3 lunchtime fixes that are fast and fuss-free
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With the rise of aesthetic treatments and plastic surgery, there's been a normalisation of the lunchtime fix. While some treatments like the Nefertiti neck lift and fractional lasers may have a longer healing time, there's also tonnes of stuff that you can do on your face and body, that takes less than an hour and has results that can last for weeks. Here are three treatments worth your time.
HAIR REMOVAL AT SUPERSMOOTH
A fan of shaving and waxing? You may find that stubborn, ingrown hairs and the frequency of treatments (you will need to shave every few days, and wax every month or so) off-putting. Many women opt for laser hair removal, but it is essential that you visit a reputable salon with good machinery and get an affordable plan with no hidden costs. We like the plan at Supersmooth as it comes with a 3-year warranty that kicks in after you've completed roughly eight sessions — ensuring that you don't have to pay more for touch-ups for three years.
Treatment-wise, the process is pretty smooth and pain-free. It starts with the dry shaving of the skin to remove hair — this was the most uncomfortable part for us — before treating the hair roots with laser diodides that operate on a wavelength that skips the skin and targets roots. It's great for finer hair as compared to IPL and on areas that have a lot of ingrown hairs. After zapping our lower arms, we found there was less ingrowns when the hair grew out again a few weeks later. Several sessions are needed for permanent hairlessness. Depending on the area you're treating, this can be done in less than 30 minutes, is painless and won't leave any obvious redness on the skin.
Supersmooth is at L2 Robinson Square
ESTHECRYO AT ESTHECLINIC
If you've heard of fat freezing, you may have also heard that it can be rather painful and costly. EstheClinic's version, the EstheCyro, improves on the comfort levels by using a groundbreaking technology and suction method that gradually draws up the fatty tissue rather than sucking up the excess fat at one forceful go.
We won't lie, cryolipolosis is not completely painless as you will feel some discomfort during the treatment when your excess fats are being sucked up and gradually frozen — as well as some soreness post-treatment. However don't let this mild discomfort deter you, you can do this at lunchtime on areas that will not be exposed such as the tummy and thighs. This is great for areas of the body where there are localised and excess fat deposits, such as the abdomen and even the lower back. For some patients, there can be up to a 20 to 30 per cent reduction in fat cells after two to four months. Our results were not as dramatic, although we did see firmer skin and some reduction in fat. You can repeat this treatment every two months for better results, as some patients need up to three treatments for satisfactory results.
$550 per à la carte session, with packages of six sessions at $2,388 and 10 sessions at $3,480. Available at EstheClinic outlets
ULTRA V HIFU FACELIFT AT THE WELLNESS CLINIC
If you've heard of treatments like Ultherapy and Thermage then you know that though effective, they are quite painful. What if we told you that there was a V-face treatment that works (though not as powerfully) and is completely painless? The HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is great for tackling the early signs of ageing for women in their 30s. If you are older, it is a good maintenance treatment in between Thermage and Ultherapy treatments. This helps to lift and tighten the face, neck and body by penetrating the skin with ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production in the deep dermal and subdermal levels. Says the clinic, "As the skin responds to the treatment, collagen fibres organise and shorten, resulting in a tightening and lifting effect on the skin, leaving the skin looking younger and more refreshed."
"Through its patented, innovative continuous motion energy delivery technology, the Ultra V HIFU system is unique in its ability to deliver skin tightening energy quickly, precisely, and most importantly — painlessly into the skin to create instant results, making it one of the most popular and sought after lifting treatments for the face and neck," said Dr Ram Nath, director, aesthetic and medical services, The Wellness Clinic. The major plus points for us was how comfortable this treatment was — there was no numbing cream, pain or any downtime. The results are also impressive. Our face was more defined and the contours were sharper, almost like we had a lymphatic drainage massage on our face.
$425 per session. Verita The Wellness Clinic is located at #04-01 Wheelock Place, 6732-0812