What’s Hot in Cos­metic Health?

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Dr Benjamin Yim Special -

A NEW CROP OF MIN­I­MALLY IN­VA­SIVE PRO­CE­DURES PROM­ISES TO EN­HANCE YOUR AP­PEAR­ANCE WITH­OUT THE PAIN, COM­PLI­CA­TIONS OR DOWN­TIME OF TRA­DI­TIONAL SURGERY.

Non-sur­gi­cal Multi-Treat­ment “Face-Lifts”

For those seek­ing to re­store that youth­ful glow, “stack­able” pro­ce­dures of­fer near-sur­gi­cal re­sults at half the price, about US$10,000 (S$12,565), com­pared with US$20,000.

Dr Julius Few, direc­tor of The Few In­sti­tute for Aes­thetic Plas­tic Surgery in Chicago and New York, dis­cov­ered that he can tar­get the three main cul­prits of fa­cial age­ing – wrin­kling, loss of vol­ume and sag­ging skin – us­ing three min­i­mally in­va­sive pro­ce­dures dur­ing one treat­ment ses­sion.

These non-sur­gi­cal “facelifts” be­gin with a silk chem­i­cal peel (to open up the skin) fol­lowed by an icon laser (to blast brown spots and pig­men­ta­tion is­sues) and cul­mi­nate with Ulthera ul­tra­sound (to plump fa­cial tis­sue). “Stack­ing these proven non-in­va­sive pro­ce­dures stalls the age­ing process and pro­vides long-last­ing re­sults,” says Dr Few. The en­tire process takes 90 min­utes and re­quires only two to three days of re­cov­ery time.

Hand Lifts

Hands get the same sun ex­po­sure and nat­u­ral age­ing as the face and decol­letage, but al­most none of the pam­per­ing. The re­sult: youth­ful­look­ing faces and aged hands. Now, hand-re­ju­ve­na­tion pro­ce­dures help turn back the clock by strip­ping un­sightly veins, plump­ing up sag­ging or crin­kling skin and eras­ing age spots.

Laser treat­ments can make pro­trud­ing veins dis­ap­pear in sec­onds, says Dr Neil Sadick, founder of Sadick Der­ma­tol­ogy in New York and clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor at Weill Cor­nell Med­i­cal Col­lege. When hands be­come saggy, myr­iad llers help re­store lost vol­ume. Age spots quickly dis­ap­pear with a chem­i­cal peel or laser treat­ments. And, for wrin­kling, de­vices like Thermage and Al­dara tighten skin.

Pro­ce­dures range in price from US$350 for scle­rother­apy to US$2,500 for skin resur­fac­ing. To pro­tect hands be­tween treat­ments, Dr Sadick rec­om­mends a main­te­nance rou­tine that in­cludes sun­screen, alpha hy­droxy acids and Retin-A.

Cel­lulite Zap­per

More than 80 per cent of women are plagued by cel­lulite, pock­ets of fat that squeeze be­tween bands of con­nec­tive tis­sue, caus­ing your skin to dim­ple, ripple and divot.

“Top­i­cal creams give skin a tem­po­rary tight­en­ing feel­ing but they do noth­ing for the cause of cel­lulite,” ex­plains Dr Bruce Katz, der­ma­tol­o­gist and founder of Juva Skin and Laser Cen­ter in New York. Even li­po­suc­tion, which has been mar­keted as a treat­ment for cel­lulite, can make skin ap­pear dim­pled and saggy.

Now, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary, FDA-ap­proved ther­apy called Cel­lu­laze prom­ises to light cel­lulite at its source. Through an in­ci­sion so small it’s cov­ered with a plas­ter, the de­vice’s novel laser cuts through stub­born con­nec­tive tis­sue, liq­ue­fies fat cells be­tween the con­nec­tive tis­sue and evens out the sur­face of the skin. Plus, the laser stim­u­lates col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, re­sult­ing in tighter, smoother skin over time. Treat­ments cost a whop­ping US$5,000-US$7,000, de­pend­ing on the area be­ing treated. Most pa­tients re­port a 70-80 per cent im­prove­ment within three months. The kicker: They re­main cel­lulite-free for more than three years.

Brighter, Whiter Teeth

A bright smile may be your most im­por­tant as­set. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Academy of Cos­metic Dentistry, nearly 75 per cent of Amer­i­cans be­lieve an unattrac­tive smile can hurt a person’s chances of ca­reer suc­cess, to say noth­ing of its im­pact on at­tract­ing the op­po­site sex. And when re­spon­dents were asked, “What would you like to im­prove most about your smile?”, the most com­mon re­sponse was: Whiter and brighter teeth.

Un­for­tu­nately, drug­store teeth-whiten­ing strips are not the an­swer. “These prod­ucts are clas­si­fied as cos­met­ics, so they’re not con­trolled, and can dam­age teeth,” ex­plains Dr Bill Dorfman, fea­tured den­tist on tele­vi­sion shows Ex­treme Makeover and

The Doc­tors, whose in-ofce Zoom whiten­ing tech­nol­ogy whitens teeth by eight to 10 shades in un­der an hour. Us­ing ad­vanced LED light tech­nol­ogy, den­tists can con­trol the amount and in­ten­sity of the light, re­sult­ing in brighter smiles, whiter teeth and re­duced sen­si­tiv­ity than com­pet­ing tech­nol­ogy for just US$350-US$500 a treat­ment.

Look Youth­ful

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