Korean Threadlift: A Safe and Sure Way to Restore Years Back to Your Face

Restoring one’s youthful appearance used to come at a hefty price. By saying “hefty price,” I mean both to the pocket and recovery time. Why? Because the only way to tackle sagging and loose skin before was through facelift surgery.

Thanks to developments in aesthetic technology, several products and equipment have been invented in order to address these skin ageing symptoms. However, the level of facelift that this wide range of available treatments, from injectable fillers to heat-emitting devices, cannot compare to what surgery can give. This is a usual letdown for people who have hesitations to undergo the knife.

A recent addition to these aesthetic enhancement procedures is an innovation that originated in South Korea. This facelift is non-surgical, minimally invasive, requires little downtime, and (most importantly) able to give almost the exact same results that facelift surgeries do. Have I tickled your fancy? Then read on to know more about Korean Threadlift.

Korean Threadlift Facts

Korean thread lifts landed in the Singapore aesthetic scene about five years ago and Dr Israr Wong was one of the first who started doing them in Singapore. Nowadays Korean thread lifts alongside with the nose threads are one of the most requested facelift procedure in clinics. The fact that this procedure requires no scalpels and incisions to the face makes it an instant choice for a lot of women who desire to rejuvenate and improve their droopy faces.

This procedure uses biocompatible threads that are inserted into the skin in a specific trajectory in order to the anchor the skin from end to end, creating traction that results in a lifting effect.

Mono PDO Threads face lifting

What makes Korean Thread lifts effective in producing a lifting effect on the skin?

The highlight of a Korean thread lift procedure is the threads used. The threads are made from Polydioxanone (PDO) material, which is absorbable and are FDA approved for safe use to the body. PDO threads are no stranger to the medical field. These have been used over a decade for sutures and surgery procedures.

A closer look at PDO threads will reveal different characteristics. Basically, these are the types of PDO threads used for Korean thread lift:

  • Cog threads
  • Mono threads

Cog threads have hooks and barbs lined throughout its length. These hooks and barbs function to grip and pull the facial skin upward as the threads are placed strategically into the skin. Mono threads have no hooks and barbs and are usually placed into the skin interlocked with each other to produce a tightening effect.

Aside from lifting the skin, the PDO threads work to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. Collagen and elastin make the skin fresh, lighter, and firmer in appearance.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Korean Threadlift procedure?

There are several advantages of a Korean Threadlift procedure. These are:

  • Immediate lifting and rejuvenating results
  • Continuous skin improvements in the following 4 to 12 weeks following the treatment
  • Lunchtime procedure (can be done in under an hour)
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Non-surgical procedure
  • Requires little downtime

The disadvantages of a Korean Threadlift procedure are as follows:

  • Failure to lift the skin when done with poor technique
  • Downtime of 3 days to 1 week, depending on patient recovery (some are able to recover within 1 or 2 days)
  • Possible side effects after a procedure
  • Use of substandard threads for the procedure

Side effects that can happen after a procedure are:

  • Bruising
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Granuloma
  • Hematoma (occurs rarely)
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage (occurs rarely)
  • Rippling of the skin
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Thread extrusion
  • Thread migration

When it comes to candidate qualifications, Korean thread lifts may not be advised for:

  • Skin with acne
  • Individuals diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, infection, or diabetes
  • Individuals taking anticoagulation medications or supplements
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

It is always important that patients communicate with their doctor with complete honesty regarding current illnesses or health conditions to ensure safety.

Beautiful face.

What should patients expect during and after a Korean thread lift procedure?

Prior to the procedure, a patient’s face will be cleansed thoroughly. Numbing cream or local anaesthesia may be applied to the treatment areas to minimise any discomfort or pain during the procedure. Once these steps are carried out, the doctor begins to insert the threads tactically into the skin. This step is repeated until the required number of threads for the procedure is used up. After the procedure, a patient can expect to see immediate subtle lifting results to their face.

These are the parts of the face that can be improved by a Korean thread lift procedure:

  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Marionette lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Sagging cheeks and jowls

What are aftercare instructions that a patient needs to comply with following a procedure?

For aftercare, a patient must:

  • Avoid taking alcohol or anticoagulant medication for a week
  • Avoid making extreme facial contortions or dental appointments during the first month following the procedure
  • Be mindful not to rub the treated areas of the face
  • Not do any other aesthetic procedures within a week as the skin recovers
  • Treat the areas where the threads are present with extreme care, especially when washing the face

How long do the results of the Korean thread lift last?

The results of a Korean thread lift procedure can last somewhere between 6 to 8 months.

How much does a session of Korean thread lift cost?

The cost of a Korean thread lift procedure in Singapore ranges from $1,500 to $5,000

Breast Augmentation in Singapore: What You Need to Know

Breast augmentation or breast enlargement is one of the most common and prevalent plastic surgeries among women. This procedure is done to make breasts bigger and fuller by placing breast implants (usually saline or silicone gel) under the breast tissue or chest muscle. There are a variety of reasons why women undergo this procedure. Some do it for reconstructive purposes, like women who went through a mastectomy for breast cancer, while some do it for cosmetic purposes. Statistics would show that the latter is a more popular reason for doing it.

A study, posted in the publication of Plastic Surgery Nursing in 2007, found out that women who have had their breasts augmented or enlarged are more confident about themselves – as having larger breasts boost their self-esteem. Also, they feel sexier and more attractive, thus carry themselves better around other people.

This procedure is generally patronized by women with an age range of 20-35 years old. This information does not come as a surprise since this age range is usually the one’s concern with beauty and are also the ones looking for potential partners.

Why do women decide to undergo breast augmentation surgery in Singapore?

Woman sits on a bed and holds her breasts

  • They have a small cup size. Some women do not have big breasts and are even coined by the term “flat-chested”. It affects their confidence and how they carry themselves.
  • They have saggy and loose skin after losing weight. Losing weight can result in saggy and loose skin which includes the breasts. Breast implants will help those who lost a lot of fats around their breast area have a fuller breast.
  • Pregnancy has changed the appearance of their breasts. Pregnancy will bring a lot of changes for a woman in all aspects of her life, most especially in her physical appearance. After pregnancy, a woman’s breast will get smaller; it will droop, and it will lose its volume. Women who undergo breast augmentation in Singapore after pregnancy usually would just like to uplift their spirits and just want to love their body again.
  • They have disproportioned breasts. Though most parts of our body that come in pairs (e.g. eyebrows, eyes) are naturally uneven and disproportioned, there are some women who have very noticeable asymmetrical breasts. For this reason, women would want to have their breasts balanced and be of the same size.

If you are one of those thinking of having your breast augmented for cosmetic reasons, this article will help you have an informed decision by answering these three (3) questions:

  1. How is the procedure done?
  2. What are the risks of this procedure?
  3. What are the realistic results of this procedure?

How is breast augmentation in Singapore done?

This procedure should only be done by licensed plastic surgeons, say experts at Allure. It is important that you choose a plastic surgeon who has a good reputation in this field and who already has a lot of experience. Though there is no guarantee that no problems will be encountered, having a good surgeon will lessen the risk of any unfavourable results.

Preparation for the Procedure

Here is what we were told about the process. You will first be required to have a medical consultation and evaluation with your chosen surgeon where he/she will ask you about your reasons for doing so, your desired outcome, and, importantly your medical history. He/she might make you go through a series of test and examination to determine your overall health condition. He/she will also discuss with you the risks of proceeding with the surgery. He/she will prepare you mentally, physically, and emotionally for the procedure.

Once everything is settled, he/she will schedule you for the surgery proper, which can be on an outpatient basis or you can stay overnight at the clinic or hospital. This will be entirely dependent on which you will be more comfortable with.

Procedure Proper

Anaesthesia will be administered so you will be asleep during the whole procedure and no pain will be felt. When the anaesthesia finally kicks in, the surgeon will make marks around your breast as a guide for the procedure. Incisions will then be created to the areas marked, which can be under the breast or around the nipples (depends on the needs of the patient), where the implants will be inserted. The surgeon will carefully make adjustments if there are any needed so that the implants are in place as desired. Once done, he/she will close the incision by sutures or surgical tape.

The procedure will take around one (1) to two (2) hours.

Post Procedure

It is advisable that someone will fetch or accompany you home after the surgery as it will be difficult for you to move around, let alone to drive. Swelling and moderate pain will be experienced but it is just temporary, at most in two (2) weeks it will subside.

Your surgeon might give you some prescribed medications to help relieve the pain. It is also recommended to wear a sports bra for extra protection. The most important aftercare is to follow the surgeon’s instruction.

What are the risks of this procedure?

Just because a procedure is popular, it does not mean that they won’t have any risks or complications. It should be expected that all surgical procedure will have them. For breast augmentation, here is a list you should look out for:

  • Moderate pain in the breast area will be experienced.
  • There will be some changes in the sensation of your nipples and breast.
  • You might develop an infection.
  • Scar tissues may form and harden around the breast area.
  • There is a possibility of visible scarring in the area where the incision was created.
  • The implant used can leak or get raptured.
  • The rare possibility of acquiring Associated Anaplastic Large-Cel Lymphoma (AALCL), a type of cancer of the immune system (Implants has been associated increasing the risk of getting AALCL among women)
  • If any of these are experienced, it is best to revisit or call your doctor. He/she might require another operation (remove or replace the implants) to mitigate and correct these complications.

What are the realistic results of breast augmentation?

Woman choosing breast implants

You should be able to set a realistic expectation of the surgery so you could ready yourself to changes you will have to face after the surgery. Here are a few realistic results after a breast augmentation in Singapore has been performed:

  • The size of your breast will change. Regardless if it met your desired size, your breast will noticeably be bigger.
  • Swelling is one of the most common side effects. This should subside after a week or two post-surgery.
  • You will have to take some time of your work and will have to refrain from doing your normal activities especially if it requires physical effort.
  • After the recovery period, your confidence and your self-esteem will be boosted.
  • Breast implants are not permanent. Factors such as ageing and losing weight can affect your breasts and the implants inserted in it.

Conclusion

The decision to have your breast augmented for cosmetic purposes should definitely be a personal choice. Breast augmentation will yield a life-changing result as it can improve how you look at yourself and how others see you. So make sure that you have chosen a very good plastic surgeon. However, if you will choose to proceed with the procedure, you should be ready for the different risks and complications you might face. At the same time, you should also set realistic expectations so that you will not be left disheartened and dissatisfied. For additional information feel free to book a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr Samuel Ho from Allure Plastic Surgery, contact information below for your convenience.

Address: 435 Orchard Rd, #22-04 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877

Phone: +65 6734 9988

Non-laser Pigmentation Treatments You Can Try in Singapore

You do not always need lasers to treat skin pigmentations

As an experienced dermatologist, this is what I always advise to my patients who come rushing in my clinic ready to sign up for laser treatments. Oftentimes, patients have read about lasers from internet blogs that claim it to the one best solution for pigmentation problems.

What these online beauty bloggers don’t tell you, however, is that not everyone needs laser treatments. While lasers are effective in lightening the discolouration in the skin, there are more practical and less invasive ways to treat the different forms of pigmentation. In addition, laser treatments can make your skin drier and more prone to irritations when not done by a trained doctor.

The following is a list of effective pigmentation treatments you can try:

Topical creams

Asian women applying face lotion

Topical creams are available over-the-counter and can come in many different brands. These creams are formulated to significantly lighten skin pigmentation over a period of time. They’re effective for patches of discolouration on most skin types.

Common topical medications can come in the form of a gel, lotion or emulsion that contain one or more of the following ingredients:

  • hydroquinone
  • niacinamide (vitamin B3)
  • retinoids (tretinoin)
  • corticosteroids
  • enzymes from plant extracts

Things to consider, according to Dr David at One Face Clinic:

  • Stronger doses can be prescribed by a licensed dermatologist depending on the severity of the discolouration.
  • Generally, takes a few weeks to produce visible results so a little bit of patience is needed.
  • Beware of getting creams from sketchy online shops without a prescription as there are many reports that these products contain high levels of mercury and can cause serious skin problems.
  • Also, some creams have a very high concentration of steroids which can thin the skin and cause all sorts of problems on the skin and if absorbed systemically, can even have systemic effects.
  • Lightening creams can be tempting given the affordable with prices but bear in mind, that it can be harmful without a doctor’s prescription. So, always give it some second thought.

Skin Exfoliants or Skin Acids

woman looking at mirror skin exfoliate

Skin exfoliants or skin acids are effective in dissolving and exfoliating dead, pigmented cells on the outer layer of the skin to give space for newer and healthier cells to develop. This process results to brighter and clearer skin. Skin exfoliants can be easily accessed from pharmacies and beauty stores.  Popular ingredients of this type of pigmentation treatment are:

  • alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic and lactic acids)
  • beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid)
  • antioxidants (vitamin C serum)
  • azelaic acid
  • kojic acid

Things to consider:

  • Only works for light or mild pigmentation problems.
  • As the dead skin cells are shed off, the skin becomes more capable of absorbing lightning creams and serums to achieve a more improved brightening effect.
  • These products are more suitable for people with fairer skin tones.

Chemical peels

Facial Chemical Peel

Like skin exfoliants, chemical peels reduce the appearance of pigmentation by removing the dead layers of the skin, only this times, higher concentrations of acids are used to treat the discoloration to produce a more dramatic result and significant improvement.

Things to consider:

  • Chemical peel procedures are usually done in-office by a trained dermatologist and can have notable side effects due to strong concentrations of ingredients. So, better consult your doctor first before employing chemical peels.
  • There are available over-the-counter DIY chemical peels you can use at home but as word of caution, these products can cause severe irritation, blisters and even scarring if not used correctly and ultimate worsen your pigmentation problems.
  • Not suitable for people who are always exposed to the sun as the harmful UV rays can trigger complications and worsen the pigmentation.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure where the dermatologist uses a special hand-held device with an abrasive surface to gently remove the outer layer of the skin. This process sheds off the dead and discoloured skin cells and promotes new collagen growth, which helps reduce pigmentation and superficial scarring.

Things to consider:

  • Multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired result.
  • At-home microdermabrasion kits are also available in drugstores and cosmetic stores and proper caution must be taken into consideration as these unsupervised at-home procedures can do more harm than good when used incorrectly.

Dermabrasion

microdermabrasion procedure

Like microdermabrasion, this treatment also involves the removal of the skin surface (aka skin-resurfacing), but its effects continue down to the deeper layers of the skin. The procedure also includes the use of a hand-held device with an abrasive attachment that gently brushes off pigmented cells of the skin.

Things to consider:

  • Dermabrasion usually produces results at a faster rate compared to microdermabrasion.
  • This type of in-office procedure works best for individuals with fairer skin types but can cause worsening of pigmentation for medium to darker skin types.

Talk to your dermatologist

Before jumping into the laser treatment craze, talk to your dermatologist first. Your dermatologist can identify the type and causes of pigmentation that you have and help you develop an appropriate treatment plan that may not ultimately include lasers. More often than not, non-laser treatments are probably all you need to brighten, pigmentation-free skin.

Eye Bag Reduction in Singapore – What to Expect

They say that our eyes are the windows to our soul. True or not, one thing that our eyes can affect is the way we look. One major problem most of us have is the existence of those swollen and unflattering eye bags.

Having eye bags can make us look tired and without sleep-even if we have just woken up from a straight 8-hour snooze. For women, those dark under-eye circles can easily be covered with makeup to hide them from sight. But that can be pretty much tiring when done every single day. Perhaps you are asking, “Is there a much effective way to get rid of eye bags?”

Fear not! This article has the answers on how to make the areas under your eyes look less like puffy pillows, so read on!

What is an Eye Bag?

asian man with eyebags

An eye bag is a condition that affects the tissues in the area located under the eyes that results to a puffy or swollen appearance and creates a hollow portion beneath the fat that may reach the upper part of the cheeks.

What are the factors that cause eye bags?

As Dr Edwin Lim from Edwin Lim Clinic in Singapore points out, there are several factors that cause eye bags. Take for instance lack of rest and sleep, severe stress, and fatigue. Aside from these, eye puffiness can also be caused by ageing, excessive alcohol consumption, or venous fluid build-up.

What procedures are there for eye bag reduction or removal in Singapore?

There are two common procedures for eye bag reduction in Singapore. These are:

  1. Surgical Removal
  2. Dermal Fillers

How is surgical removal performed on eye bags?

Surgical removal of eye bags is done by creating a small incision under the eyes and extracting the excess fat that is causing the skin in the lower eyelid to look swollen or puffy.

How do dermal fillers work to reduce the appearance of eye bags?

Under eyes fillers for eyebags

Dermal fillers are injected to fill into the hollowed portion of the area under the eyes with the use of injections, thereby reducing the appearance of eye bags.

Dermal fillers are the best choice for patients who wish to get rid of their eye bags without going under the knife. This procedure is highly effective and, unlike surgery, has little need for downtime. Likewise, dermal fillers are great in keeping the skin hydrated with the help of its main component, Hyaluronic Acid. The Hyaluronic Acid also enables the skin to stretch, which improves the existence of wrinkles around the eye area.

Which is better, surgical removal of eye bags or injection of dermal fillers?

If you wish to have the optimum results in getting rid of eye bags and have no qualms in going under the knife, then eye bags removal through surgery is your best option. However, if you want a non-invasive procedure that requires less downtime and risks, go for dermal fillers. Regardless of what procedure you take, be reminded that these should only be performed by licensed and trained doctors to ensure your safety.

What results should I expect when going for dermal fillers?

Results are immediately seen right after a dermal filler procedure. You can expect to see that the puffiness under your eyes has reduced significantly as the hollow area is already filled with the fillers.

Are there side effects when getting dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of eye bags?

Temporary side effects can be present after a dermal filler procedure for eye bags. Asymmetry and swelling may be observed in both eyes. Asymmetry happens when one eye looks slightly bigger than the other due to swelling. This is a common occurrence caused by Hyaluronic acid as they absorb water molecules. This condition will gradually subside in the following days.

What are the risks of getting fillers to reduce the appearance of eye bags?

The risk of getting botched results is higher when a procedure is handled poorly as with any kind of aesthetic treatment. The following are the risks one should look out for to know whether the dermal filler procedure is not successful:

  • Sausage-shaped bump on the treated area – the appearance of this shape means that the filler injected is more than the ideal amount needed for the treatment. As a result, the puffiness or swelling of the eye bags will look worse.
  • Severe bruising – this happens when the procedure is done by a doctor that lacks experience and skill.
  • Tyndall’s effect – this condition occurs when the wrong type of filler is injected under the surface of the lower eyelid. A bluish or yellowish shade appears on the injection area when this happens.

How long do the results of dermal fillers last?

When done excellently, results of dermal fillers should last from 7 to a maximum of 9 months.

How much is the cost of eye bags fillers in Singapore?

The range of cost for dermal fillers used to reduce eye bags is $600 to $1200 per syringe. The cost is affected by the brand of filler and the type of syringe used.