Children & Adult Skin, Hair & Laser Clinic offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic and dermatologic procedures offering specialized care for both children and adult with general skin and hair conditions. The clinic’s consultative and therapy-directed practice focuses on providing professional diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care using only the most advanced methodologies and state-of-the-art technologies.
The clinic is led by Dr. Lynn Chiam, a renowned dermatologist in Singapore. Under her leadership, the clinic has introduced innovative treatments and has brought the very best in the field of dermatology.
Dr. Chiam brings her years of experience in evaluating and treating a wide range of skin conditions to her private practice. Recognized as one of the best in her field, she graduated from the National University of Singapore and is an active member of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom and Academy of Medicine in Singapore. She also completed her specialist training at the National Skin Centre.
Recognized as one of the most important figures in the field of dermatology in Singapore, Dr. Lynn Chiam specializes in a wide range of dermatological and cosmetic services and is committed to providing advanced diagnostics, treatment, and management of various skin conditions.
Acne vulgaris is a skin condition caused by the clogging of the sebaceous follicles that are present in the face and the upper trunk. The condition is typically triggered by oil and dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin surface and clog up the pores. It causes a breakout of pimples, zits, whiteheads, and blackheads, depending on the severity of the condition. Mild acne vulgaris causes a few pimples, while severe acne can cause big and painful red lumps or cysts that may spread across the face, and even on the neck, chest, and back. Mild acne can be treated with over-the-counter acne creams that use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as the main healing agent. Severe forms of acne, however, require stronger prescription medicines that a doctor or dermatologist can prescribe. Dermatologists can also use skin treatments such as laser resurfacing and dermabrasion to get rid of acne and acne scars.
Botox refers to the aesthetic use of botulinum toxin, a toxin produced by a form of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Despite being considered a toxin, when delivered in small doses, it is found to have beneficial effects on the appearance of the skin. However, since it can cause paralysis when administered incorrectly, Botox injections should be performed only by certified and trusted cosmetic surgeons and only FDA-approved brands should be used. Botox injections are highly effective in relaxing and softening wrinkles, which automatically occurs when the muscles underneath the skin stop contracting due to the effects of Botox. It is most effective on frown lines and lines around the eyes. Botox injections are safe and cause very little discomfort that no anesthesia is necessary. It may take just a few minutes depending on the area to be covered. The full effects will be visible within 3 to 7 days, and they usually last up to six months. The procedure doesn’t come with downtime, with after effects such as bruising and headaches subsiding within 48 hours.
Chemical peels are popular skin treatments that are designed to improve the overall appearance of the skin. As implied by the name, chemical peels are done by applying a chemical solution on the skin, causing it to blister and peel off eventually, revealing smoother and less wrinkled skin. These treatments are performed on the face, neck, and hands to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, mild scars, mild acne, age spots, freckles, and dark patches. It can also improve the skin’s texture. This treatment causes almost instantaneous effects and requires very little post-treatment care aside from just keeping the skin protected from excessive sun exposure. Other than this, chemical peels offer a single, effortless solution to a variety of skin problems.
A person may visit a dermatologist for skin maintenance or treatment of skin condition. During the visit, the dermatologist will perform a thorough examination of the skin using tools including microscope. The patient’s medical records, as well as lifestyle and family history, will be thoroughly reviewed as well. Depending on the symptoms and the results of the physical examination, the dermatologist may request for additional tests before making any diagnosis. If a certain skin condition is found, treatment and management plan will be discussed. If none, the patient may opt to take advantage of various treatments that can improve the skin’s quality.
Dermatology Follow Up
A follow-up consultation with the dermatologists from Children & Adult Skin, Hair & Laser Clinic is an important part of any treatment plan, and is usually the concluding appointment signaling the end of the treatment process. The primary purpose of a follow-up consultation is to ensure the patient’s safety following the previously performed procedure. The follow-up visit will allow the dermatologist to check how the patient is recovering from it. The secondary purpose is to evaluate the effects of the procedure and determine whether it successfully attained the treatment goals laid out prior to the procedure. A follow-up consultation is usually scheduled by the attending dermatologist after a sufficient amount of time has passed to allow the results to settle and allow more accurate evaluation. This visit takes anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour.
Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions that affect patients of all ages. It generally causes skin inflammation and irritation, leading to itching, redness, scaling, and cracking. It is also sometimes called dermatitis and may occur in many forms, such as atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis, and on various parts of the body, although it is most common on the face, hands, feet, back of the knees, and the inside of the elbows. Although its specific cause is not known, it is more common among people or children with a family history of asthma and hay fever. Eczema can be treated with moisturizers, steroid creams, and antibiotics, but can also be treated at the dermatologist’s office using ultraviolet light therapy.
Dermal fillers and chemical peels are two of the most commonly sought after facial rejuvenation treatments that do not require surgery. These give patients excellent, more comfortable, and convenient alternatives to the highly invasive facelift. Although results are not as long-lasting, fillers and chemical peels can reverse the signs of aging by smoothing out wrinkles. Dermal fillers are injected into the face in a quick procedure that uses a special numbing cream or local anesthetic. There will be some slight swelling and bruising for the first few days, as well as some firmness that eventually settles within a couple of weeks. Chemical peels, on the other hand, are beneficial for those whose skin has suffered the harmful effects of sun exposure. Chemical peels come in different kinds such as glycolic or trichloroacetic acid peels (TCA). Glycolic acid peels are most effective in lifting away dead skin cells while TCA peels are best for people with pale skin.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is currently known as the most popular permanent hair removal option that has many women bidding goodbye to shaving, tweezing, and waxing. This procedure gets rid of hair for good by beaming highly concentrated laser light into the hair follicles. The light is then absorbed by the pigment in the follicles, causing permanent damage to the hair. Laser treatments are known for their precision as the laser light can target only specific points underneath the skin. Thus, this treatment can get rid of hair without causing damage to the surrounding skin. Laser hair removal treatments usually require multiple sessions to achieve permanent results.
Pigmentation Laser Treatment
Laser treatment is an ideal option for people who are suffering from pigmentation disorders that cause discoloration on various parts of the body; this can range from small, barely noticeable spots to large pigmented patches of skin. A pigmentation laser treatment can get rid of all these imperfections and also evens out the skin tone. It works by exfoliating the skin from within, removing the affected layers, and stimulating the growth of new collagen and new skin cells. As a result, skin becomes free of unsightly blemishes, giving patients a natural radiant look. Pigmentation laser treatments usually require several sessions to achieve the desired results.
Psoriasis is a common chronic skin problem that causes inflamed and flaking white or red patches of skin. This abnormal skin reaction is known to be caused by an overactive immune system, which causes skin cells to grow within days instead of the normal growth rate of every four weeks. This causes the old skin to flake off, as the new skin comes in. While mild cases of psoriasis may respond to steroid creams, severe and chronic cases require biologic medications or dermatological treatments, such as occlusion and light therapy or phototherapy, in which UV light is used to slow down the growth of new skin cells.
Removal of Acquired Facial Pigmentation
The removal of acquired facial pigmentation is now easy; thanks to the advances in dermatological treatment and technology. The most common acquired facial pigmentations include freckles or small flat brown marks that commonly appear on the face, lentigines or large flat brown spots caused by sun damage, seborrheic keratosis or brown raised skin overgrowths caused by aging, and moles or abnormal clusters of pigment cells that appear on the skin. For the removal of such pigmentations, patients usually have a wide range of skin treatments to choose from; one of the most popular being laser pigmentation treatments. These use laser energy to target the affected pigment cells while keeping the rest of the skin unharmed.
Skin Cancer Surgery / Correction
Surgery is the primary course of treatment for skin cancer. Dermatologists prescribe cryosurgery, curettage and electrocautery, MMS or Mohs micrographic surgery, wide local excision, skin grafting, and lymph node surgery depending on the type, size, and location of the cancerous growth. Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove the cancer; this is ideal for smaller skin cancers in non-sensitive locations, but is not used when the cancer is near some organs such as the eyes. Curettage and electrocautery is used for basal cell cancers and is performed under local anesthesia. MMS, on the other hand, is used for large cancers and those that grow near the eyes and nose; also performed under local anesthesia, this can remove the cancer while keeping as much healthy skin as possible. Other procedures are performed as secondary treatment; these include wide local excision, which is effective in preventing recurrences, while skin grafts are used to repair areas of the skin where large skin growths were removed.
Skin Laser Resurfacing
Skin laser resurfacing is a widely used laser treatment that rejuvenates and improves the overall appearance of the face by smoothing out wrinkles and lightening scars and blotches. It is a safe procedure that uses the precision and control offered by laser technology to target only the problem areas and keep the rest of the skin damage free. Performed by a dermatologist under local or general anesthesia (depending on the size of the area to be treated), skin laser resurfacing takes up to two hours for the full face and 30 to 45 minutes for specific parts. Swelling and itching are normally felt during the first few days after the treatment, and it is important to repeatedly clean the treated area during the first 24 hours. There is a lingering redness that takes two to three months to fade, but patients are generally completely healed within 10 to 20 days.
Targeted Body Shaping & Skin Tightening
Targeted body shaping and skin tightening, when combined, results in glowing, firm and youthful skin. These procedures can restore the vitality of skin minus the long recovery downtime that comes with going under the knife. Targeted body shaping and skin tightening are performed with the use of radiofrequency technology, which effectively reduces wrinkles and treats sagging skin. By tightening and toning the skin, the shape and contour of the body become more defined. This can be done on any part of the body, with the whole treatment divided into 4 to 6 sessions. Both procedures, which are usually done together, can be performed with no pain and no downtime. The skin is first tightened using controlled volumetric heating that causes the dermis to contract and create new collagen fibers, then the heat is sent into the fatty layers of the skin to shrink the fat cells, thus making skin look more toned and less lax. The skin improves gradually within 2 to 3 months following the procedure, and effects can last up to 6 months.
Treatment for Birthmarks, Broken Veins & Stretch Marks (Candela V-Beam Vascular Treatment)
The Candela V-Beam can treat a wide range of skin conditions including hyperpigmentation such as birthmarks, spider or broken veins, and scars such as stretch marks. It can also treat acne and acne scars, skin lesions, and fine lines and wrinkles. It works by using an intense but safe and gentle burst of laser light that is specifically designed to selectively treat the blood vessels affected by a vascular lesion. However, it does not affect the surrounding skin and leaves the skin pigment intact. It is so effective yet so safe that even infants can benefit from it.
Treatment for Birthmarks, Broken Veins, Stretch MarksContact Clinic
Treatment for birthmarks, broken veins, and stretch marks is now possible, thanks to many advances in dermatology. One of the most commonly used due to its proven effectiveness is laser light therapy, which delivers intense pulses of light into the deeper layers of the skin, targeting the veins or blood vessels responsible for the imperfection. It’s very safe and causes minimal discomfort. Prior to the procedure, a numbing cream or special gel is applied to the area to greatly reduce the tingling sensation. Its recovery time is remarkably shorter compared to other treatment options. The treatment itself is also very short, with each laser light session lasting only 15 to 30 minutes. However, the procedure is typically performed multiple times to achieve the desired results.