Read our previews of dermatologist-approved facial treatments for acne scars, wrinkles, pigmentation and probably most other skin problems. Technology has enabled a proliferation of next-gen non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Products like Profhilo for hydration, light treatments and masks can fix pigmentation problems. This means Cate Blanchett’s skin is now an injection, a chemical peel or a medical-grade facial away. Here’s a list of dermatology clinics and their top facial treatments for those who’d like to freshen their faces and give Ms Blanchett a run for her money.
#1 Profhilo – facial treatment for wrinkles and hydration
This Italian-made skin remodelling facial treatment is not a skin booster or a dermal filler, but rather is made up of 100 percent pure hyaluronic acid. It acts as a moisturiser and provides holistic health to the skin without adding volume or changing facial features.
It’s administered by Dr Magdalene Liau, whose “less is sometimes more” approach to aesthetic medicine is just what all of us need. Dr Magdalene will start by numbing the face, before injecting each side of the face to stimulate four types of collagen. The procedure is fast and effective so there is minimal pain and downtime.
Results can be felt as early as one week after the first treatment. You can expect textural changes to the skin, including the diminishing of wrinkles, fine lines and an increase in skin hydration. It will also feel more tight and lifted.
But wait, that’s not all: Profhilo is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and works wonderfully as a complementary treatment for eczema or acne scars. Results last for up to six months too.
#2 Skin Booster – facial for pigmentation and hydration
If you didn’t already know, the FillMED NCTF SkinBooster – one of the most popular facial treatments in Korea – is here.
This “Chanel of skin boosters” as it’s affectionately described, is offered in almost every skin clinic in Seoul – and for good reason: it’s formulated with a cocktail of vitamins, amino acids, co-enzymes, nucleic acids, minerals and more to give deep hydration, and boost the skin’s elasticity and radiance.
The SkinBooster delivers essential ingredients into the deeper layer of the skin without damaging the epidermis, and works wonderfully on especially dry skin with an uneven tone or pigmentation.
At Dermstetiq Clinic, the treatment is delivered with minimum pain and downtime. To further speed up recovery and enhance results, a complementing facial mask – customised according to your skin concerns – is applied afterwards, so you can look forward to a more revitalised complexion. Prices start from $280 (excluding GST).
#3 Chemical Peels – facial treatments for wrinkles and skin damage
Yearning for something potent? Try out chemical peels. Hailed by dermatologists as one of the most effective resurfacing treatments out there, today’s chemical peels are nothing like what you’d get back in the nineties.
A chemical peel is able to reverse the visible effect of damage in two ways: first, it exfoliates the upper layers of the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, clogged pores and blemishes. Then, it boosts collagen for firmer-looking skin over time.
In Singapore, Angeline Yong Dermatology offers powerful peels in the form of renowned treatments such as ImagePeel, Enerpeel and NeoStrata. The right treatment for you will be recommended by Dr Yong after a skin analysis.
The clinic also offers three bespoke hydrafacials that combat a range of concerns such as acne, pigmentation, dull skin, wrinkles and fine lines. Patients who go for the bespoke Platinum Hydrafacial can enjoy this treatment with an Omnilux LED Light procedure – you can pick the red light therapy to improve skin complexion and collagen or the blue light to destroy bacteria-causing acne!
#4 Hydrafacial – facial for pigmentation or acne
This medical-grade facial combines gentle cleansing, exfoliation and extraction with hydrating and antioxidant benefits, resulting in clearer and brighter skin without downtime.
Offered at W Skin & Laser Clinic, the popular facial treatment promises to improve concerns like oily and acne-prone skin, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and brown spots, but it also works equally well as a maintenance facial for those with ageing skin. Vortex technology is used to cleanse the pores and lift away impurities, while hydrating the skin with a nutrient-rich solution. As the vortex effect is designed to easily dislodge blackheads and whiteheads, extraction is quick and painless. Next, the patented HydroPeel tip gently exfoliates dead skin cells without any irritation, resulting in even and painless skin resurfacing results. This prepares the skin for the final step: the infusion of skincare ingredients.
With its spiral-like design, the VortexFusion device infuses hydrating solutions and potent antioxidants into the skin, resulting in a clearer and more even complexion after just one session.
With a series of sessions, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation is reduced. Monthly treatments are recommended to maintain the effects and keep breakouts at bay, especially for those with oily skin.
This article first appeared in the November 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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