Happy New You!

2012 is just round the corner. This is traditionally a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming one with new goals. It’s a time to celebrate and to make a fresh start.

Looking good and feeling good about yourself is an important start as you look to step into the new year with renewed vigour and confidence. There are many possibilities with medical aesthetics which can help you achieve this without surgery or busting your budget.

Non-surgical beauty procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers are a great hit among those who want to look good instantly.

Botox therapy is a quick and simple non-surgical procedure that involves injections of Botox on the selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. It is widely used in facial enhancement, and can severely diminish the appearance of forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet,” says Dr Chris Foo, specialist in Dermatology at Raffles Hospital.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are a natural, versatile and effective option for facial sculpting, replacing lost volume, or enhancing the lips. The results are instant, and you are free to wear makeup with sunscreen protection immediately after the treatment.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is another popular option for many these days as it targets pigment and blood vessels in the epidermis and stimulates new collagen formation in the deeper layers of the skin. It can be used to treat superficial pigmentation, superficial visible blood vessels, facial redness, wrinkles and photo ageing. According to Dr Foo, IPL helps to improve one’s skin complexion and is the perfect procedure for the busy individual. “It is minimally invasive and is generally safe with minimal downtime. The advantage of IPL is that it can target a few problems at the same time, leading to global rejuvenation.”

However, if you are considering giving yourself a treat with aesthetics treatments, consult a specialist first and seek his professional advice before choosing a treatment that is most suitable for you.

Says Dr Foo, “Aesthetic treatments need to be individualised as there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. In my discussions with patients, I would try to understand their key concerns and also manage their expectations by providing them with the necessary information on what can and cannot be achieved and also de-bunk common misconceptions.”

Put your best face forward this New Year. Here’s to a Happy New You!