The face has it all — the good stuff like smiling, winking, eating like you have the metabolism of an 18-year old or screaming into a microphone while singing karaoke. There are also the less-good stuff that comes with it — crows feet, sagging, crinkling and skin as loose as Harvey Weinstein’s morals.
While we applaud those who aren’t very fazed with the latter, we have advice to give for the other half. There is a way to make the inevitable signs of a life that is truly lived (love! laugh! live!) a little less obvious. We’ve spoken to five doctors to review the one treatment they are famous for. Consider this a handy primer that we’re going to be adding on as the weeks go by.
Dr Ben Yim — IDS Clinic
The Doctor: With two decades of dedicated practice under his belt, Dr Benjamin Yim – the newest addition to the team at IDS – is an eminent name in the aesthetics industry.
The Treatment: Thermage FLX — A non-invasive, clinically-proven treatment to tighten the skin on the face, neck and the eyelids without downtime. Also FDA-approved for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction and one of IDS’s most popular aesthetic treatment. There is an immediate “lifting” effect on the cheeks. There is a further tightening of the skin from the production of new collagen in the skin from the deep heating of the tissue.
The Treatment Is Great For: It is great for patients in their 40s and above, who are starting to develop wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
The Treatments’ Results Will Last You For: 12 months. Best results are seen about three to four months after the treatment.
The Treatment Should Be Done This Many Times: Once a year as maintenance.
The Treatment Is Unfortunately Not For: Hyperpigmentation of the skin, acne or fat reduction.
The Treatment Is Priced At: $4,000 for six reps.
IDS Clinic is located at International Building, 360 Orchard Road, #02-02, Singapore 238869.
Dr Calvin Chan — Calvin Chan Aesthetic & Laser Clinic
The Doctor: Dr Calvin Chan is famed for choosing safe, minimally-invasive, and evidence-based treatments that are HSA and FDA-approved to help his patients attain natural, beautiful results.
The Treatment Is Called: The Liquid Face Lift.
The Treatment Is Great For: Harmonising facial proportions, restoring lost volume, smoothing away lines and wrinkles, as well as improving skin’s moisture and elasticity for a more refreshed, relaxed and youthful appearance.
The Treatments’ Results Will Last You For: Up to 24 months, depending on the area treated and the volume and type of filler used.
The Treatment Should Be Done This Many Times: Once every 12 to 24 months or as needed, depending on the area treated and the volume and type of filler used.
The Treatment Is Unfortunately Not For: Anyone under 21 years of age. Those who are under 21 will require parental consent.
The Treatment Is Priced At: $800 per syringe.
Calvin Chan Aesthetic & Laser Clinic is located at Wheelock Place, #05-11, Singapore 238880.
Dr Low Chai Ling — SW1 Clinic
The Doctor: Dr Low Chai Ling aka one of the pioneers in the aesthetics industry, having founded The Sloane Clinic in 2003, and is highly sought after for her keen aesthetic eye and medical expertise.
The Treatment Is Called: Youth Preserve.
The Treatment Is Great For: Treating ageing and sagging skin tissue. This treatment uses Profhilo®, one of the purest forms of hyaluronic acid to stimulate collagen synthesis over time, effecting a reverse aging process in the months that follow. Besides complexion boosting benefits, Youth Preserve also has a significant tightening and lifting effect on the tissue.
The Treatments’ Results Will Last You For: Approximately six months.
The Treatment Should Be Done This Many Times: After the first session, it is recommended to return for a repeat session after 28 days. The following treatments can be done every six months.
The Treatment Is Unfortunately Not For: Patients below the age of 30
The Treatment Is Priced At: Starting from $1400.
SW1 Clinic is located at 290 Orchard Road, Paragon, #13-01 to #13-06, Singapore 238859.
Dr Melvin Tan — Epion Clinic
The Doctor: An ophthalmic-trained aesthetic physician with over 15 years of aesthetic medical experience, Dr Melvin Tan believes in investing in innovative technologies and researching reputable techniques to address his patients’ skin and body concerns efficiently and effectively.
The Treatment Is Called: Volux — a non-surgical lower face reshaping treatment using the latest generation Hyaluronic acid dermal filler from Juvederm.
The Treatment Is Great For: The sculpting and the adding of definition to the jawline, enhancement of the chin to create a stronger and more masculine profile and the lifting of the lower face and balancing of the features.
The Treatments’ Results Will Last You For: One and a half years.
The Treatment Should Be Done This Many Times: One time only with the possibility of a touch up two weeks later.
The Treatment Is Unfortunately Not For: It’s generally suitable for most facial profiles.
The Treatment Is Priced At: $2,580 for 3cc of Juvederm dermal fillers.
Dr Teo Wan Lin — TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre
The Doctor: Dr. Teo Wan Lin is an accredited dermatologist by the Ministry of Health and is the medical director of TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre, as well as the founder of Dr.TWL Dermaceuticals, a specialist cosmeceutical skincare line.
The Treatment: The Dr.TWL 360 Degrees Face-Lift System — a potent full-face anti-ageing cocktail comprising of microdermabrasion with an in-house formulated gentle chemical peel, deep laser lifting and SMAS (Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System) — rejuvenation comprising microinjected muscle toxins and High-Intensity Focussed Ultrasound(HIFU) — plasma nitrogen resurfacing for undereye wrinkles, sagging, and lip drooping. The system includes a home medifacial regimen fulfilled by Dr.TWL Pharmacy’s Mask Bar, freshly delivered to your doorstep monthly for a three-month maintenance regime.
The Treatment Is Great For: People who want a non-surgical, long lasting approach to a face lifting effect with minimal to no downtime. A single clinic session followed by a strict home maintenance regime for three months helps boost the efficacy of the treatment.
The Treatments’ Results Will Last You For: The in-clinic treatment session is completed in a single day, and results peak at two weeks. Patients are known to have maintained the overall results for as long as two years. For those who are at a more advanced stage of photoageing, more frequent treatments should be instituted before attaining the ideal for maintenance.
The Treatment Should Be Done This Many Times: The in-clinic full sessions can varie from single session to three to six sessions depending on the level of skin ageing.
The Treatment Is Unfortunately Not For: Components such as deep laser toning will be omitted for individuals with photosensitive (sun-sensitive) skin conditions.
The Damage: A single in-clinic session costs $2799.
TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre is located at 101, #17-07 Irrawaddy Rd, Royal Square At Novena, Singapore 329565.