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.
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.