Get Your V-Line on With Clear SK’s V Face Shaper!

Here’s the second part of my Clear SK back to back pamper session, if you haven’t read about my Cellulite Busting one, do give it a read!

Plus I’ve also got giveaway sessions for the V Face Shaper treatment (first 20 readers) so read on till the end :)

 

Do I even need to explain what a V-line or V-face or V-jawline is to anyone anymore?

This term has become so commonplace in recent years with brands (mainly asian but a sprinkle of western too) riding on the hyped appeal of a slimmer and more contoured jawline.

I’m really not sure where the origins of this obsession came from but I’m going to say Korea since it seems to be something they’re rather hung up on – the whole V-shaped face, smaller face, slimmer face aspect.

I’m not saying it’s bad because ultimately I’m also suckered into the idea of a firmer and more contoured look, which does lend the look of a slimmer face, but I will say that whether one is able to achieve a V-shaped face is also largely dependent on our face shape and structure.

Some of us have more squarish jawlines so with that in mind while this treatment is termed the V Face Shaper, I do want you all to know that it is ultimately targeted at ridding excess fat pockets around the face (for a slimmer contour) and lifting the skin for a tighter and more lifted look.

It is a non-surgical and noninvasive procedure so there are limitations to it but if your concerns are primarily unwanted fatty pockets around some areas of the face – such as sagginess around your jaw, jowls, double chin problems, etc – and your skin feeling a little slack recently then perhaps this treatment is a worthy consideration!

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Unlike the Body Treatment that I had done over at Clear SK’s branch at Novena Medical Centre (Level 10), this V Face Shaper is held over at their Clear SK Medi + Skincare branch so we took a stroll over to Velocity after my body treatment.

The treatment itself is largely… mechanical? I don’t know what other word to use but it’s primarily focused on the efficacy of the machines and is very efficient and quick.

There’s no massage or much of a masking session involved so if you work around the area and need to pop by for a quick session over lunch, it seems quite do-able.

 

Make Up Removal –

The first thing to do is to remove my makeup, of course, and the therapist kept most of my liner and eye makeup intact, focusing on removing makeup from the skin since that is where the procedure is done.

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And of course here’s a mandatory snap of my skin before the treatment. I have gone ahead and done the whole front, left, right sorta thing for comparison but I’ll keep that till the end and show you the front one first.

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Coating the Skin –

To aid with the glide of the machines and to serve as a barrier between the machine hand piece and your skin, baby oil and vaseline was used.

Baby Oil was primarily applied all over to give the skin some glide while vaseline will only be applied in specific aeas where the Ultrasound machine will be used (to zap and melt fats).

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If your skin is sensitive or incompatible with these products, because I do know that vaseline and baby oil doesn’t agree with everyone’s skin, it’s best to voice out to your therapist!

I don’t have an issue with them, I don’t prefer but I can use them, so I went ahead with it anyway.

 

The Ultrasound aka Fat Zapping! –

The first step is the ultrasound treatment and the target points of this (along with how much needs to be done / how long) is largely dependent on your concerns. For example if you have a double chin issue then this would be done along your neckline to zap that portion out.

For me, my main ‘fatty’ concerns would be around my jawline.

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I’ve been pigging out a bit of late and have noticed it for myself that my face has been looking rounder (especially in Bali photos, woe…). Whenever I start putting on weight on the face, it usually starts to show there first – little pockets around my jawline – and it’s most evident when I smile.

Sigh!

So for the Ultrasound step, the therapist focused primarily along my jawline.

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The Ultrasound step isn’t painful and all you’ll feel is some heat along the skin. It isn’t prickling either, just warm, but if anything I found the noise it made to be more of a discomfort because of the high-pitched frequency.

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I’m the sort that can’t stand two metallic objects grazing each other so… naturally that was a little gnawing to me but its a small problem compared to skin discomfort (which again, there was none).

 

Uni Polar Radio Frequency for Skin Lifting & Tightening! –

After the fat zapping procedure is the RF and I half expected the therapist to slather my entire face with vaseline given what I was used to with RF.

Most times the hand piece of the machine is warm and some gel is needed inbetween to lubricate and also cool off the skin but somehow, the RF hand piece used in this particular machine is really different.

The surprising thing is that this actually feels cool against the skin. I know, I was quite taken aback.

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It doesn’t really transit to a warm surface through the course of the procedure either but rather a very odd thing happens such that while the device feels cool against the skin, but once it passes through, that particular area of the skin has this warm buzz to it.

It’s so fascinating really, yet the machine looks so ‘normal’ from pictures so I can’t quite explain it otherwise.

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Your entire face feels like its emanating this heat and seems warm and flushed at the same time (like blood circulation going on) yet nothing feels hot and I’m not even sure where the heat is coming from.

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Apart from following the contours of the face with the machine’s hand piece, the therapist had also focused around the eye contours to get some lifting and firming done there as well.

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After having completed half the face, I was provided a mirror to see the difference (on the side that is done and the side that isn’t) and while the effects really aren’t as drastic because I have been quite good with maintaining my skin with treatments these days, the ‘After’ side does look perkier overall and my cheeks are definitely more lifted.

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Your left = AFTER / Your right = BEFORE

I think if anything, RF wears off at my cheeks first compared to anywhere else of the face.

The contours are definitely firmer too and while it’s not the most evident in photographs but the lifted contour and bouncier skin effect is definitely more noticeable in person.

 

Hydrating Mask to Cool Off –

Cooling off the skin after both procedures, the therapist placed a hydrating face mask on me (as well as informed me to remember to hydrate my skin more after these treatments) and left me to relax in the room for a couple of minutes.

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Some After Snaps (and Comparisons) –

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So, as I had said earlier I think I’ve been quite good about maintaining my skin these days with the many treatments I have been going for, inclusive of continual RF maintenance, lasers and all that so frankly speaking I’m not going to expect a world of a difference with these pictures.

The key difference really is just a more lifted and firmer cheek high point and also my jawline being a little more defined with the bits of fat residing there being zapped away.

The marketing lady from Clear SK, Shermaine, had also mentioned that my issues were quite trivial and those who benefited most from the V Face Shaper treatment are those with more pronounced skin sagging / double chin issues.

Though for the rest of us, it helps to zap away those little small pouches of fats hiding along our jawline or unwanted parts of our face (cause fats in the wrong area is not gonna look cute) that makes our face shape appear rounder than we would like.

That is also where I found the most difference, not straight out in these Before After images (though there are differences) but rather in real life when I put my hands to my cheeks / jaw or when I’m taking pictures. It seems like there isn’t that much of a need to angle my face for a more pronounced jawline now.

So, speaking of Before and After, let’s have a look at the 3 angles of them!

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Angling of my face was a bit off but the skin does look overall lifted and brightened!

 

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The cheeks are noticeable lifted and ‘plumped’ up for a more youthful look!

 

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The jawline contour fat-zapping is most obvious from this angle (maybe I have more fats there, hurhur)

 

It’s not that obvious, really, that people will be able to tell that you’ve done something but I’ve had a colleague ask (the day after my treatment) if I had lost weight since my face looks slimmer.

Heh…

Cheap thrill, right?

Shermaine also noted that somehow my skin appeared brighter and fairer (almost) after the treatment though it wasn’t something that the treatment itself is targeted at doing. My only reason is perhaps the hydration from the mask and also glow / radiance from stimulating the skin’s collagen production during the RF procedure.

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Unfortunately, as with noninvasive procedures and RF, the results are not permanent and if you’re visiting for the first few times, you will be recommended to come quite frequently so you can reach the desired face shape, after which maintenance would be the key.

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While I’ve done many RFs, I think I haven’t quite touched on a treatment to help zap and work away at chubbiness in the face as well as sagging jowls and double chins so if these are your concerns then maybe it’s worth a look dropping by Clear SK and trying their V Face Shaper treatment out!

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GIVEAWAY! – Free V Face Shaper For the First 20!

In the joyous mood of Chinese New Year, ClearSK is offering 20 readers a FREE V Face Shaper treatment!

It is incredibly generous of them and all you have to do is fill up this form (and select V Face Shaper at the last option, OR the cellulite buster should you want that) and hit submit! If you’re amongst the first 20 to have submitted, Clear SK will contact you with regards on how to claim your voucher.

Disclaimer: I have no access to that form and contact / selections are made from Clear SK’s end :)

 

Thanks for reading!

Clear SK’s V Face Shaper retails for S$220 per session but they are offering S$98 for a trial session! Redeem that over here (scroll down)!

Clear SK Medi + Skincare is located at Velocity, Westgate & Yishun (locations here).

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A Little RF Facial For Instantly Perkier, Radiant Skin This Holiday Season!

I don’t think it’s something I need to say even more of but, yes, the Holiday Season is upon us!

Everyone is probably busy scrambling for gifts, planning out parties, gatherings and of course attending them and during this frantic and hectic period, we all still strive to put our best face forward and not look like we could use 9032984 more hours of sleep even when that is the truth, right?

While most facial sessions, be it the machine ones (e.g. Diamond Peel) or the manual massage ones, are great to relax your skin and get most of the groundwork done – cleansing, prepping, exfoliating – there are just some things that those can’t do and that would be stimulating your skin cells and the collagen within your skin to give you a temporary (albeit awesome) lifted, radiant and flawless skin look.

And that is where RF Facial comes in! Radio Frequency facials!

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E Medical Clinic, where I had my RF Facial Session done.

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Pantry area for customers to help themselves to water, coffee, etc.

I had the privilege of attending one just before my baby girl’s birthday weekend (which involved a lot of parties, friends from way back and relatives) and I didn’t get much time to put on much of a game face on (hustlin’ about prepping both the place and the birthday girl) so this facial definitely helped me look a ton better. Or rather because it made my skin look awesome there’s little else I needed to do to just look clean and fresh.

I even had a couple of friends and guests even commented that I looked really good (ahem ahem, shy now…) and some even went ahead to comment about my skin looking well maintained. Which is a little far from the truth given my rushed nightly routine but heh, okay, I’ll take it. ;P

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Long story short, if you’re looking for a way to instantly (the whole procedure takes 30 minutes tops) lift and smooth out your skin, then this is the answer to that!

I’m sure you’ll have one less thing to worry about as you throw on your (flawless) party face and yet still take perfect selfies without a need for a skin smoothing filter.

Though of course, I feel I need to disclaim a little where RF Facials are concerned because what this facial session does is stimulate the production of collagen and skin renewal within your cells so if you have a fairly good base to begin with, the results will be amazing. If your skin has some other concerns, like acne or really uneven skin texture, then perhaps another treatment will be more suited.

Another disclaimer, because RF Facials use radio frequency to get the job done, those with very bad acne situations (like a big patch of red and angry) are not advised to do this. Pregnant women or those with metal inserts in the body are not advised to do this too.

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Alrightey, after that wall of text, let’s get to the facial session which was about as quick as a blink of an eye really. I think I spent a little more time in the waiting room than on the facial bed, heh!

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Though to be fair, they are facing a peak period right now.

Everyone wants to get their holiday game face on, ha!

So, let’s have a look at how this is done, shall we?

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Removing The Makeup –

Starting out, the first thing to do is to remove all dirt and impurities on the face so the treatment can work best so Carmen, my therapist, removed all traces of my makeup before proceeding.

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Though the lipstick I had on (MAC’s No Faux Pas) proved to be extremely tenacious so you’ll see remnants of it on the lips in closer shots, my bad!

Faded lippie isn’t a good look but I guess the plus side is this bugger is insanely hard to remove so it’ll last you incredibly well through the day!

So, moving on!

The Cooling Gel –

As this is an aesthetic clinic, the whole procedure is very much efficient and no-nonsense so after my makeup was removed, Carmen went ahead to slap on some cooling gel on my skin.

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This cooling gel is to help conduct some of the heat from the RF Machine and also to offer some slip and slide to it as Carmen works the machine’s head over my skin later on.

The RF Procedure –

The RF Machine that is being used here at E Medical Clinic, Venus Viva, is one of the latest in this field. It heats up incredibly quick and is also very efficient and dishing out the right about of stimulation to the skin as effectively and safely as possible.

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The head of the machine, or hand piece as it is also referred to, is known as the Diamond Polar because of the slight diamond shape to it.

I found the shape and little ‘nodules’ on it that helped to transmit the RF waves very comfortable on the skin. The way it is structured and also the way Carmen was wielding it on my skin made it feel like she was running a selfwarming massager over my skin.

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I liked that Carmen was also very attentive to the amount of gel on my skin’s surface and topped up another layer once it started to wear down.

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This way the whole process felt really comfortable and the warmth didn’t cause any discomfort or prickling sensation to my skin since there was always a nice barrier of gel.

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I recall my first encounter with RF Facial was quite alright but I could definitely feel the heat more then (and I had to go through 3 hand pieces then too!) so this really quick and comfortable approach to RF is definitely very much welcomed.

Each side is worked on for about 10 minutes and the machine will beep to signal that one ‘session’ is over, followed by turning itself off so no matter how much you’re chatting with the therapist noone is going to lose track of time here!

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Once it’s done, Carmen proceeded to wipe the leftover gel away and hand me a hand-held mirror so I could see the difference for myself.

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The Left Vs the Right –

Carmen worked on the right side of my face first (your left!) so that I could compare the results and even within looking at a mirror I could feel the skin on my right cheeks tightening and being lifted already!

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Granted my skin isn’t extremely deprived of collagen or an extreme case of sagginess and age hence the difference isn’t world’s apart, I can definitely see and feel the improved skin texture and condition already, I can’t imagine how drastic an improvement it would be for older women or those who really need a lifting effect to bring back some youthfulness to their face!

Okay, here’s a more detailed low-down of the difference I spy, incase you can’t quite tell. As I said, it’s a slight difference but enough to make you look better without it being noticeable.

I’m sure you can see in the pictures how the right (your left) appears more smoothed, radiant, taut and of course lifted!

Completing the Look –

After showing me the comparisons, Carmen went ahead to finish the other side of my face while I snapped a few pictures just to document it and then enjoyed the rest of the way.

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While there aren’t any massages involved, the hand piece rolling over my cheeks with a comfortable heat was actually quite soothing. I didn’t think I would say that about an RF Facial and those who have gone for RF Facials before will know what I mean when I say they aren’t made to be comfortable and enjoyable.

It isn’t usually uncomfortable but I feel like you have to brace yourself a little when you’re going through them, the price to pay for good skin, but I didn’t feel this way here and that was nice.

And voila, after a quick 20 minutes, we’re done!

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The After(s)! –

So, here on it’s going to be a little compilation of how my skin looked right after, once I got home and the next day.

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Even as I’m typing this facial up a whole weekend after I had done it (it’s posted a little late due to my intended Urban Decay Naked On the Run spam), I’m still marveling and admiring my skin in the mirror. The lifting part is truly lovely but I think what I enjoy most about RF Facials is the improved skin condition overall.

Here’s a snap I took from my mobile camera in Sephora’s pretty good lighting right after my facial session. I like how my skin looks rosey, lifted and so supple! #nofilter!

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Another perk about RF, aside from a lifted effect, is that it helps refine your skin texture and also minimize your pores. I don’t have the biggest issue with pores but in recent years they have started being rather pesky and appearing more prominently than I would like, making me turn to skin-smoothing primers for a truly smoothed out skin appearance.

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Though look at my skin post RF! So smooth and flawless!

I haven’t been using a primer since the session and I’m still enjoying some pretty good skin days. It’s not a permanent treatment so I’m enjoying it while it lasts. Let’s have a couple more pictures showing lifted and refined skin!

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The lifted cheeks effect also gives me a slightly more defined V to my jaw but nothing drastic since it isn’t targeting at improving your jawline. It’s just the overall, once you pull something up the rest goes along as well and it looks better overall.

It’s the sort of skin bettering that will have people saying you look really good, fresh and put together but yet there isn’t anything in particular that they can pinpoint about why you look better except maybe that your skin is looking exceptionally flawless!

So, what do you do when you are glad about your skin because it’s both lifted and rather flawless looking? You selfie! Here are some shots with makeup on, about 3 days after the RF session.

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As seen on Instagram

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For those who may have questions about this, the RF Facial isn’t invasive and there isn’t any downtime involved as well. At the most you’ll have some slight redness right after the Facial session but that subsides really quickly to a natural flush and would be gone after a couple of hours.

What you’ll be left with is a temporary good skin period where your skin feels smooth, and lifted (resulting in more pronounced cheekbones for my face shape), and of course the skin texture a lot more evened out providing a smooth canvas be it with or without foundation.

Overall your skin just looks fresh and good though one thing to remember about RF Facials is that the results are temporary.

The promise of duration here is 2-3 weeks and it is highly dependent on your own skin-type, lifestyle etc because what this facial does is stimulate more collagen cells but these cells have their own lifespan and unless you go for regular sessions, your skin will fall back into it’s usual collagen cycle. So don’t worry, you’re not going to see a super adverse relapse or anything, it’ll just slip into what it used to look like.

If you’re interested to perk your skin up and look good for all the festivities coming up – Christmas, New Year, etc – then book an appointment at E Medical Centre now!

They have online appointment making services available here so go ahead and book now!

Thanks for reading!

E Medical Centre is located at Bukit Batok, Orchard and Toa Payoh. Click on the locations to get the exact place that they are located at.

The RF Facial I had done in this post is S$500 per session. There might be package options available, but do check with the front desk there to be sure!

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