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Astro AEC was here for a segment on aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery, featuring Dr Tan Kean Joo.

People are more open-minded nowadays. Although controversial, aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery are gaining growing acceptance and popularity in Malaysia, becoming more common in the younger and even the older patients.

To start with, aesthetic medicine employs both non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures to fulfil the aesthetic desires of the patient. Simply put, it’s more of a “want” than a “necessity”.

Plastic surgery, on the other hand, often associates with invasive procedures that reminds people of scalpel, longer downtime and dramatic results.
Do understand, however, plastic surgery is not solely concerned with the aesthetic desires but is also a promising option for those born with defects (e.g.: cleft lip) or suffering from devastating aftermath of being in an accident.

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“Everyone is born with their own beauty. So, retain the essentials and do only the necessary. Whenever I encounter a patient feeling dissatisfied or unable to adapt with the change, I’ll give them the appropriate consultation, or make the necessary alterations that we both agree.”

According to Dr Tan, the increasing availability, affordability and revolutionary breakthrough in aesthetic technologies has brought us more possibilities with fewer risk and lesser downtime, earning the nickname “lunchtime fix”.

“Be it aesthetic treatment or plastic surgery, please get clear about what you want, and which process you’re thinking of undergoing. Next, get a certified and experienced doctor for a consultation, and make sure to clarify the details of your requests for mutual understanding.”

Unlike doctors, practitioners without a medical background are not supposed to perform cosmetic injectable treatments such as Botulinum Toxin and HA fillers. People often sought the service from beauty centres because they are easier to get to than a clinic and tend to overpromise the benefits of these therapies. The good news is, with growing patient demand, young doctors entering the field of aesthetic medicine are increasing in numbers.

This informative segment will air soon on Chanel 301 “八点最热报” in December.

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