Facials may seem like a frivolous indulgence, but over the past year i’ve been visiting the Epion Clinic i’ve come to realise facials and aesthetic treatments can not only be a powerful ally as you combat aging, but also make you feel happier and confident resulting from clear, beautiful skin.
Result driven courses of treatments help you reap the benefits of skin ‘Care’. For me it’s been clearer skin with far less breakouts; and of course, youthful features thanks to tighter facial muscles and refined skin texture.
It’s not been easy attaining good skin, I’ve been religiously pampering mine since I was 28 yrs (I did start quite late!). But as I pass through the mid thirties I realised I could do a little more than just rely on lotions and potions, some professional help was missing in my long term plan.
That’s when the Epion Clinic was referred to me by a friend.
I remember the very first day I met Dr. Melvin Tan an ophthalmic-trained aesthetic physician. Apart from the fact that he is very easy to talk to, his no bullshit approach to beauty made me feel very comfortable. Personally I like it when someone clearly defines what can and can not be achieved. I mentioned that I had no intention of having any fillers or botox (to this day I am still filler and botox free!) and my concerns were lifting my facial muscles that are now slowly but surely taken hold of by gravity.
I was recommended the Star Facial. The Clinics signature facial for tightening the muscles, refine the skin and also to bring out that much needed glow. The Star Facial is recommended as a pre-event treatment as it delivers instant results of glowy skin, apart from the significant long term effects.
This signature treatment consists of a Hydra Facial, Infrared Light Therapy and a pampering 24k Gold Mask.
THE STAR FACIAL
The session begins with a relaxing cleanse. The skilled therapist at Epion thoroughly strips off any makeup and grime that’s present to prep skin for the first step of this Facial.
Hydrafacial, is the process of clearing up all the congestion of the pores and then super-charging with hydrating serums and peptides to deeply moisturise and nourish the skin.
The pores are deep cleaned with a vacuum extraction and skin’s gently exfoliation. The process takes about 15-20 minutes. The skin then gets a ‘blast’ of serum (a combination of hyaluronic acids and peptides) to help soothe and plump up with moisture.
The second phase of the treatment is, Infrared (red) light therapy, to stimulate the lower levels of the skin and help boost regeneration. As with everything in life, skins natural ability to renew and repair itself slows down with age, becoming less capable of regenerating collagen and repair elastin fibers that make up the structure of the skin. Using the Sciton Skintyte machine, Dr Melvin Tan pulses the skin to encourage collagen growth and tighten the skin. This helps with improving firmness with regular treatments.
The red light treatment generates heat in the lower levels of the skin, stimulating the growth of new collagen.
For my treatment, the targeted areas are the lower cheeks and the forehead, places where the skin has evidently lost it’s ‘fullness’.
The 24k Gold mask is then mixed and applied to the entire face (eyes and mouth) and left on for about 20-30mins. Once set, this can finally be lifted off the face (with no discomfort) to reveal radiant skin.
I’ve had six Star Facials this past year, and have noticed my skin breaks out less thanks to the constant clearing of congestion in my pores. My cheek muscles are definitely firmer and the lines on my forehead less severe. I’ve been recommended a more intense lifting treatment next, the Thermage. Maybe my next step, for now though , i’m really pleased at how my skin looks. Dr. Tan has been noticing the changes as well!
How often do you need to repeat the treatment and frequency?
For noticeable lifting and firming a course of 4-5 is recommended by the Doctor. Preferably done monthly.
Is it painful?
The only step with any discomfort is the Infrared Light Therapy. Is it unbearable? No. But it does take a bit of getting used to.
What made me choose Epion clinic?
Personal recommendation by a friend.
When it comes to aesthetic treatments I trust a friends recommendation more than anything. Also Dr. Melvin Tan is an expert in the field and is one of the five regional faculty members of the Allergan Medical Institute. He travels across the region training doctors on facial beauty and injection techniques (his speciality). If there’s anyone you want to trust with your face (especially if you are looking to Botox or fillers) Dr. Tan would be the one.
Why choose Epion Clinic?
I believe overall just feeling comfortable is key. Specially when your health and wellbeing is in someone else’s hands. All medical procedures are administered by Dr. Tan himself and there’s no compromise on safety. Also bedside manner is important when it comes to choosing someone for treatments and Dr. Melvin Tan is one of the most easy to talk to. He instantly puts you at ease.
Overall I think there’s no shame in trying to improve the way you look. Whether it’s going in for botox or just sticking to laser treatments. It’s up to you.
I am very happy with my results. My skin looks so much better now. Less pigmentation and breakouts with firmer skin.
I would suggest making an appointment for a consultation and take it from there, the treatments are well worth the money.