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The Treatments I Cannot Live Without In A Year.

In the ever-evolving landscape of aesthetics medicine, my patients often think that I must be trying out all the latest treatments and potions. But that cannot be further from the truth! Those who know me well will know that I am in fact rather low maintenance (also read lazy), and conservative (also read chicken shit).

Without trying to sound braggy, but there are days where my skin looks good and I look more awake than I feel, my patients always ask me: “What do you do for your skin, doctor?”. So here is my “not so secretive” secret list of treatments I cannot live without in a year:

1. Thermage and Ultherapy: The Perfect Combination for Buying Time for Our Face.

They say that age is just a number, and some of us fare better than others in this department, but its impact on our faces is undeniable. One of the combination treatments I MUST DO every year is Thermage and Ultherapy. These non-invasive treatments utilize advanced radiofrequency and micro focused ultrasound with visualization respectively, to stimulate collagen production and lift sagging skin.

Thermage delivers radiofrequency energy deep into the skin, promoting collagen remodeling. The result is a noticeable improvement in skin laxity, quality, with contours that appear more defined. Ultherapy, on the other hand, targets the foundational layers beneath the skin’s surface, a layer we call the SMAS, lifting and tightening with precision. Together, these treatments provide a powerful one-two punch against the forces of gravity, giving me a rejuvenated and lifted appearance.

As a self-proclaimed chicken shit however, I will always call in my favorite anesthetist to knock me out to a sweet, deep sleep, whilst the magic is being done on my face. I wake up, refreshed and knowing that anti-aging for my face has just been sorted out for the year. The only job left for me to do, is to wait for and enjoy the results that come on gently, naturally but surely over the next few months.

2. Picosure Laser: Erasing imperfections with Unprecedented Precision.

I must say I am pretty good with my sun protection. I apply sunscreen even if I am not leaving the house for the day, and this is what I advise my patients too. However, pigmentation happens to even the best of us. And to get rid of these pesky little dots, and to save time from applying my concealer, I turn to Picosure. For me, they work like magic getting rid of my pigmentation. Furthermore, with the focused lens, it gives a very nice improvement to my skin texture, reducing fine lines and pore size.

However, due to our busy schedule at the clinic, this is something that I only get to do when there is a rare long gap in the clinic schedule!

3. Profhilo: The Hydration Revolution.

The other treatment that I absolutely love is the Profhilo. They are often misunderstood to be just another skin booster, or an advanced skin booster. They are in fact much more than that. The main ingredient of Profhilo is indeed hyaluronic acid, which is a common ingredient in all skin boosters. However, they are made of a high molecular weight HA molecule, fused with a low molecular weight HA molecule, using a proprietary technology by the manufacturer. This forms a novel molecule which they have call HCC (Hybrid Cooperative Complex), which is structurally distinct from a simple hyaluronic acid molecule. There are clinical papers to prove that the HCC does not only hydrate the skin, but also stimulate collagen and elastin growth, which is not available to other simple hyaluronic acid molecules.

At VIDASKIN, we have also been working with Profhilo to come up with an advanced method of injection. With the use of a cannula and with only one injection point, we can target the whole face at the correct layer, whilst focusing on areas which needs more rejuvenation. For many of us, this may be the undereye areas, and the areas around the mouth.

With the single injection point, I can continue with whatever I have in the day with zero downtime. The effect is not just improved hydration, but a slight filling in the areas which needs it the most, and a nice firming to the skin, and improve contours.

4. Toxin Injections: To Hide All My Negative Emotions.

No journey into the world of aesthetics is complete without at least considering and acknowledging the role which muscle relaxing toxin play. For me, the role of toxin injections is not for erasing lines. I have started on this journey about 8 years back and have successfully PREVENTED lines from forming in the first place! I use this treatment for my frown, undereye as well as my chin areas, because these are the areas I need it the most. I think a frown, or a pouty grumpy face never looked good on anyone. Furthermore, I want to prevent my face from ever looking perpetually grumpy or severe, or mean. I have never injected my crow’s feet because I think happy lines are okay to keep, provided they look age appropriate and fits in with the rest of the face and your unique facial expression.

A Symphony of Graceful Aging

A little-known fact about myself is that I really enjoy painting (but enjoying it and being good at it are completely different). To create a decent piece of work, you need to work with different paint, mediums, brushes, because each tool only serves the function it is designed to serve. In my work of aesthetics, these treatments have become my brushes, painting my way to a more graceful aging. Thermage and Ultherapy sculpt the canvas, Picosure Laser refines the details, Profhilo adds a burst of hydration, and toxin injections cast its time defying spell. For me, these are not just treatments, but my tools to ensure I get to present my best self for as long as I want.

As we step into the new year, let’s embark on a journey to unlock timeless beauty and elegance.
Founded in 2015, Dr Vicki has grown with the clinic, to become one of the leading aesthetic clinicians in Singapore. She is an appointed key opinion leader and trains other aesthetic doctors on how to best use prestigious brands and treatments.

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