Uniquely Asian Names For Beauty Woes

We Asians have some pretty-sounding and even interesting names for beauty woes. What are they and how can we get rid of them?

There are many things quintessentially Asian that we are all too familiar with, and which we cannot do without. Take local fare, for instance. Chicken rice, chap cai beng (economy rice), mee reebus, laksa, meesiam, bak kut teh (pork rib soup), char kway teow, and the list goes on and on.

Just as quintessentially Asian are our names for beauty and body woes. What are they? Let’s look at some examples.


Age spots

 Fair skin is a beauty ‘must-have’ for many Asian women but with it comes the likelihood of age spots. Known as either “老人斑”(old people’s mark) or “寿斑”(longevity mark), these skin pigmentations are due to the higher hydration level found in Asian skin, among other causes. With fair skin, age spots are more prominent.

Treatments to address this concern come in the form of photo rejuvenation using intense pulsed light (IPL), lasers for evening out skin tone and facial radiance, and skin resurfacing treatments like glycolic acid peel for lightening the pigments.


Belly fat

Asian food, what’s not to love? But at the same time, some of the local fares can be unhealthy which is probably why belly fat is a major concern for those who have to eat out often. Known as “游泳圈” (life preserver ring) in Chinese, it not just affects our image and appearance. Belly fat or rather, eating unhealthily and eating more than one’s caloric requirement can lead to serious health problems.

Fat reduction treatments such as the CoolSculpting® combined with qualified weight counseling sessions by a nutritionist or doctor can help get rid of belly fat effectively and more importantly, in a safe manner.


Skin tags

Skin tags are called “皮垂” in Chinese, and it literally means “hanging skin”. This unpleasant extra pieces of skin characteristically appear on the neck, underarms, eyelids, and sometimes under the breasts. Although the cause of skin tags is relatively unknown, what we are certain is that you should never remove skin tags yourself. It is better and safer to have it done by an experienced doctor who would either remove it surgically, freeze it off using cryotherapy or burn it off with high-frequency electrical energy. The method used is something you will have to discuss with your doctor.

Bingo wings

 Known as “蝴蝶袖” (or butterfly wings, which may sound more flattering but never in appearance) in Chinese, bingo wings or underarm fat can be due to genetics. But other contributing factors include being overweight as well as hormonal imbalance and changes.

A change in diet could potentially help reduce the overall amount of fat in our body. But for reduction of fat in a specific area, what would be effective are treatments like CoolSculpting®, which uses fat freezing technology to specifically target and eliminate fat cells permanently.



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