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Can only overweight men get man boobs? Is it a sign of breast cancer?

Busting 4 Myths of Gynecomastia with Amaris B. Clinic

Can only overweight men get man boobs? Is it a sign of breast cancer? Dr Ivan Puah of Amaris B. Clinic sets the record straight on four common myths, and separates fact from fiction.

Man boobs, or gynecomastia, can be a confidence killer. But it’s not the end of the world. 

“Gynecomastia, or the development of man boobs and excess glandular tissues, can occur when there is a hormonal imbalance or low testosterone levels in men,” explains Dr Ivan Puah, founder and doctor of Amaris B. Clinic. “Being a naturally occurring hormone, testosterone is not only directly responsible for a man’s physical features but also his sex drive and mood.”

To help you learn more about gynecomastia – and finally say goodbye to your man boobs – Dr Ivan Puah separates fact from fiction so you get the answers and treatment you need.

MYTH #1: Only overweight men can get Gynecomastia

Fact: When there is hormonal imbalance, gynecomastia can strike males of all ages – from infants, adolescents and teens to those aged 50 and older. However, the tenderness and swelling usually recede in a few months to two years, so it’s still possible for some – such as babies and younger males – to forego treatment. “These symptoms are not uncommon during puberty. However, should they persist upon reaching adulthood, surgical intervention is the answer,” relates Dr Ivan Puah.

Other factors that can increase your chances of experiencing a hormonal change or imbalance, and thus gynecomastia, include medications or drugs, alcohol, ageing and other health conditions.

MYTH #2: Gynecomastia is a sign of breast cancer

Fact: There is a risk, but it is rare. If you do feel any lumps or abnormalities, it’s good to see your doctor for a check-up.

In most cases, gynecomastia will not pose long-term problems or complications. The effects are found to be more psychological due to the change in a man’s appearance.

MYTH #3: I just need to exercise more to get rid of my man boobs

Fact: If you’re only dealing with pseudogynecomastia or fat build-up on the chest, there are workouts designed to build muscle and promote loss of fat. A healthy diet and a regular exercise programme that includes cardio and interval training, bench presses and weightlifting may help.

But if you have gynecomastia or excess glandular tissues, these lifestyle changes will not guarantee you losing the man boobs. You may want to consider gynecomastia surgery.

MYTH #4: It's hard to treat gynecomastia

Fact: “Gynecomastia is often treatable,” assures Dr Ivan Puah. Not only does gynecomastia surgery – one of the clinic’s signature treatments – work towards the permanent removal of excess glandular tissues, it also sculpts and defines the chest area with the promise of a short recovery time.

Add in the High Intensity Focus Ultrasound treatment to tighten sagging skin, and you’ll see even more visible improvements and a better-looking physique.


Visit Amaris B. Clinic for more details and a consultation.

Uniqlo Sport’s functionality, versatility and sophisticated styles give you everything you’d ever want and need in a set of clothes.

Athleisure Clothes To Own Now

UNIQLO SPECIAL

Are you the go-getter who plays and works hard?

The stylemeister who must alway look good both in and out of the gym?

Or are you simply the pragmatic type who wants versatile clothes for any activity?

If the answer is yes to any of them, Uniqlo has just the collection for you.

Called Uniqlo Sport, it features apparel that will easily take you from a run, the gym or a round of golf to a casual day and night out, or even from the office to an evening workout –  and look good while you’re at it. You’ll gravitate towards it for its variety, flattering shapes, colours and ability to wick away sweat and moisture to keep you feeling dry under your t-shirt.

Mix and match

Whatever you need to do for the day, Uniqlo Sport leaves you feeling cool and comfortable, and ready for the challenges ahead. Its special AIRism and DRY-EX fabrics are quick to dry, light and breathable, allowing you to move freely – perfect for errands, training and workouts, as well as the Singapore weather! 

Wear the Men’s DRY-EX Polo T-shirt with the DRY-EX Ultra Stretch Ankle Length Pants to look like you’re ready to take on anything. Throw on a belt like Adam Scott and you’re sharp enough for that “unofficial” business meeting at the golf course!


Practical touches

Got post-workout plans? Wear the new AIRism Performance Support Tights under your DRY-EX Tshirt and Shorts. With its lightweight, breathable AIRism fabric, it wicks away moisture so you feel dry quickly. It works like compression tights, and has multidirectional stretch, which means it moves with you and provides surface pressure to reduce time needed to recover from fatique. Plus, it dries quickly after washing.


More to offer

Uniqlo Sport has come up with women’s and kids’ ranges too. The women will have fun experimenting with different looks for themselves and the little ones, what with the brand’s selection of AIRism Performance Support Tights, and many types of DRY-EX Ultra Stretch Pants, Printed Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirts and Tank Tops, which they can cover with a Long Sleeve Full-Zip Jacket. It’s enough to convince them to spend more time with you outdoors.


Uniqlo Sport is available at Uniqlo stores islandwide and online. Watch out for more pieces to be added to the collection soon.

For more information, go to uniqlo.com/sg/store/men/collections/uniqlo-sport.html

It’s okay if you don’t own a fancy camera – you can capture awesome images with your smartphone too. Here are some tips to get you going.

5 Ways to Better Mobile Photography

5 ways to better mobile photography

HUAWEI SPECIAL

Can't quite figure how some fellow Instagrammers never seem to take a bad shot? Now, you can become one of them too with just your smartphone camera – no bulky DSLRs needed! Take note of these five tips and you'll be on your way to more "Likes" and followers!

#1 Get a phone with a good camera and lens

Half the game is won when you start off with good hardware and software. And you can't really go wrong with the latest Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, which feature the Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 and Leica Dual Camera 2.0 Pro Edition respectively. Huawei is the first smartphone brand to feature Leica lenses, the mere mention of which can make the hearts of avid photographers skip a beat. What you'll get with the P10 and P10 Plus is precise 3D facial detection, accurate light adjustments and portrait enhancements, among other great features.

#2 Frame your shots properly

Composition can make or break an image, so don't forget basics like the rule of thirds, straightening out the horizon, keeping the frame clutter-free and deciding on a focal point. If there are imperfections, use your smartphone's cropping and rotation tools for snappy adjustments. The Kirin 960 processor with embedded ISP in the P10 and P10 Plus enables real-time viewing of depth-of-field changes and facial features. Just tap on your preferred focal point and you have a natural bokeh effect.

#3 Watch the lighting

Now that you have composed your shot, don't let it go to waste with poor lighting. Too much light, and your subject will look ghostly. Too little, and you could end up with blurry or too dark photos. Of course, good lighting rarely happens when you most need it, but thankfully you can count on high-tech help, particularly in dark situations. Both the P10 and P10 Plus feature 12-megapixel colour and 20-megapixel monochrome sensors to optimise images in either bright or dark conditions. In addition, the P10 Plus incorporates the new SUMMILUX-H Leica Lenses with a larger f1.8 aperture to capture more light in dim places.

#4 Master the selfie

Taking selfies or wefies? You don't have to compromise on image resolution. Both phones boast the world's first Leica front-facing camera, so getting that perfect selfie and wefie becomes a breeze. The camera captures two times more light and instantly recognises faces for amazing portraits. With its 3D facial detection technology, it is able to precisely enhance portrait shots in the given lighting environment. And when more people enter the frame, the P10 and P10 Plus adaptive selfie mode automatically switches to a wide-angle mode, so nobody is left out!

#5 Enhance raw images

Even professionally produced photographs require a touch up or two. And with the P10 and P10 Plus, it's like carrying a portrait studio in your pocket with its artistic imaging algorithm that provides natural portrait enhancements. You can choose to take pictures in either colour or monochrome, and even have the ability to shoot in RAW format. Another neat feature is "Highlights", an editing tool co-developed with GoPro that allows convenient creation of videos using images, videos and audio clips on the phone.


 



Get the new Huawei P10 ($798) and
P10 Plus ($998, available from 15 April) at any
Huawei Service Centre, telco operator or authorised distributor.

For more information, click here.

Are you after a next-level camera for yourself or your loved one this Christmas? Check out the Nikon D500, which packs a host of impressive features in one compact, lightweight body.

A picture-perfect DSLR camera for the holidays

Check out the Nikon D500, which packs a host of impressive features in one compact, lightweight body.

NIKON SPECIAL

Photography is one of your biggest passions, but you’ve been toting your trusty DSLR camera around for a while now and are ready to swop it for a new one. On your Christmas wish list: a next-level DSLR with a range of cool functions and features. And it has to look great and be lightweight and compact too.

One for the pros

Enter the Nikon D500, a DX-format DSLR camera that’s perfect for the advanced photography enthusiast or professional photographer. This camera packs the incredible performance of the D5, Nikon’s flagship FX-format model, into an agile body.

First up, the D500 boasts the same powerful 153-point AF system as the D5. It delivers high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 10 fps for up to 200 shots in JPEG and in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW.* This means you can capture your subject precisely; even moving subjects can be tracked accurately across a wide field of view at this rapid rate.

A great shot

The D500 takes exceptionally high-definition images, thanks to its new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, which allows it to achieve sensitivity up to ISO 51,200 (expandable up to ISO 1,640,000 equivalent). The new 180K-pixel RGB sensor (approximately 180,000 pixels) further improves the performance of the camera’s Advanced Scene Recognition System, and its flicker reduction for still images reduces exposure variations even under flickering light sources.

  

Want to take professional-quality videos? You’re all set with the D500. This beauty can record 4K UHD (up to 30fps) as well as 1080/60p video, with simultaneous output via HDMI to the memory card and external compatible devices. It is also possible to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies within the camera.

Always connected

The camera’s SnapBridge support lets you link up with your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet computer and stay connected. SnapBridge dramatically enhances the value and convenience of images taken with the D500. Simply install the SnapBridge application (available as a free download) to enable a variety of features: automatically transfer images taken with the D500 to your smart device, as well as upload them automatically to NIKON IMAGE SPACE. You can also use the smart device to browse images stored in the camera, and embed images with its location and date/time information.

The D500 retails at $2,999 (body only) and $3,999 for a 16-80mm kit set. For more information, visit www.nikon.com.sg.

*This high speed shooting is benchmarked based on the use of Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 (64GB) card.

Seafaring style doesn’t have to mean scruffy board shorts and flip-flops. Nautica’s holiday collection has everything you need for a stylish seaside getaway.

Style by the sea

Style by the sea

NAUTICA SPECIAL

Your day-to-day style? Sharp, polished and ready for anything. But when you head off to your vacation, standards tend to slip a little. And you're all about comfort, which means mostly scruffy shorts, flip-flops and that raggedy T-shirt your girlfriend has been trying to throw out for years.

What you need is a style upgrade – clothing that's as comfortable and easy to wear as your old faves, but as sharp as your work wardrobe. And that's where global lifestyle brand Nautica has you covered with its Holiday collection comprising two ranges: Directional Coast and Metropolis.

Coasting along

Directional Coast is based around classic nautical hues of blue, cream and chambray, with pops of red and coral, and the occasional floral print to liven things up. Pieces include shirts, chino shorts, woven shirts based on the Oxford knit style, and rich, linen-textured sweaters. There's also a swim collection with colour block-influenced prints. Prices start from $49 for a tee.

Technical challenge

Metropolis is made up of athletic-inspired technical pieces in pale yellow and blue. The standout is the Plaited Waffle Knit Sweater ($129), the perfect cover up for chillier seaside evenings, and ideal to layer if you're going on a winter ski break.

The Nautica Directional Coast and Metropolis collections are available at the brand's two stores, #02-208 Marina Square and #01-87 Vivocity.

Just for you!

Until Dec 26, 2016, spend $200 at Nautica stores at Marina Square #02-208 & VivoCity #01-87 and stand a chance to sail away on a five-hour chartered private yacht.

How to look slick and dapper with the wide range of grooming products from SGPomades.

Essentials for every well-groomed man

How to look slick and dapper with the wide range of grooming products from SGPomades.
SGPomades Special

Unlike women, who have a plethora of products to help them look fabulous, men have remarkably less. Until now. If you are the sort who only gets his hairstyling products from that small shelf in the corner of the drug store, then it’s time to visit SGPomades. One of the leading men’s grooming online stores in Singapore, it specialises in hair, shaving, face and body essentials, and aims to provide quality products so that your grooming regime will be an enjoyable ritual instead of a chore.

Essentials for every well-groomed man
Your style, your way

Fancy a tousled look, spiky hair or old-school pompadour style? You’ll need the right product to create your chosen one. For a trendy, slicked back ’do, try Pomade – a traditional hairstyling product that is usually either water- or oil-based. It typically has a strong level of hold, high shine, and is easily applied and comb through. Unlike other retail outlets and barbershops, SGPomades is able to offer this at better prices. You can try wax or clay too, if you want a volume boost. Clay has a thicker texture and has a stronger hold than wax, while the upside of wax is that it is easier to apply.

Apestomen
Ubersuave

Whichever product you decide to use, SGPomades has them. The online store boasts more than 30 popular brands such as Suavecito, Imperial, Uppercut, American Crew and more, with different levels of hold, shine and finish. There is also an exclusive variety of pomades and waxes not found elsewhere, including Ubersuave and Apestomen. Ubersuave is already popular with many Singaporean men as it can last the entire day under Singapore's hot and humid weather. Apestomen is designed for youngsters with its stylish and eye-catching label and affordable price, but is effective in helping you achieve the style you want.

SGPomades aims to bring back the classic wet shaving experience originated centuries ago. Wet shaving is the fine art of traditional shaving, which has made a comeback in recent years. Compared to disposable cartridge razors, using a safety razor in wet shaving is more economical, hygienic and gives a closer shave with less irritation. The blade cartridge can be replaced at low cost. One notable brand is Parker Safety Razor, which offers a range of straight or double edge razors. You can also get shave soap, brushes and aftershave at SGPomades.

Parker Safety Razor

Growing a beard? Then proper maintenance is a must, lest you end up looking more like a clueless caveman than a suave hipster. Keep it clean with a gentle beard shampoo, before trimming and brushing it regularly. Then condition it with quality beard oil or balm to keep the hair strong, healthy and shiny. Brands like Grave Before Shave, whose products are made of natural plant oils and contain no alcohol, can help make your beard look great.

Grave Before Shave

Other products offered include grooming tools, shampoo and body wash. SGPomades is the sole distributor of Ubersuave, Apestomen and Grave Before Shave in Singapore. According to the store, its choice of products is based on consumer research data, and it only offers products with good reviews.

Customers can check out its star rating system to help them decide among the wide range of products. Customer service is instant through Whatsapp at +65 94778385 whenever they need advice or have questions. Delivery is free within Singapore.

For more information, visit sgpomades.com arrow

Now you can go swimming and enjoy water sports with Fitbit’s new water-resistant fitness tracker, the Flex 2.

Making A Splash

Now you can go swimming and enjoy water sports with Fitbit’s new water-resistant fitness tracker, the Flex 2.

FITBIT SPECIAL

 

Hands up if you’re a swimmer or water sports enthusiast who feels pangs of jealousy whenever you see dry-land fitness buffs wearing their stylish Fitbit activity trackers. Well, envy no more. The Fitbit Flex 2 is the brand’s first-ever swim-proof fitness tracker that can monitor your activity in the water.

It’s all in the wrist

Small, customisable and affordable, the Flex 2 is water-resistant to 50m. When you’re swimming, it tracks your activity automatically, and inputs your workout summaries – such as duration, number of laps and the amount of calories burned – in the Fitbit app. You also don’t have to worry about getting it wet in the sink or shower. 

And because any kind of movement is good when you’re trying to keep fit, the Flex 2 tracks your steps, active minutes and hourly activities when you’re out of the water, and gives you reminders to move during the day.

Want to stay connected 24/7? A simple LED display on the band uses colour-coded lights to show progress towards your daily goal, and keeps you connected with call and text notifications.

An upgrade on Fitbit’s iconic Flex fitness tracker, the Flex 2 is 30 per cent smaller than its predecessor and is more wearable. Like the original, it provides auto-sleep tracking, silent vibrating alarms, wireless syncing and battery life of up to five days.

Personalise your Flex 2

The Flex 2 is priced at $148 and is available in small and large sizes. Wristband colours include Black, Navy, Magenta, Lavender, Blush Pink, Grey and Yellow (Bands pack of 3 at $49.95).

 

Transform yourself from man to everyday hero at We Need a Hero, a one-stop barbershop just for guys.

Hair Necessities

Transform yourself from man to everyday hero at We Need a Hero, a one-stop barbershop just for guys.

WE NEED A HERO SPECIALS

 

Tired of getting your hair cut by some uncle in a scruffy barbershop, or in a salon that’s clearly aimed at your missus? We Need a Hero (WNAH) is here to help. The first and only male grooming and retail outlet, its barbers specialise in creating cool looks for dudes. No more crew cuts (you’re not on reservist now); it’s time to put yourself in the hands of professionals.

 

Grooming good
Chief barber Janice has 15 years of experience. She and her team can give you on-trend cuts and colours in the styles that will bring out your inner hero. The salon also offers classic wet shaves, eyebrow tweezing and colouring, facial threading, body waxing and IPL, including nipples, back sac and crack, and even ears. If you fancy a more relaxing experience, opt for a head and shoulder massage.

 

Buy, buy
It’s no good getting groomed in salon, then reverting to caveman style at home. WNAH has a range of products to help you maintain your new look every day. These include skincare from uber-cool brand Malin + Goetz, deodorants from Geo. F. Trumper and even creams for those post-treatment ingrown hair. Then there’s the house-brand product, Hero Pomade, which gives the hold of wax with the styling ability of paste. It comes in matte ($40) and sheen ($28) finishes, and washes off easily.

 

Fashion makes the man
It’s no good getting groomed in barbershop, then reverting to caveman style at home. WNAH has a range of products to help you maintain your new look every day. These include skincare from uber-cool brand Malin + Goetz, shaving products & deodorants from Geo. F. Trumper and even creams for those post-treatment ingrown hair. Then there’s the house-brand product, Hero Pomade, which gives the hold of wax with the styling ability of paste. It comes in matte ($40) and sheen ($28) finishes, and washes off easily.

 

Heroes of Men’s Health
WNAH has a special offer just for you. Mention Men’s Health when you make an appointment and get a Barber haircut and Hero Pomade for $60 (usual: $83 to $100).
Promotion valid till Dec 31, 2016.

 

 

With Derma-Rx®, taking care of your skin is easy, thanks to proven products that have been specially formulated to meet your needs.

Well-groomed

With Derma-Rx®, taking care of your skin is easy, thanks to proven products that have been specially formulated to meet your needs.

Derma-Rx® Special

For the fuss-free man who is looking for effective grooming products that are easy to use, Derma-Rx is your one-stop solution. With products that have been scientifically formulated by experts and have attained proven results, Derma-Rx takes the guesswork out of choosing the right grooming products for your individual needs.

As each individual’s skin and scalp conditions are unique, and differ based on the weather and climate, Derma-Rx strongly believes in tailoring a step-by- step grooming regimen designed to suit your skin and hair care needs. As a show of commitment to the cause, it has initiated a campaign to encourage consumers to trade-in their existing skincare products in exchange for a complimentary skin or scalp analysis and a two-piece Derma-Rx sample set, which features products that suit the individual’s skincare needs. What’s more, you will also enjoy an attractive introductory discount.

For cleansing
The Derma-Rx Foaming Cleanser, one of the top scorers in Men’s Health’s Grooming Awards Face category, is a moisturising formula that washes away impurities and gently lifts dead skin cells to reveal a cleaner and brighter complexion. This cleanser contains marine algae extract, which helps to ensure that the skin doesn’t feel tight after cleansing. With a well-cleansed and hydrated skin, other products can then be absorbed more effectively.

For decongestion
The Derma-Rx Comedone Formula, meanwhile, is an all-natural product that contains strong, plant-based active ingredients that help to remove skin blemishes and decongest clogged pores. Its fast-absorbing formulation helps to deliver a soothing and oil-free complexion, and is suitable for anyone who desires a clean complexion free of blackheads and whiteheads.

For hydration
Hydrating and moisturising your skin is vital for a healthy complexion, and the Derma-Rx Hydrator is the key to a smoother, younger-looking skin. This specially formulated aquamarine cream gel containing azulene and cactus extract is suitable for all skin types. Its non-greasy texture leaves behind a calming, smooth and light after-feel, giving you clear and translucent skin.

For sun protection
Finally, Derma-Rx’s Non-Tinted Sunscreen has broad spectrum protection with SPF50/PA+++, perfect for daily usage to give your skin protection from the sun, with its non-greasy and water-resistant finish. Upon application, it absorbs easily and leaves your skin with a matte finish without any trace of whitish cast.

Whether you’re looking for skin protection, or to moisturise and hydrate your skin for a healthier look and glow, Derma-Rx has the proven products to ensure that your skin receives the greatest care it needs.

Please call 6733 1555 to make an appointment. 
Visit https://www.drx-group.com for more information. 

 

 

Get your grooming game on with the Trumper Festive Set of skincare and shaving essentials, from We Need A Hero.

A Suave Shave

HEY, GOOD LOOKING!

SPA ESPRIT GROUP SPECIAL

Even superheroes have got to look and feel their best before they go about saving the world. Designed to perk a man up for anything the world can throw at him, Trumper’s range of aromatic shaving creams and zesty lime-based aftershaves make tidying up that five o’clock shadow luxurious and fun.

SCENT OF A MAN

The Trumper Festive Set ($85) is a great way to sample the best of Trumper, with three products to help you replicate the salon experience at home.

TENACIOUS TRIO

The Trumper brand is named after George Trumper – an Englishman who founded a barbershop and perfumer in London in 1875. His shop, Geo. F. Trumper, is still in its original location on 9 Curzon Street. But you don’t have to buy a ticket to London for one of its legendary wet shaves – you can have the next best thing at home. Available at We Need A Hero, Trumper products feature four unique scents – Limes, which has all the zing of freshly squeezed West Indian limes; classic, earthy Sandalwood; Eucris, which has a warm and sensual sandalwood scent and accents of musk, moss, jasmine and lily of the valley; and GFT, a citrusy-woody blend with hints of lavender, cedar and moss.

Trumper Skin Food (100ml), $50

No more itchy-scratchy! This nourishing balm softens your skin and beard before you start for a more comfortable shave. Post-shave, the oil- and alcohol-free formula leaves sensitive and irritated skin soothed and moisturised. Available in Sandalwood, Limes and Fragrance Free varieties.

Trumper Shaving Cream (75g), $30

Lightly scented, Trumper Shaving Cream leaves the face exceptionally supple post-shave, and leaves a refreshing aroma. The product is easy to use: simply work a pea-sized amount into a rich lather and apply to your skin. The lather acts as a cushion for your razor, minimising irritation and providing a closer shave. Available in Limes, Sandalwood and GFT varieties, and sold in a travel-friendly tube.

TRUMPER DEODORANT (75ML), $35

This range of deodorants provides all-day freshness and is available in a range of scents – Sandalwood, GFT and Eucris – to complement Trumper’s selection of shower gels and colognes.

GROOM ROOM

Want to look groovy without all the hard work? Check yourself in to We Need A Hero. Dedicated to helping guys look polished from head to toe with a range of hair, face and body treatments, from wet shaves and brow grooming to waxing services, the Tiong Bahru groom room channels an Old West saloon vibe with its stylish raw-steel-and-wood interior.

If you're stocking up for home use, We Need A Hero also carries products like shaving brushes, razors, hair pomades and face scrubs. And what’s a pampering sesh if you can’t relax? To help you unwind, a complimentary Desperados/Tiong Bahru Bakery Coffee/Bourbon Whiskey is provided with every grooming service.

We Need A Hero, 57 Eng Hoon Street #01-86 Singapore 160057 Tel: 6222 5590

 

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