As an outpatient specialty clinic, the Aesthetic Institute of the Philippines (AIP) is a highly trusted source of aesthetic plastic surgery, dermatology, and slimming treatments. Recognized by key industry bodies and respected institutions in the field of aesthetic medicine, AIP is dedicated to providing not only effective treatments but also long term management all the way to aftercare service, ensuring international standards of medical care is met every step of the way.
To ensure that each patient is well attended to, AIP makes it a point to keep the clinic fully staffed with medical professionals, each one bearing an impressive portfolio. All members of AIP’s esteemed team of specialists and experts are board-certified and are well versed in the most up-to-date treatments in the fields of dermatology and cosmetic surgery. The nursing team tasked with supporting the doctors is also composed of skillfully trained and experienced nurses who are driven to provide the highest quality of care and service to all patients.
Catering to local and international patients alike, the clinic offers not just outpatient procedures but also fly-in surgeries.
Dr. Gene Gerald San Juan Tiongco, the medical director of Aesthetic Institute of the Philippines in Manila, is a highly trained and experienced aesthetic plastic surgeon. Advocating safe surgery and exemplary patient care, he is deeply committed to providing highly professional and top quality services to both local patients and medical tourists in Manila.
Dr. Christopher Christian P. Aro’s professional practice is based on his results-oriented philosophy in providing top-notch plastic and reconstructive surgery to his patients. With a proven and successful track record, Dr. Aro provides only the best quality results. Backed by his international training and post-graduate studies, Dr. Aro also makes the most advanced techniques and technologies accessible to more and more people.
An arm lift, also referred to as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes sagging skin or “bat wings” on the upper arms caused by changes in weight or aging. The procedure, which is commonly performed under general anesthesia, requires the creation of incisions in the armpit or the natural creases of the elbows to remove excess fat through liposuction. Excess skin and tissue are then surgically removed either by using a scalpel or through laser. The underlying tissues are then tightened, and the skin is lifted to achieve a smooth surface. Full recovery can take up to a month, but patients are able to go back to their normal daily activities after a couple of weeks.
Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty, in medical terms, is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to enhance the aesthetic features of the breast by inserting implants or through fat transfer. To insert implants, the surgeon will make an incision underneath the breasts, near the armpits, or around the nipple. The skin will be separated from the muscles to make a pocket. A silicone-filled or saline-filled implant will then be inserted. Once the implant has been positioned satisfactorily, the incision will be closed and bandaged. It will take a few weeks for the wound to heal and bruising to disappear. In time, the scars will fade, but will still be slightly noticeable.
Breast Lift Surgery
A breast lift, which is recommended for patients who have drooping or sagging breasts, is typically performed as an outpatient procedure in a hospital or a surgical clinic. Before the procedure starts, the surgeon will mark the proper position of the patient’s nipples after the lift, and then the patient will be placed under sedation or general anaesthesia. The surgeon will then work on removing excess fat and skin in the breast area and surgically lift the breast tissue to the desired location. The incisions will be sutured and bandaged, with drains placed to remove excess blood and fluids. The bandages will be removed after a day or two, but the discomfort and soreness are expected to continue for a couple of weeks as the area heals. The patient will have to wear post-surgery undergarments to support the breasts while they are healing.
Breast Lift with Implant
Breast lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to lift sagging breasts caused by aging, post-pregnancy, breastfeeding, or genetic factors. In the procedure, the surgeon administers local anesthesia with oral sedation before making a crescent incision along the breast to remove excess fat and tissue. The underlying chest muscles and the remaining skin are then lifted to achieve a smoother, younger-looking appearance. In case of overly large breasts, this procedure may also include repositioning the nipples and the areolas while making sure that the patient’s ability to breastfeed is not affected. The wound is then sutured closed. The patient is typically required to wear a support bra for the next two to three weeks.
A breast reduction surgery, also known as a mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat, skin, and tissue from the breast to reduce its volume. Although less common than breast augmentation, this procedure is ideal for those who have oversized breasts or breasts that are not proportionate to their body size. The surgery will also alter the shape of the breasts. In some cases, the procedure may also be combined with liposuction, especially if most of the breast is made up of excess fat, or with a breast lift, if the skin that gets left behind is drooping and sagging. If required, the surgeon may also reposition the nipples and the areola to achieve a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance.
A brow lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to help people who have sagging, drooping eyelids that tend to shadow the eyes. These are common among elderly individuals due to the effects of aging. A brow lift, which is sometimes also called a forehead lift, can be performed through a conventional technique or an endoscopic technique. In a classic brow lift procedure, one continuous incision is made from the ear level up to the mid-scalp area. The idea is to hide the scar under the hair. In an endoscopic lift, however, more than one incision will be made, but these are smaller and are less noticeable. A scope, or a thin tube with a camera on the end, and another device will then be inserted through these incisions; the other device will alter the brow area while the surgeon operates it guided by the view provided by the endoscope. The tissues are then controlled by tiny anchors that hold them in position for several years. A brow lift, especially the endoscopic technique, is now minimally invasive and is very safe.
A malar cheek augmentation is a cheek enhancement surgery used to enhance the appearance of the cheekbones, and in the process, improve the overall look of the face. Since the cheekbones highlight the eyes and balance the face, they have a major effect on how a person looks. Those who seek cheek augmentation has three options based on the shape of cheekbones they desire; these are malar, submalar, or a combination of both. A malar implant, which is more common, is placed on the cheekbones, while a submalar implant is placed just below it, which is ideal for those who have sunken cheeks. A malar cheekbone implant, however, creates a high contour on the sides of the face, effectively refining a person’s facial profile.
Face and Neck Lift
A combination of a face and neck lift is often prescribed for patients who want a more natural-looking facial rejuvenation. By undergoing both procedures, the patients can expect the following: the sagging or drooping skin and tissues of the face will be lifted, and the skin in the neck area will be tightened while excess fat will be removed through liposuction. The face and neck lift procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia, and incisions will be made around the patient’s ear, extending into the scalp. An additional incision can be made under the chin to facilitate the removal of excess fat and tightening of the neck muscles and skin. The patient might be required to stay in the hospital for a day or two after the procedure, and rest for several days at home to reduce swelling and the appearance of bruises. The patient can normally return to daily activities after four to six weeks following the procedure without worrying about serious complications.
A full facelift, technically known as a Rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure commonly performed on aging facial skin to remove wrinkles. The procedure literally involves removing the entire facial skin, tightening the tissues underneath, then repositioning the skin and smoothing out the wrinkles. A full face lift can be performed under general or a local anaesthesia combined with an intravenous sedative. Bandages will be used to cover the entire face after surgery, but these can be removed after a couple of days.
Liposuction (Traditional) Abdomen
A traditional liposuction of the abdomen is one of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted fats that settle idly on the mid-section. Factors such as weight loss fluctuations and pregnancy may cause excess fats to get stored in the area, and this can be especially difficult to remove even with targeted exercises. In such cases, liposuction can effectively remove these fats from the abdomen by suctioning them out through thin cannulas or tubes that are inserted through tiny incisions made on the stomach. This thorough fat removal technique from the midsection is a popular cosmetic procedure that produces safe and highly visible results, something that cannot be easily achieved in such a short time through abdominal exercises.
Liposuction (Traditional) Whole Body
A traditional whole body liposuction is a highly effective body sculpting or reshaping surgery that removes all excess fat from all fatty areas of the body. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure wherein fat is suctioned out of the body by inserting thin tubes called cannula through tiny incisions made in the skin. The tubes are specifically targeted at areas where fat deposits are stored. Liposuction has been around for years, and the technique has improved into a safer and less painful procedure. Although it is not a weight loss solution, the desired result is a toned and contoured body. A significant difference in body contour will be noticeable right after the surgery, but the full effects of the procedure will gradually develop for several weeks and months as the swelling subsides and will continue to improve within a year.
Lower blepharoplasty is a procedure that aims to improve the appearance or shape of the lower eyelid. The procedure is normally performed to remove excess fat and skin to eliminate wrinkles and "eye bags.” It can also be performed to improve the appearance of hollowed eyelids by using dermal fillers. Lower blepharoplasty requires the creation of an incision typically just below the lash line or inside the eyelid, to prevent scarring. The surgeon then removes excess fat and skin. To achieve a smoother, younger-looking skin on the lower part of the eyes, laser resurfacing can also be performed. This outpatient procedure is commonly done under local anesthesia with sedation. Recovery time is about one to two weeks although patients can go back to their normal daily activities after a couple of days.
MACS lift or Minimal Access Cranium Suspension lift is a new revolutionary procedure to lift sagging facial tissue. Considered by many as a great alternative to other invasive surgical procedures, MACS lift can be completed in just one to two hours while recovery period is just 7 to 14 days. In the procedure, which guarantees a long-lasting and natural-looking effect, a very small cut is made in the skin in front of the ear so the surgeon can detach the skin and lift it vertically. The muscles are then tightened and excess skin and fats are removed. The incision is made in the natural creases of the facial skin, leaving no scar once the wound has healed.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tuck is a type of abdominoplasty that makes use of a short incision above the pubic region. Dubbed by many as “scarless tummy tuck”, this procedure can be performed in conjunction with liposuction. In the procedure, the patient is placed under general anesthesia before a hip-to-hip incision is made below the belly button. The skin is then lifted, and the underlying tissues are tightened. Excess skin will be removed, and the remaining will be stretched or pulled before the wound is sutured closed. Recovery time can take two to four months. In some cases, the patient will be required to stay at least one night in the hospital for observation.
A neck lift can be performed using different techniques including one that is called a turkey wattle, which involves making small incisions behind the ears or under the chin to access the platysma, a muscle in the neck. It can also be performed using an endoscopic surgical technique to minimize the scarring and recovery period. Both techniques require general or local anaesthesia with sedation. The goal is to remove excess fat and tissue in the neck area and tighten the skin to achieve a younger-looking appearance. It will take around ten days to two weeks for the patient to resume normal activities, with an additional week or two if the patient wishes to engage in sporting activities.
A nipple reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the appearance of oversized nipples. It is ideal for those who have large, droopy, or long nipples as well as for those who have large and puffy areolas, which is the area surrounding the nipple. This surgery is done to improve the appearance and shape of the breasts, and can be performed not just on women but also on men. This is a simple and fast procedure that causes very little discomfort and is very easy to recover from. There are different techniques used for nipple and areola reduction, so your doctor will discuss these options with you to determine the most appropriate solution based on your specific needs. One common technique used to reduce nipple size is to remove a part of the nipple and stitch the remaining nipple back to a smaller sized one. A successful nipple reduction procedure can also improve nipples that tend to point downward due to their size, so getting a nipple reduction may be used as a simpler alternative to a breast lift.
Nose trimming is a surgical procedure performed on noses that have a wide opening and flared nostrils. It aims to make the nose look more proportional to other facial features to achieve a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance. It is performed under local anesthesia followed by the creation of an incision on the outer base of the nostrils to trim the nasal bones as well as the lower and upper cartilage. Tissues around the nostrils may also be removed to achieve the desired shape and size. A splint is used after the wound is sutured closed. Bruising and swelling is to be expected up to three weeks after the procedure.
A rhinoplasty using cartilage grafts is a safe surgical procedure that aims to reshape or improve the appearance of the nose using cartilage harvested from other parts of the body. Common sources of cartilage grafts are the nasal septum, the ear, and the rib. Grafts from the nasal septum are often used for augmenting the tip of the nose while ear cartilage, which is very limited, is best used for adjusting the nasal skeleton. Rib cartilage grafts are used when larger quantities are needed, but the cartilage in the ribs are not as flexible as those in the nose and ear. This is most appropriate for rhinoplasty procedures wherein the projection of the tip structure has to be increased. Nasal septum and ear cartilage grafts are both very good donor sites as they cause minimal pain afterwards, while rib cartilage grafts can cause lingering pain in the rib area for weeks following the procedure.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to alter the appearance of the nose. For patients who want to make their nose more prominent, using Gore-Tex implants is highly recommended. This is typically performed through open structural method wherein a 4-5mm incision is made across the cartilage bridge to separate the nostrils to make space for the Gore-tex. Once the implant has been placed and the desired shape of the nose has been achieved, the incision is sutured closed. A splint may be used following the procedure to keep the implant in place. Gore-tex is popular because it is relatively inexpensive, highly safe, and biocompatible. It also does not inhibit tissue growth nor cause harmful effects and allergic reactions.
A rhinoplasty using silicon implants is a surgical procedure that aims to correct conditions that affect the nose whether they are cosmetic or medical in nature. Also called nose reshaping and colloquially known as a ‘nose job’, a rhinoplasty improves the appearance of the nose and makes it more proportionate to the rest of the facial features. The surgery can be performed using open or closed technique. In an open technique, the incision is made between the nostrils while in a closed technique, the incision is made inside the nose. Once the incision is made, the silicon implant is inserted and sutured in place. This is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the preference of the patients. Recovery time can take up to one month while swelling can be expected up to two weeks after the surgery.
Thigh lift surgery is performed to reshape and tone the thighs to achieve a more balanced figure and smoother skin. Thigh lifts are not intended to remove excess fat, however, in cases where the removal of fat, as well as cellulite and sagging skin becomes necessary to achieve the goal, these can also be performed by the surgeon. After administering local anesthesia, small incisions will be made either in the natural crease behind your knee or the hip. The underlying muscles are then tightened, and excess fat is either distributed or removed before the wound is sutured closed. Swelling is to be expected as well as pain, but these should subside in one to two weeks. Full recovery can take up to one month.
A tummy tuck or an abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to remove excess fat and restore weakened muscles to achieve a flatter, more toned abs as well as to make the skin surface smooth and firm. It is ideal for people who has a normal body weight but has a loose and sagging abdomen, perhaps due to age, heredity, massive weight loss, or pregnancy. The procedure, which is commonly performed under general anesthesia, involves the creation of a hip-to-hip incision that allows the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue before tightening the abdominal muscles to achieve the desired result. Swelling is to be expected, and the results are noticeable after a couple of weeks.
Excess skin in the upper eyelid typically causes aesthetic or functional problems. It may make the eyelid look heavy, puffy, and sometimes it may even cause problems in vision. This can be corrected through an upper blepharoplasty. This is a surgical procedure that involves the creation of an incision in the natural crease of the eyelids. This is purposely done to ensure that the wound will not leave a scar once it heals. The surgeon then carefully removes excess fat and tissue, and if needed, surgically cuts excess skin before closing the wound using absorbable sutures. Performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation, the recovery time takes about two weeks, but patients can go back to their normal daily activities after a couple of days.
Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that aims to tighten the skin around the eye to get rid of wrinkles and achieve a younger looking appearance. This procedure can be done on both the upper and lower eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery involves the creation of an incision along the natural creases of the eyelid. In lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made just below the lashes. These incisions are used so the surgeon can remove excess fat, muscle, and skin. Both procedures are performed under local anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. Full recovery is typically three to four weeks, although patients can go back to their normal daily activities after a couple of days.