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.
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.
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.
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.