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Feminine care is one such necessity that is often neglected and overlooked. Yet, it is a pressing need for women to keep themselves clean in order to stay healthy to avoid vaginal problems such as vaginal dryness, irritation, vaginal infections, abnormal discharge and odour and long-term diseases such as cervical or ovarian cancer.

Communicating with others and observing your body is something you can do to make sure that your body as well as your vagina is healthy. Pain and discomfort should not be something “normal” and if you are facing considerable pain, you should consult a doctor immediately as there may be some underlying conditions your body is going through.

However, if you’ve already consulted with a doctor and you are still facing discomfort regarding your vagina, seeking further treatment to rectify these issues should be the next step and you should not feel ashamed or scared of doing so. In this article, we will cover the symptoms and treatments for some common issues faced.

What is Vaginal Atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy is the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls that can occur if the body has been or is producing less estrogen. Menopause can be a factor causing vaginal atrophy.

Vaginal atrophy can make sexual intercourse painful and also cause distressing urinary symptoms. As this condition causes both vaginal and urinary problems, some doctors may use the term Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) to describe what you might be facing.

If you are still unsure if what you are experiencing is vaginal atrophy, here are some symptoms that you may recognise:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal burning
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Genital itching
  • A feeling of burning when urinating
  • Urgency with urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Light bleeding after intercourse
  • Discomfort with intercourse
  • Decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activities
  • Shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal

What is Mon Pubis, Labia and Vaginal Tightening?

Cambridge Therapeutics offers Venus Fiore, a non-invasive treatment as a solution. It helps to boost collagen and elastin fibres in our bodies that will target the mon pubis, labia and vaginal looseness.

Through the use of both multi-polar radiofrequency (RF) and pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF), the Venus Fiore allows for the regeneration of firm and healthy tissues while increasing the rate of healing and improving blood circulation.

Multi-Polar Radiofrequency (RF): The RF is safe for all skin types and is not absorbed by melanin. Through a safe and controlled heating method, heat from the RF can be distributed deeper into the tissues for collagen remodelling and synthesis.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF): A non-thermal mechanism, the PEMF functions to induce the release of fibroblast growth that will help to trigger the synthesis of collagen and the formation of new blood vessels for tissue regeneration.

In this treatment, there will also be three applicators fitted with single-use, disposable tips to ensure the safety and hygiene of the client.

Treating the Mon Pubis

The mon pubis is more commonly known as the pubis area where there is fatty tissue above the pubic bone. Women who have had menopause or women who have recently given birth may feel a sudden increase in the size of their mon pubis because of an increase in fatty deposits in the area. This may affect the body’s appearance when wearing tight clothing.

The applicator will use the multi-polar radiofrequency (RF) to heat specific fat pads in the mon pubis without causing damage to the surrounding skin cells. Since cells have a higher resistance to heat as compared to the muscle or skin, the heat from the treatment will help to trigger the cell death of the fat cells and will be cleared away naturally by the body’s immune system.

Treating Labia Laxity

Collagen and elastin fibres will experience wear and tear with age or pregnancy which leads to the decreased elasticity of the skin. This natural laxity will give the labia a flared and sagging appearance which can cause some women to be self-consciousness.

Through the Venus Fiore treatment, the labia can be tightened by using the multi-polar radiofrequency RF) to heat the collagen and elastin fibres. This increases the production of collagen and elastin molecules which will then strengthen existing collagen fibres – tightening the labia. Combined with the pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF), the treatment will help to increase circulation and the rate of healing.

Treating Vaginal Atrophy

Undergoing invasive surgery to address vaginal atrophy is not the only solution and can sometimes be scary. This non-invasive treatment can help to ease the discomfort of a dry and uncomfortable (as well as sometimes painful) vagina.

Vaginal atrophy can not only cause discomfort in your daily life but in your sex life as well. By producing heat in the vaginal canal, this treatment aims to trigger a stimulation of collagen growth to tighten the vaginal walls through tissue tightening. The treatment will also aim to increase neovascularity to improve sensations during sexual intercourse and improve moisture levels to rectify the pain you might be facing.

Benefits and Risks of the Venus Fiore Treatment

As this is a non-invasive treatment, there are no risks involved in it and is recommended for those facing some of the issues stated above.

The Venus Fiore treatment can help to address:

  • The issues of vaginal laxity if any
  • Rectifying any pain you might have currently with your vagina
  • Better performance during sexual intercourse
  • Rectifying vagina scarring caused during childbirth

Venus Fiore Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment

As mentioned above, the Venus Fiore treatment is ideal for those facing the above symptoms and would like a low-risk treatment that can help address your everyday issues immediately. This treatment in general provides a holistic approach towards the various issues regarding the mon pubis, labia and vaginal atrophy.

Who Are Suitable For The Treatment:

  • Women who have experienced menopause
  • Women who have realised a change in feminine health as a result of childbirth

Pain And Recovery Downtime:

  • As this is a non-invasive treatment, there is no pain during the treatment
  • There might be some mild heat and redness experienced bu this disappears within a day
  • There is no downtime for this treatment and normal activities can be resumed right away

How Many Treatments Would I Need:

  • Each treatment takes ten to fifteen minutes per area
  • It is recommended to go for the treatment once every three to four months

We hope this article has been informative and help you decide if you should pursue treatment for any issue you might be facing with your vagina. We believe that there is no shame in asking for treatment as you know what is best for your body and health.

The vagina is an organ we should care for and is something we should talk about more often to increase communication about the overall sexual reproductive health. It is not something “dirty” or a “secret” that has to be kept out of sight. We would highly recommend that if you are facing extreme pain, please consult a doctor.

For our latest promotions, visit our Venus Fiore Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment here.

As one of the most forgotten areas of our bodies, we tend to dismiss the importance of caring for our hair and scalp. But just like our face, without a regular and thorough hair care routine, our hair’s natural glow and shine will deteriorate quickly.

Many individuals often stop at the standard cleansing routine of shampooing and conditioning their hair. However, just like our morning and nighttime skincare routines, there is much more than just rinsing and scalp massages.

Underneath our luscious manes lies a highly sensitive layer known as the skin of our scalp. This is made up of many layers of tissue. Just like our face, the skin on our scalp collects bacteria, sweat, oils, and other traces of dirt as we go about our daily lives. These unwanted elements are more likely to build up when we do not wash our hair for long periods. They can also be excessively accumulated when we lean against walls, wear caps, and when we sleep. They are also affected by our living environment, hormonal fluctuations, stress levels, skin type, and diet.

The lowest layers of our scalp are the healthiest layers while the outermost layers are mostly made up of dead tissue that needs to be shed from the body. A thorough routine that involves regular cleansing, exfoliation, moisturising, and massages prevent common scalp problems and hair loss. We have compiled a list of common scalp problems and how they can be treated. 

Dandruff

Hair with Dandruff

Small white and yellow flakes can be observed on the scalp. They may leave specks along the shoulders and on dark clothing. Patients’ scalp may often feel itchy as the scalp is inflamed. A more severe condition of dandruff is also known as seborrheic dermatitis. Dandruff is often caused by scalps that are too dry, too oily, stress, suppressed immune systems, and/or infrequent shampooing. It can also be influenced by genetic or environmental factors.

How to Treat Dandruff

Use shampoos or treatments containing zinc pyrithione, coal tar, ketoconazole, salicylic acid, or selenium sulfide. Home remedies such as coconut oil, diluted apple cider vinegar, aspirin, aloe vera, and tea tree oil would also help to cure dandruff.

Scalp Eczema

Scalp with Eczema

Itchy, reddish-brown rashes that appear like small raised bumps can be observed on the skin of the scalp. Scalp eczema can also be affected and/or influenced by other types of eczema such as seborrheic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, nickel, cobalt, balsam of Peru, and fragrance.

It would be helpful to take note of your diet, the weather, stress levels, last shampoo routine, types of hair products used before getting a diagnosis, and beginning treatment.

How to Treat Scalp Eczema

Use shampoos or treatments containing coal tar, evening primrose oil, and borage seed oil.

Dry Scalp

Dry Scalp

A dry scalp is often confused with dandruff. Many patients assume that having a dry scalp automatically makes them more susceptible to developing dandruff. However, this is not true as the two hair conditions have several stark contrasts. People with dry skin are more prone to developing dry scalp.

Dry Scalp occurs when the scalp is unable to produce or hold enough moisture. This means that there is insufficient oil for the skin of the scalp to feel lubricated. While the latter comes across as seemingly unhygienic, our natural oils are more necessary than we think. Without our hair’s natural layer of oils, we would experience more itching, flaking, irritation. The hair may also appear dry as the natural oils of the scalp helps with conditioning the hair.

Dry skin on the scalp may also be caused by dry air and cold weather, especially during the monsoon season (Asia) or in winter, excessive hair washing, and skin conditions such as eczema.

Individuals suffering from dry scalp may experience shedding in the form of thin, white flakes shedding from their scalp. Dandruff flakes are larger, oiler in appearance, and could be yellowish-white. In severe cases, dry scalp could turn red or develop small sores from incessant itching. 

How to Treat Dry Scalp

Using hair treatments containing apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, tea tree oil, and jojoba oil have proven to be helpful. You could also dilute pure apple cider vinegar with water and apply it directly. Let it sit for five minutes before rinsing thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner. You could also apply aloe vera gel topically to your scalp. Let it sit for 10 minutes before washing it out.

Remember to be gentle with your scalp and use your fingertips instead of your fingernails. Scratching your scalp instead of massaging gently causes more itching and open sores, which can put more stress on the skin of your scalp instead of soothing and relaxing.

Oily Scalp

Oily Scalp

An obvious sign of an oily scalp is noticing your hair appearing glossier and shinier. Despite the latest trend of having a luscious but glossy looking mane, you may also be fighting the urge to scratch your scalp as if your life depends on it.

An overly greasy scalp is often caused by the dilemma of how much and how often we should be shampooing our hair. Overly greasy scalps can lead to uncomfortable itching and seborrheic dermatitis and encourage a fungal breeding ground which may lead to dandruff.

Washing your hair less often may raise a lot of eyebrows but this oily scalp case demands a lot of playing by ear with your hair. It all comes down to how frequently you shampoo your hair. Over-washing your hair strips away your natural oils. This causes your hair to produce excess oil to compensate for the stripped off layers of natural oils. The intention of rehydrating your hair fails as it only makes your scalp much more oily.

How to Treat Extreme Cases of Oily Scalp

Washing your hair more often should do the trick! Shampooing your hair also removes excess oil, debris, impurities, and residue from hair products from your scalp. If your shampoo is proving to be too strong, opt for a hair cleanser instead.

How To Treat Oily Scalp

While maintaining a rich diet of fruits, vitamins, and vegetables, cutting out fast food or processed food that is high in oil can be very beneficial. when washing your hair, gently lather and massage a small amount of shampoo (slightly under the size of a 50-cent coin) into your roots. Avoid scratching with your nails and use your fingertips instead to prevent extra friction and stress as it can produce more oil.

Focus on your scalp, especially the crown. Let the shampoo reach the ends of your hair as your rinse off. Many experts recommend skipping the “repeat” cleanse at the end of the day/at the start of the day, depending on when you wash your hair.

Avoid using heat or chemicals in your hair and embrace your natural texture instead. This allows you to stretch out your washes and avoids heat damage.

Hair Loss

Hair loss is commonly caused by female pattern baldness. Female pattern baldness is also known as androgenetic alopecia which is similar to male pattern baldness. 

It is normal to shed at least 50-100 strands of hair a day. This is generally considered a small loss as our cells are constantly regenerating. Almost 50% of women experience hair loss and up to 2/3 of women experience hair loss after menopause.

Hair thinning is usually observed between their 30s to 40s before extreme hair loss. Medication, lifestyle changes, extreme increases in stress levels, hair treatment, and hair styling products are also causes of hair loss.

Targeting the root of the hair loss problem early is the best way of preventing it from manifesting itself before it’s too late. By regularly visiting your doctor or preferred medical professional for treatment, you are engaging in a highly effective hair loss prevention method which is better than having to find a cure.

When you use normal shampoos, they leave a residue of about 20% dead skin. Hair products may also clog your pores. Many people are not entirely aware of the benefits of a regular deep cleansing treatment for hair, which makes them more susceptible to hair or scalp-related problems. A regular deep cleansing treatment for hair is very similar to a monthly exfoliation facial.

Cambridge Therapeutics's Glow + Genosys Hair Loss Treatment 

At Cambridge Therapeutics, we have included a stunning blend of 3 highly effective technologies from the market in our new scalp treatment procedure.

1. Deep Cleansing with Venus Glow

Cambridge Therapeutic’s new scalp procedure begins with a deep cleansing routine with the Venus Glow technology. The Venus Glow technology is a three-step approach that is dedicated to deep cleaning pores and removing impurities.

It comes with a gentle vacuum that effectively removes excess dirt, oil, debris, and other unwanted impurities from the scalp. The micro-massaging vacuum and spinning tip spread nutrients produced in the bloodstream which creates full nourishment for the scalp.

There are also several adjustable modalities within the technology itself. Some of these modalities include ultra-fine jet streams which deep clean every pore. Its 360-degree spinning tip aims to evenly spread out the purified water that comes from two jet streams.

After experiencing the deep cleansing hair routine with Venus Glow, a noticeably healthier and more hydrated scalp would be observed. It produces more satisfactory results than a regular cleansing routine of just shampooing and conditioning.

2. Undergoing Treatment with Genosys HR3 Matrix (Stimulation of Growth Factor)

Hailing from the research laboratories of South Korea, the HR3 Matrix technology has been intensively researched to provide the best for you when it comes to treating your hair and scalp. It is a highly advanced and innovative product that is well-respected in South Korea. The main objective of the research is to target hair regrowth, restoration, and regeneration.

The Genosys HR3 Matrix stimulates new blood cell formation. It also stimulates the supply of nutritive supplements to hair follicles which boosts the growth of hair thickness through the angiogenesis effect. This means that the growth phase of the hair cycle is extended. Essentially, a healthier scalp with stronger roots, pores, and follicles are effectively achieved.

3. Delivery of Product with Microneedling

This treatment promotes the absorption of the growth factor used in the product. While undergoing treatment, it would be helpful to take note that micro-injuries may be caused. 

This is not severe and will not harm your daily routine or body. The micro-injuries act as a notification to the skin cells to produce more collagen and fibres which will heal the wounds and strengthen the hair follicles. This is very useful for hereditary hair loss and thinning hair.

4. Final Treatment with the SMARTLUX Hair Laser Treatment

Finally, we end the scalp treatment with the SMARTLUX Hair Laser Treatment. This final step uses technology that calms and soothes the scalp. Concurrently, the hair follicles of the scalp are stimulated at a cellular level which increases the effects of the treatment. The cellular ATP production of the cells is advanced and the nutrients in the scalp are transported at a more efficient rate. There would also be an increase in the mobilisation of calcium ion stores, protein production, and intracellular nutrient acquisition.

Key Ingredients of Genosys HR3 Matrix Treatment

  • Hair Growth Factor: Stimulates cellular regeneration and reactivates passive hair follicles in the scalp. These hair follicles are converted from the resting phase to the growth phase. The hair growth cycle is boosted.
  • Sophora Japonica: Aims to repair and strengthen the skin barrier and improve hair vitality. The hair follicles are stimulated which prevents the recurrence or start of a dandruff problem.
  • Hexapeptide-33: Assists in wound healing. The Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) is activated and is recognized as a highly potent angiogenic factor.
  • Copper Tripeptide: Aims to speed up cell reproduction and hair regrowth, leading to stronger, healthier, and more hydrated roots in the scalp.

Who is suitable for this treatment method?

Patients who are:

  • In the early stages of hereditary female- or male-pattern hair loss.
  • Have a dry and flakey scalp with itching
  • Have an oily scalp that is prone to dandruff

Benefits of the Genosys Glow Scalp Treatment:

  • Regulate oil and sebum production in the scalp
  • Promotes hair growth and hair volume
  • Restores hair shine and elasticity
  • Prevents hair loss condition from extreme recurrence
  • Boosts the integrity of the hair
  • Boosts oxygen flow to the hair follicles for more efficient production of nutrients
  • Decreases the deterioration of hair follicles
  • Nutrients to the hair follicles are supplied through the angiogenesis effect which ensures that the hair remains healthy, abundant, thick, and strong in the roots.

The initial recommended interval for the Genosys HR3 Matrix Treatment is twice a week. The recommended maintenance programme is once a month. This varies from client to client. Hence, it would be best to clarify with your doctor while tracking your progress.

Enjoy your first trial of our Genosys HR3 Matrix Treatment at $88. For our latest promotions, visit our Genosys HR3 Matrix Treatment here.

What Is The Best Way To Massage Your Skin?

A massage is a general term for rubbing, kneading, and manipulating your muscles, skin, ligaments, and tendons using your hands. Massages range from light stroking to deep tissue kneading, depending on your needs and tolerance level. Massages are mainly done to the face and body, sometimes the scalp.

Facial Massages 

Bebefits of a Facial Massages

Facial massages are treatments for your face that you can either do on your own or with a massage therapist. These massage techniques involve stimulating pressure points on the neck and face. 

Facial massages help promote healthy skin while relaxing your facial muscles with several benefits to them. Generally regarded as part of integrative and complementary medicine, massages are now being offered for medical conditions. Studies have shown that massages are an effective treatment for reducing muscle tension, pain, and stress. 

Anti-ageing and reduction in wrinkles are one of the primary advantages of a facial massage as well as soft, glowing skin. Much episodic proof proposes that invigorating your facial muscles can help promote collagen production and assuage tight muscles. 

Facial massages can also help soothe pressure in the skin and nerves while improving skin wellbeing.

Giving Yourself A Facial Massage At Home

One of the best benefits of facial massages is that you can give yourself one all in the comfort of your home. It is best to cleanse your face and wash your hands before you begin. Pour a small amount of facial oil, serum, or moisturiser of your choice such that it will be easy for your fingers to move over your skin. The surface of your palm can also be used. 

All you need is 10-20 minutes, to settle yourself in front of your mirror and create your own customised facial massage regime. Using gentle but firm pressure, massage a specific area for around 20 to 30 seconds or repeat each stroking a few times. There are many techniques that you can utilise to customise your routine.

One tip is to use a facial roller or a facial massager if massaging your face with your fingers gets too much. You can even look into using a derma roller. There are several benefits to microneedling such as improvement in the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation, reduced wrinkles, rejuvenated skin and product absorption is enhanced. 

We would also like to advise that if an individual is facing specific facial concerns such as active acne or severe hyperpigmentation, it would be best to consult a therapist or a doctor for a facial massage. 

Cambridge Therapeutics has two facial treatments, Needleless Rejuran and JetPRO Facial that could help if individuals are looking for a professional service. JetPRO offers an array of serums tailored for specific needs and the therapist can also recommend additional treatments for your skin’s needs. 

Needleless Rejuran

Rejuran is a skin healing treatment that has surged in popularity in recent years especially in South Korea as well as other Asian countries such as Singapore. It effectively reduces and heals signs of ageing by leaving the skin smoother, refreshed, and more hydrated by reactivating the skin’s healing ability to restore its collagen structure.

The procedure consists of three steps:

Step 1: Lymphatic Drainage

A pleasant and relaxing massage for detoxifying the skin and stimulating micro-circulation.

Step 2: Hydra Dermabrasion

Removal of dead skin cells to prepare the skin to receive nourishment when infusing Rejuran.

Step 3: Needleless Rejuran

Delivers fine misty jet streams of high-velocity Rejuran at subsonic speeds. With powerful jet streams that create microchannels to facilitate deep subdermal delivery of the Rejuran.

The benefits of Needleless Rejuran are: 

  • Effectively hydrates skin
  • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Improves collagen & elastin scaffolding structure
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Improves acne-prone skin
  • Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
  • Fights free radicals

Enjoy your first trial of our Needleless Rejuran at $380. For our latest promotions, visit our Needleless Rejuran page here.

JetPRO Facial

JetPRO is the ultimate blend of skin wellbeing and gorgeous confidence utilising advanced skincare jet propulsion technology adapted for aesthetic treatments to warrant the most comfortable, healthy treatments with fast, visible results. JetPRO works deep in the dermis, despite being 100% non-intrusive, employing an extraordinary methodology that is clinically proven and has the same benefits as Needleless Rejuran.

JetPRO even works past the skin, by helping people look and feel healthy, new, and stunning as well as building morale in themselves and their skincare - more than ever. To be used along with the JetPro, Cambridge Therapeutics offers different cocktails for different skin concerns. Our consultants will discuss and recommend the most suitable serum after a detailed skin analysis.

  • ATX-NAT: Perfect for ageing skin, sagging skin, dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Anti - Ageing Complex 2: Perfect for ageing skin, sagging skin, skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Pigmentation & Melasma Complex: Perfect for dull skin, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, melasma, age & sun spots
  • Rosacea & Sensitive Skin: Perfect for oily skin, acne, rosacea and sensitive skin
  • Acne: Perfect for acne-prone skin and oily skin 

Enjoy your first trial of our JetPRO Facial at $380. For our latest promotions, visit our JetPRO Facial page here.

Facial massages are an amazing way to give yourself some self-care love as well as allow yourself a few minutes of healing and rejuvenating while treating your skin. It is also important to stay healthy and allow yourself enough time to rest and relax while drinking water, following a nutritious diet, and being active. 

Body Massages

Body Massages

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is ideal for new people to massage, are sensitive to touch, and have a lot of tension. Swedish massage helps to release muscle knots, and it is a good option if you want to relax fully during a massage. The massage therapist will use kneading, deep, circular motions, vibration and tapping, long, flowing strokes, and passive joint movement techniques for the massage. 

Deep Massage

A deep massage is a good option if you have injuries, soreness, or imbalance, which are commonly known as chronic muscle problems. Deep massage can ease chronic muscle pain, relieve tight muscles, and anxiety. Your massage therapist will use deep finger pressure and slow strokes to alleviate your muscles' deepest layers and connective tissues. 

Sports Massage

If you have a repetitive use injury to a muscle or you are prone to injuries, sports massage is an excellent option to consider because it can be used to prevent sports injuries and relieve pain. Furthermore, sports massage can also help to increase performance and flexibility. The massage therapist may focus on specific areas of the body that need the most attention while applying deep pressure and soothing strokes. 

Trigger Point Massage

Trigger point massages are most suited for people who have injuries, chronic pain, or a specific issue or condition. Sometimes, the trigger points, also known as the tightness areas in the muscle tissues, can cause severe pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point massage uses flowing, broad strokes that are relaxing and gentle together with more profound and stronger pressure. 

Thai Massage

Thai massage is most suitable for people who want a more active form of massage while also reducing and relieving stress and pain. The Thai massage can also improve flexibility, blood circulation and energy levels. Thai massage works your entire body using a sequence of movements that are similar to yoga stretching. Your massage therapist will use their fingers and palms to apply firm pressure to your body. 

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be incorporated into massage sessions for facial and body massages. The incorporation of essential oils into massage is also known as Aromatherapy massage. 

Aromatherapy massages are widely used for various reasons, which includes relaxation, mood enhancement, and pain management. Adding essential oils is said to enhance the above benefits.

Bergamot Oil

Bergamot oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and soothing properties resulting in an effective choice to relieve anxiety and fatigue by sending signals to the brain to release dopamine and serotonin. 

Peppermint Essential Oil 

Peppermint leaves contain several essential oils, including menthol, limonene, and menthone, that can also be incorporated as part of aromatherapy massage. Peppermint oil has been known to help with chronic itching, aid in sleeping, improve energy and concentration, relieve pain, reduces muscle spasms and boosts blood circulation.

Cedarwood Essential oil 

Cedarwood oil and its compounds have been used for their potential beauty and health benefits. It offers a wide variety of benefits which include anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties useful for treating stubborn breakouts, reducing the appearance of scars, soothes eczema, and treats minor wounds. It also improves sleep and relieves stress and anxiety.

The Bottom Line

There is no best way to massage your skin, but rather choosing a facial or body massage that is best suited towards your needs. Body massages can involve using instruments and essential oils. Facial massages can involve the use of different kinds of serums, facial oils, and other skin products depending on your skin type and needs. 

Needleless Rejuran and JetPRO Facial by Cambridge Therapeutics are two such facial treatments that give you the full benefits of a facial massage, take care of your skin needs and are done by professional therapists. 

Massages can be a powerful tool that helps you improve your health and well-being. Do note that not everyone is suitable for massages, and not everyone will benefit from facial or body massages. Do consult with your therapist if you are unsure whether you should go for a massage.

Many believe that once stretch marks appear on your body, they are here to stay. No amount of lotions and massage oils will be able to completely diminish those unsightly marks. Before we agree or disagree, first how do stretch marks appear on the body. A stretch mark usually appears on the arms, shoulders, calves, thighs, upper breasts, abdomen, and even on the buttocks. There are several causes such as pregnancy as the main cause, with abrupt gain or loss in weight, sudden growth, stress, hereditary factors, and changes in physical conditions as other causes. 

The epidermis (the top layer), dermis (the middle layer), and subcutaneous (the deepest layer) are the three main layers of the skin. While the connective tissue has been ‘stretched’ beyond its threshold of flexibility because of sudden shrinkage or swelling, that is when stretch marks appear. The marks are more inclined to be pink, red, purple, reddish-brown, or even dark brown, determined by your skin colour. They tend to mostly appear white though. Another point is that early stretch marks may feel slightly raised and irritable. 

The regular production cycle of collagen is broken and damaged when the collagen in our skin becomes weak as the skin is stretched. This leads to the formation of thin scars under the epidermis. At first, the stretch marks will appear pink or red, however steadily, a fine, silvery line will show up on the skin’s surface and that is how a stretch mark is created. 

The sight of stretch marks can make anyone uncomfortable about their image, though thankfully, we have several recommendations for natural remedies to diminish the appearance of stretch marks

Natural remedies to diminish the appearance of stretch marks

At-Home Stretch Mark Remedies

Castor Oil

Castor oil is not just used for hair growth but also for curing different skin problems such as dark spots, pimples, wrinkles, fines lines, age spots, and moles. Massage a few drops of the oil on the affected areas for 10 minutes in circular motions. Gently cover the skin with a soft heated towel or cloth for around 30 minutes to ensure maximum absorption of the oil. Stick to this routine for at least 30 days to see positive results. 

Lemon Juice

A cost-friendly option, lemon juice’s acidic nature allows stretch marks, acne, and scar marks to fade away gradually. With a cotton pad, dab the juice on the stretch marks generously before allowing it to soak and dry completely. Cleanse the area with warm water. One other method is to mix equal amounts of cucumber and lemon juice and dab it on the marks. Repeating this daily will ensure effective results. 

Aloe Vera

A popular skincare solution due to its healing and soothing properties, aloe vera can help to diminish stretch marks. Administer the gel on the afflicted areas and leave for 15 minutes before washing away with lukewarm water. Another solution would be to mix ¼ cup of aloe vera gel with one vitamin A and vitamin E oil capsule. Massage it onto the affected areas till absorbed completely. Repeating this daily will ensure positive results. 

Potato Juice

Potato slices are known for being used to eliminate hyperpigmentation under the arms, elbows, and knees. They also contain vitamins and minerals that are vital for the production of skin cells. Gently scrub the affected areas with a potato slice and leave the juice to absorb and dry for 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water. The potato juice will aid in diminishing the appearance of the stretch marks. 

Stretch Marks

Post-Natal Stretch Marks 

During pregnancy, the stretch marks are also known as ‘striae gravidarum’ appear as indented streaks on your body. They can take on the hue of either pink, red, blue, purple, or black even. By the third trimester, most pregnant women will experience stretch marks, especially on their bellies. They can also be visible on the buttocks, breasts, arms, and thighs.

However, not every pregnant woman will experience the woe of stretch marks or the same degree of severity. Your adrenal glands produce a hormone known as cortisone, which could erode the elasticity of the skin, making it more likely for stretch marks to form. If an individual happens to have Cushing’s Syndrome or Marfan Syndrome, they may find themselves looking at stretch marks more often.

Most women have one burning question in their minds whenever they look at their stretch marks: Will this ever go away? The good news is that yes, most stretch marks will naturally fade away gradually while the bad news is that, unfortunately, some are here to stay long-term. There are at-home treatments as well as medical treatments that can help make these marks less noticeable or even completely be eradicated.

Stretch Mark Remedies

Post-Natal Stretch Mark Remedies

Chemical Peels

These are cosmetic treatments meant to exfoliate your skin and can be performed by a dermatologist, doctor, or plastic surgeon. Another option is glycolic acid peels that can encourage collagen production in the skin which could prove effective against stretch marks.

Laser Therapy

These are medical procedures that utilise distinct wavelengths of light to reduce pain, swelling, and scarring. Many experts have mentioned that laser treatments could diminish the look of stretch marks by improving the skin’s collagen production, reinstating elastin fibers, and to thicken the epidermal layer. 

Radiofrequency

This is a non-intrusive treatment that utilises radiofrequency waves to heat the skin’s deeper layers to initiate the four phases of wound healing, activate the making of collagen, and to firm up the skin.

Lotions/Creams containing Cocoa Butter or Vitamin E

A widely approved recommendation as during and after pregnancy they are safe to use and can aid in keeping the skin hydrated which in turn also reduces the itching. By massaging the lotion/cream regularly on to their stretch marks, women will be able to see positive results.

LDM® + Neogen Plasma Stretchmark Buster Combo

One of our top recommendations would be LDM + Neogen Plasma Stretchmark Buster Combo from Cambridge Therapeutics to remove stretch marks.

Stretch marks are a form of scarring that the sudden expansion and contraction of the skin leads to the collagen to rupture causing stretch marks to form when the skin repairs itself. Some of the more common reasons are pregnancy, sudden weight loss or gain, intense weight training, and puberty. They can take on shades of pink, red, brown, and purple in their first appearance, contingent upon your skin tone. These can appear slightly raised and be irritated. Gradually, the colour will fade and these early stretch marks will appear whitish-silver with slight depressions. 

Despite experts saying that stretch marks are permanent and here to stay, there are treatments such as the stretch mark buster combo offered by Cambridge therapeutics that can diminish the appearance of the stretch marks but relieve the irritation they cause. This treatment is safe, non-intrusive, and non-surgical that does not need needles, anesthetic, or any downtime. 

When used in conjunction with each other, LDM’s ultrasound micro-massage waves and Neogen Plasma’s ionised gases are used to revive collagen, restore elastin fibers, torn, and stretched skin. 

This means that our clients will be able to return to their standard routine right after the treatment. It requires little time and gives effective results quickly. This in turn makes this treatment offered by Cambridge Therapeutics a great choice over the other solutions for women postnatal who are looking to get rid of their stubborn, unsightly stretch marks in a highly positive way. 

Before and After treatment
*pictures are from actual treatment, but individual results may vary

LDM®-Tech

A non-intrusive technology that cures different skin problems such as stretch marks within the dermis and epidermis. It uses ultrasonic energy at remarkably higher frequencies allowing it to increase a powerful micro-massage effect on the tissue structures. This micro-massage initiates fibroblasts and enhances skin structure and tissue elasticity, and tightens connective skin tissues. Furthermore, it strengthens collagen cross-linking and refines pH changes in the skin.

LDM offers three main benefits: 

1) LDM® controls Bad enzymes MMPs (Matrix Metalloproteinases)
Local Dynamic Micromassage (LDM) is established on rapid ultrasonic frequency oscillations 100-1000 times per second. Aesthetic treatments tend to pivot on generation processes in connective tissue equilibrium. Research heavily emphasises the significance of the deterioration of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). These are present in connective tissue metabolic disorders leading to varied skin conditions such as eczema, acne, dermatitis, chronic ulcers, and many more which could be involved in skin ageing. LDM inhibits MMPs, curbing the damaging effect on the tissues, returning the skin to its regular collagen metabolism state. 

2) LDM® activates HSPs (Heat Shock Proteins)
LDM can expand the reproduction potential of Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs) which helps in constructing skin immunity. A family of proteins, HSPs are created to aid the skin fight stressful conditions such as sun exposure and other exposures to extreme temperatures, etc. 

3) LDM® increases the content of GAGs (Glycosaminoglycans)
With the potential to expand the moisture content in the skin and enhance its metabolism. By expanding skin turgor, effectively enhances skin texture, skin tone, and strengthens the skin immunity barrier.

After undergoing treatments, improvement in the skin’s appearance is noted after the first session. Clients are recommended to go for sessions twice a week between 4-6 weeks before going for a maintenance session once every 2-3 months apart.

What are the benefits of LDM compared to Lasers?

  • No Pain
  • No Needles
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Can be used in combination with other aesthetic treatments
  • No downtime
  • Quick, visible results
  • Boosts results, diminishes inflammation & redness, stimulates faster healing

Neogen Plasma

The Neogen Plasma is also known as the 4th state of matter operates by administering millisecond pulses of nitrogen-based plasma to the skin. This aids in activating the construction of collagen and elastin fibers.

This treatment has been verified to be quite efficacious for several dermatological concerns. Neogen Plasma administers plasma energy in extremely precise, controlled pulses to produce regulated quick heating of the tissue which activates an important physiological response without causing any harm to the surrounding tissues. This aids in polishing the image of scars such as stretch marks, acne scars, and old surgical scars.

There are three key advantages of Neogen Plasma when diminishing stretch marks and other scars:

1)    Deep Dermis Healing 
This encourages healing and cell regeneration from the deep dermis layers.

2)    Skin Peeling Effect
When skin is restored from the subcutaneous layer, the unwanted dead skin is eliminated quietly. In comparison with other various peeling treatments such as chemical peels, the Neogen Plasma treatment is just as formidable and effective. 

3)    Increases Skin Absorption Efficiency
After this treatment, the skin’s absorption rate elevates exponentially which allows the administration of massage oils and creams much more efficacious against stretch marks 

It is important to note that every woman's body heals differently after pregnancy and so some patience is required when experimenting with the above recommendations. Depending on the severity of the stretch marks, recovery time can vary according to the individual and the treatment they opt for. We would advise you to talk to your doctor for more information if you are unsure.

Enjoy your first trial of our Stretch Mark Buster Combo – LDM® + Neogen Plasma
at $450. For our latest promotions, visit our Stretch Mark Buster Combo – LDM® + Neogen Plasma page here

The Ultimate Guide to Hair and Scalp Care

The health of your scalp determines the health of your hair. Your scalp is like the soil of a farm. Poor soil will directly affect the well-being of the plants growing in it. Similarly, anything that would cause scalp inflammation can be harmful to your hair's existence and well-being.
Disruption in the balance of the scalp has been linked to dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis (a condition that causes dandruff and scaly patches), and atopic dermatitis (eczema). These issues are linked to rough hair, hair breakage, and reduced hair shine can also lead to premature hair loss.

Symptoms of An Unhealthy Scalp

Our scalp often lets us know if something is amiss. Common symptoms of an unhealthy scalp include:

  • itching
  • burning
  • bumps on the scalp
  • extreme oiliness
  • extreme dandruff
  • hair loss

Oily Scalp

Oily Scalp

Each hair follicle comes with glands that secrete natural oils created by the body known as sebum. This oil is used to ensure that the scalp does not dry out and protects the hair follicles. However, it is the over-secretion of sebum that causes an oily scalp. Excessive oil would retain higher amounts of dirt and pollutants from the air which encourages the formation of dandruff. It also causes the hair to stick to the scalp giving the characteristic oily sheen, resulting in limp and lifeless looking hair. If the oil secretion is severe enough, it can clog the pores containing the hair follicles which may eventually lead to hair loss.

Excessive washing is one of the causes of oily scalp, as washing too many times will result in nerve endings in the scalp sending signals to increase sebum production extensively. The shampoo is used to break down and wash away the oil found on the surface of the scalp as water is unable to so. However, if one chooses to skip this step and simply wash the hair with conditioner or water, it can also lead to excessive oil build-up. Lastly, genetics and hair type. Some individuals are genetically more prone to excessive sebum secretion and this could be worse for those with straight hair.

Dry & Itchy Scalp

Dry & Itchy Scalp

Most people run into the frustrating problem of constant discomfort and itching and are often accompanied by visible signs such as scabbing along the hairline or dandruff when faced with a dray and itchy scalp. Most of the time, it can be controlled with changes to lifestyle and choice of shampoo brands. Other times, it is a more chronic problem that may potentially lead to hair loss if left untreated.

Factors such as yeast infection, sensitivity to seasonal changes and fluctuation in the internal hormonal balance may lead to dandruff where the scalp becomes dry and itchy and begins to flake. Other conditions that may lead to an itchy scalp could be signs of deeper, more serious health issues such as diabetes, lupus or possible anxiety disorders. 

If you notice any of the above and the issue has been causing much grief, consult a dermatologist immediately. You can even opt for scalp treatments to help cleanse and nourish your scalp.

The massage portions of scalp treatments help to improve blood circulation to the scalp which brings important nutrients that will nourish and create an optimal environment for a healthy scalp. Exfoliation also helps to get rid of the layer of dead skin cells that causes dandruff leaving a fresh layer of healthy skin.

A noteworthy factor, this is a form of early prevention. If problems related to oily scalp or overly dry and irritated one is allowed to persist, it may eventually damage the hair follicles causing early hair loss. On top of treating the existing scalp problems, it also helps to promote the healthy growth of strong hair.

Pure Oxygen Scalp Treatment

A scalp treatment offered by Cambridge Therapeutics, this addresses scalp conditions such as oily, dry & itchy or/and, dandruff-prone scalp in six steps.

Step 1: Scalp Analysis

We begin with an in-depth analysis of the scalp using a hair scope. The scalp type of patients would determine the type of serum used in later parts of the procedure.

Step 2: Venus Glow Scalp Cleansing and Detox

The scalp is deeply cleansed of impurities with water jets and gently vacuumed so that the serum is better absorbed. The water jet and vacuum action helps to massage the scalp as well thus improve circulation and blood flow in the capillaries beneath the scalp.

Step 3: Oxynova Life Hair Growth Factor and Anti-inflammation Oxygen Spray

Based on the previous scalp assessment, either the INOPEP or BIOSCALP serum would be used to address existing scalp problems.
The INOPEP system has growth factors and anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe dry and irritated skin. The BIOSCALP system contains minerals, vitamins and proteins that can help to regulate oil production in the scalp as well as further promote hair growth. After the use of either serum, the highly concentrated oxygen is then used to further infuse the products and improve blood circulation to the follicles.

Step 4: Venus Viva Diamond Polar Scalp Massage

This process uses patented pulsed radiofrequency to provide biostimulation to the scalp and follicle’s cells to promote circulation, regulate hair growth and reduce inflammation.

Step 5: SMARTLUX Hair Laser Treatment

The wavelengths of the laser allow for the mitochondria in the hair cells to begin production of ATP which is then used to increase the rate of cellular division stimulating the growth factors within the hair follicles.

Step 6: Styling

Lastly, we will give your hair a light blow-dry and styling to send you on your way.

The Advantages of the Pure Oxygen Scalp Treatment:  

  • Increases the scalp bloodstream and microcirculation
  • Prevents unreasonable hair fall 
  • Strengthen hair follicles for thicker and better hair 
  • Restores volume to diminishing hair 
  • Administer supplements to invigorate sound hair development 
  • Promotes collagen production

Enjoy your first trial of our Pure Oxygen Scalp Treatment at $88. For our latest promotions, visit our Pure Oxygen Scalp Treatment page here.

Heading Towards A Healthy Hair Care Routine

Heading Towards A Healthy Hair Care Routine

When it comes to creating and sticking to your hair care routine, the options can leave individuals slightly overwhelmed, depending on hair type and porosity as well as scalp issues. On the off chance that your hair has interacted with colour, bleach, or synthetics, you may need to show your hair some extra love. Individuals with coloured hair are encouraged not to wash them consistently to prevent colour fading and dryness. Bleached hair will require additional care such as deep conditioning masks and hair butter. 

Here's a breakdown of everything required to customise a hair care routine that is ideal for you, as well as additional factors that can aid in optimising your hair & scalp health.

Cleansing

Cleansing through shampoo or cleansers eliminates dead skin and buildup without stripping the hair of its natural oils. Without a decent wash, sebum will overdevelop, leaving undesirable slickness as well as dead skin, if the scalp is not properly cleaned. 

Conditioning

Conditioners offer several benefits such as saturating hair follicles with intense hydration and moisture as well as incorporating easy detangling and a decrease in frizz. 

Sealing Moisture

To add further hydration to the hair, you might need to use hair milk or hair cream along with a fixing oil on wet or damp hair to lock in the moisture. This is especially helpful for curly or dry hair. 

Diet

Incorporating fresh greens such as parsley, basil, a plate of mixed greens, as well as fresh fruits can highly benefit hair as well as your overall health. Hair follicles are made up of a protein called keratin. Eating foods wealthy in protein such as eggs, nuts, beans and peas, fish, low-fat dairy items, chicken, and turkey can benefit hair follicles. 

Multivitamins

Researchers have confirmed that Vitamin A, B, C, D, iron, selenium, and zinc are fundamental to hair development explicitly with cell turnover. Incorporating multivitamins into your daily routine could help scalp & hair health.

Hair Oils

Coconut oil has been known to offer intense hydration and protein to hair follicles, shielding it from breakage. Massaging the oil into the scalp and hair strands could boost bloodstream and regrowth. Olive oil has been used to condition hair, shielding it from dryness and breakage. Consider applying two or three tablespoons of olive oil to the hair and allowing it to sit for 30 minutes before washing.

The Bottom Line

It takes much patience, time and effort to achieve a healthy scalp and shiny, nourished hair.  Staying true to a hair care routine that works best for you will yield results. Incorporating a healthy diet and massage oils could boost hair growth and control the production of sebum. Cleansing your scalp regularly, or by going for scalp treatments such as our Pure Oxygen Scalp Treatment will also enable a reduction in scalp issues.

Hair shedding is a part of everyday life. It doesn’t matter how young you are or how good your hair care regimen is,  your hair is still going to fall. It’s natural. Every day, strands of your hair are shed as part of a healthy hair life cycle.

The average person loses anywhere between 50-100 strands of hair per day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (more, if you have longer hair).

If you begin to see significantly more than that, or if they’re not growing back, then it’s time to do something about it. First, we have to understand there are different types of hair loss and different treatments for each type.

Genetics

Genetic hair loss or thinning is medically known as androgenetic alopecia.[1] It’s the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother or your father’s side of the family.

“In these instances, certain hair follicles are sensitive to male hormones – and this sensitivity causes follicles to gradually shrink and produce slightly finer and shorter hairs with each passing hair growth cycle." Explains Anabel Kingsley, a leading Trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in London

Solutions:

  • Regenerative Hair Therapy
  • Hair Transplant

Hair Breakage

If we look at the anatomy, hair is largely made up of a protein called Keratin, that forms the inner cortex of the hair, and protected by a cuticle on the outside. When damp hair is combed, it stretches. Unfortunately, when it’s stretched, it doesn’t snap back to its original form as a rubber band does. Instead, the stretching causes the cuticle to deform and crack. That’s partially a reason why your hair feels rough and damaged. So wet hair needs a lot more tender loving care. Hard shampooing and aggressively drying your hair is only going to damage it further.

Solutions:

  • For longer hair, wrap it in a towel to dry and allow it to draw out water slowly.
  • If your hair is shorter, use gentle patting motions instead of vigorous rubbing.
  • Really rushing for time and need to blow-dry? Skip the heat. Use the cool setting instead.

Excessive Styling

Too much of styling, shampooing and dying can hurt the structural integrity of your hair. Often, it’s a combination of treatments—keratin, colouring, and blow-drying, for instance—that does the damage. First, there are harsh chemicals in highlights and dyes. Then there’s intense heat from steamers and perming machines. Not considering pulling from combs and clips. They all cause hair cuticles to lose their natural, protective moisturizers, leaving your locks dry and damaged.

Solutions:

  • Minimise your use of irons and other machinery (say, for special occasions)
  • If you use hair gels and sprays, remember to wash it thoroughly at the end of the night, at least twice
  • If you must dye your hair, consider pivoting just one or two shades from its normal colour: The more drastic the colour change, the more chemicals and breakage you’ll cause.

Nutritional Imbalance & Deficiencies

One of the leading causes of hair loss in women is iron deficiency. Iron is essential for producing hair cell protein, without it, your strands will suffer. Vitamin B12 deficiency is another common cause of hair loss as it can affect the health of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your tissues. Less oxygen and nutrients travelling to your hair means poor hair health. As mentioned before, hair is made up of protein. And just like improving skin complexion, maintaining an adequate daily intake of protein-rich food is essential.

Solutions:

  • Include more beans, nuts and dark green leafy vegetables in your diet
  • Include at least a palm-sized portion of protein during each meal
  • Consider taking supplements like Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Copper, Zinc, Selenium

Stress & Lack of Sleep

Worrying woman in her bed

It goes without saying, these two are a killer combination that sends the human body into a frenzy. The first effect is an increase in androgen (a male hormone) levels, which in turn can cause hair loss. Stress may also trigger a multitude of scalp problems, such as oily scalp (and clogged pores), dandruff, disrupt eating habits and mess with the digestive system – all of which can have a negative impact on hair. When we’re stressed out, our cortisol levels also increase, messing up our sleep cycle. Prolonged lack of sleep will impair our hair follicle’s ability to function properly, according to research published[2]in the Americal Journal of Pathology.

Solutions:

  • Give yourself a hair massage before you sleep to relax. Plus, this stimulates nerve endings and increases blood circulation to your roots
  • Practice deep breathing and nourish your body before bed

Solving the Root Problem

So if your hair is falling out, it’s normal. However, if it’s getting increasingly worrisome, you can consider Cambridge’s Glow + Genosys Hair Loss Treatment. This signature hair loss treatment at Cambridge includes a unique combination of 3 highly effective technologies and stem cell hair growth factor.

Starting with the Venus Glow™, it gently vacuums dirt, oil, debris & other impurities on the scalp, with 2 ultra-fine jet streams to deep-cleanse clogged pores. After the scalp has been noticeably cleaner, a patented Genosys HR3 Matrix hair growth factor will be applied to supply supplements to the hair follicles, with microneedling to help with the absorption of the product. Ending with the SMARTLUX Hair Laser Treatment to calm and soothe the scalp, it also helps with the efficacy of intracellular nutrient acquisition.  

Like all scalp treatments, it’s always advisable to act asap to prevent hair loss. The sooner you start taking care of your scalp, the faster and easier it will be to see results.

[1] https://www.prevention.com/health/a28250587/alopecia-hair-loss-treatment/
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1868107/

Viviscal Pro

Once thought as a problem faced only by men, hair loss is becoming universal. Though there is little to no health risk with hair fall, it can damage one’s self-confidence. As a result, many people turn to ineffective supplements and shampoos that claim to solve the problem but may worsen it.

The Cause of Hair Loss Woes

Pure oxygen scalp treatment

Hair grows from a follicle and is nourished by blood vessels that transport nutrients it requires to grow. Many reasons may lead to hair loss.

Hereditary Male- & Female-Pattern Hair Loss

The hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is thought to be responsible for causing the follicle in which the hair resides to constrict and eventually lead to hair loss. This is a derivative from the hormone testosterone which is found in large concentration in males as compared to females. In females, the hormone estrogen can balance out the effects of the small amounts of testosterone produced in the body. However, after menopause, women begin to experience hair thinning as estrogen production falls drastically and thus the relative concentration of testosterone and in turn DHT increases.

Stress

Stress can be another causal factor of hair loss. With the highly demanding environment in office experienced by the working class, it is not a surprise that more people experience problems with hair loss. Stress causes the production of the hormone adrenaline which in turn triggers the body to convert testosterone to DHT. Without sufficient hormones to counterbalance this, it affects the strength of the hair which leads to hair loss.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle choices can also lead to hair loss. Having a poor diet that lacks sufficient protein and iron would also cause hair loss as the rate at which hair is growing is unable to outpace the rate at which it falls. Excessive hair products such as styling gels and hair spray can clog the hair follicles and impede hair growth. Lastly, smoking can cause decreased circulation, reducing the amount of blood flow to the hair follicles. This would mean that insufficient oxygen is transported to the hair follicle for growth and maintenance of strong healthy hair leading to hair loss.

The Cycle of Growth and Repair

Hair Growth Cycle

To properly curb hair loss problems, a basic understanding of the hair growth cycle is required. The anagen phase lasts about 2-7 years and will determine the length of our hair. This is when the hair attaches itself to the dermal papilla. As we get older, hair thins as the anagen phase becomes shorter. At the Catagen or transitional phase, The hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the walls of the dermal papilla and lasts about 10 days. The telogen phase is the resting phase where the hair is no longer attached to the blood supply. Without nutrients to sustain it, it appears limp and lifeless. The cycle begins again when a new hair grows and pushes out the old strand of hair.

Viciscal Pro™ Hair Supplement

To help hair follicles grow healthy, hair follicles must be nourished from within. This is the reason why most shampoos and hair care products have little effects as they are not able to reach the hair follicles deep within the scalp. Viviscal Pro™ aims to tackle this problem by providing nutrients directly through the bloodstream. Made up of biotin, apple extract and the most groundbreaking complex AminoMar™, it aims to provide sufficient proteins and marine complex that works to significantly strengthen the hair and promotes hair growth of follicles that have slowed or stopped growing altogether.

“Awarded Best Supplement for Thinning Hair”

Womens weekly

It has not only won numerous awards such as the Singapore Women’s Weekly Hair awards for the best oral supplement, but it is also well-loved by the likes of celebrity actresses Gwenyth Paltrow and Jenifer Aniston. Clinical trials have shown that after 10 weeks, clients reported a 46% decrease in hair loss and overall, 75% of patients experience a significant decrease in hair fall.

Cambridge Therapeutics is the official distributor of Viviscal Pro™ supplements.

The perfect Pairings: Treatment and Supplementation

At Cambridge, we believe in nothing but the best for our patients. Along with the Viviscal Pro™ supplements to help our clients with hair loss, we have come up with two scientific methods to tackle the problems of hair loss.

Firstly, our Glow + Genosys Hair Loss Treatment takes three of the most efficient technologies in the field of hair care to come up with a revolutionary solution to hair loss. Firstly, your scalp will be deeply cleansed with Venus Glow™ device making use of ultrafine jet streams and gentle vacuuming to eliminate dirt and oil from deep within the poor all while massaging the scalp to improve circulation to hair follicles. After the scalp is cleaned of all impurities, the Genosys HR3 Matrix is micro needled into the scalp. This serum is the latest brainchild backed by highly respected Korean research that targets hair regrowth by extending the Anagen phase, restoration by supplying essential nutrients to the follicles to increase hair thickness and regeneration by increasing new red blood cell formation. Furthermore, the microneedling creates the added effect of collagen and fibre production that strengthens hair follicles and increased efficiency of product absorption into the scalp. Lastly, the SMARTLUX laser treatment functions to tie the treatment together by calming and soothing the scalp while stimulating increased circulation to the hair follicles to encourage hair growth at a cellular level.

We also have come up with the Pure Oxygen Scalp Treatment with collaboration with Korean Dermatologist Dr Kwon Han Jin. Starting with a detailed scalp analysis, our therapist will help clients better understand the cause of their hair fall be it an oily scalp or an overly dry and irritated one. This will then be followed by cleansing of the scalp to prepare it for treatment using the same high-tech Venus Glow™ cleansing system. Based on the previous scalp assessment, either the INOPEP or BIOSCALP hair growth factor system would be used to address existing scalp problems. INOPEP is created for those experiencing dry a sensitive scalp while BIOSCALP tackles problems related to overly active oil glands connected to each pore. Highly concentrated oxygen jets are used to gently infuse these products into the scalp to stabilise the cellular environment for better uptake of the products. This is then completed with SMARTLUX laser treatment which as mentioned above calms the scalp while increasing circulation. Our therapist would then give a light blow-dry to send you on your way looking flawless.

Are you facing hair loss concerns? Speak to our consultants today to find out more on the early treatment options to prevent hair loss.

Causes and Triggers of Acne

Acne is a common skin issue that is caused by your pores getting clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin and getting infected by bacteria (cutibacterium acnes). Many dermatologists in Singapore say that acne is a largely harmless condition but they indeed can affect your appearance and self-esteem. Let us, at Cambridge Therapeutic, tell you more about the causes for acne. It will help you understand the root cause and tackle the issue better.

Hormonal Imbalance

This is probably one of the most common causes of acne amongst women. It occurs during during the childbearing age and also during menopause. During these times, the hormone levels in the body fluctuates.

Firstly, women can get acne when nearing their periods and during pregnancy. This is due to the higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of estrogen in the body. High testosterone levels trigger the skin to produce more oil than usual. Also, high levels of progesterone, which maintains the uterus lining and breastfeeding, can cause the pores to trap oil easily. So together with the increase in oil production and the pores trapping more oil, it can cause quite a nasty breakout

Menopause is another culprit of acne. During menopause, similar to periods, there will be lower levels of estrogen and higher levels of testosterone. Moreover, as you grow older, the skin cannot regenerate as well as before, leading to longer healing times of acne and acne scars.

The Food You Eat

Junk food

Eating a lot of sugary and processed food can cause a breakout due to the role of insulin in the body. Carbohydrates and refined foods increase your blood sugar levels in your body. Your body produces insulin to convert the blood sugar into energy which will be stored until used. However, when the excess energy is not used, the body becomes insulin resistant. To tackle that resistance, the body will produce even more insulin to convert the blood sugar. The more refined food you eat and less energy used, the more insulin produced.

Apart from the risk of diabetes, higher levels of insulin stimulates oil production on the skin which in turn becomes a breeding ground for the acne bacteria. Insulin can also lead to higher production of male hormones which can worsen the condition.

Genetics

While there is no clear-cut gene that causes acne, it is observed that acne highly hereditary. Meaning that if someone in your family has acne, it can explain why you could be having acne too. Acne susceptible skin runs in the family where it gets easily clogged and overproduces oil. It makes it easier for the acne bacteria to infect your clogged pores and create those blemishes.

Stress

Stress, be it chronic or acute, can trigger an acne breakout. This is because, when we are stressed, our body produces stress hormones. These stress hormones cause a number of changes in your body, for instance, your heart beats faster and you become more alert. However, these stress hormones can also trigger your skin to produce more oil. The hormones can also trigger inflammation on the skin which can worsen pre-existing acne conditions. If you suffer more chronic stress, your breakouts can appear more frequently, last longer and take a longer time to heal.

Stress can also indirectly trigger a breakout. You may get into a habit of touching your face or picking the acne when you are stressed, which introduces more dirt in your already clogged pores. This is will cause acne scars, which can be a bigger problem to deal with. You may also sometimes skip in your routine skin care, eat more unhealthy food or sleep less when you are stressed.

Stressed woman

Pore Clogging substances

Sometimes, the skin care you are using is causing a breakout. They can contain certain ingredients to give it a nicer texture, viscosity or fragrance, but in reality, can stick to your skin and clog up the pores. And even if products say that they do not clog pores, some of them still actually do due to the presence of these ingredients. You may need to ask your dermatologist in Singapore what are some of these ingredients you need to look out for. Some examples include coconut oil and algae extract.

If you are someone who regularly wears makeup, you can also get acne. Wearing makeup alone will not trigger the acne, but rather leaving it on for extended periods of time will get it. The makeup covers up your pores and does not allow them to breathe. Moreover, if you do not remove all the makeup properly, it can also trigger a breakout as the makeup remnants can accumulate on the skin.

Bad Habits

Simple acts like constantly touching your face can cause acne. You will be introducing new dirt and bacteria onto your face which will cause acne to pop out. Not having a proper skin care routine will also lead to a breakout as you are not washing away excess dirt and oil from your skin. Smoking too increases your risk as the exposure to the smoke and chemicals will clog up the pores and dry up the skin. 

These are the causes and triggers for your acne problems. Knowing what could be the cause can help you tackle the root cause of the issue. While you try to make lifestyle changes and foster good habits, if you need extra help in managing your acne and scars, contact us here.

Basic Skincare

Maintaining your skin daily is essential if you want to look flawless. It helps slow down the signs of ageing and acne breakouts. But sometimes, you may not know what is the right skin care routine you should do. Some would get intimidated at the number of steps they have to follow for certain routines. As a result, they would just skip doing that routine altogether which can lead to various skin issues. At Cambridge Therapeutics, we have come up with a basic skin care routine that even the busiest of people can follow. Read on to find out more.

Before buying any product, it is important to understand your skin type. This is to ensure that you are buying the correct products and preventing any unwanted side effects. Observe how your skin feels; whether it feels oily, dry or both. Also observe if you have any skin conditions like wrinkles or acne as they would be need special products to target those issues. You can also go to a dermatologist in Singapore to get an in depth analysis of your skin and advice on what products to use.

Below are the basic products you need to apply every morning and night in that order.

Cleanser

Cleansing your face is first and very important step in your skin care. It washes away dirt and pollutants you caught on the face from outside exposure. You need to choose the right kind of cleanser for you face, ideally something that does not dry out your face nor makes it feel greasy. If you were wearing any makeup, you may need to cleanse your face twice or even thrice to ensure that all the makeup is gone. Before washing your face, you could clean off most of the makeup with some makeup remover or micellar water. This would make the cleansing process easier.

Tip: When you wash your face, use warm water as it will open up your pores and allows the cleanser to wash away dirt more effectively. Finish off with cold water to close the pores and calm any inflammation.

Beautiful woman cleaning her face

Toner

Toners are used to rebalance the pH value of the skin after cleansing your face. They can also clear off any remnant dirt left on the skin and close all the pores. They can contain nourishing benefits for the skin, depending on the type and brand of toner you are using. For instance, toners can have antioxidant benefits and vitamins which can be absorbed by the skin. Micellar water can be used as a toner as it is mild and gets rid of dirt easily.

You should apply the toner after cleansing your face. Make sure that your skin is dry before applying. Pour some toner on a cotton pad and wipe all around your face. You can also use your hands but make sure that they are clean before touching your face.

If you have not been using a toner and your skin looks and feels alright, then it would be okay to skip the toner.

After toning, it is a good time to apply any serums or treatments to your face. Serums are concentrated solutions that penetrate deep into the skin to provide nourishment. There are different types of serums that are used for different times of the day. For instance, serums used for the day contains antioxidant properties to protect against free radical damage from outside exposure. Night time serums contain properties that can repair scars and slow down ageing. It is a matter of picking the serum to suit your routine and skin type.

There are also treatment serums and creams you could be prescribed or have to use. They can be like acne spot treatment, anti-ageing, or eye serums. If you are using these treatments, you need to follow the advice from your dermatologist and the instructions carefully. Some of these products may contain properties that can dry the face or make the face greasy. Also, some of these products may not come cheap so it is best not to use them unnecessarily.

Tip: Apply serums before your moisturiser as the serums can be absorbed better.

Woman using products for skincare

Moisturiser

Everyone needs to apply moisturiser, no matter what their skin type is. Even if your have oily skin, you still need a moisturiser. They are key in locking in moisture and preventing the skin from getting too dry. By locking in moisture, you are allowing your skin to regenerate and protect it from exposure. Especially if you are under a dry, air conditioned environment or constantly exposed under the sun.

Moisturisers can come in many forms; they are different types for different times of the day. For instance, some night moisturisers are typically thicker than day time ones. Choose a product that you are comfortable using and makes your skin feel hydrated but not overly greasy. Moisturising should be the last step of your skincare routine as once it is applied, no other solution will be able to get absorbed by the skin. You could go for hyaluronic acid based moisturisers as hyaluronic acid is highly compatible to the skin.

Tip: You should apply it when you skin is damp so that it can lock in all the moisture. If you are doing a spot treatment, it would be best to avoid applying moisturisers there so that it will not hinder active ingredients in the treatment.

Sunblock (For the Day)

You need to apply sunblock if you are going to exposed under the sun. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause free radical damage leading to dryness, pigmentation, and signs of ageing. Find a sunblock that has a broad SPF rating (over 30) and apply after your moisturiser. Opt for those that do not need to be absorbed by the skin, meaning it is literally a layer of protection on the skin, so that it does not reduce the efficiency of your moisturiser.

Apply sunblock if you are going to exposed under the sun

This the basic skincare routine that everyone needs to have in order to maintain their skin. You can find some of these products in a set of cleanser, toner and moisturiser or ala carte. If you need advice or check out our products we offer, contact us here!

First things first - What is Fat Freezing?

Fat freezing, also known as cyrolipolysis, is a method of getting rid of “love handles”, double chin, or any other undesirable areas of fat. This procedure is non-invasive and FDA approved. It can remove up to 25% of the fat of a certain area, but this can often take more than one treatment. The procedure works by using paddles that you’re your skin into a cup and crystallize (or “freeze”) the underlying fat cells. This can take up to an hour, depending on the area. Discomfort with this procedure is minimal; the patient will first feel a cold sensation and then numbness. In 2010, the FDA approved the fat freezing technology CoolSculpting after a study revealed that six months after receiving treatment, 60 patients saw an average reduction of 19% in fat cells around their hips. Now, fat freezing is becoming common across the nation. Many dermatologists and medical spas are offering the treatment, and it is often promoted in TV ads.

Before committing to the procedure, you should know about the limitations of the method.

What is fat freezing

CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity but rather aims to reduce the appearance of visible fat bulges. The most often targeted areas include the thighs, upper arms, abdomen, breasts, and under the buttocks. The results can be very subtle at first, so much so that patients may not even see a difference. It can take four months to really see the results, but patients shouldn’t expect any significant weight loss to result from this procedure. Fat freezing can be very useful in reducing the size of men’s breasts. This is the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery for men, as it can be a distressing condition. A study from September 2015 reported that 95% of the 21 men who used fat freezing said they saw improvement in their appearance, and 89% said they felt less embarrassed about their chests. Each of the men involved in the study received two 60-minute treatments, followed up with another two months after. All of them claimed their quality of life had improved since the treatment. This procedure is reportedly very safe, with little to no downtime for recovery, and the results appeared to last for a year after the procedure. This is in comparison to surgery or liposuction under general anaesthesia, the standard treatments before fat freezing emerged for reducing men’s breast size.

Since fat freezing is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by insurance

Coolsculpting costs an average of $625 per treatment. Including additional treatments, it can cost anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000. The risks involved with this procedure include potential contour asymmetries due to removing fat cells in an uneven manner, numbness that lasts weeks or months, swelling, and even the chance that the fat comes back. Make sure you talk to your doctor about potential complications before deciding to get the procedure.

Shocked woman

When injected carefully by skilled practitioners, dermal fillers can rejuvenate facial skin, returning much of the firmness, fullness, and smoothness lost to age.

When injected ineptly, the results can be disastrous.

Filler can easily pool, or gather in unintended concentrations, giving the skin a bumpy texture that only worsens with time. When too much filler is injected in one spot, the body cannot break it down and dispose of it as intended, and the filler hardens into a semisolid mass that can take multiple surgeries to remove.

While complications from poorly injected dermal filler are rarely life-threatening, evidence suggests that improperly injected filler may restrict the flow of blood to the eye, causing vision problems including blindness. When filler enters the bloodstream directly, it may lead to necrosis (or tissue death), blindness, or stroke.

Nearly three million dermal-filler procedures are performed in the US alone each year with the most popular filler compound, hyaluronic acid. Though the worst problems associated with faulty filler injections can be grave, the common wisdom among practitioners and patients is that they are almost vanishingly rare.

Two recent studies tested that assumption. Using the FDA’s Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database, which collects reports of deaths and serious complications associated with medical devices, the studies give consumers the first quantitative accounting of the rate and nature of filter-related complications.

Wrinkles dermal filler

The Long View

Boris Paskhover, MD, first got the idea when a patient approached him seeking relief from the effects of a botched filler procedure eight years prior. Paskhover, a Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, helped the patient recover fully, and was left wondering how frequently people suffer similar misfortune.

Evaluating MAUDE records from 2007 through mid-2017, Paskhover identified more than five thousand dealing with problems related to fillers. The most common problems were relatively benign: infection, allergic reaction, and inflammation are risks associated with any surgical procedure, leaving the formation of lumps as the other most common complaint.

But not the only one. 47 cases of blindness and 62 incidents of strokes or stroke-like events were among the reports. These serious complications represent roughly 2% of the total number of complaints registered against filler-related treatment, which in turn represent a fraction of a per cent of all such procedures estimated to have been performed during the study’s timeframe.

The Short View

Otolaryngology resident Hani Rayess, MD, of Wayne State University School of Medicine also used the MAUDE database but limited his focus to the years 2014 through 2016. He found nearly 1,750 reports of complications arising from dermal fillers, a significant increase from the rate Paskhover identified for ten years including the range Rayess studied.

Of the reports, Rayess identified, the most common complaints were of swelling and infection, as expected. The next two most common complaints were of dire complications: blindness and necrosis. But Rayess also found that these severe complications were reported at a lower rate in the time frame he studied than in Paskhover’s ten-year study.

The Upshot

Before drawing conclusions from the studies, we should take a few factors into consideration.

The MAUDE database is completely voluntary, and reports submitted to it are not verified. What effect this has on the data is not certain, but since MAUDE records are neither exhaustive nor confirmed, studies based on those records do not reflect absolute numbers.

But they can reveal statistical trends. Rayess’ more recent timeframe showed a lower rate of severe complications but a higher rate of minor ones than Paskhover’s decade-long view. Combined with what we know of dermal fillers’ increased popularity and of the expanded range of practitioners offering dermal-filler injections, this suggests that more mistakes are being made overall, while catastrophic mistakes have declined significantly. This, in turn, suggests that the best hedge against serious complications from dermal filler injections is a practitioner with a long and successful track record.

Minimizing Risk

Dermal face fillers

Dermal fillers have become so popular and so common that patients are in danger of overlooking the risk they present. The best way to minimize that risk, experts agree, is to find a practitioner who is both highly trained and deeply experienced with the procedure.

The patient who encouraged Paskhover to undertake his study got his filler from a self-described cosmetologist working out of her home. In this case, the practitioner lacked the medical training to know when the injection went wrong—her response to the patient’s first complaint was to inject more filler—and the facilities and supplies needed to respond to a crisis. An antidote exists for hyaluronic acid that quickly erases the results of mis-injected filler, but precious few amateur injection clinics have access to it.

Plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and even ophthalmologists are generally in a good position to administer dermal filler, making it relatively easy to find a practitioner with enough medical training to exercise good judgment and to respond appropriately to a misstep.

A practitioner’s experience can be largely established with dates and figures, but patients are also advised to consider the attention a practitioner gives to each individual case. A doctor experienced in dermal-filler treatment will be ready to respond to each patient’s questions and to adapt the course of treatment to reflect each patient’s goals and concerns.

Laser treatments have grown to such proportions these days that now treating acne in Singapore is considered a regular “lunchtime” procedure. There is a new one on the horizon called the 450 Pico Laser Bubble Lift. Here is what you should know about it.

How is Pico Laser Different From Traditional Lasers?

This is an advanced machine that aids in the treatment of several skin conditions, with a focus on enlarged pores and depressed acne scars. But while a traditional laser delivers a solitary wavelength into the treated area, a 450 Pico device is capable of generating more bursts of light each second.

To be exact, it shoots beats every 450 picoseconds! For the record, a picosecond is a unit that is equivalent to one trillionth of a second.

So, when the beam enters the top layers of the skin, it breaks down the skin cells and the surrounding tissues it goes near to. And this is how it helps to remove scars. Generally, it works underneath the skin, creating controlled mini-explosions which give rise to tiny bubbles. Later on, when the healing process begins, collagen forms inside these bubbles, helping to “lift” depressed acne scars and shrink pores.

Other machines like the ND:YAG lasers create similar results, but they can be painful and traumatic to the patient. Not to mention, they take more time to use.

The Picosecond Laser is definitely superior to traditional treatments for acne and tattoo removal (talk about Q-switched lasers here) in that it offers less downtime, shorter pulse duration, and more efficacy. As mentioned above, the device employs more than one wavelengths to do what it has to do. The first one serves to get rid of dermal pigmentations and the second one addresses coloured tattoos and epidermal pigmentations.

Another thing that plays a role in the effectiveness of the machine is the different handpieces available. There may be a special handheld dye part which helps to remove different colours more rapidly.

What Are The Benefits of Pico Laser Bubble Lift?

Since more laser pulses are provided per shot, the following benefits can be observed from this treatment:

  • Fewer shots are needed per single session.
  • The procedure is faster and more exact than other laser treatments.
  • It’s also more efficient.
  • The results are outstanding and last long after the last session has ended.
  • Less downtime is required and the recovery process is fast.
  • Overall, the procedure is not painful – numbing cream is usually applied to the area that needs to be treated, but is not mandatory.
  • The laser has a slew of functions. For starters, it is capable of zapping acne scars and other common problems affecting the Asian skin. When it comes to enlarged pores, it is especially effective around the nose.
  • It can provide mild and moderate skin rejuvenation.
  • It can get rid of unwanted tattoos.
  • Either combined with other treatments or alone, it can also address hyperpigmentation and fine lines. And lastly, pigmented lesions like age spots, freckles, and melasma are easily eliminated with the device.

This laser therapy, along with Neogen Plasma, is the most recent ones on the market for treating acne and acne scars. Its predecessors are the Nanolaser and older Pico Laser models. There is another machine that operates at picoseconds, the 750 Pico Laser, however, it’s not as fast.

When Do The Results Appear?

Pico laser bubble lift

The effects show gradually. Just give your skin some time to heal. You will begin to see and feel your complexion getting clearer a few weeks afterwards. And that will be just the beginning of it. As new collagen forms over the next couple of months, the results will continue to get better and better. There will be a dramatic difference between the way you looked prior to the procedure and how your face appears afterwards.

What is The Downtime?

The beauty of the Pico Laser is it does not create any discomfort after it’s over, which means you will be able to continue with your daily regimen right away. That is, you don’t need to take days off to have the treatment. You don’t have to stay in the hospital either. However, keep in mind that your face might appear pink at first – ask your doctor if you could put some foundation on to cover it up.

How Many Sessions Are Necessary?

It is your doctor who can tell how long the treatment is going to take to yield the results you are after. In most cases, you will need more than one procedure. Then again, more appointments doesn’t always mean better results. That’s why you sit back and relax while the medical expert is doing all the analysing and planning.

For the most part, the number of sessions will depend on how serious your skin condition is. And this can only be determined after a careful and thorough examination of the troubled areas. It will be coupled with an honest conversation about what you want to achieve. Then the doctor will create a precise plan to address the underlying problems.

Never Leave Your Laser Treatment in the Hands of a Non-certified Professional

This type of procedures should be performed by medical experts. When a laser is not used properly, it can lead to heavy burns or – worse – blindness. You surely don’t want a quick rejuvenating procedure to turn into a devastating, life-ruining experience for you. When searching for a place where you can undergo the treatment, skip the beauty centres and stick with certified clinics instead. Your health is your responsibility.

Beautiful woman touching her eye

Eye Bag Removal: Surgical Vs Non-Surgical Options in Singapore

Eye bags are no fun – they strip the shine out of our eyes, making us look tired and grim. And who wants to attain such an appearance? It’s no wonder then that we spend hundreds of bucks trying to conceal the relentless signs of ageing. We would do anything to reverse the clock, even if that means putting our bodies through a medically-unnecessary procedure like eye bag removal.

But when you are finally presented with all the options, you start to wonder which one is better – incisional or non-incisional. To make your pondering a little less daunting, here are more details about surgical and non-surgical treatments for bags under eyes.

What Causes the Need for Eye Bag Removal?

As age advances, gravity and time eventually take over. And it’s not too long before we see the first glaring signs of it on our skin. The under-eye region, being the thinnest and softest area on the face, seems to be affected by this the most.

Puffy eyes are not cool and they certainly don’t make us look our best. It could be that the tissue becomes loose, resulting in saggy skin, or that fat is gradually lost. The latter leaves deep indentations under the peepers – the so-called “tear trough hollows”. And they are not exciting at all.

Sometimes the puffiness we are so fiercely trying to hide is hereditary – because mommy and daddy didn’t give us only the good stuff. Not to mention, water retention leaves its marks on the skin too.

Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure: we don’t like it and we want it gone. Now and forever. Luckily, there are quite a lot of solutions we can put to the test. But which one will prove effective?

Surgical Methods

Surgical eye bag removal is known as blepharoplasty

The latter is a fancy word for a type of operation that can be performed on both the lower and upper lids. In addition to disposing of excess skin and helping move fatty tissue around, it can smooth fine lines and small wrinkles. The end result is youthful-looking eyes, no sagging or bags.

And while blepharoplasty tightens and firms the tissue, there is no denying it comes at a cost. The doctor has to make cuts here and there. The thought of a scalpel going near your face, especially your eyes, is the scariest of all. And although modern techniques minimise the possibility of scarring, it’s still a likely outcome.

The procedure

A surgeon cuts the skin under the eye to reposition or eliminate fat, remove extra skin and tighten the tissue. Then they close the wound with stitches. As a rule, the incisions are made around the natural creases of the eye, the purpose of which is to put the scar out of sight.

The results can generally be observed right after the initial swelling subsides. This means your eyes will look younger and fresher a few hours or days of the procedure is completed.

Downtime

Usually, with any kind of operation, the recovery period tends to be a little longer. But when it comes to eye bag removal surgery, the time it takes for the wound to heal completely is minimal. Overall, you will be able to continue your daily regimen a couple of days post-surgery.

Side effects

If the procedure goes wrong, it may result in double vision, difficulty sleeping, insufficient or excessive tearing, and more. It is also possible that the patient develops a blurry vision. While these are quite adverse aftereffects, there are some unpleasant consequences that are okay to happen, such as swelling and bruising. If you notice anything else that bothers you, make sure to communicate it to your doctor forthwith.

Benefits

  • It can yield long-lasting results
  • It works for moderate to severe eye bags

Downsides

  • Cutting involved
  • Loss of blood
  • Use of general anaesthesia
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Longer downtime
  • Severe side effects are possible

Non-surgical Methods (Non-surgical eye bag removal)

The newest non-invasive techniques involve scarless eye bag removal. Some methods use radio frequency, others go with hyaluronic acid – a natural matter existent in the human body. Some remove face excess fat, others fill in the deficiencies. Each treatment works in a slightly different way than the other, but they all have the same goal at hand – eliminating eye bags.

The procedure

In most cases, the cosmetic counterpart of plastic surgery for eye puffiness uses a handheld device with tiny needles on it. With its help, a well-trained specialist administers hyaluronic acid or radiofrequency energy, which then triggers the production of collagen. The substance is sent under the skin, before the orbital septum. It can make the treated area plump and tight or take away excess tissue.

The results are not visible right away, as some time needs to pass before the new growth of collagen occurs (four months at best). When this happens, the skin tightens and the bags diminish.

Downtime

No surgery means it’s less invasive, hence these procedures bear little to no risk at all. The downtime factor is also a criterion. In most cases, one can resume their normal activities immediately, though the treated eye area might appear red or bruised for hours afterwards.

Side effects

That’s the beauty of non-incisional methods – they are quite gentle on the skin. They work in unison with the body’s natural processes, not against them. Hence, it is very rare that you experience any side effects. Still, be prepared to face some redness and/or bruising.

Benefits

  • Zero scarring
  • No downtime
  • Quick and easy
  • No anaesthesia used
  • Minimal side effects
  • No special preparation needed

Downsides

  • The effects do not show immediately. Besides, they are temporary, so top-ups are necessary.
  • Scarless eyebag removal only works for mild to moderate bags; if you don’t fall in this category, you are highly unlikely to get satisfactory results.
  • In some cases, non-invasive procedures are less expensive than traditional treatments. But it depends on how many sessions you want to undergo. In the long run, blepharoplasty comes cheaper.

So, Which is Better After All: Surgical or Non-surgical?

You need to understand that there is no right or wrong answer here. One treatment is not necessarily more efficient than the other. They all have their pros and cons and they all affect people differently. It is up to you and, mostly, your doctor to decide on the best course of action.

Whether a given procedure can work for you depends on your case and what you are willing to achieve. For instance, if you prefer a more natural appearance, you may want to stick with eye bag removal without surgery. However, if you are after a more permanent solution, you will be better off having an operation.

Not to mention, it’s the quality and laxity of your skin that will be determinative of the type of procedure you need. And if your budget is small, the price will be a factor too.

In the end, it is a tough choice to make. You have to consider the advantages and disadvantages of all types of treatments so that your final decision is based on facts rather than emotions.

Nina Ng

Nina Ng's Secret to Effortless Beauty

The key to svelte mum of three Nina Ng’s ageless beauty, surprisingly, lies in very simple routines, including beauty quick fixes at Cambridge Therapeutics.

By Singapore Tatler on April 01, 2016

Nina keeps her body svelte with regular yoga, and is a fan of Venus Legacy slimming treatments at Cambridge Therapeutics.

Gown by Isabel Sanchis, her own; Liens ring and Josephine bracelet, both by Chaumet

Getting to know Nina

Nina Ng wears many different faces. A doting mum of three and loving wife, she’s also a woman of faith. Strong values are at the core of Nina’s life. And what gives her life colour comes from her impeccable taste, from her fashion choices to her food preferences. Many on the social circuit also know her as Miss Congeniality, the effervescent woman adds sparkle to every occasion.

A typical day could see Nina having breakfast with her family before seeing her kids off to school then ticking off items on her to-do list. A frequent traveller who loves shopping in Europe, she has recently been making a number of trips to London where her eldest daughter is studying, but when she is in town, she participates in Bible study groups and supports welfare homes.

Nina’s fashion fave

Her affable personality means she has a large social circle, and come afternoons, it is not unusual for Nina and her friends to be enjoying a tete-a-tete at a hip cafe or attending VIP previews of the latest collections by top jewellery and fashion labels. Come evenings, this fashion It girl may be seen at glitzy social events in head-turning style as she pairs gowns from favourite brands like Isabel Sanchis with statement jewellery from the likes of Damiani, Cartier and Flower Diamond Boutique, where she gets customised pieces.

“For casual wear, my go-to brand is Givenchy, and I like Louis Vuitton for its shoes and bags. However, most days, I’m in my gym outfit as I attend exercise classes thrice a week,” she says.

A wardrobe to die for is one thing, but what makes this 40-year-old the envy of many is her radiant skin and svelte body. How does she do it when other 40-something mums battle issues such as pigmentation, wrinkles, double chins, cellulite and sagging skin? Nina puts it down to “a healthy, sustainable lifestyle”.

“Cambridge Therapeutics helps me to upkeep my silhouette and youthful look. It is also a meeting place for me and my girlfriends to chat about the latest wellness treatments.”

Her beauty secrets

Discipline and balance are key. A regular part of her routine is yoga, which strengthens the body and also promotes better sleep, relaxation and well-being. Also, nothing too complicated for the busy lady, please. “Even my beauty routine is simple as I have little time to spare,” she says.

When it comes to her choice of treatments, she goes only for those that are done in minimum time but with maximum efficacy so they don’t make a dent in her schedule packed with favourite pursuits like entertaining friends, gourmet dining with her husband and enjoying her favourite foods of sashimi, and indulgences like foie gras and French osetra caviar.

Nina carries off an amazing wardrobe with her trim figure and youthful radiance — and a sparkling personality to boot.

Gown by Marchesa Notte, from Net‑A‑Porter.com; jewellery by Chaumet.

How Cambridge Therapeutics helped Nina

To keep her face and body in top form, she makes fortnightly visits to Cambridge Therapeutics. Her preferred beauty centre, it has a wide range of cutting-edge, non-invasive and medically proven treatments, like the new Venus Legacy treatment that lifts the face and neck area, and reduces stubborn fat, and fights cellulite and stretch marks on the body. Cambridge Therapeutics is one of only two certified Platinum Status Venus Legacy Centres in Singapore.

Nina is already a fan: “I prefer non-invasive and painless treatments with no downtime. I hadn’t quite achieved my desired body shape despite working out at least thrice weekly. I trust Dr Lee Mun Heng’s recommendations. With the Venus Legacy treatment, I was able to reduce stubborn fat around my thighs.”

Balance is key for sustainable beauty. So, doctors recommend regular exercise and sensible eating habits to accelerate fat removal and prolong the treatment’s effects.

With quick and effective treatments in her beauty arsenal plus a healthy outlook, looking great couldn’t be easier for Nina.

Singapore Tatler on May 01, 2016

Equal parts fashionista and domestic goddess, Kelly Randall Sia melds her two loves in a new cooking show. As she preps for her foray into television this year, she relies on weekly beauty treatments at Cambridge Therapeutics to look her very best.By

Singapore Tatler on May 01, 2016

Beauty can mean many things, but ask Kelly Randall Sia for her thoughts on the subject and she quotes a biblical verse from the Song of Solomon. “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. Isn’t this how every woman would love to be seen?” she says.

The familiar face on the society circuit never fails to turn heads with her impeccable dress sense, dewy skin and disarming poise. A style chameleon with a taste for couture, she never follows fashion trends blindly. Here is a woman who follows her heart, be it in fashion or life choices.

Her weekly treat

How does Kelly stay svelte and radiant on and off the set? Good genes are one thing and as cliched as it sounds, drinking lots of water and getting sufficient sleep help. “For beauty within, I meditate on beautiful things: Read beautiful words, see beautiful places, nurture beautiful relationships, and appreciate beautiful friendships. Doing so makes the beauty ‘outside’ real, meaningful and worthy.”

She also credits weekly beauty treatments at Cambridge Therapeutics. “They’re all non-invasive, painless and cleverly designed by doctors,” she shares. “My favourite is the CryoSculpt Body Slimming Therapy, which targets the little bulges that inevitably come with good food and drink. It has amazingly kept my waistline in check. I also love their scalp care treatments and Oxygen Vitamin facials!”

Entering the tv world

The domestic goddess writes a new chapter of her life with her foray into the wonderful world of television. Putting together her two passions, couture and cuisine, she hosts a new cooking show called Haute & Saucy with Kelly Randall Sia, to air internationally at the end of this year. She’ll be dishing not just how-tos and delicious recipes for healthy eating, but tips on fashion trends and personal beauty and style advice as well. As Kelly says, “Eat well, dress well, live well.”

Reading beautiful words, seeing beautiful places, nurturing beautiful relationships, and appreciating beautiful friendships makes the beauty ‘outside’ real, meaningful and worthy.”

What could be more endearing than a woman who acknowledges that beneath all her picture-perfect photos is an individual who is just as human as the rest and who needs a little help from time to time to put her best face forward? Not only is Kelly the epitome of refinement and taste, she is also the quintessential modern beauty.

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Non Surgical Double Eyelids in Singapore

The trend of attempting to create the double eyelid look in Singapore is growing. In fact, it eye lifts are even starting to be applied to Singaporeans with what can be described as ”droopy” upper eyelids. The most sought-after look would be an open and inviting set of eyes with visible eyelid skin as opposed to the closed and heavy looking eye, often making the person look swollen and tired. As such, it should come as no surprise that the double eyelid surgery is one of the most common treatments here in Singapore. But does a non surgical double eyelid treatment exist?

Non Surgical Double Eyelids with Plexr

New technologies are starting to arise, including a cutting-edge procedure called the Plexr method. A Plexr tool is a handheld surgical device that uses small electronic arc-like pulses to assign heat to a small area. The heat created in the area evaporates surface skin tissue, thus reducing the size of the eyelids painlessly and without the need for injections or incisions. This essentially results in a non surgical double eyelid creation method and it is available right here in Singapore.

Here is a detailed description of how the procedure is performed:

The upper eyelid is prepared with a numbing cream for approximately half an hour prior to the procedure and then cleaned well before beginning.

To begin the procedure, the doctor touches the tip of the Plexr device to the area of the eyelid (the excess skin) being treated. The device is now basically erasing some of the excess skin on the patient's eyelid.

The device uses plasma, or the 4th state of matter – much like a lightning strike – to take the unwanted or excess skin from the eye from a solid state to a gas state. You can start to see the small dark marks that are being left behind after the treatment. These marks will form tiny scabs that will fall away in a few days and leave behind a bit of red skin that will turn back to a normal skin color within a period of days.

The patient at this point has indicated that on the pain scale, she is experiencing about a “2” out of a possible “10”. You can see from the patient being wide awake that this non surgical double eyelid treatment is shockingly painless. 

Notice the difference in the treated eye on the left vs. the untreated eye on the right after only a few minutes. We can already see a remarkable difference in the fold height of the visible double eyelid.

During the short recovery time, there is a medical grade concealer that can be used on the area to camouflage the treatment as it heals.

Before and after pictures – notice the amazing difference in eyelid appearance and fold height. 

The Plexr non surgical double eyelid method has no side effects, and the patient is aesthetically back to normal (and even better than normal) within days. 

Contact us now for more information on this unique non surgical double eyelids creation in Singapore.

Prevent acne

Here at Cambridge Therapeutics, we see a large number of customers struggling to deal with acne breakouts. This is usually the unpleasant and embarrassing result of excess bacteria and oil on the skin and can actually be prevented if we simply follow 7 simple steps.

Keep Your Skin Clean

This might sound obvious, but for those who don’t suffer from acne issues it is tempting to skip daily face washing. However, if you want to remain acne free you have to wash your face at least twice daily. A mixture of water and soap is necessary to remove the excess dirt, oils, and bacteria that build up throughout the day on your skin. This method is very easy to adopt since all you need to do is to develop a daily habit and not be lazy about it. Prevention is better than cure after all.

Prevent acne

Wear Anti-Acne Makeup

For those who experience frequent acne breakouts, makeup may be the culprit. Manufacturers have developed high quality anti-acne makeup to help those who suffer. To avoid clogging your pores and creating breakouts, look for makeup with the word ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label for the best bet. Higher price of a makeup product does not mean it is acne friendly, so do read the ingredients on the label carefully before deciding to spend the cash.

Switch out Your Pillowcase

Your pillowcase is a hotbed for sweat, dirt and even dust—all caused by you. Unfortunately, that dirt and grime is transferred to your face when you sleep at night. If you go to sleep without washing off your makeup, then there is all the more reason to wash your pillowcase. We recommend washing and exchanging your pillowcase at least once a week. Keeping your room clean, especially your pillows, would go a long way in reducing the chance of an acne outbreak.

Moisturize Daily

Prevent acne

Although you might think that moisturizing can clog your pores further, if you use an over-the-counter acne product then you need moisture more than ever. Most of these products contain ingredients that can dry out your skin. Dry skin can lead to severe acne breakouts, which is obviously the opposite of what you’re attempting to accomplish. Moisturizing can be effective in preventing outbreak, though it can add to your daily expenses quickly if you have dry skin problem.

Choose Your Hair Products Carefully

Another culprit of acne breakouts, are hair products. Most of our hair and beauty goods contain high levels of fragrance and perfume that can cause an allergic skin reaction. If you have noticed an increase in acne around your jaw, neck or back your shampoo and conditioner may be to blame. Do consider switching to a different brand if the acne problem constantly haunts you.

Exercise regularly

Exercising is good for the entire body, including the skin. Sweat actually cleanses the pores and promotes healthy blood circulation. By exercising regularly, you can enhance your health and bring new cells to the surface of the skin. Once you finish exercising, make sure you shower directly after. Maintaining a regular exercise regime not only benefits you with regard to acne issues, but also keeps you feeling refreshed and adds a glow to your face naturally.

Refrain from Touching Your Face

Frequently touching your face transfers dirt and oils that wouldn’t otherwise be anywhere near it. Try to be conscious of whether or not you’re touching your face and then take steps to avoid doing so. This is very easy to forget if you already have the habit of touching your face subconsciously, so you should constantly remind yourself not to do so. You may also benefit from washing your hands more often.

However, for those of you with more severe acne issues, our Jet Pulse Plus treatment for acne helps get rid of your acne problems safely and effectively.

Prevent acne
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