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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, free fat grafting, 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 reasons why people utilise 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.

Let me answer the multiple questions which are outlined above. Firstly, for your pigmentation, I think it will be easier if you consult a doctor to see what sort of pigmentation it is. But judging from the history that it worsened after pregnancy, it may well be melasma which is ...
25 Jan 2018

Managing Common Skin Concerns: A Singapore Doctor Shares Tips

Managing Common Skin Concerns: A Singapore Doctor Shares Tips

Skin and facial aesthetic concerns are not just skin deep, but often in fact require knowledge of the anatomy, including muscle and bone structure, to understand. One condition may be easily mistaken for another without medical knowledge of the face.

Dr Heng Wee Soon responded to DoctorxDentist reader questions about common skin concerns, with advice and things to take note of when seeking a holistic analysis and treatment. Here is a round-up of what he said.

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Most of my patients in their 20s have more of combination skin or oily skin. At this age range, the sebaceous (oil) glands are still quite active, causing the T-zone to be oily while the rest of the facial skin is normal. From the mid to late 30s, the skin tends to become more dr...
2 Mar 2019
Hi, Such scars are notoriously difficult to erase. Fractional carbon dioxide laser may help improve the skin texture somewhat but the scars are likely to be still quite visible even after several treatment sessions. Patients often ask me if surgical skin grafting is possible but ...
22 Apr 2019
The pigmentation may be solar lentigines. Solar lentigines can be treated and responds well to pigment laser treatment. Sun protection is very important for most facial pigmentation problems and you should start on proper sun protection. It is best for you to see your doctor or d...
22 Apr 2019
The basic liposuction operation in Singapore involves making a small incision less than 1cm long in the skin then inserting a metal ‘straw’ called a cannula into the fat and sucking the fat out. The fat is not liquid, so the cannula needs to be moved in and out to loosen...
3 Aug 2018
Hi, A logical question, but the answer may not be so straight forward. Skin lightening creams work by reducing the amount of melanin in the skin. A lightening cream may have several mechanisms of action resulting in a decrease in melanin production and/or deposition in the ski...
21 Apr 2019
Melasma is caused by excessive melanin (coloured skin pigment) in the upper layer of the skin (epidermal melasma) and the deeper layer of the skin (mixed melasma). The answer to your question therefore requires a brief discussion on how melanin is formed. Melanin is produced by s...
21 Apr 2019
Hi, Melasma is best considered as a "chronic" pigmentary condition affecting the skin. As such, the key treatment objective should be to "control" the pigmentation rather than to "cure" the condition. Sun avoidance/protection and the use of effective proven skin lightenin...
19 Apr 2019
Hi, There are a few strategies you can consider: 1) Use a simple base moisturiser before application to reduce skin irritation. 2) Reduce contact time of Tretinoin on your skin. Wash off after a short duration of time e.g. after 30-60mins and then apply a simple moisturizer...
19 Apr 2019
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