Botox – much talked about and mostly misunderstood. Let me try to make sense and share with you my experience with this non-invasive procedure.
I’ve undergone the Botox procedure about two or three times now and the results always leave me with an amazingly balanced and perfectly V-shaped face. The effect is most visible in photos and leaves me feeling good about myself so I always go back for touch ups once or twice a year. This year when the effects of my previous treatment wore off, I went to a clinic highly recommended by a friend – Neu Age Clinic.
I first met Dr Nicholas Ngui from Neu Age Clinic at a networking event and I can see why my friend held Dr Nick and his clinic in such high regard. We were speaking about keloids (Henry has one) and Dr Nick impressed me with his in-depth knowledge with regards to skin conditions. His specialty is treating acne and pigmentation. What I found interesting about Dr Nick’s background was the fact that he has 17 Dr Nick’s background was the fact that he has 17 years of medical practice experience as a family physician as well as 12 years as a medical director in the pharmaceutical industry.
This talented doctor also has a famous father – Jimmy Ngui KC. He used to be the author of some of the art books we used in school! Walk around Neu Age Clinic and you’ll see some of the elder Ngui’s beautiful paintings in the clinic.
Now let’s say “Hello” to Dr Nick!
At the time I met Dr Nick, I wanted to slim my left jaw muscle. I realised I tend to chew more on one side than the other so that naturally bulks up. Previously, Botox helped balance my jawline but the effects normally last about 4 to 6 months depending on individual factors. So when I met Dr Nick, my eyes lit up! Ooohhh.. Time to get my Botox done!
I went for a consultation with Dr Nick shortly after meeting him at the event and I had utmost confidence that I was going to get the results I wanted. Not only was the ambiance of his clinic soothing and comfortable (beautifully decorated in the softest of colors by the doctor himself – this man has a good eye!), this soft-spoken doctor was very patient with all my questions and requests. He asked very specific questions about what I wanted and knew precisely where and what muscle to target. As a first timer in his clinic, I was completely at ease and confident that the results would be fantastic!
The photos speak for themselves. Here are my results:
You’ll see in the photos there is a visible difference to the jaw muscle – exactly the one I wanted to slim. Add to that, the effect of a smaller and V-shaped face shows up very well in photos. Hello supermodel cheek bones!
Aside from Botox treatments, Dr Nick also treated a persistent keloid on Henry.
What is a keloid?
From Wikipedia: A keloid is the formation that a type of scar which, depending on its maturity, is composed mainly of either type III (early) or type I (late) collagen. They are a result of an overgrowth of granulation tissue (collagen type 3) at the site of a healed skin injury which is then slowly replaced by collagen type 1. Keloids are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules, and can vary from pink to flesh-coloured or red to dark brown in colour.
Henry’s keloid was about a year old, pinkish-red in color and formed a bump on his skin. Dr Nick successfully flattened the bump by using steroids that broke down the fibres in the keloid! Amazing what a simple injection can do.
If you have technical questions about Botox or keloids, you can contact the clinic at the address
Neu Age Clinic
13 Bukit Pasoh Rd
Tel: +65 6222 1481
Monday to Friday : 10.00am to 7.00pm
Tuesday: 10.00am to 8.00pm
Wednesday : 10.00am to 2.00pm
Saturday : 10.00am to 4.00pm
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays
FAQ about Botox
Q: What is Botox?
A: Botox is the trade name of botulinum toxin and it is a protein produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. In high doses, Botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and life-threatening illness in humans and animals.
But the strain Type A – researched and proven to be safe for cosmetic use – when injected in very small concentrations into the skin, is effective and safe in improving the appearance of expression wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. It is also used in slimming and sharpening the jawline.
Trivia: Did you know that Botox was originally used in treating persistent nerve-related twitching around the eyes? After doctors had injected Botox to reduce the twitching, it was noticed that the expression lines and wrinkles around the eyes had also disappeared! That was how the use of Botox in cosmetic treatments started.
Q: How does Botox work?
A: Botox reduces the contraction of the targeted muscle through direct injection by blocking the nerve transmission that contracts the muscle. In the case of the jaw muscle, Botox causes it to gradually reduce in size and bulk due to its reduced activity and increased relaxation. In the case of expression wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), frown area and forehead, the reduced contraction of the relevant muscles results in reduced appearance or disappearance of these wrinkles.
Q: What are the aesthetic changes to the face after Botox injection to the jaw muscle?
A: 1) The muscle becomes slimmer and the face becomes sharper and less rounded
2) The space beneath the cheek bones hollows out a little, creating a contour that gives the illusion of higher cheek bones
Q: When can one see the treatment effects of Botox?
A: It depends on where the Botox is injected. In the jaw muscle, the benefits of Botox can be seen after about 2 weeks. For treatment of expression lines and wrinkles like crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead lines, the effects are seen within 3 days.
Saturday was one of those days I felt like experimenting with my outfits. It was also one of them lazy Saturdays so I was all about the casual.
Randomly, I dug up a bowler hat and teamed it with a nude/neutral outfit. I must say, the results left me bowled over!
White top with jeweled collar: BYSI
Beige skorts: Love, Bonito
White lace flats: Charles and Keith
Blue winged bag: FemmeX
The beauty industry in Singapore is losing Japanese skincare brand FANCL.
In a shocking announcement, FANCL said that it would close its 13 standalone boutique stores. Known for its TenseUp EX collagen supplement and “dry” Facial Washing Powder, items I previously reviewed HERE, I am one of the many who are disappointed and saddened by the news. The company, however, has been in the red for a while. The FANCL Singapore online store has been inactive since October 2013.
The official word from FANCL in response to this is that they are “taking a breather”. They’ll be back in Singapore shortly (targeted April 2014) as a wholesaler.
What are your thoughts at the loss of Japanese skincare brand FANCL?
Thank you Shu Uemura for sending over these little goodies!
I already use the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier in Anti/Oxi and can’t get enough of this cleansing oil, so I’m very happy to receive the POREfinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil ($50/150ml, $115/450ml)! A renovation of the fresh cleansing oil targeted to remove shine and blackheads, it doubles up as a makeup remover too!
The Asian calligraphy-inspired eyeliner with intense black colour payoff is fantastic for long hour wearing and is also waterproof! Perfect timing as my eyeliner was already running out!
Shu Uemura Calligraphy eyeliner is available for sale 1st February.
Shu Uemura anti-shine fresh cleansing oil is available for sale 1st March.
I love how nail art has now become so integral for me in marking events and seasons. Last December before I left for Manila for a wedding, I got my nails transformed to mark the occasion. Opting for “fluffy” white and silver nails to mark a dear friend’s wedding, the nails reminded me so much of a teddy bear’s fur – the bride’s favourite soft toy.
Funnily enough, H bought me a giant cuddly soft toy just before he left for the US. Hee.
I was so blessed to be there to witness the fairytale wedding.
In the blink of an eye, Chinese New Year is just around the corner. To celebrate Spring, I decided on pretty pastel paisley for the season. Looking at this pink set makes me so happy!
Eloise, my nail artist from The Nail Artelier, consistently does an amazing job with my nail art. Despite difficult and complicated designs, she never fails to make my nail stand out. She spent a lot of time dotting this paisley design and the result is nothing short of pretty! Mom also got a sparkly red and gold nail set done.
The Nail Artelier
48 Haji Lane
Remember to call 62988028 to make an appointment!
Monday – Thursday: 12pm -10pm
Everyone who knows me, knows that I love to eat good, clean, and healthy food. As much as I can, I try to cook and prepare nutritious meals to fuel my body. Thanks to a recent cooking workshop with Ayam brand and Food Playground, I picked up a few new tricks and a brand new salad receipe.
The recipe is so simple I made it for my friends over Christmas and they loved it! This barley salad packs tons of delicious flavors while providing great protein and vitamins. Most of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket, and prep time was around 30 minutes.
1 1/4 cups Ayam Brand White Pearl Barley
1/2 cup Ayam Brand Whole Kernel Corn
3/4 cup water
1 cup combined red and green pepper, tiny dice
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup parsley, chopped
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon sugar
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1. Cook barley with till soft. Let it cool to room temperature.
2. Stir fry garlic with oil. Cook barley with red and green pepper, corn, parsley, coriander, ground cumin, ground coriander and sugar.
3. Mix lemon juice, salt, pepper and oil in a large bowl. Add in the remaining ingredients till well combined.
The class culminated with the teachers judging each groups presentation on plate. Aside from the barley salad, we also learned how to make fresh spring rolls and curry puffs. Putting all three dishes together was a challenge but we had so much fun putting our yummy creations in a holiday spirited ensemble. Prompted after judging, we gobbled everything up and left with full tummies and big smiles! =)