Top Three Aes­thetic Fixes

Th­ese days, your op­tions for look­ing good aren’t lim­ited to skin­care or surgery. The third way? Treat­ments that go deeper than creams and serums, but don’t re­quire the knife. Dr Kelvin Chua of SL Clinic gives his top three.

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Plas­tic surgery gets its name from the Greek word, plas­tike, which means the art of re­mod­elling. The Ro­mans and An­cient Egyp­tians were per­form­ing nose jobs and pin­ning back ears thou­sands of years ago, while facelifts were done in the 1900s.

With such a long his­tory, we know surgery works. But it comes with risks, from anaes­the­sia to pain and re­cov­ery time. And once a pro­ce­dure’s com­pleted, there’s no place for sec­ond thoughts, be­cause you’re never go­ing to get back your for­mer face, tummy or but­tocks.

Dr Kelvin Chua of SL Clinic be­lieves there’s a place for treat­ments that, he says, of­fer more sig­nif­i­cant and last­ing re­sults than skin­care, with­out the risks of surgery. His go-to treat­ments in­clude Bo­tox ® , Juvederm filler and Thermage ® CPT ™ .

YOU WANT TO RE­DUCE THE AP­PEAR­ANCE OF CROW’S FEET, AND WRIN­KLES BE­TWEEN THE EYE­BROWS

You need: Bo­tox ® What it is: The trade name for bo­tulinum toxin, an in­jectable pro­tein that can freeze mus­cles, pre­vent­ing fa­cial move­ment to tem­po­rar­ily re­move lines.

What hap­pens: The doc­tor in­jects Bo­tox ® into the wrin­kles, with a pin­prick-like pain. The treat­ment usu­ally takes 15-30 min­utes.

Af­ter­wards: There may be red­ness around the in­jec­tion sites for 24 hours. Lines soften within a few days and re­sults peak around two weeks. Wrin­kles re­turn within six months, af­ter which you might want another treat­ment.

YOU WANT YOUR NOSE TO LOOK LIFTED, AND FILL OUT UN­DER-EYE HOL­LOWS AND ACNE SCARS

You need: Juvederm filler What it is: A gel made from hyaluronic acid (a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring skin mois­turiser) that can be used to fill wrin­kles and hol­lows.

What hap­pens: Numb­ing cream is ap­plied be­fore the filler is in­jected. You may feel a sting­ing pain. The doc­tor gen­tly mas­sages the area to help cre­ate the de­sired shape. The pro­ce­dure takes 10-15 min­utes.

Af­ter­wards: There may be red­ness, swelling and bruis­ing for a cou­ple of days where the filler was in­jected. Re­sults are im­me­di­ate, but over time, hyaluronic acid is ab­sorbed into the body, so af­ter four months, you might want a top-up.

YOU WANT TO RE­DUCE SAG­GING AROUND THE EYES, NECK AND JAW­LINE, OR EVEN THIGHS AND BUT­TOCKS

You need: Thermage ® CPT ™ What it is: A de­vice that uses ra­diofre­quency to heat and slightly dam­age the col­la­gen fi­bres in our skin’s der­mis. This is be­lieved to cause the col­la­gen to tighten and, over time, gen­er­ate more of it­self, so skin ap­pears lifted and lines are filled.

What hap­pens: The doc­tor uses a hand­set to shoot ra­diofre­quency pulses into the der­mis. The pulses may feel hot. It takes be­tween 40 min­utes and one hour to treat the whole face.

Af­ter­wards: Red­ness usu­ally goes away within a cou­ple of hours af­ter the treat­ment. Sig­nif­i­cant re­sults may ap­pear grad­u­ally over the next six months. You might need a re­peat treat­ment 18 months later.

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