How much does it cost to remove a mole in Singapore? If you regret getting a new tattoo, can it be removed immediately? If you want to do LASIK surgery, should you do it one eye at a time to be safe?
While the answers to these questions are out there on Google, it can be hard to tell what’s legit and what’s #fakenews. That’s why we compiled answers from actual aesthetic doctors about everything from whether you can get a nose job without going under the knife to whether you can get your anti-acne treatment subsidised. Scroll the gallery to read their answers:
I just got a tattoo last week and want it removed ASAP (don’t ask). Can I get it removed immediately?
“Right after getting a tattoo, you cannot immediately remove it if you find it regretful. Typically, you will have to wait for at least a month before you can start the process of tattoo removal because getting a tattoo is a painful process. Basically, tattoo application is a procedure that uses a mechanised needle to drill tiny holes in the skin and inject ink into the second layer of skin just below the epidermis (outermost dermal layer). Therefore, after getting a tattoo, you should allow the wound to heal first and wait until it has fully recovered to avoid scarring and infections.”
I want to get my eyes LASIK-ed, and my friend told me to get it done one eye at a time to be safe. Is she right?
“Years ago, when the treatment was conceived, it was common for patients to operate one eye at a time. The reason for this was twofold. First, lasers at the time were not as accurate as they are today, hence, doing only one cornea at once would allow for any adjustments to be made to the procedure so that it suited the patient’s needs better in terms of the other cornea. Second, the risk of infection was higher, so surgeons would prefer to treat one eye at a time to limit complications and speed up healing. These days, there is no need to carry out the surgery in two rounds because the technology is safer and more precise than ever. Notwithstanding this fact, if you think that you will be more comfortable to get one eye operated at a time, then feel free to express your concerns and requests to your doctor and see what they can do about it.”
I have severe acne and I heard that anti-acne treatments can be subsidised. Is this true?
“Whether or not you are eligible for subsidies or Medisave claims on skin procedures and treatments depends on the assessment of your problem. Unfortunately, if it is deemed a purely cosmetic procedure by the Ministry of Health, you will not be given any subsidies… However, if your procedure is deemed by the hospital or clinic to be a necessary one, then subsidies and claims may be given on a case to case basis.”
I have really oily skin and my friend advised me to go for a chemical peel. But I also have sensitive skin, so is it safe for my skin?
“Chemical peels deliver enzymes or acids in a gel or cream applied directly to the face. While the solution remains on the face, it dissolves the compounds that bind dead skin cells to the healthy tissue below, allowing them to be removed along with the peel at the end of the process. Almost all my patients experience and complain about minor redness or inflammation. This is to be expected. Along with the dead skin cells removed by the procedure, chemical peels may take with them some of the natural oils that keep skin supple, and surface dryness may result. These side effects are short-lived, lasting only a few days in most cases. I usually tell my patients with sensitive skin to avoid chemical peels altogether. Other chronic conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema may also argue for a different approach to exfoliation. The same goes for temporary conditions such as sunburn.”
I keep reading about “lunchtime aesthetic procedures”. Does that mean I can literally do them during my lunch break and head right back to work?
They’re another name for non-invasive procedures that are “executed outside of the body without breaking the skin. Typically, they last 15-30 minutes and can be carried out during your lunch break. For this reason, they are often referred to as ‘lunchtime procedures. There is no staying in a hospital overnight, so the patients can instantly go back to their daily activities. Dermabrasion, laser therapies, and chemical peels are perfect examples here.”
I’ve got large pores around my nose and I’m thinking about undergoing laser treatment to make them smaller. Will it hurt?
“Lasers are used to treat large pores. It works by using laser technology to gently heat the deeper dermal layers to boost collagen formation. The newly formed collagen improves the treatment area, tightens the skin and visibly minimises the pores size. The procedure is administered by the aesthetician using a handheld laser device just above the surface of the skin to be treated. It is a noninvasive procedure and there is no need for painkillers and local anaesthetics. Some patients have even said that the procedure was a more gentle, soothing and relaxing experience compared to other conventional skin rejuvenation procedures. While it is naturally a painless procedure, a slight pinching sensation may be felt every time the laser hits your face, especially on darker spots and areas where there are scarring caused by acne. In cases where there is a lot of facial hair, the uncomfortable sensation may be heightened so be prepared. Some mild pain may be felt throughout the procedure, which is totally normal with most laser treatments, especially when done on the face.”
I have a protruding mole on my chin that I’d like to remove. How much will it cost?
Surgical mole removal takes three basic forms: shaving, punch biopsies and excisional biopsies. “Shaving is best for moles that protrude significantly from the skin’s surface. First a local anesthetic numbs the mole and surrounding tissue. Then a surgeon shaves the mole down to the skin’s surface using a fine scalpel. Because the mole receives blood like other skin tissue, some bleeding results from any shaving procedure; this is controlled with simple pressure and medication… Surgical mole removal can cost $250 to $400 per mole, and not all practices or clinics offer every single approach. The wise approach to mole-removal surgery begins with a consultation with a qualified dermatologist, who will be able to advise on the most effective surgical method for each patient.”
Is it possible to go for a nose job without going under the knife?
“In the past, the only procedure available for nose reshaping was surgical rhinoplasty. However, thanks to modern solutions and technologies, we’re now equipped with several tools that allow cosmetic doctors to perform nose reshaping without having to go under the knife [like the] HIKO Nose Thread Lift. Originating from South Korea over 15 years ago. HIKO comes from the two Korean words “Hi” meaning “high” and “Ko” meaning “nose”. Thus, HIKO literally means “to lift the nose”. HIKO nose thread lifts work by utlising short (3.8cm to 7cm), absorbable polydioxanone (PDO) threads, which are inserted individually into the nasal bridge or the columella. This non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure will reshape the nose to the height, shape, and definition that the patient desires. The whole HIKO nose thread lift process takes just 15 to 30 minutes of time, which is faster than a rhinoplasty surgery. It has very little to no downtime and several patients have even gone back to their usual activities immediately after the procedure. Some bruising might occur but not so much that you’ll need to take an extended break from your daily activities.”
Medical websites you can trust
Liked what you read? Head to UbiqiHealth and Health Ascent for more tips and guides written by certified doctors and dentists. In recent years, there’s been an uptick of such online medical portals catered to Singaporeans. But why?
Healthmark is one of the main companies that these medical portals consult on marketing and regulatory matters. Healthmark’s Regulations Consultant and founder, Nate Wang, explains: “Singapore has a very strict set of rules regarding how doctors and clinics can market themselves. It helps to uphold the professional image and reputation of the medical industry here—we don’t want giant ‘before and after’ advertisements on MRTs and buses.” Mr Jeremy Strav, Healthmark’s Chief Editor, adds: “These regulations are why many doctors have turned to publishing original content on medical portals, since it’s a great way to gain visibility.”
Why research is important
Whether you intend to go for a laser facial treatment or mole removal, Nate suggests reading up about it on medical portals like UbiqiHealth and Health Ascent to make the entire experience far smoother. “You’ll be able to find out all you need to know—from what the market prices are for the procedure to things like controversial side effects and comparisons between brands and technologies. The doctors who choose to publish on these portals are also generally quite open to communication,” says Nate.
Thinking of going for an aesthetic treatment? Be sure to do your research first.
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