Tips on sunscreen

Check out the article on Straits Times 10 July on the right way to use your sunscreen. :)

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London thru Tiffy’s eyes…

London… I did what most Singaporeans love to do when they travel… food & shopping! :) Of course, I did visit the London Eye, Big Ben, British Museum and Tower of London. These famous spots are already so well-known, there’s no need for me to elaborate – they look exactly like how they do in postcards! Let’s delve deeper into what I found in the heart of London!

London Food

We decided to try as many Michelin Star restaurants as we could during our short stay. So we went on a foodie spree to Dinner by Hestons, Chiltern Firehouse and Pollen Street Social.

Please read the captions to know what the pictures say!

dinner by hestons

hubby Jon

hestons' signature: caramelized pineapples roasting on their spits...

caramelized pineapples roasting on their spits…

hestons’ signature starter: meat fruit… mandarin, chicken liver parfait, grilled bread.

Looks nice, but not quite palatable to my taste. Mushy chicken liver inside. Hubby asked: “So where do they put the orange after taking it out?” LOL. :D

starter: salamagundy… chicken oysters, marrow bone, horseradish cream… who’d think of it??

This one was great! If you ate the chicken oyster or marrow bone separately, it didn’t taste like much on its own. Take a bite of both together and it tasted so smooth, as if it melted inside your mouth, with mmmmmmmm

main dish: chicken cooked with lettuces, grilled onion emulsion, spiced celeriac sauce & oyster leaves...

main dish: chicken cooked with lettuces, grilled onion emulsion, spiced celeriac sauce & oyster leaves…

main dish: roast iberico pork chop, pointy cabbage, onions & robert sauce.

main dish: roast iberico pork chop, pointy cabbage, onions & robert sauce.

dessert: tipsy cake, which is made from the spit roast pineapples you saw in the above pic!

dessert: tipsy cake, which is made from the spit roast pineapples you saw in the above pic!

A very special dessert dish indeed. The caramelized pineapple is very nice, but I had way too much bread.

Coming up next… Lunch at Dinner by Hestons was good, but my personal favorite was Chiltern Firehouse.

chiltern firehouse

We had a bar top seating, so we could look right into the kitchen and watch the kitchen hands prepare our food right in front of us! There he is, working on our starter (steak tartare) and special (jumbo prawns).

starter: steak tartare, pine nuts, chipotle, firehouse hot sauce

starter: steak tartare, pine nuts, chipotle, firehouse hot sauce

This wasn’t too appetizing for me. Somehow I can’t take to mushy meat. But the Firehouse hot sauce was very yummy.

special: prawns a la plancha, red pepper, parsley

special: prawns a la plancha, red pepper, parsley

Huge jumbo prawns, very fresh too. They change their specials every week.

starter: grilled galician octopus, auberigine, daikon, mushrooms

starter: grilled galician octopus, auberigine, daikon, mushrooms

This is the best dish ever!!! It doesn’t look like much, but it is super duper yummy! I didn’t want to order it at first, but they prepared so many of these while we looked on, that we decided that we had to try it. The grilled octopus and mushrooms went well together, and the hint of chilli made it unforgettable. I missed this the most, now that I’ve left London.

main dish: chargrilled iberico pork, seared courgettes, swiss chard pickle

main dish: chargrilled iberico pork, seared courgettes, swiss chard pickle

Does this look like beef to you??

It’s actually Iberico pork! (Similar to the roast pork chop during lunch at Dinner by Hestons.) It’s cooked to medium rare and actually tastes exactly like beef! I’m truly a noob at food.

main dish: monkfish cooked over pine, puffed barley, fennel

main dish: monkfish cooked over pine, puffed barley, fennel

Fish steak. Redefines the meaning of fish steak – thick, juicy, succulent.

We were so happy with Chiltern Firehouse, we decided to stay for dessert. A simple one as recommended by our waiter, called Milk & Honey. It was made of fresh milk ice cream topped with honeycomb and honey. So simple! Yet so fresh, and concluded our meal with such sweetness. :D :D :D

On the last day of our stay in London, we dined at Pollen Street Social.

starters: mushroom tea, olive biscuits, madelines

starters: mushroom tea, olive biscuits, madelines

I didn’t know you could make tea out of mushrooms, served out of a little glass teapot. It was super duper fragrant!

starter: line caught devon squid cooked in cauliflower, roasted squid juices, ink rice & sea herbs

starter: line caught devon squid cooked in cauliflower, roasted squid juices, ink rice & sea herbs

The fish broth in this starter dish is super fragrant. It’s sweet, absolutely seafoody and goes very well with the chewy diced squid. :)

pollen street social

starter: clarence court slow cooked egg, scottish morels, wye valley asparagus, chicken crumb & wild garlic

main dish: cumbrian suckling pig, roasted apple, king cabbage, granola clusters

main dish: cumbrian suckling pig, roasted apple, king cabbage, granola clusters

Hubby ordered the signature suckling pig but you can forget about trying this… You can get better roast pork in Crystal Jade or Imperial Treasure in Singapore. It vaguely reminded me of canned food. Was rather disappointed with it. I ordered a South coast John Dory with English crayfish, asparagus, roasted artichokes and shellfish broth. The shellfish broth was fantastic, like the broth in the squid starter dish, but the fish was very normal… just a bit better than Fish & Co. Another disappointment! Didn’t bother posting its pic. Haha. :P

Pollen Street Social was my least favorite. The waitress’ face was black and service was only so-so. We took their top recommendations for food and were mildly impressed. Hubby and I suspect they might lose that Michelin Star soon…? Perhaps our taste buds were spoilt by Chiltern Firehouse’s ingenious dishes just a few days before. :P

Ok, this isn’t a Michelin Star, but guess who we stumbled on just across the road from our hotel at Angel Square?

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

What a feast! The prawn linguine with chilli (placed at bottom left of this pic) was yummy! Did you know that Jamie Oliver has a restaurant at Vivocity named Jamie’s Italian, with a very similar menu too? They have this prawn linguine on their Singapore menu too. I must visit to reminisce again some time soon.

London Shopping

Harrods

What a grand building Harrods is! Cab driver told me that a lot of Arabs shop here. I didn’t find much to shop in here, except some souvenirs for home from the famous Food Hall at basement.

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tiffiny yang

I also shopped at Regent Street and Selfridge & Co. Bought a pair of limited edition monochrome red Christian Louboutin shoes for SGD 780. I hope to wear them at the opening of our new Tiffiny Yang Aesthetics in August this year. :)

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tiffiny yangWish I could wear hats like this everyday. The Duchess of Cambridge is so lucky. :D

My favorite shopping was (unbelievably) at Hamleys Toy Shop, established since 1760 – gosh, our country isn’t even that old. Enjoyed buying toys and books for our 2 little boys back home. Hubby and I were both very intrigued by the innovative toys they created for little children! They sold a lot of magic tricks just like those you see on TV, toy planes you throw and fly right back to you and many others that they were demonstrating live to shoppers at Hamleys.

life sized replica of queen elizabeth made out of lego blocks

life sized replica of queen elizabeth made out of lego blocks

standing inside the famous red telephone booth made out of lego blocks

standing inside the famous red telephone booth made out of lego blocks

Dear London, how enjoyable your streets and your sights… Au revoir~ I’ll be back again soon!

Greggs: the hottest freshest pastries you can buy off the streets!

Greggs: the hottest freshest pastries you can buy off the streets!

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Why you’ll be getting cosmetic procedures even if you may not really want to.

Times Weekly published a sterling article last week on why we should get a nip & tuck, even if we don’t think we need to. And here’s why:

“You’re going to have to do it. And not all that long from now. Probably not a full-on, general-anesthesia bone shaving or muscle slicing. But almost definitely some injections into your face. Very likely a session of fat melting in some areas and then possibly moving it to some other parts that could use plumping. Not because you hate yourself, fear aging or are vain. You’re going to get a cosmetic procedure for the same reason you wear makeup: because every other woman is.

No, it’s not fair that–in 2015, with a woman leading the race for the Democratic nomination for President–in addition to dieting, coloring your hair, applying makeup and working out, you now have to let some doctor push syringes in your cheeks just to look presentable. It’s not fair that you have to put your surgery on your credit card just so the other moms on the playground don’t overestimate your age. It’s not fair that you may risk your life going under general anesthesia just to keep up.

Then again, maybe it’s not fair that some women are born straight-nosed and full-breasted. That some people don’t have trouble staying thin. That workers with above-average looks will make $230,000 more over their lifetime than people who are in the aesthetic bottom seventh, as a study by University of Texas economics professor Daniel Hamermesh found. Maybe it doesn’t feel fair that a man is writing about this, even if more and more males are starting to feel the same kind of pressure that women have dealt with for decades.

Having work done lost nearly all of its shame years ago. A few months before she died, Joan Rivers told me about a dinner party she went to in 1973, not long after her first face-lift. Always eager to be an entertaining guest, Rivers shared her experience with Janet Leigh and the other actors gathered at Roddy McDowall’s Los Angeles home. “They asked, ‘What’s it like?’” she recalled. “They had such scars running up the back of their heads. It was like the B&O Railroad. ‘What’s it like?’ I wanted to say, ‘You don’t remember?’”

For nearly five decades after, Rivers was ridiculed as vain and tacky for her cosmetic surgeries. But about six years ago, people stopped mocking and started asking Rivers for advice. She wrote a book to answer them, Men Are Stupid … And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery. Women, she found, had become as open about their Botox, fillers and mommy makeovers as she had always been. Not having work done is now the new shame.

This shift happened partly because doctors got more nuanced and stopped making patients look like tigers with bolt-on breasts. Partly because so many procedures don’t involve surgery at all. Partly because procedures got a bit cheaper and doctors created payment plans. Partly because reality shows demystified the process… Partly because, due to social media and phone cameras, everyone is always on the red carpet. And partly because our culture has become so much more narcissistic that we now regularly celebrate doing something for ourselves as if it’s a moral imperative…

But it’s the cheaper, nonsurgical procedures that have become commonplace. U.S. doctors perform more than five times as many nonsurgical procedures as surgeries, delivering 3.6 million rounds of Botox (and other non-name-brand injectable neuromodulators), along with 1.7 million shots of Juvederm, Restylane and similar fillers…

Celebrity magazines and websites commend “good work” with the neofeminist language of taking care of yourself–it’s upkeep like yoga, cold-pressed juices and mani-pedis. But a face that’s a bit too tight, boobs a bit too big, lips a bit too plump–“bad work”–and you’re cast as sad, vain, phony…

Acceptability eventually comes to nearly all forms of vanity. In 19th century America, makeup was often sold under the counter because it was considered a tool of prostitution. In the 1930s, when hair dyeing was new, women got their color done in the basements of beauty parlors so no one would see them and continued to do so for decades after; now 75% of women dye their hair. And 15 years ago, getting your teeth whitened made you a tool; now dentists throw in free whitener in the goodie bag along with the floss and a toothbrush. It’s actually difficult to find a toothpaste that doesn’t include whitening.

Since Botox was introduced as a cosmetic product in 2002, most of the advances have come in dermatology–many from Harvard University’s professor of dermatology R. Rox Anderson, who helped invent and refine ways to use lasers to remove hair, tattoos and wrinkles, as well as the hugely popular CoolSculpting, which painlessly freezes body fat from a machine placed on the skin, causing the fat to disintegrate and come out with your urine. Dermatologists also use fillers, which replace the skin’s hyaluronic acid (instead of its collagen, the old method), to replace lost volume. In November 2013, Juvederm introduced Voluma, a filler for cheeks that can last two years, provides more lift and has a reversible antidote in case a patient changes her mind or a doctor goes too far…

These kinds of procedures are even starting to get normalized for guys. More than three times as many men are getting “Brotox” than in 2000.”

Kudos for an article well-written and aptly put. Why feel ashamed of doing something good for ourselves, to better ourselves?? Is it too vain to get your hair nicely styled at the hairdressing salon? Is it superficial to polish your nails prettily? Indeed it was considered vain… at about a century ago. Nowadays? Nope. There’s no reason to be shy about it at all. It’s now the new norm. ;)

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FHM Girl-Next-Door Event 2015~

Was most honoured to be invited to be a judge for the hot and happening FHM Girl-Next-Door 2015 this year, held at Asia Bar Equinox on 6 June, Saturday. :)

On my way to the event.

On my way to the event.

Below are some pictures for the event! Was busy filling up judging forms for awhile and missed out taking lots of pics of the gorgeous ladies, but whatever I have, I’ll post!

Camwhoring before the event started…

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tiffiny yang & friends

Photo wall

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Kinohimitsu bar below to the right… they were serving collagen drinks that night. :)

When the event started…

the judges

Judges at the table… From left to right: yours truly, Audrey from Triumph International, Edward the nutritionist and of course, the editor Dennis Yin. :)

Jaws dropping everywhere…

Catwalk FHM

Coco & Michelle catwalking down the runway.

More busty ladies... ><

Tiffiny Yang Aesthetics sponsored our exclusive Tiffiny Yang skincare products for the winners’ prizes.

Miss Fan Favourite

I presented to Miss Fan Favourite, Michelle.

fhm top 3

The top 3 winners… Sherine is FHM Girl next door 2015!

FHM finalists

Sherine and Michelle, the top 2 winners. Aren't they pretty? :)

Sherine and Michelle, the top 2 winners. Aren’t they pretty? :)

At the end of the event… drinks and chill out afterwards!

took pic with the 2nd runner up Cheryl...

took pic with the 2nd runner up Cheryl…

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Enjoying the night view after the event!

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Thermage, highly recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow!

We quote:

“(Last) year, 41-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow let slip a little beauty secret. Her famously flawless complexion is not just the result of good genes and an organic diet but has been given a helping hand by a cosmetic procedure called Thermage.

Dubbed ‘the ironing treatment’, Gwynnie says the procedure has taken years off her face and suits her much better than rival wrinkle-busting treatment Botox which the actress claims made her look ‘crazy, like Joan Rivers’.

Designed to tighten and smooth skin by promoting collagen production in its lower layers, Thermage smooths out wrinkles, tightens saggy jowls and reduces hooding around the eyes. Furthermore the treatment has no down time. Fans say it is the ultimate lunchtime beauty fix.”

Gwyneth Paltrow after Thermage

She sure look like she hasn’t aged for two decades… :D

Some people feel that Thermage does not seem to give enough of a drastic difference. Truth is, it isn’t a facelifting surgery. However, it is highly suitable for people who want to start fighting the early signs of aging, especially from their 30s when the earliest skin sagging and subtlest wrinkles start to show. This “ironing treatment” easily smoothens out these problems at an early stage and maintains your skin in a flawless state before things turn too late. By the time jowling or deeper lines form, it’s too late – most treatments then don’t quite reverse these completely, or otherwise look a tad unnatural, even if they can give a “drastic difference”.

Prevention is surely better than cure. :)

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2547296/Look-younger-without-surgery-The-secret-Gwyneth-Paltrows-youthful-skin.html#ixzz3ckCuZODi

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FDA approves fat injection for double chin!

Breaking news – another advancement in medical aesthetics! This year, FDA approved an ingredient known as deoxycholate for dissolving fat.

Read it here.

Just a few injections to take away fat. If it’s approved for other body areas, it may very well put liposuction out into the sidelines, save for the rising trend in fat grafting. :D Dissolving fat by external freezing will become a thing of the past.

Here’s keeping you up to date with the latest trends in medical aesthetics!

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american academy of aesthetic medicine ~ diploma

Just underwent a post-graduate diploma course held by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.

It was a grueling course, expounding deeply into the various aspects of aesthetic medicine, such as botox, fillers, lasers, pigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, cellulite, hair regrowth, etc. Geez, I was tired at the end of it, but I gained so much new insights thereafter! It’s amazing what new perspectives you can obtain when you go through apparently old stuff that you think you already know. As the Chinese saying goes, 温故知新 and 三人行,必有我师。No matter how experienced one is, there is always something new to learn or refresh your knowledge in. :) (Plus, doctors love to get together and share practices. XD)

tiffiny yang at aaam

I even tried some treatments on myself, such as sclerotherapy for the blue veins I inherited from housemanship and mesotherapy for the bit of hair I lost after pregnancy. :( I must say it’s only day 3 of treatment and my veins already look 90% better. I’ll keep an eye on the hair regrowth and update this space later, since they may take a while to work.

The best thing about it was the people I met there, such as the president of AAAM Dr Michel Delune, Dr Marcelo Suarez from Chicago, a very sweet lady dr whom I also met at a previous AAAM course and many others. :)

dr tiffiny yang with Dr Michel Delune

As a side note, I find my marionette lines shorter in this pic, after my recent Thermage treatment! See here. I didn’t even set the Thermage treatment very high, for fear of the pain since I did it without numbing cream. I think the trick is to repeat the passes many times to obtain better results at lower settings – only thing is that it takes a longer time for the doctor to perform it. Also, if you start early, it works better as the skin is still very much able to respond in new collagen production and tightening.

dr tiffiny yang with Dr Amelie Seghers

And at the end of it, a beautiful certificate as proof of my continual efforts to upkeep and improve my knowledge, for betterment of all my patients! :) It’s important to keep abreast of the latest developments in this fast-changing field of aesthetic medicine, so that I can always recommend the most suitable treatments to help my patients look awesome and regain confidence.

diploma in aaam

Finally, what’s life without some selfies? :D

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International buffet lunch @ the new Westin ~

We had our quarterly clinic lunch get-out at the swanky new Westin hotel today. It’s an international spread 32 storeys up with a spectacular view of the bay. :) This eat-out is called Seasonal Tastes.

TYAS

Only a few of us present today, so we can be real up, close and personal! ;)

View from Westin

The view is breath-taking indeed! Save for the rather messy construction works ongoing next-door. :D

Jane, Lynette

The 2 very lovely ladies in our company… :D

 

Jon & Tiffy

Selfies rule!!

Aramak. I was so engrossed with the view that I didn’t cam-whore the spread of food! I only knew that I helped myself to an endless flow of salmon sashimi + wasabi/soy sauce. Hee hee. I think I should take a dose of albendazole after this binge of sashimi. There was also other seafood, local delights +++, pasta, desserts and (of course) chocolate fondue. Great place to go for a business lunch meeting, esp if you are a Starwood Preferred Guest cos you get 25% discount. ;)

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I love my Christian Louboutins!!!!!!!! Missed them so much when I was preggie. ~>.<~ Glad I can twinkle-toes around in them once again! :D :D :D

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Thermage is for face slimming too!

Pregnancy made my skin sag!! Esp after losing all that weight (20kg of baby, water and fat, no joke!)… I had to do something about it… so I used my own Thermage 2 weeks ago~ :D

Didn’t even use numbing cream but I set it lower. Usually I would recommend numbing cream for all my clients. :D Anyway, I made a few more passes to make up for the lower settings. It should work just as well. Went through the procedure without much hassle! :)

tiffiny yangI surprised myself – my face looked slimmer in the next few days… :) My hubby commented I look prettier. (Yippee!)

Analysis of the day:

When the skin sags, it droops down by gravity and makes the face look boxier or bottom heavy. That’s how skin tightening can help to slim the face – by restoring the skin back to its original place. :D

Will wait for further improvement in the next 1-2 months too! ;)

FAQs

What is Thermage?

Thermage is a safe, non-invasive procedure that is clinically proven to help smooth, tighten and contour skin for an overall younger looking appearance. The treatment delivers natural looking results with little to no downtime – on all skin colours, on and off the face, all in a single procedure. Since there is no surgery involved you can generally return to normal activities immediately following the procedure. It has been approved by the FDA since 2002 and available only in the doctor’s office.

How does it work?

A smooth flat tip delivers Thermage’s unique radiofrequency (RF) technology, which safely heats the deep collagen-rich layers of the skin. This heat helps to tighten existing collagen and stimulate the formation of new collagen over time, which reverses sagging, renews contours and improves the texture of your skin.

Each treatment takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour for the face. Only a single treatment is usually sufficient to deliver results.

Who performs the procedure?

Only physicians are trained to use the Thermage effectively for best outcome with minimal side effects.

Which areas of the body can you use Thermage for?

It can be used safely and effectively on the face, eyes, abdomen, arms and thighs. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite.

What results can I expect?

Wrinkled, crepey or saggy skin can appear smoother; bulging skin can be tighter and firmer. The eyes may look bigger and brighter with less hooding.

Immediate result is usually visible and improve over time as the body rebuilds natural collagen. In most patients, measurable tightening and contouring gradually appears in 2 to 6 months following a single treatment session. Results can last for 1-2 years depending on your skin condition and the process of aging.

Results do vary depending on age and skin condition.

Is there any downtime?

There is no special care required and most patients can return to their regular activities immediately after the treatment session.

Does it hurt?

Each time the treatment tip is applied, there will first be a brief cooling sensation, followed by a brief heating sensation and finally by another cooling sensation. The heating sensation is a sign that the deep layers of the skin are reaching effective temperatures for tightening, whereas the cooling sensation protects the topmost layer of the skin so it prevents blisters. You may feedback to your treating physician on the level of heat to help maximize your comfort while maximizing results.

Thermage has an excellent safety record. Side effects are few and may include redness, swelling, blisters.

Can I get a Thermage treatment in place of a facelift?

Thermage can definitely tighten loose skin but it cannot give the dramatic results of a surgical facelift. If you are looking for a modest improvement without the trauma of surgery, then Thermage is right for you.

Can I get a Thermage procedure if I’ve already had other procedures?

Thermage is compatible with most other cosmetic procedures and in fact, may complement some procedures such as botox for wrinkles, threadlift and skin resurfacing laser treatments.

You may read more on Thermage at www.thermage.com.

Where to find the treatment: http://www.tiffinyyangclinic.com/thermage/

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gimme a baby face

Many people have a misconception of what cheek filler augmentation can do for them. They think that filling up the cheeks make the cheekbones wider or make them look fatter, which is absolutely not true!

With the process of aging, especially in slim Asian / Oriental women, the first part of the face to lose the volume of youth is often on the cheeks, particularly medially (i.e. the part of cheeks right next to the nose bridge). You don’t notice it at first, but when the skin starts to droop due to disappearance of the apples of the cheeks, jowling starts and laugh lines form — that’s when it becomes noticeable that age is catching up with you.

radiesse brochure

“In a young face, the widest part is at the cheeks but as we age, the cheeks deflate and excess skin falls toward the jawline. . . That makes the triangle flip upside down so that the widest part of the face is now at the jawline.” says dermatologist Dr Marina I Peredo, of the Spatique Medical Spa, New York.

So what shall we do to save face?

A simple cheek filler augmentation procedure is usually good enough to fight off the initial signs of such aging. 1-2cc of a suitable volumising filler is typically sufficient in a younger person. If you have waited too long, you may need up to 3 or 4cc of similar filler to make a good correction. Small measures done early prevent the need for more radical corrective surgery later on, which probably carries greater risk and downtime. I’ll recommend Radiesse or Juvederm Voluma for this purpose.

So seek out your friendly aesthetics doctor today for reshaping and restoring your cheeks, to fight off the signs of age! :)

For more information on cheek filler augmentation: http://www.tiffinyyangclinic.com/cheeks-filler/

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2438951/New-baby-face-fillers-fight-signs-aging-giving-fuller-cheeks.html#ixzz3XRnoCZ5u

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