by LS Aesthetic Clinic, Friday, July 27, 2018 4:56 PM
Panda eyes: we all hate them. We know that getting enough sleep is key to staving off those dreaded dark eye circles, but then again we don’t exactly live in an ideal world in which we clock a full 8 hours of sleep every night.
While some resort to undereye creams or facials to get rid of dark eye circles – these are great options by the way –, if you find that those aren’t working for you, you might want to take it one notch up with gentle eye laser treatments.
Our signature Eye 2 Laser treatment reduces the appearance of pigmentation and manages the appearance of blood vessels, in turn reducing the appearance of dark eye circles.
Prior to your treatment, the skin underneath your eyes will be cleansed and a numbing cream will be applied to make your treatment as comfortable. The treatment, done by Dr Kok, might feel warm and slightly prickly, but largely tolerable and comfortable according to most of our patients. The treatment shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.
Still feeling squeamish about a laser going near your eyes? Don’t worry, we promise it’s not going anywhere near your eyeballs. During the procedure, metal eye shields will also be placed on your eyes to protect them.
On that note, another common problem that occurs alongside dark eye circles is undereye puffiness due to water retension. This can increase the pressure on the skin and the blood vessels below your eyes, in turn pushing blood vessels upwards closer to the skin’s surface, and making dark eye circles appear more prominent.
One way to combat mild undereye puffiness is through radiofrequency eye facials. Such facials help to reduce puffiness, while lifting and tightening the skin around the undereye area.
During such facials, the skin around your undereye area is thoroughly cleansed, following which a handheld device emitting radio waves is directed multiple times over your undereye area. You might experience a warm, soothing sensation around the treatment area – in fact, most of our patients actually fall asleep during this process!
by LS Aesthetic Clinic, Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:40 AM
Collagen: we know this to be the not-so-secret ingredient for anti-aging, and the building block of youthful, supple skin. It essentially functions as a supporting structure for our skin, tendons, and cartilage – think of it as the pillars that support our skin, keeping it supple, firm and lifted.
At LS Aesthetic, we offer a wide range of collagen-boosting treatments, ranging from oral supplements to non-surgical treatments, depending on what you are most comfortable with!
Ultherapy This non-surgical facelift uses the power of highly focused, targeted ultrasound waves to lift and tighten skin while smoothing wrinkles. Through the delivery of focused ultrasound energy into your skin, Ultherapy creates micro-coagulation points at precise depths in your skin.
This triggers your body’s natural collagen reproduction process, stimulating your body to produce new collagen. Over 2-3 months as your new collagen develops and grows, your skin gradually tightens, feeling firmer to the touch.
Souleve Collagen Supplements It’s not a surprise that taking collagen supplements can help to promote collagen production. At LS Aesthetic, we offer Souleve collagen supplements, which have been clinically proven to cause 20% improvement in skin firmness and 11% wrinkle reduction around the eye area.
Such supplements not only boost collagen production but also prevent photoaging from free radical damage through air pollution, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.
Here’s a breakdown of the active ingredients contributing to the effectiveness of Souleve collagen supplements:
Type 1 Collagen: While there are many different types of collagen, over 90% of our collagen in our bodies are namely Type 1 – 5 collagen, Type 1 being the most abundant. This is precisely what Souleve supplements contain.
In particular, Souleve supplements contain a proprietary blend of bioactive collagen peptides derived from fish skin.
Blueberry Extract: The blueberry extract in Souleve collagen supplements contains 1% Anthocyanins that have been shown to inhibit collagen degradation, as well as internal inflammation processes that cause photoaging.
Vitamin C: This is an antioxidant essential for the production of natural collagen and stabilisation of the collagen structure of our body.
Fillers There are many different types of fillers in the market, and different types of fillers are made from different materials – this affects a filler’s characteristics and how long it can last for.
If you are looking for collagen-boosting fillers, specifically look for poly-L-lactic acid fillers (e.g. brands like Sculptra) or calcium hydroxylapatite fillers (e.g. brands like Radiesse).
These help to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production processes over time, giving you younger looking skin.
Laser Treatments Long-pulsed laser treatments are able to safely penetrate into the skin’s deeper layers to stimulate collagen production, apart from reversing sun damage and reducing fine lines. Over time as your body produces new collagen, you’ll find yourself having firmer skin and lesser fine lines.
If you’re worried about pain or downtime, don’t be! We apply a numbing cream before your treatment to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. Most of our patients generally find our laser treatments very tolerable.
In terms of downtime, some patients might experience facial redness immediately after the treatment, but this can be easily covered up with makeup. Feel free to resume your usual routine after, but just remember to apply sunblock frequently!
Radiofrequency Facials Such treatments emit radio waves, which penetrate and are absorbed by your skin tissues. The absorption of radio waves safely heats up your skin tissues, stimulating collagen production, which lifts and tightens your skin.
This is such a relaxing facial that most of our patients tend to doze off during their radiofrequency treatments!
With all that said, take note that there is no instant effect for collagen-boosting treatments! Collagen rebuilding is a natural process in your body and your skin will take some time to react to the treatment and gradually rebuild collagen.
Most of the treatments above will most likely require a few sessions to see results, with the exception of Ultherapy – only 1 session is needed and full results can be seen in 2-3 months time and fillers.
If you'd like to learn more about our collagen boosting treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at email@example.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.
We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.
Blog>Ultherapy/HIFU Treatments: What You Should Look Out For
by LS Aesthetic Clinic, Friday, July 6, 2018 11:04 AM
Thinking about an Ultherapy or HIFU treatment? Both are essentially high-intensity focused ultrasound treatments that help to lift, firm and tighten skin, but have some differences. If you’ve been wondering what the differences between Ultherapy and HIFU are, we’ve got you covered. Click here!
If not, we created a list of things to look out for if you’re trying to decide between an Ultherapy or HIFU treatment:
Who will be conducting your treatment? Is it a medically licensed doctor or is it a therapist?
The person who conducts your treatment can have significant impacts on the results that you have, as such ultrasound treatments require extensive anatomical knowledge of your facial structure.
Ultherapy can only be performed by medical doctors, as only they have full knowledge of your facial anatomy so that they know where to direct the ultrasound pulses.
A lot of Ultherapy horror stories that you read about on the Internet are from the United States, where most of the cases are performed by nurses. It is unlikely that nurses underwent the same level of medical training as doctors, and hence are unlikely to have the same deep level of facial anatomical knowledge.
Do clinics follow the complete protocol for Ultherapy as recommended by Ultherapy guidelines? Or do they supplement it with HIFU treatments?
As per the recommended protocol by the creators of Ultherapy, a Full Face Ultherapy treatment (which includes the upper neck) should have about 700+ lines, or ultrasound shots delivered into the skin for maximum lifting effect.
As recommended by the creators of Ultherapy, the full protocol needs to be adhered to as this ensures the efficacy of the treatment. The effectiveness of an Ultherapy treatment depends on the total number of thermal coagulation points (i.e. ultrasound shots/lines) delivered into your skin.
Hence, if the full 700+ Ultherapy lines are not delivered into your skin during a single treatment, it defeats the purpose of getting a treatment in the first place.
Does your skin lifting treatment include real-time ultrasound imaging, to allow for doctors to see and aim the ultrasound into the right areas?
Real-time ultrasound imaging – something similar to a pregnancy ultrasound scan – is crucial for skin lifting treatments as the ultrasound shots/lines have to be delivered into precise depths of your skin, be it into the dermis or into the SMAS (the layer of thick tissue that lies between facial skin and deep muscles).
Such real-time ultrasound imaging helps doctors greatly in letting them know precisely where they are targeting, preventing them from hitting bones, which can be uncomfortable for patients.
Ultrasound imaging also helps doctors administer the treatment more safely, especially around the eye area. The skin around the eye tends to be thinner, and there have been cases of vision loss due to HIFU applicator being placed too close to the eye without any ultrasound imaging aid.
Ultherapy is the only ultrasound skin lifting treatment to have real-time ultrasound imaging.
Does the treatment I want have a lot of medical evidence and research to back its efficacy?
Clinical studies and peer-reviewed medical papers about an aesthetic treatment can give you a good idea of the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. The more clinical studies and medical papers a treatment has with positive research results, the more likely it is to be a safe and effective treatment.
Ultherapy has undergone rigorous testing, with 50 clinical studies and 40 peer-published papers, and is FDA-approved for lifting skin on the neck, face, and décolleté. On the other hand, there are many other HIFU systems, mostly from Korea or China.
It’s important to do your research on these as not all have medical research backing them – in some severe cases, patients suffered skin burns due to the HIFU machine’s poor temperature control. So it’s important to do your research on the type of treatment you prefer and whether it’s safe or not!
For more information on Ultherapy, head here for a comprehensive FAQ list. If you'd like to learn more about our Ultherapy services, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.
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