Aesthetic treatments have traditionally been associated with invasive surgery where one goes under the knife in order to modify some aspect of the body into a more idealised shape, size or form. Often a taboo topic for our Asian society, there is still a certain stigma associated with undergoing plastic surgery to achieve a more socially desirable look; a form of implicit admission that one is ashamed of his or her own imperfection by extension.
However, aesthetic treatments encompass far more than plastic surgery; there are in fact many non-invasive procedures to help individuals improve their physical image.
As part of a series of ongoing health and beauty related articles, we at ETHOZ Group hope to keep our readers updated on the latest trends and technologies in the healthcare industry. Today, we are proud to feature Dr. Rachel Lim, Medical Director of Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic.
About Dr. Rachel Lim
An alumni of the National University of Singapore, Dr. Rachel Lim specialises in non-invasive medical cosmetic treatments. She set up Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic in 2015 to provide a comprehensive range of affordable, non-invasive, FDA-certified therapeutic treatments.
Dr. Lim is an avid cook who loves to travel when not tending to her clinic. A mother of 2, she also serves as a District Counsellor for North West CDC. She believes that women are empowered to establish themselves not only in their careers and families, but to also make a difference in the community.
1. What inspired you to set up Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic?
Having practiced medicine for the past 11 years, I ventured into the aesthetics field about 5 years ago after developing an interest and love for making my patients look better. I was inspired to set up a centre dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of customised non-invasive therapeutic treatments with the safest and most effective FDA-approved machines, in a comfortable and private environment, at an affordable price. And that was how Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic (my 3rd baby!) was born.
I strongly believe in the integration of beauty and wellness. My interest in aesthetics was sparked off by a desire to help everyone – young and old; of all body shapes and sizes, look and feel their best at every stage of their lives. When you look good, you feel good too.
2. Aesthetic treatments for men and women are getting popular in recent years. Why do you think this is so?
I believe there is more acceptance of aesthetic treatments for both women and men due to social media making us all more aware of our looks and also, we have a lot more options now. In the past, if we wanted any improvement to our looks, Plastic Surgery was the only resort which involves risks of anesthesia and complications. But today, we have easy options of choosing non to minimally invasive aesthetic treatments like lasers or injections, to improve our looks, increasing our self-confidence and the feel good factor, with minimal risks.
3. What skin care treatments are available at Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic?
We have a wide range of treatments for the face and body at our clinic, ranging from minimally invasive procedures like botulinum and filler injections, to non-invasive procedures like Ultherapy, lasers, chemical peels etc. Every treatment recommendation and programme is personally and specifically tailored to our patients’ needs, ensuring the most fulfilling results and outcome.
4. What is your most popular skin enhancing treatment available at your clinic currently?
The latest and most popular aesthetic treatment is our Dewy White Skinbooster which provides intense hydration with added nutrients for luminous, firm, radiant glowing skin. This skin booster creates luminous skin in a natural way by gently and naturally smoothening the skin from the inside with microinjections of hyaluronic acid, also called stabilised HA, a water-loving substance found naturally in the body that maintains hydration in the skin.
5. Stabilised HA?
Stabilised HA is a soft, gel-like substance that absorbs water and brings deep skin hydration to the treated areas, giving it improved firmness, elasticity, smoothness and radiance. There is minimal downtime and the effects can be seen and felt within a few days.
6. Tell us more about treatment process.
The treatment will start with double cleansing of the face to remove any traces of make-up and debris. After which, a coat of numbing cream will be applied on the whole face and left on for about 20 minutes.
Unlike the usual dermal hyaluronic injection for facial volumisation, Dewy White Skinbooster treatment does not require the injection to be on a specific part of the face. Instead, the skinbooster is placed just below your skin surface by a series of micro-injections where it can act best by absorbing water for hydration for an overall facial rejuvenation.
Dewy White Skinbooster can be done under an hour. Improvement in the skin texture, reduction of fine lines and enhanced glow to the skin will be seen and results can last from 9 months to 1 year.
7. What about anti-ageing treatments?
Ultherapy is a very popular treatment, which is a single, non-invasive procedure that uses safe, time-tested ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally, without surgery or downtime. This FDA-cleared treatment can be done for the brow, face, under the chin, neck and décolletage.
8. How does it work?
Focused ultrasound energy is deposited deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration and tightening, helping my patients achieve a fresher and more youthful look. With this treatment, skin lifting is visibly noted with the ultimate results taking place over 3 to 6 months, as the body naturally regenerates collagen. For most of my patients, the results last for around 12 to 18 months on average.
9. You mean ultrasound energy actually helps to stimulate collagen growth?
Unlike lasers and other skin lifting technologies, the ultrasound bypasses the skin surface and penetrates at the right depths and the right temperature. The energy stimulates a natural response of the skin’s regenerative process that produces new collagen.
10. How do your skin care treatments/products differ from your competitors?
At Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic, our patients can be sure that every treatment recommendation is personally and specially tailored for them. We only use the safest and most advanced state-of-the-art FDA-certified machines, as well as the latest in Korean technology, to warrant the best and most fulfilling results and outcome. Our medical grade range of skincare products are also all specially formulated to make beautiful radiant skin a reality for many.
11. What is the demography of your clientele base?
We see both females and males, from ages 18 to 70, from all walks of life.
12. Any expansion plans for your business?
Yes! I hope to have satellite centers in the heartlands within the next 2 years.
13. What is your goal for Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic?
We aim to provide and deliver solutions to unlock our patients’ true beauty inside out.
14. Any skin care tips you can share with readers, especially in Singapore’s hot & humid weather?
Healthy skin starts off with a healthy diet with sufficient water intake, sleep and exercise. On top of that, we should invest in good skincare products starting with a suitable cleanser and moisturiser, not forgetting the sunblock, which should have a high SPF, UVA and UVB protection.
And remember, everyone has a chance at being beautiful. No matter what facial or body features you have, there is always something you can do to make yourself look and feel better!
Make an appointment today with Ardmore Wellness (a subsidiary of Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic) and quote ‘ETHOZ’ to enjoy a special 10% discount off any ala-carte treatments at this exclusive medical spa! Terms and conditions apply.
Ardmore Wellness is open on weekdays, 10.30am to 8.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 6.30pm.
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About Ardmore Aesthetic Clinic
Address : 360 Orchard Road #06-01A, International Building, Singapore 238869
Website : http://ardmoreaesthetics.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ardmoreaesthetic
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Contact No. : 6734 6531
Opening Hours : Monday – Friday, 10.30am to 8.30pm / Saturday, 9.30am to 6.30pm