Microaesthetic Surgery

Liquid Face Lift : Volume Restoration

For those who want to refresh and vitalise their face without surgery, Rachel Chew Clinic is offering this innovative new treatment, the non surgical liquid soft lift by using combination of dermal fillers and thread lift.

Facial Remodeling

Skin changes are among the most visible signs of aging. Skin aging first become apparent when the person is in their early 30s with the development of subtle changes, such as fine expression lines around the eyes and mouth and deepening of the tear trough, giving the face somewhat tired appearance.

Dr Rachel Chew observed the distinct feature of aging progress with appearance of deeper and more permanent lines of facial expressions that do not disappear when the face is relaxed leading to, crows feet, frown lines, smile lines and forehead lines. Furthermore there is loss of skin firmness and tone leading to sallow, dry, rough skin and more noticeable larger pore. In time age spots develop with uneven pigmentation. Skin thinning with appearance of dilated blood vessels and spider veins adds to the complete aging picture.

Exciting new facts have merged as Dr Rachel Chew further understands the structural changes and physics of the aging in the face. Previously it was thought that wrinkles, folds and skin sagging develop due to gravity pulling the skin down. What we know now is that it is not the stretching or drooping of the skins that accounts for the wrinkles and folds we see as we grow older. The most significant contribution to the aged appearance is loss of volume in the skin, soft tissues, fat and bones that create the visible signs of aging. Aging changes are more like a deflating balloon than a descent due to action of gravity. Volume loss leads to the shifts in facial shape, balance and proportions. We can visualize this by looking at the difference between grapes and raisins.

Deeper structural changes in the aging face lead to the appearance of more profound signs of aging:

  • Sunken cheeks
  • Appearance of jowls
  • Loose, sagging skin of the lower face
  • Drooping eyebrows and eyelids
  • Thinning lips with down-turned, deepening corners

Facial remodeling is a new way of reshaping face using dermal fillers and thread lift. It is non invasive, quick and relatively painless. Final result can last up to 2 years and more than 5 years using thread lift. At Skin Art Clinic, Dr Rachel Chew has sculpted the faces of hundreds of patients, she first consults with the patients and advises them on the areas that can be worked on.

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Make Over by Dr Rachel Chew

REDISCOVER YOUR YOUTH WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY URUNIQUE PROCEDURE

SKINARTESSE BY DR RACHEL CHEW

As we age, our faces are often the first to suffer. Resorption of fat, muscle, and even bone along with thinning of skin from loss of collagen and elastic fibres results in the face losing its plump, youthful glow. Like a balloon deflating, lines and wrinkles appear on the surface.  Sun damage and gravity contribute by adding uneven pigmentation, brown spots, and sagging of the jowls and neck.

Rediscover your youthful glow and beautiful facial contours with Dr Rachel Chew’s new invented procedure, the Skinartesse delivers astounding results without invasive surgery, and minimal downtime.  Dr Rachel Chew uses some of the most sophisticated, safe, and effective products and techniques available in aesthetic medicine.

Every face is different.  No procedure is therefore exactly the same.  Dr Rachel Chew performs a careful clinical facial analysis before each procedure is tailored to give the most effective and natural-looking results.  The 3 stages involved in this procedure include:

STAGE 1

Resurfacing and stimulation

Depending on your skin type and requirements following skin analysis, a plan to restore the canvas of your face to its former youthful glory is made and executed with clinical precision.  This step includes removing the outer dead layer of skin with lasers, removing brown and uneven spots, and stimulating new collagen and elastin production with growth factors from your own platelet blood cells.  Expect results no creams can deliver!

STAGE 2

Volume restoration

Not just about filling lips or cheeks, the  volume restoration techniques restore lost volume naturally, including difficult areas that are often forgotten:  temples, tear trough hollows, jawline.  If you have excessive fat in the jowls or chin area, this is removed with small ultrasound-emitting probes.  The result is a beautifully natural restoration of volume and facial contouring—like you looked 10 years ago.

Muscle rebalancing

By gently manipulating and relaxing muscles selectively, the brows, mouth corners, and jawline are lifted.  Hyperdynamic lines—frown, crow’s feet, lines above the lip—are also softened.  Muscle rebalancing is about making you look fresher, not freezing your face!

STAGE 3

Lifting

Dr Rachel Chew has perfected the technique of scarless face ad neck lifting using combined thread lift procedures.  These ingenious treatments lift jowls, neck, cheeks, and brows through tiny punctures under local anaesthesia.

This procedure, only available at Skin Art Clinic, restores a youthful appearance by targeting the four main causative factors in facial aging:  volume imbalance, muscle hyperdynamicity, drooping of soft tissues, and photoaging of the skin.  The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia so you can go home afterwards.  There are no visible scars and you can return to your normal activities in just a few days.

These treatments are not just another injection, peel, or filler treatment.  It is a fusion of advanced aesthetic techniques with artistry that delivers an effecive and beautifully natural result.  This is an individualized total facial rejuvenation procedure that offers transformation results without the downtime associated with invasive surgical techniques.

The 3 stages improve almost all the signs of aging, including:

  • Wrinkles & lines
  • Thin Lips
  • Sun damage
  • Dropping jowls
  • Flat cheeks
  • Brown spots
  • Fine lines
  • Double chin
  • Droopy eyebrow
  • Hollow cheeks
Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s this procedure is tailored exactly to suit your needs.

Are You Giving Yourself Wrinkles

In the crusade against wrinkles we are the first to invest in any and all weapons—peptides, anti aging serums, hydrating eye cream etc.. But while we know not to smoke, skip the sunscreen, or overindulge with alcohol, with all these beauty regime and money invested… Why the wrinkles are still there? With no improvement at all?

Here are three surprising ways you could be giving yourself wrinkles, because awareness is the first step to a smooth, flawless skin.. Am I right?

Washing Your Face
I ain’t kidding, over-washing your face could be giving you wrinkles. According to dermatologists, tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles, so if you wash your face too often, you could be washing away your protection. Limit your face cleansing to a maximum of two times per day, only use face scrub or exfoliate once a week.

Catching Your Beauty Sleep
Maybe we shouldn’t call it “beauty sleep” after all. Sadly, it turns out that sleeping in certain positions: on your side or face-down in the pillow, these poses cause “sleep lines” on your face and neck. That alone is not a huge deal, but after many nights or years of sleeping in the same position, those lines can become more and more obvious and worse, permanent! Your best bet for avoiding sleep lines is snoozing on your back, but if that’s not going to happen, opt for a silk pillowcase. Silk fabric material is claimed to minimize sleep creases because they are softer and smoother so your skin slides around. Another bonus: silk pillowcases are also easier on brittle and damaged strands because they create less friction than cotton.

Using Your Smartphone
Credit to the technology these days, smart phones are now part of our live. Call it the smart phone squint.  By peering at a small screen causes facial strain, around and between the brows, which may cause premature wrinkles on the face. Somehow that text we needed to send seems less important now… To combat the effects, minimize your brightness, and increase your text size if you have a hard time reading.

Panda Eye Horror

It’s dark outside. You’re on your way to bed. You look in the mirror, and there they are: under eye circles that terrify you. Okay, so maybe it’s not Halloween, but this common sign of aging affects most Asian at some point. Whether they’re induced by genetics, age, or lack of sleep, 53% of women under eye circles and puffiness as their number one beauty concern according to a survey from Clinique. We often look to concealer to temporarily solve the problem, but the cakey appearance of concealer is often too evident to provide the naturally youthful appearance that we seek.

Dark under eye circle are generally have three causes:

1. Dark pigmentation of the skin.

2. Prominent vasculature behind fair color translucent skin.

3. Shadowing and hollowing out underneath the eyes that is common with aging In our office, the third cause is the most frequently seen and we have been able to effectively use hyaluronic fillers which is naturally found in the skin to bond water molecules. When injected under the skin, the filler helps counteract volume loss beneath eyes.

Celebrities Go For Skin Tightening Before Red Carpet

Today, more and more celebrities are choosing skin tightening procedures before big events. Many stars want to look their very best and skin tightening can help by smoothing the skin and giving it a healthier, more youthful glow. It may seem like a surprise that anyone would make a appointment right before standing in front of hundreds of camera, but that’s exactly what movie stars and celebrities of our time are doing. You might be thinking to yourself, “But won’t the cameras see the scars, the bruising, the swelling?” And the answer is no. Cosmetic surgery has advanced to the point that skin tightening procedures no longer require a scalpel and, often, even anesthesia. With little to no downtime, it makes perfect sense why a red carpet walker would choose a skin tightening procedure before more invasive surgery.

Celebrities use skin tightening procedures because they are minimally invasive and can be performed in an office setting. With minimal risk and no anesthesia involved, they offer great results without high chances of miscalculation. MAXIMUS is a great example of this, this technology uses radio frequency energy to evenly heat skin tissue deep beneath the outer layers to activate and promote new collagen growth. Collagen growth will not only help diminish wrinkles and fine lines, it also results in smoother, firmer skin. Further more, this treatment can help to get rid of cellulite. For the best results, its recommended to do once a week with a series of 4 sessions. A celebrity may start their treatment a few weeks before the red carpet and continue treatments until the very last day before an event. As only a small amount of swelling and redness patients experience for a few hours after the treatment, there’s literally no downtime. Technically, if a celebrity were to get a treatment in the morning, by evening, they’d be ready to take that red carpet stroll.

It’s obvious to see why a celebrity might choose skin tightening procedures before going under the knife for more drastic, youth-reviving surgeries. Skin tightening is non-invasive, with little to no downtown. Swelling and redness for most procedures last no more than a few hours and the results can often be astounding. If you have a big event coming, maybe not a red carpet, but a wedding, vacation, or anniversary, a series of skin tightening procedures might be for you.

 

The 10 benefits of a chemical peel

Having radiant skin every day isn’t always easy, and even the healthiest lifestyle and skincare regiment can leave you with a dull or ruddy complexion. Chemical peels are some of the simplest and most effective treatments for achieving that radiant glow, and are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures performed around the world. Not only can you expect smooth and clear skin with these treatments, but chemical peels can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re looking for a dramatic ‘lift’ to your appearance without expensive surgery, chemical peels could be the secret to getting that youthful look.

Here are just ten benefits of this popular cosmetic procedure:

  1. Reduction or removal of blotchy patches. Skin blotches can create a dull complexion, and typically do not clear up on their own. A chemical peel can penetrate deep enough to remove the layer of darker skin to even out your skin tone.
  2. Removing the appearance of sun damage. The sun is the leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles, and these can be prevented with a healthy skincare regiment. Chemical peels remove the layer of skin that may be affected by sun damage to leave behind a fresh and smooth layer.
  3. Acne management. If you’re suffering from acne, a chemical peel may be a valuable part of your treatment program. Lighter peels such as AHAs and glycolic acid peels are more appropriate for sensitive and acne-prone skin, and can help clear up inflammation and even acne scars after a few months of treatment.
  4. Lightening of the skin. The change of seasons, poor diet, or even a lack of rest can leave you with a dull and ruddy complexion. Powerful chemical peels made with phenol acid are used to treat deep wrinkles, and can turn your skin lighter as a side effect.
  5. Low downtime. Most peels require just one or two treatments before the cells begin to turnover; you’ll start to see effects in just a few days with little recovery time required.
  6. Smoother skin. Revealing a fresh layer of skin means you’ll have a smooth and youthful appearance and improved skin texture.
  7. Age spot removal. Age spots can be difficult to hide under makeup, but chemical peels can help reduce pigmentation and even out your skin tone.
  8. Fast and simple procedures. The process of applying the chemical peel solution and letting it set rarely takes longer than 15-20 minutes. You can be in and out of the doctor’s office within an hour.
  9. Improved collagen growth. Glycolic acid peels in particular will help with collagen production; collagen is a building block of skin tissue that creates a strong and supple skin surface.
  10. Better skin quality. Removing dead skin cells regularly will freshen up the skin and leave it silky smooth; chemical peels help remove dead skin cells and will even out the skin tone to leave you with a fresh and youthful glow.

Chemical peels work by safely and gently ‘burning’ the top layer of the skin with an acid solution; this slowly removes dead skin cells and the outer layer of skin to reveal a softer and smoother layer underneath.

 

Derma Veil Training in Hong Kong

Great News!

Derma Veil is launching in Malaysia soon! Dr Rachel Chew was invited by Medinter, Ltd to attend their training in Hong Kong on 12 May 2013.

About the trainer:

Jorge M. Tagle, MD; Pedro Cervantes Macchetto, MD*; Rosa Margarita Durán Páramo, MD*

Dr. Tagle is Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, International Board of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, European Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Documentation; Dr. Mcchetto is in Private Practice, General Hospital of Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico; Dr. Páramo is in Private Practice.

Dr Rachel with Dr. Tagle

Dr Rachel with Dr. Tagle

Dr. Tagle

Dr. Tagle

Derma Veil

Derma Veil

To find out more about Derma Veil, click here for more information or you can send your enquiry to Dr Rachel here.

Are your hands giving away your age?

It is said that “eyes are the window to our soul”, but are hands the clue to our actual age? The availability of cosmetic enhancement procedures like Fractional laser resurfacing, PRP, Botox and dermal fillers, it can be near impossible to guess someone’s age these days. However in many cases the hands say it all. So the next time you find yourself a little curious about someone’s age, look down and see what the hands have to say.

If you really want to guess someone’s age, keep an eye out for the following signs of hand-related aging:

  • Age (liver) spots – When most people think about sun damage, they don’t even consider their hands. For this reason, the hands are particularly vulnerable to discoloration and sunspots.
  • Crinkly skin – Wrinkles are a tell-tale sign of aging. Because the hands are usually drier than many other parts of the body (due to hand washing throughout the day), they’re more prone to wrinkles.
  • Translucent skin – The skin on our hands is actually thinner than the skin on our faces. Over time, as our hands naturally lose volume, causing our skin to look paper thin.
  • Lost volume – Like the face, decreased collagen production beneath the surface of the skin can cause our hands to lose volume as we age – eventually appearing sunken or hollow.
  • Noticeable veins – The veins, tendons and bones on our hands become much more prominent as we age and our skin begins to lose some of its elasticity (tightness).

Many of the same procedures used for the face can be used for the hands as well. Retinoids, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are great for treating sun damage, while dermal fillers, PRP, fat transfer and Fractional laser resurfacing can add volume to the hands and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.