Apart from a good skincare regime, a facial is arguably also essential in maintaining good skin. A facial is a multi-step skin treatment that involves cleansing pores, exfoliating away those nasty dead skin cells, extracting blackheads and more. This process is meant to rejuvenate and nourish the face and make skin appear healthier and younger. In Singapore, a facial is the second most popular spa treatment after a massage — that’s not surprising considering the benefits a facial brings.
Typically, each facial begins with a consultation that helps the aesthetician determine the right products for your skin type. A custom face mask will also be applied during the last step of the facial. Most basic facials last around 60 minutes.
While a facial can’t treat severe skin issues such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, it still is a good treatment to add into your routine for skin care. Facial treatments are plenty in Singapore, but these four doctors below have made good names for themselves as the leading facial aestheticians.
Dr Sam Pradeep
Dr Sam of Ozhean Zoey Medical and Aesthetic Clinic is passionate about skin rejuvenation and is well-aware of how every single procedure —no matter how seemingly non-invasive—matters. You might think a facial is a mere relaxing procedure any beautician can do, but that’s where you’re mistaken. For example, if done in the hands of an inexperienced practitioner, facials can worsen your acne and cause discomfort.
That’s where we think Dr Sam has an advantage - along with his flair for aesthetics, his medical background in anaesthetics enables him to carry out facials comfortably and safely. Patients who have been cared for by Dr Sam can say nothing but compliments as evident in the 5-star ratings left on Google and Facebook reviews.
Two particular facial treatments worth highlighting are the AGNES Acne Treatment and the Hydra White Facial. These treatments not only address skin impurities —such as acne and blackheads— but also rejuvenates the skin and restores its youthful glow.
Amber Ng is one of the many patients of Dr Sam who was left awestruck with the results of her AGNES treatment. Amber embarked on her journey to a blackheads-free nose with the AGNES treatment under the expert hands of Dr Sam. A few months after her first session, Amber reports that the appearance of her blackheads have declined significantly. She says that she no longer needs to get weekly extractions, but can now do it on a monthly basis.
Another stellar facial procedure is the Hydra White Facial. In this procedure, Dr Sam uses mechanical exfoliation technology to cleanse the skin deeply, provide intense hydration, refine pores, and whiten the skin instantly.
A Hydra White Facial treatment session with Dr Sam starts with deep cleansing using a suction device for blackheads and sebum removal. According to Rachael Wong, this device made her facial procedure quick and pain-free as the suction worked better on her sensitive skin in comparison to regular squeezing. Once the skin is clean, the face is treated with serums and a calming facial massage. To top off the treatment, Dr Sam applies a double mask on the face for hydration and to keep the skin firm.
Ozhean Zoey Medical & Aesthetics Clinic
Part of the Ozhean group in Korea, Ozhean Zoey Medical and Aesthetic Clinic in Singapore manages to rep the Ozhean name perfectly - think lush gold and beige interior located in the heart of Orchard Rd. It’s as Gangnam as it gets.
Clinic website: https://ozheanzoey.com/
Address: 111 Somerset Road #04-10 Triple One Somerset Singapore 238164
Opening hours: 10.30am-7.30pm
Contact number: +65 6235 4534
Dr Zhang Yijun
If you’re in need of glowing skin and a confidence boost, Dr Zhang Yijun has you covered. The Medical Director of Shiro Aesthetic Clinic is a continuous crowd favourite for facial treatments due to his award-winning medi facials that utilise proactive deep skin extraction and exfoliation solutions. His patients are his top priority and likewise, they trust him on what looks good and natural.
Some star standouts of Dr Zhang’s facial treatments include the HydroPeel Facial, a gentle facial treatment that uses soothing micro-pulses to cleanse, extract and hydrate skin. During the facial, Dr Zhang uses nourishing vitamin C serums to promote hydration and elasticity of the skin. Combine that with his Diamond MicroDermabrasion Facial and you’ve got a winner — this modern facial procedure uses a diamond-encrusted applicator to dramatically reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and even stretch marks. Not only is this treatment competent in treating different skin types and issues, it also increases blood flow and stimulates collagen growth.
Vaune, a motorcycle enthusiast, often dealt with different weather climates due to long hours on the road around the world. As a result, her skin suffered tremendously over the years. She tried out Dr Zhang’s 2 in 1 Hydropeel and Diamond MicroDermabrasion Facial in hopes of restoring back her youthful skin. The facial helped to remove all the dirt she accumulated on her face from the road and just from one session, she feels like her skin is a lot cleaner.
After every facial, Dr Zhang recommends avoiding exposing the skin to heat and skin, picking on blackheads and whiteheads and applying heavy makeup.
As a leader in skin related issues, Dr Zhang is regularly invited to speak at press conferences and beauty events.
Below, he’s seen speaking at a press conference in China and doing a Q&A at TANGS Singapore on sun-related skin damage.
Shiro Aesthetic Clinic
Shiro Aesthetic Clinic’s posh setup certainly sits well in Mandarin Gallery, where it’s situated. The clinic is outfitted with exquisite gold flooring, plush sofas and the lushest treatment rooms. If you’re looking to pamper yourself in a relaxing environment after a long week of work, this is the place for you. The soothing background music and scented perfumes definitely adds to the atmosphere as well.
Clinic website: https://www.shiroaestheticclinic.com.sg
Address:Mandarin Gallery, #03-35, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
Opening hours:Mon-Fri: 11am-8pm, Sat: 10am-5pm
Contact number: +65 6235 5655
Dr Cindy Yang
Struggling with acne? Dr Cindy Yang can help. The Medical Director of Dr Cindy’s Medical Aesthetics Clinic, who has over a decade of experience in aesthetics, is widely known for her medical facials that utilise the Nd:YAG Laser to target and destroy acne bacteria. But above that, she’s well loved for her passion and commitment to customising treatment programs for her patients, who have blossomed under her care. As a regular volunteer with the Yellow Ribbon Project, she offers pro bono tattoo removal services for inmates in Changi Prison. This clearly reflects Dr Yang’s altruism and her care for others.
Dr Yang seems to possess a wealth of knowledge on acne — right from the types, severity grades and possible treatment solutions. She believes in taking a gentle and holistic approach when tackling acne, which explains the integrated use of topics, nutrition and laser therapies in her acne control program.
At Dr Cindy’s, the facial treatment menu takes a focus on acne. Choose from Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy that unclogs congested complexions with broadband light to gentler milk peels that stimulates new skin cell production. To add on, the clinic’s treatments are performed by Singapore Medical Council registered doctors.
Patients who have seeked acne treatment with Dr Yang have left her stellar reviews.
Ting experienced constant breakouts due to the constant outdoors with her boys. She has a mix of dry and oily skin and did the Light Therapy upon recommendation from Dr Yang. On the left (before) is her with concealer on and on the right is her bare faced. While the results in her after photo are not very obvious as you can still see some breakout marks, she shared that the marks healed a few days after treatment.
Dr Cindy’s Medical Aesthetics Clinic
Dr Cindy’s Medical unique interior design clearly sets it apart from other aesthetic clinics. It’s reminiscent of a vintage fashion house harking from the 70s — think large mirrors with Victorian detailing, heavily cushioned arm chairs and European style chandeliers. Treatment rooms are snugly located inside, which ensures all the tranquility and relaxation you need amidst the hustle and bustle around Singapore.
Dr Sylvia Ramirez
Dr Sylvia Ramirez is a Harvard-trained and US Board Certified physician with over 20 years’ experience in aesthetic medicine, chronic disease epidemiology, nephrology and transplantation both in the United States and internationally. With her background in academic and age management medicine, you can trust that her evidence-based medical grade facial treatments work.
Her clinic, Cutis Laser Clinics, offers a strict selection of just three types of facial treatments. Those new to facials can try the Anti-Aging Facial with Perfectio+, a combination of Perfectio+ Dual Light Therapy, DiamondTome Microdermabrasionand a specialized mask. This anti-aging facial treatment has been awarded “Best Firming Facial” from HerWorld Spa Awards 2019 and is suitable for all skin types.
Dr Ramirez likens collagen production to a bank account — just like how we regularly find ways to deposit money into our bank account, the same must be done for our collagen stores. While we can never reverse the effects of collagen loss, she encourages men and women to take advantage of aesthetic medicine to keep the skin healthy. When done properly, they don’t just give aesthetic benefits but preventic benefits too.
Over the years, Dr Ramirez has developed her own skincare line, Dr Sylvia Skincare, catered across all skin types. This hard work is what keeps Dr Ramirez’s patients coming back, and we’re sure she will grow even more from here on.
Cutis Laser Medical Clinic
The interior of Cutis Laser Medical is as modern as the clinic’s high end treatments — find spacious consultation rooms, classy white furniture and eye catching floor tiles. Situated in the middle of town, the clinic boasts a bird eye’s view of Singapore’s largest shopping belt.
Clinic website: https://www.cutislaserclinics.com
Address: 9 Scotts Road Pacific Plaza Scotts Medical Center #08-07, Singapore 228210
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat: 9am-3pm
Contact: +65 6801 4000