Acne is very common in Singapore.  It affects people of all races and ages, mainly adolescents and young adults. It tends to appear on face, back, chest, shoulders and neck. Although not dangerous, acne can cause scarring if not properly treated. Why do I get it? Acne can be caused and contributed by a few things. When you turn adolescent, change in your hormone level may cause excessive oil production in your skin and predispose your skin to infection by bacteria. Genetics play an important role too. If your close relatives have...

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Medical Use of Botox

Apart from the aesthetic effects of botox which we are all familiar about, Botox is approved medically to treat several medical conditions. Botox is a drug that is made from neurotoxin produced by a type of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. When injected in small concentrations, botulinum toxin works by preventing signals from nerve cells from reaching the muscles, resulting in failure for the muscle to contract and paralysis.  Hence apart from it being famous in ironing out wrinkles and lines in our faces, botox can be useful for a...

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Skin Cancers

According to Singapore Cancer Registry, skin cancer ranks number 6th among men and women. Skin Cancers are divided into melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Melanoma is the malignant tumour of the melanocytes (pigment cells) and they  behave more aggressive than NMSC. Fortunately melanomas are less common than NMSC. NMSC consists of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).  Types of Skin Cancers  The most common skin cancer is BCC. It is slow growing and usually occurs in the sun-exposed area. They can...

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A higher nose bridge without surgery? Yes, it is possible.

Wish to have a sharper and higher nose bridge but too afraid to go under the knife for a nose surgery (rhinoplasty) and having to worry about the post-surgical complications? This is easily achievable with nose fillers, also known as non-surgical nose augmentation. The procedure takes only a few minutes and generally very safe. The best part is you are able to see the effects immediately without any downtime. While nose reshaping surgery will require you to take time off work to recuperate from post-operative bleeding and swelling, with nose...

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Common Lumps & Bumps – Keloids & Hypertrophic Scars

What are they? Keloids scars/ hypertrophic scars are a very common lesion. Practically everyone in Singapore knows or has seen someone with an unusually large firm fleshy (or sometimes red) lesion over the left deltoid region (the so-called BCG scar). Keloids and hypertrophic scars are formed by the body’s exaggerated healing response to wounds and injuries. When you get a cut or a wound the body will heal itself by closing the defect with fibrous tissue. This can sometimes leave a small mark known as a scar. Occasionally, the healing...

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Intense Pulsed Light – IPL

Intense-pulsed Light (IPL) Technology Intense pulsed light (IPL) (also known as photofacial or flashlamp therapy) is a popular  non invasive, light based skin rejuvenation to improve the appearance of photoaging skin as well as to restore a more youthful and brighter appearance. What can IPL treat?: 1)     Photoaging or sun damaged skin : characterized by fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, coarse or rough appearance, enlarged pores and dull texture 2)     Flat ,benign pigmentation problems ( brown age-spots, melasma or pregnancy...

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