Choosing a Doctor
Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery involves many choices.
In Singapore aesthetic procedures are regulated closely by the Ministry of Health Singapore. Certain simpler procedures like Botox, Fillers, Lasers, and other minimally invasive procedures may be performed by General Practitioners with the appropriate training in the field. Often this is the more competitive area and therefore the prices of these procedures tends to be very affordable.
Certain more invasive procedures are more closely regulated, and only certain classes of surgeons may perform these surgeries.
For example, Tummy Tucks may be performed by a General Surgeon, or a Plastic Surgeon, and Nose Augmentation may be performed by Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons.
Selecting a surgeon
The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust.
It is important to select a physician who:
Has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery.
Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
Operates only in accredited medical facilities, approved by the Ministry of Health, Singapore.
Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.
The training of a plastic surgeon begins with 5 years of medical undergraduate training followed by 3 years of postgraduate basic surgical training and 4 years of advanced surgical training. A plastic
surgery trainee is deemed to have completed his training when he becomes a Fellow of the Academy
of Medicine of Singapore in Plastic Surgery and is registered on the Specialist Register of the Singapore Medical Council as a Plastic Surgeon.
During hospital training, majority of the work of a plastic surgeon revolves around reconstructive surgery (e.g. post trauma) and burns. A portion of the time is also spent practicing aesthetic and cosmetic surgeries.