We believe in always offering an honest and ethical opinions and treatments for all patients.
We believe in gradually effecting change and improvement to the way one looks.
Our pricing is transparent and fixed.
We believe that the proper practice of medicine is the key to long term sustainability.
As a clinic focusing on aesthetic injectables, we also place great emphasis on pain control and safety during injections.
At YVL Medical Aesthetics, we believe in offering an honest and ethical opinion towards medical aesthetic treatments.
Firstly, no medical aesthetic treatment is considered necessary – it is purely elective and is a personal choice. If one is satisfied with the way one looks, then there is no need to do anything actually.
If one is keen to improve certain areas/aspects of his or her looks, then we will offer a honest opinion of what the options are, and what are the realistic outcomes that can be expected (e.g. mild improvement) and what the risks are for each option. If the most appropriate treatment is not offered by us (e.g. plastic surgery, lasers) we do not hesitate to refer out to independent service providers (e.g. plastic surgeons, other aesthetic doctors) for which there is no financial relationship.
We believe in a gradual, step-wise approach towards facial augmentation and rejuvenation. This means starting out with simpler and less procedures for the first timers, performing dermal fillers judiciously in aliquots of 1 to 2 syringes each time (as opposed to doing half a dozen syringes at a single sitting), and aiming to attain natural and aesthetically pleasing results.
We also advocate for patients who already have an existing medical aesthetic doctor/clinic to stick to their existing service provider. To us, this is basic professional courtesy.
Your current doctor has experience treating you, and in the event of any dissatisfaction with previous treatment, the best course of action is to discuss with your doctor. Two-way communication and feedback is often the best way to optimize treatment outcomes. Don’t just “try out” another doctor just because your friend recommended, especially if you think your previous doctor is doing ok.
Our pricing is also transparent and fixed. All matters pertaining to pricing and billing are handled by the clinic staff, and our doctor does not get involved with financial matters – he doesn’t remember most of the prices himself!
We aim to minimize the amount of pain during the process of injections.
Our pain control processes include:
- Prior application of numbing cream to treatment areas, from 15mins to 2 hours depending on the type of treatment
- Potentiating the effects of numbing cream with brimonidine when necessary
- Use of 34G hypodermic needles when feasible for injecting Botulinum Toxin A and lignocaine. These are the smallest needles available commercially, and common practice is to use 30G hypodermic needles which are thicker and more painful
- Prior icing before injecting Botulinum Toxin A
- Using diluted and buffered lignocaine as the diluent for Botulinum Toxin A and as the local anaesthetic. The presence of diluted lignocaine greatly reduces the pain associated with Botulinum Toxin A injections (normally mixed with saline). Lignocaine when undiluted and unbuffered is slightly acidic and painful to inject, with the suitable dilution and pH buffering it becomes much less painful to administer, and does not interfere with Botulinum Toxin A.
- Intense focus and meticulousness for every single injection. Our doctor never rushes through the injections, and attempts to perform each and every single injection with as little pain as possible. The skin is stretched tight and the moment of puncturing is crisp and precise, neither fast nor slow. The administration of the injection is deliberately slowed to minimize any noxious stimulation of the nerves.
We are not able to make injections a painless process, but we do invest a lot of time and effort to make every single injection inflict as little pain as possible.
There are always risks associated with medical aesthetic procedures.
Dermal fillers carry a very small but real risk of being injected into an artery, causing obstruction and even embolism, which can result in skin necrosis, permanent blindness, strokes or even death. The risks may be reduced with the appropriate injection techniques, like identifying the high risk areas and the appropriate usage of the blunt tipped microcannula, which is a long and flexible blunt tipped needle which is very hard to penetrate the skin. We always use the blunt tipped micro cannula for all our dermal filler injections.
Dermal filler injections can also result in infection. To reduce the risk of infections, we emphasize strict infection control measures, including wearing gloves, single use disposable dressing sets, chlorhexidine (non-alcohol based) disinfectant, make up removal and thorough disinfection of the treatment area.
Any injection may also cause bruising, which is by far the commonest complaint. Our system of bruising risk management starts with screening of the skin for flushing or extra blood vessels (telangiectasia), as well as asking the patient whether they have a history of bruising after injections. For patients at higher risk of bruising, we may apply brimonidine (to constrict blood vessels) and also give oral tranexamic acid (to reduce bruising). 34G hypodermic needles are also used for our Botulinum Toxin A injections which are less likely to bruise (compared with a thicker needle).