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IDS Clinic was opened on 18 February and those who are familiar with the aesthetics beauty scene will definitely realise that the man helming this new clinic isn’t new to the market.

In fact, Dr S K Tan could well be called the “Grandfather of Aesthetics”, a pioneer in the scene in Singapore, even before aesthetics beauty was popular. Another reason why you may find the name familiar is because Dr Tan is the founder of The DRx Clinic, who was behind the Derma-Rx products.

So why is he not with the clinic he founded and starting a new practice? The clinic and the manufacturer and distributor of the products were sold to an MNC three years ago (we understand that it’s sold once again to another company more recently). Dr Tan remained as a consultant to the new company and once his term was up, he decided that he wanted to begin his own practice and that’s when IDS Clinic was conceived.

What’s IDS Clinic About


Enter the new IDS Clinic, that’s located at the accessible yet still quiet Novena Specialist Center, and you’ll be greeted by a sleek environment that feels cosy. It has a “dispensary” that you may not usually see in aesthetics clinic, where you collect your youth elixirs that are prescribed by Dr Tan, which come in the form of the IDS Skincare products, formulated by Dr Tan.


Dr Tan said that his passion is really in skincare and he believes that a lot of skin issues can be resolved at the skincare level. This is why a thorough consultation will be done and Dr Tan will first look at what skincare products can help. Treatments will be done to complement and enhance the benefits of the skincare products.


You can look forward to the latest state-of-the-art lasers, as well as a photo imaging system that comes with customised programming to monitor your skin’s condition. Of course, a variety of treatments such as Botox, fillers, nonsurgical thread lifts, proprietary laser programmes and Thermage will also be available at the clinic.


Facial treatments that are specially designed by Dr Tan using special formulas that he sourced for and brought in from around the world will also be offered at the IDS Clinic.

What Daily Vanity Thinks

A quick conversation with Dr Tan makes me realise that the humble man, while a renowned practitioner in his field, is passionate about his craft. This passion means that he will only prescribe what he thinks and knows is best, and may turn you down if what you request for is against what he knows is good for you. This gives me the confidence that all his patients are in good hands.


The IDS Skincare range has an understated appearance with straightforward names that I really appreciate. Some of the products that were specially mentioned at the launch include the Facial Scrub (yes, this is simply what it’s called!) that helps to exfoliate dead skin cells effectively to boost cell turnover; the C-Plus is a form of potent but stable vitamin C that delivers superior antioxidant; and the Probiotic Mask, a leave-on that’s fortified with probiotics to help improve the skin’s natural barrier function.



IDS Clinic is located at #05-07 to 10, Novena Specialist Center (that’s next to Oasia Hotel and near Novena Square). Call 6568-3555 to make an appointment.

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