What should I watch out for after Filler Injections?

Filler injections are commonly performed nowadays. Here are some of the things to take heed of after an injectable treatment.

  • Immediately after the treatment, there may be redness or mild bruises. As the wound heals, there may be itchiness as well. Refrain from touching or massaging the injected area. As unhygienic handling of the injection sites may introduce infection.
  • Avoid exposing to intense heat e.g. sunbathing, tanning, sauna or washing of the injected areas with hot water. Excessive heat may degrade the complex texture of the injectables causing it to deform. For best results, do avoid heat to the treated areas for at least 1-2 weeks.
  • Do protect yourself from the sun. Ultraviolet light is the main culprit of aging process. Hence, after treatment, we need to protect ourselves from the sun. Do apply sunscreen religiously to avoid damage of the UV light onto the treated areas.
  • If there is pain or unusual redness over the treated area, please do not hesitate to contact your doctor. Potential infection to the treated area needs to be aggressively treated. It is easier to treat infection in the early phase than doing damage control at the late phase.

Non-Invasive Nose Job ?

Is there such as thing as a non-invasive nose job? Well, currently, there is. Do let us share with you what modern medical aesthetic can do for your nose?

Nose lift – For many Asians who has a flattish nose, this may be the solution for you. Medical aesthetic procedure is able to add height to the nose by using injectables. Doctors can add volume to the nose to increase its height and give it a more 3-dimensional (3D) appearance.

Shape correction – Some people do have a bump at the bridge of the nose or a beaking tip of the nose. This can be corrected via injections to improve the contour of the nose to give it a smoother outline.

 Decrease flaring of the nose – Flaring of the nose is commonly seen in people who are of Asian or African descent. Flaring of the nose causes the nose to appear big. Occasionally, the contour of the nose is inverted such that the nasal aperture is exposed when you look forward. These can be corrected as an outpatient basis using injectables.

Having said that the nose is heavily vascularized. As such, nose injection should be performed by highly trained individuals.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most popular and most frequently used fillers in the market. How much do you know about hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, which is found in our skin and connective tissues. Medically, it has been used to replaced gel within the joints and also widely in aesthetic medicine.

You see, our body has hyaluronic acids. Its production and degradation should occur at the same speed. However, as one ages, the speed of production cannot catch up with its degradation and hence, we lose hyaluronic acids as we ages. Without the hyaluronic acids to hold the supporting tissues of the skin, the skin appears saggy, dry and wrinkle will start to form.  At age 30, we will start to lose hyaluronic acid in our body. By 60 years old, there is only 25% of the hyaluronic acid remaining in our body.

It is therefore, hyaluronic acid is widely used as filler to replace lose volumes in aesthetic treatment. It is safe and effective. We are merely replacing what we have lost.

Why people preferred non-invasive aesthetic treatment nowadays?

Aesthetic medical treatment has picked up steam in the recent years thanks to the improved understanding and awareness amongst the general public. Importantly, the safety profile of the treatment has been demonstrated. Here, I would like to share some of the benefits of non-invasive aesthetic treatment over the conventional beauty treatment:

The process is gradual. With surgical treatment, the results are drastic and immediate; whereas with aesthetic treatment be it laser or injectables, the results come about gradually and hence we can avoid unnecessary comments from the office or our circle of friends.

The result is not permanent. Many people are unsure of the results of the treatment. What should I expect? Will I like the final result? Being non-permanent means that the effects of the treatment wears off over time and hence, patient will not be left with a permanent surgical results that he/she does not like. If the patient likes the results produced by the aesthetic treatment, he/she can always undergo the same treatment when the treatment effect goes away.

Scars. No matter how fine the surgical incision or how hidden it is, there will still be scars. Non-invasive nature of the treatment obviates the presence of unsightly scars, making it a more popular choice.

Common skin pigmentation problems faced by Asian women

Everyone dreams of having flawless and even-toned skin. Often, spots which appears on our skin prevents us for having such. Here are the 3 commonest pigmentation faced by Asian women, particularly Malaysian.

Melasma – they are brown or grayish brown patch found on the face. Being influenced by female hormones, they tend to appear more in females and male. People with darker skin tone are more prone to melasma because they have more melanin producing cells which are responsible for the lesion.

Freckles – tan or light brown lesions which are flat and small. They may overlap and run together, resulting in a larger appearance.

Lentigines – also known as age-spots, they are sharply defined, round and in brown or black patches. They are flat and tend to occur in sun-exposed area.

Being common, these skin conditions are harmless. Nevertheless, they affect our self-esteem and social well being. The good news is, they can be treated. The treatment involves applying lasers to the involved skin which typically takes less than an hour.