Putting Your Best Face Forward
Dr. Siew Tuck Wah is a familiar face in local media, often being interviewed for his medical work and his contribution in animal welfare charity in Singapore. In the last 14 years, he spent practicing aesthetic medicine, performing non-invasive treatments such as lasers, dermal fillers, Botox, and thread lifts.
He was once again interviewed by The Business Times to find out the non-surgical cosmetic treatment trends in Singapore in 2019. Below are the excerpts of the interview.
What are the medical aesthetic trends expected in 2019?
Dr Siew: Combination anti-aging treatments will be the main trend this year. This involves the use of several treatment modalities, such as botulinum toxins, dermal fillers, and Ultherapy to holistically treat an aging face with the most natural results. Bio-stimulating dermal fillers such as Radiesse which tighten and rejuvenate when injected under the skin have been very popular and will continue to be in 2019.
Although Radiesse has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for more than 10 years, doctors are now discovering more new uses for the versatile filler. Radiesse not only restores volume loss associated with aging, but also improves skin texture and lift sagging skin by inducing our skin to produce collagen and elastin.
Who is suitable for medical aesthetic treatments?
Dr. Siew: Don’t rush into any medical aesthetic treatments. Spend some time to consider what you are unhappy with and what you want to improve. Discuss your options with a doctor you trust and get his opinion if what you want is reasonable.
Patients must look into the safety profile of the treatment i.e. whether the treatment has a proven track record for safety and efficacy.
There are new treatments in the market all the time, often with irresponsible claims. Have a conversation with your doctor and have him or her tell you all the pros and cons of the treatment, and the possible side effects. Don’t believe everything the internet says.
Dr. Siew Tuck Wah is the founder and Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics. The clinic offers a wide range of medical aesthetic procedures such as lasers, non-invasive skin lifting, dermal filler injections, Botox, thread lifts, and body contouring treatments. Radium Medical Aesthetics also offers medical facials using proprietary skin care range, both specially designed to work synergistically with the treatments to give the best possible outcome.