Nose Enhancing with Nose Threads in Singapore

Young woman touching her nose

Nose lift is a popular trend in Asian countries such as Singapore. As we all know, most Asians have low nose bridges and flat nose tips that’s why they opt for nose enhancement procedures. Before, plastic surgery or rhinoplasty is the only option to enhance the nose. But with today’s technology, there are now non-invasive nose enhancement procedures like the use of nose threads in Singapore.

Dr Isaac Wong, a top cosmetic doctor in Singapore recommends the use of nose threads because they are much safer compared to other non-invasive procedures like nose fillers. Nose threads are also a good option for those who want to enhance their nose but do not want to go under the knife. Signing up for rhinoplasty or non-invasive procedure is a personal thing. If it makes you happy and helps boost your self-confidence, then go for it! If you are interested in nose threads, keep reading this article to know more about the procedure.

What are Nose threads?

Nose threads are made of polydioxanone material (PDO) which is always used for medical and surgical procedures such as sutures and is naturally absorbed by the body. The insertion of nose threads is non-surgical and it enhances the nose by:

  • Adding a lifting effect to the nose tip
  • Defining the nose angle
  • Increasing nose bridge height
  • Reshaping and defining the nose structure

Nose threads have a dual process which makes the procedure very effective in enhancing the nose. First, it shows an instant lifting effect making the nose more desirable. Second, it helps in the production of collagen which improves skin quality in the injected areas.

Procedure for Nose Thread Insertion

Doctor hands showing where correct nose of woman

Before the procedure, your doctor will assess your nose structure and shape. He/she will also discuss the number of threads that will be inserted and explain the procedure of the nose thread. According to Dr. Israr Wong, the full result comes from the “stacking” effect of many threads. Make sure your doctor is skilled in this type of procedure to achieve the desired result.

Here’s how nose thread insertion is done:

  1. Marking the areas where the threads will be placed.
  2. Local anesthesia will be injected in the columella and nose bridge.
  3. The tip of the nose will be punctured by an 18G needle.
  4. Threads will be inserted with the help of a blunt cannula.
  5. Withdrawal of cannulas, leaving the threads inside.
  6. Steps 4 and 5 are repeated until the desired result achieved.

Downtime

In Singapore, nose thread insertion is often called a “lunchtime nose lift”. It is very fast that it will only take a minimum of 15 minutes to complete the procedure. But it can also vary depending on the number of threads that will be inserted. After the insertion of threads, you may experience slight swelling and bruising that will be visible on the insertion site but after a few hours, it will naturally disappear.

Are Nose Threads Long-lasting?

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Nose threads can last up to 1-2 years. They are not permanent so if you want to maintain its effect, better set up another appointment for nose thread insertion with your doctor when you see that the effects are starting to wear off.

Possible Side Effects of Nose Threads

Nose threads are known to be a safe procedure in enhancing the nose but possible side effects may occur such as:

  • Pain, bruising and swelling
  • Infection
  • Thread extrusion (although very rare)
  • Slanted nose bridge (poor placement of threads)

Rhinoplasty, Nose fillers or Nose threads

Rhinoplasty and nose fillers are other nose enhancement procedures most Singaporeans undergo aside from nose threads. The advantages and side effects of nose threads have been presented above so let us see which is the best procedure for you by presenting the features of rhinoplasty and nose fillers.

Rhinoplasty

It is naturally invasive and surgical in nature. It is mainly performed to reduce the nasal tip and improve the bridge of the nose. It can also give the nostrils a new shape. Rhinoplasty can enhance the balance and harmony between other facial features and give a more natural effect. However, it has several side effects like severe swelling and bruising, greater risk of irritation, infection, and complication, and recovery time is longer compared to other nose enhancement treatments. It also costs more and requires extensive post-surgery care which means you have to set up several appointments with your doctor after the surgery. Plus, it is accompanied with all the risks involved with a surgical procedure. Also, if complications occur, a secondary rhinoplasty procedure may be required.

Nose Fillers

Aside from giving an instant lifting effect, nose fillers help in collagen production. It can be made of hyaluronic acid and can last up to 1 year. Nose fillers can also be reversed if you are not satisfied with the result. The nose filler will be dissolved by a particular enzyme called hyaluronidase in just a couple of hours. If it is done incorrectly or with the hands of an unskilled doctor, nose fillers can cause allergic reactions, death of skin cells and tissues (skin necrosis), and even blindness. It can also “slide off” and worsen the shape of the nose.

Choosing the right doctor for this treatment is very important.

Your safety and the success of the treatment lie in the hands of your doctor. Do your research, ask for recommendations and ask proofs like before and after photos of his/her previous works. Do not hesitate to ask questions. You can also evaluate the doctor by the way they answer the questions you asked. The way he/she communicates with you is a big factor to consider too.

All nose enhancements have the same goal but be wise in choosing which one truly suits you. If you cannot decide and need more information about nose threads in Singapore, you can set up an appointment with Dr. Israr Wong. Good luck!

 

Dr Isaac Wong
304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza Suites #05-42,
Medical Specialists, Singapore 238863
+65 9735 9930

Everything You Need to Know About an Aesthetic Doctor in Singapore

Teams of Aesthetic Doctors and patient

Initial judgements are often based on a person’s physical appearance. The skin, being the largest external organ in the body, is often the first thing that people notice about you so whether you like it or not, having clear skin matters a great deal. This is also why it is not surprising to know that the majority of the population in Singapore has, in one way or another, invested in a skin-enhancing product, treatment, or procedure in the past.

Aesthetic medicine in Singapore

Beautiful young woman with clean fresh skin

The aesthetic medicine sector in Singapore is flourishing due to the high demand for all kinds of aesthetic services. People are willing to pay for top-notch quality treatments and procedures; however, finding a good aesthetic doctor in Singapore is just as difficult as finding the best solution for skin and aesthetic concerns.

Naturally, you want someone who has a wide range of experience in his or her given field. A good aesthetic doctor in Singapore should be capable of assessing your condition an expert manner and he or she should be willing to listen to your concerns in order to understand the outcome that you want to achieve. Undergoing an aesthetic treatment or procedure is, for some, as simple as taking a walk in the park, but for others, it a giant leap of faith that required hours of careful research and preparation. It may be a life-altering decision for some people so it is important for an aesthetic doctor to treat each case with integrity and utmost respect.

Qualities to look for in the best aesthetic doctors

The proposed solution should be according to the suitable types of aesthetic services and there should never be, under any circumstance, overpromising when it comes to the delivery of results. The aesthetic doctor should be honest on all aspects and details in order to gain the patient’s trust. Possible worst-case scenarios, complications, and side effects of the aesthetic treatment should always be clear to the patient. This is not intended to scare you out, but you need to understand that no matter how safe treatment or procedure may be, there are still risks that you need to be aware of. Your aesthetic doctor in Singapore should provide a realistic treatment plan – starting from an open and honest consultation to proper setting of expectations before, during, and after the treatment or procedure, including the provision of aftercare guidelines. Every patient should always feel safe and well taken care of by both the aesthetic clinic and the doctor. Ultimately, you should be comfortable with your selected beauty treatment or procedure.

What sets MY Medical Aesthetics apart from the rest

MY Medical Aesthetics is a premier aesthetic clinic in Singapore with years of experience in providing high-quality solutions backed by innovations in medical science. We offer different aesthetic treatments and procedures for the face and the body. Our philosophy is simple: we will strive to bring out the best version of yourself. A radiant, more confident you who is not afraid to take on the world. You – and all of our patients in the past, current, and future – are our greatest achievement. Not even all of the world’s greatest accolades can make us prouder than seeing you being proud to be yourself.

Our aesthetic doctors in Singapore are trained in different spectrums of aesthetic medicine, from medical lasers to dermal fillers. We provide customized options, too, because each patient has unique skin types, conditions, and needs. Combining tailored solutions with expert skills, we deliver only the best possible results for our dear patients.

Types of treatments

Rejuvenating facial therapy treatment

MY Medical Aesthetics specializes in minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatments. Our passion to expand our expertise and knowledge in the field of aesthetic medicine has given us the opportunity to provide evidence-based and effective aesthetic treatments.  Our aesthetic services are reliable, results-driven, and absolutely safe. We have a carefully-curated set of equipment from the top and leading medical technology manufacturers around the globe to guarantee our patients’ and our doctors’ safety and to deliver utmost efficacy. We have invested in the latest, top-of-the-line technological advancements that promote shorter downtime because we understand the difference of minimal downtime to your quality of life. We want to see you enjoy every second of your life because your joy is our greater joy.

Mission

MY Medical Aesthetics believes that the cornerstone of every great aesthetic clinic should be innovation, quality, and above all, patient safety. It is always the best interest of our customers that is considered, first and foremost, and everything else will fall into place. We believe that it is our duty to provide quality treatments at a price that will not break the bank. After all, everyone should be able to afford beauty and we believe that is possible through innovation.

Conclusion

You can contact MY Medical Aesthetics clinic if you wish to schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctors. We will be more than glad to provide information or answer questions about the aesthetic treatments and procedures that we offer.

MY Medical Aesthetics
108 Middle Rd, #03-03/04 Bernhard Schulte House,
Singapore 188967
+65 6873 8238

A Brief Guide to the Costs of Eye Bag Removal in Singapore

Beautiful woman touch cheek and smile

Dealing with eye bags is a pain, especially for working professionals and students who have to talk and interact with other people all day. Sure, there’s always the option of using makeup or concealers to hide them, but they can only solve your problem temporarily. It is possible for your eye bags to go away by doing some lifestyle changes though, such as getting enough sleep or by eating a healthy diet. But sometimes, even if you follow lifestyle tips to the dot, it just takes too long for your eye bags to go disappear. In situations like these, it might be time for you to think of getting an eye bag removal in Singapore.

In this Ubiqi article, I have detailed 3 main types of eye bag removal procedures as well as their suitable candidates and costs. Each procedure has its own advantages over each other, and it is important that you are informed about what to expect.

Types of Eye Bag Removal Methods

  1. Incisional Eye Bag Removal Surgery (Lower Blepharoplasty)

Lower Blepharoplasty

Incisional eye bag removal surgery, also known as lower blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to remove excess fat, tighten skin and wrinkles on the lower eye area.

In incisional eye bag removal surgery, the surgeon will first mark your eyelids to help in making the incisions. You will also be administered either general or local anaesthesia so that you won’t feel a thing during the surgery.

The surgeon will then make the incisions and will remove any excess skin or fat on the lower eyelids. The incision is then stitched using sutures to finish the surgery. The whole procedure takes about an hour or more to finish. This procedure is great because it can fix other lower eyelid problems such as loose skin. The recovery for this procedure takes about 3 to 4 weeks.

Suitable for: people with good skin elasticity; people with mild to moderately severe eye bags; people with slight sagging on the lower eyelid.

Cost: $2000 to $3500 per procedure

  1. Scarless Eye Bag Removal Surgery

Scarless eye bag removal surgery is another technique of lower blepharoplasty that only needs a single tiny incision on the lower eyelid area. Although technically an invasive procedure, there will be no visible scars after the process.

The procedure is done similarly to the incisional technique at the start, by putting you under local or general anaesthesia. The differences start when making the incision, as a single small incision is made for each lower eyelid. A needle probe is then inserted through the incision which applies laser energy to destroy fat tissues. These fat tissues are then removed by the surgeon. The whole process takes from 20 minutes to an hour depending on the severity of the case and the skill of the surgeon.

Scarless eye bag removal surgery removes excess fat and causes some minimal swelling and bruising after the procedure. There is also a quicker recovery period (about 1 to 3 weeks) compared to the traditional incisional method. It is also proven to be a safe procedure for eye bag removal with a lower risk of complications.

Suitable for: people with only mild bulging or eye bags and with good skin elasticity.

Cost: $2000 to $4000 per procedure

  1. AGNES Radiofrequency Eye Bag Removal

Radiofrequency treatment

A non-invasive alternative to traditional blepharoplasty (eye bag removal surgery), the AGNES RF eye bag removal procedure has become quite popular in recent years. Developed in South Korea, this procedure aims to achieve results similar to what you can get from eye bag surgery. This is perfect for people who are wary about going under the knife and would like to minimize the chances of any complications.

In AGNES RF eye bag removal, a topical anaesthetic is first applied to the eye bag area to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient. Once the anaesthetic has numbed the lower eyelid area, the doctor inserts a special microneedle that emits RF energy with extreme precision. This process effectively targets excess fat deposits under the eye bags and injects poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Because of PLLA, your skin starts to endorse collagen production, which helps in skin tightening and rejuvenation.

There is very minimal pain or discomfort during the procedure due to its noninvasive process. According to many patients, the microneedle injections have a sensation similar to mosquito stings that quickly dissipate due to the anaesthetic.

There is almost zero downtime after the AGNES RF eye bag removal, and a lot of patients can return immediately to their workplace or school and resume their activities.

Suitable for: people with minimal eye bags; people who can’t afford to take a leave from work or school.

Cost: $3500 to $4500 per procedure

Book a trip to your doctor’s office

Based on evidence-based research, Ubiqi aims to provide accurate and the latest information about eye bag removal in Singapore through this article. But do note that information and opinions may vary from different sources and can change over time. This is why, if you still got any further questions and want to be sure about your options, call or book a trip to your doctor’s office so you can have a full understanding of the procedure you are about to undertake.

Get Tighter and Younger Looking Skin with HIFU Facelift

Beautiful Woman with Perfect Fresh Skin

You may have heard of the saying “40 is the new 20.” While some may agree to this when it comes to lifestyle, other women with obvious signs of skin ageing who are in their 40s may beg to disagree.

We all know that body changes are unavoidable. When it comes to ageing, the skin sometimes knows no boundaries. If improperly cared for, it can look dull, dry, wrinkly, and saggy. This is why there are people who look old despite their young age.

What if there is actually a treatment suitable for individuals who are in their prime years of 40s that can slash off years away from the face and look young again? Will you try it?

We are going to stop beating around the bush and let you know more about what HIFU facelift can do with this article from the skin experts at Cambridge Therapeutics!

What is HIFU Facelift?

A non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that uses advanced aesthetic technology to tighten and bring back youthful skin is called HIFU Facelift. HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound.

As mentioned in its name, HIFU uses ultrasound technology to treat certain signs of skin ageing.

How does HIFU technology work?

HIFU uses intense ultrasound energy at high frequencies and delivers this deep into the layers of the skin, with the goal of heating the tissues beneath the skin and activating collagen production. The new collagen developed leads to the improvement of the skin’s elasticity and gives it a lifting and tightening effect.

What are the problem areas in the body that HIFU can treat?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) mainly targets the problem areas on the face. These are:

  • Crow’s feet (wrinkles found at the corner of the eyes)
  • Fine lines
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Glabellar lines (lines between the eyebrows)
  • Nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
  • Sagging skin (chin, jowls, neck, and other parts of the body)
  • Wrinkles

Who are the best candidates for this youth restoring treatment?

The best candidates for this youth restoring treatment are individuals who:

  • Are 40 years old and above
  • Have mild to moderate skin sagging
  • Have obvious signs of skin ageing, such as those mentioned above
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are not diagnosed with diabetes or epilepsy
  • Have no existing skin condition, such as acne, herpes rashes, and any type of skin irritation
  • Have no chronic neurological diseases
  • Have no tumours (benign or malignant)
  • Have no metal implants in the treatment area
  • Have no electrical device or pacemaker in the body

Is HIFU safe?

This is a tricky question. The accurate answer that we can give is it depends where you get your HIFU treatment done.

There are a lot of beauty salons around Singapore that offer “mini HIFU” procedures at unbelievably cheap and too good to be true prices. Frankly speaking, these treatments do not have the same effect that a legitimate HIFU procedure can give and may only cause further damage to the skin.

Medical grade HIFU treatments in Singapore use expensive equipment that is available in clinics that are approved and registered under the Ministry of Health. A HIFU procedure is done in one full session (not mini) and is administered by doctors that are trained to handle such a device. To be sure that you are getting the gold standard of HIFU treatment, check with your chosen aesthetic service provider if their equipment is authentic. The commonly used HIFU devices in Singapore are Ultraformer, Ulthera, and Sygmalift. These are the brands that you can trust.

How long will a HIFU procedure take?

Circle clock on white background wall

A HIFU procedure belongs to a category of aesthetic treatments called “lunchtime treatments.” Treatments of this kind are done in approximately 90 minutes or less, quick enough to insert over your lunch break.

What results can be expected?

Immediately after the procedure, patients can expect to see lesser wrinkles and observe a tightened and lifted skin. This gives an effect of a more youthful appearance and glow. The effect of HIFU continues to deliver even after treatment. As the body produces more collagen, the skin becomes more rejuvenated and tightened over the next few months. The complete effect of a HIFU treatment usually lasts for up to 12 months.

What about side effects?

There may be side effects after a HIFU procedure; however these are minor and temporary. The most common are the following:

  • Feeling of tenderness or soreness when skin is touched; usually resolves within 2 to 4 weeks
  • Mild swelling that may last for about 3 days
  • Skin discolouration or redness
  • Skin sensitivities or loss of sensation in some parts treated that may last for a week

Note that some of these side effects rarely happen and you should not worry about anything if your HIFU treatment is done by a qualified aesthetic doctor.

 

Cambridge Therapeutics
391B Orchard Rd #08-05A2 Tower B Ngee Ann City,
Singapore 238874
+65 6733 6729

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist vs. Primary Care Doctor: Breaking the Confusion

ENT doctor with otoscope in hand

Having a consultation for your health or your loved ones can sometimes be stressful. With the different types of doctors and numerous clinics out there, it can be confusing which the right one for you is. In Singapore, ear, nose, and throat problems are very common. And when we experience ear infections or sore throats, we automatically call or consult with their primary care doctor. For our little ones, we run to our paediatricians for a checkup.

There is no doubt that your primary care doctor or paediatrician can address sore throat, ear and nose related infections but the big question is, when should you see an ear, nose and throat specialist?

With the help of Dr Dennis Chua from entspecialistsingapore.com, this article will remove the confusion between primary care doctor and ear, nose, and throat specialist. He is an ear, nose and throat specialist with 15 years of medical experience. He obtained his Otorhinolaryngology specialist accreditation in Singapore and is fully accredited as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Singapore medical council. Dr Dennis Chua received several awards and has been recognized as one of the top ear, nose, and throat specialists in Singapore.

What is a Primary Care Doctor?

Primary Care Doctor checking patient health

A primary care doctor is a health care professional who practices general medicine. They are the doctors you see for a non-emergency medical reason or routine checkup. Preventive care is what most primary care doctors do. They can find the cause and administer treatment for fever or cough, sore throat, ear infections and even help you establish a healthy lifestyle and manage your weight. In Singapore, there are several types of Primary Care Doctors:

  • Family medicine doctors – care for patients of all ages.
  • Paediatricians – care for infants, kids, and teens.
  • Internal medicine doctor – care for late teens and adults.
  • Geriatric medicine doctors – focus on care for older adults.

What is an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist?

An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist is also called Otolaryngologist. We are professionals who are trained to treat patients with ear, nose and throat disorders and diseases. We have been trained in this speciality for years and given accreditation. We are also surgeons and perform delicate operations to restore hearing.

Ear, nose and throat specialist are expert in the following areas:

  • Otology/neurotology: ear diseases and traumas
  • Head and Neck: cancerous and noncancerous tumours
  • Rhinology: nose diseases and traumas
  • Sleep disorders: ear, nose and throat disorders that affect sleep
  • Laryngology: throat disorders
  • Allergies: sensitivity to allergy
  • Pediatric otolaryngology: ear, nose and throat childhood diseases and inborn defects

Can a primary care doctor treat ENT problems?

There are ENT problems that a primary care doctor can treat. You can consult your primary care doctor about the following conditions:

  • Sinusitis (congestion and headaches)
  • Tinnitus (ringing sound in your ears)
  • Hearing loss (due to minor infections)
  • Vertigo (feeling out of balance)

For children with ear, nose and throat problems, paediatricians will usually refer the patient to an ENT specialist. Some paediatricians are wary of handling ENT issues because children’s ears are very sensitive. If your primary care doctor thinks that the condition is too complex or severe, he/she will refer you to an ENT specialist for a proper assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.

When to see an ENT specialist?

Medical instruments for ENT doctor

Again, there is no problem in consulting your primary care doctor first if you have ear, nose and throat problems. But to guide you and avoid confusion, I will give you a list of some severe conditions that may require you to see an ENT specialist right away:

  • Chronic tonsillitis for children and adult
  • Neck lumps which can indicate thyroid or throat cancer
  • Chronic ear infections, especially for children
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Hoarse voice that lasts for 4-6 weeks (possible damage of vocal cords or polyps)

From my experience, one good example is when patients come to my office with a foreign object (such as fishbone) stuck in their throats. This type of problem needs to be addressed by the ENT right away especially if the object has been stuck for more than 24 hours. Children are prone to this situation and this is why parents must always be watchful of the things that children put into their mouths.

I always advise my patients that with ENT problems, do not try any home remedies as they can do more harm than good and potentially make matters worse. It is much safer to head straight to an ENT specialist.

Conclusion

Ear, nose and throat specialists and primary care doctors all have the same goal, which is to save lives, prevent diseases, and help patients reduce pain and suffering. There might be some confusion with how these doctors can help you, but both are working hand in hand. You can always consult your primary care doctor about your ENT problems but if it is too complex, then you will be referred to an ENT specialist. For sure, your primary care doctor will be able to refer you to a skilled and well-experienced ENT specialist. You may also reach out to Dr Dennis Chua if you or your loved ones have any ENT problems.

 

Dr Dennis Chua
3 Mount Elizabeth, #08-02 Medical Centre,
Singapore 228510
+65 6235 3886

Eye Specialist Singapore — Why You Need to See One

Eye doctor in her office

There is no denying the impact that our eyes have on our lives. Many of us simply cannot imagine leading their lives without the ability to see. Indeed visiting an eye specialist in Singapore is a sensitive topic among Singaporeans.

However that said, it is important to keep in mind that our vision will deteriorate as we grow older. Over time, many people will begin to experience blurry vision, tearing, floaters or eye pain. If you experience any of these then it’s time for you to see an eye specialist.

Understanding the different types of eye specialists in Singapore

There are 3 main types of eye specialists in Singapore. These are:

  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optician
  • Optometrist

Let’s discover more about each of them

The ophthalmologist

Ophthalmologist and patient in ophthalmology clinic

An ophthalmologist is an eye specialist who has undergone years of specialized training in the medical and surgical treatment of various eye conditions and diseases.

They are registered with the Ministry of Health in Singapore. Ophthalmologists can further specialize in a specific area. These include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Oculoplastic
  • Refractive surgery
  • Retina
  • Pediatric ophthalmology

The optician

The optician is not an eye doctor. They are eye specialists that are able to interpret the results that patients get from the ophthalmologist or the optometrist. They will then choose the right type of spectacles for the patient.

Note that opticians are also prohibited from prescribing, fitting and providing contact lenses.

The Optometrist

The optometrist is also not an eye doctor. They have however gone through relevant training in college or university in the field of optometry. These eye specialists are able to provide eye tests, screen for eye disorders, and provide spectacles as well as contact lenses.

If the optometrist performs an eye test and discovers a disease, they will then refer the patient to an ophthalmologist.

Which type of eye specialist should I see?

It depends on your condition. For instance, if you suffer from cataracts, have glaucoma or you experience macular degeneration, you will need to see an ophthalmologist.

On the other hand, if you don’t have such serious underlying conditions, you can see either an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Both of these can provide eye tests and screen for any diseases.

When choosing your ophthalmologist, keep in mind that some will have specialized in certain areas and are therefore better able to provide the best treatment compared to other doctors.

This is owing to the fact that the eye is so complex that specializing in certain areas allows for the best treatment. Once you understand your condition, it is important to find an ophthalmologist who has specialized in treating such conditions.

Private or public clinic?

Woman in need of eye examination

You can find quality treatment in both public and private clinics. However, the one you choose will depend on your budget and convenience.

If you are budget-restricted, you can choose to see an eye specialist Singapore at a public clinic where you will opt for the subsidized route.

The downside, however, is that you will not be able to choose your doctor. Furthermore, different doctors may attend you on your follow up treatments.

On the other hand, if you are not budget-restricted, you can choose to see an eye specialist from a private clinic such as Asia Retina. The benefit of this is that you can choose your doctor and see the same doctor on future follow up visits. There is also a shorter waiting period before treatment can begin.

All you will need to do is contact the clinic and set up an appointment with your doctor. It is much easier to find a qualified ophthalmologist in a private clinic. These are doctors that have had at least 10 years of working experience in a public clinic and have then started their own private clinic.

How to find the best eye specialist in Singapore

What if you do not know of an eye specialist? How do you find the best eye specialist for you? Well, there are a couple of helpful tips that you can use.

First off, ask for recommendations from friends and family. If you know someone who has had eye problems before and have successfully been treated, they will be in a good position to advise you on a good eye doctor.

Secondly, if you know people working in the medical field, they will likely know a reliable eye doctor and can recommend him or her to you.

Thirdly by understanding your eye problem, you can then find an ophthalmologist that has specialized in the field. They will be able to provide you with the best treatment.

Final thoughts

When searching for an eye specialist, it is important that you choose one with many years of experience as well as a good reputation. They are able to provide top-notch service while avoiding certain risks. The doctor should inspire confidence in you. After meeting your doctor a couple of times, you will be able to decide if they are the ideal eye specialist for you.

 

Asia Retina – Eye Specialist in Singapore
#15-10 The Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd,
Singapore 238859
+65 6732 0007

Ptosis Surgery Singapore – Is surgery really necessary?

Attractive woman with beautiful eyes

Ptosis, or commonly called a droopy eyelid is a condition where the levator muscle or the muscle that enables you to lift your eyelids isn’t strong enough to lift the upper lid. It can appear in both eyelids at the same time and can develop at any age. It can be mild, where vision is not obstructed and can also be severe where the eyelid completely covers the pupil.

Droopy eyelids can pose a lot of issues in both the function and cosmetic aspects of the eye. They don’t only obscure vision but also make you look older and more tired than you are. Ptosis can also occur early in childhood and when left untreated, can lead to irreversible vision problems like amblyopia (lazy eye), astigmatism (blurred vision) and even permanent poor vision.

This is why many patients always ask for the best treatment for ptosis and doctors always answer them the same thing: ptosis surgery. However, it cannot be helped that some patients tend to shy away from surgical and invasive procedures and always ask if there are alternatives to surgery to treat their ptosis or drooping eyelid. They come to their doctor’s clinic and ask: “Is ptosis surgery really necessary?”.

Alternatives to ptosis surgery

Although ptosis surgery is the most recommended procedure that can safely and effectively treat drooping eyelids, some patients aren’t lining up to go under the knife because of the associated risks with surgical procedures that include:

  • risk to anaesthesia
  • the risk for under or over-correction (aesthetic purposes)
  • long recovery time
  • risk of infection, bleeding and swelling

With today’s technology, there are now available non-surgical alternatives to treat ptosis. These methods are usually called non-surgical eyelifts and can include the use of radiofrequency and laser technologies. These devices work by tightening the skin around the eyelid to improve its appearance and give a lifting effect. While these devices are non-surgical in nature, many patients feel that they are safer options. The major downside of these advanced technologies, however, is that the doctor may not be able to properly fine-tune the drooping and result in a high chance or over or under-correction.

This usually results to patients not being satisfied with the results and prompt them to re-do the procedure, costing them more money in the long run and the results aren’t even as effective like surgery as these devices cannot remove the fat and fluid build-up on the upper eyelid that can cause the levator muscle to weaken and droop.

Special eye drops and eyelid tapes can also be prescribed for patients with mild ptosis to maintain the elevation of the upper eyelid but these methods are not long-lasting and need a great amount of compliance and care.

These non-surgical alternatives are rarely recommended by doctors. Usually, these are only used for patients who are not open to surgical procedures or very mild cases where there’s a minimal amount of drooping skin that needs to be tightened.

Surgery is still the primary thought in response to ptosis

Before and after droopy eyelid surgery

The weakening of the levator eyelid muscle is the main cause of drooping eyelids. To effectively lift and tighten this muscle, surgery is required. Other than ptosis surgery, there is currently no other effective way to treat ptosis and help the eyes open up again, especially with patients with severe ptosis. If you are still having doubts about the safety and effectiveness of ptosis surgery, in this article, Health Ascent attempts to provide full, accurate and up to date information about ptosis surgery in Singapore based on current medical evidence and opinions from trusted doctors.

Procedure

Eyelid lift plastic surgery

After a thorough consultation and assessment with your eye or plastic surgeon, ptosis surgery is performed in this order:

  • Eyelids (or eyelid) is injected with local anaesthetics to ensure a painless procedure.
  • Your doctor makes an incision along the crease of your upper eyelid so that the muscles, tissues, fat and fluid deposits are exposed.
  • Depending on your doctor’s technique, some parts of the eyelid (fat, tissue and fluid build-up) will be removed or repositioned to tighten the eyelid. In some cases, the eyelid muscles and skin can be sutured to give the eyelid a more defined crease and lifted appearance.
  • After giving the eyelid more definition and the assessment of eyelid opening, the cut is then stitched up along the existing eyelid crease.

The whole ptosis surgery procedure can be done in 1-2 hours depending on the severity of eyelid drooping.

Downtime

Swelling and some bruising on the treated area can be expected. These are normal side-effects and do not cause for alarm as they eventually heal up on their own and can last for 1-2 weeks. After this period, most wounds and side-effects should have healed and subsided and patients can return to their normal activities. To help you manage discomfort while recovering, your doctor may prescribe painkillers. During the recovery period, patients are typically advised to stay away from the sun, avoid heavy physical activities and they are recommended to get enough rest and eat healthily to speed up the recovery process and ensure that there are no complications.

Expected results

For best results, it usually takes about 1-3 months for the eyelids to be properly repositioned and have a defined and lifted appearance. For most, outcomes from ptosis surgery are long-lasting and there’s no need for repeat surgery in the future.

However, there are rare cases where the eyelids tend to droop again years after ptosis surgery. They can be caused by various factors such as too much stress (triggers fat and fluid build-up), eye trauma or from a natural process where the eyelids droop and weaken with age.

Children who have had ptosis surgery at a very young age (at least 3 years old) are also at risk for developing ptosis again as they grow up. For these cases, repeat ptosis surgery is required to address the problem. If you notice any recurrence of droopiness in your eyelids, call your doctor right away to schedule a proper eye assessment.