As the Chinese old saying goes,“A white complexion is powerful enough to hide seven faults.” Nowadays, most people pursue a perfect skin quality, radiant, smooth and toned skin in particular. In hopes of boosting your skin’s bounce and achieving smooth and supple skin, many people opt for medical aesthetics. In the past few years, BOTOX, as well as other medical aesthetic treatments such as HIFU and Lifteria V, are gaining in popularity. But before going for these treatments, do you really know what they are? And how can they improve your skin?
Most of you are probably familiar with or have heard of BOTOX. BOTOX (botulinum) is a protein-based chemical that, upon injection, blocks the signals between the nerves and muscles, hence removing wrinkles by relaxing the muscles. BOTOX is usually applied at areas more prone to wrinkles. For example, masticatory muscles, forehead, tail of the eye and jaw. Injecting BOTOX into the masticatory muscles can effectively relieve the outer muscles of the cheeks, thus having a face-lifting effect.
If you want to improve the head-up and crow’s feet wrinkles caused by over exaggerated facial expressions, you can choose to inject BOTOX into the forehead or the tail of the eye. As for chin injection, it has the effect of relaxing the chin muscles and making your jawline more chiseled. However, since the dosage required for each facial part is different, you should consult with a certified practitioner before making a decision. Over-dose of BOTOX will have the possibility of partial facial nerve paralysis and unnatural smile, which is why it is important to find an experienced professional for the procedure.
Basically, the procedure of BOTOX injection is quite similar to that of vaccination. Doctor will first apply ice on specific muscles to be injected, then the doctor will inject BOTOX into your skin through a fine needle. Normally, it will be less painful at the masticatory muscles and the jaw, and slightly more painful when it comes to forehead or the tail of the eye. Depending on the doctor’s technique, there will be no traces of bruises after the injection. Maximum effect of BOTOX usually occurs after 1 month, and it should be reinjected every 6 months for optimal results.
If your goal is to make your skin look younger, especially improve elasticity and tighten your skin, HIFU is your choice. HIFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound that, as its name implies, delivers high-intensity ultrasound to subcutaneous tissues, thus boosting your skin’s natural collagen production. HIFU treatment can make your skin looks fuller, refine pores, as well as increase skin hydration. Hence, making your skin glow and look younger.
Since the energy intensity of HIFU is relatively high, the procedure is recommended to be conducted by a doctor. Usually, the skin tightening effect will be seen within one month after the treatment. Since this treatment is relatively high in energy intensity when compared with other medical aesthetic treatments such as BOTOX, depending on the intensity, anaesthetic cream is usually applied on your skin before treatment.
The treatment process varies from person to person and there will be a slight scald feeling from the inside of your skin. HIFU treatments conducted by doctors can last as long as 12 to 18 months. Treatments conducted by therapists will have a lower energy intensity. Therefore, in order to stimulate collagen production and making the effect more long-lasting, it is recommended that you conduct this treatment regularly.
Liftera V, also known as needle-free embedding, is a technology that uses vortex type ultrasonic wave to penetrate the skin without damage. These invisible energy lines are embedded in the dermis and SMAS fascia layer at a high speed of 0.1 second. The highly effective vortex lattice pattern of the ultrasonic wave distributes heat energy evenly throughout your skin and stimulates natural collagen production.
In the past few years, Lifteria V has become more prevalent among other face-lifting treatments. It gives you the immediate face-lifting effect minus the pain, which means that application of anaesthetic cream is not necessary. Since the energy lines usually focus on the dermis and epidermis, you will feel an immediate toning of your face right after the treatment. Also, the surface will look more shiny and refined. However, due to the relatively low energy intensity, you are recommended to conduct this treatment once a month, for a period of 3-6 months. After that, the effect will last from 12 to 18 months.
If you wish to have a more prominent face-lifting effect, you can perform both BOTOX and Lifteria V treatments at the same time. However, you do not want to be overly aggressive. Remember to consult your doctor before you went on any medical aesthetic treatments!
Not only can you enjoy exclusive discounts if you book your treatments on BloomMe, but most importantly, you will have peace of mind as we offer treatments on both medical aesthetics and clinics. Medical aesthetics centers are fully licensed and offer treatments that does not require a fully licensed doctor, while clinics offer treatments which can only be conducted by licensed doctors.
HIFU will be more effective when it comes to getting a younger-looking and more toned face. The following 3 treatments are our top picks for HIFU treatments in Hong Kong.
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Address: Rm 1701-1703, 17/F, Kornhill Plaza – Office Tower, Tai Koo, Hong Kong
Apart from being a board-listed medical beauty groups in Hong Kong, Perfect Medical is also the largest and the only medical beauty group in Hong Kong that is founded by doctors. Perfect Medical has the mission of “creating a healthy and beautiful life for women”. Their HIFU Painless Slimming treatment uses the latest and advance vortex type ultrasonic wave to penetrate the dermis and precisely embed the energy lines, so it will not affect the surrounding tissues.
Anaesthetic is not required as this treatment is painless, non-invasive, safe and effective. It is claimed to be the only truly painless HIFU treatment available in Hong Kong. After a single treatment, the regeneration and repairing procedure of collagen in the dermis will be reactivated. And the overall firming effect will gradually appear within 2-3 months.
For best results, they suggest this treatment be conducted regularly for 3-6 times (one month apart). This way, the effect will last longer and natural. The effect of this HIFU treatment will last for over a year. Since the treatment is not invasive, there will be no wounds. You can therefore return to your normal routine right after the treatment.
Address: 17/F Golden Bloom Centre, 25 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay
With a 5-star rating on BloomMe, iCell Skin Rejuvenation Centre is a well equipped beauty center located in the heart of Causeway Bay. Their HIFU lifting facial treatment is extremely useful in improving sagging face. The use of non-invasive technology helps penetrate the SMAS fascia layer below the dermis. Thus, strengthening the subcutaneous tissues and stimulate the natural collagen production. You will be able to see the face-firming effect after one treatment and there will be no wounds. So you do not need time to recover and will be able to show your best immediately after the treatment.
Address: 17/F, Siki Centre, Jardine Bazaar, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Qualigant Medical Beauty was founded by a team of professional medical and beauty experts. They are committed to providing advanced, high-performance and high-quality medical aesthetic treatments. Their Lifteria V treatment utilizes the latest “needle-free embedding” face-tightening technology that uses vortex type ultrasonic wave to precisely embed invisible energy lines on specific areas in the dermis layer and the tendon membrane of your skin.
This treatment stimulates natural collagen production to form a brand new elastic fiber layer, enhancing the tissue elasticity in the dermis layer. Hence, it solves the sagging face issue by instantly tightening your skin and reshaping the contours. Equipments used for this treatment is KFDA-certified. The whole process is non-invasive so there will be no wounds or pinholes and there is no pain during this treatment. Therefore, the process is absolutely safe and reliable.
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As the Chinese old saying goes,“A white complexion is powerful enough to hide seven faults.” Nowadays, most people pursue a perfect skin quality, radiant, smooth and toned skin in particular. In hopes of boosting your skin’s bounce and achieving smooth and supple skin, many people opt for medical aesthetics. In the past few years, BOTOX,…