Think: aesthetics doctor, and the image of a well-groomed medical professional who rubs shoulders with celebrity probably comes to mind. Dr. Ivan Puah, founder of Amaris B. Clinic, says that the first impression people have of his job is usually that it is “glamorous”. “This is not true,” he laughs and says.
Indeed, a typical day for him in the clinic sounds surprisingly more similar to our day in the office than a walk down the red carpet. He typically begins at 9.30am and ends at around 7pm. “I will either be seeing clients, who had booked in for consultation or treatments with me, or I will be operating on patients who have scheduled for minimally invasive body sculpting procedures such as liposuction.”
When he’s not working, the father-of-two mostly spends his time with his family, and playing tennis, soccer and jogging.
What made Dr. Ivan Puah decide to become an aesthetic doctor?
“Glamour” was definitely not the reason why Dr. Ivan Puah decided to specialise in aesthetic medicine and eventually started Amaris B. Clinic in 2005. The clinic, for more than a decade, has been providing cosmetic and aesthetic services, and has built a strong reputation particularly for body contouring treatments.
“Since I was a child, I’ve always had strong interest in Science and am fascinated with the way in which the human body functions,” recounts Dr. Ivan Puah. This childhood fascination eventually becomes a dedication and passion to the craft, evident from the commitment he has made to attend workshops, courses and conferences held locally and overseas to enhance his expertise. He also has been personally trained by French renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Pierre Francois Fournier, on several specialised procedures.
Amaris B. Clinic is about quality and affordability, says Dr. Ivan Puah
While aesthetic procedures only gained prominence and become more spoken about in recent years, Amaris B. Clinic has always been very much ahead of its time.
“Back in 2005 when Amaris B. Clinic was first set up, there were only a handful of cosmetic and aesthetic service providers, and prices for medical beauty enhances were quite costly,” Dr. Ivan Puah notes.
Amaris B. Clinic became a pioneering aesthetic clinic in Singapore and Southeast Asia that offers a full range of liposuction/fat sculpting treatment, and fat grafting for breasts and facial enhancement.
“Our objective for the practice back then was – and still is – to focus on providing a full range of quality yet affordable outpatient fat reduction, liposuction services such as LipoSculpture, SmartLipo and VaserLipo for both males and females,” explains Dr. Ivan Puah.
The evolving perception on cosmetic procedures
Just as medical technology is improving with times, Dr. Ivan Puah also notices that consumers’ perception on aesthetic and cosmetic treatments has evolved.
“Cosmetic surgery used to be a hush-hush affair – especially so for men – but now as we enter the new digital age, people have easier access to the latest information and trends, and this has changed” says Dr. Ivan Puah, who feels that social media has helped patients gain more insights into this field, and made them more receptive towards it.
The accessibility to information has also made more men opened to the option of aesthetic treatments and cosmetic surgeries to improve their looks and self-confidence.
“There is a significant increase in men looking for high definition body sculpting and male breast reductions in the past two to three years,” he adds.
These days, the most common procedures that Dr. Ivan Puah performs are liposuction, high definition body sculpting, fat transplantation to breasts and male breasts reduction.
How to choose the ideal aesthetic doctor and clinic?
As there are more aesthetic clinics to choose from, it is important to know how to find the ideal doctor among so many that look equally qualified.
“It is really important to have high levels of trust in the relationship between you and your doctor. Remember, you are not just getting a technical procedure. You are really handing over the future of how you look as an individual. I think it is very important to know about the doctor’s individual aesthetic sense, experiences, as well as his reputation,” Dr. Ivan Puah advises.
Communication with your doctor is also very important after you’ve chosen one based on his/her experience and reputation.
Dr. Ivan Puah describes an ideal patient-doctor relationship: “During every consultation, you should have the opportunity to have your questions answered by the doctor to your satisfaction.”
He explains that the communication process should allow the patient to have realistic expectations of the treatment and to raise any concerns prior to proceeding with the treatment.
“At Amaris B. Clinic, we provide ethical and honest advice to all our patients. If the patient requested for a cosmetic treatment that is not suitable, we will not perform the treatment. In general, we will manage our clients’ results according to their clinical condition and the type of treatments perform.”
Dr. Ivan Puah practises at Amaris B. Clinic. You can find out more about the clinic on their website. Call 6536-4211 for queries and appointments.
Amaris B. Clinic | www.amaris‐b.com
140 Arab St Singapore 199827
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9:30 ‐ 19:00 | Saturdays: 9:30 ‐ 13:30
Contact: 6817 4303 | [email protected]
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