I believe every woman wish to improve their looks as they age and of course I am one of them too. So when I found out about Juvéderm Volite, an injectable treatment that can help to improve skin quality for up to 9 months minimum, I was keen to try it out. I went to Skin Lab Aesthetics Clinic Dr Kelvin Chua at Wheelock Place. I have previously reviewed about him. I like the way he consults with his patients. He’s always very patient and always answer the many questions I have.
Do you know the importance to consume beauty and skin supplements on a daily basis? It is important to know that as we age, it becomes almost impossible to consume sufficient nutrients for the skin simply by our daily food intake. A recent study has shown that 80% of skin aging is caused by uv rays including wrinkles and skin laxity. As little as 2% increase in sun damage can cause our skin to age by 3 years! Not to mention on long term basis it gives us pigmentation, loose skin and even yellowing of skin tone and destroy our skin texture.
Recently I got to try the highly anticipated twin pack – EstheWhite & EstheShield by BeautéScience, an advanced formula for enhanced skin whitening and sun protection with patented technology, and boy was I amazed with the results.
I really did see a positive change. I went to Thailand and forgot to bring my sunscreen but thankfully, I brought EstheShield and EstheWhite supplements along with me. I remained fair and did not get any sunburnt at all. I had previously tried a few beauty supplements for skin whitening and sun protection but sadly I was allergic to it due to the ingredients and thankfully I did not have any chemical reaction to BeauteScience supplements! I also heard of similar testimonials during the launch.
Even though EstheWhite & EstheShield has just been launched in Asia on the 6th July, they have already garnered much positive feedback and responses among many major medical suppliers, hospitals, doctors and media personalities.
Personally, I have always been a fuss free person and such supplements actually work very well for me. I like the idea that its easy to consume – just 1 capsule of EstheWhite & 1 capsule of EstheShield in the morning after food and I am covered for the day!
I had the privilege to be part of its launch and check out the media personalities, suppliers and doctors that graced the event in the short clip below. Lunch served was delicious by the way.
PROMOTION AND GIVEAWAY
To celebrate the Asian launch of EstheWhite and EstheShield, 100 Twin Packs (Retailing at $199 each) will be given away! Simply like and follow BeauteScience’s Facebook page from now till 23 Sep 2017 to participate in the contest.
WHAT MAKES ESTHEWHITE & ESTHESHIELD STAND OUT?
1. EstheWhite uses US-patented colourless carotenoids with highest concentration phytoene and phytofluene from specially selected non- GMO tomato species. These colourless carotenoids lighten and even out skin tone by inhibiting melanin synthesis. They provide sun damage protection by absorbing UV rays, while also possessing powerful anti- inflammatory and anti-oxidant capabilities.
Clinical research shows after twelve weeks of consuming phytoene and phytofluene, there are significant improvements to skin quality: dryness and roughness are reduced, while suppleness, complexion evenness and texture are enhanced.
2. EstheShield’s key ingredient – Polypodium Leucotomos has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient Europe. Much of the research has been done over the past 40+ years, and many of these clinical studies have shown extracts of Polypodium Leucotomos to be very effective at defending skin against damage from the sun (ultraviolet radiation) when taken orally.
3. Both products will be marketed as a twin pack and will be distributed only through medical clinics and hospitals. They are made in the United States and comply with HSA (Singapore) requirements, therefore you can be sure of its safety.
4. How the twin pack works – while EstheWhite helps in brightening the skin, EstheShield protects the skin from the sun and prevents it from darkening. With just 1 capsule of each daily, the twin pack formulation provides you with a comprehensive and systemic solution to skin brightening and sun protection.
WHY ESTHEWHITE WORKS
Carotenoids are natural sun protectants found in plants. They absorb harmful UVA and UVB rays and supress free radicals that lead to premature ageing and dark, uneven skin tone. The human body is unable to produce carotenoids, but they can be obtained through diet.
EstheWhite’s key active ingredient, PhytoflORAL® is a patented innovative dietary supplement derived from a proprietary source of non-GMO tomato specie that is rich in colourless carotenoids – phytoene and phytofluene. These specific carotenoids are known to lighten and even out skin tone through
– Inhibiting constitutive melanin synthesis (reducing baseline pigment production)
– Protecting against UVA and UVB rays
– Significantly increasing anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant processes
– They do not bleach nor stain the skin and are truly colourless.
An additional ingredient in EstheWhite is L-Cysteine. It has been shown to prevent the production of darker melanin, stimulate the production of glutathione, promote skin renewal and display anti-oxidant effects.
BENEFITS OF ESTHEWHITE
• Protection against harmful UVA & UVB rays
• Enhanced whitening effect with L-Cysteine, the true precursor of glutathione
• Anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory properties
• Prevents skin collagen degradation
• Prevents damage to DNA and premature aging of skin
• Skin whitening by reducing melanin production
In a clinical study on effects of colourless carotenoids, dermatologists discovered that 60%-86% of subjects’ skin quality significantly improved after 6 weeks. And up to 90% of the subjects had improvement in skin dryness, roughness, suppleness, evenness and texture after 12 weeks. The research also showed that after 12 weeks of colourless carotenoids intake, 65% of subjects’ skin had a 20% increase in the Minimum Erythemal Dose (MED) after UV exposure testing, characterizing a significant photo- protective effect.
WHY ESTHESHIELD WORKS
EstheShield is an innovative oral sunscreen made with Polypodium Leucotomos, a natural fern extract with long history of usage as herbal oral medicine for the treatment of inflammation and a variety of skin ailments.
Much research has been done on Polypodium Leucotomos on its management of skin conditions and its photo-protective properties. Many of these clinical studies have shown polypodium extracts to be effective at defending skin against damage from the sun (ultraviolet radiation) when taken orally.
Polypodium Leucotomos has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to prevent skin inflammation, inhibit free radicals in skin tissues from causing long-term DNA damage and photo-aging.
BENEFITS OF ESTHESHIELD
• Natural herbal sun screen that comes from deep within
• Inhibition of free radicals from UV radiation
• Anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory properties
• Prevents oxidative damage of skin
• Prevents damage to DNA and premature aging of skin
Being in the beauty blogging industry for a couple of years, I have always wanted to dabble into a career that could help change lives and especially in the beauty area hence when I came across Ouni.kr, I thought why not learn a skill that could maybe land me a job that would allow me to fuel my passion.
When I first heard about Ouni.kr, I was skeptical as there are no Korean academies around and they were the only one. However I later got to know that they are a franchise from Korea and has expanded quickly in other countries already. They also provide a recognised certification at the end of the courses.
There are several courses available. I took the Ouni 5+1 Korean Semi Permanent Make up and skincare course. Prices wise, I suggest you contact them directly. You might wish to check out the course structure below:
Here’s some of the before and after looks of the different procedures done to the real life models. Some were done by the teacher and some were done by students. The teacher would perform the procedure in front of us students.
The course I took costs around 2k+ which includes course materials. Besides being an academy, they also distribute cosmetics and materials which you can purchase from them when you start your business. I will answer some of the FAQs I came across when I was taking this course:
WHAT DID WE LEARNT
First and Second day, we learnt about semi-permanent makeup both theory and practical. We first learnt about how to create the outline of the brows before filling in the brow color. There was two techniques learnt – traditional and modern wu mei. These two techniques required two different tools and could be done manually or by machine. It was easier to go forward to lip and eyeliner after learning the brows as its the same technique just different areas. We were given faux skin to practise on.
Third Day was several demo sessions by the teacher. Fourth and Fifth Day we had real life models to do on. The models just kept coming in! We also learnt how to handle customers and their issues along the way. If you are unable to pick up everything during the class, you are welcome to return to the next intake to enhance your skills. This is how committed Ouni.kr is.
During the last day of class, we learnt face and body skincare techniques such as Korean Water Shine Covered BB glow skin treatment and more.
Here is the before and after of the Korean Water Shine Covered BB glow skin treatment.
DO YOU THINK ITS WORTH IT
Honestly, in this volatile economy, it is quite difficult to find a decent job that you enjoy and most young people around are finding it easier to do their own business instead. This is definitely a skill that you can always fall back on if say you can’t find a job.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE COURSES
It costs 2k++ and includes course materials.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS COURSE AND OTHER SIMILAR COURSES OUT THERE
For a start, I spoke to some other students taking the course who have previously learnt from elsewhere and they mentioned that our course syllabus is more up to date and in trend. We also have an abundance of real life models to test our skills on. Our teacher actually guide us through step by step and gave us ample guidance on how to perform on real life models.
WHO SHOULD COME AND LEARN
Many existing salon owners have come to learn. This course can serve as a beginner course or a refresher for experienced beauticians. If you are looking to start your own mini house business or even wish to expand your current line of services, this would be for you!
IS THE TEACHER EASY TO UNDERSTAND
Even though she is Korean, she does speak very good Chinese and English. There is also an assistant teacher that is fluent in English and Chinese to translate and help out in the class.
HOW IS THE CLASS CONDUCTED
There are around 10 students in my class and the ration is about 1 teacher to 10 students.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INCLUDE
It includes theory lessons, practise sessions and hands on training on real life models.
WHICH COURSE IS RECOMMENDED
I would definitely go for the entire 6 days course as I think its just a short period of time and it isn’t too expensive too.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE COURSE
Being quite shy, I like that this course builds up my confidence in performing on real life models. I think this is the biggest hurdle I had to go through because I am very scared of causing physical pain to others hence I am really thankful that I have the teacher to guide me step by step in how to create perfect brows without causing too much pain. It was not only about making it pretty for the customer but also putting her at ease and lessening her “suffering” and pain during the procedure too. In addition, I find it very satisfactory when I finished the brows of my model. You can see the before and after look of my model below.
Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions!
*Promo code at the end! Look out for it.
Being a very fuss free person yet vain, I often opt for the easy way out when it comes to beauty. I like the idea of anything that screams semi-permanent and I chose to go for eyebrow embroidery ever since I learnt about it. However when I was young, I did not know that you have to choose your therapists and salon properly and went for whichever that was “cheap”. And the result of going to cheap salons? Well, my eyebrows are now uneven and it is not going to be easy to shape the eyebrows again without some correction.
Thank god I found Chrysalis Spa, which is so near my house! I am really very thankful that I found them.
This is the first time I feel like home when I am at a Spa, the spa managers were so friendly and warm. You might think its because I am a blogger but no, I see the way they treat customers as well and I know that they are genuine. Being a specialist in spa and facial treatments, they have recently launched their Brow Haven.
The Brow Haven™ – The Semi-Permanent Makeup Expert
The Brow Haven™ is a newly launched beauty sanctuary for those looking for natural brow and lash products as well as for effective, creative and pain-free Eyebrow, Eyeliner and Lips Embroidery by Chrysalis™ Group. The Brow Haven™ is your one-stop Semi-Permanent Makeup brows, lash and face boutique, giving you the most natural look. Expect a natural and subtle semi-permanent makeup that is smudge-free.
The Brow Haven™ uses top-notch certified-safe colors and strict hygiene procedures of using new blades and tools for every customer. Other than cosmetic artistry like eyebrow shaping, eyebrow designing, lip, eyeliner & eyebrow embroidery, The Brow Haven™ also offers some very interesting and luxurious Face Treatments such as our signature Aqua Shine BB Semi Permanent Makeup Facial. High quality ingredients, tip-top spa rooms for you to indulge yourself while you have your little spa haven in easily located places where luxury meets comfortable, lifestyle and beauty are all integrated into one.
The Brow Haven™ now operates a chain of 2 Semi-Permanent Makeup Specialty outlets in Singapore.
For eyebrow embroidery they have many options available. I chose to do their speciality, Wu Mei. I have tried it before in another clinic and honestly it did not last long so when I went to consult the therapist at Chrysalis and she chose Wu Mei for me, I was hesitant but she managed to convince me to try Wu Mei again which I did. I am really glad I chose to do Wu Mei instead of Creative eyebrow. It looks very natural and there is lesser downtime.
I love my therapist Sally who did a wonderful job on me. She is one of the star therapists there and she managed to change my Korean Thick Eyebrow shape to one thats thinner and has an arch. You might think its impossible to achieve a thinner eyebrow shape from a thick pair of eyebrows but she did it. She went the extra mile and applied removal cream to remove the unnecessary strokes leftover from the previous shape.
Check out my eyebrows! I love them so so much. They are now even and also some of the unnecessary strokes leftover from the previous shape are looking less defined and have faded. Thank you Chrysalis for the beautiful eyebrows! I can’t wait to return for my touch up.
Simply quote Sydney at Chrysalis The Brow Haven™ – The Semi-Permanent Makeup Expert to enjoy a special promotion benefit:
- Classic Eyebrow Embroidery S$128.40 (UP S$243.96)
Follow Chrysalis on their following social media channels to find out more about their other treatments and services.
You can visit their outlets :
Ang Mo Kio Hub (AMK MRT)
AMK Hub #03-26, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 Singapore 569933
Tel: 6481 9270
Operating hours: 11am – 9pm (mon-Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat, Sun and PH)
Jurong Point (Boon Lay MRT)
Jurong Point, #01-23 JP2, 63 Jurong West Central 3 Singapore 648331
Been trying a new skincare tool recently and love how useful it is! The Philips VisaPure Advanced, one of the four new products in Phillip’s New Line of Advanced Skincare Tools retails exclusively at Sephora stores in Singapore and is the product I am in love with recently.
Building on the success of the award- winning Philips VisaPure, Philips is now bringing in four new skincare tools for women in Singapore. The Philips VisaPure Essential Anti-Blemish, Philips VisaCare, Philips VisaBoost, and Philips VisaPure Advanced feature innovative technologies in the areas of skin cleansing and care, skin resurfacing and rejuvenation.
With women increasingly leading such hectic lifestyles, the Philips VisaPure Advanced combines several beauty tools into one device, for a stepped up beauty routine that leaves skin radiant, revitalized and healthy quickly and more affordably at home. The new line of Philips skincare tools aims to bring the salon experience into the home, giving women another alternative to add to their beauty regime that uses technology to enhance and protect their skin.
The new range of Philips skincare tools offers women four new ways to refresh and pamper their skin. Taking at-home skincare routine to the next level, the Philips VisaPure Advanced features a tailored cleansing and care approach, providing women with a pampering three-step facial in less than five minutes. Developed in collaboration with Japanese massage experts, this advanced facial cleansing tool comes with three interchangeable heads – Deep Cleansing, Revitalizing Massage and Fresh Eyes – that work to improve micro-circulation, increase absorption of skincare products and refresh tired eyes.
I found the tool to be an interesting addition to my home and with the convenience given, I no longer need to travel far and out to get my facial treatment done. I love how convenient this skincare tool is, and how it cleanses, rejuvenates and refreshes my skin. The bristles on the brushes are also not painful and are not harsh on the skin.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The retail price is S$455 and the new range of Philips skincare products is already available at the selected Sephora Stores: Ion Orchard #01-05/06; Marina Bay Sands #B2-43/44; Serangoon NEX #01- 35/36/37; Suntec City Mall #01-314/315/316; and Vivo City #01-178.
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Hope this post helped in your decision on whether to purchase the product and thank you for reading xx
As I travel quite often, I often meet with climate and weather changes hence I had to deal with tormenting skin issues such as severe breakouts and bumps on my left cheek and forehead. It so happens that my photogenic side was actually the left facial side. This actually made me depressed and I sought several dermatologists’ opinions on these issues. The breakouts and bumps was making me feel ugly and unconfident.
After visiting a few doctors and also trying out prescribed and over the counter skincare, I finally settled upon Astique Clinic Dr Ng Hong Yi as my aesthetics doctor. New to Astique Clinic but with many years of experience in the world of aesthetics, I would like to thank Dr Ng Hong Yi for helping me regain my confidence once again. I am now able to take photos of my favourite facial side anytime I want even under bright light. He’s a very sweet doctor and for as long as I can, I hope to be under his care.
So far, I have only went for two treatments and my breakouts have improved significantly. For more info on the first treatment, you can view it here. For the second treatment, he did three types of laser 1. Fractional CO2 Laser 2. Radiance Laser 3. PPX Laser for me.
For the second treatment session, numbing cream was lathered on my face for a good 20 minutes and sealed with plastic before starting the laser. During the laser, I had minimal pain. Out of the three lasers, I found the second laser, Laser Skin Rejuvenation to be most painful but it was still overall bearable.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing is effective in reducing acne scars. It is a process in which the skin’s outermost damaged surface is physically removed by a controlled and extremely precise burn, and the growth of new collagen fibres in the underlying skin is stimulated. When the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer. As the procedure is ablative, there is a downtime of about one week where there will be redness, warmth and peeling at the treated area. To make sure I had minimal downtime, Dr Ng Hong Yi lasered off only the very huge marks and used the milder lasers for the rest of my face instead. I wanted this laser to be used for the whole face but thank goodness Dr Ng Hong Yi persuaded me not to as I realised i won’t be able to stand the downtime as I have so many events to attend. I felt a slight burning sensation during the process but the feeling was almost painless.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
This is the second type of laser used. Laser Skin Rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment that uses light energy to gently stimulate natural collagen growth, improve pores, remove irregular pigmentation and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Laser stimulates collagen production in our skin, and as new collagen is generated, lines and wrinkles are decreased. Additionally, as the laser light penetrates age spots and other pigmentation, these areas are broken apart and absorbed into the skin. Patients report, and studies have also confirmed that laser skin rejuvenation results in a refreshed appearance, smoother skin texture, an even skin tone, and a decrease in pore size. Also effective in removing acne, this laser was used on the whole face to reduce acne. This laser had a biting sensation to it and was most painful compared to the rest of the lasers but still overall bearable.
PPx Pore-Cleansing ACNE Treatment™ (PPX)
PPx Pore-Cleansing ACNE Treatment™ (PPX) was the final laser used. It is an advanced technology that combines a gentle vacuum with therapeutic broadband light, to help rid skin of acne-causing impurities, leaving your skin cleaner and clearer. PPX eliminates acne and pigmentation, and rejuvenates your skin in a quick, painless and effective manner. This laser had a pinching sensation to it but was almost painless.
Right after the laser, I was left with 4 tiny raw marks on my left cheek which subsided quickly over the week. I could still go out and attend events as the raw marks were easily covered with make up. There was zero pain even after the numbing cream wear off.
After almost two weeks, my skin looked SO MUCH BETTER. My raw marks are still there but have faded about 80% and my overall skin area on the left cheek looks less clogged and almost no pimples. I am quite satisfied with my overall complexion. Thank you Dr Ng Hong Yi for everything! I can’t wait to go for my next treatment session and will update this space once I see better results.
350 Orchard Road
#08-00 Shaw House
(Within AsiaMedic Specialist Centre)
Mon to Fri 11am to 8pm
Sat 11am to 4pm
Sun / PH Closed
After returning from Hong Kong, I had quite awful breakouts due to climate and weather changes hence I went looking around for reputable clinics that did lasers. Even though I was using very good skincare which did clear some of the acne for me, there were some persistent ones that required laser for it to go off completely. This is when I chanced upon Astique and its lasers. Having heard so many good things about Astique before and as some of my friends are already their customers, imagine my excitement when I visited Astique for the first time.
BACKGROUND OF ASTIQUE
A boutique aesthetic clinic located in the heart of Orchard Road, they provide a comprehensive range of FDA-approved medical aesthetic treatments which have minimal or no downtime. These include laser skin treatments, non-surgical facelifts, fillers, facials, non-invasive body contouring and skincare products for both women and men.
I had the opportunity to consult with Dr Ng Hong Yi this time who’s one of the newest doctor in Astique Clinic. Though new to Astique Clinic, he’s definitely not a newbie in the aesthetics line. Being the very first time meeting him, I have to say he’s a very gentle doctor and though not chatty, he listens to my issues attentively and attends to them warmly. I like that he understands my woes and provides me with the right solution. PS. Can you see the bumps on my face? :/
For my treatment, there will be a few sessions aimed to treat my acne scars, acne, breakouts, vascular lesion and enlarged pores. For the first session, he will be fixing my vascular lesions first as he said that my skin is very sensitive and appears red easily which should be the first step before he goes on to treat the other issues. It is something like before treating the scars, he is treating the root of the problem first.
DUAL YELLOW LASER VASCULAR LESION TREATMENT
For my treatment, he will be using a Dual Yellow laser most of the time which can be used for problems like Vascular lesions, Acne, Melasma, Bulky Lesions, Skin Rejuvenation and Pigmentation. So what is Vascular lesions? Vascular lesions occur when the small capillaries in your skin become dilated. When grouped together, they can give the appearance of red spots, or sometimes large stains (port wine). When spread out, they are visible as threads. Contrary to popular myth, the capillaries are not broken. The yellow light from the Dual Yellow laser immediately shrinks the capabilities to provide instant cosmetic results. This happens because yellow light is readily absorbed by blood to shrink the vessel, and is achieved with minimal or no pain. This will lessen the blotchiness and redness all around my cheeks which can be a pain sometimes when applying makeup.
So before the treatment, I was surprised that there was no need for numbing cream! All that was applied to me was a thick layer of IPL gel haha. Apparently its supposed to be sufficient as the laser is going to be mild.
There was literally no pain at all, all I felt during the session was tiny shocks that lasted less than 5 seconds each shock. It wasn’t painful but slight discomfort. During the entire treatment session of 15 minutes, I felt that shock about 4 times? 2 times on the eye and 2 times on the chin area.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED
It is best to consult with the doctor for an exact treatment plan i.e. the number of sessions. Each treatment promises immediate results which showed on my skin too! No downtime, I had very radiant skin right after that did not require any make up at all. One of the persistent bump I had significantly subsided after this treatment and the cheeks area on a whole was less bumpy. The vascular lesions on the cheeks also reduced. As mentioned previously, it is insufficient to witness full results from just one session. You can expect to see the actual result after several sessions hence, please wait for it! Will update again when I finish my treatment. Check out my skin right after the treatment, I think it got better right? You be the judge haha.
350 Orchard Road
#08-00 Shaw House
(Within AsiaMedic Specialist Centre)
Mon to Fri 11am to 8pm
Sat 11am to 4pm
Sun / PH Closed
Visited True Beauty Eyelash yesterday, the first Taiwan-based salon in Singapore. Located in Bugis Cube, just opposite Bugis Junction, it is so convenient! It is about 5 mins walk away from Bugis MRT station.
Specialising in Eyelash Extension and Creative Eyelash Design, I got to try out the eyelash extension and “Wumei” eyebrow embroidery. I have previously went for MANY eyelash extension and eyebrow embroidery services so I guess I am in a good position to review their services.
EYELASH EXTENSIONS REVIEW
So it’s been just a week since I did it and I have been raving about it to everyone who asked me! I have never experienced such thick eyelashes before and I love it! I have once tried to ask a certain salon for their thickest eyelashes but it wasn’t as thick to my liking. Reason why I like thick eyelashes because they look better in photos and as I am going towards the American look now, I want thicker lashes like how the Caucasians have it. I used to like the natural look but that’s passé.
Even though eyelash extension is common and is currently trending in Singapore, they strive to differentiate themselves with authentic lash extension technique imported from Taiwan providing professional consultation and after care services. Some of their therapists originate from Taiwan too! Had a good talk with them about my recent Taiwan trip. They even gave me a cute eyelash brush for my newly added eyelashes.
EYEBROW EMBRIODERY REVIEW
Ok…so I have no idea why they are not promoting aggressively on their eyebrow services too (they are more well known for eyelash services) but I thought their eyebrow services should be the HIGHLIGHT because this is my FIRST time trying out an electrical method of eyebrow embroidery. If you have tried eyebrow embroidery before, you would know that it’s very painful because they actually “scrap” line by line manually using a tool over your eyebrows with ink. BUT it is not the case here. It is less painful as they use a tiny machine to go over your eyebrows. She also said the electrical way strengthens the colour (also means “shang se”). It is also SUPER fast. They finished my eyebrows in less than 20 minutes minus the waiting for numbing cream to set time.
Usually I am tormented for more than an hour when they do it manually. So yes, I am extremely grateful its that fast. Using the “wumei” method, she merely goes over my eyebrows slightly but covers all the empty holes I had due to my last eyebrow embroidery fading. I asked for a slight arch because I am sick of the Korean straight eyebrows. She told me that if I were to do another touch up in about a month’s time, my eyebrows would last for about a year to a year and half. The best part? I could wash my eyebrows with splashing water right away, no need to wait unlike the traditional way.
I have always wanted to achieve a youthful looking face, and of course to achieve that, the first step is to prevent ageing with Anti-ageing skincare but what happens if you can’t stop nature from taking its course? There are limitations to what skincare can do for us. After having a talk with Dr Terence Tan, I realised besides going for a Face tightening treatment (HIFU), I will need to do some fillers to plump up certain areas to achieve optimum results.
With so many brands of fillers in the market like Radiesse, Juvederm, Sculptra etc. which would be the best to target delicate skin areas like the under eye, laugh lines and forehead? The answer to it is Restylane. Restylane fillers as according to Dr Terence Tan, is one of the softest in the market which allows more efficient moulding to take place.
And of course besides the brand of fillers, it is essential to have an expert accompanying your procedure. Not everyone can treat these areas I have to say. Dr Terence Tan is the ONLY person I know who can do that. There could be other doctors who could but in my aspect he’s the only one!
Dr Terence Tan has one of the sharpest eyes around. He noticed I have dented areas on my lateral forehead nearer to the eyebrow as well as the chin area. He explained that when we age, we loose facial volume at the side of our head as well so plumping up the lateral forehead will give me a more youthful look. I decided to skip the chin area for now but go ahead with my forehead, tear trough and laugh lines. After removing my makeup and numbing cream, we are ready to start!
During the procedure, I could laugh and smile because Dr Terence Tan was cracking jokes all the time.
He also made sure to show me the Magic Needle and the boxes of filler before opening to ensure that I was getting new and unused products. This is something I really appreciate because most doctors don’t do that. The Magic Needle is not a needle but actually a micro-cannula used for injecting dermal fillers, which distributes the filler more evenly. As the Magic Needle is blunt and extremely pliable, it slides under our skin with minimal pain. And because he only needs to inject once using the Magic Needle compared to a normal needle, there will be no bruises too. Dr Terence Tan also explained this results in less bleeding.
Being a veteran with fillers procedures, I have tried almost all the brands of fillers over the years to target my two biggest concerns, under eye area and laugh lines. Have visited many clinics till the extent I almost gave up as I thought these areas were untreatable. Of course, under eye concealer can hide this issue temporarily but what happens if your skin is drier under your eye area and it is impossible for you to use concealer at all without it caking up and forming fine lines after?
Besides the eye area, who has issues with laugh lines as well? I am sure many of you do! I have unbalanced laugh lines. My right side is deeper than my left and when I am not smiling, it is VERY obvious and of course I hate it. The thing is many doctors I have been to can’t seem to tell and always inject the same amount to both sides which is unforgivable! Who doesn’t want an even face right? I was initially skeptical when Dr Terence Tan told me he could fix these issues for me but I am glad I took the plunge.
His technique is also very interesting. For my lateral forehead and tear trough areas, Dr Terence Tan said he would use a “sandwich technique” for me. This involved injecting Restylane Perlane, which is a firmer filler below for lift first before putting in Restylane Vital Light, which is a softer filler to smoothen out the fine wrinkles. This results in a more natural look. For my nasolabial folds, he used only Restylane Perlane, which is a good choice for severe facial wrinkles like those pesky laugh lines.
Thank you Dr Terence Tan! After the procedures, my forehead seems fuller, laugh lines are even and also most importantly, I do not need to dab concealer under my eye anymore! I can finally go concealer free!
As you can see, the side of my forehead is not so sunken in and the filler has filled up the lines under my eyes and laugh lines.
So there, this is my honest review and I hope it helped you and made you believe there’s something for you out there that will solve your issues.
Till next time!
Who doesn’t like a youthful looking face? Well I sure do. There are many ways to achieve a youthful looking face like Fillers, Fat Graft, Face Lifting and Botox etc. To achieve a youthful looking face, you have to prevent ageing and even though there are anti-ageing skincare in the market, it doesn’t offer instant results. For the last few years, I have always been more concerned with Whitening and Acne treatments but as age catches up with me, I am more concerned with anti-ageing treatments now. As I prepare for my wedding, I want a youthful looking face fast and which is why I turned to Halley Medical Aesthetics‘ Dr Terence Tan for help!
As always, Dr Terence is all smiles during consultation. He advised me on the procedures I should consider with no pressure added. He told me the differences between the various lifting procedures available in the market and which are better in my case. He even went through the process of ageing. I felt I went through an important lesson as I never knew ageing could be that scary.
Halley’s HIFU Face Tightening Treatment ($675):
The procedure Dr Terence recommended me was the Halley’s HIFU Face Tightening Treatment which is a non-invasive facelift treatment that uses high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to lift and rejuvenate sagging skin with no downtime. It firms the face by stimulating collagen and is suitable for tightening areas such as the cheeks, eye and brow, jowls, neck, and chin. For young patients, HIFU is good for maintaining firmness of the face and for mature patients, it lifts and contours areas that have sagged due to aging.
HIFU uses sound waves to penetrate deep into our skin, going pass the epidermis and dermis layer to heat up our face’s superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) which is a layer of of muscles and connective tissue that is rich in collagen. When this soft tissue is warmed up, collagen is produced thus firming up loose, saggy skin. This treatment is very precise as it penetrates the skin at depths of 4.5mm, 3.0mm, and 1.5mm to induce collagen production. HIFU can also be used to reduce fats and tighten skin in areas like our tummy, thighs, hips, and arms.
This review is absolutely true and in no way fabricated. The process was relatively painless. Numbing cream was heavily applied over the face to ease any discomfort during HIFU. Even though Dr Terence had informed me of the discomfort I might face before starting, I was surprised I felt almost no discomfort at all.
The HIFU treatment felt like tiny heated zaps over the face. It was really bearable to me and some parts was so comfortable I could fall asleep. Dr Terence went through the whole face and went over the jawline with the probe a few extra times so that I could have a more well-lifted face.
Of course, for a complete anti-ageing makeover, this HIFU treatment is best complemented with other synergistic face lifting treatments. Face lifting treatments are typically done with an extra something and the extra something happens to be fillers in my case. As I have some dents on the under eye, chin, and laugh lines, Dr Terence will be proceeding with Restylane fillers next to achieve maximum effect.
Dr Terence also mentioned that it will take 3 months to see the final results, and HIFU should be done prior before fillers are injected. However, for those who can’t wait to see instant results, don’t be disheartened as there are gradual lifting changes to your face during these 3 months. For me, I did feel my face got tighter and pores were visibly smaller right after the treatment. Due to HIFU, the pimples and scars on my skin kind of got better too. Will be heading to my fillers soon so do stay tune for the final results!
This is a very recent photo, about 2 days back and 3 weeks after the procedure. Jawline looks slightly sharper.
Thank you for reading and hope this helps!