As a surgeon trained in otolaryngology (surgery specializing in conditions of the head and neck), Dr. Arnelle Y. Quiambao, FPSO-HNS, has performed his fair share of face-lifts. Stretching anywhere from six to eight hours, the taxing procedures typically ended with patients sporting bandages and drains on their faces as they’re wheeled out of operating rooms.
These days, face-lifts are few and far between. Instead, more patients and their doctors are turning to minimally invasive procedures to gently turn back the hands of time. “Especially for older patients who have a lot of comorbidities—they experience shorter downtime and less complications,” he says. “It’s also faster. If a face-lift takes six to eight hours, a minimally invasive treatment can be done in 30 minutes to an hour.”
Not that these knifeless procedures don’t have risks of their own, too. That’s why YOU+, the modern skincare clinic in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, prides itself in its intelligent aesthetics. “Many clinics focus on making a patient beautiful without considering that beauty is primarily a health concern,” says Dr. Quiambao, medical director of YOU+. “It’s not just about having beautiful skin. We integrate aesthetics with science by offering the latest medical technologies to our patients.”
Two machines boasting safe, effective, up-to-the-minute technology in aesthetics and skincare were recently acquired by YOU+.
Pollogen Legend achieves slimming and anti-aging effects by combining two recognized technologies in one machine: TriPollar Radio Frequency (RF) and Dynamic Muscle Activation (DMA).
The former uses low energy to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, making skin smooth and firm. The latter employs RF’s electrical current to trigger muscle contraction with no effort on your part. (Think of it as doing sit-ups while you’re lying down, says Dr. Quiambao.) DMA results in body contouring, fat melting, lymphatic drainage, and taut skin.
“Normally, these technologies come in separate machines, but Pollogen Legend has both in one machine,” he explains. “It can also be used on different parts of the body. Our face can sag because of a lot of factors, one of them being muscle atrophy or weakened muscles. Pollogen Legend can help activate and regain facial muscle strength and lift sagging skin.”
QuadroStar PRO Yellow makes birthmarks, dilated capillaries, age spots, melasma, and other superficial skin conditions a thing of the past. The machine’s 577 nm wavelength shrinks the vessels of visible blood capillaries on the face and legs. It also breaks down pigments responsible for unattractive skin discolorations on the cheeks.
“Melasma in particular is very difficult to treat and requires a combination of topical creams and lasers,” says Dr. Quiambao. “Yellow laser is one of the most effective treatments for melasma.”
Desired results from these machines can last up to a year, “for as long as you’re consistent with the recommended number of treatments,” he says. “Depending on the area, the intervals between treatments are between two and four weeks. For more problematic areas, we can do it every week.”
In the ever-evolving world of aesthetics and skincare procedures, where each new treatment promises noticeable changes with less time and risks involved, cosmetic surgery is still the gold standard, declares Dr. Quiambao. Still, it’s a relief to know that there are alternatives available before finally committing to a nip and tuck.
“The options are varied and you can offer many things to patients,” he says. “That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new technologies.”
Visit YOU+ at 2/F High Street South Corporate Plaza Tower 2, 26th St., corner 11th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City or call tel. nos. (0917)146-8056, 8355-7023, or 7752-3520.