Microneedling: How It Works And What It Does For Your Skin

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Imagine tiny needles pricking your skin all in a bid to achieve better-looking, radiant skin. Ouch? That’s how microneedling treatments work and they can be beneficial in treating a number of skin concerns such as wrinkles, large pores and acne scars, with minimal to zero pain. Despite how fearful it might sound, the trend of microneedling is picking up in popularity as more people turn to it as a way to press reset on their complexion.

How does it work?

By creating micro-injuries from those tiny needles, this process kickstarts the body’s natural repair mode and stimulate new collagen growth. As we all know, collagen is essential for that plump and glowy skin as well as play a role in reducing scars, fine lines and dullness. At the same time, it also promotes cell turnover and elastin production, which leaves the skin more radiant and slows down signs of ageing.

These tiny areas of injury also provide small channels to deliver active ingredients deeper into the skin. This allows you to reap the maximum benefits for any topical products as they are able to penetrate the skin more efficiently, thus improving skincare product absorption.

Now that you’ve learned about its wonderful benefits, keen to try? At Aesthetics Central Clinic, we offer a range of cosmetic treatments with the use of microneedling.

  • Aquagold Fine Touch Treatment

This treatment utilizes a patented gold-plated microneedling system that penetrates your skin to deliver customized solutions painlessly into your skin. Doctors will begin stamping the device across treated areas and the tiny hair-like needles allow your skin to absorb the solutions more effectively. The procedure only takes 15 minutes and results can be seen with just a single administration, giving you a boost in your overall skin quality.

  • Infini Fractional RF (FRF) Treatment

Microneedling can also be combined with another therapy to produce more effective results. In Infini, radiofrequency (RF) energy is delivered through the microneedles and into the skin. The use of microneedling helps the heat energy to reach the dermis layer of the skin directly and reduce heat trauma to the epidermis layer. The combination of microneedling and radiofrequency stimulates cell regeneration, collagen growth and elastin production. This helps to improve skin texture and tighten scar tissues, making it effective to help get rid of acne scars. Aside from being an acne scar treatment, it also offers skin rejuvenation effects – improving sagging skin and wrinkles.

  • Secret RF

If you’re suffering from cystic acne and are battling with deep, depressed scars, Secret RF is one of the latest acne scar treatments available today. It has a micro-needle fractional RF system to deliver controlled energy into various depths of the skin, up to 3.5mm deep. This makes a difference when compared to optical-based treatments, such as lasers, where there is a higher risk of skin burns and pigmentation as the energy is unable to go deep enough safely without damaging the epidermis. With Secret RF, energy is delivered through semi and non-insulated microneedles which helps kickstart collagen regeneration and elastin production. It is highly effective against fine lines, wrinkles, depressed acne scars and offers skin tightening and lifting benefits, particularly for double chin and jowls.

With so many benefits of microneedling, it can definitely transform your skin and improve its appearance! Whether you’re using it to get rid of acne scars or reduce signs of ageing, a microneedling treatment can help you achieve a more youthful, clearer complexion.

Find out more about the above-mentioned treatments including acne treatments available in Aesthetic Central Clinic. Contact our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

4 Reasons Why Your Skin Might Feel Dry & How to Combat It

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Face Fillers, Acne Scar Treatment

Dry skin is often attributed to cold climates and freezing temperatures during the winter season, but there are also other reasons that can cause dry skin. This condition happens when the skin does not retain sufficient moisture and thus, you will feel tightness throughout your complexion. This can also be accompanied by itchy and flaky skin.

At the same time, dry skin can appear dull and lackluster. It can be hard to feel confident in your skin – a brighter complexion that glows with natural luminosity can make you feel good again to step out into the world. Let’s take a look at the possible reasons why your skin might be feeling dry.

1. Over-washing your face

The general rule is to wash your skin two times a day to remove any dirt, oil, makeup and impurities that built up on your skin throughout the day. This can help maintain healthy skin and keep your face free from breakouts. However, over-cleansing can strip the skin of its natural moisture. It’s also important to use the right cleanser for your skin type – lean towards a cleanser that’s slightly lower than pH 7 so it doesn’t compromise your acid mantle – the skin’s first layer of defence against bacteria and viruses.

2. Long, hot showers

The excessive heat from hot water can be stripping to the skin’s natural protective barriers and cause it to lose moisture. Exposing your skin to hot water for too long can make it dry, red and itchy. Cut down on the length of your hot showers or use lukewarm water instead.

3. Prolonged stay in an air-conditioned room

The aircon provides much relief in our sunny and humid Singapore climate, but spending hours in an air-conditioned room can dry out your skin. This AC system works by drying air and reducing humidity in the environment – and the lack of humidity in the air can affect the moisture content of the skin.

4. Overuse or overly thick moisturizers

When you find that your skin is a little dry, you’ll tend to slather on more moisturizer and heavily. However, thick and greasy moisturizers can suffocate the skin, and alter the skin’s natural function of self-hydration – causing dry skin to still happen. Turn to light, oil-free moisturizers with ingredients, such as ceramides to help repair skin barrier function, and Hyaluronic Acid to plump skin cells and improve water retention.

5. Save your skin from dryness

Aesthetic treatments come in handy to help you deal with dry, parched skin. Restore your complexion with our Skin Boosters treatment, available here at Aesthetics Central Clinic. These filler treatments comprise of Hyaluronic Acid which is delivered through a series of micro-injections into the skin. This ingredient is well-loved and popular in many skincare products and face fillers due to its ability to hold 1000 times its molecular weight in water, thus improving your skin’s hydration level and adds luminosity to the complexion. We carry 3 top-performing skin boosters in our clinic: Restylane Vital, Juvederm Volite and Teosyal Redensity I. Talk to our doctors to find out more.

Don’t miss the crucial step of exfoliation – it does wonders to remove buildup and improve the appearance of dullness. Our signature 3D Deep Pore Cleansing Facial uses tiny and painless high-pressure micro-jets to cleanse the pores. This is done using the patented 50 Micron Jet Technology which allows the micro-jets to penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin, and remove dirt and dead skin effectively. At the same time, nutrients (such as carbonated Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid) are delivered to promote supple and hydrated skin. Deep-cleansing will reveal a smoother and clearer surface as well as allow skincare to penetrate better and work to its maximum effectiveness.

Restore your complexion at Aesthetic Central Clinic. We also offer a wide range of aesthetic treatments, including acne scar treatments and lip fillers. Book your appointment now at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

Stay Soft & Supple: 3 Ways Hyaluronic Acid Benefit Your Skin

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Youthfully radiant and luminous – the coveted glass skin look has been a popular beauty trend that’s gotten everyone to pay more attention to having that fresh, lit-from-within skin. Similar to how a piece of glass is clear and smooth, glass skin refers to a translucent, hydrated, and luminous complexion with the right amount of sheen.

And when it comes to achieving dewy, hydrated skin, Hyaluronic acid can pack a punch in ramping up hydration levels and maintaining your moisture barrier. This naturally-occurring substance in the body is known for its impressive ability to attract and hold onto 1000 times its weight in moisture from the surroundings. As such, moisture is retained in the skin and prevented from evaporating into the air – enhancing a healthy, supple look and feel to the skin.

We explore more in-depth on the benefits that Hyaluronic acid deliver to the skin.

Keeps the skin sufficiently hydrated 

Sitting in an air-conditioned room can provide you relief from the heat outside, but staying in there for an extended period of time can dry out your skin. Air conditioners suck the moisture and humidity from the air, and this can lead to a loss of moisture in your skin too.

If your skin is feeling dehydrated and looking dull, Hyaluronic acid can continually keep the skin moisturized throughout the day due to its ability to draw water from the environment for long-lasting hydration. When applied using skincare products like serums and creams, Hyaluronic Acid can enhance the protective barrier on the skin and lock down moisture – giving the skin a plumper, more radiant look.

Turns back the clock on your skin

As people age, the skin loses the ability to hold onto water and retain a balanced amount of moisture. This results in visible loss of resilience and firmness, as wrinkles and fine lines start to form and become more visible. At the same time, Hyaluronic acid keeps collagen synthesis up to maintain skin elasticity to give off a more dewy and youthful appearance. Besides retaining skin moisture, Hyaluronic acid can contribute with anti-ageing benefits to the skin – diminishing the appearance of fine lines, and keep the skin firm and supple.

Contributes to improving breakouts and acne scars

Hyaluronic Acid works for any skin type, including oily and acne-prone complexion. It ensures the skin’s moisture barrier is functioning effectively to keep it hydrated and supple. As such, sebum levels are more regulated and the skin stays away from being dehydrated. The skin produces excess oil to make up for the lack of hydration, and this increases the likelihood of clogged pores – leading to breakouts. Thus, by rebalancing the optimal moisture content, acne breakouts can be improved.

Hyaluronic Acid can also help you to get rid of acne scars – through dermal filler treatments. Hyaluronic Acid-based face fillers help to restore lost volume and diminish signs of ageing – but it can also be used for indented and depressed scars. When injected, new collagen growth is stimulated and over time, the skin texture will be more evened out and the appearance of scars is improved. For the best results, fillers can also be combined with other acne scar treatments such as Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF) treatment – which delivers heat energy through a patented microneedle system to stimulate deep collagen production and remodel the scarred areas.

Achieve that dewy, hydrated complexion and feel good in your skin again. Find out more about the treatments available at Aesthetic Central Clinic, including face fillers and acne treatments, at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

4 Mistakes You Are Making That Is Worsening Your Bacne

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Acne Scar Removal, Singapore Acne Scar Removal

92% of people with acne suffer it on the face, while a staggering 60% of those people have back and chest acne as well. In fact, bacne treatment is one of the most frequent requests at our clinic!

It’s undeniable that bacne can be a real confidence killer, especially when its tank top and dress season in Singapore all year long. The worst part is – you might be unknowingly making your bacne worse.

But before we can learn how to win the bacne battle once and for all – here is what you need to know about bacne:

The basics of Bacne

Acne presents itself on the back just like it does on the face – manifesting in the form of redness, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and lesions.

It is important to remember that acne occurs whenever there is excess sweat, hair follicles and overactive oil glands – combined with acne-causing bacteria, dead skin cells, clogged pores and dirt which eventually leads to nasty breakouts.

In addition, your back actually has a higher density of glands that produces more oil and sweat than other areas of the body. And since the skin on your back is thicker, it is also more likely to become clogged and breakout – which is why back acne can be harder to control and clear.

There can be many causes as to why you are witnessing breakouts on your back, and this includes:

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Genetics
  • Damaged pores
  • Lifestyle factors (stress, diet, disturbed sleeping patterns etc.)

Bacne also tends to present as deeper nodules and cysts, which are more difficult to treat as compared to those found on the face.

Thankfully, bacne is a very treatable and preventable condition – here are 4 mistakes to avoid to complement your acne scar removal treatment, some of which might actually surprise you!

Mistake #1: Over-exfoliating.

Exfoliating on a regular basis can help to get rid of the dead skin cells on your back, but overdoing it causes it to get inflamed – one of the major factors that leads to bacne.

Over-exfoliating also leads to a breakdown in your skin’s natural protective barrier, which can trick your skin into producing more sebum – further accelerating your symptoms.

In short, take a gentler approach whenever treating acne on the back – taking care to avoid using harsh products on your back; and instead, consider using a moisturizer with exfoliating properties instead.

Mistake #2: Not taking a probiotic.

There has been overwhelming research showing the link between skin microbiome and the cause of acne.

In fact, scientists are able to predict whether a person will have acne solely based on their bacterial makeup with an 85% accuracy rate!

Recent findings suggest that in order to tackle acne – there is a need to balance the bacteria in the skin instead of completing removing it. The study revealed that not all bacteria triggers pimples – and one strain may actually help keep the skin healthy. Conducted with 101 volunteers, researchers found that a specific strain of P.acnes bacteria is common in those with healthy skin, yet rarely found when acne is present.

What this translates for you is to change your view on bacteria – and focus on building and balancing the good bacteria in the skin. A great way to do so is by regularly taking probiotic supplements.

Mistake #3: Using the wrong shampoo and conditioner.

The products that you use on your body are one of the biggest determinants of bacne – and one that you can change easily.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the substances found in our hair and body products can act like the body’s natural oils to block pores and trigger a breakout.

Your shampoo and conditioner is particularly notorious, since they are often designed to be occlusive and heavy. Unless you pay extra care to rinse it off thoroughly every time you shower, you guessed it – clogged pores.

Do a quick check to see if your products are causing your bacne and make sure they are noncomedogenic, especially if you know you are more prone to acne.

Choose products that don’t contain ingredients such as dimethicone and silicones, and switch your creams out for lotions or gel-based products that aren’t clog-worthy but still offer enough moisture to your skin.

Mistake #4: Not visiting a qualified doctor at the right time.

Bacne can be a real challenge to treat – and unless you treat the root cause of the problem – it will keep coming back.

This can mean consulting the help of a doctor when you aren’t seeing much progress with over-the-counter treatments. When left untreated, bacne can lead to more serious issues such as permanent scarring – another problem that is significantly harder to treat.

If you are currently facing painful back lesions, or feel your daily life being adversely affected by bacne – seek out help from our experienced doctors to come up with a customized treatment plan just for you! With years of combined experience as one of the best acne dermatologist in Singapore – we have developed a unique protocol for treating cases that includes persistent bacne!

We offer a range of minimally-invasive solutions such as chemical peels, oral and topical treatment, as well as laser therapy to address both bacne and overall skin rejuvenation for flawlessly smooth skin to have you looking your best!

Why Taking Care Of Your Skin And Complexion Is Important

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Face fillers, Face Fillers Singapore

As the largest organ of the body, the skin is your body’s first line of defence that protects you from microbes and elements present in the environment, where they can cause discomfort and infection. Beyond promoting good health overall, having good skin also has to potential to boost your confidence as you move about in the world.

Dirt, pollutants, unhealthy diet and hormonal imbalances all play a part in contributing to the health of your skin. It shows up on your face with signs of redness, inflammation, blemishes and dry skin. Some skin conditions can change the facial appearance and leave noticeable marks and scars, which further adds on to the feeling of extreme self-consciousness.

How you can take care of your skin

Just like any part of your body, what you feed it and how you treat it will determine how healthy your skin will be. Proper skin care ensures that the skin can maintain optimal function and help retain a youthful glow and resilience.

A regular daily skin care routine

You should already have established a daily regime to cleanse, moisturize and protect your skin. Cleanse in the morning and night to remove impurities that build up on the skin’s surface, which can potentially cause breakouts to occur more easily. Replenish your skin with moisturizing products to restore adequate hydration so your skin can perform its protective functions. Dehydrated skin can cause problems from dull complexion, uneven skin tone to breakouts. Don’t forget sunscreen – apply generously to protect the skin from sun damage.

A healthy, balanced diet

Beautiful skin also starts from within. What you eat will benefit many functions in your body, including your skin health. Make sure you are getting enough essential nutrients and vitamins to protect your skin and keep it healthy. Eat a varied and balanced diet, including healthy fats from oily fish and nuts and antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, which contain the optimal levels of the nutrients the skin needs to stay soft, supple and blemish-free.

Cosmetic treatments

With age, your body slows down the production of substances in the body needed for skin health and integrity, such as elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid. With the appropriate aesthetic treatments, you can replenish and boost your skin’s production of these compounds to retain a healthy, glowing complexion. You can also address more persistent skin conditions such as pigmentation, wrinkles and acne scars.

For recurrent acne breakouts, the AGNES treatment will target hyperactive sebaceous glands and problematic acne-prone pores with the use of radiofrequency energy. The oil gland’s size and oil production are also reduced, so blockages are less likely to happen. This acne treatment destroys the offending sebaceous glands, so hair follicles do not get inflamed and infected anymore – which means no acne breakouts.

If you’ve been wanting to get rid of acne scars, the INFINI acne scar treatment is able to reach below the scar tissue using a patented microneedle system to stimulate deep collagen production. With a penetration depth of up to 3.5mm below the skin, the scars can be pushed up from beneath and healthy, organized collagen fibers can be remodeled to replace the old scar tissues. By stimulating your skin to produce and increase collagen levels, you will be able to address sagging skin and wrinkles and experience a more lifted and youthful complexion. Face fillers can also reduce depressions caused by scars and fill up areas on the face caused by volume loss. Most of them contain Hyaluronic Acid to add volume to the facial tissue, reduce the appearance of ageing and at the same time, helps stimulate the collagen to achieve plumper skin.

The above-mentioned treatments are available at Aesthetic Central Clinic. Renew your confidence again with healthy-looking skin. Book your appointment now at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

What You Should Know Before Getting Lip Filler Injections

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Scroll through social medial and you’d be witnessing perfect pouts as one of the recent beauty phenomena. With the likes of Kylie Jenner and influential beauty gurus, there is a surge in demand for lip fillersever since to enhance this facial feature.

Dermal fillers deposit the material in the targeted facial area and produce a filling effect. Lip fillers can also address ageing concerns and loss of volume – fuller lips can be achieved to give a more youthful appearance and leave you with more confidence.

Whether you’re going for a more natural look or a much perkier pout, there are several things you should know about lip fillers before undergoing the procedure.

What it is made of

Fillers today are commonly made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a naturally occurring compound that’s found in the body. This popular beauty ingredient attracts water and has the ability to up to 1,000 times its own weight. Once injected, it produces a plumper and fuller lip effect.

You can find HA plenty in skincare products as well as other dermal fillers including cheek fillers and nose fillers. It can help to restore volume to the cheeks, smooth out wrinkles and get rid of those fine lines at the corners of your mouth. HA depletes with age and as such, the skin loses volume whereby wrinkles are more likely to appear. Upon injection to the targeted area, it acts like a sponge to attract water into the skin so the injected area will look smoother, bouncier and more volumized.

 Types of lip fillers

There is a variety of dermal fillers based on Hyaluronic Acid available today. Popular ones include Restylane and Juvederm which are used to plump up the skin and improve the appearance for wrinkles. These FDA-approved brands are also HSA-approved for cosmetic injection use.

Duration of downtime and how long it lasts

Often touted as a lunchtime procedure, there is hardly any downtime with fillers – you can get back to your regular routine immediately. You can expect quick results after the treatment and notice improvements in your appearance that will help you to look more refreshed and youthful. Though, the full effects can be seen after several days.

It should last around four to nine months on average. Optimistically, it can also last up to 18 months. Longevity may depend on the individual’s metabolic rate and age. Effects will fade over time as the body gradually absorbs the injected material.

Pain level and side effects

Pain is minimized as most HA dermal fillers are infused with the anesthetic lidocaine to lower patient’s discomfort during and after the treatment. Another factor that plays a role is the doctor’s technique while administering the treatment.

Lumps, bumps and asymmetries also occur when the injection is not carried out smoothly. A common side effect is bruising, which will resolve on its own after a few days. Shifting may also happen during the first one or two days, which can be corrected with a simple touch up.

Manage your expectations

Decide how big or plump you want your lips to be, realistically. Everyone’s anatomy is different, and everyone has a different face shape as well.

Communicate with your doctor on your concerns and expectations, and they will work with the configuration of your mouth to achieve realistic results. For younger patients, they may focus on having poutier lips. But, priorities may shift with the older crowd as they wish to correct age-related volume loss. Regardless, the injecting doctor should have skillful techniques and understanding of facial anatomy for a successful and safe filler treatment.

If there are unsatisfactory results with Hyaluronic acid fillers, hyaluronidase can be injected to break down the material and allow the body to naturally excrete it.

Our doctors at Aesthetic Central Clinic can help you to look better and regain your confidence again. Dermal fillers are available in our clinic, as well as other treatments such as acne scar treatment. Book your appointment now at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

How Collagen Is Essential For Your Skin And How To Boost It

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Acne Scar Treatment, Acne Scar Treatment Singapore

From fine lines to saggy skin, a lot of people’s beauty woes come with age because that’s when the body starts to produce less and less collagen. This is the most abundant protein in the skin that makes up around 75% to 80% of the skin and serves as structural support to keep the skin firm and taut, which gives that coveted bouncy, healthy-looking skin.

Find out more about how collagen is essential for your skin and how to increase its production levels.

Combat ageing skin

Collagen is produced naturally by our body but there may be a decrease in production over time due to a number of reasons such as sun exposure, ageing, and repetitive facial movements, which leads to a loss of plumpness and elasticity. When there is gradual loss of collagen, the skin is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. It can improve the skin’s elasticity measurably, which improves the firmness and plumpness of the skin to ‘bounce back’. This also helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and crepey skin, which are the telltale signs of ageing skin.

Hydrate dry skin

If you are struggling with dry skin, collagen can help to increase skin hydration levels. This protein fills the extracellular spaces in connective tissue and plumps up skin cells, which adds moisture to the skin and reverse skin laxity. As such, you can capture that fresh-faced glow and improve skin smoothness with much supple texture.

Improve acne scarring

As collagen is necessary to create building blocks (amino acids) that the skin needs, it is also key in the process of healing wounds. When the skin is damaged by acne and breakouts, collagen swoops in to help with wound healing and plays a key role in scarring to close the wound and form ‘new’ skin in the affected area.

Deeper scars form as a result of excess inflammation that penetrates deep into the skin and can destroy your skin’s collagen. After the area heals, there is not enough collagen production to help rebuild the skin, leaving you with a depressed scar. These permanent textural changes and indentations can appear as the different types of acne scars such as box scar acne scars, rolling acne scars, and ice pick acne scars. With the right acne scar treatment, collagen can be stimulated to fill up depressions and minimize the appearance of scars.

Increase your collagen production

It can be an uphill battle to counter the loss of collagen in the skin. Most people turn to supplements and skincare products off-the-shelf to encourage the boost of collagen. However, it may not be as effective as directly treating on the dermis layer of the skin or even deeper. With aesthetic treatments, they can provide an immediate improvement on your skin concerns and improve your complexion. These include:

  • Rejuran Healer

Originated from South Korea, Rejuran Healer administerspolynucleotide (salmon DNA) into the dermis layer to assist with tissue repair and promotes the production of collagen for skin rejuvenation. By inducing the fibroblasts production to stimulate collagen, it does more than a traditional face filler to give a more natural result in improving saggy skin, enlarged pores, fine lines and more.

  • Q-switched ND:YAG laser

This laser treatment is effective in combating acne marks and promoting the growth of collagen. The laser energy can treat skin discolouration in acne marks and help prevent breakouts by killing the P-acne bacteria and shrinking the skin’s oil glands. As such, excess oil production is controlled and reduce your risk for acne, making it an effective cystic acne treatment. Skin will be less oily with less acne breakouts, and the formation of new collagen will create a smoother, more radiant complexion.

  • Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF)

Microneedling technology is combined with radiofrequency energy to stimulate dermal collagen with precision and reach more in-depth than lasers, which is effective to target deep scar tissues. It bypasses the epidermis layer to create many coagulation zones, which triggers the skin’s natural healing process and initiate collagen remodelling. When new collagen and elastin is formed, this is beneficial to help you get rid of acne scars and improve your appearance with a smoother skin surface.

The above-mentioned treatments are available in our clinic. If you wish to learn more on the types of acne treatments we have or other procedures available, contact our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

8 Common Questions Asked And Answered About Nose Fillers

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Having a beautiful nose structure can enhance your appearance and lift up your confidence. If you’ve been considering to improve your nose bridge and tip without any pain or downtime, nose fillers offer to be the quicker and painless alternative to traditional nose jobs. Take a look at the FAQs below to learn more about nose fillers.

What are nose fillers?

As a non-surgical option for redefining the nose structure, nose fillers involve a series of injection with filler substance along the nose. Filler injections deals with the loss of volume in the face as people age – they “fill” in with extra volume and provide a more youthful look. Commonly known dermal filler brands today include Juvederm and Restylane, which are also available as face and cheek fillers.

When talking about improving the appearance of the nose, people usually refer to traditional rhinoplasty. This procedure involves going under the knife to reconstruct and correct the nose, and patients will be exposed to the associated surgical risks. But with nose fillers, there is minimal downtime and no surgical risk with natural results produced.

What are nose fillers made up of?

The filler material is typically composed of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a natural compound that is produced and found in many areas of the body. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water and as such, it gives the skin moisture, elasticity and volume. This also makes the fillers highly biocompatible with the body.

As one ages, Hyaluronic Acid also gets depleted which causes a loss in facial volume and be more susceptible to wrinkles forming. Face fillers, which are also made from HA, can help to even out depressions in the skin and smooth out any fine lines.

How does it work?

Very fine needles are carefully injected to the desired spot, along the nose bridge to the tip of the nose, and deliver the filler with precision. The area will be gently massaged to smooth out any unevenness and create the ideal nose shape.

Is it painful?

With an experienced doctor carrying out the procedure, it is a quick and almost painless aesthetic treatment. Numbing cream may be applied prior to assure comfort. But newer fillers contain a pre-mixed local anaesthetic which allows for a more comfortable procedure, alleviating as much pain as possible and offering further relief.

Are there any side effects?

With any type of filler injection, slight swelling may occur but it usually resolves quickly within a day or two. There is also the common side effect of infection. When fillers are injected through the skin, bacteria can pass through the tiny opening and infect the filler. Thus, post-treatment care for the first 24 hours is very crucial – patients should ensure the injection points are kept clean. If there is an infection, they would usually be asked to take oral antibiotics.

Another side effect is migration of the filler. They may spread and shift, making the nose wider. This occurs when the filler is still soft and moldable, usually during the first 1 or 2 days after the injection. A simple touch up can be done to correct shifting. It can also be a result of poor technique, which can cause severe side effects such as skin necrosis and even visual impairment. Thus, ensure you are in good hands of an experienced and certified doctor who can carry out dermal filler treatments.

What are the benefits of nose fillers?

– Add volume and lift the nose tip

– Give height to the nose bridge

– Helps to sculpt the nose with precision

– Appealing as a lunchtime procedure, with no minimal to no downtime

– Hyaluronic Acid fillers can be reversed with an enzyme

Who are nose fillers ideal for?

People with ill-defined nose tip or flat nose bridge can benefit most from nose fillers. It is also ideal for those looking to make small refinements of the nose and achieve their ideal look.

What’s the difference between nose fillers and nose thread lifts?

While nose fillers use a filler substance to sculpt the nose, nose thread lifts involve inserting polydioxanone (PDO) threads into the bridge and columella of the nose to give height and projection to the nose. These fine threads are safe and compatible with the body – they will fully dissolve and stimulate formation of new collagen fibres in its place. This helps to maintain the lifting effect of your nose longer, for another 8 to 12 months.

It is suitable for people with a wide nose or big nose tip, looking to achieve a smaller and more defined nose profile. Noses that are slightly off-centered or have poor nose tip angle can also benefit from achieving a better definition and an improvement in nose contour with nose thread lifts.

Both procedures have their own benefits as well as pros and cons. You can consult with our doctors at Aesthetics Central Clinic to find the right procedure for you and achieve your desired look.

Book your appointment with us at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636. You can also call us to find out more details on our nose fillers and other aesthetic procedures such as acne scar treatment available at Aesthetics Central Clinic.

Ways To Tackle Clogged Pores And Clear Them Out Effectively

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Acne Treatment, Cystic Acne Treatment Singapore

Ever woke up one morning and find the skin texture on your face is bumpy all over? If you have oily or acne-prone skin, trying to keep your pores clear and unclogged is constant hard work. Oily and acne-prone skin types are more likely to experience blockages in the pores. And with the combination of accumulated dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria, this will lead to whiteheads, blackheads and acne breakouts.

We’ll explore more on the condition of clogged pores and how to keep them in tip-top shape for healthier-looking complexion.

How do clogged pores happen?

There are many pores in the skin, which are the openings of hair follicles. They each contain a sebaceous gland which releases oil and sweat. When dead skin cells and debris are trapped in your skin, the pores become clogged and result in inflammation, before it leads to breakouts.

How to deal with clogged pores?

It is crucial to reduce the likelihoods of your pores getting clogged as they will develop into a pimple once infected. Here are 3 ways to tackle your clogged pores effectively.

  • Exfoliation

Regular exfoliation will help remove dead skin build-up and lift impurities such as dirt and oil that are residing in your pores. This can be done using chemical exfoliants which contain proven-sloughing ingredient such as retinol and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) to clear congested skin and increase your cellular turnover rate. Combine this routine with cleansing and moisturising skincare products to improve your clogged pore problem and overall condition of your skin.

Boost your efforts in clearing your clogged pores with our 3D Deep Pore Cleansing Facial. Your pores will be cleansed thoroughly and effectively using 50 Micron Jets, instead of the conventional facials that involve squeezing and bruising on the skin. This treatment helps to remove dead skin and clear micro blockages that will eventually lead to pimples and acne. Nutrients will also be infused into the skin which helps in the regeneration of skin collagen to provide a lifting effect.

  • Sebum control

In your skincare regime, use products that are best suited for your skin type and the given weather. Hot and humid weather easily causes the skin to perspire and excrete higher amounts of sebum. Instead of cream, you can opt for water-based moisturizer as heavier moisturisers combined with sebum can be pore-clogging. Products with AHA or Vitamin A derivatives help to control sebum excretion and speed up cell turnover rates, thus keeping sebum levels at bay.

For some people, they may experience overactive sebaceous glands that excrete sebum in excessive amounts. If you’ve been struggling with this issue, Botox can be injected at tiny micro-droplets at the erector pili muscles – which control your pore size. This technique will reduce the muscles’ size and make the pores look smaller, therefore lowering oil production. Botox is a well-known injectable muscle relaxant that can smoothen and soften facial wrinkle lines, but it also helps to constricts the pores and give a lifting, tightening effect for a more radiant look.

  • Improve damaged pores

For stubborn, damaged pores, they are unable to cope with the increased levels of oil production in the skin and can get clogged easily. This will subsequently lead to an acne breakout that recurs on those damaged pores regularly. No matter how much skincare products you use, you may need to rely on the appropriate acne treatment to address this concern.

Our AGNES treatment treats problematic pores selectively by introducing a tiny electrical current to the oil-producing gland. This results in a reduction in the size of the gland and controls the amount of oil produced. With lower production of oil, there will be less changes of blockage in the pore, thus no pimple or acne breakout will occur. By treating the same selective pores that were getting blocked repeatedly, you are able to directly address the issue of recurrent acne breakouts.

How to reduce enlarged pores?

Several factors can affect pore size. One of them is caused by pimples that stretch out the pores and give it an enlarged appearance. Collagen loss caused by prolonged UV rays and natural ageing process can also increase the appearance of pore size. Squeezing a pimple or picking at your skin can easily cause trauma to the skin, which also contributes to widening the pore permanently.

Mildly enlarged pores can benefit from chemical peels but for severe enlarged pores,

fractional resurfacing lasers such as INFINI can be an effective solution. This micro-needling treatment uses fractional radiofrequency technology to penetrate deep into the skin at 3.5mm and stimulate collagen production. By stimulating collagen and growth of new cells, pores look smaller and deep scars become less prominent – making it an effective acne scar treatment as well.

The above-mentioned treatments are available in Aesthetics Central Clinic. To book an appointment or find out more on other treatments including nose fillers, contact our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.

How The Hot & Humid Weather Can Cause More Skin Problems

Face Fillers, Face Fillers Singapore

Face Fillers, Face Fillers Singapore

Facing the constant humid and hot weather in Singapore all year round means constant exposure to UV rays and high temperatures. This can open up the skin to a lot of problems such as skin dehydration, more sweat and increased oil production. When dead skin cells mix with excess sweat and sebum, this causes the pores to become clogged, thus there is the potential of acne breakouts to occur.

Spending extended time in the sun also increases your chances of developing sun spots and discolourations on the skin. When there is prolonged exposure to the sun, melanin is excessively produced by the body. They can appear as uneven darkened patches or spots on the skin, and can worsen existing hyperpigmentation – causing it to appear darker.

There are several measures you can take to beat the heat and have your skin look its best.

Combat the heat and hydrate your skin

Skin Boosters provide hydration to restore your skin from inside out. Made from Hyaluronic acid, this natural substance is also present in the body to support the skin’s architecture, facilitate passage of nutrients and hydrate the skin. When the skin is exposed to UV rays, there is an increased breakdown of Hyaluronic acid, thus causing dehydration to the skin. With Skin Boosters, they are injected into the skin’s surface to increase the level of hydration.

As opposed to traditional face fillers, Skin Boosters are not injected under the skin to form or volumise the face. The effects of introducing more Hyaluronic acid, however, help to stimulate your body’s collagen regeneration and keep your skin moisturized. Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture that is 1000 times its own weight – giving you dewier and firmer skin with a more radiant and youthful look.

Erase dark spots

You’ve already heard how important it is to protect the skin with the use of sunscreen on a daily basis. Frequent sun exposure can cause age spots to appear as melanin is overproduced, resulting in dark patches and uneven complexion. It can also worsen existing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which typically occurs after an acne breakout has healed and leaves behind a discolouration area behind.

The Q-switched Nd-YAG laser is able to break down the melanin pigment into microparticles by directing light of specific wavelength into the skin, which gets absorbed by the pigmented skin lesions. The microparticles are then naturally eliminated by the body, thus lightening the skin pigmentation. This can be effective in helping you get rid of acne scars as well as sun spots. Q-switched Nd-YAG laser also stimulates collagen remodeling which results in a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenate your complexion.

Control your acne breakouts

The hot weather combined with humidity is prime breakout time as sebum production is exacerbated and clogs your pores. You may also notice a bigger appearance of your pores and as you sweat more, it makes your skin vulnerable to excess oil, dirt, and bacteria to accumulate more in your clogged pores. This can make your skin inflamed and be prone to acne breakouts.

Q-switched Nd-YAG laser is also able to kill the P. acnes bacteria that causes acne and pimple breakouts. At the same time, it shrinks the oil glands in the skin which helps to reduce oil production. Another popular acne treatment is the AGNES treatment, which selectively targets problematic acne-prone pores that are responsible for recurrent acne breakouts. By reducing the oil gland’s size and oil production, blockages are less likely to happen which means no breakouts.

Once your breakouts are under control, you can start on acne scar treatments such as Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF) which stimulates deep collagen production up to 3.5mm depth below the skin’s surface. Deep collagen fibers are necessary to produce a plumping, tightening and lifting effect, thus filling out of the acne scars and even wrinkles. Pitted scars will get less obvious and have a shallower appearance. Wrinkles are also reduced with smaller jowls and laughter lines – ideal for those seeking an alternative to face and cheek fillers.

The above-mentioned treatments are available in Aesthetics Central Clinic. To find out more or book an appointment, contact our concierge at +65 62218221 or +65 84488636.