The Covid-19 pandemic has led to many new norms including remote working and mask wearing which have become a regular part of life. With most meetings now being held online and with masks being an integral part of the going-out wardrobe, there's been even greater emphasis on the face.
Besides encountering skin woes such as "maskne" - which refers to the pimples, blackheads and whiteheads caused by sweat, bacteria and dead skin trapped while wearing a mask, there are people who have become more conscious of the area above the nose.
Dr Elaine Tan, an aesthetics doctor at Mode Medical Clinic, says: "More patients are asking for treatments that focus on the forehead and eye area where face masks are not able to cover."
She adds: "They are now more concerned with frown lines, crow's feet, fine lines on the forehead, tired-looking eyes, droopy eyelids and dark circles. Treatments for these include Botox injections on the upper face for wrinkles and fine lines, and skin booster injections for the eyelids and forehead zone to achieve smoother-looking skin."
Another trend that Dr Tan has observed is that patients increasingly want to look more youthful, but in a natural way.
"In my opinion, the trend of people wanting to look good nowadays is due to the social media world we live in, where everyone loves to take selfies. So they care about their image more," she says.
However, not everyone is willing to go under the knife to help them attain that youthful look. Available is a range of minimally-invasive treatments, such as the Profhilo hyaluronic acid (HA) injectable moisturiser, that requires less downtime or none at all. Dr Tan says, "Such treatments are increasingly popular because, now, many patients like the idea of having radiant, glass-like skin, without having to use makeup."
She answers questions on the latest aesthetics treatments and what they can do to help promote a more youthful appearance.
How can I effectively get rid of "maskne" and prevent further breakouts?
While Dr Tan says that it is best to consult your doctor who will analyse your skin type to recommend the best solutions for "maskne", one way she would address this concern is to use a non-ablative laser to control and manage excess sebum production, which is one of the main causes of acne and "maskne". She explains, "This treatment would also help lighten persistent acne marks. If the breakout is severe, one of the latest acne treatments is a photothermal procedure which helps reduce breakouts by weakening active oil glands, without damaging the healthy skin surrounding the problem area."
I already use skincare. How else can I make my skin look more radiant so that I look better in video calls and photos?
Topical serums and moisturisers may help in diminishing the look of wrinkles but due to their molecular size, they are usually not able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin.
Dr Tan adds that dermal fillers and skin boosters, like Profilho injectable HA, can give a longer-lasting effect. Profilho, for instance, requires a minimum of two sessions before most patients see any results which are generally able to last up to nine months. They are injected directly into the deep dermis layer which is responsible for the stimulation of collagen and elastin, which contribute to plumping up the skin and giving it a lifted appearance. She explains, "As it uses 100 per cent HA, it is able to stay in the skin for a longer time to stimulate collagen, elastin and fat stem cells." Profhilo is also stabilised through a thermal crosslinking process so it doesn't degrade so quickly inside skin.
My droopy eyes make me look perpetually tired. What can I do to make them look more alert and brighter, as well as firm up the eye area?
Dr Tan says that depending on how severe the condition is, there are different treatments for droopy eyes. Examples include Thermage Eye which uses radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production and lift up the eye area, Neogen Plasma Eye, Rejuran I Skin Booster Injection, Teosyal RD 1 Skin Booster injection and Eye Threads.
For more information, visit https://www.modemedicalclinic.com.sg/