Looking for an effective anti-ageing or rejuvenation treatment? Here’s our top pick of a wide range of age-defying technologies from top aestheticians and beauty clinics in Singapore. From non-invasive face lifts and facial procedures like ultherapy and thermage, to facials for wrinkles and even minor surgery.
Anti-aging facials for wrinkles, tightening and more!
Dr Yvonne Goh Aesthetics
Focused ultrasound plus an injectable that moisturises from the inside!
Dr Yvonne Goh recommends targeting the face and neck with a combination of either Ultherapy or HIFU with Profhilo. These modalities work in synergy to reverse the ageing process, she says, giving subtle results that are visibly apparent and yet look natural.
Both Ultherapy and HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) use ultrasound technology, targeting specific skin layers to lift and chisel facial features such as the cheeks and jawline. They are non-invasive treatments with no downtime. Profhilo is an injectable with a difference. Unlike a regular filler, it doesn’t add volume, but instead provides hydration to the skin cells from the inside out – which is why it is known as “the injectable moisturiser”. It’s formulated to deliver a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid than other skin boosters, stimulating tissue bio-remodelling with significant improvements in elastic and collagen. This results in better skin quality and elasticity in the face and neck.
What’s more, being thermally stabilised allows it to remain in the body for a longer period before being broken down. This gives it more time to achieve the desired results.
Profhilo Body is also now available to target saggy arms, the décolletage, the abdomen and more.
For an effective result from your next beauty session, combine these two anti-ageing treatments and… voila!
Harnessing the power of cold plasma Here’s a cool approach to rejuvenation – nitrogen plasma technology! Different from other heat-based modalities, Neogen Plasma harnesses thermal energy created by the generation of plasma from nitrogen gas. What’s more, operating at a low temperature makes it a comfortable and safe treatment.
Various clinical studies have shown its effectiveness in achieving significant skin tightening results, targeting lines, wrinkles and loose or sagging skin. It can also be used to treat the delicate area around the eyes, often the first to show tell-tale signs of ageing.
How does it work? Using different settings that can be customised to each individual, Neogen delivers precise, controlled pulses that uniformly heat the dermis to cause an immediate contraction and tightening effect, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibres so as to increase the skin’s strength, flexibility and protective capacity. In this way, it effectively creates new skin.
Best of all, this cold plasma technology lets you avoid invasive procedures that require long recovery times. Reclaim a more youthful appearance and look forward to results lasting up to 12 months.
Each treatment takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. It costs from $1,000 for the face, or from $500 for the eye area. For optimal improvement in skin texture and tightening, you could do from three to five sessions at intervals of four to six weeks.
The Face Place
Rejuvenating facial massage
We know the importance of toned muscles for a healthy body with beautiful contours – but what about our facial muscles? The Face Place offers a 70-minute facial massage that’s basically a full-face workout. It starts with gorgeous geranium oil, which not only smells divine, but also contains natural antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits. It’s been shown to effectively remove dead cells and support the regeneration of new, healthy ones, especially beneficial for acne-prone skin. What’s more, geranium oil is a proven astringent, helping to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles and sagging.
Massage technique is incredibly important. Here, they apply both the “bojin” and “guasha” techniques to stimulate the acupoints in the face. This brings out your natural radiance, lifts the features and promotes lymphatic circulation and detox by eliminating the fluid build-up that causes bloating and a dull or uneven skin texture.
Finally, your therapist uses a 448Khz radiofrequency machine that will significantly tighten the skin and lift facial contours by stimulating fibroblast cells. These cells are responsible for producing collagen, resulting in increased collagen synthesis. This creates a skin tightening effect. Mission accomplished – a full workout for your face!
#12-83 The Central, Clarke Quay
Liposuction for resistant bulges
Do you have areas of stubborn fat that just do not seem to go away, despite a healthy lifestyle including vigorous exercise and careful dieting? If so, you’re not alone. Some areas – like the lower abdomen, the sides of the abdomen, the inner thighs and arms – are just naturally more resistant to the kinds of lifestyle approaches that might work effectively for other parts of the body. Think unwanted muffin tops, a belly bulge, thigh flab or bat’s wings.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that can safely remove these small and isolated areas of resistant fat. Done through a discreetly placed two-to-three-millimetre incision, any unwanted bulge can be effectively and permanently removed.
You can have the procedure done as a day surgery, and the initial recovery period takes approximately one to weeks. Straight after the procedure, you will wear a compressive garment over the treated area to promote contraction and tightening of the skin. Light exercise such as short walks help speed up the healing process. Firm massage over the area can be started a week after surgery.
Any swelling that remains after a month will disappear in another few months, revealing your new and improved silhouette – hurrah!
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
FaceStim, for lifted features and skin rejuvenation
Noticing the onset of jowls, or a less defined jawline or facial profile? Ageing goes beyond lines, creases and folds: it affects different layers of the facial structure, causing changes in the harmony and symmetry of the face.
Cutis has a new addition to its menu of skin tightening and lifting procedures. FaceStim is a noninvasive procedure that treats different muscle groups of the face to sculpt, correct certain asymmetries, and promote a youthful appearance.
The procedure combines bipolar radio frequency and muscle contractions, strengthening muscle fibres and optimising lymphatic drainage. It stimulates the inner facial muscles to firm, tighten and tone the skin. It also generates heat, helping with collagen production to remodel the tissue and shrink lax tissues.
Look forward to improved skin texture and an immediate, natural-looking lifting effect. After a few sessions, you should see redefined contours, improved muscle tone and a reduction in wrinkles and folds. It can also lift the eyebrows and the mid-face while reducing nasolabial folds, resulting in a healthier, more energetic and youthful look.
What’s more, FaceStim can be combined with cosmetic injectables such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin, or alongside other devices such as microneedling, RF microneedling and ultrasound modalities for enhanced results.
Bay Aesthetics Clinic
Picosure laser for blemish removal and rejuvenation
Lasers have revolutionised the beauty industry, offering an amazing range of cosmetic benefits for just about any skin woe you can think of. Best of all, they can provide significant results with minimal invasiveness, depending on whether they are ablative or non-ablative.
For example, a picosecond laser device uses very short pulse durations – less than a nano-second! – to target different types of pigmentation and other skin issues. Picosure is a non-ablative, US FDA-approved 755nm Alexandrite picosecond laser that is able to treat a variety of skin concerns. These include pigmentation, tattoo removal, post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, acne scars, sun damage, dull skin and open pores.
Available from Bay Aesthetic Clinic, a Picosure treatment is designed to clear blemishes and revitalise skin safely and effectively. It involves the use of the patented Focus Lens, a diffractive lens that concentrates laser energy to create a controlled injury that spares the epidermis and stimulates a wound-healing response that increases collagen and elastin production.
Dr Bernard Tan performs the Picosure treatment after a detailed consultation and skin analysis. The laser treatment itself takes 10 to 15 minutes, after the application of a topical anaesthetic that’s left on for 20 minutes. Your skin will look mildly red and perhaps feel a bit tight for a few days, without any peeling or flaking – and then you’ll start to appreciate the results!
Facial sculpting with Emface, the needle-free alternative Looking for an alternative to injectables and other tightening or face-lifting treatments? Using the same proven technology that’s been shown successfully to tone and tighten the body (Emsculpt and Emsculpt Neo), Emface has been designed especially for the face. It aims to target both the skin and the underlying facial muscles to achieve firm and sculpted contours.
By emitting both radiofrequency (RF) and high intensity facial electromagnetic stimulation (HIFES), it simultaneously reaches both facial skin and muscles. Synchronised RF works to remodel the skin by heating the dermis and increasing levels of collagen and elastin. HIFES technology, on the other hand, selectively contracts specific facial muscles to improve their quality and density.
In short, this is a completely new way of toning and tightening the facial muscles while eliminating fine lines and softening wrinkles so as to reverse the ageing process. Areas of treatment include: the forehead, eyebrows, eyelids, cheekbones, nasolabial folds, marionette line, jowls and jawline – the entire face, essentially. At the same time, it improves overall skin condition and facial contours.
Another advantage is that each comfortable, completely safe treatment takes only 20 minutes – and requires no anaesthesia. What’s more, the system runs independently of an operator once the applicators have been affixed, so you can simply lie back and relax.
The price? $1,200 for each 20-minute session, or $4,500 for a package of four sessions – usually done at intervals of three to seven days.
Polaris Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Areas of ageing skin can include the area around the eyes, making them look droopy and tired all the time. A quick fix for this is dermatochalasis, or the removal of excess skin from the upper eyelid. While Polaris also offers non-invasive procedures such as laser treatment and radio frequency for low-level intervention, if there are signs of lateral hooding or drooping, surgical excision is recommended. This can be done via the upper eyelid crease, by what’s known as a sub-brow/infra-brow blepharoplasty just below the eyebrow. Excess skin is removed while maintaining the natural upper eyelid crease and fold. Scarring is minimal, and the result is a seeming age reversal by years.
Excess baggage on the lower eyelids can also be easily removed without leaving any external scars. An incision in the inside of the lower eyelid allows precise correction by releasing the ligament causing the condition, and allowing the removal or repositioning of excess fat.
#08-05 Medical Centre, 3 Mount Elizabeth
Chez Moi De Beaute – Natural treatments for wrinkles or double chins
If you have a preference for a natural treatment, you can consider the M6 Mobilift Facial at Chez Moi De Beaute. Using patented face Endermologie technology from LPG France to awaken sluggish skin cells and boost the natural synthesis of essential youth substances, it’s a 100 percent natural way to improve skin fitness and give skin cells a good workout.
During the treatment, mechanised flaps stimulate the skin’s fibroblast cells – this starts producing more collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid for the skin to look younger and healthier. The treatment is fully customisable, with different protocols to cater to individual skin concerns. Want to reduce your double chin, smooth your wrinkles, clarify your complexion or firm up your skin? The therapist will tailor the treatment according to your needs and you should be able to see visible results in one session.
Angeline Yong Dermatology for Ultherapy, injectables and more
At this clinic, anti-ageing procedures run the gamut from energy-based devices to a variety of injectables, as Dr Angeline Yong believes it’s important to have a wide repertoire of tools to manage each patient holistically. As a leading dermatologist and dermatological surgeon who’s also an officially appointed APAC Key Opinion Leader for Cynosure and the Singapore trainer for Ultherapy, Dr Angeline offers a combination bespoke approach to anti-ageing treatments for more natural results.
An example is Exilis Elite, a radio frequency device that helps tighten skin and reduce wrinkles. When paired with Ultherapy, the treatment can target different levels of skin for a more complete rejuvenating and lifting treatment. No surgery is needed, and there’s no downtime either. This noninvasive procedure firms up sagging skin in the face and body, and can also be used to reduce fat, and target the intimate areas to treat urinary leakage from childbirth and ageing.
Morpheus 8, meanwhile, is a revolutionary new Fractional Microneedling Radiofrequency (RF) device that provides unparalleled sub dermal remodelling. This latest addition can penetrate multiple depths and ablate deep tissue for strong stimulation, while providing gentle bulk heating of the skin for overall tightening.
Ageing gracefully means different things to different people. Some might simply observe the effects of time on their face and body and serenely accept the changes they see. Others – like me, for example – are fascinated by the exponentially growing field of anti-ageing science and technology.
Do you dislike the idea of looking 10 or 20 years older than you feel? If so, you’re not alone. When you’ve worked diligently on your nutrition, fitness and sleep habits and are feeling on top of the world, it can be frustrating to look in the mirror and see your aunt!
That said, there’s absolutely no need to conform to social expectations, or to supposed norms that might be totally unrealistic. There is a lot more to living long and strong than chasing the appearance of youth at any cost. In fact, we would be the last to deny anyone’s right to choose exactly what to do with their bodies in general, and their faces in particular. It’s still a free country, right?
But for anyone who’d rather not look old and tired before their time, or who may be curious about the many genuinely safe and effective rejuvenation options out there – and has the financial means to explore them – here are some leading technologies to consider.
This article first appeared in the August 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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