If you find yourself spending money on eye creams that barely work, maybe it’s time to bring out the big guns.
I n this age of selfies and mask wearing, it’s all about our eyes. It’s no surprise: as the skin on our eyelids is the thinnest on our body, it’s susceptible to a whole host of problems, from wrinkles and dark circles to crow’s feet.
Here, aesthetic doctors and salons in Singapore recommend their most popular anti-ageing eye treatments. Whether it’s spending an hour on an eye treatment at a spa or something a little longer-lasting – like a minor nipand-tuck to permanently remove that extra baggage – we’ve got you covered.
W Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Some call it eyelid surgery or lower blepharoplasty. We call it eyelid rejuvenation, especially for the more mature missus. Whatever it is, this minor surgical procedure – which focuses on recontouring the lower eyelids – could help rejuvenate those eyes in a blink, especially if your undereye bags are prominent.
Dr Wong Chin Ho of W Aesthetic is obsessed about fixing eyebags, and has written several blog posts on the subject over the years. “When I was in training, a senior plastic surgeon made a very intriguing remark to me. He said, ‘Even with complete elimination of the eyebags, patients still looked tired and listless.’ We now know that to acheive true lower eyelid rejuvenation, in addition to removing the eyebags, smoothening the tear trough – or the deep crease between the lower eyelid and upper cheek – and filling the area below the trough is critical to achieve a harmonious rejuvenation of the lower eyelid. After years of research, the technique to predictably achieve this is now available.”
There are two main approaches to treating the lower eyelid bags. The scarless method – yes, scarless! – entails a small incision behind the lower eyelid to remove any excess eyelid bags. This method isn’t only effective in eliminating extra baggage, but it also allows patients to be up and about almost immediately, without having any external skin incisions.
In patients with significant cheek sagging, Dr Wong also suggest a cheek lift done together with the eyebag removal to concomitantly treat the laxity in the cheek. This can be done via a very discrete incision below the lower eyelid lashes, so scars will be barely visible after healing.
Of course, the approach selected will depend on the severity of ageing in the lower eyelids as well as the patient’s preference. Oh, and did we mention the word “scarless”?
The art of Bojin may have been around for ages, but the beauty industry has only recently discovered the wonders of this traditional Chinese acupressure massage.
With Sheroxi’s Signature Revitalising Bojin Eye Treatment ($188 for 30 minutes), your therapist will manually massage the serum into your eye area using the pointed ends of a rod. It’s all about targeting meridian points near the eyes to promote a healthy flow of qi and to boost healthy blood circulation. The result? Lifted eye contours for younger eyes.
Meanwhile, the spa’s Eye Spa ($268 for 45 minutes) begins with a shot from a collagen-filled micro syringe. But cheer up, because you’ll soon be rewarded with a relaxing eye massage and eye mask imbued with – surprise, surprise! – more collagen. After all these collagenboosting infusions, one can expect a brighter and smoother eye area. Who knows… you might not even need a concealer later!
The brand uses its own in-house herbal skincare line, which is designed to address multiple skin concerns. Developed after four years of close collaboration with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) experts and rigorous testing, the products marry traditional Chinese herbs such as ginseng extract, reishi mushrooms and snow lotus extract with popular natural skincare ingredients such as rice ferment filtrate and blue copper peptide – the last one has been likened to nature’s Botox!
IYAC Aesthetic Clinic
If the words “needle” and “injectables” put you off, you’d probably be tempted to give well-known skin treatment Rejuran a pass. But don’t.
Hailing from South Korea, the land of porcelain-perfect skin and ageless K-pop stars, Rejuran works wonders because it contains salmon DNA, an active compound that is bio-compatible with humans. By stimulating collagen and cellular repair, it can hydrate parched skin, repair damage, soften wrinkles and reduce undereye circles for younger eyes – phew!
Rejuran has been around for some time, but aesthetic doctors Dr Isabelle Yeoh and Dr Chung Wan Ling prefer taking a conservative approach when it comes to new aesthetic procedures. Instead of trying out the next fad, they’re going with treatments with strong safety and efficacy records to create natural-looking results. Subtlety here is key.
Here’s the thing, though: Since Rejuran is not the most comfortable of treatments (the product is injected into the skin), IYAC uses the Rejumate injector gun, a handy device developed and launched this year by the parent company of Rejuran. This is optimised for a more comfortable and pleasant treatment. You can expect lower, more tolerable pain levels and minimal swelling and bruising. Where do we sign up?
Chez Moi De Beaute
Believe it or not, beauty does not always have to equal pain. Chez Moi shows us how it’s done with the RF Advanced Eye Indulgence Treatment, which blends painless radiofrequency technology and active skincare ingredients to keep your eyes looking young and healthy.
How does it work exactly? Unlike eye creams and serums that reach only the topmost layer of the skin, radiofrequency devices help unleash the product’s full potential by allowing it to penetrate deeper and further into the skin using heat.
The RF Advanced Eye Indulgence treatment includes two masks: an active firming mask and a revitalising eye mask. The first activates microcirculation and lymph flow, providing quick relief for puffy and tired eyes, while the latter contains active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, algae extract and calcium to hydrate, tighten and plump up the eye area.
The treatment has no downtime and can be done every two to four weeks. It’s priced at $168 for 60 minutes, with a first trial available for $108.
There’s a good reason why this beauty salon has been around for over 30 years – the staff is so affable, and it’s why many customers keep returning. So, if you find other aesthetic clinics too intimidating, this one’s for you!
This article first appeared in the October 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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