3 Other Applications of Botox You Might Not Know About

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cystic acne treatment singapore

Botulinum Toxin, or more commonly known as Botox, is a purified protein produced by a species of bacterium, Clostridium. Botox is a highly common non-surgical cosmetic procedure used to temporarily paralyze muscle and reduce the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles.

This injectable treatment was initially approved for medical conditions such as eye muscle problems in the 1980s. It was approved in 2002 as a cosmetic treatment for frown lines and wrinkles around the corners of the eyes.

Treatment for wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process, as the skin loses precious collagen. It is can also be caused by repetitive muscle movement over a period of time. Facial expressions like surprised, happy or angry cause creasing of the skin across various regions of the face. Over the years, these creases and lines will linger longer and become more pronounced.

Botox injections can visibility soften and smoothen facial wrinkle lines, by reducing the muscle action. This also helps to prevent further wrinkle formation.

Other applications of Botox
In addition to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, Botox can also be used to effectively treat other skin concerns and conditions such as:

Bruxism
It is a condition where there is involuntary excessive grinding of teeth or jaw clenching while asleep. A tell-tale symptom is often a dull, constant headache or sore jaw once you wake up. Individuals can also develop dental problems in the long run. A simple injection of Botox can be administered to the temporal and masseter muscles, which are used for chewing, to help relieve the symptoms of Bruxism.

Excessive sweating
Sweating plays a part in the body’s temperature control, where thermoregulation allows the body to maintain its core internal temperature. Unfortunately, hyperhidrosis can occur where one faces excessive sweating, beyond what is necessary to cool the body.

People who suffer from the condition tend to sweat uncontrollably, but there are also similar conditions like sweaty palms and excessive sweaty armpits. They may be affected psychologically, feeling embarrassed or shy away from socialising. The conditions are a result of hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system.

Botox can treat hyperhidrosis by blocking the secretion of a neurotransmitter that activates the sweat glands. This can help to significantly reduce sweating.

Oil and pore reduction
Sebaceous glands present in our skin pores are responsible for producing sebum to keep our skin lubricated. However, when there is excessive excretion of the amount of sebum required, this makes the skin oily and acne prone. Cystic acne can leave the skin with scarring, skin pigmentation, and enlarged pores.

Micro-injections of Botox can constrict enlarged pores and shrink down their appearance. As such, the surrounding muscles of the pores are restricted and reduce the hyperactivity of the sebaceous glands to reduce excessive oil production. This helps to minimize pores and likelihood of clogged pores where a pimple can easily develop. Additionally, the pores constriction gives a lifting and tightening effect, resulting in a more radiant complexion.

Used in conjunction with lasers or chemical peels, it is an effective option as an acne scar treatment in Singapore.

Botox treatment is available in our clinic. If you wish to seek more details on our wrinkle treatments and other treatments available, contact our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

How Skin Boosters Can Keep Your Skin Supple and Hydrated

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cystic acne treatment singapore

As we age, our skin experience loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid that is present in the body. You can start to see a decrease in skin elasticity, more visible skin pigmentation, fine facial lines appearing and a dull-looking complexion. You may also be suffering from dehydrated skin, where your skin’s water content is depleted, resulting in a less supple appearance and may be accompanied by an excessive amount of oil on the skin’s surface.

Thus, it is essential to ensure your skincare regime contains hydrating products that can replenish and revitalize the skin, and nourish the skin’s barrier to improve hydration levels. There are also aesthetic treatments available to address your skin needs, such as Skin Boosters.

What’s in the Skin Boosters treatment?

They are injection treatments that contain hyaluronic acid, a natural component that is critical to smooth, radiant skin. It is a naturally occurring molecule that promotes hydration that is associated with plump and youthful looking skin. The treatment is delivered through small micro-injections to restore hydration in the skin and retain moisture. Therefore, it is not dependant on absorption, unlike topical moisturisers and creams, and is able to work efficiently and immediately.

Hyaluronic acid can absorb water up to 200 times its weight and swell, which results in great hydration to the skin. As such, it helps to increase the skins elasticity, reduce fine lines and smoothen the skin. The skin ageing process can also be slowed down or reversed, when hyaluronic acid is reintroduced into the skin.

New collagen formation can be stimulated, thus increasing the elastin levels. This in turns improves skin hydration and cell function from within, leaving skin to look more rejuvenated and radiant.

Who is Skin Boosters for?

Anyone can benefit from the treatment, but people with ageing skin or dry and dull complexion can gain the most results. Those who are already undergoing acne scar removal in Singapore can also go for the Skin Boosters treatments, which helps in improving the appearance of acne scars.

Benefits of the treatment include:

  • Improvement in skin texture and tone
  • Increase in skin hydration levels
  • Skin looks brighter with more luminosity
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines

Skin Boosters are not only beneficial for ageing skin, it can also be used as a preventive measure to maintain the skin’s collagen production and hydration levels before the natural ageing process kicks in. It can be used on the facial areas as well as other body parts such as neck, décolletage and hands.

How is the procedure like?

The treatment does not involve any incisions or surgical procedures, therefore there will be minimal pain. Before the treatment begins, a numbing cream is applied over the treated area to reduce the pain. There may be injection-related side effects such as swelling, bruising and pin-prick marks which are temporary. Results vary for individuals but typically, it will last for 6 months onwards. Patients can also do subsequent treatments every 6 months.

Skin Boosters treatment is available in our clinic. If you wish to learn more on the procedure or other treatments available such as acne scar treatment in Singapore, contact our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

What is Cystic Acne and What You Should Know About Treating It

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As a teenager, it is not uncommon to get a pimple in different areas of the face. But in adulthood, you can face swollen and painful pimples deep in your skin, which means you might have cystic acne. This skin condition can linger for years and affect large areas of your skin as well as leave permanent scars. However, it can be managed and treated with the availability of cystic acne.

What is cystic acne?

As compared to other types of acne, cystic acne is an inflammatory type of acne and is different than whiteheads and blackheads which are more superficial. It causes bumps to develop deep under the skin which are swollen, tender to the touch, and painful. Infection occurs when a pore gets clogged and becomes inflamed. When the infection occurs below the surface of the skin, it can lead to large, fluid-filled cysts that can last for several weeks if left untreated. It is also deeply embedded in the skin tissue and will never actually come to the surface.

Due to the depth and amount of inflammation, cysts should not be popped as the aggression can result in a worse condition. When you pick on cyst-like breakouts, it can exacerbate the skin and cause more breakouts as it spreads infection to the surrounding healthy skin tissues. It is highly likely that you will develop scars if you try to squeeze and pop a cystic acne, because it is located deep in your skin. If you already have scarring, there are effective programs for acne scar removal in Singapore to lighten and reduce these scars.

What causes cystic acne?

The overgrowth of skin cells and overproduction of sebum can cause the pores to become clogged and become infected, leading to acne.

There are different reasons behind the cause of cystic acne. Similar to other acne-related conditions, the imbalance of hormone levels, particularly androgen, can cause the sebaceous glands to increase the production of sebum. When hormones fluctuate during menstrual cycles, acne can also get worse too.

Treatment of cystic acne

Cystic acne differs from superficial acne types that occur on the surface, as it cannot be treated with products or treatments that are not designed to penetrate deeply into the skin. If the treatments you undergo do not produce any or barely any noticeable results, it means the treatment is not deep enough. Look for cystic acne treatments in Singapore that can deeply penetrate the skin and get rid of acne scars.

The Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF) treatment is one such treatment that can treat moderate to severe acne scars such as deep boxcar and ice pick scars. It can penetrate deep as 3.5 mm below the surface of the skin, to help stimulate deep collagen production and produce a lifting effect on the skin. As a result, it will show improvements in skin texture, tightening and acne scar removal.

FRF Treatment is also available in our clinic. If you wish to seek more details on FRF or other treatments available, contact our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

How To Treat Acne

HOW TO TREAT ACNE 

OVERVIEW 

Acne is one of the common skin conditions which most Singaporeans face. Although it’s common, accurate information may be rare. The purpose of this article is to help you to understand acne & how you can get rid of it. 

First of all, here’s why you should treat acne:
1) Dark spots & permanent scars can appear if you ignore the acne issue 

2) Treating acne often boost’s an individual’s self-esteem 

3) Effective treatments are widely available, such as lasers 

 

SIGNS OF ACNE 

Most people may think that Acne are just pimples, but they can comprise of any of the following: Blackheads, Whiteheads, Papules, Pustules (what we usually call “pimples”), Cysts & Nodules. It is also worth noting that Acne may not only appear on the face, but they can also appear on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms & buttocks as well. 

SYMPTOMS OF ACNE 

1) Dark spots on your skin: These spots may appear when your Acne heals & it can take years for it to disappear. You might want to check out our laser treatments to remove them over here. 

 

2) Scars (permanent): People who has acne cysts & nodules may usually see permanent scarring when the acne clears. It can be preventable if you see a dermatologist early. However, you might want to explore possible acne scars treatments over here. 

 

SO WHAT CAUSES ACNE 

Acne usually appears when the pores in our skin gets clogged. The clogging starts with our dead skin cells. Usually, our dead skin cells rises to the surface of our pores and our body will shed the cells. However, being in a tropical country (Singapore), our body will start to produce lots of sebum (oil that prevents our skin from drying out). This sebum makes our dead skin cells stick inside our pores & traps them. Alongside with trapped bacteria in our pores, our pores gets inflamed (red & swollen) and when the inflammation penetrates deeper into our skin, Acne Cyst or Nodules appears. 

 

VARIOUS TREATMENTS FOR ACNE 

1) Topical Applications: Depending on the type & severity of your acne, dermatologists may prescribe “creams” to either kill the bacteria or to reduce the oil (sebums). Common topical medications may include retinoid, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics or even salicyclic acid. 

 

2) Oral Medications: These are medicines which works throughout your body and these may be necessary if you have red & swollen acne. This type of treatment is normally necessary to treat Acne Cysts & Nodules. Common prescriptions such as antibiotics & isotretinoins can be obtained if our doctors think that it is necessary.  

 

3) Procedures: Lasers (Q-Switch or CO2) & Light Therapies (Intense Pulse Light) are medical grade machines which are useful in reducing the bacteria. You may find out more over here. 

 

TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR ACNE 

Here are some of our personal skincare tips which will aid in reducing your acne: 

1) Wash twice a day & after sweating: Perspiration can worsen acne, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating. 

2) Use your fingertips to apply a gentle cleanser. Using a cloth of sponge may irriate your skin. 

3) Rinse with lukewarm water. 

4) Let your skin heal naturally: If you pick or pop your acne, the acne will take longer to clear and it increases the risk of getting acne scarring. 

 

We hoped that this article has given you a better understanding on Acne & how you can resolve your Acne issues. If you’d like to arrange for a consultation with our doctors (consultation fees starts from SGD$1 nett), do contact our concierge at +6562218221 or +6584488636. 

How To Look Younger

How to look younger 

Aging is inevitable and very often, our patients will ask our doctors on how they can look younger. Wrinkles starts to form, our hair starts graying out & our skin becomes dull etc. Since this is a common enquiry, we’ve decided to share some of our personalized tips on how you can look younger in this article.  

 

1) Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen everyday 

With Singapore being a tropical country with lots of sunshine, the failure to protect our skin from the harmful rays can increase in the chances of developing skin cancer and result in premature aging.  

 

When should we apply sunscreen? Try to apply it as long as we’re outdoors, not just when we’re heading to the beach for an extended period of time! Majority of our sun exposure occurs during our everyday activities, such as walking down the street & driving. 

 

Our recommendation is to apply sunscreen on all exposed areas of your skin & reapply at least every 4 hours. Also, do select a sunscreen which is SPF 50 or greater, such as the Skinceuticals Physical Fusion which is available in our Clinic.

 

 

2) Apply foundation optimally. 

When done properly, foundation can actually mask discoloration & enhance our skin tone which gives you a more youthful appearance. However, if too much foundation is applied, it may increase an onlooker’s attention that you’re trying to hide your fine lines.

So how do I apply my foundation properly? Ensure that you do not select a foundation which is too dark nor too light. Also, apply your foundation by lightly tapping it on your skin with a clean sponge. 

 

3) Get enough sleep. 

What happens when you do not get enough shut-eye? Aesthetically speaking, this bad habit aids in the rapid development of wrinkles around your eyes & dark eye circles. Try to stick to a regular sleeping schedule (with seven to eight hours each night) and avoid the consumption of alcohol & caffeine before sleeping (as these causes insomnia).

Help! I already have dark eye circles & wrinkles around my eyes! Fret not! Our doctors are able to use laser treatments for your dark eye circles and you can read more about it here. Wrinkles can also be using botox and/or fillers over here. 

 

4) Consider recoloring your hair 

It is advisable to select a hair color which matches our skin tone & maintain it. Usually when we’re near our forties, chances are you have a good amount of gray colored hairs springing out. Dark colored dyes requires frequent visits to the hair salon to cover your roots, while light colored hair conceals gray better but it may be more expensive to do so. 

 

5) Hydrate & Smoothen your skin 

It is important to hydrate our skin from within, especially in this hot climate in Singapore. Also, as we grow older, our skin tends to get drier & duller rapidly. It is important to apply moisturizers frequently, such as the Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 which is available in our Clinic. If you wish to hydrate your skin from within, you might want to consider the Skin Boosters & you can read more about it over here. It is also worth noting that drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday is important as well. 

 

 

6) Whiten your teeth 

Our teeth tend to become more yellowish as we get older. Regular brushing & flossing of your teeth whitens your teeth and that bright smile makes you look & feel younger. Consider using a whitening toothpaste and avoid consuming coffee & wine on a regular basis as these can stain your teeth. For severe teeth whitening, you might want to consider seeking advice from a professional cosmetic dentist.  

 

7) Dress/Suit up 

Add some good quality & trendy clothing to your wardrobe each season. Accessories works well if they complement our clothes, but do not overdo it with the bling. If affordability isn’t an issue, you might want to have your clothes tailored for the perfect fit. 

 

8) Get rid of those saggy cheeks 

As we age, our body loses collagen and this in turn makes our skin less elastic. One of the obvious tell-tale signs of aging will be the appearance of saggy cheek & lose skin on our face. Fortunately, we’ve just brought in the Sygmalift HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) which is a non-invasive & painless way to give you that youthful lift! For more information on how the Sygmalift HIFU can help you to look younger, please kindly click here. Threadlifts & surgical lifting are available as well.

9) Quit Smoking! 

Besides the numerous health issues which are associated to cancer, aesthetically speaking, smoking: 

  • Makes your wrinkles appear faster which in turn, makes you appear older. This occurs as smoking damages tissues, slows down blood flow to your skin and prevents important vitamins & oxygen from reaching your skin.  
  • Smoking makes your teeth yellow and this is common in older adults. 
  • Smoking causes eyebags and gives you an overall “tired” appearance. This is due to the damaging effects of inflammation & reduced blood flow to your eyes. 

 

We hope that all of these information were helpful to you. Do let us know your thoughts by commenting below. Alternatively, if you wish to seek more details on how to look younger, please kindly arrange for a consultation with our doctors with our concierge at 6221 8221 or 8448 8636.