The cheat sheet to turning back the hands of time

The cheat sheet to turning back the hands of time

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Text: Angelyn Kwek

Whoever said ‘pain is beauty’ needs to take a backseat because there are new techniques to turn back the clock without having to go the surgical route. Here are three minimally invasive options to youthful beauty

Hands up if you're guilty of chain-surfing tabloid sites for the latest dish on celebrities whose plastic surgery have gone awry. But morbid curiosity aside, the horror stories of botched procedures and one too many episodes of Dr. 90210 has probably warped the general perception of cosmeceutical treatments. You either have the mindset it's a miracle worker that can make you look like a hot slice of Hollywood, or you fall into the 'this-is-a-one-way-ticket-to-disfigurement' camp.

Despite (or in spite) of this, the quest for eternal youth is ever present, especially with the advent of social media in our daily lives where looking good is the order of the day. And if you've been deliberating whether it's time to give yourself a bit of help in the beauty department, you can rest easy knowing that advancements in aesthetic treatments mean there are minimally invasive options that can do a better job at giving you that confidence boost. For everything from wrinkle banishing to achieving a fuller chest, read on to discover four innovative treatments available at Amaris B. Clinic that'll have you looking your personal best:

It sounds fancy, and you'd be right. As shared by Dr. Ivan Puah, the medical director of Amaris B. Clinic, Ultherapy is a safe, non-surgical ultrasound treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Think of it as a top-of-the-line facelift without any scalpels involved. Instead, Ultherapy uses the body's own regenerative response to lift and tighten skin by penetrating deep beneath the skin to jumpstart collagen regeneration — also known as neocollagenesis.

Anyone experiencing loss of firmness, such as, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines and wrinkles on the chest can opt for ultherapy. The best part is, unlike traditional facelifts procedures, there is practically no downtime aside from a temporary redness — and even then, only a select few will be affected; most patients have no reaction at all, according to Dr. Ivan Puah. The end result is looking and feeling younger beyond your years.

Woman getting Botoxed

One prominent sign of ageing that usually signals the start of the end for most women, treating wrinkles is another highly requested procedure at the clinic. Here, the severity of the fine lines is carefully assessed in order to tailor the type of treatment you'd personally required. Those with less visible wrinkles may utilise Ultherapy to tighten their skin, whereas those with more discernable lines can be treated with Botulinum toxins injections.

Yes, we're talking the infamous Botox, but before you freak out at the word, Dr. Ivan Puah would like to point out that only well-trained and experienced doctors are qualified to properly carry out the treatment. Seeking out trained, medical doctors is extremely important as they help patients achieve better and more consistent results than the ones who aren't on top of ensuring the treatment process is as safe as possible.

Do expect some side effects as Botox injections are usually associated with slight bruising or tenderness around the treated area, and in rare cases, uneven muscle weakness which may cause a slight droop in the eyelids. However, these post-treatment issues are usually localised and you're able to go about your daily activities with minimal discomfort.

Don’t let gravity get the final say! Fat grafting involves removing fat from selected areas of the body and injecting them into the areas you want to shape and plump up, most commonly the breasts, but also the posterior. A two-in-one procedure sought after at Amaris B., patients who undergo fat grafting usually opt for one of two augmentations: The ADR-C Breast Enhancement – so popular that we've covered it separately in a Q&A with Dr. Ivan Puah — or a Buttock Enhancement.

Needless to say, because the fat used comes from your own body, the treatment is a lot lot safer than inserting implants as there is no risk of rejection. This also removes the dangers of ruptures, leaks or deformations, on top of having a shorter recovery time with natural-looking volume that can last a couple of years.

Amaris B. Clinic is at 140 Arab Street, 6817-4303