Pretty Quick

Look­ing good needn’t mean lengthy, in­va­sive pro­ce­dures. Der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Eileen Tan short­lists the top non-in­va­sive aes­thetic pro­ce­dures for a head-to-toe spruc­ing-up.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Dr Eileen Tan Special -

DUAL YEL­LOW LASER

What it’s for: Dark spots, ac­tive acne, fa­cial red­ness and vas­cu­lar prob­lems such as port wine stains and thread veins.

What it does: A com­bi­na­tion of yel­low light closes up the blood ves­sels that cause red­ness, and green light breaks up melanin clus­ters that lead to hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion.

What to ex­pect: A ball­point-pen-sized probe is run all over your skin, pro­duc­ing a warm sen­sa­tion. There may be slight red­ness for an hour or so af­ter­wards. Dr Tan says mul­ti­ple ses­sions lead to a re­duc­tion in red­ness and pig­men­ta­tion.

LIPOSONIX

What it’s for: Re­duc­ing stub­born fat that won’t go away no mat­ter how much you ex­er­cise.

What it does: This treat­ment uses fo­cused, high-in­ten­sity ul­tra­sound en­ergy to heat up the treat­ment area, which is said to kill fat cells with­out af­fect­ing the sur­round­ing tis­sues.

What to ex­pect: You may feel a warm, tin­gling sen­sa­tion dur­ing the hour-long treat­ment. This may be fol­lowed by bruis­ing and sore­ness. Re­sults vary, but pa­tients typ­i­cally lose about one inch, or one dress size, within 12 weeks of the treat­ment.

BO­TULINUM TOXIN AND FILLER IN­JEC­TIONS

What they’re for: Wrin­kles, de­pressed acne scars, and to aug­ment the vol­ume of the face and lips.

What it does: The filler in­jec­tions use hyaluronic acid to give skin full­ness. Bo­tulinum toxin is in­jected into the mus­cles around lines, to pre­vent them from crunch­ing up and form­ing wrin­kles. Your doc­tor will rec­om­mend one or a com­bi­na­tion of treat­ments for your ar­eas of con­cern.

What to ex­pect: Some swelling and red­ness at the treat­ment area for about a week. Re­sults last about six months. The doc­tor may ad­vise mul­ti­ple ses­sions of one or both treat­ments.

THERMAGE CPT

What it’s for: Tight­en­ing fa­cial skin and re­duc­ing wrin­kles.

What it does: The Thermage CPT de­vice de­liv­ers ra­dio fre­quency to heat up the col­la­gen layer. Over the next six months, skin be­comes tighter and wrin­kles ap­pear less prom­i­nent as new col­la­gen is gen­er­ated. It also ad­dresses skin lax­ity on the ab­domen and arms. Ad­di­tion­ally, Thermage CPT fea­tures a vi­brat­ing hand­piece that is meant to make the treat­ment more com­fort­able.

What to ex­pect: Dur­ing the one- to two-hour treat­ment, you may ex­pe­ri­ence a warm or prick­ling sen­sa­tion. Your skin may look tighter im­me­di­ately, but the full ef­fects are only vis­i­ble af­ter about five months. There is lit­tle to no down­time; you can go about your daily ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter the pro­ce­dure. Once-yearly

treat­ments are rec­om­mended for best re­sults.

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