Can I Achieve A More Youthful Look With Non-Invasive Procedures?


Looking young or younger is a challenging task I’ve been constantly trying to achieve. Although many peers may think that I’m still in my 30s (I’m actually 43 this year in 2010), to upkeep my youthful look never comes easy and cheap. Apart from my meticulous night regimen (about an hour nightly), non-invasive procedures such as IPL and microdermabrasion actually help to maintain my youthfulness in a way. Though they are mostly used to improve skin texture, they do help to increase collagen production in a superficial way. I’ve done both treatments more than 9 months ago (early 2010).

As age is catching up on me as quickly as I write this post (hahaha!!), I’ve began to notice my face is actually aging tremendously this year. It is fairly common for women above 40s. Hiaz! :-(

Although I wanted so much to turn back the clock, plastic surgery is definitely not an option for me. Cosmetic surgery may go wrong and I’m extremely fear of that. What’s done cannot be undone! And it’s permanent! I will not go under the knife unless there is no better solution than surgery, for example my eyebag removal surgery a year ago. Till now, I’m still not pleased with the results. Too much fats have been removed by Dr Woffles Wu that cause small indentation on both lower eyelids.

All I want now is to look slightly younger and I believe non-invasive procedures will be a better option for me.

Thankfully, due to the latest technology, shaving 10 years off of my age can be done without the help of a plastic surgeon. The areas that may require non-invasive treatments are :


1. Fine lines on forehead

Best treatment I’ve done : Botox. The result lasts approx 6 months. Last done : More than a year ago by Dr Chee from Wen & Weng Clinic. Last result : Excellent. Will I try it again? : Yes, tentatively next year in 2012.


2. Loose skin and wrinkles on lower eyelids (when smiling)

Best treatment I’ve done : Botox. The result last approx 6 months. Last done : 9 months ago by Dr Chee from Wen & Weng Clinic. Last result : Good. Will I try it again? : Yes, this month by Dr Calvin Chan.


3. Facial fat loss / sunken cheeks due to aging (especially below eye socket areas)

Treatment recommended : Dermal Fillers. The result varies depending on the type of fillers injected, approx 3 to 9 months. I believe this facial contouring fillers can help to plump up my sunken cheeks and I may look years younger. It is claimed to help lift up the sagging cheeks and the nasolabial folds too; and therefore I may not require any fillers on the folds at all. :-) Will I try it? Yes as I’ve never tried it before. Due to my tight budget this year, I will try out next year then.


4. Loose skin, sagging cheeks, double chin and droopy eyes

Treatments done before : Thermage (first generation), Titan and Radio Frequency. Results for all : Poor results! New treatment recommended : Thermage (Latest generation). This new skin tightening treatment, has been receiving good reviews. Thermage uses heat to tighten the skin and stimulate collagen production. It’s an alternative to mini face-lift. Drawback of Thermage : Pricey which ranges from $4k+ to $6k+. Will I try the latest Thermage : Yes! Tentatively in mid December 2010 with Dr Calvin Chan.


5. Nasolabial folds and marionette lines

Treatment I’ve done : Fillers injection. Result : bad, lumpy appearance. Twice by different doctors using Juvederm and Restylane. I was told by other doctors that the lumps actually occurred due to the skill of the doctor injecting the fillers. Last done : 2 years ago. Will I try it again? : Maybe not now. I was told that I may not require any fillers on the folds as the filler injection on the cheek areas (above #3) may help to lift up the nasolabial folds. And thermage (above #4) may help to lift up the marionette lines.


6. Flabby and sagging jowls

Treatment I’ve done : Botox, twice by different doctors. Last done : A years ago by Dr Chee from Wen & Weng Clinic. Last result : Slight improvement, face appeared superficial slimmer. Will I try it again? : Yes, with Dr Calvin Chan for this 3rd round.


Uncoming reviews!

So in order to take years off my face, I decided to go ahead with some of the non-invasive treatments mentioned above. Thermage for my whole face and double chin area (#4) and Botox on my jawline (#6) and lower eyelid areas (#2).

Botox will usually take about a month before seeing results and Thermage will usually have to wait three to six months for the skin’s collagen to grow before seeing results.

The drawbacks for these non-invasive treatments is the short-term result – they are temporary which lasts from 6 to 12 months only.

So can I achieve a more youthful look with these non-invasive procedures? I really hope so! Stay tuned for my reviews and I will reveal the results!

In 2012, I will likely be proceeding my next mini-makeover with Fillers Injections on sunken cheeks (#3) and Botox on forehead (#1).

Have you done any non-invasive treatments lately? What is it and do you see any result so far? Love to hear from you too!


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17 Comments on "Can I Achieve A More Youthful Look With Non-Invasive Procedures?"

  1. sesame says:

    Hmm…even with perfect skin, one may not necessarily look younger. Eg. a famous local celebrity aesthetic doc is an example. I’ve seen women without perfect skin but they look young even though they’re older. It’s the packaging and how they carry themselves. Also face is one, body is another issue and the latter can give away the age too. It’s never ending.

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Sesame,

    Hee hee…. you mean ‘G’? Yes I agree with you, it’s never ending.

    It’s overall wellness, healthy mind plays an important role too.

  3. Iris says:

    You look very youthful with great and I don’t think you have sunken cheeks at all.

  4. Vivi says:

    Wow! Your skin is actually quite nice. I don’t see most of the problems you mentioned on your post ’cause you’ve got fats on your face which make you look younger. My face is a bit on the thin side so I think age shows easier and faster on my face.

    I used to go to Dr. Chee, I think I even saw you once @ the China Square Clinic :) But I read lately that he was suspended for a laser procedure that went wrong. I went for the laser/ipl package and I agree with your reminder from another post that proper care should be taken seriously after the ipl/laser treatments or else the pigmentations will come back really fast. I even got new ones!

  5. Shirleen says:

    Hi Iris,

    I’m flattered! :-) Ya I do not have obvious sunken cheeks but more of the loss of fat (just directly below the eye socket areas) that adds years to my appearance. The fillers will be injected directly below the eye socket areas.

  6. Shirleen says:

    Hi Vivi,

    Thanks for your compliment. :-)

    Thankfully I was born with a chubby face and I have lost quite a bit of fats for the past 10 years. And due to the fats lost, I look older. If not because of my chubby face when younger, my cheeks might have looked more sunken now.

    Most doctors I’ve consulted commented that the loss of fats just directly below the eye sockets make me look slightly older and they have suggested that injecting fillers on the areas will make me look younger.

    Yes Dr. Chee was suspended for 6 months, I don’t understand why he has performed this procedure in the first place.

    Do say hi to me when I happen to bump into you again k. Love meeting my readers face to face.

  7. Erica says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Wow. I think you look pretty great; definitely younger than your actual age.
    I’m 23 now and will be 24 next year. It scares me how close I am to hitting the mid 20s. The teenage and pre-adult years seem to have just flown by. People often tell me that I look below 20 (18,19 years old are the answers I get when I ask them to guess my age). Nonetheless, I’m still afraid of ageing and I’m doing what I can to delay the effects of premature ageing and actual ageing. I absolutely agree with you. Maintenance definitey does not come cheap!I believe it is never too young to start on an anti-ageing regime, as like the way it is with most things, prevention is better than cure.

    On top of my skin care regime which consists of a facial wash, toner, exfoliating gel (AHA + BHA), 3 serums – antioxidant, retionol (anti-ageing) and hydrating, as well as a moisutriser and sunblock, I also go for yearly CO2 fractional laser treatments. I did the first one last year and just did my second session early last month. I must say the results are great. My downtime is pretty fast (about 4-5 days) although the usual downtime is around 7 to 10 days. As the old skin sheds off and reveals new fresh skin, my skin tone is more even, my skin looks and feels smoother and the visible pores on my T zone are much smaller. My eye circles are also better and as laser stimulates collagen production, it will prevent the formation of fine lines and crows feet around the eye areas. The eyes are one of the quickest areas to age as the skin is thinner there. Hence, my take is that a laser is great for skin rejuvenation to improve skin tone. But maintenance work is definitely required.

    I did a diamond microdermabrasion treatment once before when I was 19, but I did not continue with it. Now that I’m older and more financially capable of paying for my own treatments, I just signed up for a package with my beautician and will do this treatment every 2 months. I think it will be a quick pick me up in between my yearly annual laser treatments. Yes, I intend to continue with the laser!

    Like you, I also feel a normal basic facial is a waste of money and I rather DIY and save the money for something that can give me significant resutls i.e. laser.

    Could you please recommend a good deep cleansing mask that I can use once a week to minimise pores and help reduce black and white heads?


    Stay young!

  8. Shirleen says:

    Hi Erica,

    I couldn’t find any good deep cleansing mask to recommend you. I personally feel that the more effective way to minimize pores and remove black and white heads is to remove the dead skin surface using AHA and/or BHA. Microdermabrasion is good too. I actually find that IPL (done by doctors) may help to reduce pore sizes.

    Go for microdermabrasion and follow with an IPL treatment 1-2 weeks later. The result is excellent.

  9. Erica says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I find it hard to find a good deep cleansing mask too. I’ve tried out quite a number of masks claiming to draw out impurities, minimise pores and such but the results are disappointing.

    I will try out your suggestion. Thanks!

    I just did a Radiofrequency (RF) lifting treatment yesterday. Although I do not have loose or sagging skin at the moment (touchwood!), I still saw results from the RF. My jaw lines is definitely more contoured and my cheeks looks well “more lifted”. My beautician did 1/2 of my face first so I could compare the before and after better and I’m really amazed. Also, because of some algae mask which is supposed to help further tighten the face, my pores are smaller. My complexion also had this glow after the treatment.I’m really interested to see whether the effects are long lasting.

    What’s your take on this RF treatment? Do you think it can really help to prevent ageing?

  10. Shirleen says:

    Hi Erica,

    Yes you usually will see instant result immediately after the RF treatment but unfortunately the instant result is not long-lasting. RF treatment is a mild firming treatment which is quite similar to normal facial, requires frequent treatments such as every once a month or bi-monthly.

    Many years ago, I’ve signed up a RF package (12x treatments) and disappointed to realize that it didn’t improve the skin firmness at all. But it does prevent further sagging though.

  11. Jamie says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    I happened to have chanced across your blog while I was reading up on microdermabrasion. I haev a rough idea of what it is about, but was wondering if you’d tried the process over at Niks? I’ve some enlarged pores on my cheek, and a a little pitted scars- will microdermabrasion help?
    Just tentative about going for the fractional CO2- it seems a little painful and i have an extremely low treshold for pain!

    Have a good weekend ahead! :)

  12. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jamie,

    I have never tried it at Niks before. Microdermabrasion does help to improve your enlarged pores and scars but the result is superficial.

    Fractional CO2 is pretty good but the result will mainly depend on the skill of the doctor. The pain to me is bearable and if you are trying it for the first time, you may or may not endure the pain.

  13. SS says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    may i check with you the price at Dr Chee for botox? for instance, how much does it cost for a whole face botox or just the forehead area, i have lots of fine lines on my high forehead :(

  14. Shirleen says:

    Hi SS,

    I guess it will be good if you can meet up with Dr Chee for the prices cos it will depend greatly on how much botox is used for each area.

  15. SS says:

    Thks. may i have the contact for Dr Chee?

  16. Shirleen says:

    Hi SS,

    China Square Central Tel: 6532 7385
    VivoCity Tel: 6376 9968

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