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Dermal Fillers in Singapore

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected under the skin to help address and correct visible signs of aging such as smooth lines and wrinkles, restore fullness to cheeks and the hollow areas under the eyes as the face starts to sag, plump lips, enhance facial contours for a more youthful appearance.

They provide structural support to the aging changes of the face (eg. cheeks, temples, chin, jawline and lips).

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Dr. SK Tan

Special Interest

  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Anti-Aging
  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Ingredient Studies

Dr. SK Tan

Dr Tan graduated in 1971, with a Bachelors of Medicine (MB) and a Bachelors of Surgery (BS) from the University of Malaya. Dr Tan’s interest in dermatology led him to train at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London in the 1970s and he has since been focused in the field of aesthetic dermatology.

  • MBBS
  • Diploma in Venereology (University of London)
  • Diploma in Dermatology (University of Wales)
  • Diploma in Cosmetic Science (UK)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD)

He is a member of numerous medical associations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons, and the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology. Dr Tan was one of the first local doctors to be certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. His personal interest in pigmentary disorders and acne has also led him to become an International Member of the Pigmentary Disorders Society of India, the Asian Society of Pigment Cell Research, and the American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS).

Dr Tan’s work has led him to be invited to speak at numerous international conferences in the US, Europe and throughout the Asia Pacific region. He is a co-editor of “Handbook of Cosmetic Microbiology”, a reference book published by Marcel Dekker, and his papers have been published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, International Journal of Dermatology, Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, and Expert Review of Dermatology, and has contributed a chapter in the reference book ‘Pigmentary Disorders: A Comprehensive Compendium’.

Special Interest

  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Anti-Aging
  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Ingredient Studies
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Dr. Ben Yim

Special Interest

  • Anti-aging
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Body-Contouring
  • Fat Reduction

Dr. Ben Yim

Dr Yim graduated from Monash University in Australia with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. He has also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Dermatology from the University of London and more recently in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics from Anglia Ruskin University in UK, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Family Physicians in National University of Singapore.

  • M.B.B.S (Monash University) 1994
  • Diploma Practical Dermatology (University of Wales College of Medicine) 1998
  • MSc. Clinical Dermatology (University of London) 1999
  • MBA (University of Chicago) 2011
  • MSc Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics (Anglia Ruskin) 2018
  • GDFM (NUS) 2019

Dr Yim has been practicing aesthetic medicine in private practice since 2000. The former director of Clinical Aesthetics & Laser Centre has been offering a wide armamentarium of aesthetic services including Botox, fillers for facial enhancement, skin tightening with Thermage FLX, Ulthera and fractional lasers, threadlifts, and non-invasive body contouring treatments.

As a trainer for Allergan Medical Institute in Singapore, Dr Yim has been invited to speak and train for numerous aesthetic workshops and conferences including “The Advanced Facial Anatomy and Injectables Workshop”, Botox and Filler injectable training workshops organized by Allergan, “The Singapore Disease Conference 2008” and “1st International Conference on Healthcare Transformation 2008” and Forum for Professional Self-regulation jointly organized by the SingHealth Centre for Health Services Research and the NUS Medical Society, to name a few.

Dr Yim comes from a family of four doctors, all in private practice in family medicine. Despite the move into full-time aesthetic medicine, Dr Yim has also taken an interest in family medicine pursuing a Master degree in Medicine in Family Medicine in NUS in which he hopes to complete in 2020.

Outside of his profession, Dr Yim also actively participates in social projects such as tattoo laser removal for prison inmates and teenage delinquents. For leisure, he enjoys golf, reading, playing the piano and running – he has participated in several half-marathons.

Special Interest

  • Anti-aging
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Body-Contouring
  • Fat Reduction
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Dr. Liz Lum YX

Special Interest

  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Fillers
  • Neurotoxin Injection - Botox
  • Face Lifting
  • Facial Slimming and Contouring

Dr. Liz Lum YX

Dr Liz Lum YX graduated from Trinity College in Dublin with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. She has also earned a graduate diploma in aesthetic medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). Apart from these, Dr Lum has also attained certification by the Ministry of Health accredited bodies under the Singapore Medical Council’s Aesthetics Dermatology Education Group for various aesthetics procedures. Before joining IDS, Dr Liz Lum YX was a surgical trainee with the hand surgery department in SGH.

  • MBBCH BAO (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Accredited by the Aesthetic Practice Oversight Committee (Singapore Medical Council) for Certificates of Competence in Aesthetic Procedures
  • Diploma in Cosmetic Science (UK)

Jean Cocteau once said, “If there is a defect in the soul, it cannot be corrected on the face; but if there is a defect on the face and one corrects it, it can correct a soul.” For this reason, Dr Liz Lum YX has a special interest in acne treatment that dates back to times when she had to deal with her own acne problems and breakouts. This drove her to identify the need for innovative products and treatments to treat acne problems. She strongly believes that many acne prone patients will benefit from a combination of innovative dermatological products, lasers and medications.

Dr Liz Lum YX’s other interests include injectables such as botulinum toxins, fillers and laser treatments for pigmentary disorders. Outside of her profession, she enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her family, friends and loved ones over good meals, movies, and a cup of coffee.

Special Interest

  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Fillers
  • Neurotoxin Injection - Botox
  • Face Lifting
  • Facial Slimming and Contouring
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Dr. Ian Tan

Special Interest

  • Acne
  • Anti-Aging
  • Body Contouring
  • Face Lifting
  • Facial Slimming and Contouring
  • Hair Regrowth
  • Weight Management

Dr. Ian Tan

Dr Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore and is one of the few medical doctors selected to lead the Singapore National Healthcare Group surgical residency program. He had his basic years of training in various hospital surgical specialties and he obtained Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (General Surgery) in 2013.

  • MBBS (Singapore)
  • MRCS (Edinburgh)
  • GDFM (Singapore)
  • GDFP Dermatology (Singapore)
  • Certificate in Aesthetic Medicine, Amercian Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Accredited by the Aesthetic Practice Oversight Committee (Singapore Medical Council) for Certificates of Competence in Aesthetic Procedures
  • Diploma in Cosmetic Science (UK)
  • Accredited Family Physician
  • Basic Obesity Management Accreditation 2 (BOMA 2)
  • Certificate Course in Andrology

Through his practice, he developed a keen clinical interest in dermatological conditions and has obtained a Diploma in Dermatology (FP) from NUS. Dr Tan aims to help his patients achieve beauty through science by using appropriate skincare, aesthetic procedures and lasers. He believes his experience in surgery will complement his work in aesthetic and dermatological procedures at the IDS clinic.

A former national, Dr Tan was an avid athlete during his college days and developed him in local and regional canoe competitions. Outside of his profession, he enjoys running and going to the gym.

Special Interest

  • Acne
  • Anti-Aging
  • Body Contouring
  • Face Lifting
  • Facial Slimming and Contouring
  • Hair Regrowth
  • Weight Management
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Dr. Michelle Wong

Special Interest

  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Focused Ultrasound Lifting
  • Skin Brightening
  • Cryo based Treatment

Dr. Michelle Wong

Dr Michelle Wong graduated from The University of Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery and Bachelors of Medical Science. She obtained her post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology with Distinction from the Queen Mary University of London, and holds a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM).

  • MBBS from The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Diploma in Clinical Dermatology from Queen Mary University of London
  • Diploma in Aesthetics Medicine from American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Diploma in Cosmetic Science (UK)

In aesthetics, Dr Wong believes she has discovered her ikigai – the intersection of what she is both good at and loves doing. Her preferred tools of the trade are injectables such as Botox and Fillers, which she wields with finesse and intuition - often achieving what her patients desire but cannot express through words. Out of passion and interest, she regularly attends conferences and workshops, eager to learn about the latest treatments and techniques to further hone her craft.

Combining the science of medicine with the art of beauty, Dr Wong provides an honest consult to help her patients achieve their skincare and beauty goals. She believes in understated elegance – a focus on a less-is-more approach - and works to enhance her patients’ natural features whilst instilling self-confidence. Her reassuring and gentle approach puts patients at ease allowing her to achieve maximum results through safe and effective procedures.

In her free time, Dr Wong enjoys taking long walks with her dog at the park. Her family praises her inner domestic goddess that can whip up an impressive variety of home-cooked meals. She is also active in church medical missions and believes in contributing back to society through her God-given gifts and talents.

Special Interest

  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Focused Ultrasound Lifting
  • Skin Brightening
  • Cryo based Treatment
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Dr. Vivian Yong

Special Interest

  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Fillers
  • Neurotoxin Injection - Botox
  • Face Lifting
  • Facial Enhancement

Dr. Vivian Yong

Dr Vivian Yong graduated from National University of Singapore in 2006, and has an experience of more than 10 years in Aesthetics. She has also accumulated extensive surgical skills and experience from various rotations in general surgery, ophthalmology, and ENT.

  • MBBS
  • GDFM

Dr Vivian has always had a natural inclination towards science subjects and this led her into medicine. During her medical graduate days, she developed a keen interest in Aesthetics and Skincare, and she believes that Aesthetics is one area that allows her to help a patient achieve their ideal artistic expression based on science. While Dr Vivian is always keen to accommodate her patients’ needs, she ensures that their welfare remains the utmost priority. This is why Dr Vivian is loved by her patients for always being meticulous and attentive to details.

Dr Vivian’s eye for beauty goes beyond aesthetics. Outside the clinic, Dr Vivian loves to spend her time in leather crafting and jewelry making, transforming basics into beauty. She also loves spending her quiet time exercising in the gym or chilling at home with her loved one.

Special Interest

  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Fillers
  • Neurotoxin Injection - Botox
  • Face Lifting
  • Facial Enhancement
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Dr. Lina Yow

Special Interest

  • Anti-aging
  • Acne and Acne Scarring
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Facial Lifting and Contouring

Dr. Lina Yow

  • MBBCH BAO
  • MRCS (Edinburgh)
  • Masters in Surgical Science
  • Diploma in Dermatology

Dr Yow graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. In addition, she has a Masters in Surgical Science from the University of Edinburgh and a membership from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). She underwent her initial years of surgical training in the United Kingdom before returning to Singapore in 2020.

Over the years, Dr Yow developed a growing interest in medical aesthetics as it is a fine art marrying science and clinical acumen to achieve a patient’s aesthetic goal. To further her knowledge and skills, she is constantly further educating herself and is also currently pursuing a diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff University, United Kingdom.

Dr Yow believes in the importance of an equal doctor-patient partnership. She aims to provide informed clinical knowledge to guide her patients to reach an optimal shared goal and achieve a more confident version of themselves. Her attention to detail and friendly manner led her to receive the Singapore Health Quality Service Award during her time in the public hospital, recognizing the high quality of care she has provided to her patients.

In her free time, Dr Yow enjoys spending quality time with her family. She also loves the outdoors and was previously part of her university rowing team. She keeps up her enjoyment of fitness through regular strength training, spin, and pilates.

Special Interest

  • Anti-aging
  • Acne and Acne Scarring
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Facial Lifting and Contouring
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How Does It Work?

Fillers are used to support the structure of the aging face. As our face ages, bone resorption takes place, making the framework weaker and smaller. This weaker frame does not hold the facial tissues upright as well as before, causing the tissues to sag at the lower cheeks and the jawline. Fillers can augment this facial frame and restore the youthful facial contours of the face. Sometimes fillers are used to augment parts of the aging face that has deflated (eg. lips, temples or tear trough areas).

Injection points are strategically placed to support the facial tissues with various fillers (different hardness and cohesivity) to get the best natural result. As the results from fillers are not permanent, repeat refilling can be expected close to every 1-year.

The downtime is minimal and patients can expect to return to normal social and work activities after the procedure the next day.

The popularity of hyaluronic acid fillers have increased worldwide in the last 15-years as results are immediate with little downtime or complications compared to surgery. Results are natural, both in animation (smiling) or at rest.

What Can Fillers Do For You?

  • Lift the sagging cheeks and give a more youthful facial shape.

  • Reduce the tired look around the eyes by lifting the brow and supporting the front of the cheeks to reduce the 'tear-trough' deformity.

  • Making one look less angry or intense by volumizing and lengthening the lips and the chin.

  • Making one look less sad by lifting the outer brows and the corners of the mouth.

  • Making one look more beautiful by enhancing certain features of the face (eg. nose, chin, lips and front of the cheeks) to achieve the ideal facial dimensions.

Risks and Side Effects

Risks and Side Effects

The majority of hyaluronic fillers are safe. Many have gone through rigorous testing and studies to show that they are safe in the short and long term.

Common side-effects of fillers are:

  • Redness and swelling for 1-2 days (more often on the lips)

  • Bruising. Can last up to 10 days and can be covered with makeup

  • Swelling under the eyes ('sausage deformity’). Due to superficial placement of the fillers under the skin.

Rarer and more serious side-effects:

  • Swelling after weeks or months after injection due to a low-grade infection of the product. This is treated with antibiotics and removal of the hyaluronic acid filler.

  • Infection. This is mostly due to non-sterile technique during the procedure. This is treated with oral antibiotics.

  • Intravascular accidents leading to skin necrosis or blindness. This is extremely rare, and is a result of injecting the product into a major artery in the face. This is recognised immediately during the injection and the hyaluronic acid is dissolved with hylase. This underscores the importance of going to an aesthetic doctor that is qualified and experienced in the injection of fillers.

To minimise side-effects or complications the following information should be provided to your doctor:

  • Drug allergies

  • Medical history of bleeding disorders, autoimmune diseases or viral infections around the mouth

  • Medication history

  • Past history of filler injections to face

What are dermal fillers made of?

What are dermal fillers made of?

Some dermal fillers are made of natural substances and some of synthetic compounds.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is a naturally-occurring substance in our body that is found in our skin with the main function of keeping skin plump and hydrated. Injection of hyaluronic acid into the skin has also been shown to increase the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. This can lead to improvement in the elasticity of the skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers have the added option of reversibility with hylase, an enzyme breaks down hyaluronic acid. This is important when patients wish to reverse some of the changes or when a complication occurs. This type of filler has the longest history of use and longest track record of safety.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

This is a mineral-like compound found in the bones – it has a thicker consistency than hyaluronic acid filler and longer lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds as well as the treatment of facial fat loss.

Poly-L-Lactic Acid

Poly-L-Lactic Acid is a biodegradable synthetic substance that is safe for use in the body, which stimulates the skin to produce more collagen – It can be used to treat deep lines, creases, and folds to give a more youthful appearance. This biostimulator works differently from HA fillers by evoking collagen production by the cells in the skin. It usually requires at least 3 sessions to get the desired results.

Polycaprolactone

Polycaprolactone is made of carboxymethyl cellulose, this is a collagen stimulator that works by correcting wrinkles and folds, at the same time stimulate your own collagen production to treat the underlying facing aging with gradual, long lasting effects and a natural youthful appearance.

Polyacrylamide

Polyacrylamide is a transparent homogenous, hydrogel consisting of 97.5% water and 2.5% cross-linked polyacrylamide, that is shown to have long lasting results, well suited for a broad range of facial corrections including minor facial folds and depression, cheek corrections, and lip augmentation and contouring.

Dermal Fillers can help you restore volume to certain areas, correct visible signs of aging and give you a more youthful appearance.

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    FAQ About Fillers in Singapore

    How many syringe of fillers will I need?

    It can range between 4 to 12 syringes in 1 session. It depends on the severity of the structural loss and age of the patient. Our doctors at IDS clinic will do the assessment and recommend a treatment plan for you.

    With ‘MD Codes’, a newly-evolved technique and protocol developed by renowned Brazilian plastic surgeon, Dr. Mauricio de Maio, it is possible to pinpoint accurately the areas responsible for the changes in aging. These targeted injection areas help treat sagging skin, loss of volume and deep wrinkles, restoring a refreshed, relaxed and youthful appearance.

    Are filler injections painful?

    Most of our patients tolerate the treatment well with topical anesthesia alone.

    Topical anesthetics applied to the skin before the procedure can minimize the discomfort when the needle penetrates the skin. Ice is often used to numb the areas immediately prior to injection – this helps to minimize the discomfort. The hyaluronic acid filler, itself, contains an anesthetic called lidocaine, which makes the injection procedure much more comfortable.

    Any swelling or redness can last up to 2 days after the injection. Patients can use make-up the next day and can return to their normal activities.

    Who is not suitable for dermal fillers?

    • Currently pregnant or breast-feeding

    • A history of cold sores in the area to be treated

    • Suffers from skin disease, inflammation or skin related problems

    • An allergy or hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the filler or lidocaine (collagen, hyaluronic acids, Artefill) mixed in the syringe of the filler

    • Suffers from medical conditions that may lower the body’s immune response or is undergoing therapy that is immunosuppressive