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Tear Trough (Undereye) Fillers Singapore

Tear Trough (Undereye) Fillers Singapore



Guide to Chin Fillers Singapore



What are Tear Troughs?

The tear trough refers to the under-eye hollowing that deepens with age, causing the area under the eye to appear sunken and tired.

Large eyebags may also accentuate and worsen the appearance of the tear trough.

Why Tear Trough Fillers?

Injecting fillers into the under-eye area help to “fill” the hollowing and replace volume loss from the aging process.

Certain fillers like Teosyal RD2 contain additional antioxidants that further help to lighten dark eye circles and rejuvenate the eye area simultaneously.

Results are immediate and by addressing the sunken appearance, the eye area will look refreshed and less tired.

Correcting the tear trough with fillers may also have the added benefit of masking and improving the appearance of eyebags.

Benefits

  • Filling of under eye sunken appearance
  • Improvement of dark eye circles
  • Eye bag “reduction” by masking its appearance
  • Look more refreshed and less tired

How are Tear Trough Fillers done?

Dr Edwin will select an appropriate soft filler specially meant for the under eyes for a natural refreshed look without the formation of lumps.

Using the blunt cannula method, there is only 1 entry point per cheek (away from the eye) to minimise downtime, discomfort, swelling or bruising.

Treatment duration is between 15 to 30 minutes depending on the severity of the tear trough.

For deep tear troughs, more than 1 ml of filler may be needed.

Choice of Fillers

Dr Edwin prefers to use the Teosyal Redensity (RD) 2 for the treatment of tear troughs because it is developed specifically for the tear trough area.

Teosyal Redensity (RD) 2 is infused with amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, so it continues to rejuvenate the skin around the eye area, rejuvenating and refreshing the eye area.

Side effects

Downtime and discomfort are minimal. 

By using a blunt cannula, injury to the area around the eye is extremely rare and unlikely.

There may be slight swelling or bruising after the treatment. However, these are temporary and will improve quickly after applying the anti - bruising recovery cream.

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Temple Fillers Singapore

Guide to Temple Fillers Singapore



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Why do you need Temple Fillers?

The aging process can cause volume and fat loss in the temples, resulting in the temples appearing hollow and sunken. The temples are found at the sides of the forehead, adjacent to the eyes.

Temple fillers can easily resolve the hollow and sunken appearance issue by filling up this hollowing to restore the smooth rounded contour that defines a younger face.

Dermal Fillers are made of hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Fillers break down naturally over time and last on average 12 to 16 months.

An additional benefit of temple fillers is that it helps to lift the eyebrows subtly, giving a natural, refreshed and younger appearance.

Treatment Experience

Depending on the severity of volume loss and hollowing, between 0.5 to 1ml of filler will be injected in each temple to achieve the desired smooth facial contours.

Dr Edwin prefers to use Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Lyft to give excellent long lasting volumnisation of the temples.

1 to 2 small injections are placed in the deep skin tissues to avoid lumpiness and to deliver natural looking and feeling results. 

Is it painful?

In the hands of a gentle and experienced doctor, the discomfort of filler injections are minimal.

Before each injection, Dr Edwin also applies an icepack to the injection area to further reduce the risk of bruising and discomfort.

How long do fillers last?

Temple fillers typically last between 12 to 16 months.

What are the side effects?

The downtime associated with fillers are minimal.

Some possible side effects include slight bruising or swelling which typically resolves quickly. An intensive recovery cream can be prescribed to speed up the resolution of swelling and bruising.

What other areas can fillers be injected in?

To learn more about Dermal Fillers for other areas of the face, please click here

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Cheek Fillers Guide Singapore

Guide to Cheek Fillers Singapore



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Why do you need Cheek Fillers?

The cheeks are a crucial part of one’s facial features.

As we age, the cheeks undergo several changes. Volume is lost as fat pads shrink and the cheek bone atrophies. The cheek gradually deflates and sags inwards and downwards.


This gives rise to the classical appearance of deepening laugh lines, “jowlling” and hollowing of the cheeks.

Cheek fillers help to instantly lift the face by restoring volume at key points in the face as well as “rebuilding” the atrophied cheek bones.

With well placed fillers in the cheeks, nasolabial folds (laugh lines), tear troughs, marionette lines and jowling can also be improved!

The endpoint is a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Treatment Experience 

Cheek fillers are a straightforward, safe and effective with a treatment time of around 30 to 45 minutes. 

Downtime is minimal and patients are able to return to work or continue with their daily activities right after!

Dr Edwin primarily uses 2 types of fillers. Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft. Both these fillers contain a local anesthetic ingredient which acts to numb the area which has been injected.

Ice is also applied to each injection point prior to injection to reduce discomfort further and more importantly, reduce the risk of bruising.

Depending on the area of the cheek that is to be treated, Dr Edwin may choose to use either a needle or cannula to perform the liquid filler facelift technique.

Results can be seen instantly!

What is Liquid Facelift / Filler Facelift?

In the skin, there exists true retaining ligaments which suspend the skin by attaching it to the bone. 

Imagine these true retaining ligaments as the suspension cables of a suspension bridge. If the cables become lax with time, the bridge begins to descend. Similarly, the skin sags over time due to stretching and laxity of these retaining ligaments

Dr Edwin's Filler Liquid Facelift technique involves placing fillers at the base of several key retaining ligaments in the face to achieve an immediate, natural, non surgical facelift by tensing and tightening these true retaining ligaments.

What are Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance injected beneath the skin. Majority of fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a naturally occuring substance in the body.

They are commonly used to augment and contour facial features by precisely adding volume to the area of interest.

Learn more about Filler treatments for other areas here.

How long do Cheek Fillers last?

HA fillers can last up to 1.5 years.

Are Cheek Fillers safe?

An experienced doctor will be well versed in the anatomy of the face and choose injection points that are both safe and effective in delivering lifting and volumnising effects!

HA fillers are also reversible and can be dissolved with Hyalase.

Alternatives to Cheek Fillers for Non Surgical Facelifting

The Ultraformer 3 HIFU is another popular treatment for non surgical facelifting and skin tightening. It uses high intensity focused ultrasound to stimulate collagen at specific areas of the skin.

Learn more about HIFU here.

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Juvederm Filler Singapore

Guide to Juvederm Fillers Singapore



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What are Juvederm Fillers?

Juvederm Fillers are produced by Allergan, which is a leader in aesthetic injectables and is US FDA approved for cosmetic treatments. 

Fillers are a straight forward, safe and effective injectable treatment with multiple benefits such as facial contouring, volume enhancement and improvement of wrinkles (discussed below).

Juvederm Fillers are made from Non-Animal Stabilised Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA). They are free of allergens and possess the latest generation Vycross crosslinking technology.

Benefits of Vycross

  • Lasts longer (up to 18 months)

  • More natural appearance

  • Smoother consistency

  • Less painful injections

Type of Juvederm Fillers?

Across the Juvederm portfolio, there are different subtypes of fillers with varying qualities for the ideal treatment of specific areas in the face.

Juvederm Volux

Best used as Chin Fillers or Jawline Fillers to strengthen their appearance in Males or a more defined / v shaped jawline in Ladies.

Juvederm Voluma

Ideal for use as a Cheek Filler to lift, project and volumise the cheeks.

Juvederm Volift

Often used to improve laugh lines (nasolabial fold filler)

Juvederm Volbella

This soft filler is perfect for the undereyes (Tear Trough Filler) as well as a lip filler.

What are Fillers for?

Fillers can be used for adding volume to hollow / sunken areas such as the temples, under eye area or cheeks.

Aside from adding volume, face fillers can also give a face-lifting effect a.k.a liquid facelift as well as enhance features of the face such as a sharper chin, higher nose bridge, rounded forehead, plumper lips.

Facial asymmetries can also be corrected with the correct placement of face fillers.

Learn more about areas of the face that can be treated with Fillers here.

Are Filler Injections Painful?

With good injection technique and pre-treatment cooling with icepacks, discomfort from Filler Injections are minimal. 

Furthermore, all Juvederm Fillers contain a numbing ingredient (lidocaine) which further reduces pain during and after injection.

How long do Juvederm Fillers last for?

On average, Juvederm Fillers can last between 12 to 18 months, sometimes even longer, depending on the area and volume of filler injected.

For example, areas with high mobility such as lips may have lower longevity than areas with lesser movement such as the cheeks or jawline.

What is the Best Filler for me?

Ultimately, there are many different brands of fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Teosyal etc. Each brand has their own subtypes of fillers with various unique properties.

Hence, it is important for your doctor to be experienced in filler injection techniques, as well as to have a firm understanding of the various strengths of each type of filler.

An expert injector will be able to advise on the best filler for your specific aesthetic concern.

Are Juvederm Fillers safe?

Juvederm is very safe and is one of the most reputable brand of dermal fillers in Singapore’s market. 

Worldwide, since 2003, hundreds of thousands of patients have been treated with the Juvederm family of Dermal Fillers.

Numerous studies on Juvederm range of fillers have reported high levels of patient satisfaction and safety.

How long is each Juvederm Filler treatment?

Juvederm Filler injections take around 15 minutes per area.

Juvederm Filler Price

Price of Juvederm Filler starts from $800 per syringe (1ml).

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Stretch Marks Treatment Singapore

Stretch Marks Treatment Singapore



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What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a type of scarring of the skin and commonly appear as reddish or white long lines / streaks.

They may first appear red or pinkish before gradually fading to purple / brown and then white.

Stretch marks typically form on areas of the skin which has undergone rapid expansion or prolonged stretching.

Stretching of the skin leads to collagen and elastin breakdown, resulting in atrophic skin which gives stretch marks its classical appearance.

Common causes of stretch marks

  • Pregnancy with stretch marks over the tummy
  • Breastfeeding causing stretch marks over the breasts
  • Rapid weight gain or weight loss 
  • Muscle gains in body builders

Stretch mark treatment

The primary aim of treatments are to stimulate collagen and elastin production since stretch marks are due to the breakdown of these vital building blocks of the skin.

Whilst there exist many different brands of topical creams promising to improve stretch marks, there is no clear medical evidence supporting a specific brand of cream. As such, this write up will focus on medical treatments which are backed by research and evidence.

Topical Tretinoin / Retinoid Cream

Tretinoin is a derivative of Vitamin A and is marketed in Singapore with many names such as Retin-A, Stieva-A and Retinacyl. These creams have been reported in studies to improve stretch marks by stimulating the production of collagen. 

Of note, these creams are not safe in pregnancy. Please consult with your doctor prior to starting treatment.

CO2 Fractional Laser Stretch Mark treatment

The CO2 fractional laser has been extensively studied in improving acne scars by stimulating collagen. Likewise, its collagen stimulating benefits can be extended to improving stretch marks.

More information about the CO2 fractional laser can be found here

Multiple sessions are required for gradual improvement and the treated area may be red for 5 to 7 days.

Pro Yellow Laser Treatment for Red Stretch Marks

Red stretch marks appear red because of the blood vessels present in the skin which become more visible due to the skin thinning from breakdown of collagen and elastin. With time, the redness gradually fades away and becomes white.

To accelerate this process, the Pro Yellow Laser can be used to target these blood vessels, thereby reducing the reddish appearance.

More information about the Pro Yellow Laser can be found here.

Ultraformer 3 HIFU Stretch Marks Treatment

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) penetrates deep into the skin to target and stimulate collagen in different layers of the skin. On top of skin tightening, an additional benefit of HIFU is fat reduction in the treated area.

More information about HIFU can be found here.

Treatments may not be safe in pregnancy. Please consult with your doctor about the ideal treatment option for your stretch marks.

Hormonal Acne Treatment Singapore

Hormonal Acne Treatment Singapore



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What is Hormonal Acne?

Hormonal acne refers to the acne breakouts that ladies experience due to a fluctuation in hormonal levels in the body.

This is a common problem in adult women which occur in the days before and after menstruation.

These may present as large, painful, cystic acne around the chin and jawline.

Less commonly, hormonal acne may be due to an underlying medication condition such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Ladies with irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, adult acne and excessive facial and body hair may have PCOS.

Common causes of Acne

  1. Hormonal fluctuations – Menstrual cycle, menopause, puberty, birth control pills, pregnancy
  2. Comedogenic / inappropriate skin care or make up that block pores and trigger acne formation
  3. Diet high in refined sugar and dairy may worsen acne
  4. Underlying medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

How does Acne Form?

Detailed guide to acne formation is explained here

Hormonal Acne Treatments

Topical Skincare

Comedone Control Complex - Contains natural botanical extracts which acts to regulate sebum and effectively reduce open pores, whitehead and blackheads.

Anti Blemish Formula - Contains multi-herbal complex and botanical extracts to kill acne causing bacteria, minimise breakouts, regulate sebum, reduce inflammation and accelerate healing of red acne marks.

Acne Spot Cream - Contains antibiotics to kill acne causing bacteria, reduce inflammation and speed up acne resolution.

Comedone Control Complex

Oral Acne Medications

Oral Antibiotics such as Doxycycline or Azithromycin can be prescribed to reduce the bacteria load in the skin and suppress acne inflammation.

Spironolactone is an anti-androgen medication that has been proven to be safe and effective in treating hormonal acne in adult women.

Oral contraceptives such as DIANE 35 are another option to treat hormonal acne. However these may have side effects.

Oral Isotretinoin (Roaccutane) is recommended for severe or stubborn acne cases.

More information about Oral Acne Medications can be found here

Acne Medical Facials

The Aquapure Medi-facial combined with OMEGA Blue LED light was designed to specifically targeting acne. It consists of several steps with serums containing AHAs, BHAs and other active ingredients to achieve the following benefits -

  • Deeply cleanse and exfoliate
  • Remove excess sebum
  • Kill acne causing bacteria
  • Soothe skin redness
  • Lighten marks
  • Stimulate collagen for improved scar healing

Acne Lasers

The Acne Pro Yellow Laser treatment treats acne by using a special 577nm wavelength that kills P. acne bacteria, shrinks sebum producing sebaceous glands and reduces ​red acne marks (post inflammatory erythema).

Another Laser that Dr Edwin uses to combat acne is the Carbon Spectra Laser "Hollywood" Peel. It helps to reduce sebum production, brighten skin, kill P.acne bacteria and reduce post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (brown marks).

In summary,

Acne + red marks = Yellow Laser

Acne + brown marks = Carbon peel laser


Acne can appear as a spectrum from whiteheads to large cystic acne accompanied by red or brown marks. After consultation, Dr Edwin will customise an Acne treatment plan to address your skin concerns.

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Keloid Scar Removal Treatment Singapore

Keloid Scar Removal Treatment Singapore



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What are Keloid Scars?

During normal wound healing, formation of scar tissue is an essential part of skin repair and recovery.

In abnormal cases, scar tissues overgrow, and form raised, hard lumps resulting in the formation of a keloid.

Keloids can be found on any part of the body after skin injury.

They may be cosmetically unpleasant but are largely asymptomatic. Rarely, keloids may cause pain and itch

Common causes of Keloid formation

  • Acne 
  • Surgical wounds
  • Burns / Trauma
  • Vaccinations
  • Piercings
  • Skin infection

Keloid scar removal and treatments

Keloid Injection

Corticosteroid keloid injections are anti-inflammatory and are the most commonly performed procedure for keloid scars.

They are injected directly into the keloid to reduce its size and prevent further growth.

After one injection, the keloid usually reduces by 80 to 90% in size. Patients may undergo a second injection 1 month after for further improvement.

Regular keloid injections 3 to 4 times a year are sometimes needed to maintain optimal results.

Silicone Scar Gel

Studies have reported improvement in keloid scars after daily application of Silicone gel for 4 to 6 months.

Laser Keloid Removal

Ablative lasers like the CO2 laser can reduce the size and improve the appearance of keloid scars. It is normally used in conjunction with keloid injections and are reserved for large or stubborn keloid scars that do not respond well to injections.

Keloid removal surgery

Surgical excision of keloids is rarely done as it has a high recurrence rate of keloid formation post-surgery.

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Facial Redness and Rosacea Treatment Singapore

Facial Redness and Rosacea Treatment Singapore



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Common causes of facial redness

Facial redness is a common problem in Asian skin and can be distressing to individuals.

Causes

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin inflammatory condition commonly affecting the nose, cheeks, and chin.

There are several types of Rosacea presenting with the following symptoms:

  • Persistent facial redness (“Rosy cheeks”)
  • Frequent blushing / flushing
  • Cheeks feel “hot / warm”
  • Small visible red blood vessels at the surface of the skin (Telangiectasia)
  • Acne pustules
  • Enlarged, red nose with thickened skin (Rhinophyma)

Causes of Rosacea

Much research has been done on Rosacea. However, the exact mechanism that causes Rosacea is still unknown.

However, worsening of Rosacea has been linked to these factors:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sun exposure and heat
  • Spicy and hot food
  • Smoking
  • Climate change
  • Emotional stress
  • Genetics

Rosacea Treatment

Currently, there is no cure for Rosacea. However, there are many treatment options that can improve the signs and symptoms of Rosacea.

Sunblock

Broad spectrum sunblock application is the first crucial step. SPF 50+ and PA +++ is highly recommended to protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Topical Rosacea Cream

Azaleic acid which is one of the active ingredients in our Anti Blemish Formula that has been proven in research studies to treat both rosacea and pustular acne which may occur together with rosacea.

Rosacea Laser Treatment

Pro Yellow Rosacea Laser

The Quadrostar Pro-Yellow Laser is engineered in Germany and is a newer and improved version of the commonly used Dual-Yellow laser.

Using a special wavelength of 577nm, the Pro-Yellow Laser effectively targets and treats vascular skin conditions like Rosacea, Telangiectasia and Post Inflammatory Erythema.

The yellow laser is highly absorbed by red blood cells (Hemoglobin) found in blood vessels, allowing it to quickly target, shrink and remove the small red blood vessels (Telangiectasia) that cause facial redness in Rosacea.

It also promotes collagen growth and has an overall tightening, brightening and rejuvenating effect on skin.

Picosecond Laser Gold Toning 595nm Rosacea Laser

Like the Pro Yellow Laser, the 595nm Pico “Gold” Laser uses a different wavelength (595nm vs 577nm) to target red blood cells (Hemoglobin) in blood vessels safely and effectively.

The reduction in size and number of facial blood vessels improves and reduces the symptoms of Rosacea.

Is there downtime with laser treatments?

Mild redness may be experienced for several hours after Rosacea laser treatment. There is no scabbing or peeling.

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Guide to Chin Fillers Singapore | Non invasive V shaped face contouring

Guide to Chin Fillers Singapore



Why do you need Chin Fillers?

Many Asians have short or receded chins, thereby impacting their facial proportion.

Chin fillers enhance your jawline and facial attractiveness by making the face appear sharper, slimmer and more contoured a.k.a the “V shaped” face.

Benefits

  • Enhance small / recessed chin
  • Correct chin cleft
  • V shaped Face
  • “Hide” a double chin

The ideal golden ratio follows the principle of one thirds. i.e, the entire face, from the highest point of the forehead, to the apex of the chin can be divided into three. An ideal chin length measured from the distance between the nose tip and apex of the chin should be 1/3 of the total facial length.

Before the advent of fillers, those who sought to enhance their chin could only turn to costly and invasive plastic surgery. Now, in just 15 minutes, your chin’s shape and projection can be immediately improved by a minimally invasive, non-surgical, “lunch-time” injectable procedure.

Whilst chin fillers are more popular with ladies, men are now opting for this procedure to augment their jawline to give a more masculine appearance. No two patients are the same, hence during consultation, Dr Edwin will examine your facial profile before advising on the ideal areas for filler treatment.

How are Chin Fillers done?

Prior to the filler injection, Dr Edwin will plan and discuss with you in detail about your ideal chin shape. 

The procedure is straightforward. Dr Edwin will inject the filler into specific points around the chin to achieve both forward and downwards projection. Ice or a topical numbing agent can be applied to reduce discomfort or bruising.

After injection, the chin is moulded to “fine tune” the shape for a naturally looking chin.

Results can be instantly appreciated and the whole procedure should take no more than 15 minutes. An intensive recovery cream is applied when the treated is finished to reduce the risk of swelling and / or bruising.

Is it painful?

Pain is minimal.

Aside from using ice and topical anesthesia, the chin filler itself contains a numbing agent (lidocaine) which will further numb the area that is being injected.

At the very most, you may experience small ant bites which is very tolerable.

How long do Chin Fillers last?

On average, chin fillers should last between 10 to 14 months.

Dr Edwin prefers to use hyaluronic acid-based fillers instead of semi-permanent fillers as these are safer.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is broken down slowly over time. Hence, after 10 to 14 months, the chin will gradually return to its original appearance.

For best results, it is recommended to undergo chin filler treatments once a year to maintain the ideal chin shape.

Side effects of Chin Fillers

Common side effects such as swelling, and bruising are mild and transient. 

They should last no more than 5 to 7 days. Application of the intensive recovery cream will speed up resolution of swelling and bruising.

Rarer complications include infection, lumpiness or filler migration.

These side effects are related to improper technique and hence choosing the right doctor is very important!

V shaped face treatment combo

Aside from chin fillers, Jaw Btox can be injected into the masseter muscle for further slimming and contouring of the jaw line. 

More information can be found here

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