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[Review] Pigment Laser Treatment at SL Clinic by Dr Kelvin Chua

 

If you have been following my blog, you probably are aware that I’ve been suffering from pigmentation for a long while. What drive me nuts is this stubborn pigment spot on my right cheek! I have gone for pigment laser treatment before but the spot turned darker and bigger shortly after a month. It’s really sickening! Even CO2 laser doesn’t help at all. I look 5 years older with this pigment spot (about 13mm in radius)! Even concealer is not able to conceal it completely. I have tried a handful of whitening products but to no avail. After so many years of suffering, I have almost given up until I met Dr Kelvin Chua from SL Clinic. After a brief discussion with him on my stubborn pigment spot, I decided to get it treated by him.

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This picture was taken with makeup (foundation) on. The pigment spot was still very visible and dark.

This picture was taken immediately after the first session. The pigment spot appeared even darker upon treatment. I was told it is better to start with a lower energy setting to help deliver a safe and effective results and will work with settings tailored to me.

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Short Video Of My Journey With Liposonix

 

 

Review – Reduce Loose Underarm Skin With TriLipo MED Procedure

 

Due to aging and lack of exercise, I went from having slim upper arms, which my friends always envied, to flabby arms. Hiaz!… My underarm skin has became loose and saggy in the recent years. Though I know it’s important to exercise to maintain muscle tone and increase circulation but I’m just too lazy to do so. :-(

Recently, I was introduced to a relatively new non-surgical procedure that is designed to provide wrinkle reduction, cellulite improvement and skin tightening – it is the TriLipo MED Procedure. I decided to give it a try as I can’t wait to get rid of those loose flabby underarm skin that wave in the wind every time I say goodbye! I have taken up six sessions at a weekly interval at NU.U Aesthetic and Wellness Clinic.

Here’s a recap of what TriLipo MED does :

  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Improved appearance of scars
  • Firmer and rejuvenated skin
  • Facial contouring
  • Skin tightening
  • Circumferential reduction
  • Cellulite improvement
  • Acne and scar decrease
  • Stretch mark improvement
  • Muscle lifting and toning

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[Review] Eyes By Thermage® at SL Clinic by Dr Kelvin Chua

 

I noticed the skin around my eyes is one of the first places to show signs of aging. The skin in this area is said to be 40% thinner than anywhere else on my face, causing it to age faster. As I age, fine lines around the eye area become more apparent. The upper eyelids become droopy, puffy and heavier, and that make me appear tired. What I hate most is the crepey texture of my eyelids that make it hard for me to apply eyeshadow.

Before, eye lift surgery was seem to be the only solution to reverse the aging around the eyes however there are potential side effects and risks involved with any surgical procedure. I’m not ready to go under the knife at this moment for sure. Fortunately, there’s a proven non-invasive procedure that can help to reverse the aging around my eyes – it is the Thermage® Eye Procedure.

The Thermage® Eye Procedure is the only procedure that helps smooth and tighten skin and decrease wrinkles and hooding the eye area without surgery or injections, and little to no downtime. I’m pleased to learn that Thermage has the industry’s first and only FDA clearance for non-invasive eyelid treatments.

Three months ago, I have FINALLY gone for the Thermage Eye Procedure at SL Clinic, performed by Dr Kelvin Chua. Yes FINALLY! I have always wanted to go for this treatment for the longest time! WooHoo! <grinning>

This picture was taken before the procedure, with missing double eyelids.

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Review – LIPOSONIX, A Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Body Procedure

 

A while ago, I have blogged about a new non-invasive fat reduction body procedure named LIPOSONIX®. It is a non-surgical procedure that uses focused ultrasound beams to get rid of unwanted stubborn fats to achieve an ideal body shape without going under the knife. It is said to be a good alternative to high risk cosmetic surgical procedure Liposuction. Click here to read my previous detailed post on LIPOSONIX.

Anyway, here’s a short description of the LIPOSONIX procedure :

LIPOSONIX penetrates and destroys the fat found beneath the skin, using advanced high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology to create a focal zone of heating, resulting in a dual tissue response; thermal destruction of targeted fat cells and contraction/thickening of subcutaneous collagen. A unique pattern delivery system within the treatment head delivers the energy in a controlled, consistent manner. Targeted fat cells are permanently destroyed without harming the skin, and the body naturally processes and removes the fat tissue over a period of 8 to 12 weeks.

Three months ago, I got to try the new LIPOSONIX treatment at NU.U Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic. The procedure was performed by Dr Chew Khek Kah, the founder and Medical Director of NU.U Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic.

I’m technically not overweight however due to aging and lack of exercise, my waist size has increased gradually in the recent years. Sadly during my 30s, I was able to maintain my waist size at 26 inches but due to my laziness with no exercise, it has increased to 30 inches prior the procedure. Thankfully I’m not a big eater, if not it will be worst. Come to think of it, I actually eat less now than I was in my 30s but well…….

And because of the increased waist size, I have to wear clothing that is loose-fitting around my stomach to conceal my bump and the ugly love handles.

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A measurement was done prior the procedure. My waist measurement around the belly button was 77cm and 3cm below the belly button was 84cm. OMY!!

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Dr Chew did some marking on my abdomen and love handles before he began with the procedure. The whole procedure took about an hour and only one procedure is needed with NO repeated session is required. Yes, definitely great for those busy people like me hee hee……

Generally only one treatment session is required to give a circumferential waist line reduction of 2.5 cm or one pant size. Repeat sessions can be performed after 3 months to achieve a more ideal body shape if necessary.

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Review – THERMAGE® TOTAL TIP – A Non-Invasive Skin Tightening Procedure

 

I realized my skin has aged rapidly after hitting my 35 ten years ago. As I age, my skin is losing its elasticity that causes sagging jawline, nasolabiol folds (the folds that run from each side of the nose to the mouth) and marionette lines (the lines that run straight downwards from the corners of the mouth).

Now at 45, I believe I’m an ideal candidate for surgical face lifting. But with all the new non-invasive technologies (designed to reverse skin aging) launched in the market in the recent years, the surgical facelift with potential risk and downtime, is obviously not the best option to take years off my face.

To reverse my signs of aging, I WANT a safe procedure that not only helps lifts up my sagging skin with zero potential risk factor, gives reliable results with minimum to zero recovery and pain factors, and also helps increase collagen production that gives a long-lasting benefit! And Thermage fits the bill perfectly! Surgical facelift cannot build collagen.

I have to confess I’m a super big fan of Thermage treatment. I’ve tried all the generations of Thermage, including the most painful first generation (original), second generation (Thermage NXT) and third generation (Thermage CPT).

Solta Medical, the leading aesthetics company behind Thermage, is proud to announce the launch of Thermage Total Tip 3.0 – a new and improved tip designed for the use on the face, neck and body that aims to deliver as much as twice the bulk heating volume which allows more tissue to be heated to higher temperatures, hence delivering greater results.

Click HERE to find out more about Thermage Total Tip 3.0.

Three months ago, I was super delighted to be one of the first to try out this new Thermage Total Tip 3.0! I’m now ready to review the treatment!

I have my treatment done at Dr Benjamin Yim Clinical Aesthetic & Laser Centre.

thermage total tip 3.0 review

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Review – Latest “Skin-Tightening” Thermage CPT (3rd Generation) Procedure

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Age is really catching up with me lately (44 this year) and there’s nothing I can do to prevent it. I’m fully aware that aging is inevitable, so what I can do for myself now is to delay the aging process as much as I can.

One of my most obvious tell-tale signs of aging on my face is loss of skin firmness and sagging jawline. Although the best option is to go for a surgical facelift but there is too much risk involved and I’m not ready for it yet. Probably in another three to five years down the road I may consider it. Hence for now, the best alternative for me is to go for a non-invasive skin-tightening treatment – Thermage.

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Why Thermage?

Are you new to Thermage? Well Thermage is a non-invasive skin-tightening procedure that can help smooth, tighten and contour our skin for an overall younger looking appearance in a single treatment without surgery or injections. It uses patented radio-frequency technology to safely heat the deeper layers of our skin, stimulating the existing collagen and promoting new collagen growth.

I opt for Thermage instead of other skin-tightening treatments such as Ulthera and Titan, as I personally feel more confident with it and it has researched to be the best option for skin tightening.

I actually have Thermage procedure done twice, first by Dr Valentin Low (Paragon) many years ago and last by Dr Calvin Chan (Wheelock) last year in November 2011. However both were big disappointments!

This round, I decided to get Thermage procedure done by Dr Chee from Chelsea Clinic (formally known as Wen & Weng Medical Group) as he’s using the latest Thermage CPT technology.

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Non-invasive Reviews – Thermage, Botox On Under Eyes & Jawline By Dr Calvin Chan

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More than 4 months ago, I have published a post on “Can I Achieve A More Youthful Look With Non-Invasive Procedures?”.

Well and now after 4 months, I have finally proceeded with 3 of the non-invasive treatments I’ve mentioned on the previous post.

1. Botox on lower eyelid areas

2. Botox on my jawline

3. Thermage for my whole face and double chin area

So below are the reviews of the 3 procedures done by Dr Calvin Chan.

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Reviews! Reviews! Reviews!

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1. Botox on lower eyelid areas

Whenever I smile, deep creases or lines will surface under my eyes and that actually add years to my age. They are caused by repeated facial expressions, damage caused by sun exposure and loss of elasticity due to aging. I have tried numerous eye products before but unfortunately there is no one product that can help to eliminate the lines.

So after some tests and errors, I eventually realized that Botox injection is the best option for me. I have previously done twice by Dr Chee from Wen & Weng and I was very very pleased with the results. I decided to have my third Botox injection done by Dr Calvin Chan this round.

To get the best result, there are 3 main factors to consider – the skill of the doctor injecting it, the amount of Botox used and the type of Botox used.

Lower eyelids are difficult to treat as too much Botox can cause change to the shape of the lid, make my facial expression look stiff and unnatural. Deep creases or lines under my eyes when smiling can now be improved with just a small amount of botox actually.

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

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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 :

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Review – My Final Marie France Slimming Treatment

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Two weeks ago, I’ve finally gone for my 4th and last slimming treatment session at Marie France Bodyline and this round the focus was on my abdomen area. For this session, the consultant has customized a set of personalized treatments (including CPT) that is specially tailored to my body needs.

The therapist began the session with a relaxing welcome massage on my shoulder. This massage actually help to relax my body and mind, and I believe it may help to enhance the effectiveness of the following treatment later on. After a gentle scrubbing, the therapist then applied a cold and warm gel on my abdomen and used an applicator to roll over the area to allow the gel penetrates better into the dermal layer of the skin.

The session also includes the essential unique slimming massage and the special infrared hot blanket slimming treatment. The hot blanket is in fact my most favorite slimming procedure of all! My whole body including my thighs and arms feel warm and calm. This intense warm sensation actually helps to relax my body and mind, I almost fell asleep with it zzzzz…… It was so rejuvenating that I wanted to make a request with the therapist - do not STOP the machine pleaseee!

I actually enjoyed this last treatment session very much. The complete customized treatment helps to detoxify, improve lymphatic drainage, enhance microcirculation of the dermis and fat deposits; and convert stubborn stored fats into energy.

It has been 2 weeks now since the last treatment at Marie France Bodyline. I didn’t have a chance to measure my BMI at Marie France Bodyline and therefore I wouldn’t be able to reveal on how much fat I have lost so far. And I have actually noticed a slight improvement on my abdomen area. It is less bloated, more toned and flatter now. I’m quite pleased with the results.

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If you are keen to read my previous posts on Marie France Bodyline and here are the links :

Embark My First Slimming Program With Marie France Bodyline – First Briefing Session

Review – First Slimming Treatment At Marie France Bodyline

Review – 2nd Marie France Bodyline Slimming Treatments On Love Handles

Review – 3rd Marie France Bodyline Slimming Treatment Session, Importance Of A Healthy Diet

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For more info, do visit Marie France Bodyline website at http://www.mariefrance.com.sg/ or Marie France Bodyline Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/MarieFranceBodylineSingapore.

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