People often quip that their aging lines and wrinkles tell the stories of their lives. But if you feel like doing a little editing - by erasing a few lines or more, softening a deep furrow, or evening out some patchy spots - we have just the right aesthetic editorial recommendations for you!
Always embracing change and innovation, Dr Larry Wu of iCare Medical & Wellness Clinic Singapore, is a strong advocate of non-invasive and non-surgical cosmetic enhancements that utilise topical products, laser equipment, and maintenance medication. “We provide our clients with the most up-to-date knowledge and treatment options to empower them to choose the best treatment for their aesthetic medical conditions,” Dr Wu affirms.
“There is a growing population of healthy and active older women that want to look as young as they feel, so this has spurred the development of skin rejuvenation techniques that are less invasive with almost no fuss,” he adds.
Dr Wu also advises that it’s important to choose treatments with care and to check and double-check the reputation and accreditation of clinicians performing these skin procedures. “You may check out credible websites for reviews of the clinicians and ask key questions during the consultation,” he recommends.
What are the benefits of improving my skin’s texture without surgery?
With rapid development in the aesthetics industry as explained by Dr Wu, it is now possible to slow down the effects of aging and rejuvenate the texture, tone and tautness of your facial skin more naturally - without having to go under the knife. To accomplish this reversal, non-invasive and minimally-invasive aesthetic procedures are quickly becoming the anti-aging treatment of choice to address skin rejuvenation.
These non-invasive aesthetic treatments result in more youthful looking skin sans the surgery, with added benefits such as;
- immediate results (and in some cases, long-term)
- shorter downtime
- minimal discomfort
- low incidence of side effects and shorter recovery time
- and lower costs
What are the popular non-invasive anti-aging treatments available in Singapore?
In Singapore’s hot climate, our faces tend to get dry, resulting in sun damaged and wrinkled skin at an early age. As we age, our skin faces a natural loss of collagen resulting in the loss of elasticity, causing the formation of wrinkles and loss of fullness in the face, especially around the eyes, mouth, cheeks and jawline.
Injectable dermal fillers are a good option if you are looking for an anti-aging treatment that can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, remove or diminish wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars. The minimally-invasive procedure of injecting soft-tissue dermal fillers directly into your target areas – giving it a natural looking and long-lasting result -with regular, ongoing treatments – makes it a very popular non-surgical option. At iCare Medical and Wellness Clinic, Dr Wu recommends that you bring along a picture of your younger self, especially if you would like to rejuvenate your appearance. Or, if you have a picture of any of the features that you’d like to enhance, you can also send it via Whatsapp to the clinic’s mobile at +6596423048 and he will advise you if the results are feasible.
2. Collagen Stimulators
Collagen stimulators is a perennial favorite in our clinic for patients who desire long-term aesthetic outcomes. iCare Medical and Wellness Clinic uses a polycaprolactone based filler from Sinclair Pharma that stimulates type I collagen so that the end result is a smooth soft tissue that appears natural. This particular collagen stimulator can be used in a variety of areas on the face and body with long lasting aesthetic results.
Microneedling using Pulse radiofrequency is an anti-aging treatment that induces the production of collagen to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of acne scarring, sun damage, fine lines and enlarged pores. For this procedure, radiofrequency (RF) energy is transmitted through micro-electrodes to heat the deeper tissues. Skin brightening serums are then applied and its penetration is enhanced by another radiofrequency probe to penetrate different depths of the top layer of skin.
This minimally invasive procedure is most commonly used on the face, neck and chest to stimulate healing, collagen production and new skin cell development to reveal healthy and glowing skin. Therapeutic substances, such as hyaluronic acid or ascorbic acid, may be applied before or after needling so the substance penetrates deeply. This procedure is relatively risk-free and inexpensive.
4. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are another popular procedure in iCare Medical and Wellness clinic, used to treat wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, precancerous skin growths, and superficial scarring. Depending on the indication, a chemical peel with a combination of trichloroacetic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid is applied to the skin to dissolve dead skin cells and remove the top layers of the worn out epidermis. If ice pick acne scars bother you, the CROSS (Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars) technique can be used to assist with re-modification of acne scarring. Chemical peels can be used in conjunction with the latest patented formula which combines amino acids (the essential building blocks of elastin and collagen) with hyaluronic acid.
5. Skin Tightening and Brightening
Laser therapy uses a non-invasive protocol in which two laser wavelengths (NdYAG 1064nm and ErYAG 2940nm) are directed at the area, to help tighten the face by targeting both the exterior part of your face and interior area of your oral cavity. It can reduce moderate to deep lines, wrinkles and significantly improve skin tone, texture, and tightness.
Tightening: For sagging lower face and neck, and brow furrows, an energy based treatment using high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) may be just what the doctor ordered. HIFU is designed to restore elasticity and skin firmness in the face, neck and décolleté with no downtime. This anti-aging procedure delivers ultrasound energy into the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which rejuvenates and tightens the skin. Optimal results take between 3 to 6 months with results continuing for up to a year. Have it done during lunchtime and you can go out to dinner that same night!
Brightening : At iCare Medical and Wellness Clinic, they use a treatment nicknamed the “White Laser” for its ability to effectively brighten up your skin and lighten blemishes. This laser therapy can be used in conjunction with skin tightening and other laser treatments to achieve both the brightening and tightening effect.
No matter what your reasons are for wanting to look younger, be it for your professional career motivation or social reasons – such as returning to the dating scene or even an upcoming reunion – Dr Wu understands that this can play an important part in enhancing your self-esteem.
Spend less time searching on your own for over the counter products that might not work for you. Instead, work with a licensed professional you trust and invest in a customised and effective anti-aging procedure that can improve your skin’s current condition, prevent premature aging and protect against future damage. Schedule an appointment now, with iCare Medical & Wellness Clinic for a consultation or skin assessment and guidance to the best non-invasive treatment for your skin type. In addition, Dr Wu can work with you to adjust the treatment plan if necessary or if you decide to change your skincare goals.