From Plastic to Fantastic: Why choosing the right plastic surgeon in Singapore matters.

The mere mention of the phrase plastic surgery used to raise a lot of eyebrows in Singapore during the past decade. With the surge of aesthetic augmentations demands across Southeast Asia, plus more and more celebrities and social media influencers being open about their own journeys in plastic surgery, this once-taboo industry has finally gained acceptance among Singaporeans in the recent years.

In fact, a study done back in 2014 among 1,400 teenagers within the age of 16 to 21 years showed that one in three gave a positive response when asked about their stand in getting aesthetic augmentations done given their age. Fast forward to 2018, a research done gave the top 6 plastic surgery done in Singapore. This list included (in no particular order): breast augmentation, double eyelid surgery, facelift, liposuction, nose thread lift, and rhinoplasty (nose job).

Each patient has varying reasons why they turn to plastic surgery. Contrary to what most people think, enhancement of facial or body features to boost one’s self-worth is just one reason why cosmetic changes are needed. Some do it for medical reasons as well.

Whatever your reason might be, the most important factor in plastic surgery is getting the results that you want. Choosing the right plastic surgeon is the key to achieving that goal. Unlike globally, there are only a few private plastic surgeons in Singapore and names such as Dream Plastic Surgery and Allure Plastic Surgery commonly pop up.

Here are some tips on how to find the plastic surgeon in Singapore suitable for you:

1. Ask for referrals

There is no need to hesitate when asking for plastic surgeon referrals. Since plastic surgery is already widely done in Singapore, being open about it should not be a problem. If you still feel shy about mentioning the topic, reach out to trusted family and friends who may have connections or even experience in doing plastic surgery.

2. Read reviews

Research on internet

Do not underestimate the power of the internet. A lot of beauty bloggers and celebrities post about their plastic surgery treatments online and give reviews about doctors and clinics. Be mindful of sponsored posts, as the opinions shared in these reviews can be biased as they are paid for by doctors or clinics as a marketing ploy.

3. Check credentials

A statistics probe done by Statista showed a total of 73 registered plastic surgeons in Singapore starting from 2014 to 2018. These plastic surgeons are experts on different crafts, ranging from surgical to non-surgical, as well as invasive and non-invasive aesthetic augmentation procedures.

It is important that the plastic surgeon you choose is licensed and has certifications to backup their offered services. These are proofs that your doctor is qualified to perform plastic surgery or aesthetic treatments. Likewise, you would want to ensure that your doctor has no records of malpractice because you would not want to receive treatment from someone who can put your life in danger.

4. Plastic surgeon’s experience

The number of years that a plastic surgeon has been in practice is just one point to consider when choosing your doctor. Remember that each has its own specific specialisations. A plastic surgeon that is expertly skilled in doing breast augmentation in Singapore may not be as proficient in performing facelifts. Do ask for photos of before and after results of procedures to better gauge your doctor’s skill in a certain procedure.

5. Public vs. private practice

When counting the costs, plastic surgeons who do public practice may charge cheaper as compared to those who practice privately. However, getting appointments to public practitioners may take time as compared to private doctors. Another downside to seeing plastic surgeons in public hospitals is a patient’s inability to choose the doctor that they want. Imagine seeing different doctors every time you return for a follow-up appointment. Private doctors offer a more personalised approach when it comes to patient care.

6. Gender preference

Surgeon gender preference

Not to be construed as gender-bending, this suggestion means to encourage patients to choose a doctor that they are more comfortable in dealing with. It is vital that a patient is at ease especially with augmentations done to the body’s more personal parts.

7. Style of communication

The way a doctor communicates with a patient is very important. You can observe this when you come in for a consultation. Check on the doctor’s body language and way of conversing. Do they mean what they say? Do they show concern for your well-being? Are they hard selling their services? A doctor’s sincerity is a stepping stone to build a patient’s trust.

8. Clinic, products, and equipment quality

Where your plastic surgery or aesthetic procedure is to be done can either make or break the success of your results. The same goes for the products and equipment used by your doctor. A lot of substandard cosmetic products and devices are in the market these days. These do not only give subpar outcomes when used, but they can also result in major complications. Patients should be vigilant in checking whether their chosen plastic surgeon only uses authentic products and machines.

Invisalign Singapore: Can It Give You Straighter Teeth?

Having straight teeth is vital in keeping our overall health at peak and thanks to Invisalign in Singapore, these days even adults can fix that problem without anyone else taking notice of it. Let’s be honest, crooked teeth are not really pleasant to look at, especially when the misalignment is severe. Some teeth seem to like having their own way of propping themselves up wherever they want to and moving the entire teeth universe in disarray inside your mouth.

Sad reality: not all of us have perfectly aligned teeth. On a positive note, there already exist several treatments that can correct our dental profile and achieve straighter teeth. I’m sure you have heard about all the traditional braces and may have taken a double-take in getting them as they can make you look hideous–with all of those metal propped inside your mouth. Worry no more! Finally, another teeth application is here to help you achieve the straight teeth you have always wanted and–here’s the clincher–people will barely even notice that you have braces on! Something to smile about, right? Read on.

About Invisalign

Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners that is known globally. Its successful technique in addressing misaligned teeth makes use of the latest hygienic and most advanced innovations in the dental industry.

What are Invisalign clear aligners?

Invisalign clear aligners are what patient’s use to straighten the teeth. The aligners are transparent and look similar to gum-shields or teeth-whitening trays.

What are the dental problems that Invisalign clear aligners can address?

According to HealthAscent, Invisalign clear aligners can address the following dental problems:

  • Crowding
  • Crossbite
  • Excessive overjet
  • Open bite
  • Spacing
  • Underbite or reverse overjet

What are the pros of using Invisalign clear aligners as compared to other braces?

There are several pros of using Invisalign clear aligners:

  • Easy oral maintenance – The clear aligners are easy to remove, which enables the user to maintain their regular oral routine.
  • Invisible aligners – Invisalign aligners are barely visible when used.
  • Low risk for mouth injuries – Unlike metal braces, which can cause injuries with its wires and other metal applications, Invisalign clear aligners are made from soft plastic that is very comfortable to wear.
  • No dietary restrictions required – You can always easily remove your Invisalign clear aligners during mealtime and be able to enjoy your food.
  • Enables the user to remain active – Athletes or individuals who are into recreational sports will not have second thoughts of getting mouth injuries when engaging in their activities.

transparent aligners

Are there cons when using Invisalign clear aligners?

Yes, there are also cons when using Invisalign clear aligners:

  • Cost of Invisalign in Singapore is much expensive as compared to other types of teeth straightening contraption;
  • Need to constantly clean after every meal or snack – Of course you do not want to wear your Invisalign clear aligners over unbrushed teeth. If you are a fan of snacking, then be prepared to carry your toothbrush with you and some patience as you will need to brush your teeth every time after eating to avoid getting tooth decay.
  • Risk of losing your pair of clear aligners – Since the clear aligners are easily removed, they sometimes get thrown away or misplaced, never to be seen again. When this happens, expect to incur additional costs as a new set is needed to replace the pair that was lost.
  • Food and drinks that have colour may stain your clear aligners

What can I expect when getting Invisalign in Singapore?

The first step to start your Invisalign treatment is to seek consultation. During your consultation, your doctor will assess your teeth’s condition and take either X-rays, photos, or dental impressions of your teeth. Next, these data are collected and used to create a treatment plan using Invisalign’s ClinCheck. This treatment plan uses 3D technology that shows a simulation of your teeth’s progress during the course of your Invisalign treatment.  This treatment plan is then sent out to their department in charge of producing clear aligners.

In a few weeks’ time, your customised Invisalign is sent back to your doctor who will issue the first 3 sets to you. The patient is required to use the pair of clear aligners daily for at least 20 to 22 hours. Each set of clear aligners are to be used progressively; replacing the clear aligners with the succeeding pair is done every two weeks up until the last pair is used and straight teeth are finally achieved.

invisible braces aligners invisalign

Will I be free of clear aligners once I have successfully reached my goal of having straight teeth after the Invisalign treatment?

Not entirely. Similar to traditional braces, patients will need to wear retainers after Invisalign treatment.
How long do the results of Invisalign treatment last?

This will totally depend on how a patient religiously wears the pair of retainers following the treatment. If this is done poorly, then expect your teeth to relapse and return to their original positions.

How much is the cost of Invisalign treatment in Singapore?

Generally, Invisalign’s cost ranges from $8,000 to $10,000. However, the cost will differ depending on your doctor’s fees, the complexity of your teeth’s misalignment condition, and the duration of your treatment. The more sets of clear aligners you will need, the more expensive the cost will be.

Things You Need to Know When Getting a Nose Thread lift in Singapore

A lot of people from Southeast Asia have noses that are flat and bulbous on the tip. That is why when standing side by side a person with Caucasian descent, a very stark difference that one would notice is the composition of the nose. Gone are the days when the only way to improve the nose’s appearance is through traditional surgical rhinoplasty.

Aesthetic procedures have come a long way in creating new ways to sculpt and beautify the nose without the use of surgery. What’s even more amazing is these alternative procedures are quick to do and demand less time for recovery.

One of the advancements in nose contouring is called nose thread lifting.

Introduction to Nose Thread lift

A nose thread lift is a procedure that works to augment the nose with the use of short threads that are inserted into the nose to contour its parts like the nose tip and bridge. This procedure non-surgical procedure was first developed in Seoul, South Korea.

What are the benefits of a nose thread lift procedure?

A nose thread lift procedure is able to bring these benefits:

  • Minimal downtime
  • Non-surgical procedure
  • Quick recovery
  • Sharper nose tip
  • Slimmer nose bridge
  • Taller nose bridge
  • Well-contoured nose

asian nose suitable for nose threads treatment

What are the disadvantages of a nose thread lift procedure?

The disadvantages of a nose thread lift procedure are:

  • The appearance of the nose may not be as accurate as planned results
  • Results are temporary

What can be expected from a nose thread lift procedure?

Prior to a nose thread lift procedure, a doctor’s consultation is done. A patient will be assessed by the doctor and see if they are suited to undergo the procedure. During the consultation, the patient will also be asked about the expectations that they have after the treatment. The doctor should be able to give the patient a recommendation on how the procedure is done to improve the problem areas on the nose.

If the patient is contented with the proposed treatment, the procedure follows. Before the procedure starts, the surface of the nose will be thoroughly cleansed. As Ubiqi.sg points out, the next step is to apply numbing cream on the area in order to ease any discomfort arising from the procedure. Certain parts of the nose will then be marked by the doctor to serve as a guide when inserting the threads. Following this, the threads are then inserted through the columella to contour the nose bridge and tip.

How long will a session of nose thread lift in Singapore last? A nose thread lift is popularly known as a “lunchtime nose job.” That said, this procedure can be done for an hour over your lunch break.

What kind of threads is used for a nose thread lift procedure?

Polydioxanone or PDO threads are the kinds of threads used for a nose thread lift procedure. These threads are safe, bio-compatible, and can be absorbed by the body.
What brands of threads are commonly used in Singapore?

The two most popular brands used by doctors in Singapore for nose thread lift are:

  • ArtLift
  • Ultra V-lift

Are there risks and side effects involved in a nose thread lift procedure?

There are risks and side effects involved in a nose thread lift procedure. These are:

  • Infection
  • Thread extrusion
  • Thread migration
  • Possible scarring on the insertion points
  • Slight swelling

Will there be a risk of going blind with a nose thread lift procedure?

Unlike dermal fillers, nose thread lift procedures are safer and the risk of going blind after undergoing a procedure is not possible.

How long do the results of a nose thread lift procedure last?

Typically, the PDO threads used for the procedure dissolves in about 6 to 9 months, but the results of nose thread lift will last at a maximum of one and to two years.

results after a nose thread

How many sessions of a nose thread lift are needed to achieve a patient’s desired results?

Given that your doctor was able to discuss the number of threads needed for your treatment, only one session is enough to achieve your desired nose. Repetition of the procedure may be done at an interval of 6 to 12 months.

What are the factors that should be considered to get the optimum results of a nose thread lift treatment?

There are several factors that should be considered to get the optimum results of a nose thread lift treatment:

  • Brand of threads used
  • Correct number of threads used
  • Doctor’s knowledge and skill

What are the things I should know to determine whether a doctor is competent to handle a nose thread lift procedure?

During your consultation, find out about the following:

  • Number of procedures that the doctor has successfully handled
  • Number of threads to be used
  • Kind of threads to be used
  • Before and after photos of patients previously handled

 

The Concise Guide to Home Doctors, and Why You Should Have One

In the not so distant past, home doctors were the norm. Imagine a silver-haired man wearing a hat, some dapper clothes and carrying a medicine kit. Those were the doctors in small towns and villages, visiting his patients in their homes and providing expert medical advice and service.

Slowly, home doctors in Singapore have all but nearly disappeared as a profession. Thanks to advancements in medical technology, as well as the boom of medical specialists, doctors have started their own clinics with their collection of medical equipment that is too heavy to carry around from house to house.

However, in the 21st century, home doctors have emerged again and have become more and more popular as a profession. Smartphones have become the catalyst to the resurgence of home doctors, as people can now simply just book an appointment with a home doctor through the use of a smartphone app like Speedoc.

If you are one of the many people interested in getting a home doctor, then read on to help prepare you better.

Home doctors provide a more personalised service to patients.

Unlike doctors working in public or private hospitals in Singapore, home doctors usually only cater to a small number of patients each day. This gives home doctors much more time with each patient for consultation and check-up, which also develops a closer doctor-patient relationship. Compare this with public hospital doctors who cater to so many more patients per day, which only allows them a short amount of time with each patient. This much longer consultation time also helps the home doctor ‘personalise’ his/her service to the patient, as he/she can ask the patient more insightful questions.

Patients can skip the traffic and lines to get a doctor’s consultation.

Travelling to a clinic or a hospital can be a real chore, especially if it’s quite a few miles away from home. Add to that the stress of waiting, and a patient can get more and more agitated and stressed, which can affect the mood of both the patient and doctor during the consultation.

Home doctors allow patients to do not have to deal with these stressors. Instead of lining up for the bus, or packing his/herself into a tight train car, the patient can just relax and wait for the doctor to get to his/her house.

pregnant woman examined by GP at home

Most home doctors are GP.

Singapore specialist doctors rarely become home doctors due to the fact that a lot of medical equipment is simply too heavy or bulky to carry around from house to house. Imagine a dermatologist carrying around his/her liposuction machine to different houses each day. That’s how most home doctors are general practitioners instead of specialists in a certain medical field. They ‘specialise’ in giving patients basic medical check-ups and care, but if there’s a more specific problem, then the home doctor would refer the patient to a specialist.

Elderly people, pregnant women and persons with disabilities (PWD) can call home doctors instead of travelling to a clinic.

All these three groups of people have a hard time travelling to hospitals and clinics on their own as travelling becomes a highly risky ordeal. Home doctors will allow patients to call for a home visit instead, which is a great relief for this set of patients.

Nothing beats the convenience and comfort of staying at home compared to travelling to a hospital or clinic.

Calling a home doctor for a visit is probably one of the highlights of medical technology this decade. There’s just lesser stress to deal with in a home visit. Home doctors bring their own equipment and medical kits as well, so patients only have to worry about the availability of some doctors as there are still quite a few of them.

Home doctors can only provide basic health care and services to patients.

Unlike hospitals and clinics in Singapore which boast a handful of available medical equipment and tools, home doctors can only bring what they can fit inside their bags. This means that home doctors can only perform basic health services, such as a physical check-up and a doctor’s prescription. Although specialist home doctors exist, there are still very few of them, and most of them have probably only given basic health care services in-home visits anyway.

Consultation fees for home doctors are quite expensive.

Unfortunately, home doctors’ services such as consultations are very expensive, compared to say a public hospital doctor. This is because home doctors must travel to the patient’s home, and they only have a small number of patients they can serve each day. It is also a relatively new profession with high demand and a small supply of doctors, which drives the fees up in price. Nevertheless, the numerous advantages that home doctors provide are well worth the price according to a lot of patient experiences.

Thread lift in Singapore – What Is It and How Much Does It Cost?

Call it narcissism, but it can be depressing to see a tired-looking, lined face that reflects the opposite of what you truly feel. Who doesn’t want to look fabulous every day, right?

So what exactly is a thread lift?

A thread lift is an innovative, trending cosmetic procedure in Singapore offered by 1Aesthetics, Medical & Surgery, located at #14-90 The Central, 8 Eu Tong Sen St, Tower 1, 059818. Because of it, many aesthetic doctors are trading their scalpels for a needle and thread. Nowadays, there are more innovations to improve face quality other than facelift surgery. While the approach of having injections for skin resurfacing works for many patients, not everyone is ready and willing to have this kind of surgery. With facelift surgery, there’s a wide range of potential alternatives for lifting and tightening. Some people are fine with injections or minimal incisions, so long as it promises no visible marks and scars afterwards. They believe that there has to roughly display no risk of scarring because most people are very cautious with their skin, especially Singaporeans and Asians in general, as their skin is extra prone to evident scarring.

If you want to get ahead of the game, then let’s learn more about this new discovery.

There is a new way called “thread lift”. It is a type of procedure wherein impermanent sutures are used to produce a delicate but noticeable “lift” in the skin. As an alternative on eliminating the loose facial skin by having a surgery, the surgeon basically suspends that loose skin by mending up its portions. This procedure pulls the skin back to some extent and it reacts by tightening and lifting the face.

Thread Face Lift

Thread lift doesn’t actually use needle and thread.

During this process, a trained cosmetic surgeon like Dr Wan from 1Aesthetics, a premium boutique medical aesthetics clinic in Singapore, inserts restorable suspension sutures under the skin, made from biodegradable polymers commonly used in medical devices with small incisions made in the targeted areas. Over time, the sutures are absorbed by the body, stimulating fibroblasts, a cell in connective tissue that produces collagen among other fibres for a steady build-up of collagen, which helps achieve a long-lasting, natural look.

Again, no cutting is involved in this procedure, so there is nothing to worry about. It just uses a long needle to feed the threads through. By using a mixture of several types of threads that are now available, it can accomplish dramatic results, especially when it is done by conjunction with fillers.

Two basic types of threads can be possible in this procedure. First, we have the anchoring threads which protects the tissues with barbs or knots. Anchoring threads can be fastened to a part above the temple or ear, in which the lifted tissues are overhanging. On the other hand, we have the embedding threads which don not fasten the tissue but work to excite the production of collagen around them.

Moreover, it is not just the ultimate choice for lifting the skin, but threads fight ageing in one more way. It provokes the body’s response to curing and causes a direction of a huge flow of collagen to treated parts.

Collagen is a plentiful protein in our body that can be found in the skin, muscles, bones and tendons. It’s the substance that holds the body collectively and forms a scaffold to provide strength and configuration.

Collagen helps sustain growth factors that significantly influence the condition of our skin. Aside from its wound healing property, collagen helps to keep our skin strong, huge and flexible. As we get older, our bodies produce lesser collagen, which leads to a reduction in skin thickness. When the skin weakens, it can no longer sustain the tissues underneath it sufficiently.

Infusing fresh collagen to the face skin can both decrease slackness by making the skin thicker and hydrating it, and even prevent it from getting worse.

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How much is a thread lift in Singapore?

The procedure is relatively affordable. The average cost for a thread lift in Singapore according to 1Aesthetics is $1,000 – $5,000. Some factors such as surgeon expertise, brands and types of threads used, and the area to be treated can affect the price of the procedure. A thread-lift is generally very simple to achieve and complications don’t usually arise. You can immediately see results and what’s more, can be fairly emotional, however, the impact is natural. The key thing is to pick a specialist who knows about the different types of threads and the various brands – and one who has a lot of experience in this particular procedure. You must undergo a safe procedure along with a doctor that you are comfortable with. Though it’s quite simple, a doctor with good experience will have a detailed awareness to guarantee the finest result.