Dr. Leo Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic is one of Singapore’s most trusted clinics offering a wide range of plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures that aim to restore or improve function and appearance. Conveniently located at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, the clinic uses only modern technologies and clinically proven effective techniques and methods.
Dr. Leo Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic continued success is attributed to its Managing Director, Dr. Leo Kah Woon, a certified plastic surgeon accredited by the Ministry of Health of Singapore. A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, he graduated from the University of Singapore where he obtained his MBBS degree. He also attended Singapore General Hospital where he completed his Basic Surgical Training in General Surgery as well as his Advanced Surgical Training at the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, & Aesthetic Surgery.
In 2009, Dr. Leo was awarded a scholarship by the Human Manpower Development Programme that allowed him to train under world renowned Dr. Peter Neligan for a year at the University of Washington in Seattle, United States. This training has greatly improved his skills and knowledge in microvascular surgery, breast reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery.
Aside from his private practice, Dr. Leo is actively involved in medical humanitarian mission work. Lending his expertise and showing his commitment to bringing difference to the world, he joined medical missions in Yunnan, China, and Vietnam where he operated on under-privileged young children with cleft lip and palate deformities, as well as those who were suffering from severe burn injuries.
Driven to provide the most natural-looking results while ensuring patients’ safety and comfort, Dr. Leo Kah Woon offers patient-centric and evidence-based non-surgical treatments as well as surgical cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in a world-class medical facility using only state-of-the-art technologies.
Botox or botulinum toxin is a drug developed using a toxin produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium. The toxin was discovered to have beneficial effects on the body when administered in small, controlled doses. It is now widely used in the treatment of neurological disorders, chronic migraine, and overactive bladders, among many others. However, its most popular medical use is as a dermatological injectable that effectively smoothens skin from within. Once injected, the Botox drug weakens and paralyzes the muscles to prevent the wrinkling and sagging of the skin. This anti-aging effect lasts anywhere between three and twelve months, after which the injection can be administered again.
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Breast surgery offers a wide range of surgical options for women to achieve the breasts that they desire. Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic breast surgery among women. Performed under general anesthesia, the procedure aims to make breast size larger by placing breast implants either behind or in front of the pectoral muscles. Other types of breast surgery are performed to treat an illness (breast cancer) or repair an injury, including previously botched breast surgeries. Meanwhile, patients who have sagging breasts can opt for a breast lift or a breast reduction for those who have overly large breast. Implant revision is also a type of breast surgery that is commonly performed to change the implant either for medical or aesthetic purposes.
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Burn surgery is widely used in the treatment of burn injuries. Surgical therapy for burns is categorized as either acute or reconstructive. Acute surgeries are performed right after the injury, usually by trauma surgeons. If necessary, such as in the presence of complex burns, reconstructive surgery then follows. This is performed by plastic surgeons, usually after the burn wounds are fully healed. The goal of reconstructive surgery is to restore the function of the affected body parts as well as to reduce the appearance of the scars. All burns surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, sometimes combined with intravenous sedation. The results of burns surgeries are monitored by the surgeons over an extended period of time, during which the patient will be asked to return for follow-up appointments.
Craniofacial surgery, also known as head and face reconstruction, is a procedure that aims to repair deformities that affect the facial structure, brain, skull, nerves, eyes, and facial skin. The method of treatment differs depending on the severity of deformity as well as the patient’s general health. Craniofacial surgeries are usually performed by a plastic surgeon and a neurosurgeon together, or by a head and neck surgeon. They are performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere between 4 and 12 hours. The surgery is highly extensive as it may involve taking bone grafts from other body parts as well as cutting and moving the bones and tissues of the face. Blood vessels and nerves also need to be reconnected with the use of microscopic techniques. The surgery leaves facial swelling for weeks; if the neck also becomes inflamed, the airway may become blocked, so a tracheotomy may be needed.
Dermal fillers are injectable substances that restore facial volume and fullness, as well as diminish wrinkles and fine lines that affect the face as it ages. They work by replacing the natural subcutaneous fat that the face loses over time. Fillers are also used to make thin lips look plumper, as well as repair recessed scars. Dermal fillers now come in many types, such as cosmetic injectables, semi-permanent, and permanent fillers, depending on the substance used. It can be collagen or calcium hydroxyl apatite. There are also temporary ones including hyaluronic acid (HA) and fat transfer.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the eyelid. It resolves loose, sagging skin that creates abnormal or disrupting folds in the upper eyelids. Lower eyelid surgery, on the other hand, can get rid of fatty deposits that cause a puffy appearance and dark bags under the eyes. Surgery for both eyelids can also be done at the same time. After the surgery, you will be given both topical and oral medications against infection and to speed up healing. It is normal to feel some swelling, dry eyes, bruising, and eye irritation at first, but these can be relieved by medications and cold compresses.
Laser therapy is widely used in the field of dermatology. Two of the most popular methods are laser skin tightening and laser resurfacing. Laser skin tightening creates tighter, younger-looking skin by heating the collagen with an infrared laser light beam, which causes the skin to contract. Laser skin resurfacing, on the other hand, aims to reduce shallow scars, wrinkles, and blemishes by removing damaged skin layers using short, concentrated pulses of laser light. Both laser therapies are effective in achieving results that were only otherwise possible through surgical means, allowing patients to enjoy tighter, more youthful skin without going under the knife.
Lymphedema, a condition characterized by swelling of the arms and legs, can be treated with a surgery, which is recommended by doctors when standard treatments fail to treat the condition. The goal of lymphedema surgery is to reduce the symptoms and stop the progression of the disease. Over the years, several surgical techniques have been studied for lymphedema, but microsurgery, which was developed fairly recently, was the only one that proved viable. In the procedure, the surgeon will connect the blocked lymphatic vessels using minute instruments, allowing the lymph fluid to flow more freely. Depending on the severity of the condition, the surgeon may also elect to microsurgically transplant a lymph node to the established lost connection in the affected area.
At Dr. Leo Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, specialists offer various reconstructive surgeries to restore the function and form of the body. One type of this procedure is called microvascular reconstruction, which entails rebuilding the deformed body parts using bone, blood vessels, tissue, muscle, and skin that are harvested from patient’s other body parts. This technique is typically performed for patients who have undergone surgery for the removal of head and neck tumours. Other conditions that may require this type of surgery include nasal obstruction, osteoradionecrosis of the mandible, involuntary contraction of the mastication muscles, and contour irregularities of the face.
A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the shape of a person’s nose. This is also performed to repair the nose after an injury or in case of a deviated septum. Regardless of the purpose, majority of rhinoplasty procedures are performed under general anesthesia, while some minor repairs can be done with local anesthesia. Patients may be asked to stay in the hospital longer or may be allowed to go home on the same day; this will depend on the complexity of the specific procedure. Some pain and swelling in the nose and face will be felt after the surgery, and patients will be required to wear a nasal packing for up to 5 days after the operation. Complete recovery from a rhinoplasty will take several weeks, but some numbness may still be felt at the tip of the nose for months.