La Vida: Back For A Touch-Up For Better Brows

It’s been two years since my last visit to LA VIDA. That was my virgin attempt at eyebrow embroidery and it turned out better than expected!

My “fake” brows were natural-looking and long-lasting — c’mon, they lasted for two good years! I didn’t really need to redo my brows; they might have faded quite a bit but was still better than my pre-embroidery period (aka when I had literally no brows at all). I could always touch up with a little brow powder before heading out!

However the vainpot in me decided, it’s best to get ‘em brows done again before my upcoming cruise trip with the little one. I know I wouldn’t have much time to slap makeup on and I want to look my best at any time possible. So if you’re curious to know how a revisit eyebrow embroidery session is like, keep on reading!

LA VIDA The Art of Brow Specialists

Since 2014, LA VIDA has been perfecting the brows for their customers! Their eyebrow specialists go through rigorous trainings and workshops on a regular basis to keep them up to date with the latest trends and skills — all so as to give us (their customers) the perfect brow game.

They say that your eyes are the windows to your soul. And so, that would literally make your brows the frame to those windows. Since most of us would insist on having the perfect frame to match the windows in our house, shouldn’t it be the same for our eyes too?

LA VIDA: Before brows
BEFORE photo: Embroidery from two years back is still present but faded and with patches

I was (sadly) not born with the perfect frame to match my eyes. When a camera flash goes off, I look like I have no brows at all in photos. But that is all in the past, because I discovered makeup and then semi-permanent makeup — eyebrow embroidery.

There are so many available options in the eyebrow menu... 2D, 3D, 6D, floating, non-floating and etc. Which to pick?

Well why not try the “Deluxe Creative Eyebrows” here at LA VIDA!

| About Deluxe Creative Brows

The Deluxe Creative Brows is one of LA VIDA's most popular semi-permanent makeup service. Using a micro-blade, small incisions are made along the brow line to mimic existing eyebrow hair.

Their highly experienced brow specialists will create individual brow strands, combining unique strokes, in accordance to the growth of the eyebrow – giving their clients a natural 3D tone using industry-leading natural pigments.

After completion, your eyebrow embroidery is able to last for 18-24 months.

| Embroidery Process

It begins with a complimentary consultation session where their brow specialist will recommend to you an eyebrow design that complements your facial feature, skin tone and hair colour. As I was satisfied with my existing eyebrow design (previously done at LA VIDA), I kept the same brow shape but switched to a lighter tone of brown to match my hair and skin tone.

LA VIDA: Shaping my brows
Brow Specialist shaping my brows – shaving away the excess brow hair!

LA VIDA: Painless Eyebrow Embroidery Procedure
Applying numbing cream

LA VIDA: Sealing in the numbing cream
Sealing in the numbing cream and waiting for it to take effect

LA VIDA: Numbing cream
The procedure is painless due to the numbing cream!

LA VIDA: Making small incisions with a micro-blade
Embroidery begins: Small incisions are made with a micro-blade to mimic existing brow hair

LA VIDA: Creating a three-dimensional tone to my brows
Creating individual brow strands according to the growth of my eyebrow so as to give the brows a natural 3D look!

In less than 15 minutes, my eyebrow embroidery procedure was over! I had a new set of brows that didn't require a touch-up of brow powder, I was ready to step out of the house at any time!

LA VIDA: Eyebrow Embroidery done!
AFTER photo: Embroidery was just completed! I look so natural, it doesn't look like I just had my brows done!

LA VIDA: Close up of brows
Close-up of my completed brows

| My two cents

LA VIDA: Lot One

There is a reason why I decided to go back to LA VIDA and have my brows done by them (read about my first visit here). I trust their skills, and most importantly the equipments and materials that they use. I mentioned it at the start of this post, they did my very first eyebrow embroidery and it was a good set of brows that lasted me for over 2 years!

Not to mention, they have always ensured that the procedure is painless and fuss-free. Be it two years ago, or now in 2018... eyebrow embroidering at LA VIDA is pain-free!

I forgot about those days when I had to spend half an hour in front of the mirror, filling in my brows just so that I had some sort of "frame" to my eyes. The days when I couldn't perfect my brow game with the brow powder... those days sucked! Thankfully those days are long gone, far away in the past, and till date they haven't returned.

Since my revisit to LA VIDA for this touch-up, doing my makeup is definitely so much easier! The fuller brows mean that I look more awake and refreshed all the time. I feel confident heading into town with just my skincare and in specs, no makeup done at all. I needn't worry about looking like a haggard mom.

I guess what most people are terrified of when it comes to eyebrow embroidery is how dark it looks after the procedure has just been completed. We don't like downtime. To put it frankly, we are afraid of looking like an "Angry Bird".

I will once again re-emphasise that it has been two years since my last visit. I'm saying it because I've noticed some changes and improvements to the technique used at LA VIDA.

Two years ago, right after my embroidery and right in the shop, I took routine photos to capture the after-look of having an eyebrow embroidery done. At that time back then, that level of darkness (of my embroidered eyebrow) is considered really good and not obvious already!

BUT NOW, it is so much better!!! You can't tell at all that I have just had my eyebrows embroidered – it looks like I swiped some brow powder and browcara across! My brows looked refined and so neat.

There was no downtime. I felt no need to hide at home or from any cameras. I went about with my daily work and attended two events in the same day after getting my brows done! No one made a peep about my brows because it looked so natural!

After seeing my brows and the convenience that it brought, even my mom got tempted to get her brows done too – I'm pretty sure I inherited my non-existent super fine brow hair from her! 🙊

Just for my readers, text or call this number (8797 6271) and quote [Sophie398] to enjoy LA VIDA's Deluxe Creative Brows at a promotional price of $398 with a complimentary touch up session (U.P. $1369.60).

*Applicable only for first-time customers, available at all 6 outlets

Store locations:
  • AMK Hub #B1-24, Tel: 6481 5484
  • Bedok Mall #01-27, Tel: 6384 3218
  • Grantral Mall @Clementi #01-09/10, Tel: 6774 7372
  • Compass One #04-23, Tel: 6386 2585
  • Lot One #02-02, Tel : 6769 3244
  • Northpoint City #B1-168 Tel : 6873 1168

Lazada 9.9: LAZADA x FISHER PRICE Surprise Box

Lazada x Fisher Price Surprise Box

If you’re one of my loyal readers, then Lazada’s amazing surprise box will be no stranger to you. For my dearest parent readers, this box is for you — the Lazada x Fisher Price surprise box!

Filled with toys that our little one will be so excited about, and the best part of it, the amount of savings we can get! Read on to get a sneak peek of what’s in this surprise box.


Starting 6 September to 9 September, enjoy a slew of discounts, flash deals and great offers on Lazada! With discounts going up to 90% off, you can get that shaver you’ve been eyeing for at an amazing price.

In addition, the key highlight of every Lazada sale is their stunning surprise boxes! During the 9.9 Lazada Sale, there will be 99 surprise boxes up for grab. Prices of the surprise box is either at $29 or $49, with items worth $100 or more!


Lazada x Fisher Price Surprise Box

Every parent knows how expensive toys are. A simple piano keyboard can costs from $30 to $100+! This collaboration between Lazada & Fisher Price comes just in the nick of time! For $29 per surprise box, you will receive items that are worth $100.

My baby boy was so excited to check out his new toys! Here are some of his favourite picks from the Lazada x Fisher Price surprise box.

Fisher Price Stack & Roll Cups

Fisher Price Press & Go Monster Truck

There are a few more items in the surprise box... but as you know how these surprise boxes work! If I reveal all that’s in the box, then what’s the fun?

MiniChew can’t stop playing with his new toys — and your little one can benefit from this great bargain too! Just $29 for so many toys!!

The Lazada x Fisher Price surprise box will be released for sale on 8 September 2018, 8am. Fastest fingers first, so good luck!

The LAZADA 9.9 surprise box will be available only via their app. You can download it here for Android and here for Apple devices.

Click here to head over to Lazada 9.9 Sale!

More sneak peeks on other Lazada Surprise boxes here:

Lazada 9.9: LAZADA x Etude House Surprise Box

Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box

K-beauty lovers, I’ve got you covered during the upcoming Lazada 9.9 Sale! For just $29, you can enjoy these amazing cosmetic products in the Etude House Surprise box!

Excited to find out what’s in the surprise box? Keep on reading!


Starting 6 September to 9 September, enjoy a slew of discounts, flash deals and stunning offers on Lazada! With discounts going up to 90% off, you wouldn't want to miss all the great bargains coming online. You can also redeem various vouchers (up to $99) to help you save even more moolah!

In addition... the key highlight of every Lazada sale is their SO-WORTH-IT surprise boxes! During the 9.9 Lazada Sale, there will be 99 surprise boxes up for grab. Prices of the surprise box is either at $29 or $49, with items worth $100 or more!


Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box

I am a huge fan of Etude House. They were one of the first makeup brands that I was exposed to and even till this date, I’m still using their products! Gotta love their eyeliners, concealers and possibly... everything they have!

In the Lazada x Etude House surprise box, for $29 only, you’ll get to add $100 worth of NEW makeup products to your beauty stash. Here are my favourites from this surprise box!

Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box
Any Cushion Duo Case

Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box
Any Balm Blusher

Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box
Colourful Drawing: Dear Darling Tint

PLAY 101 Stick Contour Duo

Do note that the LAZADA 9.9 surprise box is available only via their app. You can download it here for Android and here for Apple devices.

LAZADA x Etude House Surprise boxes will be released for purchase on 9 September, 2pm. So, fastest fingers first!

Click here to head over to Lazada 9.9 Sale!

More sneak peeks on other Lazada Surprise boxes here:

The Lash Lawn: How I Wake Up Looking Fabulous Every Morning

Wouldn't it be great if you woke up every morning looking perfect? That is how I feel when my lashes have been fixed by The Lash Lawn. I can walk out of my house sans makeup, brimming with confidence because I know that I’m looking picture-perfect thanks to ‘em faux lashes.

Read on for my experience with the lash extensions at The Lash Lawn!

The Lash Lawn: Pretty At Home With Lashes
Zero eyeshadow on! Just some brow powder, foundation + blush

Here is an honest sharing from me. After having my cute baby Ethan, I couldn't stand being outshone by him. He looks adorable every second of every minute all day!

I, on the other hand, look exhausted and like an old hag, especially when I had no makeup on. Additionally, I loved taking photos of my baby boy and even more so, taking photos WITH HIM. However I couldn't stand posting the photos of myself (without makeup)... because I looked so terrible!

I began looking for solutions and it happened by chance one day. I was out for an event and wore falsies. I came home and took routine pictures with the little one; because they grow up so fast and I want to take as many photos with him as I can before he begins to reject the camera! And that was when I realised that faux lashes were the key to making me look refreshed and pretty all the time.

The Lash Lawn
Bare face for a facial but I'm still looking good cos of 'em lashes! – it's so amazing that I was shocked after taking this pic

It was as though the Lash Lawn heard my prayers because they reached out for a partnership and my gosh, their faux lashes are THE BOMB! Their lashes are incredibly fluttery and so light & comfortable – nothing is more annoying than heavy lashes that irritates the eye!

They've got me covered for all occasions – from natural-looking "Girl Next Door" lashes that keep me going on with my daily life grinds, to fabulous star-striking "Jet Setter" lashes that I would recommend to all office ladies because it cuts your makeup time by HALF!

Took this gif right after I woke up, haven't comb my hair or wash face yet lol

Life has been amazing after getting lash extensions. I've received multiple compliments that my lashes look so natural, you wouldn't even notice that they were fake. It has done an excellent job in making me look pretty anytime, anywhere – but what I love most is looking refreshed and awake 24/7 (so important for a new mom that barely gets 5 hrs of sleep a day 😂)

Over at The Lash Lawn, they focus on doing lashes that look natural with the intention of subtly accentuating one's features. So you wouldn't expect them to do anything too crazy or over the top – their lashes are not the super diva-like sort. The lash beauticians would always ensure that every strand has been properly separated, so as to prevent any itchiness or eye irritations.

They care a lot about your own lashes and would thus provide you with recommendations. For instance, my lashes are very thin, thus I can't do anything more than 2D because my own lashes are unable to handle the weight. In addition, the lash beauticians know that I wear specs so they would choose a suitable lash length that wouldn't collide with my specs.

I know this sounds really duh, but you'd be amazed by the sheer number of lash beauticians who do not ask me these questions and don't take such good care of my lashes. I have once had my lashes terribly destroyed by a lash parlour who did not ask me any questions and proceeded with the sticking – I ended up with false lashes that were wayyyyyy too long which kept colliding with my specs (it was so f*cking irritating for my eye), and they stuck so many extensions on each of my lash that made it really heavy and uncomfortable.

Point to note, if you are looking for something light, natural, fluttery, feels-like-it-is-non-existent... then go for The Lash Lawn! & don't forget to tell them that you are recommended by me because you can get 15% off any lash service!

The Lash Lawn: Event-ready all the time
Me at an event with zero eye makeup on! These lashes are truly amazing!

The Lash Lawn
See my lashes peeking out?! ♡
Look like I've got eyeliner on when in reality, I don't!

Here is the price list at The Lash Lawn.

Price list

If you are unsure of what sort of lashes that you want or would best fit your needs, you can always discuss it with your friendly lash technician and they would recommend to you what they think is best for your eye while meeting your beauty needs!

Each lash session can take 60 minutes or more. It depends on the number of strands you choose to stick (80, 120 or volume) and that would in turn also affect the duration of your touch-up session.

Here are some tips to make your lash extensions last longer:
  1. Wait at least 4 hours after your lash session before you take your shower, just to make sure that the glue has completely dried
  2. Avoid rubbing makeup remover (including micellar water makeup remover) around your eyes as that might potentially dissolve the glue and cause your lash to drop faster
  3. Comb it well every night & morning – to avoid clumping and to ensure longevity!

Save some moolah when you use this promo code at The Lash Lawn (because we Singaporeans love promo codes so much!)

Quote [SOPHLEOW15] for 15% off all non-promo service!
(or you can just tell them that you are recommended by me la!)

Lash on, ladies!

Beijing 101: Treating Postnatal Hair Loss After Giving Birth

Hair loss is a stage that every woman goes through after pregnancy. It can begin as early as 2 months postpartum and the crux of hair loss comes 3~4 months after giving birth.

This annoying post-pregnancy symptom would supposedly fade away in 6 months as your hormones stabilise, but what happens if it doesn't and your hair fall continues on? Read on to find out how to tackle this pesky drain-clogging problem once and for all.

Beijing 101 Post Natal Hair Loss Treatment

It feels pretty sad to stare at your drain after having taken a shower, and see a bunch of your hair clogging up the drain cover. You pray for the speedy arrival of the day when this problem would go away. You do your best to hide your bald spots, flipping your hair in every way possible just to cover the areas on your head where hair loss has occurred the worst.

One day becomes two, two days become four. Weeks and months passed and hey, it has been more than six months and that day of hair recovery never came. This is when the alarm bells in your head should begin to sound — it is time to seek help ASAP!

I am making this hair loss matter sound important and urgent because it is truly an issue that requires your immediate attention and treatment. The earlier that you seek help for it, the more hair follicles that you can save!

Most people just wait and wait. And they don’t realise that they are losing precious time and even more so, extremely precious hair follicles! Once you’ve lost a hair follicle, you can never get it back — which also means that you have eternally lost all hair that can be produced and grown by that follicle.

Postpartum hair loss after six months is more than just an imbalance of hormones. You can be suffering from issues such as a sensitive scalp, dandruff, oily scalp and many other problems that developed over the course of your pregnancy or after birth. Making and taking care of a baby puts so much pressure on our body, and many bodily changes cannot be seen with our naked eye.

At Beijing 101, the hair consultant will do a thorough check of your scalp and the condition of your hair.

Beijing 101: Hair Consultation

During my consultation, I found out that I had developed scalp sensitivity – a problem which did not exist prior to my pregnancy – and my scalp was a whole lot oilier than before!

Condition of my oily and sensitive scalp

I was prescribed with the following treatment steps.

#1 | Customised Hair Mask

Beijing 101: Scalp Purification Essence

My treatments began with a customised hair mask based on the condition of my scalp. In this instance, I was given a Double Cleansing Hair Mask to help with my oil-clogged scalp.

My customised hair mask treatment began with a scalp purification essence to help soften the stubborn sebum that was embedded deep into my hair roots.

Beijing 101 Hair Mask

After the softening, my hair specialist applied their PuriScalp Mask into my hair – a deep cleansing mask which helps to remove sebum clogs and impurities in my hair follicles, detoxify the scalp, provide nutrients to my hair follicles and lastly balance the level of oil secretion in my scalp.

Beijing 101: Applying PuriScalp Mask

#2 | Signature Meridian Hair Treatment

Beijing 101: Signature Meridian Treatment

The second step of the treatment is their famous Signature Meridian Hair Treatment. The head massage (with a hair essence) can not only improve blood circulation to promote healthy hair growth, it can also improve sleep quality and relieve headaches.

Consultation with Beijing 101 TCM Physician

After the hair treatments, I was guided into the consultation room of their in-house TCM physician. She provided me with advices and tips on how to care for my hair and promote its growth. She questioned about my day, took my pulse and asked me a little bit more on my diet.

The TCM Phyisican advised me to take better care of my liver as it was very heaty from my lack of sleep – #MiniChew, see you gotta let mommy sleep more! She also advised me to take my meals regularly, cut down on supper and my daily salt intake so as to reduce the amount of oil secreted on my head.

I returned back to the main consultation room for a final scan of my scalp, to see the condition of my hair + scalp after the treatments.

Here is a before-after photo of my scalp.

Before After Hair Treatment at Beijing 101

The treatments were extremely effective in removing my stubborn sebum and it helped to unclog my hair follicles. With repeated sessions, the treatments would be able to help promote hair growth in the follicles and improve the quality of hair produced.

Just for my readers only, enjoy FREE TCM consultation worth $68
with purchase of Deep Cleansing Scalp Treatment @ $40 nett (U.P $434)
when you click HERE to book an appointment at your nearest Beijing 101 outlet.

*Treatments: Application of Scalp Purification Essence, Puriscalp Mask & Meridian Herbal Hair Treatment

LAZADA x Hasbro Surprise Box

Gotta admit, I love surprise boxes! And so do many of us, especially when the deal is superbly awesome. LAZADA is back again with their second round of surprise boxes for this year and I am excited to share my finds with you.

Read on to know what I’ve uncovered in my LAZADA x Hasbro surprise box!


Lazada x Hasbro Surprise Box

Lazada’s GSS has begin, and their baby fair segment will be happening from 4-10 July 2018.

Grab this opportunity to shake your way up to $150 worth of vouchers! With more than 300 flash deals happening during the fair, you should stay glued to your phone all day — or you might missed out on some awesome timely deals!

Most importantly, and probably what you are looking forward to the most! Lazada’s various brand surprise boxes that are selling at $29, and filled with goodies worth $100. In this Lazada GSS: Baby Fair, you can expect brand surprise boxes from PUKU, Philips Avent, 1010 Mother and Child Essentials, Motherswork and of course, Hasbro!

| Hasbro Surprise Box

As you can tell from the title, LAZADA sent me a Baby/Kids Hasbro surprise box for little Ethan! Hasbro is one of the leading toy manufacturers in the world hence this box is as expected... filled with toys.

Out of the X number of toys in the box (I’m sorry guys but I have been received instructions to not reveal the exact number!), these two were our favourites.

Lazada x Hasbro Surprise Box: Star Wars Snowspeeder
Star Wars Snowspeeder

Lazada x Hasbro Surprise Box: Playdoh Fire Truck Set
Playdoh Fire Truck Set

Do note that the GSS LAZADA surprise box is available only via their app. You can download it here for Android and here for Apple devices.

LAZADA “Baby & Kids” Surprise boxes will be sold from 4 July to 10 July 2018. The Lazada x Hasbro Surprise Box will be released for purchase on 6 July at 0000 hours. So, fastest fingers first!

Click here to head over to Lazada GSS 2018 Baby Fair!

More sneak peeks on other Lazada Surprise boxes here:

Mothercare Review: Affordable & Good Quality Baby High Chairs

Ethan started solids at an early age. We had him sitting on a rocker-turned-stationary-seat for the first few weeks and although it wasn't the best chair for eating, it served its purpose. As he grew older and BIGGER, the rocker was no longer suitable as he was always fidgeting around in a chair.

In addition, as mentioned in my YouTube review video, eating in a reclined position isn't the best nor the safest. Hence we got Ethan a baby high chair which was kindly sponsored by Mothercare. Read on for a review of this baby high chair and what features about it that I like the most!

| Mothercare Bear and Friends Highchair

Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair: Removable Table Tray

Suitable from six months onwards, the Mothercare Bear and Friends highchair features a deep padded seat that is removable for easy cleaning which can also be reclined in three different positions.

The highchair also features six different height position and an easy to remove tray that is simple to clean and which can be stored on the back of the seat when not needed. When dinnertime is over, the Bear and Friends highchair is easy to fold and will stand freely for easy storage.

Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair: Foldable Baby Chair With 6 Adjustable Heights

Features & Specifications:
  • Suitable from 6 months or when your baby can sit up unaided up to a maximum weight of 15kg
  • Extra padded comfy seat
  • Easy Clean removable tray
  • 3 position recline
  • 6 height positions
  • 5 point safety harness
  • Removable padded seat for easy cleaning
  • Convenient tray storage on back
  • Easy to fold and will standing freely when folded
  • Unfolded Dimensions: D73 x W56.5 x H112cm
  • High chair weight: 8kg

| My Two Cents

Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair: Comfy Padded Seat

At half the price of most branded high chairs, Mothercare's house brand baby high chair offers the same functions & features as a branded high chair. And to be honest, the Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair is actually really good!

I used to have this thought that house brand items = cheap but not so good. However after becoming a mom, I have learnt that the notion does not apply to all baby products. Pardon me for digressing but if you haven't tried Mothercare's Liquid Talc... YOU SHOULD!

Ethan used to get heat rash in between his neck, behind his knee, in between his elbow fold... and it annoys the shit out of me because as a mom who loves her kid a lot & as a beauty blogger who is crazy for perfect skin, I find it absolutely crucial for my kid to have flawless non-irritated skin.

I applied soooo many types of creams/lotions/gels and other brands of liquid talc. But none of them worked better than Mothercare's!

Okay now back to the baby high chair. First up, this baby high chair requires assembling after delivery. The assembly was super easy and even I could do it! That means a lot for someone who is a blur queen like me!

The 6 adjustable height positions mean that I can always find a suitable height to match the dining table or any other tables (that are above the knee level), or according to his feeding needs. About a month back, I lowered the baby high chair by a couple of notches because his Fisher Price Workbench Toy was too high (when placed on the removable table-tray) and we had to stand and feed him to overcome the height problem. After the height adjustment, that problem no longer existed!

As for the 3 reclining positions, find a suitable sitting position for your child every time. When they are younger and their spine + back muscles have yet to be fully developed, they might require more support when sitting upright. Thus you might wanna recline the seat backwards, and then incline it as they grow older.

The 5-point safety harness is a must-have for fidgety babies who are unable to sit still – such as Ethan – and it holds down our precious one safely to the high chair. The convenient tray storage at the back plays a great part in space reduction and organisation!

Now here is the feature about the baby high chair which I love the most! Remember how I mentioned that Ethan began eating solids earlier than most kids? He started at four months old. Thus with the younger age, it also meant a smaller build (doesn't help that he isn't very tall to begin with!)

Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair has an additional padded comfy seat (the brown bear cushion) to give the chair a small boost in terms of fitting. I used this booster in the beginning and it played a great part in having Ethan seated comfortably in his baby high chair. He is now 7 months old, and a lot taller + bigger in size, thus I have removed the cushion. I absolutely love the flexibility that the Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair has given me!

You can purchase the Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair from selected Mothercare outlets. Alternatively, order it online and have it delivered straight to your house! It is retailing online for $179.

My Lunch Hour Neck Lift by Dr Rachel Ho at La Clinic: Neck Threadlift Review

Disclaimer: The following images in this post can be rather graphic. Viewer discretion advised.

Wouldn't it be cool if you had no need for photoshop or meitu xiuxiu to get a defined jawline? That was what La Clinic gave me, a necklift to be rid of my double chin.

For the longest time ever, I've wanted a more defined jawline without having to go under the knife. Any product – be it creams or strange two-prong fork massagers – that proclaims "we can give you jaw definition" has me going gaga over it. The excitement is usually short-lived as I end up riveting in dismay over the lack of results.

when I underwent a neck threadlift for my double chin with Dr Rachel Ho at La Clinic . The idea sounded scary but after having gone through the procedure, my thoughts were "Meh! That's not so bad! ". Read on to find out more about my lunch-hour neck lift at La Clinic.

#1 | About The Neck ThreadLift for Double Chins

La Clinic: Silhouette Soft Threadlift At Neck
Silhouette Soft Neck Threadlift for Double Chin (Necklift)

We call this the "lunch hour" procedure for very obvious reasons – the non-surgical procedure doesn't take longer than your typical lunch hour. It is uncomplicated and has minimal downtime. Almost like dropping by the nearest IPL Express store around your office district to get a quick zap!

Neck threadlift does not require any surgery and it is a minimally invasive rejuventation procedure that lifts saggy skin and folds. Just as the name suggests, fine ABSORBABLE threads are placed under the skin to lift and correct the undesired sagging and droopy facial tissues.

Unlike surgical neck lifts, no incision is made hence there will be no scar nor any downtime at all – you can return back to work immediately after the procedure and no one would be able to tell a thing!

Results are immediate thus you can tell a difference in your facial/neck contour right after the procedure. The best part about having a threadlift is that results will only continue to improve over time. The threads will encourage your own skin's collagen to grow thus there will be progressive voluminisation, natural firming and tightening occurring over 3 to 6 months thereby enhancing the results of the procedure.

#2 | About La Clinic

La Clinic
La Clinic
290 Orchard Road, #08-01/02
Paragon Medical Centre
Singapore 238859

Situated on the 8th floor of Paragon Medical Centre, La Clinic is the office to two doctors, Dr Cecil Wong and Dr Rachel Ho.

Dr Rachel Ho is the doctor in-charge of my aesthetic procedure. Specialising in Otorhinolaryngology and with a background in facial plastic surgery, Dr Rachel has a sharp eye and steady hands for minimally invasive anti-aging and facial aesthetic treatments.

She regularly attends local and international conferences to stay in touch with the latest trends and advancements in anti-aging and aesthetic medicine. She is a prime candidate when selecting a doctor for aesthetic treatments as her years of experience in the field and her firm belief that marrying a healthy lifestyle with medical aesthetic treatments is a course of route to help one age beautifully and gracefully through the years.

#3 | PLLA VS PDO threads in threadlift

A common question for those seeking to do a threadlift: Which thread should I choose? PLLA or PDO?

Before I begin sharing more about the two threads with you, I would like to put forth that the thread I used was PLLA produced by Silhouette Soft.

La Clinic: Ultra-V PDO thread
PDO thread by Ultra-V

A popular PDO brand is Ultra-V. Most articles online recommend using PDO (otherwise known as Polydioxanone) as the effects are more subtle and some would say more natural? If you are a first-timer with doubts on the procedure, you would no doubt lean towards PDO as it would dissolve in approximately 6-9 months.

La Clinic: Dr Rachel showing how the thread will be in my chin
Dr Rachel Ho showing how the Silhouette Soft (PLLA) Thread would be placed in my neck for the threadlift

On the other hand, PLLA (otherwise known as Poly L Lactic Acid) takes 12-18 months and with more noticeable tightness due to the thread's higher tensile strength.

In my honest opinion, my neck threadlift with PLLA does not feel hard nor tight. In fact a week after the procedure, I barely even noticed that the threads were even there. Two weeks after the procedure, it didn't even feel like I had done anything to my neck but hey, obviously I did because my double chin is now gone!

I am pushing for PLLA threadlift because what most people don't know is that PDO is just a fine thread placed under your skin with no significant markers to help hold that thread to your tissues. As a result, within the first week of recovery, there is a higher chance of the PDO thread slipping out from under your skin – I know it sounds scary and disgusting but it is the truth!

The PLLA threads in Silhouette Soft threadlift have tiny cones on the thread to help anchor and stabilise the fine thread to your soft tissues. This would minimise the chance of any post-procedure thread slip outs thus giving one more assurance on the safety and outcome of the procedure.

In addition as PDO threads are shorter and have no stabilisers, when it is used for a face lift or a neck lift, your doctor needs to use more threads ((approximately more than 20, sometimes 40-50) just to have results comparable to one Silhouette soft thread!

PLLA threads are longer and with the presence of the cones, lesser threads are required to be used. In my case, Dr Rachel Ho used only 1 pair of threads to get rid of my hideous double chin!

So here is some food for thought before jumping onto the bandwagon, and insisting upon your doctor that you die-die only want PDO!

#4 | My Experience

I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't nervous when I walked into the clinic.

I had armed myself with a week's worth of research. I thought that I had already knew everything there was to know. I was ready to tell Dr Rachel that I would only take PDO threads — because that was what everyone said online.

La Clinic: Consultation with Dr Rachel
Consultation with Dr Rachel Ho

As like all procedure, a consultation with the doctor is first required and that was when I first met Dr Rachel Ho. She was friendly and warm, which helped to ease my nerves. She shared about the procedure that she would be doing for me and her choice in the thread to be used, PLLA.

What with so many articles online egging people to choose PDO over PLLA, I couldn't help but to ask why. That was when she shared about the problems that were never talked about on the web – the threads coming loose and out of place, the need to place many many many threads just to get a desirable effect.

After hearing that, I was a convert to PLLA for my neck threadlift. I mean, who would want more than 20 threads stuck in their neck when all you could have was just 1 pair? As shared earlier on, PLLA threads are also more stable and safe, and less likely to move out of place after being inserted beneath the skin.

La Clinic: Consultation with Dr Rachel
Dr Rachel Ho explaining how and where the thread would enter and exit

I was ushered into a separate room for my treatment by the nurses. As I had on a full-face of makeup, the first step was to have it removed.

La Clinic: Removing makeup and cleansing face
Removing my makeup and cleansing my face

After the removal and cleansing, Dr Rachel Ho began marking out the spots where the thread would enter and then exit.

La Clinic: Marking the entry point
Marking out entry point of thread

La Clinic: Marking the exit points
Marking out exist point of thread

La Clinic: Injecting the local anaesthestic
Injecting local anaesthetic into my neck

The procedure began with local anaesthetic being injected into my neck. Pain score was ~3/10, with the help of a nurse who kept tapping on my hand to keep me distracted from the needle in my neck — reasons why I love Gate Control Theory of Pain.

Dr Rachel Ho was very generous with the local anaesthetic as she believes in keeping her patients comfortable throughout the procedure. At any point in time when I felt even the slightest bit of discomfort, she would stop whatever that she was doing to give me more anaesthetic. She was incredibly patient, calm and poised.

With all that is said, I would like to reassure you that despite the copious amount of local anaesthesic given, it is within a safety zone. Dr Rachel Ho shared with me that if and when the amount of local anaesthesia provided exits the safety zone and into toxicity level, she would then explain to the patient and make use of other means to reduce the patient’s level of discomfort.

It took about 10-15 minutes for the anaesthetic to kick in, and once it did, the edge of a sharp scissors felt like a mere tickle from a feather! Time to insert the threads and be rid of my annoying double chin!

Creating an entry point for the thread to enter

In order to place the thread beneath my skin, Dr Rachel had to first make an entry using a thick needle.

La Clinic: Inserting the thread
Threads are inserted and slid beneath the neck skin, to lift the skin and soft tissues

Next she guided the thread through my neck tissues with a long sterilised needle that was attached to the thread.

La Clinic: Pulling the cones in place
Cones are given a slight tug to be pulled into place

After the thread had gone in, she gave it a tug to pull the cones through the entry point made earlier and have the cones embedded into the tissues to hold the thread safely in place.

La Clinic: Cutting the excess thread
Trimming off the excess thread

A quick snip of the scissors to the thread and a few neat sutures later, we were done with one side of the face.

Dr Rachel Ho continued with the other side of my face, and one more thread later... WE ARE DONE!

La Clinic: Post-procedure check
Post-procedure check

La Clinic: Before-After Photo of Necklift
Here is a before-after comparison of my chin.

Here is a before-after comparison of my chin.

The results are instantaneous and obvious right after the procedure. You can tell from the photo that the thick wad of fat that was previously at my lower jaw is now gone! Goodbye double chin! *victory punch*

The threads are very safe and stable. Resumption of all daily activities (except alcohol consumption) is permitted – Dr Rachel Ho had a patient who went for a session of sweaty Yoga after her threadlift and everything was good! There is also no need to stay away from makeup as there is no surgical incision, in fact you can apply it back on right after the procedure is done.

I was released from the clinic with a tube of antibiotic cream to prevent the entry and exit wound from becoming infectious, a bottle of Arnica to help with the bruising, and a check-up appointment for a week later.

Common symptoms which you can expect after such a procedure are bruising, light swelling, soreness and tightness around your neck. Both bruising and light swelling are not caused by the thread but rather the injection of the local anaesthetic. All symptoms will disappear within a week (maximum two weeks).

In the first week, you will be terrified of turning or tilting your head however it is perfectly safe to do so! Ethan head-butted my neck with his thick skull and man... it hurt like fuck but everything was good, no threads came out, my double chin was still out of sight!

The only thing which Dr Rachel Ho prohibited me from doing was the ingestion of any liquor within the first week as it would slow down the recovery process and worsen any bruising.

La Clinic: One week after the procedure
How my jaw looked like one week after the procedure

It is now two weeks post procedure... All symptoms have cleared, and I’m loving my new jawline + chin!

#5 | Price and Ratings

Price for threadlift: $3000 onwards (depending on the number of threads used)
Pain: 1/5 (all thanks to the local anaesthetic!)
Satisfaction level: 10/10

To find out more about Face Threadlifts, you can read this article by La Clinic. To learn more about double chins and ways to rid yourself of it, check out this piece of writing by Dr Rachel Ho.

Make your consultation appointment with Dr Rachel Ho at La Clinic through this online enquiry form or you can call (+65)6235 4040.

Thank you La Clinic and My Fat Pocket for the neck threadlift and my new perfect jawline!