Revealing the Secrets on Skin Booster in Singapore and Find Out If It Is Safe For Breastfeeding Mothers

Revealing the Secrets on Skin Booster in Singapore and Find Out If It Is Safe For Breastfeeding Mothers

Dull and tired skin is a common concern for almost everyone. It is brought upon by daily stress, pollution, improper diet, and the general lack of sleep that this generation appears to be afflicted with. One would think that with the comfort and convenience that the modern life can offer, all people would have been the stress-free and well-rested versions of themselves. But unfortunately, that is not the case. Reality is always a hard pill to swallow but the good thing is, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is one that we have created on our own, using the best technology and the collective dream to make life a little bit bitter and, of course, a lot better.

To reduce the harsh effects of modern living on our skin, a new innovative treatment called skin booster has quickly become popular in Singapore. It is a concept that originated from Koreans, who are famous for their dewy complexion with an ethereal glow. As a facial rejuvenating treatment, skin booster enhances the hydration levels deep within the skin tissues to increase its elasticity and improve the texture. A skin booster contains stabilized hyaluronic acid, a natural filler material that is found in the skin, nerves, and connective tissues.  Hyaluronic acid is a vital component of the skin: it provides structural support to skin tissues, facilitates the flow of nutrients across the skin, and it keeps the skin hydrated. The ultraviolet rays that damage the skin cells also cause hyaluronic acid to break down. This result in dehydration, skin damage, and decreased ability of the skin to repair itself.

This article from Dr. Edwin Lim, a premier medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore that offers custom solutions for all skin concerns, will give you the latest information about skin boosters. We will discuss the types of skin boosters and the possible side effects of using skin boosters. We will also provide an answer to the question, “are skin boosters safe for breastfeeding women?”.

 

Types of Skin Boosters

 

Below are the most popular skin boosters in the market today:

  1. Teosyal Redensity 1. This skin booster contains 15mg/ml hyaluronic acid. It has an added benefit of whitening and contains a variety of proteins and minerals to promote skin health. Teosyal offers a great amount of hydration on a short-term basis. You need three sessions at one session per month, with results lasting from nine to twelve months.
  2. Juvederm Volite. This is the newest brand of skin booster. It contains 13mg/ml of hyaluronic acid per shot. Although you will be required to take two shots for the procedure, Juvederm Volite only need 1 treatment as compared to the three of the other skin boosters. A single treatment of Juvederm Volite is enough to improve skin hydration and elasticity for up to nine months. This is the best choice for people who are looking for a skin booster treatment with fewer injections and shorter downtime.
  3. Rejuran Healer. This is the only skin booster in the list that does not contain hyaluronic acid. Instead, it uses polynucleotides from salmon DNA instead. Rejuran is dubbed as a skin ‘healer’ since its main purpose is to repair damage caused by internal (scarring and aging) and external (pollution, prolonged UV exposure) damage at the cellular level. To achieve best results, you need three to four sessions at one session per month, with results lasting from twelve to eighteen months.
  4. Restylane. This brand is among the first batch of skin boosters that were introduced to the public. It comes with 20mg/ml hyaluronic acid per syringe. Restylane contains the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid and it is the perfect option for people who wants the long-term effect of intense hydration. You need three sessions of this skin booster at one session per month, with results that can last up to twelve months.

 

What Are The Side Effects of Skin Boosters?

 

Since skin boosters in Singapore are administered using tiny injections, the possibility of acquiring needle marks or bruising in the treated areas is high. Depending on an individual, it may take two to seven days for these to fully heal. Prior to the procedure, your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic cream to alleviate any pain or discomfort.

The risk of infection is also a possible side effect. This is always present in procedures that involve breaking the skin barriers, such as administering injections. Extra care must be taken to ensure sterility, which is only achieved if the procedure is done in a clinical setting with an experienced medical professional.

 

Are Skin Boosters Safe For Breastfeeding Mothers?

 

Both men and women may enjoy the benefits of a skin booster treatment, specifically individuals with dry, aged, cracked, dull skin, or skin with large, open pores. Those with skin depression due to acne scars may also see significant results with proper and regular treatment. Even though skin boosters contain a natural substance like hyaluronic acid, the safety of using it on breastfeeding mothers remains vague at best. Most doctors believe that filler use when the patient is breastfeeding is considered low-risk since they likely have a relatively low rate of absorption into the bloodstream. Skin boosters treatment are safe to have when you are breastfeeding if and only if you are in top physical condition with no symptoms of mastitis or other illness or infection. You must also let your doctor know, during the initial consultation, that you are lactating. Prior to undergoing a treatment, make sure that you choose a reputable medical aesthetic facility, like the Dr. Edward Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic, with professionally-trained medical staff.

Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic
#02-12/13 Changi City Point,
5 Changi Business Park Central 1,
Singapore 486038
+65 6904 2218

Get a Natural-Looking Crease with Cosmetic Procedures for Double Eyelid in Singapore

Get a Natural-Looking Crease with Cosmetic Procedures for Double Eyelid in Singapore

Most Singaporeans are born with eyes that do not have double eyelids. This is the reason why cosmetic procedures to achieve double eyelids in Singapore is very popular not only to women but to a lot of men as well. Why endure makeups and tapes just to create an illusion of a double eyelid when you can have it permanently?

Prepared by one of the trusted doctors at Ubiqi, this article reveals what double eyelid surgery can do to give you that natural-looking crease. If you are considering double eyelid surgery but still have some doubts about the procedure, this article can help and guide you.

 

Achieving Double Eyelids in Singapore

Some people are born with eyelid crease or double eyelid, some without. There is nothing wrong with both. But choosing to undergo double eyelid surgery is a personal choice. Some of my patients want double eyelid surgery to make their eyes appear bigger. Others want to match their eyelids because one of their eyelids seem to droop and interfere with their vision. To achieve a double eyelid in Singapore with cosmetic treatments, there are three common types of procedures you can choose from: Incisional, Non-incisional, and Partial-incision double eyelid surgery.

 

The incisional procedure involves cutting the upper eyelid skin. It is ideal for all types of the eyelid. It creates a natural-looking and permanent crease by removing excess tissues and fats then firmly stitching back the muscle. Here is a brief rundown of the incisional procedure:

  • The preferred double eyelid will be measured and marked
  • General anesthesia or IV sedation will be injected into the treatment area
  • Incisions will be made on the double eyelid line
  • The skin that was marked will be removed
  • Excess fats and tissues will be removed in between the incision
  • The incision will be stitched closed
  • The stitches will be removed 5-7 days after the surgery

The recovery periodis longer compared to other double eyelid procedures. The downtime may take 7-10 days and this procedure is not reversible.

 

The non-incisional procedure is also called a buried suture technique. It creates double eyelids without an incision but performed under general anesthesia or sedation with local anesthesia. Like the incisional procedure, the preferred double eyelid crease will be measured and marked. Then,instead of making incisions on the skin, tiny punctures will be made along the marked line in the skin. To achieve the desired crease, sutures will be inserted into the punctures and tightened.

You do not have to worry about the sutures for they do not need to be removed but they will not be visible. Another good thing about the non-incisional procedure is it can be reversed and there is less scarring. This is the procedure I recommend to my patients that do not have excess fat and skin to be removed on their upper eyelids. The downtime is shorter compared to the incisional procedure (about 3-7 days).

 

Partial-incision will give you a natural-looking double eyelid. It is a combination of incision and suture method. To create a crease, it removes the excess fats first through an incision and stitches the skin into the muscles. This procedure takes up to two weeks to fully recover.

 

Side effects

After discussing the procedure with my patients, they never forget to ask the side effects of double eyelid surgery. And as a doctor, I must let them know the possible side effects before we proceed with the surgery. Here I share with you the common side effects of double eyelid surgery that you should look out for:

  • Bruises
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Irritated eyes
  • Numbness and pain
  • Asymmetry of losing the double fold
  • Infections
  • Visible puncture marks
  • Visible scarring
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Permanent or temporary changes to vision

I always tell my patients that these side effects can be avoided if they follow my aftercare tips post-surgery and if there are any medications prescribed, they have to take them on time.

 

Possible Failure

 

Another question my patient always asks is “Doc, is it possible that double eyelid surgery can fail?” the answer is YES! In every surgery, there is always a risk of failure and that mainly depends on your doctor’s skills and your body’s reaction to the surgery.

  • Inexperienced surgeon: The surgeon uses a poor and outdated technique or miscalculated the number of stitches which cause failure to create the desired crease.
  • Failure of scar tissue to form: For the incisional method, scar tissues ensure the double eyelid to be permanent. One factor that affects the failure of scar tissue formation is the excessive rubbing of your eyes that will loosen the sutures and weaken the attachments. Also, if you have thick or heavy upper eyelids, a non-incisional procedure is not recommended because it will be difficult for the stitches to stay in place.

 

Cost

The incisional method costs around $3,500-$5,500. The non-incisional procedure is much cheaper which costs around $3,000-$4,000. This just the cost of the surgery, there may be additional costs like pre-surgery tests, surgeon and surgical facility fees, anesthesia and prescription after the surgery (in case complications are developed).

If your reason for having double eyelid surgery is that it affects your vision, then Medisave and your insurance might cover the cost after a proper assessment of your eye condition by a reputable eye specialist in Singapore and subject to approval by the Ministry of Health. But if it is for cosmetics reasons, then it cannot be covered by Medisave or your insurance.

Ptosis Surgery in Singapore – A Parents’ Guide for Ptosis in Children

Ptosis Surgery in Singapore – A Parents’ Guide for Ptosis in Children

Ptosis or droopy eyelids in Singapore has been seen to occur in adults and children alike. Ptosis is a condition where the upper eyelids droop and cause them to cover the pupils. This can occur in one or both eyes and the eyelids may droop partially or completely cover your eyes and can affectvision.

Having ptosis can be inherited, may be present at birth (congenital) or maybe acquired as we age. Ptosis in children may pose some developmental and psychological problems as they age if not addressed properly.

For parents out there who are worried about their child’s droopy eyelids, the following are a few things you need to know about ptosis in children and the possible options for treatment like ptosis surgery in Singapore.

 

Causes of Ptosis in children

 

Ptosis in children can be due to under-developed levator muscle which is the muscle that lifts the upper eyelid. The child may have nerve problems leading to muscle weakness that causes the drooping of the eyelids. Also, cases such as having Horner Syndrome where the brain or nerves have disrupted pathways can cause ptosis in children. A birth defect or injury during delivery may also cause this condition in children. Some children are born with the condition while some develop ptosis early in childhood.

 

Ptosis symptoms parents should look out for

 

When the baby is born, the doctor may right away notice a droopy eyelid. But for babies, this droop can just be normal due to the position of the baby in the uterus before birth and should just go away in a few months.

What parents should be looking out for is if the droop is still significant and did not correct itself in a few months after the baby is born. Also, parents should be aware that children with ptosis may tend to tilt their head back to improve vision and will surely complain about trouble with their eyesight.

Numerous occurrences of bumping or running into things may be noticed in children with ptosis due to affected vision. Eye related conditions may be associated with children with ptosis. These conditions may include:

  • nearsightedness
  • farsightedness
  • astigmatism
  • lazy eye
  • double, blurred, or distorted vision
  • eye strain
  • constant headaches and dizziness

 

For their physical appearance, children with ptosis may look sleepy and tired all the time since their eyelids droop.

 

Problems encountered with ptosis in children

In their development compared to most children, infants with ptosis may have a delay in crawling or walking. Problems related to poor eyesight are usually expected from children with ptosis. Moreover, droopy eyelids can affect one’s appearance, thus, ptosis in children can cause an impact on their self-esteem and interaction with their peers.

 

Treatment for ptosis in Singapore

 

Firstly, parents should know that the treatment for ptosis will depend on the cause of the condition and how severe is the case. Also, factors such as age, symptoms, and other related medical conditions of the child are considered when treatment is planned. In some cases, a specialist such as a neurologist (for brain and nerve functions) is sought to better diagnose the ptosis condition. Several visits with the doctor may be required before any treatment can be done on children with ptosis.

 

Ptosis surgery

 

For possible treatments for ptosis in children, doctors usually suggest ptosis surgery in Singapore. This is a procedure done to tighten the levator muscles (muscles lifting the eyelid). Also, this surgical procedure will correct the aesthetic concerns associated with ptosis. Ptosis surgery is done as treatment for most cases in Singapore. Your doctor might recommend the use of eye drops to strengthen the eyelid muscles or special glasses. There is also a special type of glasses called “ptosis crutch” that is used to support the droopy eyelids.

 

What should parents do if their children have ptosis or show signs of ptosis?

 

Management of ptosis relies greatly on parents to properly address the condition in their children. Here, we share some advice on what parents should do if their children have ptosis or show signs of ptosis:

  • Parents should right away consult with a doctor or eye specialist if they see signs of ptosis on their children. Every case is different and proper assessment will tell if how severe the condition is and what options are available. Also, early detection is very important for early planning of treatment. Some treatments may be performed right away or performed when children reached a certain age depending on the case.
  • As ptosis cases vary in every patient, parents should be actively bringing their children to all follow-up visits with the doctor. Proper monitoring of the progress of treatmentis very important as ptosis can worsen as the child grows up and may even lead to vision loss when not properly addressed.
  • Children with ptosis should get their prescribed medication properly andthe schedule of taking them should be strictly ensured by parents.The parents can talk with the doctor if there are issues and challenges in giving medication to their kids so they can discuss other options.

 

This article is rendered by Health Ascent – the number 1 healthcare website in Singapore which hosts content written by doctors and specialists. Health Ascent aims to help its readers looking for updates on medical treatments or new health care tips by constantly publishing online updated articles and doctor’s advice to keep readers up-to-date with the advancements in medical and cosmetic treatments in Singapore.

 

Say Goodbye to Eye Bags with Eye Bag Removal Treatment in Singapore

Say Goodbye to Eye Bags with Eye Bag Removal Treatment in Singapore

Looking tired, sleepy,sick and old because of puffy eye bags under your eyes? When you had a complete 8 hours of sleep but when you wake up you still look sleepy because of your eye bags? I feel you! Many people especially those who are very particular with their face wanted to get rid of the bags under their eyes. Who would have never wanted to get rid of those eye bags?! Lol! Kidding aside, let us help you together with Ubiqi by giving important information about eye bags and eye bags removal treatment in Singapore.
Nowadays, several beauty products have been out in the market that claims to remove eye bags. But wait, before you search the web for those products, let me tell you that their effect is just temporary. As you age, the tissues and muscles around your eyes weaken where fat that supports the eyes can move to the lower eyelid causing it to appear puffy. Fluid may also add to the puffiness and if eye bags are persistent a surgery might be needed.

Causes of Eye bags

The common causes of eyebags are:

  • Lack of sleep and oversleeping
  • Allergies
  • Smoking
  • Fluid retention
  • Hereditary
  • Lifestyle

A change in your lifestyle is the first step to prevent eye bags. Ubiqi has some tips on how to get rid of your eye bags. If you are smoking, stop it. Nicotine in cigarettes can disrupt your sleeping pattern which causes fluid to collect on your lower eyelid. It also breaks down collagen which affects the elasticity of the skin. Next is, avoid too much consumption of salty foods. Salt can retain water in the body which causes puffiness in the body and the face. Avoiding stress can be a big help. When you are too stressed you overthink and you can’t sleep which causes you eye bags. Cold compress works too by reducing inflammation. And lastly, get enough sleep.

 

Eye bag removal treatment in Singapore

Here is the list of eye bag removal treatment in Singapore:

1. Radio Frequency Eye Bag Removal Treatment

If your pain tolerance is low and does not want to go under the knife to remove your eye bags, Ubiqi recommends having Radio Frequency eye bag removal. It is one of the non-surgical methods available in Singapore that reduces the appearance of eyebags.
This treatment takes 35-50 minutes. A patented micro-needle that targets excess fats under your eyes is inserted and emits a radio frequency that reduces puffiness and tightens the tissue under the eyes. It also stimulates collagen formation to tighten skin.
Though there is no cutting involved, there will be minimal discomfort but topical anesthesia will take care of that. This treatment greatly works with mild to moderate eye bags and it lasts up to two years. The estimated cost of this treatment is around $3,500-$4,500.

2. Scarless Eye Bag Removal Treatment

A small incision on the lower eyelid is made and the doctor will remove excess tissue and skin. From the name itself, it does not leave any visible scars. The treatment usually takes 20-60 minutes and full recovery takes 1-3 weeks. However, there are restrictions before you go under this treatment. A week before the surgery you need to avoid taking alcohol, vitamin e, pain killers and you need to stop smoking. Can’t live without alcohol and smoking? Then choose a different eye bag removal treatment.

3. Laser Blepharoplasty (Laser Eye Bag Removal Treatment)

Laser eye bag removal treatment targets swelling and puffiness with the use of laser. The treatment uses a carbon dioxide laser to seal small blood vessels as it cuts tissues. Compared to traditional surgery, this treatment lessens the risk of scarring and discomfort. Aside from treating eye bags, it can be also ideal for other issues like droopy eyelids and double eyelids. This treatment costs around $3000-$5000.

4. Non-surgical 4D Laser Eye Bag Removal Treatment

4D laser eye bag removal is a treatment that does not require incision and uses lasers. The laser is used to stimulate collagen production which causes the tissues to tighten under the skin and shrink the eye bags. After this, another laser will be used to adjust the contour of the skin around the eye bags for it to look natural and less wrinkly. This treatment is non-surgical so expect that there will be no pain, bruising and almost no downtime. This is ideal mild to moderate eye bags and will cost you around $900-$1,100 per session.
Risk
Though eye bag removal treatments in Singapore are said to be safe, we cannot avoid that there are risks involved. If you are taking any medications make sure to inform your doctor to avoid any complications during or after the treatment. Here is the list of potential risks in having eye bag removal treatment:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness
  •  Double vision
  • Skin discoloration
  • Vision loss
  • Scarring
  • Dry and red eye

If pain increases and there bleeding, fever and vomiting consult your doctor right away.

 

Choosing a Doctor

There are several clinics and doctors in Singapore that offer eye bag removal treatment. Make sure to choose the best one. Make a research on the web about the doctor you like. Check his or her credentials and see if he or she is certified to do eye bag removal treatment. Ubiqi emphasizes that choosing the right doctor is a big factor in the success of your eye bag removal treatment. Choose well and good luck!

5 Practical Brushing Tips on Gum Infection Treatment for You and Your Family

5 Practical Brushing Tips on Gum Infection Treatment for You and Your Family

Gum disease can cause significant gum recession and teeth loss when left untreated and it is not exactly something that you would want for you, your partner and children. In Singapore, there are many ways to treat gum infection. Depending on the severity of the infection, your dentist may administer a wide range of treatments that include:

  • dental cleaning
  • scaling and root planing
  • a full course of antibiotics,
  • surgical treatments for gum and bone recession
  • tissue regeneration treatments to reverse the damage

Gum infection treatment can cost a lot of money and can cause serious gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis when taken for granted.

It may sound cliché but prevention is always better the cure. The best way to avoid gum infection lies in our daily habits, especially on how we take care of our teeth and gums. Gum infection is caused by bacterial build-up (plaque and tartar) that have settled and hardened on the surface and the base of the teeth. This can be avoided by having healthy oral hygiene.

This article by Dr. Marlene Teo lists 5 helpful dental care and brushing tips so you and your family can avoid gum infection. Dr. Teo is the director of An Dental, one of the leading dental clinics in Singapore that specializes in gum infections and related diseases. Some of these tips you may have heard before and some may be new to you. Just stick around and learn how to take care of your own and your family’s teeth better.

 

1. Practice proper tooth brushing habits

Like most of my patients, a lot of people think that brushing every after a meal is ideal to completely clean the teeth and gums. However, brushing more than two times a day can damage the enamel that coats and protects your teeth. This can result in tooth sensitivity and your teeth become more susceptible to decay.

It is also important to teach your kids that the proper way of brushing their teeth is by brushing in circles, not back in forth for more effective results. Don’t forget to also clean your tongue and gums for an over-all clean and healthy mouth.

Also, use a toothbrush that has soft bristles to avoid damaging the teeth and gums. Softer bristles are also more effective in cleaning the in-between teeth where bacteria can settle and cause tooth decay and gum infection. This is especially important for your children because their teeth and gums are still developing so a gentle toothbrush is highly recommended for them.

 

2. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes

 

Yes, you read that right. Many of my patients also get surprised when I tell this. In fact, a lot of people are not aware that the recommended length of time for a proper brush is 2 minutes. This is enough time to let the fluoride in your toothpaste to react to the teeth and do its cleaning action. This also allows you to clean every part of your mouth.

Most people, especially children do not brush their teeth long enough. Some even do it in less than a minute which is way less than the recommended brushing time. If you can, buy an electric toothbrush so you can set a timer every time you brush. You can also use your phone or stopwatch for a more practical tip. Make sure you supervise your children while brushing to ensure the health of their teeth and gums.

 

3. Do not rinse with water right after brushing your teeth

 

This is usually a big misconception about brushing your teeth. Even when you brush for at least 2 minutes but rinse with water right after, you are removing almost half of the fluoride that has attached to your teeth making it less effective. In my opinion, your effort of following the recommended brushing time may be a bit futile. The best thing to do is rinse with a mouthwash that contains fluoride. This way, you do not waste the fluoride from your toothpaste and enable the agent to do its cleaning function effectively.

 

4. Floss

 

Almost every dentist in Singapore and even worldwide would tell you about the importance of flossing your teeth regularly. Flossing removes plaque and tartar, the two main culprits that cause gum infection. It can be hard to create a habit of flossing but once you get started and see the results, it becomes easier to build on the habit over time.

 

5. Change your toothbrush every three months

 

Dentists around the world, including myself would always recommend brushing teeth twice a day. Given this frequency, in three months, you will have used your toothbrush about 180-200 times and the bristles will start to go all over the place and will not be able to clean your teeth effectively.

Using you’re the same toothbrush for longer periods allows bacterial build-up on the bristles and you wouldn’t want you and your family to have that. So, every three months, you need to replace all the toothbrushes in your house to keep everyone’s teeth and gums healthy.

 

Re-evaluate your hygiene habits

To keep your family safe from developing gum infection, it is best to re-evaluate your hygiene habits to keep your oral health intact.  You may be brushing your teeth everyday but may neglect correct brushing techniques and cause more damage than good to your overall oral health.

As parents, you must guide your kids about proper brushing techniques and make sure that they follow the recommended brushing time and methods. Starting them young reinforces the habit and they’ll be able to carry it until the grow up.

 

Dr Marlene Teo
360 Orchard Rd, #03-06/07 next to Lido,
International Building, Singapore 238869
+65 8588 9868