This laser treatment gives skin a lifted appearance without pain or injections. It even targets the inside of your mouth to smooth the smile lines.
The treatment is
said to be painless,
and reportedly gives
There is no downtime,
but you may see slight
redness for a day. If
you have had fillers or
botox done, wait for
about two weeks before
going for Fotona 4D.
You’re too chicken to try fillers. Yet, you want something to treat your lines, wrinkles and saggy jowls. In this age of selfles, who doesn't want to look photo-ready?
Consider Fotona 4D, a unique, non-invasive laser treatment that targets the epidermis and dermis layers to give you firmer, smoother and more supple skin. It is suitable for people across a range of ages, whether you’re a 20something who wants a bit of a boost to your appearance, or a 30- or 40something looking to lift and tighten loose skin. Taking just 30 minutes, this is pretty much a lunchtime treatment. The Fotona 4D uses two lasers (Er:Yag and Nd:Yag) and four treatment modes. What’s special: One of the steps even involves a laser used on the inside of your mouth!
STEP 1 This is an intra-oral treatment exclusive to the Fotona laser. A probe, roughly the width of an electric toothbrush handle, is placed inside your mouth. You’ll feel a warm sensation (like drinking warm water). The Er:Yag laser is administered on the inner surfaces of your cheeks and lips to stimulate collagen to contract, which gives skin a plumper, tighter appearance. This helps reduce the look of wrinkles and laugh lines. Think of this as a lift from within.
STEP 2 The Nd:Yag laser in Fotona’s Frac3 mode targets the epidermis, focusing on the cheekbone and jaw areas for improved tone and a more V-shaped jawline.
STEP 3 The same Nd:Yag laser (but in Fotona’s Piano mode) targets the deeper dermis layer for a controlled deep heating of the tissues. The result: plumper, less saggy skin.
STEP 4 Think of this as an extremely controlled light peel. The Er:Yag laser is used to give skin a smooth, pearllike finish.
The Fotona 4D treatment is available at the following clinics:
Neu Age Clinic (tel: 6222-1481), M&W Aesthetic Clinic (tel: 6734-8348), H K Tan Surgery (tel: 6733-2555), IDS Clinic (tel: 6568-3555) Halley Medical Aesthetics (tel: 6737-8233), Prive Clinic (tel: 6737-6639), The Aesthetic Clinic (tel: 6235-8770) Singapore Aesthetic Centre (tel: 6837-1000), Healthsprings Laser and Aesthetic Clinic (tel: 6836-8386) P Clinic (tel: 6100-1234), A.L.L. Medical Centre (tel: 6334-3213), WeCoMed Clinic (tel: 6467-2822), Face, Body & Skin Aesthetics Medical Centre (tel: 6235-1125).
Less for more
Packing a lot in a moisturiser is possible. Shiseido’s latest addition to its White Lucent range, All Day Brightener ($85), is a fluid-cream with SPF50/PA+++, antioxidants, pearl pigments and various powders to even skin tone instantly (while it works on hyperpigmentation). Lightweight yet nourishing, it leaves skin moist and comfortable, with no sticky after-feel. Ingredients such as vitamins C and E are contained in capsules in the cream and gradually released over the course of the day for sustained antioxidant and brightening action.
You don't have to make a trip to the hair salon just to refresh a faded brown dye job. John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette In-shower Lightening Treatment ($19.90) promises to help you do that in just five minutes at home. How this conditioner-like home treatment works: it is said to break down melanin in hair to lighten it, while the low-level-peroxide developer it contains enables colour to penetrate. Application is easy and our hair is visibly brighter-coloured after, but do expect a strong ammonia smell during use. One tube is enough only for shoulder-length hair, so if you have longer locks, get an extra tube.
There are two things that facials for sensitive skin generally need to tackle. One: inflammation. And two: dryness. With that in mind, beauty salon chain Estetica has introduced the Sensitive Skin Pro Facial ($325), a 75-minute facial aimed at addressing both.
Because there are diﬀerent kinds and degrees of sensitivity, the therapist will first carry out a skin check to see if steaming and extractions are suitable. Massages are kept very gentle to avoid overstimulation, while exfoliation is done with a mild peeling cream instead of a physical scrub. All products used have a mix of amino acids and minerals that reportedly help to inhibit the skin’s inflammatory responses, lowering the frequency and intensity of flare-ups.
Two serums and two masks – all with soothing and anti-stress properties – are applied to reportedly help improve skin immunity against inflammation, and a hydrating cream caps oﬀ the facial.
TEXT CARINA KOH & DIONE CHEN / PRODUCT PHOTOS DARREN CHANG / PHOTO OF MODEL GALLERY STOCK.