ASTIQUE Aesthetic Clinic: Radiance Laser & Fat-Freezing Treatments

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:

  1. Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Pigmentation
  3. Hollowing in the temples, cheeks and under-eye areas
  4. Sagging skin
  5. Dry skin
  6. Open pores
  7. 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.

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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.

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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.

Zeltiq CoolSculpting

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.

Zeltiq Fat FreezingFat-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.

Zeltiq Fat FreezingTop 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.

L-ascorbic Eye Rejuvenation

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.

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Radiance Laser ASTIQUE Aesthetic Clinic

Radiance Laser 3-in-1

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.

I’ll be back next week for my second treatment. Will update you through my Facebook Page and Instagram, so please stay tuned.

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.

Slimming Progress Update & Fat Freezing Treatment on Outer Thighs

My colleague commented that I look slimmer and healthier recently. When I told her that I lost 5kg over the last 2 months, I made her really excited. Then, I shared with her the Total Slim Program at Halley Medical Aesthetics that I’m undergoing now, and she was so impressed. The Botox also plays a part in my facial slimming.

Yes, I look visibly slimmer now – even my VERY unobservant husband noticed it, you can imagine my excitement. Like I always say – unless I go for plastic surgery, else he wouldn’t notice any difference in how I look. So this time, he surprised me.

Two months ago, I did my first fat freezing treatment on my tummy. A month later, I did the second fat freezing treatment on the same area. Over the weeks that follow, my body continues to flush out the fat cells, and my tummy has gradually disappears.

I used to look like I’m “pregnant all the time” – I hated it so much that I’ve stopped wearing dresses completely. Most of my weight gain went to my tummy, no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get rid of it. I went from size “M” to “L”, but still struggled to get my zipper up.

Now, I’m comfortably wearing my old “M” size pants without worrying that my zipper will pop open. The fat freezing treatment delivers amazing results, so I’ve decided to do it once more on my outer thighs.

During my third visit to Dr. Terence Tan, I told him that I want to shrink my thighs. Frankly speaking, I’ve long accepted that having wide hips and bulky thighs was simply part of being a woman approaching her 40’s. But now that I’ve discovered fat freezing treatment, I just wish that it can make my thighs just a little bit smaller, or tighter, or just look better.

Dr. Tan suggested that I had the treatment on my outer thighs, so he explained the procedure to me before I get iced. It’s practically the same as the fat freezing on my tummy, except that I laid on a different position this time (face down).

Fat Freezing Treatment on Outer Thighs

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The therapist applied the cooling pads on my thighs before placing the fat freezing applicators on my outer thighs. It felt icy cold for a short while, but my body adjusted to the temperature quickly. The therapist sweetly placed a sheet over me and dimmed the lights for me to rest. I took a short nap as the treatment took one hour.

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Besides the fat freezing treatment, a major part of the consultation was spent on weight-loss food advisory, understanding my caloric needs, and making healthy lifestyle changes to prevent putting on weight after my slimming program. Dr. Tan doesn’t rushes through appointments, in fact, he is patient in explaining everything to me and very supportive to my questions and needs.

You know, it’s really nice to sit with a doctor who doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to get you out of his room. He takes his time to listen to me, so I’m certainly staying with him for all my aesthetics needs.

We discussed in details about my diet and calorie intake. Before the slimming program, my daily calorie intake was roughly 1,800 as compared to my recommended calorie intake of 1,650. So, I was taking excess 150 calories per day (equivalent to 17gm weight gain per day). That was 0.5kg a month, 3kg in half a year, and 6kg in a year. Eeek!

I totally freaked out, not knowing that my favourite white coffee is the major culprit. So, I cut away all my snacks and drink only black coffee (no milk, no creamer). My revised daily calorie intake went down to 1,300 (equivalent to 40gm weight loss per day). That goes to 1.2kg weight loss in a month.

I don’t go crazy counting calories on everything that I eat. With a good understanding on calories and energy requirement, I can make healthier food choices and guide myself on weight control.

As a record, my three-month slimming progress can be summarized as follow:

Month 1 Month 2 Month 3
Weight: 58.5kg Weight: 55kg Weight: 53kg
Body fat: 27.8% Body fat: 27.1% Body fat: 26.2%
Waist circumference: 78cm Waist circumference: 73cm -
Treatment: Fat freezing on tummy (1 session) & weight-loss medication (1 month) Treatment: Fat freezing on tummy (1 session) & weight-loss medication (1 month) Treatment: Fat freezing on outer thighs (1 session) & weight-loss medication (1 month)

Overall, I’m so happy with the results. It’s progressing easier and better than I’ve expected, and I’m looking forward to month #4 already.

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Halley Medical Aesthetics carries MT Metatron – a high quality skincare brand from Japan that specializes in anti-aging, lifting, and face contouring.

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Halley’s Signature Firm It Up Facial is the Winner of Harper’s BAZAAR Spa Awards 2015: Best Anti-Aging Facial.

Read all posts on my slimming journey here:

  1. Post # 1: Start of my slimming journey at Halley Medical Aesthetics
  2. Post # 2: Fat freezing treatment and one-month update
  3. Post # 3: Second-month update, Botox and Ultherapy
  4. Post # 5: Magic Slim Body Firming Treatment (With Super Trio RF) & Final Slimming Progress Update

Halley Medical Aesthetics
248 River Valley Road #01-01 Singapore 238302
Website: http://www.halley.com.sg/

Fat Freezing Treatment at Halley Medical Aesthetics

Last night, I went up the weighing scale and it showed 55kg. I couldn’t believe it; I thought the scale might not be accurate. So, I asked Edison to go up and check. True enough, it showed his correct weight.

That means my weight has gone down from 58.2kg to 55kg. That’s 3.2kg weight loss in just 3 weeks! It’s really amazing – the weight-loss medicine works like magic!

I’m not encouraging weight loss by popping pills. Ideally, the best way is to exercise and eat a proper diet. But in the real world, 24 hours a day doesn’t seem like enough time to fit in work, kids, family, house chores and exercise. If you don’t even have enough sleep, naturally exercise will be the last thing in your mind.

One more week to go for my weight-loss medication, and I’m screaming “Jia You!” every day. I’ll update again after my one-month review with Dr. Terence Tan after the Chinese New Year.

Fat Freezing Treatment at Halley Medical Aesthetics

Today, I’ll be sharing on my first fat freezing treatment at Halley Medical Aesthetics. Dr. Tan took a lot of care in explaining how the treatment works, what I can expect from it, and all other questions that I had. Not only did he make me feel totally at ease, I couldn’t wait to have my fats removed .

Cryolipolysis (fat freezing) is a treatment that originated after researchers fully understood what happens when skin tissue is exposed to modestly low temperatures: fat cells would disintegrate first, leaving the rest of the skin unaffected. Cryolipolysis works in the same way; it destroys fat, leaving the rest of the skin intact.

The process involves putting a section of your skin between the plates of the freezing applicator for about an hour, resulting in the disintegration of fat cells. The body would then eliminate the disintegrated fat cells slowly over the next two months, resulting in a slimmer, more shapely body. It was approved by the FDA in 2010, and today it is widely popular in Singapore.

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Here’s how the machine looks like

The targeted area for my first treatment is my tummy. Two cooling pads were placed on my tummy. The applicator was then placed on each cooling pad on my tummy. Then, my skin fold was held between the plates of the applicator.

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There are 3 stages of the treatment – as you can see in the picture below. The temperature went from -7°C to -5°C for a specific duration. Much to my surprise, I didn’t really feel any intense coldness (even though it was -7°C!) or any discomfort. All I felt was a firm tug on my tummy for the first few minutes when the device was placed on my tummy. Then, I relaxed throughout the treatment that lasted for an hour.

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Since there is nothing much to do except waiting for the treatment, I tried out their Deep Pore Cleansing Treatment Facial ($130 for 60 mins). Yes, it’s the best thing to do while waiting. Women are always good at multitasking. No?

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Clogged pores are one of my most common skin problems. They tend to appear on my nose, forehead and chin – very annoying and difficult to remove. The Deep Pore Cleansing Treatment Facial took just an hour (best match with the fat-freezing treatment).

First, the therapist cleansed my face to remove my make-up. With liquid diamond dermabrasion, she cleared my blocked pores and removed all blackheads. She also carefully trimmed my eyebrows. Then, she used iontophoresis to infuse serums onto my face. Lastly, facial mask was applied.

The treatment facial was completed minutes after the fat-freezing treatment. This is how my tummy looked like immediately after the treatment. I asked the therapist to take this picture so that I can show it to you.

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Sorry, I’m way too shy to show my belly button in the public, so I covered it with this little bird. =)

There was some redness on my tummy where the freezing applicators were placed but they didn’t hurt at all. The redness disappeared few hours later.

I didn’t take any before and after pictures for comparison because I won’t see the results immediately. Best results are usually seen after two months because the disintegrated fat cells take time to breakdown and get flushed out of our body naturally.

I’ve compiled a list on FAQs based on my own experience and understanding of the fat-freezing treatment.

1. Is it painful?
Absolutely no! As the treatment begins, you may feel coldness during the first few minutes but it will soon dissipates. There is no discomfort or pain after that.

2. How much does the fat-freezing treatment cost? How many sessions do I need?
At Halley Medical Aesthetics, the treatment is priced at $380 per session. It’s best to consult Dr. Tan first so that he can recommend a treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. His consultation fee is very affordable at only $10 on weekdays from 10am to 4pm and $25 after 4pm. On weekends and public holidays, consultation is $50.

3. Are there any side effects or food restrictions after the treatment?
I experienced some redness after the treatment, but it subsided after a few hours. No food restriction or special precaution needed after the treatment. You can resume your normal activities after the treatment but it doesn’t mean you don’t need to watch your diet and have all the unhealthy food you want. This body sculpting treatment is most effective when done alongside a health regime.

4. Are the results permanent?
During weight loss, your fat cells shrink but the number of fat cells in your body cannot be reduced. The fat cells will expand again when you consume more energy that you can burn.

With fat-freezing treatment, once the treated fat cells are disintegrated, they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from our body. Once the fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

So, this treatment doesn’t only shrink the fat cells but it removes them permanently.

5. Is fat-freezing treatment safe?
Cryolipolysis is FDA-approved for the flank (love handles), abdomen and thigh. With over a million of treatments done worldwide, it is proven to be safe and effective for non-surgical fat reduction.

6. When will I see results?
Some patients may start to see changes as fast as three weeks after the treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. Our body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

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At Halley Medical Aesthetics, beauty and wellness are made simple and affordable, yet safe and personalized. Dr. Terence Tan and his team of friendly staffs made my visit so pleasant and comfortable.

I always believe that a happy and satisfied customer is likely to return and share about his / her good experiences with others. Word of mouth recommendations are far more valuable than any hard-selling.

Till my next update, if you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment here.

Halley Medical Aesthetics
248 River Valley Road #01-01 Singapore 238302
Website: http://www.halley.com.sg/