What is aesthetic medicine?

Aesthetic medicine focuses on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of various problems listed below.

Aesthetic treatment

Aesthetic procedures can improve:

  • Skin aging
  • Pigmentation
  • Scarring
  • Fat and cellulite
  • Botox injections
  • Fillers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Body contouring
  • Hair transplant
  • Hair reduction
  • Fat Grafting
  • Laser and IPL
  • Scar Management
  • Vascular Treatment

Although aesthetic medicine procedures are typically elective, they can improve the quality of life, psychological wellbeing, and social function for some patients.

What kinds of aesthetic practices are allowed in Singapore medical clinics?

Aesthetic procedures that doctors can perform in Singapore under conditions specified by the Ministry of Health include chemical and gas/liquid peels, intense pulsed light (IPL) for skin, radiofrequency, infrared, and ultrasound skin tightening and rejuvenation, hair removal with lasers or IPL, photodynamic therapy, photopneumatic therapy, external lipolysis, botulinum toxin injections, filler injections on the face, neck, and hands only, sclerotherapy, threadlifts, lasers for vascular and pigment condition treatment, fractional lasers for skin rejuvenation, ablative lasers for benign tumours, hair transplants, and mechanical dermabrasion.

Certain specialists in Singapore can perform certain procedures not listed above.

Do note that aesthetic practice in Singapore is not considered a medical specialty or subspecialty. Doctors who perform aesthetic procedures may be called general practitioners or family physicians if they do not have specialty training, or be called dermatologists or plastic surgeons if they have specialty training in dermatology or plastic surgery respectively.

Why do patients seek aesthetic procedures?

Some eople opt for aesthetic treatments to feel rejuvenated and youthful. These treatments may also boost their self-confidence and self-image as they make themselves more attractive to others and also to themselves.

How much does aesthetic treatment cost?

Read this post for more information on aesthetic treatment and costs in Singapore.

Recent Questions

There's a new treatment in clinics called photobiomodulation that claims to be able to treat acne without pain or discomfort. Does it really work?

Thank you for your question. Photobiomodulation has been used in a variety of conditions because of its regenerative properties. It refers to the use of low-level laser light to activate pathways in the skin cell’s powerhouse known as mitochondria, that accelerate tissue repair and healing. Photobiomodulation is used for anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing purposes on the skin, and has beneficial effects on active acne, wrinkles, pigmentation, acne marks, as well as sensitive skin.

Can I get botox or fillers for my eyebags after LASIK?

Yes, you can get them the next day, because they are different parts of the eyes. One’s on the skin and one’s on the cornea.

Photo of Dr Natasha Lim

Answered By

Dr Natasha Lim


Recent Sessions

Consult a Plastic Surgeon: Ptosis & Droopy Eyelids

Ended on May 5, 2021

About Dr Terence Goh:

Dr Terence Goh is currently the president of the Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the vice-chairman to the Chapter of Plastic Surgeons, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He practices reconstructive microsurgery, focusing on breast reconstruction, complex head and neck reconstruction, lower limb salvage, and lymphatic reconstructive surgery. He completed his advanced surgical training in plastic surgery and continues to serve as a visiting consultant at Singapore General Hospital. Dr Goh has also completed several observerships with renowned plastic surgeons in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Consult an Aesthetic Doctor: Forever Clear for Active Acne

Ended on March 24, 2021

About Dr Ong Xiang Ning
Medical Doctor, Illumia Medical

Dr Ong Xiang Ning earned a double science degree in Anatomical Science with First Class Honours, was awarded the prestigious John Monteith prize as the top medical student and graduated Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology with distinction. She has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of dermatological conditions, and with a keen eye for beauty and aesthetics, Dr Ong regularly sees patients for various aesthetic and skin conditions. Her philosophy is to restore youth for her patients with natural looking results, using the latest advancements in aesthetic medicine.

About Kim Lim
Entrepreneur & Billionaire Heiress

Daughter of a billionaire and mother of 1, Kim Lim is more than just an heiress. She runs medical aesthetic clinic and spa Illumia Medical and Illumia Therapeutics, founded hair and scalp centre Papilla Haircare and formulated a new skincare line Illumia Skin. Passionate about the skin and everything beauty-related, Kim offers a fresh and hip perspective and solutions for the modern man and woman.

About Illumia Medical

Leading the way in medical aesthetics and plastic surgery in Singapore, Illumia Medical is an all-in-one center that specializes in cosmetic surgery, skin brightening, non-invasive face lifting, body slimming and feminine health rejuvenation using state-of-the-art technology and customized treatment plans designed by their team of board-certified doctors.

Ask any health question for free

I’m not so sure about a procedure...

Ask Icon Ask a Question

Join Human

Sign up now for a free Human account to get answers from specialists in Singapore.

Sign Up

Get The Pill

Be healthier with our Bite-sized health news straight in your inbox


38.4KTreatment Views


2.8MViews of Answers