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Sculptra for Natural Volumisation at Halley Medical Aesthetics

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Monday, 18 May 2020 10:25

Some things are as certain as death and taxes..... like ageing (cue the heavy sigh). As much as I exercise and hang upside down (from my hammock) and try my best to eat well to support healthy skin, I can't help but notice how some parts of my face just seems to lose some volume. And this is largely due to the ageing of the body, gravity and bone resorption.

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In particular, the areas around my temples and cheeks just seems a little more sunken. And no, it is not because I lost weight. When I compare my current photos to my photos taken 12 years ago when I actually weighed less than I do now, I can see that my face looked a little more sunken than before.

My recent visit to Halley Medical Aesthetics to speak with Doctor Terence Tan about Sculptra as a solution to my concern was highly informative and it was just the answer to what I was looking for to help my body generate its own collagen.

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With Doctor Terence Tan. Impressed with his strong knowledge and skills in his field.

 

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Consultation

 

What is Sculptra?

“Sculptra is for long-lasting volumisation and it is for people who like the concept of having the body generate collagen for volumisation,” explains Dr. Terence Tan, Director of Halley Medical Aesthetics.

Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, which are used to fill up a localised area of treatment, Sculptra is a type of collagen-stimulating filler that uses the ingredient, poly-l-lactic (PLLA), to stimulate the body to generate its own collagen for natural volumisation. The effect is natural, gives long-lasting volumisation, and is great for people who prefer letting the body generate collagen naturally for volumisation. A big hands up from me for this!

The unique thing about Sculptra is how it encourages natural collagen growth and rejuvenation from within the body in order to achieve transformation and rejuvenation. Now, this does take time and patience, so don't expect immediate results. Like they say, good things are worth the wait.

A total of three Sculptra treatments spaced six weeks to two months apart are required in order to achieve the desired result. I like this idea too because then there is a regular follow up to the process. The after-treatment care following each Sculptra treatment is also important for a smoother and natural look and this means having to massage the treatment area for five minutes, five times a day, for five days after each treatment. 

I gotta say, I thought this massaging the face thing was gonna be tiring. But you know what? By day 3 I was actually enjoying it because it actually started feeling like a pampering session, haa!

 

Why is Sculptra different from Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers?

To start this off, you have to understand this about dermal fillers, which are medical products that they sculpt the face for more definition and can help to restore skin and facial contours to their former youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers are made of various kinds of materials that have been developed to be injected into the skin and can be grouped into two categories:
- hyaluronic acid fillers
- non-hyaluronic acid or collagen-stimulating fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient that is safe for most people. It is actually a natural compound found in our skin, and is responsible for many functions in our body such as hydration and lubrication of our joints. It also helps with tissue repair and stimulates the production of the connective tissue that keeps our skin looking supple (i.e. collagen).

Collagen-stimulating fillers, which Sculptra is on the other hand, uses ingredients that stimulate our body’s own collagen for that long-lasting effect. They are otherwise known as bio-stimulating fillers and contain safe, synthetically produced compounds that help to volumise the treatment area and stimulates the body’s fibroblasts to produce collagen. The results are long-lasting and the volumisation that you eventually achieve is all natural. 

 

The treatment

Watch the video to see how my consultation and treatment went:

 

After consulting with Dr. Terence Tan, we established that I would be doing a facial rejuvenation with Sculptra and the areas we would be working on include:

- Temporal area
- Midface
- Nasolabial lines
- Cheeks
- Marionette lines

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Addressing the areas that bother me. Those darned lines....

 

We took some before shots from the front and sides before some numbing cream was applied.

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The powder in these bottles has to be reconstituted with sterile water before it can be used.

 

Once the numbing cream took effect within minutes, Dr. Terence Tan started to work his magic.

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Marking out the treatment areas.

 

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Administering Sculptra under my skin.

I have to point out how at ease I felt during the treatment and was able to carry on having a conversation with Dr. Terence Tan throughout the very short process. And two things I'd like to point out that made this possible are first, the skills and experience of Dr. Terence Tan, and second, the use of the micro-cannula needle.

 

The Micro-Cannula Needle " Magic Needle"

In traditional cosmetic procedures, doctors use a rigid, sharp classic blunt-tip needle. Unfortunately, such needles tend to induce pain and ecchymosis, resulting in longer recovery time. The Magic Needle which really isn't a needle but a micro-cannula, is designed to gently slide into the skin and its flexibility allows the practitioner to control the movement. 

Because of how blunt and flexible the micro-cannula needle is, there is minimal pain and less discomfort while getting better results as it distributes the filler more evenly.

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A preview of my Sculptra results

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Mid-way through treatment, Dr. Terence Tan took a photo to show me the rejuvenation ability of Sculptra by comparing the side with Sculptra injected with the other side that has yet to be treated. You can see from the photo that the right side of my temple is no longer sunken in and my right cheeks are fuller compared to the left, which is gaunt. My jawline is also more plump and youthful.

 

The Before and After comparison

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The result of Sculptra is final only after the full course of three Sculptra treatments are completed. Even then, Dr. Terence Tan explained that the lifting effect seen in these photos, which is the result of the saline mixed with the Sculptra, gives a good idea of how the treated area will eventually look once collagen generates and fills up the area. 

I really like how there is no downtime and I was off to my usual activities immediately after the treatment.  Stay tuned to read about my experience and results in 3 months time! Time for me to go do my 5 mins of massage, 5 times a day for 5 days!

 

Halley Medical Aesthetics
277 Orchard Road #03-15
Orchard Gateway
Singapore 238858
Opening Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Contact
Tel: +65 6737 8233
For more information, please go to:
Website: www.halley.com.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/halleymedicalaesthetics
Instagram: www.instagram.com/halleymedicalaesthetics
YouTube: www.youtube.com/HalleySGMedicalAesthetics

 

 

10 Ladies Tried CoolSculpting for Fat Reduction and Here Are Their Results

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Friday, 15 May 2020 11:11

The ongoing battle with our body fat seems like an endless journey. We try our best to stick to our healthy meal plans and regular workouts, but sometimes, no matter how disciplined we are, there are those little pockets of stubborn fat that refuse to go away. 

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

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When that happens, liposuction is the next thing we can think of. However, the advent of non-invasive fat reduction in recent years changed the game, and CoolSculpting became the go-to treatment when it comes to fat reduction in Singapore.

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review 

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Therefore, does CoolSculpting really work? In our search for the holy grail for fat reduction, 10 ladies tried the much raved-about CoolSculpting treatment with Dr. Terence Tanof Halley Medical Aesthetics to reduce fat on various parts of their body and reviewed the treatment's effectiveness. Read on to see their results.

 

CoolSculpting for tummy reduction

Dawn 

After three pregnancies, Dawn was stuck with a "Mummy Tummy" despite losing some weight with her breastfeeding. 

Results from CoolSculpting with Halley Medical Aesthetics:

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Dawn’s CoolSculpting review with Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more.

 

Estella Goh

Estella was in the healthy weight range but a sedentary lifestyle got fats accumulated around her tummy region and she was losing shape.

Results from CoolSculpting with Halley Medical Aesthetics:

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Estella’s CoolSculpting review with Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more.

 

Janice Wong

Janice’s waist circumference increased after her pregnancy and she wanted to get her summer bod back and be more confident when she’s wearing her bikini.

CoolSculpting results with Halley Medical Aesthetics:

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Janice’s CoolSculpting review with Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more.

  

CoolSculpting for cheek fat reduction

Serene Koh

Serene had chubby cheeks, and had even considered going under the knife to slim her face. However, Dr. Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics suggested that she tries the CoolMini applicator by CoolSculpting to reduce the fat in her cheek areas, and help her achieve better asymmetry in her face.

CoolSculpting results with Halley Medical Aesthetics:

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Serene’s CoolSculpting Review with Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more.

 

CoolSculpting for double chin reduction

Cheryl Chio

Cheryl wanted to get rid of her double chin to get a better facial contour. Like Serene, she also tried CoolMini to bid her double chin goodbye.

CoolSculpting results with Halley Medical Aesthetics: 

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Cheryl’s CoolSculpting review with Halley Medical Aesthetics here.

 

Ng Ju Ann

Ju Ann was bothered by her double chin and often used photo editing apps to edit her selfies before posting them.  After hearing about CoolMini from Dr. Terence Tan, she decided to give it a shot.

CoolSculpting results with Halley Medical Aesthetics: 

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Ju Ann’s CoolSculpting Review with Halley Medical Aesthetics here.

 

CoolSculpting on the flank area

Chervon Khoo

Chervon wanted to get rid of the stubborn bulges at her flanks, a.k.a the love handles, so that her clothes will fit better. 

CoolSculpting results with Halley Medical Aesthetics: 

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

 

Read Chervon’s CoolSculpting review with Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more.

 

CoolSculpting for thigh fat reduction

Elizabeth Kao

After giving birth to three lovely kids in the span of four years, Elizabeth was considering liposuction to get rid of the extra kilos, especially around her thigh areas. However, she found out about CoolScupting fat reduction treatment after a consultation with Dr. Terence Tan and decided to try it out.

CoolSculpting results with Halley Medical Aesthetics: 

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Elizabeth CoolSculpting review with Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more.

 

Neetu

Neetu managed to lose all her pregnancy weight, but still had unsightly pockets of fat on her thighs that refused to go away even after exercising regularly and sticking to a healthy diet. 

CoolSculpting results with Halley Medical Aesthetics: 

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Neetu’s CoolSculpting review to find out more.

 

Yuki Ng

Yuki gained weight from overeating and fat accumulated at her thigh area. Dr. Terence Tan advised her to take care of the problem before it gets worse, so Yuki decided to try out CoolSculpting on her thighs.

CoolSculpting results with Halley Medical Aesthetics: 

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results Halley Body Slimming Clinic Singapore Review

Read Yuki’s CoolSculpting review with Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more.

 

 

Rihanna Swatched Fenty Beauty's Latest Cheeks Out Cream Blushes in a Fun Video

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 08:00

The queen did the swatches of Fenty Beauty's latest Cheeks Out Cream Blushes over shots with her two friends, giving us a sneak peek of the beautiful shades.

Rihanna Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Blush Swatches 

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What sets this swatch video apart from the regular swatch videos we see online was how natural and at-home Rihanna was with her two friends, and how they were just having fun while showing us the different shades of her blushes. She also threw in a shots challenge and made sure that they drank a round of shots after each swatch. Shouldn't all makeup swatch videos be this fun?!

 

Credit: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Watch the video below to see the different shades of Fenty Beauty's new Cheeks Out Cream Blush. Bonus: They come in cute names like rosé latte, bikini martini, strawberry drip, drama clas and daiquiri dip.

   

Simple Makeup for Your Stay-Home Zoom Meetings

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 16:42

There is no need for full-on glamourous makeup now that we are all staying home to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

No Makeup Makeup Look Tutorial

Credit: Michelle Choi

With all the Zoom meetings going on, you don't really want to appear on screen look sloppy. It is still not so bad when you are meeting your own team, but when you are having client meetings or having regional meetings with your bosses, you may want to put just a little bit of makeup to look a little more presentable and leave a good impression.

Youtuber Michelle Choi did a no makeup makeup look tutorial and that may be the exact makeup tutorial we are looking for. She used minimal products, and swapped foundation for a tone-up cream for a very light, yet put-together look. Watch the video to learn how to create this look.

 

Skincare Myths You Need to Stop Believing In

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Monday, 11 May 2020 15:17

We share beauty secrets with our squad since we were teenagers. And those "they said that you shouldn't do this" and "she said that we shouldn't do that" kind of beauty rules flies around, and over time, we kind of made those "rules" our beauty bible.

Skincare Myths 
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But many of those rules are more beauty myths than anything else, with absolutely no scientific backing. They may not be harmful (well, they are some that can harm your skin in the long run) to your skin, but they may also be doing nothing for your skin. Stop wasting your time and effort, and avoid ruining your skin. Let's debunk some of these beauty myths and clear up these misunderstandings once and for all.

 

1. You can open and close pores with warm or cold water

You can't, because your pores aren't controlled by your muscles. The size and visibility of your pores are genetically determined, and all those pore shrinking skincare products won't do anything to change that. Pores do appear more visible when there are clogs in them, causing them to be enlarged. Therefore, it is important to keep your skin clean with regular exfoliation, or you can visit your dermatologist for chemical peels to unclog pores.

 

2. Coconut oil is a great face moisturiser

Please stick to your regular moisturiser and do not swap it for coconut oil, no matter how au naturel it sounds. Coconut oil is comedogenic and will clog pores and cause breakouts since it prevents our pores from excreting sebum and perspiration, and allows bacteria and dead skin cells to build up.

 

3. Try to stick to the same products that work for you

It is absolutely correct to stick to products that work for you. However, you do need that bit of flexibility since our environment and our lifestyles are constantly changing. It is important to change your products when the need arises. For example, if you are moving to place with a drier climate, use a heavier and more hydrating moisturiser. If you are suddenly experiencing a breakout due to changes in your hormonal cycle, you may need to switch up your skincare products to something that will help to soothe those pimples. Stubbornly sticking to your good old products when changes come about may not be helpful at all.

 

4. Junk food gives you pimples

Your breakouts are never solely caused by any particular food groups, or "heaty" food, as our Asian parents will tell us. Common causes of pimples are excessive sebum production, clogged pores, bacteria, or hormonal imbalances.

 

5. Pore strips can get rid of blackheads

I confess. I did use pore strips when I was a teenager in an attempt to get rid of blackheads. But while some blackheads on the surface do get removed with the harsh strips, most were still pretty stuck on my nose. The truth is, pore strips do more harm than good as they are very harsh, and remove your skin's natural protective layer, causing irritation and dry patches. Not worth it.

 

 

   

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