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Removing moles, warts, or oil glands? Here's what to expect.

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Moles, warts, and oil glands – most of these skin growths tend to be harmless – thankfully – but can be removed easily if the sight of them bothers you.

Removing unwanted moles, warts, and oil glands sounds intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! We address some of the common questions we receive about removing these skin growths, as well as give you an idea of what to expect:


How are these skin growths removed?
Prior to removal, Dr Kok will examine the unwanted skin growth to determine which mode of treatment will work best for your skin condition. In the case of moles, he will also diagnose if they are harmless or potentially cancerous, before advising you accordingly.

There are generally 4 modes of treatment:

Lasers/Electrocautery
Laser or electrocautery treatments use a laser machine to precisely target moles, warts, and oil glands. The laser machine delivers highly focused energy pulses that specifically targets the skin lesion itself while sealing off blood vessels and keeping surrounding skin intact.


Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy involves the application of extreme cold – mostly in the form of liquid nitrogen – to the skin growth. This has an effect of breaking up the cells that form the skin growth, and helps to seal off any connected blood vessels.

Cryotherapy is mainly used for treating warts and non-cancerous moles. Once treated, the moles and warts tend to drop off on their own after a few days.


Wart Removal Treatment | LS Aesthetic Clinic


Topical Applications
Applying medical-grade products can help in the case of warts and oil glands. For warts, salicylic acid can be applied in the form of a liquid or plaster. For oil glands, tretinoin or chemical peels can be used to reverse the occurrence of oil glands.

However, a medical professional has to determine your skin condition and your suitability for such medical-grade products first before prescribing them to you.


Minor Surgery
For larger moles, Dr Kok will perform a minor surgical procedure to remove the mole. This is a minor daytime surgery that does not require overnight stays or going under general anaesthesia.

If Dr Kok happens to have any suspicions, a shave or punch biopsy can also be done to accurately determine if the mole is cancerous.


Mole Removal Treatment | LS Aesthetic Clinic


Does it hurt?
No, we take steps to ensure that your treatment is as comfortable as possible! Prior to the removal of your mole, wart, or oil glands, we apply a numbing cream to the treatment area. Most patients report feeling a warm, prickly feeling from laser treatments or a numb, cold sensation from cryotherapy treatments, but most find the treatments very tolerable.


Is there downtime? Will it leave a scar?
There is no social downtime per se, but there might be a scab, where the unwanted mole/wart/oil gland used to be, that will drop off on its own after a couple of days. As long as you don’t pick at the scab, there shouldn’t be marks or scars left behind.

However, if you are concerned about others seeing the scab, plan your appointment accordingly!


For more information about our mole, wart, and oil gland removal treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria Office Tower, #10-04, along Orchard Road.


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Blog > Can the sugars in CNY treats cause you wrinkles?

Can the sugars in CNY treats cause you wrinkles?

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With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we often come across articles listing different CNY treats and the amount of damage they can do, calorie-wise.

But it’s not just about the calories! These CNY treats often contain a lot of hidden sugars. Too much sugar can not only affect your waistline or exacerbate diabetes, but also destroy the collagen in your skin.


Sugar in CNY Treats | LS Aesthetic Clinic


Eating anything sugary essentially triggers an autoimmune response known as glycation. When your body breaks down sugar molecules, they bind onto proteins and fats in your body to form AGEs, molecules that destroy collagen and elastin as they build up in your body.

The destruction of collagen and elastin in your body results in your skin being wrinkly, less supple, and less radiant.

With this in mind, here’s a list of common CNY treats and the amount of damage they do:

Pineapple Tarts (2 pieces): 163 calories; 12g sugar

Lapis Cake (1 slice): 157 calories; 3.1g sugar

Kueh Bangkit (2 pieces): 46 calories; 2g sugar

Bak Kwa (1 slice): 229 calories; 22g sugar

Love Letters (2 pieces): 112 calories; 10g sugar

Kueh Bahlu (1 piece): 40 calories; 4g sugar

Nian Gao (1 serving): 92 calories; 3.6g sugar

Packet drink (on average): 92 calories; 23g sugar



Let’s assume an average person drinks 1 packet drink, has 1 slice of bak kwa, 2 pineapple tarts, 1 lapis cake, 2 love letters, and 3 kueh bangkit at just 1 house visit.

Assuming one does 2 house visits a day, that’s a grand total of 1,186 calories and 146.2g of sugar (that’s roughly 12 tablespoons of sugar!!) – and that’s on top of the calories gained from your 3 main meals! If that’s not jaw-dropping enough, we don’t know what is.

But we’re not party poopers, and it’s definitely not fun abstaining from sweet treats while everyone else is having fun. Here are some things you can do to keep your sugar intake in check:

  1. Eat something high in fiber before you head out house-visiting, be it an apple or some rolled oats. This prevents any hunger pangs from making you make poor judgments.


  2. Mindfully eat in moderation! Sharing is caring – share that heavenly slice of bak kwa: that’s instantly 11g of sugar less for you, and you still get to enjoy it.


  3. Sugar in CNY Treats | LS Aesthetic Clinic

  4. If you still want to indulge in your CNY treats, you could make up for it by cutting down on other sugar intake sources, such as sugary canned drinks. Ask for tea or water instead!

For more information on our anti-aging treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria Office Tower, #10-04, along Orchard Road.

Blog > Removing Tattoos? Here's What To Expect

Removing Tattoos? Here's What To Expect

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Got a tattoo 10 years ago and regret it now? Thanks to technology these days, unwanted tattoos can be removed – but keep in mind that some tattoos can be harder to remove than others as a number of factors come into play.

So if you’re looking to remove an unwanted tattoo or even if you’re thinking of getting one, it’s good to keep these issues in mind:


Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments | LS Aesthetic Clinic


Q-switched laser treatments are the most effective tattoo removal method.
There are multiple ways to remove a tattoo: Q-switched laser treatments, surgery, or dermabrasion (in which the tattooed skin is shaved down, allowing the tattoo ink to leach out of the skin). Laser treatments generally tend to require the least downtime and have more predictable results.

What happens during a laser tattoo removal session? A topical numbing cream is first applied to the tattoo to ensure that your treatment will be as comfortable as possible. Our patients generally report that the laser treatment itself feels like a warm prickly sensation – and very tolerable.


Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments | LS Aesthetic Clinic


How do laser treatments remove tattoos? A tattoo is essentially made up from ink pigments being injected just beneath the top layer of your skin.
Essentially, what happens is that the energy pulse from the laser shatters the tattoo pigment into smaller fragments, just like how a sugar cube disintegrates into smaller grains. Your body then naturally flushes away these smaller ink fragments, causing the tattoo to fade slowly over time.

Depending on the size and colour of the tattoo, multiple laser sessions might be needed.


Some colours can be removed more easily than others.
Take note: white and green tattoo inks are the hardest to remove, while black tends to be the easiest!

This all boils down to how much light energy a colour can absorb. The light energy from the laser will be directed into the skin at a certain wavelength – the better the colour is able to absorb the energy, the more it will shatter into smaller fragments, making it easier for your body to dispose of.


Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments | LS Aesthetic Clinic


As a result, different colours might require different laser wavelengths to try to fully remove them.

Some inks, especially white ink, also contain titanium dioxide which may oxidise immediately after treatment, causing the area to look darker after a treatment. This should resolve after multiple laser treatments, but this is something to take note of!


The location of your tattoo could matter!
It has been debated that the closer the tattoo is to your heart, the better the circulation, and the easier it is for your body to remove disintegrated ink fragments once your tattoo has been treated by the laser, hence the faster the tattoo tends to fade.

That said, it’s no surprise that ankle tattoos tend to be one of the hardest to remove.


Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments | LS Aesthetic Clinic


There might be some temporary side effects.
Some of the potential side effects include swelling and redness, which should subside within 1 – 2 weeks for most patients. Other side effects include either the darkening or lightening of the skin, but this usually corrects itself within 6 – 12 months.

Don’t worry about scarring – scarring from a tattoo removal laser is quite unlikely, as the laser does not penetrate the skin deeply enough to cause a scar, and the laser energy pulses delivered into the skin often precisely target the tattoo ink pigments while leaving surrounding tissue intact.

However, if you have a history of keloid scarring, it is something worth bringing up to your doctor. But more often than not, any scarring that occurs is due to pre-existing scarring – scarring that occurred when the tattoo was originally applied by the tattoo artist.



For more information on our laser tattoo removal treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria Office Tower, #10-04, along Orchard Road.

We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.