23rd June 2020 by Anthia Chng 2 Min ReadHair loss in women and men isn’t a fun topic to deal with, but in some cases, products may help. For extreme hair loss, you might need a surgical procedure like a hair transplant. If you’re worried about going under the knife, consider Regenera Activa, a non-surgical hair loss treatment that takes only 45 minutes. We chat with Dr Tommy Ng from Trinity Medical to find out more.What is Regenera Activa?Regenera Activa is a treatment that targets hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) and hair thinning in both men and women. The non-surgical treatment uses the patient’s tissue, which contains stem cells that can help to activate the hair follicles around the affected areas. By stimulating a hair regenerative process, new hair can be produced. Who is a suitable candidate?Regenera Activa will greatly benefit both men and women who want to avoid undergoing a surgical procedure like hair transplant. This FDA-approved treatment is also low maintenance, requiring only one follow-up session per year to maintain your thicker lock of hair.What does the treatment involve?This three-step treatment takes only 45 minutes. It can be carried out comfortably in the clinic.The first step is to harvest the skin cells. Local anaesthesia is applied around the back of the scalp, making it a relatively comfortable procedure with minimal discomfort. You may feel a slight pinching sensation, but not a sharp pain. Your doctor will then take three small samples (2.5mm diameter per sample) of your scalp skin. The sampling procedure is completely painless.Step two is the processing of regenerative cells. The Regenera Activa system processes and extracts regenerative cells that contain high amount of bioactive growth factors. Lastly, these regenerative cells are injected into areas of the scalp that are suffering from hair loss. Is there downtime?Patients can resume normal daily activities after the treatment as there’s no downtime! However, it’s advisable to avoid saunas, swimming pools, excessive sun exposure to the scalp and strenuous physical activities for the next three days.How long will it take to see results?Studies show existing hair follicles begin to regenerate new hair four to six weeks after the treatment, reducing hair loss. Clinical studies have shown improvements in hair density, hair counts and scalp coverage in as early as one month, but patience is a virtue. Improvements in total hair thickness take time. Consider repeating the treatment after 15 to 18 months to maintain the results.Regenera Activa is priced at $3000 and is available at Trinity Medical Centre.Written in collaboration with:Dr Tommy Ng from Trinity Medical Centre (Marine Parade)87, Marine Parade Central, #01-5036344 0027 | sgtrinityaesthetics.com
16th August 2019 by Anthia Chng 3 Min ReadInternational beauty trends don’t always translate well in humid weather. Heavy makeup – whether in the form of a smoky eye look, a well-contoured visage or rosied cheeks – rarely lasts a day in the Singapore heat. And aesthetic procedures can be difficult in this climate too. If you’ve tried any form of laser treatment, you’ll know that avoiding the sun for as long as possible afterwards is a requirement. Speaking from experience, running around Singapore under an umbrella while donning a big hat and sunglasses is no fun!A solutionUltherapy addresses years of sun exposure, working from the inside out to lift and tighten skin without downtime or any need to avoid the sun afterwards. And, it’s got the stamp of approval from numerous celebs including A-listers Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox. It’s a non-invasive facelift that treats sagging skin without surgery and it’s also able to target hard-to-treat areas such as the neck, under the chin and above the brow. Jennifer Aniston swears by Ultherapy!The technologyUltherapy uses FDA-approved ultrasound technology, which is applied to your skin using a probe controlled by your aesthetician. The energy pulses through to the deepest layers of the skin (up to 4.5mm in depth), stimulates the growth of fresh new collagen and strengthens weak stores. Your doctor can see everything happening on screen using ultrasound imaging, so they know precisely where to focus on. Why we like itSince there’s no need to dodge the sun after a session, and anti-ageing effects can be achieved without the use of pore-clogging creams, Ultherapy is great for Singapore’s humid tropical weather. Dr Tommy Ng of Trinity Medical has seen a five-fold increase in the demand for the treatment in the last two years. “Ultherapy has been FDA-approved since I started offering aesthetic procedures more than a decade ago. However, its popularity only surged when celebrities started talking about it,” he says. He explains that many of his patients are already aware of Ultherapy’s ability to work from the inside out to lift and tighten, thus creating younger looking skin. It works by bypassing the surface of the skin, delivering ultrasound to the layer that’s typically addressed in a surgical facelift. However, for Dr Ng’s patients, they’re also pleasantly surprised by the low aftercare maintenance and lack of downtime. “With the nearly zero downtime required, my patients often return straight to work after their treatment.”Ultherapy is fast becoming a favourite for many of Dr Tommy Ng’s patients. That’s particularly the case with those looking for an effective anti-ageing solution, plus results that can last three to five years. Sessions cost from $2,388 for a full face and upper neck.Written in collaboration with:Dr Tommy Ng Trinity Medical Centre87 Marine Parade Central #01-503440087 (beside Parkway Parade)sgtrinityaesthetics.com | 6344 0027Liked this? Check out more stories on our Hair & Beauty page! Latest beauty treatments and productsBest hair salons, reviewed!