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What are clinical facials and which one is right for you?

Getting a regular spa or salon facial is a great way to maintain your skin. These usually involve exfoliation, extractions, a massage and a mask, making them incredibly relaxing, pampering treatments. But if you’re looking to tackle a specific problem, say for example, sun spots, fine lines or acne scars, it’s best to book a clinical facial.

Clinical facials are performed by a medical aesthetician, with medical grade products and technologies. This style of facial aims at improving and maintaining the long-term health of your skin. These facials tackle acne scars, sun damage, fine lines, uneven texture and dull complexions, as well as firm and rejuvenate skin to ensure you put your best face forward.

Here are clinical facial treatments to try.

Transdermal Therapy
Transdermal therapy is a two-step non-invasive treatment which effectively firms, smooths and brightens the skin. The first step involves exfoliating dead skin and scar tissue with microdermabrasion. This encourages microcirculation, promotes tissue regeneration and smooths skin texture, prepping the skin for improved absorption of the treatment.


Next, using a transdermal hand piece, the skin is treated with an ampoule of retinol. Using the dermoelectroporation technique, where special electric stimuli allow the opening of intercellular gates, retinol is delivered transdermally to the deeper layers of skin to help rejuvenate it. The treatment is completely painless and doesn’t have any side effects. Transdermal therapy can be done up to two times a month depending on the condition of your skin, for brighter, younger, refreshed skin.

Available at Mendis Aesthetics & Surgery, #04-17 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road
6235 1728 | drmendis.com

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This non-ablative laser peel is suitable even for sensitive skin types


Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Give dull skin new life and smoothen uneven texture with this treatment that combines the benefits of non-ablative laser peeling and aqua-dermabrasion. The two treatments are done alternately every three to four weeks, and the result (after three sessions of each) is noticeably smoother skin that is brighter in tone and more refined in texture. Compared with an ablative laser peel, the non-ablative laser peel spares the epidermis (and the chances of you looking like a lobster), along with greatly reducing the need for down-time, and penetrates deeper to promote production of collagen to tighten the skin from within. The hour-long session helps to minimise pores, fine lines and mild scarring.

After three weeks, you go back for the aqua-dermabrasion. Unlike microdermabrasion that uses microcrystals, here a jet spray of sterile water and pure oxygen gently removes dead skin while hydrating the new layer of skin. It’s ideal for those with sensitive skin. The session lasts only 40 minutes and there is no discomfort or need for down-time. Afterwards, you find your skin soft and smooth. Those with oily skin will also notice that it’s more balanced and less shiny.

Available at The Aesthetics Centre, #03-15 Great World City
6820 3308 | anitasoosay.com

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Get refreshed and rejuvenated skin in the span of your lunchtime


Laser Touch
If you fancy your lunch with a bit of skin rejuvenation on the side, pop down for a quick session of Laser Touch. The 20-minute treatment involves a quick zap of microscopic laser to the face, stimulating collagen production and new skin cell growth in the underlying layers to bring about smoother, younger, healthier-looking skin.

You may feel a warm sensation throughout the treatment, but nothing intolerable, and you can go back to work – or to high tea with the girls – as soon as you’re done. You might have your colleagues or friends wondering why you look so fresh and rested, but the real benefits start to kick in a few weeks later as the collagen starts to build. Expect to see fewer fine lines, reduced pores, less-visible acne scars and more radiant, rejuvenated skin.

Dr Valentin Low Aesthetic & Laser Clinic, #08-03 Paragon Medical Suites, 290 Orchard Road
6720 3323 | drvalentin.com.sg

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Don’t let acne, scars or sun damage get you down


CACI Ultimate Booster
As the name suggests, this 45-minute treatment brings together breakthrough resurfacing technology along with the gold standard in toning and hydrating. Your treatment starts with orbital microdermabrasion. But what makes this different is that the treatment head is crystal-free (making it gentler on the skin) and can be adjusted to suit different skin types. In addition, it comes with a therapeutic LED light that helps stimulate collagen production while it simultaneously sloughs off dead skin.

This combination is ideal to treat concerns like acne, sun damage, stretch marks and scarring. Once the skin is suitably revitalised, it’s time to hydrate and tone with the CACI Hydratone mask. Electric microcurrent rollers gently charge an electrically conducive mask that has also been infused with powerful hydrating properties, collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E. Sounds scary? It’s not. Together they recharge and replenish the bio-electrical energy within the facial muscles, thus toning and firming them. You can look forward to tighter facial contours, fewer lines and blemishes and a glowing, refreshed visage.

Available at SWUK Aesthetics, #02-25 Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Road
6250 1326 | swukaesthetics.com

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Have your facial customised to the unique needs of your skin


Bespoke Facial
When it comes to skincare, one size does not fit all. Your skin is unique and requires a personalised approach that keeps in mind your lifestyle and skincare habits. And no one understands this better than Dr Yvonne Goh. Her clinic offers a wide range of clinical facials that can be customised to your skin and its needs.

Additionally, to give it a fresh glow, she uses a combination of deep ultrasonic cleansing, toning and lifting along with iontophoresis (using micro-currents and ultrasound) to deliver your customised cocktail to the deeper layers of the skin. This not only improves the benefits of the skincare ingredients but prolongs the rejuvenating effect of the treatment as well. Your facial is accompanied by a relaxing massage to further enhance the delivery of skin nutrients, and it ends with a refreshing mask. Treat yourself to 90-minutes of pampering while giving your skin a nutrient boost!

Available at Dr Yvonne Goh Aesthetics, #09-05 Camden Medical Centre, Orchard Boulevard
6462 2559 | dryvonnegoh.com

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Gentle and painless, this treatment can help remove unsightly birthmarks and firm ageing skin


Picosure Laser
Originally created to erase tattoos you regretted getting when you were 16 (or even a few months ago), this treatment is now being used to remove freckles, sunspots, stubborn melasma and unsightly birthmarks. Along the way, it also helps to build collagen and tighten sagging skin. Now available in Singapore for the first time at the Aesthetic & Medical Clinic, the non-ablative laser is delivered in short bursts of energy – via a hand-piece best suited to the size of the area to be treated – to target and eliminate pigment without harming the surrounding skin. A wavelength of 755nm (ideal for all skin tones) effectively zaps away melanin clusters as well all colours of tattoo ink, so you see results as early as your second session.

The treatment is almost painless, and children as young as three years of age can have birthmarks removed with it. The number of sessions required depends on your skin concerns as well as your lifestyle (for example, golfers who spend more time in the sun may require more sessions). Recovery time is minimal, with chances of scarring even lower. What’s more, the treatment comes with skincare and supplements that help you achieve the results you desire.

Available at Dr Joseph Yang @ Orchard, #17-04 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road
8368 8492 | yangaestheticcentre.com.sg

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Tackle acne scars, pigmentation and sun spots with this gentle yet effective treatment


VI Peel
Acne and the resulting scars can haunt us well past our teens. Now say goodbye to acne skin conditions, scars, pigmentation, freckles and sun damage with this medical-grade peel. What sets it apart is that it goes deeper for more effective results, while still being gentle on the skin. Any mild stinging you may experience soon disappears, and you’re free to resume your daily activities once your session is over. Avoid anything that stimulates the skin, though – like a workout or steam. There may be some mild post-treatment redness, which can be concealed with mineral makeup.

Real peeling starts a couple of days later and can continue for the next three to four days to reveal clear skin. The unique combination of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients helps repair skin at a cellular level and support healthy skin function that results in reduced fine lines and a radiant glow. Any stubborn scars can be treated with the Dermapen a month later. Using multiple adjustable stainless steel microneedles that penetrate to a controlled depth and create tiny punctures in the skin, it stimulates collagen growth and new cells replace the damaged ones. This results in a smoother, more even skin texture.

Available at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, #08-07 Pacific Plaza, Scotts Medical Centre, 9 Scotts Road
6801 4000 | cutislaserclinics.com

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