How To Tackle the Top 5 Beauty Concerns of 2020

Post lockdown, in addition to adhering to new safety protocols and embracing new norms, we are met with new challenges — helping patients to tackle lockdown related beauty concerns. Here are the top 5 beauty concerns of 2020, plus how to tackle each one.

The first three quarters of 2020were sombre with the pandemic outbreak and an unprecedented global lockdown, however, everyone is looking forward to the year-end season — a traditionally celebratory and happy time.

And of course, with that comes the usual rush for beauty and aesthetic treatments, because party or not, who doesn’t want to look their best for the end-of-year festivities? Yes, even if those festivities mean just small group dining with friends or gatherings with family.

Since the reopening of our clinic post-lockdown, in addition to adhering to new safety protocols and embracing new norms, we are also met with new challenges — helping patients to specifically tackle lockdown related beauty concerns. Here are the top 5 beauty concerns of 2020, plus our insight on how to tackle each one effectively.


Why it is more prevalent in 2020: At the height of the lockdown, we were not supposed to step out of our houses except for essential needs, thus getting regular exercise was a challenge; And on top of that, there was a tendency to eat more when cooped up at home. These factors contributed to weight gain for many.

The effective solution: CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive and non-surgical treatment aimed at reducing fat in targeted areas of the body. The procedure, also known as cryolipolysis or fat freezing, uses cooling technology to selectively target fat bulges and eliminate fat cells permanently through a gradual process that does not harm the surrounding tissues. This procedure can reduce unwanted abdominal fat, love handles (flanks), upper arms, thighs and back fat. For time-starved individuals, our clinic offers DualSculpting which is the use of two CoolSculpting machines at the same time to reduce treatment time by 50%.


Why it is more prevalent in 2020: Gyms and sports facilities were closed during the lockdown and now have to adhere to safe distancing and limited capacity measures. This coupled with the weight gain from eating more evidently led to loss of muscle tone for many individuals.

The effective solution: Emsculpt is a non-invasive, FDA approved treatment that works on the abdominals, buttocks, upper arms and thighs. It enhances muscle formation and helps to firm, tone and thin out the fat layer of the treated areas. It delivers HIFEM® (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) energy to induce approximately 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions per 30-minute session. This brings about a rapid metabolic reaction to strengthen and build muscle and also break down fat. After the recommended four sessions over a two-week period, optimal results can be seen 4-8 weeks after the last session as the muscles develop and fat diminishes.


Why it is more prevalent in 2020: Emotional stress related to the pandemic, being in lockdown and having to navigate working from home and home-based learning may be linked to patients having more pronounced expression lines. This is because movement of the skin from making expressions like frowning and scowling causes stretching and wear and tear of the skin resulting in lines and wrinkles.

The effective solution: BOTOX® injections help to relax treated muscles and smooth expression lines, creases or wrinkles. In addition, it can also help in facial contouring to lessen the appearance of a square jaw by relaxing jaw muscles. For deeper wrinkles, patients may consider injectable filler treatments to restore structure and fullness to the face, giving it a natural youthful appearance.


Why it is more prevalent in 2020: The pandemic and the subsequent public health actions such as social distancing and quarantine measures could have contributed to people feeling isolated and lonely and increased stress and anxiety-related problems like insomnia. These are likely causes of more dark eye circle complaints and concerns.

The effective solution: Laser skin treatments like Laser Genesis and Pro Yellow can safely treat and reduce pigmentation around the eyes and also rejuvenate the skin to improve collagen production and skin thickness so dark circles are minimised. Another option is to use dermal fillers to restore volume and counteract the hollow effect. Dr Chan recommends fillers that are specially formulated for use on the eye area, such as Teosyal Redensity II and Rejuran I as they are more suitable in terms of consistency, viscosity and molecular weight to be injected into the delicate and thin skin of the eye area.


Why it is more prevalent in 2020: Breakouts may be triggered by frequent and continuous wearing of a mask or protective face covering, resulting in a moisture-rich environment for bacteria to breed and thus causing a flare up of acne and breakouts.

The effective solution: A chemical peel can help to slough off dead skin cells faster and also help to unclog pores, regulating congested, blemish-prone complexions when used regularly. IPL Blue Light Therapy can curb breakouts with its antimicrobial effect, which helps to get rid of bacteria that cause pimples. Blue Light also has anti-inflammatory benefits, which decreases other symptoms of acne, such as redness. For severe or persistent acne and breakouts, cortisone injections or oral medication like an antibiotic to use in conjunction with prescription topical formulas have been known to be highly effective.

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*The information provided in this blog post is not intended as medical advice or instruction on aesthetic treatments. Patients should always consult a medical professional prior to making any decisions or undertaking any actions related to health care.

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