Monday, February 26, 2018

Pain Expectation During a Dermal Filler Treatment

The lines of age on your face may be beginning to show. You might be someone who rather has smooth skin for the rest of your life, or at least for the next ten years. Facelifts are relatively expensive, however. A more affordable solution that can clear your skin of wrinkles is dermal filler treatment. Though removing wrinkles is the most common reason patients request dermal filler treatment, it isn't the only reason. This procedure generally increases the volume and fullness of the skin on your face. It could be applied to many places on your face, including your lips and your cheeks. 

With a sensitive practice, it is important to find a surgeon you can trust. Dr. Andres Bustillo is a certified facial surgeon who will honestly tell you whether or not you need a dermal filler treatment. If you don't have any wrinkles on your face, then there's no need for this procedure. Regardless, it is still important to learn more about this procedure before visiting Dr. Bustillo. 

Brace Yourself for the Pain of the Procedure 

This will not be sugar-coated. It is imperative you know this so as to mentally prepare yourself. There will be some pain during the procedure. The pain isn't major, though. Depending on where the filler will be applied, some areas of the face may feel less pain than others. In general, the procedure isn't that painful. 

If you still happen to feel a little anxious, your skin is sensitive to pain, or are afraid of needles, then there are ways to reduce the pain. Some dermal fillers already come with anesthetics in the injection. Just in case there isn't, however, ice can numb your skin. It's simple but effective. There are also certain sedatives that can be used. A topical anesthetic is an ointment applied to the areas of the skin with which you are to be injected. There is also inhalation sedatives, also known as laughing gas. Ointment and gas are the least painful ways to relax your body and painlessly receive your injections.

Motivation to Overcome Pain 

It is possible that you are not interested in receiving these drugs for the procedure. You want to tough it out but can't find the motivation for it. Luckily, mind over matter really does work. One common form of motivation can be looking forward to the end result. Imagine how you will look after the procedure. 

To help this, you can look at before and after photos of other patients who have undergone this procedure. During your treatment, you could think of positive quotes about overcoming pain. One example is "Life hands us storms so we can paint rainbows" by Matshona Dhliwayo. Think of this over and over while the different areas of your face are getting injected. If thinking of quotes isn't the best type of thing to think of for you, then think other happy thoughts. One popular way of doing so is by "going to your happy place." Some can say that this sounds insane, at least the way media depicts it. However, this can be a good tactic to get your mind off of the pain. In your happy place, you could be thinking of the people you love, the location you are at, or something fun you like to do, just to name a few. 

Natural Skin Care Before and After Procedure 

Taking good enough care of your skin can generally help prevent and reduce the number of wrinkles you have. Fewer wrinkles mean fewer areas on your face to get injected and, therefore, less pain you have to go through. These everyday methods can not only help decrease the number of wrinkles on your face but also can leave your skin looking radiant:  

  • daily consumption 
  • perform stress-relieving activities 
  • sleep 

 If you feel you need to change your entire diet just to maintain healthy skin, then you can put those feelings to rest. There are all kinds of foods you can add to your diet that isn't already a part of it. Vitamin C is important for reducing wrinkles. Usually, people think of oranges when they hear "vitamin C," but you could also get vitamin C from strawberries, kiwis, and broccoli on top of other fruits and vegetables. 

 A word you've probably heard of often involving healthy eats is antioxidants. An antioxidant prevents the damage of cells by removing oxidation. In case of skin, it helps inhibit inflammation in the skin, which can lead to wrinkling. Familiar foods with antioxidants include blueberries, dark chocolate, nuts, and purple grapes. If you're looking to add something more exotic to your diet, then look no further than goji and acai berries. They also contain antioxidants. 

Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad for you. There are indeed healthy fats that assist you in making your skin look young and restored. What is bad for you, however, is sugar. In addition to many other health problems that can arise from eating too much sugar, it can also give you wrinkles. Avoid sugar as much as you can.  

Stress increases the likelihood of wrinkles. Look for a stress-relieving activity you like. A couple of suggestions would be reading a book or playing certain video games. You could also try your hand at cross-stitching. The monotonous movement can help relax the mind. If you're looking to relax your body as well, then you can look to watching tv or just sitting and hanging out with your friends. Create a place that you call your stress-free zone. This could be in your home or a nearby area. You may even discover a new hobby. Be sure to do one of these stress-relieving activities before you go to sleep. That way you can have good-quality sleep. Also, be sure that you sleep enough. During sleep is when your skin can repair and rejuvenate itself. 

Andres Bustillo, MD FACS is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. He practices dermal filler treatments, facelifts, and other procedures in Miami, FL.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Simple Beauty Massage Technique with Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Serum in Oil

As you might know I have been using Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity range for a while now and I have review this in my earlier blogpost. Today I would like to show a simple beauty face massage technique. I have learned to lift up the 5 key facial sagging areas. Instead of using a random massage cream, I’m using the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Serum in Oil as the texture is perfect for a massage.

I love doing this massage because it’s really easy to do during my daily night time skincare routine. I feel the massage is really therapeutic and helps me to relax while leaving my skin feeling soft & supple until morning!

Watch my Beauty Massage Technique with Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Serum in Oil


Take a few drops of Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Serum in Oil and rub it with your both palm to warm it up. This is to ensure better absorption on the skin.


Gently massage the skin on your neck, lifting it by sliding your fingertips towards the front of your ears, with your palm on the jaw. Repeat three times.


Then, use your fingertips to gently lift skin from chin and jawline towards the ears, and press the skin gently for three seconds. Repeat three times.


Massage in upward motion using middle and ring fingers from the corners of the mouth towards the ears. At the end of the motion, press gently on skin for three seconds. Repeat movement three times.


Using the middle and ring fingertips, lift the skin from bottom of your nose towards the top part of your ears and press gently on the skin for three seconds. Repeat three times.


Gently move the same two fingers from one end of the eyes towards the temples and press them down at the temples for three seconds every time. Repeat three times.


Apply pressure on area between brows with both thumbs for three seconds and move the thumbs upwards to the forehead. Repeat three times.


Move fingers from the brow area upwards towards the forehead. Repeat three times.

I also like the fact that my skin is not oily after the massage. So there you have it, a simple 7 step massage that is able to lift up 5 key facial sagging areas! Highly recommending you guys to try this Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Serum in Oil today to feel the difference!

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fraxel or Microneedling? Which is the best option?

Your face is your most noticeable feature. You can think of it as your calling card. It's the part of you that people will remember. It's also what makes you so unique. When something affects the appearance of your face, it can be really upsetting. You may have issues with the texture of your skin or scarring. Pigmentation issues could really bother you. 

Wrinkles are another problem that come with getting older. Many of the issues with your skin can stem from a lack of proper skin care when you were younger. Exposure to the sun, acne, and aging are other factors. Regardless of why you have a problem with your skin, you want to find answers. You can try skin creams and cosmetics, but they can only do so much. When you want more pronounced results, consider cosmetic procedures that can produce changes in your skin. Two popular options are Fraxel and microneedling. 

Understanding Fraxel 

A Fraxel treatment for enhancing your skin involves the use of a laser. The laser light targets areas of concern on your face, penetrating the deep layers with carefully controlled amounts of energy. This energy produces heat. It will damage the old skin in order to allow healthy, new skin to be created. Your collagen production will be stimulated as well. In the end, your skin will have a revitalized appearance. 

Understanding Microneedling Microneedling involves the use of a handheld device. This device has numerous, tiny needles that are applied to your skin in the area where you need treatment. The needles penetrate the skin, damaging the skin in such a way that it will trigger the body's natural processes to begin repairing itself. Improved circulation and an increase in the production of collagen can improve the surface of your skin. 

Which Treatment is Right for You? 

Both types of treatments are used to target a variety of problems that affect your skin. Age spots, blemishes from the sun, scarring from acne or other injuries, and effects of aging can respond in a positive way after microneedling or Fraxel laser treatments. Cost may be a consideration. Laser treatments involve more expensive equipment and those costs will be passed on to the patient. When it comes to your personal comfort, a laser treatment penetrates your skin at a deeper level. You may end up with more pronounced side effects and discomfort. Microneedling does not affect your skin on such a deep level. Your recovery time will be shorter. If you have a milder concern with your skin, consider microneedling. If your issues are more extreme, the Fraxel laser will be more effective when you want to see a dramatic change in the appearance of your skin. 

What to Expect from Your Treatments? 

 Both types of treatments are performed in your doctor's office. If you have the herpes virus and get cold sores around your nose and mouth, be sure to tell your plastic surgeon. You can be given a prescription that will keep you from having a flare-up of this virus that remains dormant until something triggers it. Before a Fraxel treatment, your skin will be numbed using a topical anesthetic. Cool air will be used to keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. Each treatment lasts about a half hour. When it is over, you are likely to feel like you have a sunburn, but your discomfort won't last long. You can expect at least three treatments to have the best results. You may need as many as five. Your treatments will be spaced out at least a month apart to allow your skin to rejuvenate itself. When you have a microneedling treatment, you can expect to come in for a session that will last between a half hour and an hour. Your face will be coated with a numbing cream before your treatment begins. During treatment, you will feel the vibration of the handheld device at work. When your treatment is done, a soothing gel will be applied to your skin. Your skin will be red following your treatment for a short time and you will feel some discomfort that is similar to a sunburn. Your amount of sessions and wait time in between is similar to Fraxel laser treatments. 

What Can You Do to Make Your Results Last After Treatments? 

Once you have completed your treatment sessions, you are going to want to do anything you can to make your results last. Make sun protection a priority. You can find daily moisturizers that include sunscreen. You can also perform a regular cleansing routine that nourishes your skin. Stay hydrated. This is beneficial for your skin, as well as your entire body. You can also invest in skin care products that target areas of your skin that need it most. Iridesse products, such as Day Brilliance, Night Care, and Eye Love It, can help you to nourish your skin. You'll give it the attention it deserves. After healthy skin has resulted from your treatments, the right products can give your skin exactly what it needs. 

Iridesse has been created by Dr. Hillelson, a plastic surgeon who understands exactly what works to promote healthy skin. Her experience and expertise have played a role in developing products that stimulate optimal collagen production. They also trigger elastin production. It means firmer, more youthful skin for you when you use these products as instructed. If you have taken the time to have Fraxel or microneedling treatments, making wise choices in skin care products can help you to get the most out of your investment. 

Talk to Dr. Hillelson About Fraxel, Microneedling, and More Today If you are serious about treating issues with the skin on your face in order to improve its texture or appearance, set up a consultation with Ruth L. Hillelson, MD. She has made cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery her field of expertise.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My choice of Korean special care travel essential!

I have been traveling quite intensely for the past few months since August from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh, Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Dalat (and I got a trip in coming 2 week time!) and to keep my skin healthy is not easy. Constant exposure to dirt & sun make my skin are more prone to breakout. If I could bring my Panasonic Nanocare Facial Steamer would be great but I think to pack a few tubes of skincare seems more convenient. I truly felt that besides our usual skincare routine here like cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser, we need some special care to help to boost & pamper our skin health!

 As you might know Korean skincare is known to use a lot natural ingredients passed down from generation to generation. This tradition continues today with formulations that tend to shun harsh chemicals and draw from the Earth plus they are pretty affordable in general. So while I was googling to look for solution from Korean skincare brand I stumbled on a few articles on ProductNation Malaysia talking about this and they have the latest product reviews, products on-trend, consumer favourite and best of all an indication of price (btw the prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on)

Below are some of special care products from Korean brands I have researched and read their skin care review in Malaysia before trying out myself and I think these are great to maintain our kin during travel.

Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask 

A mask with Micro Clay Mask containing Super Volcanic Clusters that is effective at absorbing excessive sebum and fine dust stuck between small pores and wrinkles. Formulated with 84.7% naturally derived ingredients, including 6,020 mg Jeju Volcanic Cluster and 5 proven exfoliants (volcanic clusters, walnut shells, cellulose, AHAs, BHAs). This 6-in-1 pore solution mask in a light, airy mousse helps: 
  1. minimize the look of pores 
  2. absorb sebum 
  3. gently exfoliate 
  4. deeply cleanse 
  5. even skin tone
  6. keep skin feeling cool 

I prefer the mousse over the jar version one as the pump allows for easy and mess-free application. I like how my skin feel very clean after using this however I can only use 1 to 2 times a week as it is pretty drying and I need to put on a hydrating mask right after.

Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask EX

A peel-off mask that removes dead skin cells and impurities for smoother skin. This mask includes finely ground Solomon’s Seal, fine honey, and Japanese Honeysuckle to leave skin look clear and translucent. This mask also contains natural ingredients including pine, licorice, Cnidium Officinale, and Angelica Acutiloba. I always love peel off mask but most of them are drying but this one is not. 

I love the ginseng scent super soothing and relaxing. I love how the skin was much noticeably cleaner and smoother after each use.

 Skin Food Rice Mask Wash Off 

An exfoliating and moisturizing scrub mask with grains which is based on rice and rice extract. With its texture of ground rice, it leaves skin bright, soft and lustrous. I have been using this product for at least like 10 years and yet this is one of the best classic scrub mask around that is so affordable to own.
Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off 

Another mask from SkinFood. This sweet mask wash-off features organic black sugar granules that exfoliate and nourishes skin, leaving you feeling smooth and clean. 

Among the 2,091 reviews in ProductNation for this 4-star rated product, people are saying how much cleaner, refreshed and softer their skin feels after using it.It’s not hard to tell why because this mask is really affordable yet the result is immediate! Skin feel super smooth, moist and soft after using it with a sweet scent left behind.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel 

Soak in the goodness of Californian aloe vera with this soothing gel. This is super mild on skin, it can be used to moisturise face, arms, legs, and hair. The vitamins from aloe vera also protect your skin from harmful UV rays and best use to soothe burn skin. I swear by this and always bring this along when I travel and I have a few jars of these product places around on my working table, vanity table and beside my table so it’s easy to reach.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 

Besides their best seller sleeping mask, I think a lot of us often forget that the most important part of our smile is our beautiful lips.This sleep-in mask for the lips will gently melts away dead skin cell leaving lips moist and supple the next morning. A must have for me while I travel so that I can have beautiful looking lips for my travel pictures! 

These are some of the best Korean skincare product recommendation I researched via online and have tried personally and I hope you find it useful. I think there are too many products I bought in the past which are impulse purchase. Hence now I have become a smarter consumer (cos wan save money for traveling!) where I will actually Google for reviews, before trying out the sample or feel it at store before buying an actual size.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Discover your foot health on Sunfeet Open Day!

Do you know 4 out of 5 Malaysian has foot problems?

Our feet are often over looked as a vital part of the body and most tend to ignore issues that are affecting their feet. Most often than not, we only take concern when our feet health has worsen. 

Both of our feet  make up for 25% of the body’s bones, 18% of joints and 6% of the muscles. Any damage to any of these parts can cause serious harm to our bodies and will affect our mobility. And in actual fact our feet are the ones that get the most wear and tear like our car tires. All this pressure and movement will not only leave your feet sore but can also affect your knees, hips and entire spine. Hence making sure we have good foot health is important. 

One of the easiest and most accurate way to find our if our foot health is good is through a proper foot examination with qualified orthotist.

Plus having a flat foot, cerebral palsy, knee pain, scoliosis and even a diabetic foot, these will need some special medical attention by a fully trained professional team.

I was invited to SunFeet event to find out my foot health. 

The founder of Sunfeet is Dato' Dr. Edmund Lee, a British-qualified orthotist and prosthetist. He is the third generation in the family business; his late grandfather and father were in the prosthetics and orthotics line.

Sunfeet International Rehab Centre is a one stop centre to offer holistic care by its specialist and professional team on board including in the area of occupational therapy, sports rehabilitation, prosthetics, podiatry, orthotics, pedorthics and physiotherapy for children and adult. 

At the event I found out that Sunfeet offers comprehensive foot examination to determine your foot health. This is 3D scanning which can provides 90% accuracy.

I found out that I suffered from over pronated foot (a worse scenario from flat feet) where there is an inward rolling of my foot especially on my left side. And over pronation can cause injuries in the foot, ankle, knee and can further affect the pelvis and spine, as well as shoulder balance. And now I finally understand why I always have foot pain and recently I have constant pain in my left knee. Also I can't really do proper balancing in yoga class too.

In fact Dato' Dr Edmund said that conditions has worsen because my knee is feeling the impact hence I suffered from knee pain. And I'm now thinking to discuss further with him to see what are the possible solutions.

The most effective ways to improve my foot health would be wearing the correct customised insoles to support and correct back our arch and posture. And the above picture was him taking measurement of one of his patient's insoles before making them into a insoles mold.

Besides the customised insoles, they also sell ready made insoles and shoes which are imported from overseas. 

According to Dato' Dr Edmund Lee, 6 out of 10 Malaysian has flat feet problem. And one of the main reasons we suffer my flat foot are :

1) Genetics, we cannot change this but we can reduce/prevent it from getting worse 
2) Wearing wrong footwear 
3) Asian behavior of not wearing shoes at home.

And flat feet is a condition which is curable and not a deadly disease. Proper footwear, lifestyle behaviour and standing posture is important to maintain our healthy foot health.

This is how a finished product of a customised insoles will looks like. According to Dato' Dr Edmund, the patients recommend that we should be wearing this customised insoles for at least 6 hours. He also said that this customised insoles is very easy to maintain and we should also wear it at home to correct posture. With CNY just around the corner, he reminded that one should be wearing proper footwear at home especially when we will standing on long hours cooking our CNY reunion meals.

And guess what, next weekend 27 and 28 January 2018 (between 10am to 7pm) Sunfeet will organising their Sunfeet Open Day where there are a lot of fun filled activitires such as public talk by Dato Dr Edmund Lee, the residence orthotic specialist, children’s colouring contest and special promotion of 15% discount on selected products. The first 50 customers will also receive RM500 worth of vouchers from Sunfeet International. Hurry and register here. Hope to see you all there! 

In conjunction with Chinese New Year celebration, Sunfeet International is also offering exclusive promotion with the Happy and Healthy Feet for Your Loved Ones promotion valid until 28 February. This promotion is in a gift box set and ideal as a giveaway for loved ones. Dato' Dr Edmund Lee believes that as many of our loved ones especially our parents often suffer in silence from foot pain and he hopes we can "bring back" foot health to their with their CNY new packaging. Every customer will receive their customised insoles in special CNY packaging with nice CNY greeting. Totally a perfect gift for our loved during this festive seasons!

Sunfeet International Rehab Centre Address
BlkC, 18 Jalan 19/1, 
Seksyen 19 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 
For enquiry, please call +6-013-528 3939
(located in Big Pharmacy)
Business Hour: 10am to 7pm daily

Speaking of CNY, Valentine's Day is also around the corner and usually this are the time where your loved ones (be it your husband, boyfriend or even best friend) would want to make you smile with flowers deliver to your doorstep.

I came across one of the best florist in Singapore and was quite fascinated with their freestyle bouquet. Usually flower arrangement I see are quite boring and you can't really customised our own budget at really affordable price. This freestyle bouquet will be specially crafted by their florists according to the recipient/customer's needs, age, and occasion of event. 

What I like most is that every freestyle bouquet is different and unique to the customer for only $34.90

For Valentine's day they have we have special discounted prices for flowers delivery during the V-day period! 

OMG don't you think this looks like the Beauty & the Beast Enchanted Rose? This preserved red rose in a jar can last about 10 years! 

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