10 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Boob Job

SKIN spoke to one of the top breast plastic surgeons in Singapore, Dr Tan Ying Chien, for insider tips on what you should know before getting a breast augmentation.   In Nature, boobs are tear drop shaped. It makes perfect sense that enhanced breasts should mimic that for natural-looking results. The newer tear drop (or “anatomical”) silicone implants are especially good news for majority of Asian women who tend to have thinner chest walls, as traditional round implants have a higher likelihood to show at the edges, on top of looking like round char siew buns artificially stuck onto the chest. Moreover, the ability to customise both the height and projection for tear drop implants allows the surgeon greater flexibility to optimise results for every individual, and to correct pre-existing unequal breasts better.   The doctor may throw you a curveball. There’s much more to it than just size. Your new beautiful bosom buddies should be in proportion to the rest of body, have the ideal shape and curves from all angles, and Continue Reading

4 Ways To Reduce Facial Oiliness

Water-shine glassy skin is in, not oily skin. If your skin is starting to beam the wrong way, here are 4 effective methods to improve that. 1. Use a mild salicylic acid facial wash You already wash your face because of your tendency to break out, so why not try one that also mattes the face? Salicylic acid is the only peel that will dissolve oil, so incorporating a low percentage of it in facial washes helps to keep the shine off the face. Start with a mild one which won’t dry your face excessively.   2. Chemically exfoliate Some sonic cleansing systems for home use are controversial, so you are forgiven if you don’t use one. But if you don’t exfoliate at all and you have oily skin, you really should! For those with very oily skin, try ultrasonic cleansing once every 2 weeks, which uses sonic frequency to dislodge dirt and impurities stuck deep in the pores. And try something old but gold – chemical peel/exfoliation, except these Continue Reading

Celebrity Secrets: Age Retarding Botox And Fillers

Google the words ‘botox’ and ‘fillers’ and you are bound to see celebrity before-and-after photos of plastic surgery fails. But we all know that botox and fillers are regularly done by celebrities and normal people (like you and me!) for preventive and rejuvenation reasons, so it can’t be all bad. In fact, pitfalls don’t deter some stars from the needle at all. This article will take you through some famous and splendid botox and filler jobs which were so well done, you probably didn’t even realize it.   1. Jennifer Aniston Our favourite waitress from the hit sitcom “Friends” does not look like she has aged a day since 2003. It is common knowledge that she had a nose job in her 30s but she is one of the freshest-looking 50 year olds in Hollywood to date. Jennifer admits that she has Botox done and this has probably done a lot for her in terms of preventive aging. Dr Low Chai Ling: Notice that you can still see some lines Continue Reading

How Fillers Can Give An Unnatural Look

A mild facelift effect is now possible without having to go under the knife, thanks to the invention of dermal fillers. Usually made up of hyaluronic acid, a natural compound found in our own body, fillers have become quick fixes for restoring volume due to fat or bony loss, and erasing fine lines and wrinkles due to aging. Younger people who are not satisfied with the way they look are also turning to fillers first rather than surgery to improve certain less-than-perfect features, such as adding height to a flat nose bridge, augmenting a weak chin, filling up sunken undereye hollows or thin lips. Some dermal fillers can even be injected superficially into skin, to improve hydration for the smooth, dewy look. But things can go wrong when correction becomes overzealous, or if the wrong filler was used in the wrong area. In this article, we speak to Dr Michelle Lim from The SW1 Clinic, and give you the inside scoop on major filler no-go’s to help you navigate through Continue Reading

Do you want to Age like a Celebrity?

  Celebrities, we love them, we hate them, we all want to be like them. The truth is in this day of digital technology, everyone’s life is an open book. For better or worse, every wrinkle is scrutinized, every diet dissected. So do celebrities who live in a stratosphere of their own age in a different manner from us mere mortals? Or do they even age at all?   Denise Richards How well has she aged? May: 6/10 Denise Richards was one of the hottest babes on the planet, ever since her turn as a Bond girl. Almost 17 years on, she retains her pretty features but it’s clear her face has lost some of that youthful softness and sparkle. Her forehead looks very hardened to me.   Khristine: 7/10 Denise Richards is in her forties so she really doesn’t look that bad for a woman her age. But it’s a pity that her lower face has lined up so much, giving her age away, despite her keeping to the Continue Reading

Why Cheaper Is Not Always Better When It Comes To Beauty

You Really Get What You Pay For We have all heard of the saying “you get what you pay for”. When you purchase something based on price alone, you should be prepared that a cheaper item will likely be of lower quality compared to a higher priced item. Beauty treatments are no different, in fact, the probability of this being true is almost 100% when you compare FDA-approved treatments versus cheaper knockoffs in the market. Aesthetic treatments often start from several hundred for zero downtime lasers to several thousand for premium skin tightening or body shaping treatments. Laser toning, for example, a quick, low fluence (energy) skin toning laser treatment to brighten skin and refine pores, can range between under $50 per session to well above $500 per session. It is not difficult to find a $50 laser toning treatment, but there are caveats. For example, these treatments are often sold in large packages so the eventual financial outlay is definitely substantial even though per session-wise it sounds like an Continue Reading

A Rookie’s Guide To Facial Oils

First we had the toner, then came along the essence. Now, facial oils are emerging as the after-moisturizer oil – something like an emollient for superficial hydration and protection. So how exactly do we make include the facial oil in our skincare regime? Is it worth adding it in (and the money)? And which skin types are suitable for facial oils?   Sensitive and Dehydrated Skin Facial oils provide an additional barrier for skin prone to irritation and inflammation. While moisturizers deliver moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic deeper into the skin, adding a facial oil to one’s sensitive and dry skincare regime will give skin a moisture sealant, making your moisturizers much more effective. So if you are not quite there with the dewy complexion with your moisturizers, then maybe adding a facial oil will make that happen.   Read More: How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne Greasy Skin If you have oily skin, “oil-free” skincare is probably what you want because the last thing you probably want is Continue Reading