Thursday, March 24, 2016

Short getaway to Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Our clinic recently had a short getaway to Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson courtesy of FrezyDerm. (https://www.frezyderm.com/en/face-care/)

Frezyderm innovative and unique Face Care product range has been formulated to effectively treat all skin types and skin conditions without irritation

We took off from the clinic in the afternoon. The journey itself took about 3 hours due to massive traffic jam. We killed time by singing Karaoke in the car :D


There was a Fire Dance Show by Lexis Hibiscus PD after our BBQ dinner. Pretty impressive!


Obligatory wefie shot. All smiles :D


One last group photo before we left Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson














It was indeed a very memorable time we had in Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson. A big thank you to our friends at Frezyderm for this opportunity :D

Friday, March 11, 2016

Do not let your neck give your age away


A good number of people spend a fortune on their face to look young. However, neglecting

to take care of your neck can just as easily give your age away. When you are going to wear

that impressive but oh-so-low-cut dress paired with that pristine pearl necklace, the last

thing you would want is your neckline ruining your very memorable evening.

The good news is Clique Clinic has total solutions for your neck. From groundbreaking new

technology to tried and tested treatments, we have it all under one roof.


CoolMini

We are proud to be the first in the region to introduce CoolMini treatment. This latest

addition to the Coolsculpting family is designed to treat smaller pouches of fat, such as

double chin, above knee fat and bra fats. Freeze your double chin away in just 45 minutes!



Silhouette Soft

Silhouette Soft is a non-surgical method for face and neck lift. It uses completely natural and

absorbable materials to enhance your cheeks and chin to restore a more youthful look.

Silhouette Soft gives immediate results, and has been shown to last up to 18 months.


Ultherapy

Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure utilizing ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the

skin naturally with no downtime. It stimulates collagen production by delivering focused

ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundation layer. The ultimate result of Ultherapy takes

about 2-3 months’ time as your body generates collagen naturally.


Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma contains growth factors; your body’s healing essence. At Clique Clinic

we combine PRP with Fractional CO2 laser which induces controlled damage to your skin.

This procedure will stimulate regeneration of your skin and reduce the fine wrinkles on your

neck.



Dr. Bob John

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Heartburn




It is a common feeling, the sensation of burning at your upper tummy at the middle where your ribs meet. We always strike it off as something trivial, because we feel “heaty” or we ate something not agreeing with us.

Heart burn is really a symptom of acid reflux. It means the acidic gastric juices have refluxed upwards from the stomach (we do not feel in the stomach because the stomach lining protects against the acid to the throat, which has no protection against the acid. This results in corrosion and the discomfort feeling is the manifestation.


This doesn’t happen to everyone; so who is at risk?

We have a control mechanism designed to keep the juices down, called the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS). It allows food and drink to go down into the stomach but prevents anything from refluxing upward. Failure of this sphincter causes reflux. Things like overeating, obesity, aging and certain medicines can compromise this LOS mechanism. Less commonly, a condition called hiatus hernia, where a portion of the stomach has gone into the chest cavity will also compromise this mechanism. Pregnancy can also cause reflux, especially during the later part.


Can we do anything?

Knowing the causes, it is often easier to find out how to prevent or minimize the symptoms.

Portion controlled diets are key and easiest in reducing the incidence of reflux. Instead of one big Curry Laksa, it is best to take two or three portions of it, and eat it over the span of 3 hours. Oftentimes, this also helps in weight reduction. Eat early in the evening, and a lighter meal if possible. Certain foods tend to make you reflux more. Keep an eye out, and try avoiding them. This may differ from individuals. Even after meals, keeping upright (i.e. sitting up) helps reduce the pressure on the LOS and that makes it easier to maintain its control on reflux. Important to know what medicines or supplements you are taking as well which may relax the LOS and increase your symptoms.

Of course we cannot turn back time and reduce aging but we can look out actively for signs of reflux and if there are to get investigated earlier. Simple procedure like Barium swallow (x ray taken when you are asked to swallow a drink that can be seen on the x-ray) could easily diagnose hiatus hernia. If necessary the best way to manage is by a small surgery. Having said that, not all hiatus hernias need to be operated on.

If you are prone heartburn at night when you sleep, it may help to sleep with your head and upper chest higher than your tummy - maybe try two pillows instead of one, or if you can adjust the head of the bed to angle it slightly. Although I have mentioned exercise is good, do avoid physical exertion after a meal.

Basically the medications used are to reduce acidity of the gastric juices, namely H2 antagonists and proton pump inhibitors. Be sure you go to see a doctor for these symptoms, especially if these symptoms are persistent, and especially if you are above 55 years old.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

International Women's Day 2015


Sometimes we all just need a push. 
A reason to get off our seats and get screened.
This is one. Throughout March and April 2015, it only takes RM 100, a full bladder, and a few hours of fasting to get your health check done. 
Why do it? Well, I mentioned this in my previous entry so make sure you have a read.
More importantly though, do this for you.
You, the child, the wife, the sister, the mother, the grandmother. 

Do it because, there is no one else who would care about you more than you.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Year, New Directions

It's the New Year, and 2015 has started out in such a rush. Many people are beckoning the new year with superstitions, "google advice" and basically anything they can to help them toward a better year.
Why not a healthier one?
So often, we strive for a bigger house, a fancier car, a bigger paycheck, but when was the last time we decided to examine ourselves, or seek expert opinion about our physical bodies or even our mental health?
So why do a health screen? A lot of people lived healthily till they are old and gray, and they didn't do any of these things.
Even when you feel fine, a medical check up can help you avoid health problems in the future. It helps to:
  • Screen for medical issues
  • Assess your risk of future medical problems
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • Update vaccinations
  • Help you get to know your provider in case of an illness
Most people have heard about blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. They are such notorious conditions especially in our community and sadly many people only get diagnosed when they have some organ damage. 

Why wait until something bad happens? Get it checked so before it reaches a dangerous state, you can take charge and nip it in the bud.

Another aspect which we take for granted, is our vision. One of the most well used sense, we often forget to look after our eyes, and it gives way to strain and stress. Some of us already have such problems, but these problems are not static. Over time, further damage requires individualized care, and more often than not, we fail to realize until it is too late.

Remember i mentioned mental health? At any age, we face stressors in life which can contribute to mental dysfunction. Depression, alcohol and tobacco and substance abuse, and even things like diet and exercise could be addressed by the General Physician. 
Also as your family physician gathers from your family history or other information gathered, you may require other screenings as well.


For the ladies!

Remember Breast examinations, Pap smear, vaccinations are all important to maintain up to date. Check with your local GP today! Also check with them on your skin, for any lesions or discolouration.

Men:

Men, it would be always wise to get your testes and external genitalia checked by a family physician. Should there be a need, infectious disease screening are recommended routinely.

So new year, new resolutions.

Make this year count!

Friday, December 27, 2013

How to Treat Dry Skin


Dry skin has a deficiency of moisture and fat that causes scaling, itching and cracking. It can occur for a variety reasons. When sun, wind, and cold leave skin dry and itchy, you need intensive and regular care. Some people have naturally dry skin and may experience frequent symptoms are mentioned. In reality, even the oiliest skin can get dry at times.
Before you can treat dry skin properly, you need to know what is causing it.






Top Causes for Dry Skin:


1. Steamy Showers
Setting the shower to steamy soothes your body, but it won't do your skin any favors. The longer you stay in the shower, the more you dry out your skin.

Quick Fix: Cleanse Coolly and Quickly

Dial down the shower temperature to lukewarm, and keep showers short. Five minutes is enough to get clean without over-drying.






2. Moisture-Robbing Soaps
Don't put just any bar of soap into your shower dish -- they're not all the same. Washing with a harsh soap will cause your skin's natural moisture barrier straight down the drain.
Quick Fix: Go Mild
 
We recommend using a mild, fragrance-free soap that moisturizes as it cleanses. Bar or liquid doesn't matter, but choose a soap that's specially formulated for dry skin.


3. Aging
As hormone levels change over the years, skin becomes parched.
Quick Fix: Smooth Out the Years
You can't turn back the clock, but you can minimize aging skin changes. Start each morning with a generous rub of a rich serum or cream. To minimize wrinkles while you relieve dryness, look for ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids and retinol.

4. Irritants
Is your favorite sweater making you itch? It could be the fabric, fabric softener, or the detergent you're washing it in. Lots of everyday fabrics and products can irritate skin ranging from dryer sheets to perfume.
Quick Fix: Set Products Free
"Free" is the key word when buying any type of cleaner or beauty product. Pick products that are labeled “fragrance and dye free”, and that are specially formulated for sensitive skin.

Wear clothes made of soft, natural fabrics -- cotton and silk instead of wool or polyester. Line your bed with cotton percale sheets for a gentler touch while you sleep.



5. Your Health
Is your skin especially scaly and red? It could be a skin condition, like atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. It can also be a symptom of diseases such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid gland.

What can Clique Clinic help you?
See our doctors to discover and treat the cause. The solution may be as simple as taking a medication or using a prescription cream.
No matter what the cause, dry, itchy skin is NOT something you should have to live with in long-term. If you've tried a few different moisturizers and they're not helping, or the irritation is getting worse, drop by our clinic and try out our Signature Facial Rejuvenation Treatment using Iontophoresis.


What is Clique's Signature Facial Rejuvenation Treatment?
Our skin, the largest organ, effectively prevents passage of many foreign substances into the body. Ironically, not all ingredients in our facial products that contain substances of higher molecular weight (of 500 Daltons and above) are capable of crossing the skin barrier for better absorption. 

Here comes the solution for you - the non-invasive Transdermal procedure that provides a non-invasive, effective and comfortable alternative to injection without needles hitting your skin!
Furthermore, the procedure is short and with NO downtime. Even for very sensitive skin types, a very mild scratching sensation may be experienced at the very beginning; however, it disappears during the treatment. Also, the vibration feature on Transdermal delivery minimizes the electrical pulses perception resulting in a very pleasant experience. 



The main benefits and effects of Clique's Signature Facial Rejuvenation Treatment include:
  • Restores critical moisture 
  • Tightening and firming of tissues
  • Decrease in sensitivity
  • Calms and soothes the skin
  • Stimulates cell renewal and improves skin vitality


    For more inquiries about Clique Facial Rejuvenation, please contact +603-79601211 or write to us at care@cliqueclinic.com.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How much Vitamin D do I really need?

Vitamins like C and E continue to be the darlings of many supplement lovers. But those vitamin superstars are being forced to share their throne with the long neglected vitamin D, which is finally getting the attention it may have always deserved.
As the research into vitamin D is accumulating, do you ever know that activated vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth?
Furthermore, Vitamin D stimulates your pancreas to make insulin. It regulates your immune system.








How can I get vitamin D?

The best source of vitamin D is sunlight on the skin. The vitamin forms under the skin in reaction to a type of ultraviolet ray called UVB. 

Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods but it is difficult to obtain enough vitamin D from diet alone. Good sources of vitamin D include oily fish (such as salmon and sardines) and eggs.






















Am I at risk of Vitamin D deficiency?
The current advice is that most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need by getting enough sun and eating a healthy balanced diet. However, the Department of Health says the following people may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency:
  1. all pregnant and breastfeeding women,
  2. all children aged under five years old,
  3. all people aged 65 or over,
  4. people who are not exposed to much sun – for example people who are housebound (confined indoors for long periods) and those who cover up their skin for cultural reasons, and
  5. people who have darker skin, such as people of African, African Caribbean and south Asian origin, because their bodies are less able to produce as much vitamin D.

How much intake is sufficient?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on November 30, 2010, recommending vitamin D upper intake levels (UL) of 3,000 IU for those less than nine years old and 4,000 IU for those over nine years old. According to the Institute of Medicine, recommended upper intake levels (ULs) of vitamin D are 1,000 IU for ages 0-6 months, 1,500 IU for ages 7-12 months, 2,500 IU for ages 1-3 years, 3,000 IU for ages 4-8 years, and 4,000 IU for those over age nine. A clinical review has suggested the use of 250 micrograms (10,000 IU) of vitamin D3 daily as the UL, based on the lack of observed toxicity in adult trials.










For more inquiries about vitamin D, please contact +603-79601211 or write to us at care@cliqueclinic.comcare@cliqueclinic.com.