What is medical aesthetics in Singapore, really?

What is medical aesthetics in Singapore, really?

It has become more and more commonplace for Singaporeans to go for aesthetic treatments. The trends of beautification and aesthetic medicine hailing from places like Seoul have now become vogue in sunny Singapore. What used to be seen as a symbol of vanity is now just as common as visiting a GP for a cold. However, every aesthetic clinic in Singapore comes with their own set of pros and cons. Not every clinic will offer every type of aesthetic service and some doctors may be specialized in certain types of treatments and less specialized in others.  The Artisan Clinic is an aesthetic clinic which offers a range of aesthetic treatments.

In this article, we will discuss some methods of picking a doctor that will be best for you and your skin.

What are treatments that an aesthetic doctor performs?

Aesthetic doctors are experienced and perform certain types of treatment to improve on the appearance of one’s face, skin, features and body. Types of treatments that the aesthetic doctor will perform include:

  • Laser treatments
  • Dermal fillers
  • Thread lifts
  • Fat freezing
  • Botox & other injectables (Rejuran healer, skinboosters, beauty boosters)
  • Subcision
  • Chemical peels
  • HIFU

Some of these treatments are permanent (fat freezing and lasers) and some are more temporary (dermal fillers that last only 9 months).

How do doctors become fully-fledged practitioners of aesthetic medicine?

Doctors have to undergo local certification and a certain amount of training before they will become accredited or certified in performing these aesthetic procedures. Doctors will need to understand certain aspects of the human physiology that a normal GP doesn’t really delve deep into. The scope of their training will encompass certain aspects of the dermis, the SMAS layer of the face, the ablative and non ablative nature of lasers, the use of neurotoxins or neurotransmitters to paralyze certain parts of the facial musculature, and many more aspects of medicine.

Doctors will need to also have a keen understanding of the side effect profile and potential complications of these treatments and what sort of patients are good candidates for the treatment methods. In recent years, while rare, there have been cases of patient death due to Botox and liposuction. Hence, maintaining patient safety is one of the most paramount factors in becoming an aesthetic doctor.

What are some of the common conditions that doctors encounter in Singapore?

As we age, our skin and tissue naturally starts to sag and become more lax. This gives us an old, or haggard look which is considered by many to be quite unattractive. Many aesthetic patients complain about conditions like:

  • Wrinkling
  • Crows feet
  • Fine lines
  • Chubby cheeks
  • Squared jawline
  • Pigmentation issues (Freckles, melasma, solar lentigos, hori’s naevus, Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation)

A trained aesthetic doctor will be able to tackle all these conditions using a combination of lasers and other machines in order to alleviate or completely remove these symptoms.

What are some of the recent trends in Singapore about aesthetic medicine?

In the past, patients were quite reticent to discuss certain personal aesthetic goals with their doctor. Botox in particular was seen as a treatment mostly for older ladies who were nearing their 40s and 50s. Yet, nowadays, younger female professionals in their 20s are opting for aesthetic procedures and do not feel any shame about it.

More and more men are also opting for aesthetic procedures. Men most commonly go for treatments concerning pigmentation and acne scar removal as well as active acne, as young males are most constantly faced with these issues. However, there is a growing trend of young men going for threadlifts and fillers in order to make their nose bridge look sharper and more defined. Gone are the days where aesthetic treatments were viewed as unnecessary or a superfluous aspect of vanity.

How does a visit to an aesthetic doctor differ from visiting another type of specialist?

To be completely frank, aesthetic doctors are no different from other doctors. They simply deal with conditions that are not traditionally viewed as medical conditions or that will necessarily be medically harmful. However, this is not the case. Many conditions like acne scars, pigmentation, moles are actually classified as diseases and can have severe effects on one’s quality of life and self-esteem, leading to social isolation and depression. They should not be underestimated at any cost and you should definitely get professional help if you are struggling with one of these conditions.

When you visit an aesthetic doctor, they will give you a thorough assessment of your face and your skin or your body and will consult with you closely in order to determine your needs. Most of the time, aesthetic doctors do not use a one-size-fit all approach to medicine and will tailor a specific treatment protocol for you and your specific skin type and condition. In 2020, many aesthetic doctors use a combination based treatment approach which combines multiple different treatment modalities in order to create the best possible treatment for you.


The Artisan Clinic
The Paragon
290 Orchard Rd, #07-01
Singapore 238859
8879 7887