When having your Profhilo treatment or products, always look out for the Neoasia Authenticity Sticker. Only with the authenticity sticker can you be assured that the product is delivered via pharmaceutical cold chain logistics at all times. Due to the unique nature of the Profhilo product, optimal product integrity can only be assured if it is delivered from the point of manufacture to your skin within the approved temperatures at all times. 

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What is Thermage treatment?

Thermage is a non-invasive skin tightening and lifting treatment. 
It uses a unique patented Radiofrequency (RF) technology to heat up deeper layers of our skin to stimulate new collagen production in the skin. 

What can Thermage do?

New collagen production from thermage treatment can effectively lift and tighten the facial skin. It can also reduce pores, wrinkles and loose skin around the eyes, face and the neck.

Who are the suitable candidates for Thermage?

Thermage is suitable for all men and women, from young to middle aged, who are looking to delay signs of skin ageing. 

Collagen regeneration helps slow down the skin ageing process and provide an overall skin rejuvenation, lifting and tightening effect.

How does it take before I can see results?

It takes about 2-3 months to see the results. Results from Thermage are usually gradual and progressive, and will continue to improve in the next 6-12 months.

How long do results last for?

Results from thermage typically last for 12 months. It can be repeated every year to maintain your youthful look.

If I were to do it during my lunch break? Any downtime?

There is zero to minimal downtime.

Is Thermage safe?

Thermage FLX is a very safe treatment with its advanced technology and smart cryo system. 

This ensures that the level of heat is automatically checked throughout treatment and adjusted accordingly to ensure patient’s safety, while providing maximum results. 

Ultherapy or Thermage?

Ultherapy and Thermage work together very well in delaying your skin and face ageing process and can benefit you in different ways.

These treatments can only be performed by doctors. Please consult a doctor to determine which treatment suits you best.

THERMAGE TREATMENT SINGAPORE BY S AESTHETICS CLINIC


Devil's Lip

A beauty fad gone too far.

Beauty fads come and go, but some, more dangerous than others. In the recent years, social media has had a huge influence in the rise lip enhancement procedures – and in-office lip procedures have skyrocketed.

However, what is deemed beautiful has evolved over the years. In the 80s and 90s, a larger upper lip compared to the bottom was in vogue. By the time we reached the early 2000s, a very large lower lip pout became fashionable. More recently, we went through a period when an upper lip with a definition that resembled the Cupid’s bow was desirable, before the massively plumped up lips of Kylie Jenner became the trendsetter.

Late 2019, a bizarre lip trend started catching on in social media.

Thought to have originated from Russia, the “Devil Lip”, also known as “Octopus lips” started making its round on Instagram. Although it appeared to cater to a very niche audience, it caught on and the #devillips hashtag started viralling on the social media platform. The tre­nd appears to involve injections into the lips to give them a wavy devil horn-like appearance.


Aesthetics or Fad?

To understand if this should even become a trend, we need to first look at how did we even come to artificial-looking lip enhancement and augmentation.

There are two ways they make their way into society. The first is pressure from patients who desire unnatural looking lips, and the second,  well-intentioned practitioners not completely appreciating the detailed anatomy of the lips and perioral area.

In some versions of the story, it was reported that the purported “inventor” of the Devil Lips first created it from a mistaken injection and the patient thought “why not?”

Fads such as these catch on because they are so “in your face” and exaggerated.


Is it safe?                

Looking at the images, you’d imagine that the injections would be harmful. Procedurally speaking, having the fillers done to attain Devil Lips is not more dangerous than having fillers done on the lips for any other reason.

However, the bigger issue from this is the social implications of having the procedure done and the side effects following it.

As with any lip procedures, it is important to be aware that you can cause serious damage trying to create such a look with fillers as inappropriately injected fillers could end up in a blood vessel causing blockages and leading to death of tissues. Most of the vessels are around the lips, which is why such injections could carry higher risks.


What side effects can Devil Lips give me?

For starters, it’s a different aesthetic and “unnatural”. Although it is no more dangerous than any other filler procedure on the lips, it will definitely get a few stares and some silent judgement.

That aside, as the fillers dissolve, the lip will become lumpy and aesthetically displeasing. A wavy lip may also affect the functions of the lips, such as enunciation of words, fine lips movements such as pouting, drinking from a straw and kissing.


So, what makes beautiful lips?

While there is no universal rule, it has been quite well established that a perfect pout involves lips that have:

  • Appropriate fullness and plumpness that taper toward the corners
  • A uniform texture with good hydration
  • A pronounced Cupid’s bow and defined vermillion borders
  • Balanced lower and upper lips consistent with the golden ratio
  • A lower lip that is fuller than the upper lip
  • Symmetry between the left and right sides

What are the lip no-nos?

Few things that you should avoid at all costs when having lip fillers are:

  • Sausage fill – avoid uniform overfilling. Natural lips have areas of greater and lesser fullness, each having its own unique architecture
  • Disobeying the golden ratio – disrupting the golden ratio can make lips look artificial even when everything else is done well
  • Losing the Cupid’s bow – a lack of a Cupid’s bow can completely derail and otherwise good lip augmentation
  • Ignoring the lips needs – a beautiful lip is very much more than just volume, and each lip procedure should take into account the needs of the lips and multi-modality treatment should be appropriately instituted.

How do we stay safe?

When having fillers, it is important that we minimize risk and attain the aesthetic ratios that make the lips beautiful. Always go for hyaluronic acid fillers which are reversible rather than permanent fillers and avoid unapproved products.

Read around and do your research so that you know what you want; and talk to your doctor about the lips you desire and how to achieve it.

Next read: DERMAL FILLERS : 6 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FILLER TREATMENT

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You look at your schedule – there are 10 Zoom meetings in the coming week. But your skin looks dull and marks from your recent breakout are still visibly there. You start worrying about how you are going to get your skin in shape for the coming meetings. 

The scenario above is not uncommon nowadays. CoViD-19 has changed the way the world works. Working from home via Zoom meetings have become the new norm. How should our skincare routine change with this to achieve a subtle glow ahead of the next video conference? 

1. Use a good keratinolytic

With age and free radical damage from the harsh environment, especially from UV, dead and devitalized epidermal cells can accumulate on the surface of our skin, leading to dull, tired looking skin.

By regularly using a gentle exfoliator like the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50T, you can gently rid your skin of the dead keratinocytes while the anti-inflammatory actives in the lotion helps to balance your epidermis to help serums and moisturizers penetrate.


2. Target your serums

Our skins are as unique as we are. The one-size-fits-all approach of cosmeceuticals is outdated, and serums designed to treat specific skin imbalances now allow skincare to be tailored and customized based on each of our unique needs.

The Biologique Recherche range of Quintessentail Serums does exactly this. By simplifying their serums down to amino acids or short peptides with a bare minimum of preservatives, they have brought customized skincare into our homes. Examples include the Serum Placenta which is a repairing serum that helps to reduce skin imperfections, lighten the eye contour area and restore epidermal elasticity and tone; the Serum Oligo-Proteines Marines which uses bio-marine complexes to energize and revitalize skin and help stimulate its natural functions to unify complexion; Serum A-Glyca which acts against the phenomenon of glycation which is one of the major factors of skin-ageing; Serum Extraits Tissulaires which moisturizes and revitalizes stressed skin and many more.

Choosing the right serums can bring your ageing dull skin back to life by targeting the exact problem-causing issue. 


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3. Apply a good moisturizer

A good moisturizer can not only help maintain the barrier functions of your skin; it can also add luminosity and keep your skin supple. Well-moisturized skin also helps make-up stay on better, without chapping and flaking.

Biologique Recherche has 2 moisturizers that live up to the standards of a good moisturizer. The Crème Masque Vernix reproduces the original composition of the newborn’s vernix – the first epidermal protective barrier at birth. It helps to recondition and strengthen deficient or stressed epidermis and is suitable for those in need of an intensive treatment to repair and replenish tired and damaged skin.

The Crème Amnios on the other hand is a refreshing and rejuvenating cream aimed at those with oily skin and suffering from unwanted shine. This mattifying cream contains extracts of amniotic fluid to revitalize, repair and tighten open pores by repairing, moisturizing and restoring elasticity of skin texture. This will help your skin maintain a smooth texture and healthy glow while you present away in your Zoom call. 


4. Remember your pigment cream

Tired looking eyes can hugely affect your appearance, whether in-person or on-screen. As we age, one of the first areas to show signs are the skin in the area around our eyes. This is because the skin here is one of the thinnest, and any problems will show early.

With age, fine lines start to accumulate and elasticity of skin in the area starts to be lost. This gives rise to tired saggy eyes.

The Biologique Recherche Crème Contour des Yeux VIPO2 smoothes and tones the eye area by oxygenating and moisturizing the skin in the area to help reduce winkles and brighten the gaze. 


5. Do not forget your eye creams

An attractive set of eyes has to be complemented by a healthy bush of eyelashes. AnteAGE is a brand known for its stem cell products and its foray into regenerative and rejuvenative products. Their lash serum is no exception. Packed with 12 hair growth factors, peptides, hydrating hyaluronic acid and biotin, the AnteAGE Overnight Lash Serum is definitely the right first step on your journey to thicker, more beautiful lashes. 


6. Use an eyelash serum

For most patients, 1 session will suffice. However, depending on the method used, some patients may see early recurrence and may require further sessions for complete removal. If a mole is tested as cancerous however, a formal surgical excision with margins will be required. 


7. Eye drops

There is always a risk of scarring from mole removal. This can be minimized by careful removal to avoid damage to surrounding skin during the procedure as well as good after care of the wound and scar.

The deeper a mole is, the greater the risk of scarring, even in the best of hands. In such instances, a partial removal may instead be attempted if the mole is deemed benign, or if complete removal is indicated, then a surgical excision with subsequent closure of the wound with stitches may be performed.


Biologique Recherche & AnteAGE Skin Care Products are Available in S Aesthetics Clinic. Speak to us to learn more about it.

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Botox

Botox has become a household name in recent years primarily due to its popularity in cosmetic usage. Botox has been used in the medical field for many years to treat medical conditions such as cervical dystonia, chronic migraine, eye twitching and lazy eye. In this article, we are going to focus on cosmetic usage of Botox.

Before we go into the details, we need to be clear that “Botox” generally means Botulinum toxin A. As of now, there are 4 approved brands of Botulinum Toxin A to be used in Singapore for medical and cosmetic purposes – Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Neuronox. For the purpose of discussion, we will use the term Botox because it is a common household name. It is like how we refer to all portable cassette devices as Walkman (if you are old enough to know this) and all diapers as Pampers.


What can Botox do?

Improve Facial Wrinkles

Botox works by blocking certain chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. By doing so, it can reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles caused by excessive facial expressions. The most common use of Botox injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles on the upper part of the face. 

Some examples of commonly treated areas are:

Forehead wrinkles – Lines that appear on your forehead when you raise your eyebrows.

Frown lines – Wrinkles between your eyebrows that make you appear unfriendly or unhappy.

Crows feet – Wrinkles that appear at the corner of your eyes when you smile.

Bunny lines – Fine lines that appear when you scrunch up your nose.

Chin wrinkles – Wrinkles at your chin that make your chin appear to have multiple small dimples.

Marionette lines – Wrinkles at the corner of your mouth that make you appear sad.

Perioral lines – Fine lines around your mouth (google Helen Hunt for an example).

Each treatment result with Botox can typically last for about 3-4 months, after which repeated treatments will be required. 


Jaw Shaping

Botox is commonly used in the cosmetic field to improve the appearance of a squared or broad jaw. Treatment is also sometimes known as jaw reduction or jaw slimming. This treatment is more commonly done for women. However, due to the popular K-pop culture, we are also seeing a rise in male patients having this treatment done. In K-pop culture, a smaller or more feminine male’s face is perceived as looking more attractive.

If you dislike the fact that you are blessed with a broad muscular jaw due to large jaw muscles (also known as masseter muscles), Botox treatment can help reduce the broad jaw appearance.

Once Botox is being injected into the masseter muscles, it will reduce the muscle activity and muscle contraction. The muscles will then shrink in size gradually over a few weeks, the same way as how your biceps shrink over time if you do not work out. This way, you will observe a gradual reduction in your broad jaw appearance. 


Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Botox has the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for activating the sweat glands. This way, it can “switch off” sweating at the area where it has been injected.

Areas that are commonly treated with Botox for excessive sweating are underarms, palms and forehead. After injection, improvement can be seen within 1-2 weeks. The effect of sweat reduction can last for about 4-6 months, after which repeated treatment will be required to maintain the efficacy of the treatment.


Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Botox can be used to improve excessive teeth grinding, the same way as how it helps with jaw reduction. 

Most people with bruxism have no symptoms and are not aware they are doing it. Some may experience facial pain and headaches especially when they wake up in the morning. If you wake up every morning with a headache, you may well be suffering from bruxism. By injecting Botox into the masseter muscles, it reduces the muscle contraction and shrinks the muscles over time. This way, it also reduces the severity of bruxism. 


Skin Lifting

Botox, in particular Dysport brand of botulinum toxin A, can be used for a skin lifting procedure known as Dysport dermalift. Dysport dermalift is a unique non-surgical face lifting technique invented by a renowned plastic surgeon in South Korea, popularised by its efficacy, immediate and long lasting result.

This treatment involves multiple micro-injections of Dysport into the skin at specific points on the face. This stimulates the fibroblast cells in the skin to produce more collagen. It also stimulates cellular cytoskeleton of the skin cells to bind to more elastin and collagen. These changes result in an instant skin tightening and face lifting effect which improves in the next 1-2 weeks.


Body Parts Slimming

Although not popular in this part of the world, Botox can be used to slim body parts such as calves and upper arms. Botox, when injected into specific areas of calf or upper arm muscles, can effectively shrink the bulk of the muscles and make the calf or upper arm appear slimmer over a period of time. The slimming results can usually last for about 4-6 months.

However, this procedure can only be performed by highly trained doctors because of the risks involved. 


In summary, besides treating wrinkles, Botox can also be used to treat many other conditions. It is very important to note that in Singapore, Botox can ONLY be administered by professionally trained doctors. Botox treatment is safe but is not without risks. Therefore, if you wish to get Botox treatment done, please remember to discuss with your doctors in detail before the treatment.

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Dry skin is no fun to deal with wherever it crops up. When it happens under the eye, it can be especially bothersome. Not only does it make us look tired, it also can cause concealers and make up to cake. 

What causes dry skin under the eyes? 

The skin under our eye is thinner and more delicate than on other parts of the body. This also means that it is not as able to retain moisture and is more susceptible to drying out. This can lead to flaky skin which can become itchy, irritated, red, and discoloured. Chronic dry skin can also affect elasticity which can lead to early fine lines and wrinkles. The good news though is that we can manage this and prevent it from happening again. 

How to treat and care for dry skin under our eyes? 

Start by simplifying your beauty routine. The right products along with consistent cleansing and hydrating goes a long way. 

1. Avoid harsh products 

Overuse and overzealous regular use of cleansers and skincare products such as scrubs, deep cleansers and peels that contain harsh chemicals or alcohol can seriously dry out your skin. The skin around your eye is especially susceptible to this. 

2. Be consistent 

Make a habit of washing your face once in the morning and once at night. Switch to a mild or soap free facial cleanser and use gentle strokes with lukewarm water instead of hot water. Lightly dab your moisturizer or eye cream onto the sensitive eye area. Also, it is especially important to remove makeup before going to bed. 

3. Reduce oxidative stress to your skin 

This includes reducing the booze and the tobacco, protecting your skin against the harsh effects of ultraviolet rays (UV). Other lifestyle factors changes you can make include not rubbing beneath your eyes, using only lukewarm water on your face, avoid reapplying under-eye makeup too often and always using clean makeup brushes. 

4. Look after your diet

Adequate hydration is essential for health. It is also a good countermeasure against dry skin. Make sure you get enough antioxidant-rich foods and avoid overly processed foods, refined carbohydrates and soda drinks. 

These are some measures that can help us delay the onset of fine lines and devitalized looking eyes. A skincare routine that is easy to commit to in the morning and night will treat existing dry skin and prevent it from tipping over to becoming a chronic issue. 

If it does not improve however, it is important to speak to your doctor. Get it looked at to rule out any underlying medical issue, and to seek advice regarding more heavy duty measures such as polynucleotide, hyaluronic acid injectables or fillers that the doctors may advise to help with it.

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Do you seek advice for your skin issues from the internet? 

Social media has become such an inherent part of our lives that often, the first thing that comes to mind when we have a question to answer is scroll through our Facebook, Instagram, TikTok feeds for the solution. This often gives us a mix of results, some work, and some do not work. We often just laugh off the ones that do not work and promise ourselves not to follow it again, just to go through the same cycle soon after. 


This is benign in many circumstances, but more recently, a survey published (Yousaf A et al. Pediatr Dermatol. 2020 Jan 15. doi: 10.1111/pde.14091.) suggests that many patients consult social media for advice even on acne treatment. Also showed in that same study is that the majority of people who do will go on to follow recommendations that do not align with proven clinical guidelines. 

The study surveyed 130 patients of whom 45% consulted social media for advice on acne treatment and 52% of those went on to follow recommendations that do not correspond to medical guidelines. Most patients reported no (40%) to minimal (53%) improvement in their acne after following the advice. 


Of the most common social media platforms used, YouTube and Instagram came tops, with 58% each, followed by Pinterest (31%), Facebook (19%), Twitter (9%), Snapchat (7%). [patients could select more than one platform].

The social media advice patients went on to follow included using over the counter products (81%), making dietary adjustments (40%), using self-made products (19%) and taking supplements (16%). 

Of these, only 7% reported significant improvement in their acne. This is a concerning trend, and poor results are likely due to inaccurate content on social media compared to healthcare sources. 


It is not difficult to see why there is so much misinformation on the internet. Social media is increasingly becoming not just the main route of marketing products, it has also indirectly fueled emotional and mental associations of an individual to their appearance by increase in usage of social media and photo-editing apps. The global anti-acne cosmetics market size was valued at USD2.07 billion in 2018 and continues to grow year on year. With multiple parties trying to get a share of the market, unscrupulous parties have marketed products either with false claims, using a variety of marketing tactics to reach these vulnerable patients. 

Acne patients are prone to suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, poor quality of life and loneliness, and it is not rocket science as to why that is. Acne can be a debilitating disease, and may leave permanent scars which are sometimes even more difficult to treat than the acne itself. In the survey, about half of the patients (51%) had moderate acne, while 38% had severe acne. Only 11% of the patients surveyed had mild acne. Taking up the advice on social media means that patients with moderate to severe acne may have been delayed in their seeking medical treatment for their acne, and deprived of early treatment. It is especially crucial in these patients that medical treatment of acne is instituted quickly and effectively to prevent lifelong scarring. 

Acne is not only a social concern. It is a medical condition with medical treatments that are able to address it. Solutions seen on social media may be effective for one person, but the results may be the complete opposite in another individual. Treatment of acne is never a once-size-fits-all solution and a tailored treatment based on the assessment of the doctor is crucial for its success. Unproven treatments are never a replacement to medically proven treatments that have not only been reviewed for their efficacy in labs, but in large randomized controlled trials all over the world. 

If you are suffering from acne, speak to your doctor about treatments before speaking to Dr. Social Media.

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ultherapy singapore

An Overview of Common Ultherapy Myths in Singapore.

I wrote this article in response to some of the most frequently asked questions in my practice about Ultherapy treatment. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about Ultherapy and I hope this article will help you answer some of your concerns.

Ultherapy treatment uses microfocused ultrasound energy to stimulate the body in renewing and replacing existing collagen under the skin. This non-invasive ultrasound treatment, if used correctly by trained doctors, can effectively lift and tighten loose and saggy skin areas such as the cheeks, jowls, jawline, brows and neck area. Here are some of the facts about Ultherapy treatment:

  • FDA approved skin tightening treatment
  • Totally non-invasive
  • Works for women and men
  • Minimal to zero downtime
  • 1 treatment produces results
  • Results last for 12-18 months
  • Good safety profile

Myth 1: Ultherapy will melt my fillers

There are no clinical studies that show that Ultherapy dissolves fillers. On the contrary, in my experience, fillers such as Ellanse and Radiesse work synergistically with Ultherapy to stimulate collagen production.

Ultrasound energy from Ultherapy works at an optimal temperature of approximately 60-70°C. To put things in perspective, the sterilization process of hyaluronic acid gel requires a temperature of approximately 120°C. Even at a high temperature of 120°C, filler gel remains solid and intact. So how would a temperature of 60-70°C melt your fillers?  

Furthermore, Ultherapy has a real-time visualisation screen that allows us doctors to see in detail the structure of the skin, fat and muscles, and the exact location of the fillers. An experienced or well trained doctor will be able to deliver the energy precisely into the correct layers of your skin and avoid touching the fillers in the process.

Myth 2: Ultherapy will melt my fat and make my face look sunken

There are no clinical studies that show that Ultherapy can melt away fat. Ultherapy, if done correctly by experienced doctors, should not have any impact on fat cells. 

However, in theory, if the person performing the treatment is not well trained or not meticulous with the treatment, the continuous ultrasound heat energy delivery into the same spot repeatedly can generate high enough temperature to destroy fat cells. 

Therefore, it is important to get Ultherapy done by a doctor who has been trained to perform Ultherapy correctly and safely.

Myth 3: Ultherapy treatment is very painful

When Ultherapy was first introduced in 2007, it was indeed a painful treatment, hence the stigmatisation. 

However, since then, technology has advanced significantly and  many improvements have been made. The new generation of Ultherapy machines are able to deliver much more comfortable and precise ultrasound energy that produces wonderful results.

In my practice, with adequate pain management protocol, all my patients are able to undergo Ultherapy treatment comfortably.

Myth 4: Ultherapy treatments are the same everywhere because everyone uses the same treatment protocol

Being a trained Ultherapy expert, I get very disappointed when I hear this statement from patients. The fact of the matter is, ultherapy equipment is uniquely designed for women and men with different facial anatomies. In my practice, every single patient is treated with customized protocols based on their gender, age, ethnicity, facial anatomy, skin type and concerned areas. It is not just about the number of shots and the energy level. Customizing the treatment protocol is a complicated process that takes into account many factors after a thorough facial assessment is done. 

I do not deny that a lot of people out there treat every patient with the same protocol. The reason they do so is because they do not have a clear understanding of human anatomy and are not properly trained to handle the equipment. Sometimes, it is just because it is less time consuming. If you choose to receive Ultherapy treatment in a medical spa or by poorly trained professionals just because the price is lower, then you will get what you paid for.

Myth 5: The more shots I receive, the better results I get.

Recently, there is a trend going around where patients specifically ask about the number of Ultherapy shots given, and choose to go for places that offer the most number of shots. Ironically, some of these places that offer the most number of shots also offer ridiculously low prices. 

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, an effective and safe Ultherapy treatment is not just about the number of shots. The more important thing to look out for is whether or not the place uses authentic Ultherapy equipment, and if the person performing Ultherapy treatment is a well trained doctor. In my practice, every patient is treated with customized protocols taking into account multiple factors after a thorough assessment. 

Myth 6: Ultherapy result only lasts for 6 months

Ultherapy stimulates production and regeneration of collagen, which takes about 3 months to mature and get strong enough to provide visible support to the skin structure. After that, results can last for 12 – 18 months. Ultherapy treatment produces long lasting results after one single treatment.

Myth 7: Ultherapy can only be done on the face

Besides face and neck, Ultherapy treatment can be used on various parts of the body to tighten the skin. Some of the areas that can be treated by Ultherapy are: Chest, butt, arm, under butt, above knee, abdomen, double chin.


What do I think of Ultherapy treatment as a doctor?

  • One of my favourite treatments so far.
  • I personally perform this treatment for my patients.
  • I highly recommend Ultherapy for my female and male patients.
  • I customize the treatment for each patient. 
  • I start Ultherapy treatment for patients around early to mid 30’s. 
  • I use it in combination with other treatments such as fillers and pico laser.

I hope this article clears some confusion and misunderstanding about Ultherapy. Lastly, I urge you to choose your Ultherapy provider wisely to get the treatment done safely with good and long lasting results.


Nose Job

Dermal filler treatment has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments ever since it was popularised by Hollywood celebrities and influencers such as Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian. Information about dermal fillers is widely available on the internet and social media. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions and confusion regarding filler treatment. For the purpose of this discussion, the fillers that I refer to in this article are the more commonly used fillers these days such as hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. 

I am going to clear some of the misconceptions my patients have regarding dermal fillers treatment.


Misconception #1: I can use 1 syringe of filler to treat every part of my face

I often get patients who request to use only 1 filler to treat multiple areas, presumably due to budget concern or the fear of having too much fillers injected in the face. For example, a patient may ask for 1 filler for the chin, the under eye and the lips. 

There are 2 issues here. Firstly, different areas of the face have to be treated with different types of fillers. Secondly, 1 filler is often insufficient to treat so many different areas. 

There are many different types of fillers designed for specific areas of the face. For example, fillers for the chin (such as Restylane Lyft, Juvederm Volux and Belotero Intense) are what we commonly refer to as hard fillers. These fillers are designed to sculpt areas that require definition and absolutely cannot be injected in the under eye areas.

Therefore in this example case, this patient will require at least 3 fillers to treat the 3 areas mentioned – 1 hard filler for the chin, 1 hard filler for the temples and 1 soft filler (such as Belotero balance, Juvederm volbella or Teosyal Redensity II) for the under eye areas.

In other words, 1 filler is often not suitable or insufficient to treat multiple areas of the face.


Misconception #2: I will look worse if I stop doing fillers

A very common misconception is that once you start filler treatment, you will never be able to stop, because once you stop and the fillers wear off, you will look worse and older than before.

Some people also use this as an example of being “addicted” to injecting fillers.

Fillers are designed to restore volume loss and lift the skin to produce a more youthful look. With an adequate amount of fillers injected in the right place, I repeat – in the right place, it can help make your face look younger than your actual age. 

Once injected, fillers also stimulate your skin collagen production. Therefore after just one filler treatment, you will look better than when you started even after fillers have disappeared over a period of time. After repeated treatments, the results last longer and longer.

However, one day if you decided to stop doing fillers, it is absolutely fine. The fillers that have already been injected into your face would have done its job of delaying and interrupting the continuous ageing process of your facial skin. 

Don’t get me wrong. You will still continue to age. But you WILL NOT look worse than before you have had any filler treatment. In fact, you will look younger than your actual age.


Misconception #3 : Filler treatment makes my face look weird and unnatural (often quoting examples of Hollywood actress)

You may have seen pictures of celebrities who look more and more horrible over time, presumably from botched cosmetic treatment. Yes, filler treatment may be one of the culprits, but this is often due to poorly done or excessive cosmetic treatments they receive over the years – a combination of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

As I mentioned before, an optimal amount of fillers injected in the right place with the right technique will never make your face look unnatural. In fact, a good filler treatment result is often “invisible”.

One of the biggest problems with filler treatment nowadays is excessive treatment or overfilling. This is often due to 2 reasons: patients keep asking for more fillers, and doctors fail to tell patients that more fillers will be too much for them. Excessive treatment will almost always result in a weird and unnatural looking face. Fillers, when administered by an experienced doctor, should produce beautiful and natural results. 


Misconception #4: Filler treatment is easy. I can get it done by anyone.

Filler treatment can only be performed by well trained and qualified doctors. Filler injection is an extremely complicated procedure. It requires an extensive understanding of human facial anatomy, a professional facial assessment skills and a well trained pair of hands to deliver the injection safely and effectively.  

Your doctor will need to understand your concerns and expectations, and explain to you how he or she can help you achieve a realistic result. Filler treatment is a complex procedure. Please do not get it done by just anyone.


Misconception #5: I am paying too much for the filler product. I would rather go to a cheaper place. 

Filler treatment prices vary in different places. A common scenario is when patients “shop” around for the cheapest price and make a decision on where to get filler treatment done based on which place offers the lowest pricing. 

Many people fail to realise that when it comes to cosmetic treatment such as filler injection, you are paying for the skills and professionalism, NOT the product. 

Let me give you an example. If you need a good haircut, you will pay a good hair stylist to cut your hair. You are paying for the hair stylist’s skills. You are not paying to have a pair of scissors and just let anyone cut your hair. Similarly, if you wish to have a good filler treatment, you will be paying for the doctor’s professional skills, not the filler product.

Having said that, the type of filler products being used do play a major role in the pricing of the filler treatment. As the saying goes, you get what you paid for. It is important to ask what fillers your doctor will be using on your face because safety is still the top priority when it comes to cosmetic treatment.


Misconception #6: The longer lasting the filler is, the more bang for the buck I get

There are many different brands of fillers out there. The common brands that are approved in Singapore are Juvederm, Belotero, Restylane and Teosyal fillers. Each brand has a whole range of different fillers that have different longevity, consistency, cohesivity and character.  Many patients tend to request to have the “longest lasting” filler because of the idea of making the money spent more worthwhile. Very long lasting filler may not necessarily be a good thing. In fact, it may potentially cause more problems in the future such as infection and formation of hard lumps (granuloma). 

We need to understand the ageing process well in order to understand why temporary (short term) fillers are the choice of fillers for most doctors these days. Skin ageing is a continuous process. Therefore, any cosmetic or anti-ageing treatment, including filler treatment, has to be intermittent and ongoing. A long term filler, once injected, stays with you for a long time. However, the filler does not automatically mold or change its shape and consistency according to how your face changes when you age. If it sticks around for too long, you may end up looking odd and unnatural. 

By using short term fillers, your doctor will be able to treat you at different stages of your ageing process effectively and safely. 


Misconception #7: If my friends did not notice that I have had fillers done, it is a waste of money – the doctor must have done a terrible job

As I mentioned earlier, a well done filler treatment is often “invisible” – no duck lips, pillow face or louhan fish forehead. In my practice, I often stress the importance of looking natural after filler treatment. If your filler can be specifically pointed out by a lay person, it usually means that it is not done well or there is too much filler being injected. When administered by an experienced doctor, the result should look natural and not dramatic. 

A skillfully done filler will have your friends commenting that you look more refreshed, younger or more attractive, but they will never be able to work out what treatment you have undergone. 

So the next time your friends did not ask you if you have had fillers done, do not worry. Your doctor has most likely done a very good job!        

I hope I have successfully clarified some of your misunderstanding regarding filler treatment. Please remember this the next time you wish to have fillers done : Safety is of the utmost importance. Choose your doctor carefully. Talk to your doctor, let your doctor assess your face thoroughly, address your concern and plan a good treatment based on your budget. Trust me, you will get the most out of your money this way.


One too many times do we meet a person who has been dieting and exercising regularly, but just cannot get rid of a few spots of stubborn excess fat. The only solution used to be liposuction, that is until the last few years when the advent of fat busting treatments on the medical aesthetics market changed this. They became a new trend in removing excess fat, and it is easy to see why – non-invasive, low-risk, minimal to no downtime.

Over the last decade, many different technologies for body contouring by means of permanent fat reduction appeared in the market. Two of the best body contouring technologies are radiofrequency and cryolipolysis (cold induced fat cell death). 

This leads to a common conundrum among people considering taking up a treatment for body contouring – which is better? 

FIRST, HOW DO THEY WORK

The two types of treatment are actually very similar, but polar opposites at the same time. They both work by killing off fat cells, which our body subsequently eliminates via the lymphatic system and liver. However, the great difference that sets them apart, is the temperature: radiofrequency destroys fat cells by heating them up, while cryolipolysis works by freezing them.  

The reason both treatments can be used selectively on fat cells is because fat cells do not contain much water, rendering them sensitive to these treatments. 

SO, WHICH IS BETTER? 

This is a tough call to make. Each treatment has its own advantages and might be more suitable depending the results you are after. 

Cryolipolysis treats pockets of fat well, but it can be hard to reduce fat uniformly. Radiofrequency on the other hand can treat over a large area, and is useful when treating someone with uniform fat. Radiofrequency also triggers the body’s natural healing responses which stimulates collagen production, so it is a great treatment when there is also loose skin. 

WHICH IS FASTEST?

With radiofrequency, optimal results are typically seen only after 4-8 sessions, whilst for cryolipolysis, it takes about 2-3 treatments per area. Maximum results are typically 2-3 months after the sessions. 

BEST FOR PAIN AND RISKS?

Both treatments are non-invasive, and there is no downtime. Typical effects after treatment are mild redness and swelling. For both cryolipolysis and radiofrequency, there is the odd case of skin burns. This is typically due to usage of machines that aren’t safe to use, or if the practitioner is not up to standard. To avoid this, make sure you do your homework. 

IN SUMMARY


Fat Freeze (Cryolipolysis)Radio Frequency
ProsGood for treating stubborn fat
pockets
Results in 1-3 sessions an area
Can treat deeper fat
15-25% fat reduction in treated
area
Good for treating uniform
fat
Comfortable
Short sessions (20-30 mins)
Skin tightening
ConsEach treatment takes an hour
Discomfort and soreness may set in
after a day or two
Results may need numerous
sessions
Some machines may feel
very hot

CAN I COMBINE TREATMENTS

Of course you can! Patients who combine treatments see better results. This is because fat freeze is useful in treating fat pockets, which are most commonly deep, whilst radiofrequency is better at targeting uniform fat that is often superficial in nature. Radiofrequency also treats the skin and tightens your skin after the loss of fat volume. Do be aware however that heating and freezing treatments should NOT be done on the same day. 

BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR FINAL DECISION

Do… check the brand of device your practitioner is using. Not all cryo or radiofrequency machines are created equal. There are many copy-cat cryolipolysis machines to be wary of as not all are FDA approved. It is already difficult to pick where to go for the treatment, and picking the pedigree of the device can even be more so. One thing NOT to do is to be led by the price 

Don’t… think of body contouring procedures as weight loss treatments. The treatments are more of a case of shifting a stubborn bit of fat that exercise and diet just won’t budge, especially the lower tummy, love handles, flanks and thighs. In most clinical studies done for these treatments, patients saw loss in inches rather than loss in weight. If you are interested in dropping your Kgs rather than just inches, there are appetite suppressant treatments such as Saxenda, or the good old fashioned diet and exercise.