New Year, New You

If you want to get ahead in 2019, don’t just make new year’s resolutions. Change the way you look.

Let’s face it – in this Instagram-driven world we live in today, looks matter. While you might be making new year’s resolutions to change your lifestyle in 2019, it’s utterly crucial that you also look at how you might actually improve your appearance as well. Why?

According to labour economist Daniel Hamermesh’s book, ‘Beauty Pays’, good-looking people apparently enjoy a surprising number of benefits in their lives over others.

For example, when it came to judging people based on their education, work experience, gender, and race, those who are more physically attractive had a better chance of getting a job or finding more attractive and intelligent life partners compared to those who are not as good looking. Professor Hamermesh also noted that better-looking people enjoy significantly higher labour market earnings.

It was found that men who had below-average looks earned 13% less than a man of average attractiveness. In contrast, men who were above-average in looks earned 4% more. Similarly, attractive women earned 8% more than their average-looking counterparts, while those below-average earned 4% less. The stats are undeniable – guys who look good get more benefits than those deemed less attractive.

The trouble, of course, for most men, is knowing where to start. Here’s a head-to-toe cheatsheet on how and what to do.

YOUR FACE

Bothered by Father Time’s effects on your face, and the wrinkles that are starting to show? As we age, it is inevitable for wrinkles, brow furrows, forehead lines or sagging neck to appear. These are often due to weakened collagen in the skin caused by gravity, too much sun exposure, excess facial movement and even genetic predisposition. Wrinkles and lines aren’t just telltale signs of aging – they can make you appear tired, angry and harsh.

Amaris B. Clinic’s BOTOX® Anti Wrinkle treatment eliminates wrinkles and fine lines leaving you with younger looking skin and a more pleasant appearance. You can also consider hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, which help reverse the effects of aging. The dermal fillers closely mimic the natural hyaluronic acid found in your skin. Injected just beneath the skin surface, hyaluronic acid adds volume to sunken facial areas such as cheeks whilst stimulating collagen production. If you are bothered with dark eye circles, dermal fillers can effectively improve the condition, giving you a more refresh look.

YOUR SKIN

Seeing spots or unevenness on your skin? Don’t stress. It has many causes and isn’t uncommon, though it does chip away at your confidence when you look in the mirror. PICO Pigmentation Laser treatment effectively addresses this issue for clearer and even skin tone. It’s a laser treatment for reduction of pigmentation, melasma, scars and pore size. Its picosecond pulse means an increase in power and shortening of pulses resulting in higher efficacy, lesser downtime and improved safety.

At Amaris B. Clinic, you’ll be in the fine hands of Dr. Ivan Puah, who holds a graduate diploma in family practice dermatology from the National University of Singapore, and is also the official appointed trainer for PICOCARE in Singapore. And if the scars from bursting pimples are haunting you, PICO Acne Scars Laser with Picocare can reduce your acne scars significantly in lesser time than traditional fractional lasers!

YOUR BODY

Been pounding the gym daily but still see nothing but man boobs? Yes, you should certainly keep working out and maintain a clean diet, but if the problem persists, you may be suffering from gynecomastia and surgery is an option to consider. “Gynecomastia surgery not only permanently removes excess glandular tissues, but it also sculpts the chest area, leaving a more defined and masculine appearance,” says Dr. Puah. He adds that the procedure has a short recovery time, so patients spend less time healing and more time enjoying their newfound confidence.

If there is sagging skin, skin tightening treatments such as High-intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) may be recommended. HIFU technology lifts and tightens skin from the inside out. By delivering ultrasound waves deep into the dermis layer, the treatment is able to precisely target problem areas without causing harm to the skin’s surface.

For a flatter abdomen, VASER Full Body Sculpting (a form of liposuction) can further contour your body to help achieve your ideal look! Depending on your clinical condition, the number of areas to be treated, the treatment generally takes between 1 and 3 hours. Results are visible immediately after treatment, with minimal scarring. You can expect some swelling on the treated areas, and it may take 3 to 6 months for the final results to set in. Dr. Puah will discuss in details with you on the expected results during your consultation, before the procedure as well as throughout the aftercare appointments.