Beautiful Transformation: Cristina FaceSlims Her Way to the Altar

Round and chubby-faced Cristina easily achieved slimmer and more contoured face in time for her wedding vow renewal, thanks to the FaceSlim treatment at Shinagawa.

Like most women, nurse and entrepreneur Christina “Tins” Buan loves the idea of a perfect wedding. When her partner asked her hand in marriage for the second time around, she knew she had to make all the right preparations.

Christina Buan

Aside from choosing the best venue, food, and wardrobe for her entourage, she also made sure that she’d be the most beautiful woman on her vow renewal day. “I wanted to look my most beautiful not just in the eyes of my partner and loved ones, but also in the photos and videos. It’s not every day that I become a bride so I want it to be special.”

Foremost on Tins’ bridal beauty makeover plans was getting a slimmer and more contoured face. “My face was naturally round then I gained some extra fats, which made matters worse.”

With the big day fast approaching, she knew that dieting would be of little help. “Even if I lose some weight, I would still have a chubby face except if I get too skinny that my cheeks are withdrawn. But that would be unhealthy and ugly.”

Fortunately for Tins, she has friends in the beauty industry and one of them advised her to try the FaceSlim treatment at Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics Center. She did not hesitate to visit the clinic. After consulting with one of its derma doctors, she decided to undergo the procedure.

FaceSlim is an injection treatment that uses nut-derived solution to melt excess facial fats, especially on the cheeks, chin, jowl, and upper neck. It also stimulates healthy blood circulation. Aside from high protein content, the solution also has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent swelling and redness after the procedure. Effects of the treatment can lasts for a long time, depending on a person’s genetics and lifestyle. For best results, it is generally recommended to undergo 3-6 consecutive sessions with 1 week interval.

For Tins, 3 sessions were all it needs to achieve a slimmer, contoured, and radiant-looking face in time for her vow renewal day. Looking at the mirror in her beautiful white gown after the ceremony, her pretty face beaming with joy and pride, she knew she had made right decision to once again say “I do”, not just to her loving husband but also to her continuous beautiful transformation.

Before and after procedure

Shinagawa’s FaceSlim procedure is available at its clinics in Makati and Ortigas. For details and appointment request, visit Shinagawa.PH.

After Treatment

Dark Undereye Circles: Ending the Horror

So, you’ve finally determined the root cause of your undereye darkness. Now, it’s time to choose the right treatment(s). Contrary to common belief that dark circles can be banished by simply getting a full night of shut-eye, they usually require medical intervention. Treatments include:

Eye Cream and Chemical Peel

Eye cream with topical bleaching agent can reduce undereye darkness caused by hyperpigmentation from melasma or sun damage. In extreme cases, doctors may recommend chemical peeling.

IPL and Laser Resurfacing

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy and laser resurfacing help reduce dark circles by increasing collagen production, decreasing pigmentation problems, and improving overall skin quality. Laser treatments can also be more effective when combined with chemical peeling.

Fillers, Fat Injection, and PRP

Injection treatments for dark circles include hyaluronic acid injectable fillers, like Restylane, which restores volume to the thinning undereye skin and upper cheeks. Fat injection also gives the same benefit permanently although results are not guaranteed as fat cells don’t always survive the fat transfer process.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is recently introduced as a treatment for dark undereye circles. The PRP extracted from the patient’s own blood is injected into the problem area, helping regenerate skin tissue and promote collagen production, which in turn add volume, radiance, and glow to the skin.


Dark circles caused by sagging cheeks can be efficiently corrected by facelift procedures (cheek lift and mid-face lift). Aside from treating dark circles, it can also reduce puffiness and deep nasolabial folds.


Lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is generally the most effective way to permanently get rid of dark circles. This surgical procedure removes the excess undereye skin and corrects sagging of the lower eyelids. It is often combined with other surgical procedures, like arcus marginalis release, placement of tear through implants; and the addition, removal, or repositioning of undereye fat.

Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics Center offers various treatments for dark undereye circles, such as chemical peeling, IPL, Laser Resurfacing, Injectable Fillers, PRP, Facelift, and Blepharoplasty. For details and appointment request, visit Shinagawa PH.

To understand how dark undereye circles develop, check out the first part of this blog series here.

Before Treatment

Dark Undereye Circles: Causes and Risk Factors

Troubled by the noticeable dark circles under your eyes do not seem to go away even after getting a good night’s sleep? Dark undereye circles (also called periorbital dark circles) are common concerns among many adults. They are not dangerous to your health, but they can make you look old, sick, and tired, which can affect your self-esteem and body image.

What’s to blame?

There are various factors that contribute to undereye darkness, including genetics, age, lifestyle, and illnesses.

Genetics and Aging

The skin under your eyes is thinner compared to other areas of your body, making its blood vessels more visible to the naked eye. When the skin loses more collagen and elasticity due to skin aging, the dark circles become more prominent.

Periorbital hyperpigmentation, which happens when the skin around your eyes produces more melanin than normal, also leads to the formation of dark circles. The hyperpigmentation, which is more common in people with darker skin, is usually brown in color.


Fatigue, stress, and lack of sleep can worsen dark circles. Without enough rest, your skin becomes paler, making its blood underneath more visible.

Overexposure to the harmful rays of the sun can also increase dark circles by breaking down collagen and elastin.

Health Issues

Dark circles can be triggered by certain health conditions, including periorbital hyperpigmentation, which happens when the skin around your eyes produces more melanin than normal; anemia (iron deficiency), which limits oxygen supply to the tissues around the eyes, leading to discoloration; and allergies, which triggers the release of histamines in the body that inflame blood vessels and cause swelling. The itching reaction from allergies can also cause you to rub or scratch your skin, which eventually darkens it.

If you are taking any medications that cause blood vessels to dilate, dark circles may also appear as the increased blood flow shows through your skin.

Blood Leakage

In certain cases, the blood vessels around the eyes may leak and the oxidation of the leaked blood can result in undereye darkness. Usually, swelling and bags also appear as leaked blood is affected by gravitation pull.

Identifying the root cause

To determine the possible cause of your stubborn dark circles, try gently stretching the skin under your eyes. If it becomes darker, the circles are probably due to genetics or aging but if the color doesn’t change, it can be due to sun exposure or allergies. For a more accurate explanation, however, it is always best to consult with a doctor.

Shinagawa Aesthetics Center offers free consultation for all skin concerns. For details and appointment request, visit Shinagawa.PH.

Want to know the best treatments for your dark undereye circles? Click here for the second part of this blog series.


Non-invasive Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

Wrinkles are part of the natural aging process but they don’t have to be noticeably etched on your face, especially if you’re not ready to look “old” just yet. With proper skin care and healthy lifestyle habits (plus a little help from science), you can reduce their appearance and look younger by many years.

Here are simple ways to reduce wrinkles:

  1. Wear a sunscreen every day

Sun exposure is the major cause of wrinkles and premature skin aging. While spending time outdoors is inevitable, you can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays by using sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Make it a daily habit even in winter and cloudy days. Do not also forget to apply sunscreen or eye cream with SPF on the skin around your eyes as it tends to wrinkle first before the rest of your face.

  1. Moisturize your face regularly

Whether its a moisturizing serum or a botanical oil, a moisturizer can go a long way in providing your skin its much needed moisture to stay smooth and supple. Aside from softening lines and creases, it also gives nourishment to skin cells.

  1. Use retinoids at least twice a week

Retinoids are synthetic vitamin A derivatives that are used to treat skin problems. Tretinoin (Retin A), the only topical anti-wrinkle treatment approved by the FDA, minimizes wrinkles by increasing collagen production and repairing sun damage.

  1. Get regular facials

Getting facials at least once a month provides intense cleansing to your face, wiping off blemishes and destroying bacteria. The gentle massage also stimulates blood flow, which boosts the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the skin. For a more effective anti-wrinkle facial, gently rub moisturizing oils or aloe vera gel onto the skin, especially on wrinkle-prone areas.

  1. Try laser resurfacing treatments

Laser resurfacing treatment (also called laser derma) uses laser or a pulsed diode light to reduce wrinkles and other skin blemishes by removing the top layer of skin. The process stimulates collagen-production, which results in smoother and tighter skin.

One of the most popular laser resurfacing treatments is ShrinkAge, which mainly reduces wrinkles by tightening the skin. Unlike other laser resurfacing procedures that have downtime, there are no restrictions after undergoing ShrinkAge. Washing face and putting on makeup are allowed.

Shinagawa Aesthetics Center offers ShrinkAge. For more information or appointment schedule, visit Shinagawa PH.


5 Tips to Lose Weight and get Sexy Fast

Not enough time to lose weight for your beach holiday or get in shape for a special occasion? Before risking your life on crazy diets and workout programs or going under the knife, try these simple yet safe tricks that can boost your metabolism and burn fats in a short period of time:

  1. Reduce your appetite

Eat a high-protein breakfast to reduce your cravings and calorie intake throughout the day. Instead of starving yourself, eat 3 to 6 small portions of meal a day to absorb the nutrients and rev your metabolism to the max. Eating slowly can also make you feel fuller and boost weight-reducing hormones.

  1. Drink plenty of water

Aside from keeping your body hydrated and feeling refreshed, water also boosts your metabolism. Additionally, it gives you energy to do many physical activities. It also keeps you from drinking unhealthy sugary drinks.

  1. Be active

To burn fats and calories fast, do a lot of physical activities throughout the day, be it sports or simple household chores and running errands. Following regular workout routines, like strength training and aerobic exercises, is highly recommended.

  1. Get enough sleep

Get 6 to 8 hours of adequate sleep every day to prevent sleep deprivation. When you’re sleep deprived, your body produces hormones that signal your body to eat and consume more food. Hormones aside, sleep deprivation can also cause you to be sluggish and laze around.

  1. Get medical treatments and take supplements

Sometimes, losing weight can be really hard especially if you have the “fat genes”. Genetic factors can affect your intra-abdominal fat, metabolism, appetite, fat-muscle ratio, and even your thermogenesis. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to being fat forever. While you might have to work harder to lose weight, you can take the short way to a slimmer body by getting medical treatments, like Viora laser liposuction and Mesotherapy injection.

Taking slimming supplements can also accelerate your weight loss objective. Go for safe and effective products, like Fit’n Slim, which contains L-carnitine that helps speed up your weight loss process by converting fat to energy and essential amino acids that your body needs to function properly.

With the pressure to look fit and sexy getting more intense these days, people tend to seek immediate answers. However, it’s always best to consult with a doctor first before undergoing any weight loss and body slimming procedures to know the safest and best treatment for you.

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