HIFU Singapore – A Doctor’s Perspective on Why You Should Get a HIFU Facelift

Would you like to look younger and have smoother skin? Why not try getting a facelift with HIFU in Singapore? High intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU is a relatively new technology that can be used to improve skin quality by stimulating the production of collagen underneath the skin. The increased collagen production leads to better skin quality, tighter and firmer skin and gives it a smoother texture.

One of the uses of HIFU technology is for facelifts. Readily available at various medical aesthetic clinics such as Veritas Medical Aesthetics, it’s usually used to treat patients with saggy skin, and the best thing is that it has almost no side effects. It is also an effective and non-invasive method of reducing adipose tissue and cellulite. The ultrasound energy is focused on the targeted tissue and the energy released increases the local temperature just enough to destroy the targeted cells.

HIFU is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle and exercise and will not in any way help you lose weight. Rather, it is an easy and quick way to help you get slim in the areas you desire and achieve a healthier-looking body.

What are the benefits of HIFU?

A HIFU procedure provides long-lasting results and eliminates the huge risks of undergoing a surgical facelift. Besides that, it is also relatively cheaper compared to traditional facelift procedures.

Some of the benefits you can expect from a HIFU facelift include:

  • reduction of facial wrinkles, especially on the forehead, neck, and eyes
  • a lifting effect on the cheeks, eyelids, and eyebrows
  • enhancing your jawline
  • tightening of saggy and loose skin on the neck (also known as a turtle neck)
  • tightening of a woman’s décolletage (the neck, shoulders, back and upper chest)
  • smoothening of the skin texture

Who are suitable candidates for HIFU in Singapore?

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This treatment should not be used for patients having less than 1.6 cm of adipose tissue under a chosen skin depth. This is also not for people who have already been treated by liposuction, abdominoplasty, or those who have a loss of sensitivity.

It is contraindicated in patients with cancer, severe disease, or women who are or may be pregnant. It should not be used in patients with a bleeding disorder, those that use anti-coagulant drugs, or who wear an implanted electrical device, such as a pacemaker.

How does a HIFU facelift work?

Ultrasound, which is a form of an acoustic wave, is bombarded against the skin through a handheld device and destroys the fat contained in the cells. One of the main benefits of using ultrasound is that it can be performed on the whole body. It is a safe and widely used technology in many medical applications, particularly in medical imaging.

Compared to regular ultrasound machines HIFU is about four times more powerful. By concentrating the ultrasound energy, an accumulation of heat is obtained on selected areas of the adipose tissue, resulting in the disappearance of adipocytes (fat cells) that make the skin droop or sag. Ultrasonic energy only damages the fatty tissue without the risk of damage to neighbouring structures. The body then gradually and naturally eliminates the damaged fat cells out of the body. Besides the face, you will also be able to treat other areas with a volume of sagging skin: belly, thighs, back, arms.

What can you expect during and after a HIFU facelift procedure?

HIFU treatment on female face

Before the procedure, I will first clean the area where you want to generate a lifting effect. A topical anaesthetic is then applied to the target area to reduce the discomfort you may feel from the ultrasound pulses. I will then apply an ultrasound gel to assist in the HIFU procedure. Ultrasound energy is then applied to the target area using a special handheld device attached to the HIFU machine. You may feel a tingling sensation while the HIFU is being applied throughout the area. This is done for about 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size and severity of the saggy or loose skin.

After the procedure, you may notice some effects instantly. There’s almost no downtime, so you can resume any of your daily activities after the procedure. There may be some slight redness or swelling but this should not be a hindrance to your normal activities. The whole HIFU treatment may require 2 to 3 sessions and can vary depending on the severity of skin sagging and the size of the treatment area. Full results from the HIFU treatment is expected about 2 to 3 weeks after the final session.

Are there any side effects?

Most often, there is none. Only a few people told me that they felt aches in their thighs or arms the day after the session. This little discomfort was very bearable and disappeared after 48 hours. There are also cases where there may be some bruising, but this should disappear naturally within a week.

Double Eyelid Singapore – Which Type of Double Eyelid Procedure is Best Suited for You?

It is no secret that double eyelid surgery is the most popular cosmetic procedure in Singapore and other Asian countries. There’s really nothing wrong medically with having single eyelids or monolids. Having monolids doesn’t make your vision worse or give your eyes less protection.

Every year, thousands of men and women born with monolids go to aesthetic clinics to get a double eyelid in Singapore.  If you are thinking of getting double eyelid surgery, then read this article from trusted doctors at Ubiqi to learn more about the procedure.

Why is Double Eyelid Surgery Very Popular?

Before and after double eyelid surgery

Many Asian men and women still get double eyelid surgery because double eyelids are believed to be more attractive, especially in Asian cultures like Singapore. Double eyelids also give the eyes a more alert and lively appearance compared to monolids. Also, since a lot of Singaporean women use eye makeup or eyelid tape regularly to achieve that double eyelid look, getting double eyelid surgery is a logical next step for a more permanent result.

Besides these cosmetic reasons though, there are also other reasons that a person may seek double eyelid surgery. For example, there are cases where a patient has a monolid on one eye and a double eyelid on the other one. Due to the asymmetry of their eyelids, patients decide to get double eyelid surgery to make their eyes look even and symmetrical.

Two Types of Double Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Double eyelid surgery is a delicate procedure, and depending on the patient, he/she may have different goals with the procedure. For example, some patients want to have a quicker and less painful experience while some want results that last for a lifetime. Depending on what they want, patients could choose from two types of double eyelid surgery:

  1. Non-Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery
  2. Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery

Each of these two types has its own advantages over each other, and there are certain cases where one is preferred over the other. Read on to learn their differences.

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Non-Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery

This type of double eyelid surgery is also known as the stitching method (Dream Plastic Surgery performs both this and the incisional method). This method uses sutures that are stitched through cuts along the top eyelid which are then pulled and tightened to form the desired eyelid crease.

Before the stitching, you will first be administered some anaesthesia to reduce your discomfort during the procedure. Your eyelid will then be measured and marked carefully. After this, multiple tiny punctures are made along the marks. These sutures are then stitched through these punctures, which will not be visible on your eyelid. There’s no need for you to have these sutures removed in the future.

The procedure is done in about 15 to 40 minutes depending on the complexity. There may be some mild swelling and bruising around the eyelid area, which should disappear in a few days. When it comes to downtime, it usually only lasts for about a week for the recovery of most of my patients. The full results should also appear around a month after the procedure and will last for 1 to 2 years.

Although the effects of this procedure aren’t permanent, many patients prefer this due to the quicker procedure, shorter recovery time and being a reversible process. This method also requires better care and discipline so take note of this before making a decision.

Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery

The other method of doing double eyelid surgery is by making an incision on the eyelid to create the crease. In addition to creating the eyelid crease, extra fat from the eyelids is also removed. Once this is done, the incision is then stitched to form the desired crease.

Similar to the non-incisional method, you will be put under anaesthesia as well. The whole procedure takes about an hour to finish, and you will have to get the sutures removed after about 4 or 5 days. There will be a longer downtime compared to the stitching method, lasting about 2 weeks to a month.

One advantage of this method over the stitching technique is that it can also be used to fix other eyelid problems such as extra skin and droopy eyelids. Take note that the effects of the incisional double eyelid surgery are permanent and irreversible. If you want a tighter-looking and more defined appearance of your double eyelids, then you’ll want to get the incisional method.

Which Type Should You Choose?

As mentioned, there are distinct differences between the two methods of double eyelid surgery.

Experts at Ubiqi recommend the non-incisional type to patients who:

  • want to try out a double eyelid look but wants the fallback of being able to reverse the effects
  • want a quicker recovery time and lesser downtime
  • don’t want any visible scars
  • have thin eyelids

On the other hand, the incisional type is recommended to patients who:

  • want a clearly defined eyelid crease
  • want results that last permanently
  • have thick layers of eyelid fat
  • have asymmetrical eyes

Your Most Comprehensive Guide to Fillers in Singapore

Have you ever looked at someone’s face and wondered how they get so lucky to have a chiselled jaw and cheekbones so sharp that it could probably cut through stone? Maybe this is an exaggerated thought but there is a great chance that it has crossed your mind while looking at a celebrity’s selfie on social media, or while passing by the magazine corner in the supermarket and you just happened to glance at the perfect, air-brushed image of the latest cover model. It is easy to say that these people have won the golden ticket in the genetic lottery but the truth is, as you might probably suspect, there is more to those chiselled, sharp features than just plain genetics.

Whether it was achieved through the expert-level application of contour, bronzer, and highlight or it could be the magic of Photoshop, there is an alternative solution that requires no skill set and no effort on your end: dermal or face fillers. These fillers were initially used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and areas of the face with volume and collagen loss due to ageing. Most fillers are composed of a substance called hyaluronic acid, a natural filler that can be found in parts of the body such as connective tissues, skin tissues, joint fluid and cartilage. Hyaluronic acid is very effective in delivering moisture and keeping it together into the skin so that the skin can fully absorb it. The hydrating power of the hyaluronic acid is so great that it can instantly make the skin plump, supple, and youthful-looking, thus reducing the effects of ageing and significantly improving facial contours. Since hyaluronic acid is already found in the body, it poses no risk of an allergic reaction to most people and that makes it suitable for filler treatment.

Dermal fillers illustration

Dermal fillers in Singapore that use hyaluronic acid are injected to certain areas of the face like the chin, jawline, cheekbones, and lips to create a contoured, sharper-looking visage. If you covet the highly-contoured face of a celebrity, say Kim Kardashian, your doctor can inject a higher quantity of filler to get that big, dramatic effect. You can also get fillers to improve facial symmetry: the hollowing under the eyes and on the cheeks can be plumped out, lines along the mouth and nose can be softened, and the chin can be contoured to achieve a V-shape silhouette.

MY Medical Aesthetics, a premier aesthetic clinic in Singapore, is well-known for face and cheek fillers. Find out what you need to know about fillers: the types of fillers available in the market as well as the risks and possible side effects.

Types of Fillers in Singapore

Aside from common hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, there are also semi-permanent fillers available in Singapore. Plastic surgeons use semi-permanent fillers to enhance fullness of the cheeks and other facial contours, treat deep wrinkles and pitted scars, augment thin lips, and replace volume that is lost in the face due to ageing. This type of dermal filler produces a very natural result, does not migrate, and is known to be quite stable over time. Examples of semi-permanent fillers in Singapore include calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), polyalkymide (Aquamid), polylactic acid (Sculptura), and polymethyl-methacrylate microsphere (Bellafill).

Injectable HA fillers

One the other hand, we also have the two most popular brands of injectable HA fillers:

  1. Juvederm Fillers. This is a well-known hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. It is typically used to add volume to facial tissues in the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth and nose area. It also boasts of a collagen-stimulating effect that helps achieve supple skin.

Given the fact that muscle movement eventually causes the dermal fillers to collapse, the area in which the Juvederm filler is injected determines how long the desired results will last. If Juvederm is applied to the mouth area where there is a great deal of movement, the result may last for four to six months. When the product is injected to areas with minimal muscle movement, such as beneath the eyes, it may last for nine months to a year. Basically, the more movements a treated area have, the shorter the span of time that the results will last.

  1. Restylane Fillers. This is another brand of HA-based dermal filler with a collagen-stimulating treatment. It is used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and dark under-eye circles and it also acts as a lip-enhancer. Restylane adds fullness and volume to the face with a solution of hyaluronic acid and other natural ingredients.

Both fillers are ideal for enhancing facial features. They involve non-invasive procedures with minimal side effects. When it comes to texture, Juvederm is made up of a smoother substance while Restylane is more gel-like in nature. This makes Juvederm easier to inject on very fine lines, but it may not be suitable for hollow facial areas.

Restylane, on the other side, has a cohesive texture that stays intact and stable after injection. Your doctor will need to mould it into the desired shape and this makes it a good choice if you are looking for a filler that can build volume.

Both fillers are expected to last for nine to twelve months, but you must keep in mind that the efficacy of any type of fillers still depend on the patient since there are certain individuals who have a higher rate of absorption.

You can contact the MY Medical Aesthetics clinic for a more in-depth comparison of the different types of dermal filler.

Side Effects and Risks of Fillers

Dermal fillers are generally considered safe. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers do not require allergy tests prior to being used in treatment because HA is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. If you opt for dermal fillers that use animal or synthetic products, make sure that you get a skin test first to check if you have an allergy.

Swelling, redness, itching, bruising, slight pain or discomfort is some of the minimal side effects that may experience after getting dermal fillers in Singapore. Most of these are short-lived and mild so you have nothing to worry about. The side effects are expected to be gone or heal after seven days or less. In rare cases, there is infection or movement of the filler. You need to contact your doctor if any side effect continues to persist.

 

MY Medical Aesthetics
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Singapore 188967
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Get the Nose You Want With Nose Thread Lift

Non-surgical methods of nose augmentation continue to attract more and more patients in Singapore each year. A nose thread lift is one of those sought after procedures. This technique has been popularized by South Korean celebrities and has made a sweep across neighbouring countries. A key factor why nose thread lift is the choice of many beauty aficionados is its safety. Compared to dermal fillers that have the possibility to blind patients in the event of wrong administration, nose thread lift has less fatal side effects.

There are threads used in augmenting the nose that is not dissolvable, but the recent years have seen the development of threads that are more biocompatible. There are now dissolvable threads that can be used to give the same desired outcomes as dermal fillers or surgery can provide.

Are you curious about how this nose augmentation technique can do wonders for your nose? Read on.

Nose thread lift overview

A nose thread lift is a non-surgical procedure with the end goal of augmenting the nose according to the wanted contour of an individual. It uses short threads that are inserted into the nose using blunt cannulas to give height and definition to the nose.

Nose thread lift advantages

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Nose thread lift in Singapore has several advantages, but the end result highly depends on the goals that a patient wishes to achieve. The following are the effects that a nose thread lift procedure can do to your nose:

  1. Nose tip
    • Improved tip rotation
    • A well-defined and pointed nose tip
  1. Nose bridge
    • Higher nose bridge
    • Narrower and longer nose bridge
    • Straighter nose bridge

If you are keen on safety (who isn’t?), thread lift would be HealthAscent explains why HIKO nose thread lift is the best choice for augmenting your nose non-surgically as this will not cause any serious consequences, risks, or side effects as compared to nose fillers, which can cause skin necrosis or blindness when administered in the wrong way.

Nose thread lift disadvantages

Everyone wants an aesthetic procedure that produces the best results. Yet, risks and side effects are some unwanted outcomes that may happen, unfortunately, to some. Some of these side effects may occur after a nose thread lift procedure:

  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Thread extrusion
  • Thread migration

Likewise, the results of threads may not be as long as the outcomes those dermal fillers can give.

Types of materials for threads used in nose thread lifting

There are three types of materials for threads that are used by doctors for nose thread lift procedures. These are:

  1. Polydioxanone (PDO) threads
  2. Polycaprolactone (PCL) threads
  3. Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) threads

Among the three, PDO threads are the threads that doctors in Singapore use for nose thread lifting. These threads are HSA-approved and have a long-standing record when it comes to safety and efficacy. PCL and PLLA threads have been gaining popularity in other countries recently, as there are claims that these threads offer results that last longer than PDO threads.

Basing on years of usage, nose thread lifting results with PDO threads can last between 6 to 8 months. PLLA claims to last for about 14 to 18 months, while PCL threads stay longest at 16 to 18 months. However, there are no scientific researches available that can specifically back up these claims.

Cost of nose thread lift in Singapore

Nose threadlift cost Singapore

Generally, nose thread lifts range from $800 to $1,600 in Singapore. The total amount will depend on the number of threads needed for your nose augmentation based on the results that you want to achieve. Nose thread lift procedures are considered to be aesthetic procedures; therefore they are not covered by Medisave or health insurances in Singapore.

Best brands for nose thread lifting.

Both doctors and patients would not want threads that are beyond the gold standard. In Singapore, the most trusted brands for nose thread lifting procedures are Artlift and UltraV.

Overseas or in Singapore? Where should I get a nose thread lift procedure?

Deciding on whether to get your nose thread lift procedure here in Singapore or abroad includes some factors for consideration. Let’s break it down into three basic things:

  1. Accessibility – Of course, getting your procedure done in Singapore will be easiest when it comes to proximity to your home. You won’t need to cross oceans just to get to your doctor for an appointment, especially follow-ups after your procedure.
  2. Cost – Think airfare, food, hotel, and ground transportation costs on top of the money that you have to shell out for the nose thread lift procedure itself. Are you willing to pay the price?
  3. Techniques and skills – A doctor’s technique and skills are important when considering a practitioner to perform a nose thread lift procedure. Honestly, doctors from South Korea are highly skilled in this area, but it does not mean that the techniques and skills of aesthetic doctors here in Singapore are greatly inferior. There are a lot of skilled doctors based in Singapore who has undergone training here and abroad in order to master their craft in thread lifting. Asking for recommendations and reading up on reviews is the surest way to know who these doctors are.

Rejuran Healer – The New, Radical Skin Injectable Set to Challenge Skinboosters’ Popularity

Watch out Skinboosters, there might be a new sheriff in town. Rejuran Healer is a relatively new skin injectable developed in South Korea that aims to improve skin elasticity, repair damaged skin cells and reduce skin sensitivity. Rejuran Healer has gained immense popularity in Singapore thanks to the various satisfies customers that can attest to the effectiveness of the product. Cambridge Medical Group an aesthetic clinic located in Ngee Ann City, 391B Orchard Road, #08-05A1, Tower B was one of the first clinics that started offering Rejuran in Singapore with its service called Rejuran Skin Healer – 婴儿针.

What is Rejuran Healer, exactly?

Unlike Skinboosters, whose primary ingredient is hyaluronic acid, Rejuran Healer contains polynucleotides which are extracted from salmon DNA. Several studies have shown the various beneficial effects of salmon DNA on human skin, such as the improvement of skin elasticity and the repair of damaged skin cells. From the name of the injectable itself, Rejuran Healer aims to heal various skin defects, such as acne scars, wrinkles and sensitive skin.

However, be informed that Rejuran Healer is not a filler, i.e. it does not add volume to your skin and cannot be used to lift your cheeks or remove laugh lines. It is this distinction that makes it different from hyaluronic acid-based injectables such as Skinboosters.

What benefits can I expect from Rejuran Healer?

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Rejuran Healer offers several benefits for your skin, including:

  • repair and rejuvenation of damaged skin cells
  • improvement of skin elasticity
  • improvement of skin tone
  • improvement of skin texture
  • restoration of skin balance
  • reduction of skin sensitivity
  • treat various skin problems, such as acne scars, large pores, and wrinkles

Besides this long list of benefits, several cases have shown that Rejuran Healer also has skin whitening effects and can keep skin looking young and healthy.

How does Rejuran Healer work its magic?

It’s not magic, it’s science. Rejuran Healer contains polynucleotides which are biological molecules found in all living things. Several scientific research studies have shown the various healing properties of polynucleotides, such as:

  • healing wounds in humans and animals
  • treating autoimmune conditions
  • fixing skin pigmentation problems
  • reversing hair loss
  • healing diabetic foot ulcers

Rejuran Healer harnessed these healing properties to treat the skin and has been a huge medical success. Polynucleotides promote the growth of skin cells by providing favourable conditions for the process. Microcirculation is improved within the skin, which makes it easier for oxygen and nutrients to arrive in the skin.

This in turn restores the extracellular matrix and accelerates cell repair and tissue regeneration.  The accelerated skin regeneration and repair results in increased skin tightening and create a shield against several factors that can damage the skin and reduce skin quality.

Is Rejuran Healer safe?

Polynucleotides are biocompatible, and thus, are not treated by the human body as foreign objects. Several studies have also shown that polynucleotides, in general, are safe to use by humans for the various benefits they provide.

Because Rejuran Healer is made of ingredients derived from natural sources, it is said to be one of the safest skin injectables in the market. There may be a few side effects, such as some mild swelling on the treated area, but these disappear within 3 to 7 days.

Who are suitable candidates for Rejuran Healer injections?

Rejuran Healer’s main calling card is the healing and protection of the skin and thus, the following are suitable candidates for the injectable:

  • people with ageing skin
  • people with large and open pores
  • people who have wrinkles
  • people with thin or sensitive skin
  • people with acne or scarring
  • people who want to keep skin looking young and fresh

How is Rejuran Healer injected?

Rejuran Healer Face Treatment

The process in injecting Rejuran Healer is very similar to other skin injectables.

First, the treated area is cleaned and disinfected. A numbing cream is then applied to reduce the feeling of pain and discomfort during the injections. Depending on the skin condition of the patient, Rejuran Healer is then injected into the treated area either manually or using an injector gun. Most doctors will then use infrared light technology to soothe the patient’s skin after the injections. The infrared light also helps in reducing swelling and redness, which can occur on the patient’s treated skin.

How long is the downtime after the injections?

As there may be some temporary swelling or redness, as well as needle bumps or marks, it is advised that patients take 2 to 3 days off to recover and rest. Patients can, however, choose to resume their daily activities after the injections as long as the side effects do not bother them that much. Ask your doctor about it to be sure.

How soon should you expect results? And how long do they last?

Any skin healing procedure takes quite a bit of time to show its results, and in the case of Rejuran Healer, results should show up within 4 weeks after the injections. To ensure that results last for a long time, a series of 3 Rejuran Healer injection sessions spaced 4 weeks apart is recommended. Effects last as long as 9 months, and maintenance injections are usually repeated every 6 to 9 months.

Can you combine Rejuran Healer and Skinboosters?

Interestingly, since the two skin injectables provide distinct benefits to the skin, a lot of doctors recommend their combination to combat skin ageing and other skin issues. They work together to solve different problems and thus would not interfere with each other’s effects. Patients can choose to have Rejuran Healer and Skinboosters injected in the same session or separately.

Rejuran Healer is relatively a newcomer in the skin injectable scene and expects several innovations in the future.

Although several cases have shown its effectiveness as a skin injectable, Rejuran Healer and polynucleotides are continuously studied by medical researchers. This could lead to several breakthroughs in the future and may result in it being used for other benefits.

Despite its relative newcomer status though, Singapore has embraced the love for Rejuran Healer. More and more doctors and clinics each day have offered Rejuran Healer in their services. Talk to your dermatologist today and find out whether Rejuran Healer is a good choice for you.