Perfecting Parts
T Singapore: The New York Times Style Magazine|June 2019
Perfecting Parts

If you’ve already got your face in tip-top shape, here’s how to get forgotten parts of your body looking just as good.

WHEN YOU LOOK in the mirror, it’s likely that you’ll spot things on the face staring back at you that others might not see — from the tiny crinkles at the corners of the eyes (and only when you break into a wide smile) to uneven eyebrows. The truth is that we are often more critical of ourselves than others. But while a lot of attention is focused on our faces — it’s the first, most obvious thing that other people see — there are other parts of the body that can rankle us, though they go generally unobserved, like loose skin on the hands and feet or a “turkey neck” (wrinkled, sagging skin on the neck).

The truth is, many of the same procedures and principles that are applied to our faces can be extended to other parts of the body, like the feet, neck and the hands. T Singapore shares input from several doctors and a cosmetic surgeon on how these body parts can be worked on through less invasive procedures, like with fillers and the use of devices.


The hands are one of the body parts that can actually reveal age when the face doesn’t betray it. After all, with procedures like lasers, peels and threadlifts available as well as the wide array of skincare at our disposal, one can easily look eight to ten years’ younger than one’s biological age. According to Dr Lam Bee Lan of Ageless Medical, many patients she has seen actually neglect their hands and feet as compared to their faces. A loss of volume in the skin of these areas can lead to hands and feet with more pronounced veins.

She recommends that patients who are unhappy with the appearance of these areas can consider fillers (from $800 per vial for Restylane) for the backs of the hands and the tops of the feet. These will not only help the skin look more plumped up and hydrated, but will improve its firmness over time. “The placement of hyaluronic acid under the skin helps to draw water molecules which help restore skin hydration and improve skin structure and the elasticity of skin. Regular top-up treatments will gradually build up the skin for better moisture balance and increased firmness and elasticity,” says Dr Lam.


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June 2019