I did Botox and Fillers at SL Clinic!
At some point, it’s hard to ignore the vivid signs of aging I see in the mirror – little wrinkles around my eyes, age spots, maybe some sagging skin. From the age of 25, my skin started to age. Being a workaholic, I slept late every day. My cheeks lost their fullness and my frown has become very obvious so much so that my presentation trainer always comments that I look agitated even when I am not. I constantly and subconsciously frown, even during sleep – a bad habit I just can’t seem to get rid of. But perhaps most importantly, I am most affected when people say I look older than my boyfriend, whom I will be marrying this year.
With the wedding coming up in 5 months’ time, I decided that enough was enough – I needed a zhng (i.e. improve) my face before the big day. This has been on my mind for some time now and I am grateful that Dr Gabriel Wong from SL Clinic offered to help me achieve the desired improved look with Face Sculpting using BOTOX® and Juvederm® Fillers. I have never been an advocate for plastic surgery as it will drastically change our unique look. Face Sculpting, on the other hand, is perfectly acceptable to me as there is no downtime and I will still look like MissTamChiak, albeit a better version.
Happy faces aplenty as we traded our trade secrets – the best eating places for the secrets to looking young. Not a bad deal eh?
I had my reservations before my first consult. Will the treatments be suitable? Will the results turn out natural? Will I like the new me? To me, a good aesthetic doctor should offer you good logical advice and recommend the suitable affordable treatments which aim to deliver an enhanced, natural, younger look. Natural is a key word to me here – I do not want to look fake or overdone.
Must use original BOTOX®! It is longer lasting and more predictable.
After eagerly waiting about 2 weeks for the big day (not my wedding, that’s the bigger day), I happily turned up at the Jurong Point branch of SL Clinic. I was warmly greeted by Dr. Wong at the reception and promptly brought in for my first consultation. I was closely scrutinized and a whole long list of ‘flaws’ was produced, much to my horror. Fortunately for me, I was quickly reassured that most, if not all of them could be improved non-surgically.
The areas that needed to be improved were firstly, my squarish jaw and frown lines, which could be fixed with BOTOX®. Secondly, my cheeks were sunken, chin and nose were flat and upper lip too thin; and these could be fixed with Juvederm® fillers. Lastly, my skin’s texture and colour could be improved with Fractional CO2 laser. Now, I am excited! I’d thought I could do everything in one session but alas, it was not meant to be. According to Dr. Wong, doing a procedure just to treat a part is easy, coming up with a personalized plan is harder, to do it in the proper sequence to minimize complications and for best results is the most difficult art of Aesthetic Medicine.
My poor chin being poked for the very first time with BOTOX®. But hor, not pain at all lah, I was just trying to act cool. Haha!
As my chin muscles were very active, he proposed that I inject a little BOTOX® into the chin muscles first before we proceed with the rest of the procedures in 2 weeks’ time. This is to prevent the overactive muscles from displacing the fillers which were going to be injected into my chin. The resurfacing laser for my skin however, will have to wait till I am back from Cambodia in 3 weeks as excessive sun exposure can cause pigmentation problems after any laser treatment.
This is how I look on a daily basis. No kidding, I am really a frowner.
I learnt a lot more about BOTOX® from Dr. Wong, who was very willing to educate me. I, on the other hand, shared with him a couple of good eating places that he must try. Facial expressions are what make us unique, but the repetitive use of our facial muscles constantly folds our skin, which eventually leads to the formation of wrinkles as our skin loses its elasticity. Based on my frown lines, Dr. Wong expertly guessed that I am a subconscious constant frowner while the enlarged jaw muscles was…obviously from too much chewing and eating. BOTOX® treatments, when done right, relaxes the muscles such that the skin above them are able to rest, hence improving wrinkles. When injected into the jaw muscles, they shrink in size, resulting in a slimmer jawline. I’m really happy that the furrow between my eyes can be treated as I am frankly quite sick of my friends asking me “what’s wrong?” whenever they see me!
Don’t I look pretty with the latest face art in town? Markings were made on my face for the BOTOX® injections.
I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t transformed after my first consult, but I guess good things are worth the wait. Two weeks flew past and before I knew it, I was again as excited like a little girl at a candy shop, at the Plaza Singapura branch of SL Clinic. My chin muscles have fully relaxed and we are all ready to complete the filler and BOTOX® treatments.
Frown lines be gone! BOTOX® being injected to treat wrinkles. Notice how Dr. Wong protects my left eye as he injects – small touches that matter.
The best treatment for wrinkles is definitely BOTOX® as it deals with the root problem, the daily constant contraction of our facial muscles causing lines to be etched into the skin. After careful examination, Dr. Wong determined exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best results. After marking out the spots, the spots are individually numbed with a cooling device before the injection.
A squarish jaw line can be treated with BOTOX® in some cases as it could be contributed to large chewing muscles sitting at the corner of our jaw. BOTOX® shrinks the muscles for approximately 6 – 9 months, allowing our natural slimmer jawline to show through. This can give a perception of weight loss and better proportions of our face size relative to our body size.
BOTOX® being injected into my chewing muscles a.k.a. masseters. I hope I can still chiak after this..
The entire BOTOX® procedure took approximately ten minutes. Discomfort was minimal and brief, so much so that it felt just like ants bites. There was minimal redness and swelling and I could consider it a treatment with no downtime.
Within days, I could see a marked improvement in the moderate frown lines between my brows. It will continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months. Remember to insist on original BOTOX® to be used by your aesthetic doctor. Compared to other generic Botulinum toxin brands, original BOTOX® lasts longer and has more predictable effects. You wouldn’t want the effect meant for your chewing muscles to affect your smile muscles.
The Juvederm® family of fillers – can’t wait to get some of these into my face! Introducing Voluma®, Volift® and Volbella®.
After my uneventful BOTOX® treatments, we proceeded on to the exciting part – fillers. Fillers are very interesting and exciting as the results are immediately visible and the outcome really depends a lot on the aesthetic doctor. SL Clinic uses Juvederm® hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, a popular and trusted brand of fillers. It is made from a naturally-occurring substance in the skin and is hence very safe.
Areas of volume loss being drawn on my face. This will guide the filler placement subsequently.
Loss of volume is very difficult to describe. The main features of a younger looking face can be clearly seen as part of the ‘triangle of beauty’ with the base at the level of our full cheeks and the apex pointing downwards to a sharp chin. However, as we age, this triangle is inverted as we develop wider jaw line, sagging facial skin and flatter cheeks. The base of the triangle now rests at the widened saggy jawline. Sad fact of life, much.
To gain back my youthful look, I did fillers to plump up my cheeks, and added fillers to my nose, upper lips and my chin for a more balanced, harmonious appearance. Fillers are injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts using an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient and results are practically instantaneous. Fillers can last for up to one to two years, depending on the type of fillers used. I had some redness and mild swelling after filler injections but this will disappear within a couple of days and I was able to continue with my usual activities immediately after it.
Photohunt time! Can you spot the differences? (brown lines not counted obviously)
Ans: Fuller cheeks with higher cheek bones, higher nose bridge with an upward pointing tip, fuller upper lip and a sharper chin.
Here’s another before and after shot. As you can see, the nose and chin became sharper, and I definitely looked better than before. I was told that the look will become more natural with time as our skin will mould the filler naturally. For many people, they focus a lot on eyes and nose for fillers but actually, the chin is also important as it makes the face sharper and more balanced. I can’t wait for my filler touch up session with Dr. Wong!
I was enjoying my ice cream about one hour after the treatment. I am very happy with my face now and definitely feel more confident. I believe that BOTOX® and fillers injections are one of the easiest and most predictable ways of sculpting our face to look better. With SL Clinic, I feel that I am in safe hands as treatments were well planned, explained and carried out. Dr. Wong is very friendly and never fails to calm me down, as I can get rather anxious with needles. I personally think that finding a comfortable and trustworthy aesthetic doctor who takes into consideration your feedback and not rush you into treatments is very important.
Botox treatment starts from $250, while filler treatments start from $800, depending on individual requirements. Thank you Dr Gabriel Wong from SL Clinic for making me prettier, happier and more confident!
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Disclaimer: I was invited to do BOTOX® and fillers at SL Clinic to write this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own.