People have often asked ‘how do I maintain my youthful appearance’? To my mind, I have often thought “I’d like to look younger!” But I’m grateful for the compliment. I am a mother-of-2 boys and for the most part of my adult life worked in a corporate environment with long hours. Today, I manage a full time corporate day job, a fashion business with my family and am a mum to my 2 boys (the most important job of all)!
When I entered into my 30s, I became more self-conscious about maintaining good skin and staying out of the sun. Gone are the years where I would walk out of my house without sunblock! Now as the years have passed, I’ve realised that looking good and staying youthful isn’t about being born with natural beauty, its about aesthetic science!
I’ve been fortunate in meeting Dr Dylan Chau from Celevenus, one of Singapore’s Premier Aesthetic Clinics. From the first time that I met him, I was taken by his gentle and pleasant demeanour and my first impression of him was proven right when I had a first consultation with him at his clinic. When he asked me what my concerns were for my face, I told him that I wanted an overall brighter complexion and youthful look. When he looked at my face, he noted that there were parts of my face that lacked volume, for example, my temples, under eyes and parts of my cheeks. As I had aged over the years, I noticed that I had lost pockets of volume around my face which contributed to a tired look.
Dr Dylan recommended using Sculptra to boost the collagen in my face over a period of time. Scultpra is an FDA-approved injectable liquid made of Poly-L-Lactic Acid and is a biocompatible, biodegradable substance that is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body. The full course of this treatment was to be provided 3 times at 2 month intervals (month 1, 3 and 5). So over this period, the body produces collagen and restores the lost volume creating a more youthful look. Sculptra is also effective in smoothing deep lines and wrinkles while restoring volume in the face due to the natural ageing process and the results can last up to a few years.
Firstly, numbing cream is first applied all over the face with a waiting time of around 30 mins. After this time, Dr Dylan inspected my face for the various areas that appeared ‘sunken’ or where volume had been lost and marked it out with a white pencil. Then the process of injecting the substance began. I would say that I have a pretty good threshold for pain and while this process is not painless, with the help of the numbing cream, the injections are bearable and manageable. For me, the most difficult part of the whole process was the period of around 1-2 weeks after each of the sessions, where I had bruises at various places over my face, in particular under the eyes. I know that I am a natural bruiser, so it was no surprise to me that I bruised easily after this treatment. But bruising for a short period of time is a small price to pay for the prospect of looking more youthful!
After my first session of Sculptra, I did notice some improvement in parts of my face but it wasn’t until after the 2nd session that I noticed a greater improvement with volume being restored in my face. Then after the 3rd session, I could feel a ‘week-by-week’ gradual improvement in my facial appearance.
Overall, I am very pleased with the results as I have noticed lost volume being slowly restored on my face due to the production of collagen. You can refer to my before/after pictures taken below. The left pic was taken in July 2017 before the treatment began and on the right, the picture was taken May 2018. I can see a visible difference with my temples being fuller and the overall appearance of my face looking fuller in volume.
I hope that this process continues over time!
A heartfelt thank-you to Dr Dylan and his lovely and friendly crew of staff at Celevenus for this experience! xx