Complexion Fighters: IPL or VBeam For Redness?

While I admit that I like the rosy flush to a certain extent, permanent blotchiness can be embarrassing and definitely does not look as cute. Fortunately, there are very effective options to treat facial redness and you don’t have to endure it in silence. Facial redness is actually a common problem many people face, and some famous faces with rosacea include Cameron Diaz, Renee Zellweger, Cynthia Nixon, Prince William, ex-president Bill Clinton, and even master of art Rembrandt. Two of the most popular treatments for photo-rejuvenation, the IPL and VBeam are effective treatments for redness but there are key differences between them.   Differences Between IPL and VBeam IPL stands for ‘intense pulsed light’. It is not actually a laser but a light device with different wavelengths or colours of light which treat pigmentation and blood vessels in the same treatment. VBeam is a laser device that emits a single wavelength (595nm) or yellow light. More specifically, it is a pulsed dye laser – a dye is used to generate Continue Reading

I Tried The Latest Skin Regeneration Laser Alternative And Loved It

Who wants firmer, younger-looking skin? What about smaller pores and less pigmentation? Laser resurfacing treatments are becoming popular skin rejuvenation treatments. These treatments have undergone many refinements to suit the lifestyle requirements of today’s city dweller. Downtime, for example, is an important factor for busy working individuals who cannot afford to take time off work to rest (or hide). Stronger resurfacing lasers such as ablative lasers are more risky for darker skin individuals and have been known to cause hyperpigmentation problems. Is there a safer skin resurfacing treatment that packs all anti-aging benefits into one? Apparently, there is a one. NeoGen PSR (PSR stands for Plasma Skin Regeneration) is a new treatment that is unlike most other ablative or microablative lasers (such as carbon dioxide or erbium lasers). Using nitrogen plasma energy, known as the 4th state of matter, this unique energy is non-fractionated and delivers controlled heating to the skin to stimulate a physiological anti-aging response, without breaking skin. This controlled, uniform heating of skin literally creates new skin Continue Reading

I Tried Revitalift Eye! Here’s What Happened

You know people can tell you look like you have’t had much sleep last night, because of the dark undereye circles? Maybe your toddler was fussing and that kept you up all night, or you were unwell and just needed more rest? The concern people show when you look like you’ve been run over by a truck is heartwarming – but only when you were really tired. I faced the same “What happened? You look tired!” almost everyday, from different people I meet. And that annoyed me, because my dark undereye problem was something I have always had since the beginning of time. So I decided to visit the SW1 Clinic. I had heard that all of their doctors were formerly from the award-winning Sloane Clinic and decided to find out if they had any solutions for me.   The SW1 Clinic The SW1 Clinic is located at Paragon Medical Level 13, Units 01-06. They have a total of 21 rooms, including 4 large treatment suites where their doctors perform Continue Reading

5 Things About Ultherapy You Didn’t Know About

HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. Using ultrasound energy which can safely and accurately penetrate deeper depths of the skin, this remarkable skin lifting technology heats skin to approximately 65 degrees Celsius, without damaging the skin’s surface, causing unraveling of collagen strands and promoting a wound-healing response which results in long lasting skin lifting and tightening effects.   1. It Is Not The Same As Other HIFU machines Ultherapy or Ulthera is the only FDA-approved HIFU machine for skin lifting in parts of the face as well as the décolletage. It has 3 working depths (1.5mm but more commonly the 3mm and 4.5mm are used) and is the only non-invasive method of reaching depths of the skin previously only achievable via the open facelift surgery.   In recent years, new HIFU machines have appeared. Mostly Korean or China made, these treatments are being offered in beauty salons and performed by beauty technicians, rather than by a doctor. Apart from Ulthera, which has been rigorously studied for safety and efficacy, Continue Reading

Have We Found the Anti-Aging Holy Grail?

As our population live longer and enjoy higher standards of life and health, there has been a distinct shift from disease treatment to disease prevention. No longer are we content to have cures for common ailments and illnesses, people are looking to prevent certain negative health outcomes from happening in the first place. This has extended to our ageing process. In the past, aesthetic surgeons and doctors were kept busy trying to fill wrinkles and lines as soon as they pop up on the faces. Now scientists are asking: what if we can slow down the ageing process of the skin in the first place? Instead of filling lines, what if our skin can regenerate itself to an extent such that wrinkles won’t appear prematurely? This shift in thinking is not new. There has always been a plethora of anti-ageing creams and products lining the beauty section of every departmental store. However, this has taken a newfound fervour of late as recent studies uncover new compounds that could potentially save Continue Reading