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Aesthetic Medicine

Aesthetic medicine focuses on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of scars, skin laxity, wrinkles, moles, pigmentation, excess fat, unwanted hair, and spider veins.

What is aesthetic medicine? 

Aesthetic medicine focuses on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of various problems listed below.

Aesthetic treatment

 

Aesthetic procedures can improve:

  • Skin aging
  • Pigmentation
  • Scarring
  • Fat and cellulite

Popular aesthetic procedures in Singapore include:

  • Botox injections
  • Fillers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Body contouring 
  • Hair transplant
  • Hair reduction
  • Fat Grafting
  • Laser and IPL
  • Scar Management
  • Vascular Treatment

Although aesthetic medicine procedures are typically elective, they can improve the quality of life, psychological wellbeing, and social function for some patients.

What kinds of aesthetic practices are allowed in Singapore medical clinics?

Aesthetic procedures that doctors can perform in Singapore under conditions specified by the Ministry of Health include chemical and gas/liquid peels, intense pulsed light (IPL) for skin, radiofrequency, infrared, and ultrasound skin tightening and rejuvenation, hair removal with lasers or IPL, photodynamic therapy, photopneumatic therapy, external lipolysis, botulinum toxin injections, filler injections on the face, neck, and hands only, sclerotherapy, threadlifts, lasers for vascular and pigment condition treatment, fractional lasers for skin rejuvenation, ablative lasers for benign tumours, hair transplants, and mechanical dermabrasion.

Certain specialists in Singapore can perform certain procedures not listed above.

Do note that aesthetic practice in Singapore is not considered a medical specialty or subspecialty. Doctors who perform aesthetic procedures may be called general practitioners or family physicians if they do not have specialty training, or be called dermatologists or plastic surgeons if they have specialty training in dermatology or plastic surgery respectively.

Why do patients seek aesthetic procedures? 

Some eople opt for aesthetic treatments to feel rejuvenated and youthful. These treatments may also boost their self-confidence and self-image as they make themselves more attractive to others and also to themselves. 

How much does aesthetic treatment cost? 

Read this post for more information on aesthetic treatment and costs in Singapore.

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Our face is a made up of blood vessels, skin, tiny bones, capillaries, and tissue layers that all make up a fully-functional part of the human body. It is complex and very sensitive. In fact, capillaries may break and blood vessels may be too visible.

 Dr K K Chew focuses on medical aesthetics. He recently responded to questions about the various causes and treatments for visible blood vessels and broken capillaries. Here are a few key takeaways.

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Treating Keloid vs Hypertrophic Scars: An Aesthetic Doctor Explains

Treating Keloid vs Hypertrophic Scars: An Aesthetic Doctor Explains

Scars can appear in various shapes and forms, ranging from the large and severe to the minuscule and mild. How can you tell the difference between the many different types of scars that can develop and what causes do they indicate?

Dr Kellyn Shiau is the founder and medical director of Lux Medical Aesthetic Clinic. She recently responded to DoctorxDentist readers’ question about keloid and hypertrophic scars. Here’s are a few key takeaways.

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Retaining and Maintaing Youthful Skin - A Patient's Journey

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Meet Joie Leong, a make-up artist based in Singapore. She came to Dr K K Chew to address her concerns in retaining and maintaining youthful looking skin.

Beauty comes from the inside and we do need to take care of it through our lifestyle. Nevertheless, there are things that we cannot prevent from happening. An example of that is the aging process.

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Non-invasive Fat Reduction: truSculpt iD

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Body sculpting and contouring involves either surgical or non-invasive treatments to modify body appearances. For fat reduction, lipolysis remains one of the most popular methods over the last few decades.

Dr K K Chew utilizes truSculpt iD. It is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes radio frequency to induce lipolysis, heating and breaking down fat pockets from the skin to muscle.

The procedure only takes 15 minutes and there is no downtime. On average, 24% of localized fat cells are permanently eliminated, with results seen in 8 to 12 weeks after the treatment.

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This Doctor Shares Tips On How To Manage And Treat Melasma In Singapore

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The skin is very sensitive and prone to damage. Melasma is one of the most common skin conditions and its management has been hard for most people.

Dr Ho Rui Ming is the Medical Director for M-Aesthics Clinics. He is experienced in thread lift procedures and acne scar treatment. He has actively responded to questions regarding melasma treatment. Here are a few key takeaways.

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