Have you noticed that every print media you pick up lately has advertisements on aesthetic treatments to make us look younger than our chronological years?
Ageing is inevitable, and it’s not something to fear. It happens to everyone. We should be proud of the years that we’ve accumulated. They are accompanied by wisdom, experience, and greater insights.
Nonetheless, I always believe that we shouldn’t let our age define the way we look. Beauty is for everyone, we can age gracefully if we allow ourselves to.
What are some of the tell-tale signs of ageing, you may wonder. I listed down some common skincare concerns here:
- Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Hollowing in the temples, cheeks and under-eye areas
- Sagging skin
- Dry skin
- Open pores
- Weight gain
In fact, you may have already noticed some of these signs in your twenties!
Thankfully, with the explosion in medical aesthetic technology, we can enjoy quick, affordable and effective treatments not just to enhance our looks, but to combat aging. That being said, I’m very excited to embark on my journey with ASTIQUE Aesthetic Clinic to help slow down my signs of aging!
ASTIQUE Aesthetic Clinic
ASTIQUE Aesthetic Clinic offers a comprehensive range of FDA-approved medical aesthetic treatments which have minimal or no downtime. These include laser skin treatments, non-surgical facelifts, fillers, facials, non-invasive body contouring and skincare products for both women and men.
ASTIQUE is a Boutique Aesthetic Clinic conveniently located in the heart of Orchard Road. Just a few minutes’ walk from Orchard MRT, it’s truly a delight for those who are not driving.
ASTIQUE is a subsidiary of SGX-listed AsiaMedic Limited, a premier healthcare provider in Asia. AsiaMedic focuses on clinical services in the fields of medical aesthetics, disease prevention, early illness detection and advanced diagnostics.
The clinic has a warm, cosy and relaxing ambience. As I walked in, I liked how there was a nice homely feel to it. The staffs are kind and caring, and my appointment started on time.
I’ve always prefer female doctors because in my experience, they’re simply better at communication and compassion. So, I’m glad to see Dr Celine Leong. She’s very friendly, approachable and patient in addressing my skincare concerns. She’s also very sensitive to my needs, so my first consultation with her was very enjoyable and comfortable.
I was recommended the following treatments:
1. Laser Skin Rejuvenation to stimulate natural collagen growth, improve pores, remove irregular pigmentation, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
2. L-ascorbic Eye Rejuvenation to improve skin elasticity, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, and lifts and tightens skin by stimulating collagen production.
3. Zeltiq CoolSculpting to get rid of fat bulges on my tummy.
First of all, I was led into a cosy treatment room where the therapist took my weight and height, as well as my waist circumference measurement. Then, she prepped me for the Zeltiq CoolSculpting procedure.
Zeltiq CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells underneath our skin and allowing our body to naturally remove the “frozen” and dead fat cells. Because fat freezes faster than other cells, there’s no damage to surrounding tissues. It has been clinically tested to help patients reduce fat by up to 20% of the treated area.
Areas suitable for fat-freezing include abdomen, arms, inner and outer thighs, hip and waist, muffin top and love handles, as well as “bra fat”.
Some of you may be aware that I did a few fat-freezing treatments earlier this year, and I lost 7kg alongside a weight management program. Even though I was fairly satisfied with the results, I felt that there are still rooms for improvements and I wanted to drop a bit further on my tummy.
Fat-freezing can be such an enjoyable process!
During the process, a soft gel pad was placed on my skin to protect it from the cooling process. I lie comfortably while watching TV in the treatment room. The therapist was so nice to bring me coffee and snacks, even though I thought I shouldn’t be eating and freezing my fat at the same time!
The fat-freezing treatment is generally quite painless. All I felt was a firm tug on my tummy for the first few minutes, and the coldness was mild too. Then, I relaxed throughout the treatment that lasted for an hour.
Top view of my stomach after the treatment
After the treatment, I experienced swelling on the treated area. It looked very painful, but it wasn’t. The therapist then massaged the area to increase blood flow and to facilitate the elimination of fat cells. The after-care advice is to drink more water.
Fat-freezing is the easiest, quickest and most painless way to tackle those stubborn fats around problematic areas around the body such as thighs and tummy. It takes only an hour, making it a convenient treatment to squeeze into your lunch-time. There’s no downtime too, so you can return to your normal routine immediately after the treatment.
So far, it’s been 3 weeks and I’m feeling the effects of a firmer and flatter tummy!
L-ascorbic Eye Rejuvenation
After my fat-freezing treatment, I was led to another treatment room for L-ascorbic Eye Rejuvenation treatment – which I really, really LOVE! I’ve always wanted to remove my dark eye circles and dullness. Dr Celine Leong recommended this treatment that uses Vitamin C serum that has skin rejuvenating and protecting benefits.
Vitamin C serum will improve skin elasticity, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, lift and tighten skin by stimulating collagen production. It will also lighten pigmentation around the eye area.
The treatment was carried out by a qualified therapist. First, she removed my make-up and cleansed my face. Using a machine that alternates between warm and cold, along with her gentle massage, Vitamin C serum was applied on my eye area. The treatment was totally relaxing and lasted for slightly more than an hour. I fell asleep halfway through the treatment, it was heavenly!
Much to my delight, I could feel improvement immediately after the treatment. I looked more refreshed and my eye bags have slightly subsided. It was definitely the perfect pick me up for tired eyes.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
After the L-ascorbic Eye Rejuvenation treatment, I was prepped for my Laser Skin Rejuvenation. The therapist applied numbing cream on my entire face, and I rested for 20 minutes for the numbing cream to take effects.
Laser treatment is a non-invasive method of using light energy to improve the texture and clarity of skin. It stimulates collagen growth and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
The laser treatment was administered by Dr Celine Leong. During the procedure, a laser beam penetrated my skin, producing a warm and gentle “tingling” sensation. It wasn’t painful because of the numbing effect.
Immediately after the treatment, I could feel that my overall complexion was brighten. The treated pigmented areas darken and mild scabs formed within the next day. The scabs fell off naturally few days later and the pigmentations were lightened.
ASTIQUE offers their Radiance Laser Package, which involves the use of Medlite C6 and CoolTouch CT3 plus lasers and IPL therapy. The Medlite C6 laser is used to revitalise skin texture and treat pigmentation with minimal complications. The CoolTouch CT3 plus laser is recognised as a non-ablative laser that diminishes the look of wrinkles. It is also commonly used for pimple scar treatment.
I highly recommend the Radiance Laser Package offered by ASTIQUE because it’s very affordable. Elsewhere, laser treatments often come in a package that cost over $3,000.
Now, everyone can enjoy timeless beauty with ASTIQUE. I’m so thankful for ASTIQUE clinic and Dr Celine in helping me maintain my youth, and to be able to share my experience with you.