Monthly Archives: March 2010

Stem cells just got safer – thanks to CREATEIRB

25 March 2010

Dr David Loh at Society of Aesthetic Medicine press conference

Injecting stem cells under the skin to make a person look younger, or using platelet-rich plasma to treat acne scars – could such procedures soon become accepted aesthetic treatments?

These experimental therapies are some of the clinical trials a new independent review board is looking into. David Loh, honorary secretary and spokesman of the Society of Aesthetic Medicine, announced the new independent review board yesterday – CREATEIRB. It stands for Create Independent Review Board and its members will comprise doctors who are GCP (Good Clinical Practice) certified and who have taken the Institutional Review Board (IRB) exams.

It targets the independent private practitioner, who now either goes to a hospital’s review board or direct to a relevant authority, such the Ministry of Health or Health Sciences Authority, for regulatory approval to conduct a clinical trial. David Loh said the board will help “sieve out the less suitable” trials and “at every stage of the clinical trial, there’s an independent oversight, there’s reassurance, there are multi-layers of safeguards and scrutiny. We want to be at the forefront (of the aesthetics field), but also want to be safe,” he added.

These stem-cells have numerous potential cosmetic applications, but because these treatments are necessarily experimental at this stage, CREATEIRB will provide the necessary safeguards to guide the clinical trials to a stage where they can be subjected to peer scrutiny.

How not to have your husband do a Jack Neo…

17 March 2010
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It is inevitable. You will age and your husband’s eyes may wander. As in the case of Jack Neo.

Looking at the old pictures of him and his wife, Irene. I must say that Irene is quite the catch for him with her pretty Eurasian looks. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll with her and she does not quite look as fetching now. Is that the reason for him hitting on young (very young!) women? I can’t say but it is a common fact that men do like sweet young things as they get older.

Thankfully, there are now many non-invasive aesthetic treatments that can help maintain your good looks without resorting to going under the knife. 

Here’s some advice from Dr David Loh:

Go for subtle changes that will gradually improve over time. Enhance your inner beauty and confidence without changing your looks too dramatically. Less is indeed more! Choose treatments, like the Ulthera, that makes you look and feel good without any curiosity or suspicious attention from people around you.  Imagine a painless instant facelift that leaves absolutely no swelling, redness or marks. That is the Ulthera Non-surgical Facelift.

Here’s more information about the Ulthera Non-surgical Facelift: 

According to Dr David Loh, each treatment offered by his clinic is not there by chance. “They are all beyond doubt the gentlest within its class of treatments. For example Ulthera Non-surgical Facelift, as a skin tightening procedure, leaves absolutely no redness or visible marks. It is such an elegant procedure that patients feel confident enough return to work the same day. This is unlike many popular laser treatments offered today where there is some redness (or a feeling of rawness) that may take several days to go away.”
VASER is another example where less is more. Less pain and recovery time, but more fats are removed. It is indisputably the gentlest among office-based liposuction procedures. The sound waves that destroy the fat cells do no harm to the blood vessels, nerves or muscles. This process is called Vaser Lipo-Selection. Bruising and discomfort is reduced to a fraction that compared with conventional liposuction.

New Anti Aging Treatments

8 March 2010


Skin Lab Medspa

Name of treatment: Vibroliposculpture

What is it for: Fat reduction

Treatment process: This is a fairly new procedure using power assisted machine to remove fats. It is under the category of power assisted liposuction where you still need to make 4mm incision to assess fats under the skin for removal. But the downtime and safety margin is much better than traditional liposuction. It reduces fats significantly and can be done for large areas of fats. You also need to do it only once usually.

Duration: 2 to 4 hours

Cost: $5000 onwards

eMax Triniti

ClearSK Aesthetic Centres

Name of treatment: eMax Triniti®

What is it for: A favourite among Hollywood Stars, the eMax Triniti® is the complete aesthetic treatment combining 3 techonologies of the triniti series- feature combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energies which precisely heat tissue within the targeted treatment area to stimulate improvement within the skin. To achieve tight and firm skin appearance, safely treat tiny spider vessels and red and brown spots and also smooth deeper lines around the nose and mouth. A comfortable treatment with minimal down-time, a lunch-time procedure that you can try anytime.

Treatment process: Treatment begins with cleansing and application of numbing cream.

1. Colour correction treats spider weins, age spots, uneven skin tone and sun-damaged skin.

2. Refirme Skin Tightening targets telltale signs of aging, including: jowl and neck laxity, sagginess under the eyes, saggy brow lines, and nasolabial folds.

3. Matrix IR Fractional Wrinkle Treatment resolves wrinkles, and skin texture becomes smoother and more elastic.

Treatment ends with a soothing masque.

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: From $350

Thermage CPT handpiece Thermage CPT handpiece

Calvin Chan Aesthetic & Laser Clinic

Name if treatment: Thermage CPT which stands for Comfort Pulse Technology

What is it for: This is great for non-surgical face lifting or skin-tightening and was just launched two weeks ago in Singapore. Calvin Chan is the first clinic to offer this treatment. Treatment process: A vibrating hand piece coupled with pulsed radiofrequency energy is used on treatment area. The treatment is also painless.

Duration: The treatment takes one hour and results last for two years.

Cost: $6000 for full face and neck.



 Divine Medspa

Name of treatment: XL Hair What is it for: Stimulating hair growth.

Treatment process: Serum is infused into scalp with jet of cmpressed air. This contains 47 active ingredients to stimulate hair growth. The jet also increases microcirculation. This treatment is repeated weekly for 8 sessions. A home care spray used 3x a week helps to enhance & maintain the results. Absolutely no pain or downtime. Can see results within a month.

Duration: 20 minutes x 8 weeks

Cost: $150/session, $1000/8 sessions. Home spray $130. All before GST.



Name of treatment: Velashape

What is it for: Weight loss and cellulite

Treatment process: Using a combination of Bi-Polar radiofrequency, Infrared Light energy, Vacuum and Mechanical Massager, Velashape works on both the upper and deeper layers of the skin matrix, raising the metabolism of stored energy. It also aids lymphatic drainage and shrinks fat cells.

Duration: 10 minutes per section.

Upper and lower abdomen – (2 section /1 area)

Left and right flangs – (2 section / 1 area)

Each thigh (1 area)

Both arms (1 area)

Neck  (1 area).

Cost: Price is $250 per area/session.