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The Biggest Lies About Botox And Fillers

We play true and false with these biggest botox and filler myths.   Botox is poison. TRUE   In a way, yes! Botox is a particular form of the botulinum toxin that is found in soil, dust and contaminated food, except that the cosmetic version of Botox found in your doctor’s office is a sterilized, purified and diluted version and completely safe for treatment of wrinkles.   Botox makes people expressionless. FALSE. When injected into facial muscles, the main action of Botox is to paralyze the facial muscles. But when the aesthetic dose is so small, it is not possible to completely paralyze the muscle unless too much is used. Typically a mild paralysis is enough to relax the muscles and alleviate the appearance of wrinkles, without losing expression. That means you can still smile, or frown but when you do, the wrinkles are less obvious. A good injection for forehead wrinkles, for example, lasts an average of 2 to 4 months, depending on your preference. The longer it lasts, Continue Reading

How To Get Perfectly Smooth Armpits

Do you suffer from stubbles, dark discolourations, sweaty downpours, red bumps and the embarrassing armpit lump? We ask the experts from the SW1 Clinic for their pit-perfecting tips to help you slip into your favourite sleeveless summer dress. (And no, unicorn-coloured armpit hair is not part of this sleeveless pursuit!)   Stay In The Clear Bushy strands, prickly stubbles and bumpy ingrowns do not bode well for a sexy sleeveless summer. “The right technique and a fresh blade are crucial to get a closer shave with less skin trauma and lower risk of red, inflamed razor bumps or ingrown hairs,” advises Dr Chua Han Boon from The SW1 Clinic. “Those with sensitive skin may want to avoid strong epilation creams which can cause irritations and consequent skin darkening. Waxing is, of course, the other common de-fuzzing method. “This is best left in professional hands as we’ve seen bad skin reactions, especially with home waxing. Results last longer than shaving but there’s no hard data that it’ll always make the hair Continue Reading

Body After Baby – Top Solutions For Common Post Partum Body Issues

Starting a family is probably one of the biggest milestones of our lives, but pregnancy can be tough on a woman. Postpartum body changes, in particular, can really sting. The truth is, regaining one’s pre-pregnancy weight takes many months, and sadly, most women face permanent alterations to their skin and body shape. Women have been turning to surgeries to reclaim their former bodies, but there are also non-invasive treatments that are effective for regaining one’s shape. So for new mothers, what sort of help is out there to help you get over the initial bloated and “I am still pregnant” appearance, and what treatments are there for various postpartum body changes?   You Still Look Pregnant When Your Baby Has Already Started On Solids This is what reminds people that you have just had a baby. And mommies say that this gets worse as you have more! No matter how much you diet or exercise, your dreams of a washboard tummy is completely squashed. The problem is often 2-fold. Firstly, Continue Reading

Knee Anxiety And Kninkles

Sagging skin and wrinkles on the face are often the first things that people rush to correct. In fact, women and men around the world are not giving skin agers a chance and many are embarking on anti-aging treatments long before the skin succumbs to gravity and to chance. Anti-aging treatments now extend to the neck, the décolleté, the hands and even the back! So as it turns out, as it gets harder to tell one’s age, the tougher it gets to hide it, as the world scrutinizes for signs of age on the body. The latest anxiety is in the leg joints. Kninkles, or knee wrinkles first got it’s publicity piece several years ago when Catherine Zeta-Jones glided over the red carpet looking picture perfect except for her crinkly and pouchy knees. Need I explain further why the world was devastated that a normal (but famous) human being was not allowed to look aged, even in the knees? Perhaps there isn’t a need to. This was simply the cue Continue Reading

The Latest Laser Treatment For Virtually All Skin Troubles

People with pigmentation woes understand that pigments are skin troubles that persist, no matter how thorough one’s skincare regime, and how expensive our skincare products are. Pigments are almost like unfortunate scars, parts on our skin that we wish we could make disappear immediately and forever. Yet pigmentation treatments often give modest results at best, and under the wrong hands, they can even worsen. So for the pigment-burdened or those with tattoo regret, should you resign to your fate and learn to live with it? Probably not! Skin lasers are one of the most researched treatments for pigmentation woes such as melasma and tattoo removal. We speak to Dr Chua Han Boon, a Senior Consultant at the SW1 Clinic about the latest pigment and tattoo removal laser in town, and why this laser is now the best pigment and tattoo removal in town.   The Misconception About Lasers There is a common misconception that lasers thin the skin, damaging the skin’s melanocytes and leaving patches of skin white. Dr Chua Continue Reading