One of the most common skincare complaints Singaporeans have is acne — whether it’s acne scars or pigmentation marks, this pesky skin issue has a tough rep in Singapore. If you’re struggling with acne and hoping to find a solution, consider microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a non invasive aesthetic treatment where blemished skin and dead skin cells are removed through a crystal tip and suction force. Not only does microdermabrasion smoothen and improve the texture of skin, it also reduces wrinkles, acne scars and skin pigmentation and keeps skin looking youthful by encouraging collagen growth.
Compared to other skin acne treatments like chemical peels and injectable fillers, microdermabrasion is generally more cost effective and safe. There is also little to no downtime, and results can be seen almost immediately after the procedure. The number of sessions required depends on your skin type and doctor.
Ready to see improvements in your acne? We’ve shortlisted the top 3 microdermabrasion clinics in Singapore.
Dr Heng Wee Soon
Dr Heng Wee Soon is one of the most highly sought after aesthetic doctors for non invasive face and neck procedures. As the youngest medical trainer in Singapore earmarked by Allergan Singapore, Dr Heng not only specialises in non-surgical laser treatments but is also an expert in dermatology. As head doctor at The Ogee Clinic, Dr Heng has a proven track record of patient satisfaction.
Dr Heng believes that 99% of pigmentation treatments fail due to incorrect diagnosis of the pigmentation and insufficient knowledge of other pigmentation treatment options apart from laser. He shares that while lasers can work, there are also many successful treatment options around, such as hydroquinone, cysteamine and vitamin C.
To treat acne, Dr Heng has a few acne treatment programmes that he specially designed at The Ogee Clinic. Each package is tailored according to your skin type and involves a mix of the latest aesthetic treatments, such as microdermabrasion, Rejuran healer and dermal fillers. After the first consultation, you will receive a program of therapies that will benefit you in the shortest period of time. Dr Heng designs his treatments under four guiding principles: sebum and oil control; eradication of Propionibacterium acnes; elimination of inflammation; and skin renewal. If you’re looking to reign in all the benefits of the different aesthetic treatments around safely, Dr Heng might be your guy.
When it comes to a skincare regimen, Dr Heng believes that less is more. While K-beauty products and routines are all the rage in Singapore, Dr Heng thinks that there might be “too many steps and too many products”. He recalls how he had a patient who, despite using 36 Korean skincare products, still experienced skin sensitivity and acne. He then advised her to go back to the basics of toner, his proprietary pore clarifying serum, sunscreen and moisturiser — two months later, her skin improved drastically! This clearly reflects Dr Heng’s understanding of the basics and his knowledge around treating acne.
The Ogee Clinic
Upon first impression, The Ogee Clinic looks more like a spa and/or massage parlour due to its fluorescent lighting and cosy setup. When we visited the clinic at Marina Square, the space was indeed relatively small. However, customer service was still top notch and can compare to any of the bigger aesthetic clinics in Singapore.
Clinic website: https://www.theogeeclinic.com
Address:1 Raffles Link, #B1-12/14, Singapore 039393
Opening hours:Mon-Fri: 11am-8pm, Sat: 10am-3pm
Contact number: +65 6909 5370
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.
At her clinic, Cutis Laser Clinics, the Hydra Dermabrasion and DiamondTome Microdermabrasion solutions sit as the star treatment methods for finer skin. DiamondTome Microdermabrasion uses a wand with natural diamond chips that glides over your skin to remove dead cells and debris, and is best used to reduce acne and extract blackheads and whiteheads. Hydra Dermabrasion, on the other hand, is a 3-step treatment process that combines serum and a vacuum-based skin abrasion tip to diminish hyperpigmentation and reduce wrinkles. To top it off, the tips have a multifaceted spiral construction that increases serum and skin contact. Combine Dr Ramirez’s microdermabrasions with her medical-grade skin rejuvenation facials and you’ve got a clear winner.
Jessie tried Dr Ramirez’s DiamondTome MicroDermabrasion for her pigmentation and left with much rejuvenated skin. After just one treatment, her skin can absorb moisturisers a lot better and she feels like she has baby smooth skin now!
Have any questions related to skincare or aesthetics? Find a plethora of information on Dr Ramirez’s blog.
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 number: +65 6801 4000
Dr Stephen Chu
Dr Stephen Chu carries a wealth of experience with him. The highly accredited doctor and surgeon received training in Europe and Singapore and opened The Aesthetics Firm by Aquila Medical, where he covers everything from wound care to minor surgeries like mole removal. When it comes to skincare specifically, Dr Chu’s services extend to thread lift, crypolisis and injectables.
His Hydrafacial is what you’d want to look out for — this 45-minute medical grade facial is his clinic’s equivalent of a microdermabrasion. This treatment is a unique 4-in-1 technology that cleanses, hydrates and moisturises the skin with serum and vacuum suction. Think of it as a gentler approach to a traditional dermabrasion. Not convinced? The reviews can speak for itself.
Dr Chu believes that aesthetic treatments are part of routines to sustain a healthy lifestyle — just like how you eat well to maintain your figure, aesthetic treatments should be done regularly for maintenance. Dr Chu also believes beauty is made from within — which explains why he has a nutritionist on his team to guide patients on a proper nutrition plan in order for patients to reap the best treatment results.
To help women develop youthful and radiant skin, Dr Chu developed and formulated Elan Skincare, a skincare line with proprietary products. His clinic utilises VISA Complexion Analysis, a 3D facial analysis system that captures key visual information of your skin that our naked eye and regular cameras can’t see.
The Aesthetics Firm
Feel right at home at The Aesthetics Firm. Located at the Singapore Business Federation, the clinic boasts an impressive view of the CBD with floor-to-ceiling window panes and furnishing similar to an expensive apartment. When we popped by the clinic, we were met with impeccable service and served snacks and hot tea. If you’re looking for a nice place to chill out with a book after your treatment, consider The Aesthetics Firm.
Clinic website: https://www.theaestheticsfirm.com.sg
Address: SBF Centre (Medical Suite) Level 5 Unit 1, 160 Robinson Road, Singapore 068914
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-8.30pm
Contact: +65 6957 2826