Got To Tame that Mane: A Comprehensive Guide to Laser Hair Removal in Singapore (And Get to Know the Celebrities Who Have Done It!)

Woman touching her perfect shaved legs

Removing unwanted body hair is a tedious and expensive task. If you are one of those people who opt for waxing, then you know how painful – and sometimes, uncomfortable –  the procedure can be.  Or, if you are among those who prefer shaving, there is a relatively high chance that you have nicked yourself once or twice with a too-sharp blade. The two scenarios are common and if you are quite unlucky, you have might have even experienced both.

Thanks to innovative aesthetic procedures and treatments, there are now a lot of options for removing body hair. Depilatory creams can dissolve unwanted hair in a few minutes, but most people are put off by its unpleasant smell. Threading is easy, quick, and involves no chemical on the skin; however, since the process causes several hair to be pulled out at a time, it is more painful that waxing. Sugaring or waxing is good alternative because it snatches the hair at the root so it does not grow back for weeks, but aside from being known as painful, those who have tried it can testify how itchy the skin will be when the hair starts to grow back. There is also a long-lasting procedure called electrolysis which uses a fine needle to send an electric current to each hair follicle.  The method effectively kills hair follicles but it is as equally painful and time-consuming as any other hair removal procedure.

This brings us to laser hair removal, one of the most effective options to remove unwanted hair.  It uses a concentrated beam of light – a laser – to damage the hair follicle and to subsequently inhibit or delay future hair growth. This procedure is applied to different body areas such as armpits, legs, upper lip, bikini line, and chin. Laser hair removal is so popular nowadays that many A-listers have become avid supporters of the treatment. Some of the celebrities who have embraced laser hair removal include Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Chrissy Teigen, and Kanye West.

Their decision to avail laser hair removal treatment makes sense because these people are working in an industry that requires them to look picture-perfect and flawless all the time. Moreover, celebrities’ schedules are notoriously jam-packed that a trip to a waxing salon or shaving between photo shoots and whatnot, seem like an impossible feat.

This article from Dr Edwin Lim, a premium boutique aesthetic clinic in Singapore, will provide you with everything you need to know about laser hair removal in Singapore.

Available Laser Hair Removal Procedures

Laser Hair Removal Procedure

There are currently three permanent procedures for laser hair removal in Singapore:

  1. Alexandrite Laser. This uses 755-nm wavelength to treat far to mid-toned skin with medium to coarse dark hair.
  2. Diode Laser. This uses 800 – 810-nm wavelength to treat mid-toned skin with dark fine hair.
  3. Nd:YAG Laser. This uses 1064-nm wavelength to treat darker skin types with coarse hair.

Varying factors like hair colour and skin type influence the success of the treatment. It is the pigment of the hair and not the pigment of the skin that is supposed to absorb the light, which reinforces the principle that the laser should only cause destruction to the hair follicle while simultaneously avoiding any skin damage. A contrast between hair and skin colour, therefore, produces the best results.

If you are interested in any of the laser hair removal procedures above, you may call Dr Edwin Lim’s Clinic for more information.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Before you sign up for a session, let us take a look at the good and bad side of laser hair removal in Singapore.

Advantages

  • While the procedure does not guarantee total and permanent removal of unwanted hair, laser hair removal is effective in reducing hair growth – up to a point where you do not need to shave or wax anymore.
  • It is possible to have laser hair removal done on any part of the body as the machine that performs the procedure can cover large areas fast.
  • The pain level caused by laser hair removal is relatively low and continues to get less painful after each session.

Disadvantages

  • A laser hair removal session takes about a minute but multiple sessions are needed to get actual results. The number of sessions depends on the size of the area and you need to wait for about six weeks between each session.
  • The procedure is costly. The standard rate is anywhere between $150 to $400 per session.
  • Since coarse and dark hair responds better to laser than light and fine hair, laser hair removal is more suitable for fair skin with dark hair than for those with darker skin. If you have a darker skin type, you need to find a facility that offers certain lasers like the Nd:YAG, which is capable of making a better distinction between hair and skin types.
  • There’s the risk of burns and scars on the skin if the procedure is performed by an untrained technician. Skin irritation and pigment changes are also some of the known side effects.

How to Prepare

Woman shaving legs

If you have decided on laser hair removal, the first thing you need to consider is finding a board-certified doctor or facility with a specialty in dermatology or cosmetic surgery and has intensive experience with laser hair removal.

Prior to the procedure, schedule an appointment with the doctor to identify the best laser hair removal option for you. You can discuss the treatment plan and related costs during the consultation. A set of instructions will be also be provided to prepare you for laser hair removal. These include:

  • Avoiding sun exposure. You need to stay out of the sun at least six weeks before treatment. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for protection every time you leave the house.
  • Avoiding waxing and plucking. You should limit waxing, plucking and electrolysis at least four weeks before the first laser session starts.
  • Avoiding certain medications. Blood-thinning medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin should be avoided before the procedure.
  • Shaving the area. You are encouraged to trim and shave the area where the laser treatment will be applied. This can be done a day before the procedure.

Results

After a day or two, the treated part of your skin will look and feel sunburned. Using ice compress and moisturizers are recommended to alleviate discomfort. Your treated hair will not fall out immediately, but it will shed over the next month. Repeated treatments are necessary because the laser treatment is most effective with hair follicles in the new-growth phase.

 

Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic
#02-12/13 Changi City Point,
5 Changi Business Park Central 1,
Singapore 486038
+65 6904 2218

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Everything You Need to Know about Nose Threads in Singapore

Young woman lifting her nose

In many cultures around the world, a sharper-looking, more defined and raised nose is considered the ideal looking nose. This has prompted many people to look for cosmetic solutions to achieve a more refined and chiselled looking nose. Nose threads lift are a popular choice of many Singaporeans and are one of the most highly performed procedures in aesthetic clinics such as Veritas Medical.

Understanding nose thread lifts

Nose threads are simply threads that are biocompatible and used in nose thread lift. Known medically as PDO threads or polydioxanone, the body can easily absorb them during healing.

After undergoing nose thread lift, you can expect a more contoured nose, raised nose tip as well as a raised bridge.

Nose thread lifts and entertainment

For people in the entertainment industry doing music or theatre, for instance, looks are a big part of it. Not only doesn’t it make you more appealing to your fans, but it will also boost your confidence. High self-esteem can help you perform your job with vigour and propel you even further into your career.

Moreover, for a blogger who writes about cosmetics and uses herself as an illustrator on how to use different products, it is important to feel good about your looks. Nose thread lift can help improve your appearance.

How nose thread lifts procedure works?

Nose thread lifts procedure

The doctor inserts the PDO thread into the tip of the nose. To prevent any pain, the doctor uses an anaesthetic cream to numb the area. This is a fast and simple procedure that takes around 30 minutes to complete.

The doctor makes scaffolds using a blunt cannula. This will help achieve the ideal height and projection of the nose. Since there is no interference with the blood vessels, there are no risks involved with nose thread lift.

Furthermore, one of the main advantages is the immediate results. You can see a marked difference as soon as the procedures compete.

After the treatment, the results will last for one year or longer after which you will need to go back for another treatment. The second treatment, however, can produce longer-lasting results since the nose will already be used to the threads and the shape.

Many people considering nose thread lifts wonder about the downtime. Will I be required to leave work? Is it painful? How long does it take to heal?

You will experience soreness for the next 3 to 5 days. However, this is mild and you can resume work immediately. Just make sure to avoid strenuous tasks.

Benefits of nose thread lift

Some of the benefits of nose threads lift include:

  • improving the contour of the nose
  • Reducing the nose width
  • Better nose definition
  • Very little downtime required
  • Raised the nose tip

What are the possible risks of nose thread lift?

  • Soreness and a bit of swelling for the next 3 to 5 days
  • The threads may move or exude if the procedure is not performed correctly
  • Risk of infection if the procedure is done the wrong way
  • Risk of scarring if done by an inexperienced doctor

Whom is nose thread lift ideal for?

  • People who have a nose with a bridge that is not properly defined
  • People with a wide nose
  • A nose that is off-centre
  • People who have a big nose tip
  • People who have a nose with a poor tip angle

What to do after treatment for best results

Woman applying sunscreen on her nose

After the procedure is completed and the effects of the anaesthetic nose cream run out, you may begin to experience swelling and soreness. You can deal with this by placing a cold compress.

Make sure to avoid any anti-inflammation medication. Secondly, if you are in pain you can use pain medication such as paracetamol. Furthermore, if your doctor prescribes antibiotics, always ensure that you complete the dosage.

Protect the nose from the sun by using sunscreen with an SPF 30+.

If after doing all this you still experience pain, contact the doctor or clinic.

What are nose threads in Singapore made from?

Doctors use Polydiaxanone threads in various surgical procedures. They are biocompatible and over the course of the healing process will be fully absorbed by the body.

HIKO nose threads are not as smooth as the normal polydioxanone threads. They instead have cogs. This allows them to provide good scaffolding strength. Furthermore, it results in longer-lasting effects.

Depending on your individual situation, the doctor will place nose threads at different locations. Furthermore, the doctor may use threads of different thicknesses.

Before you commit to the procedure, start by booking an appointment with the doctor. He or she will analyze and evaluate your nose structure and ask you about your goals. Then they will decide on the best type of treatment.

Final thoughts

If you have always been uncomfortable with the appearance of your nose, nose thread lift can help you improve your look.

Nose threads come in different sizes, types, and thickness. The doctor will choose the thread that is best suited to your case. After the procedure, you will achieve your desired look.

Make sure that you choose a doctor such as Dr Isaac Wong (formerly known as Dr Israr Wong) with plenty of experience. This will minimize the chances of something going wrong.

 

Dr Isaac Wong (formerly known as Dr Israr Wong)
304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza Suites #05-42,
Medical Specialists, Singapore 238863
+65 9735 9930

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