For a Head-to-Toe Transformation, Try These Treatments at Dr Kevin Chua Medical & Aesthetics

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What: HydraFacial uses a patented, high-tech system to cleanse skin, extract impurities and impart hydration. Super serums for various purposes are infused into the skin in three key steps: cleanse and peel, extract and hydrate, and fuse and protect. Suitable for both the face and body. FDA and HSA approved.

The Science: The HydraFacial Elite machine features the unique Vortex-Fusion technology that administers all three steps via a handpiece applied over the skin. The spiral design of the HydroPeel tips, used together with the brand’s proprietary vacuum technology and serums, also ensures painless extractions.

The Process: The first step gently exfoliates and resurfaces; the second removes debris via suction while quenching skin with moisturisers, and the last saturates the skin with antioxidants and peptides for an instantly gratifying glow. LED light treatment is then used to boost rejuvenation and wound healing (if any). Each treatment lasts about 30 minutes and is completely pain-free.

Efficacy: Results are immediate, with no downtime. 

What: A non-surgical fat-freezing procedure, it is safe and highly effective with long-lasting results. It is able to target trouble spots, achieving up to 20 to 25 percent reduction in fat in the treated area. Not recommended for those under 18. FDA and HSA approved.

The Science: Two CoolSculpting machines are used simultaneously to address different body parts. It triggers fat reduction through cryolipolysis, which is the breakdown of fat cells from the use of freezing temperatures. There is, however, no damage to the skin or other kinds of cells.

The Process: Markings on the skin are made, followed by a thorough cleansing and the placement of applicators on the target spots. The patient rests on the treatment bed comfortably throughout. Each machine’s treatment cycle takes 35 minutes, so using two machines at the same time halves the treatment duration. Expect only a mild level of discomfort, which lasts all of three minutes at the end of each cycle. Otherwise, the procedure is painless.

Efficacy: Results typically start to reveal themselves from the third week with maximum results in three months. A review is advised at this time. Recovery takes about 10 to 14 days on average. 


What: It removes a wide range of tattoos, even difficult-to-treat blue and green ones, and significantly improves acne scars and wrinkles. It also addresses a range of benign pigmented lesions with flexibility in depth and spot size. Safe for all ages and requires minimal to no downtime. FDA and HSA approved.

The Science: Utilising laser pulses that are delivered in picoseconds (one trillionth of a second), PicoWay delivers small bursts of laser energy that penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate skin healing and collagen production. Two different laser attachments are used – Resolve and Titanium-Sapphire. The former tightens pores, reduces scars and accelerates overall rejuvenation – especially good when combined with the Rejuran treatment. The latter is suitable for green and blue ink tattoos, which traditionally are very difficult to treat with other lasers.

The Process: After a thorough examination, the skin is cleansed and prepped. No numbing cream is required for pigmentation and rejuvenation treatment, but it is recommended for tattoo removal. Each treatment lasts 15 to 20 minutes. Pain level is tolerable, and the sensation is that of a rubber band snapping on the skin. For post-care, a supplement called Pynocare White is recommended to further lighten pigmentation. It features pine bark extract, Vitamins C and E, along with the MSCC Complex Actisome technology for a strong antioxidant and moisturising effect, as well as anti-inflammatory protection.

Efficacy: Two to four treatments should suffice for pigmentation removal. Both scar revision and pore tightening require around three to four sessions. Tattoos take about three to nine sessions for good clearance. Recovery is usually complete in three to four weeks.


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