As you grow older, some things just won't be the way they were. You’re going to have to come to terms with this. You may not be as good-looking, and your joints might not be as strong. Probably worst of all, your eyes may not be as sharp as they once were.
Cataracts often develop slowly and can affect one or both eyes, best described as a clouding of the lenses which leads to a decrease in vision.
Fortunately, the rapid advancement of technology and breakthroughs in medical science can fix many of the things that once made growing old such a pain.
Cataract surgery is just one of these many advancements, and it has been ranked the most common forms of surgery in Singapore, due to the country’s aging population.
DxD Sessions recently featured Dr Claudine Pang. She weighed in on the topic of cataract surgery, and gave her advice on the common questions that Singaporeans often ask.
Ase Wang is an actress and model who divides her time between Bangkok and Singapore. Born to a Chinese-Singaporean father and Swedish mother, she started modelling at the age of 18.
In Singapore, single women are not allowed to freeze their eggs. Ase decided to have her eggs frozen in Thailand because she was 36 and not ready to have a baby yet. She also knew that there was a chance she would not be able to have kids naturally due to low egg reserves.
Join her live AMA on Thursday 25 October at 12 pm as she discusses her decision to freeze her eggs. You can submit your questions to Ase by leaving your comments at the following link: http://bit.ly/ase-wang-egg-freezing-ama.
THIS GYNAE DELIVERED 10,000 BABIES OVER 30 YEARS, HERE ARE HIS BEST TIPS FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH
Dr Paul Tseng recently hosted a Session where he answered reader questions on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and IVF. He's a well-loved Obgyn and fertility specialist in Singapore who's delivered over 10,000 babies in the course of his career. Here are some of the gems he shared.
Meet Samantha Yap, a fully registered nurse in Singapore who specialises in taking care of old people. Most of you may remember her from the article: 15 myths about nurses in Singapore.
She has been a nurse in Singapore for 7 years now. She often calls herself a 'highly paid, glorified shit cleaner.' But, she still loves her job because she's very passionate about taking care of the elderly. Through her AMA, she hopes to be able to shed light and give recognition to the good work that nurses do.
Join her live AMA on Wednesday, 31 October at 4 pm as she answers all the burning questions you have about being a nurse in Singapore. No holds barred!
Dr Tony Ho is here to cast a big bright light on the subject. He has garnered 25 years of speciality experience in the Singapore refractive surgery arena, and has risen to become a prominent figure in the field. He pioneered epi-LASIK (flapless, bladeless LASIK surgery) in Singapore, and now acts as head doctor at Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre.
CAN TCM PHYSICIANS IN S'PORE DIAGNOSE EVERYTHING JUST BY TAKING YOUR PULSE? THIS NO-HOLDS BARRED Q&A REVEALS ALL
Conventional methods don’t necessarily equate to being the most effective. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been steadily gaining traction in Singapore and plenty of folks seek out all kinds of cool (and intriguing) TCM treatments like herbal medication, acupuncture and cupping.
Let’s face it. Many of us have a strange and profoundly inexplicable fear of any medicinal practices that lie outside the norms of the mainstream, viewing them with a slightly raised eyebrow (or two) and even dismissing them outright as new age mumbo jumbo (even though they are often ancient).
It probably goes without saying that these fears aren’t always justified. After all, it's been officially recognised and regulated by MOH since 2004. Furthermore, shouldn’t ancient techniques that have been applied over centuries of practice (since before you were crawling around in diapers) hold some degree of weight?
Physician Lee Jin Shun, a registered TCM physician with Eu Yan Sang has a thing or two to say about this.
DxD Sessions features his opinions on TCM treatments in Singapore as he answers the most common questions surrounding the topic.
Dr. Jerry Lim is a firm believer in taking a holistic approach to aesthetic dentistry, focusing on not just functionality but the enhanced and balanced appearance of a patient's smile and face. He's also one of the official dentists for Miss Singapore Universe for the last 5 years running.
His expert tips, featured on DxD Sessions, cover a range of aspects from smile makeovers, veneers and bonding to teeth whitening and gummy smiles. Rest assured that no matter what your dental issue is, a greater grin can loom just along the horizon.
HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER SEE A CHIROPRACTOR IN S'PORE FOR BACK PAIN, ACCORDING TO AN ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON WITH 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Dr Henry Chan is an orthopaedic surgeon who previously spearheaded the Joint Replacement Unit in a major teaching hospital in Singapore.
In a popular DxD post on back pain that's been read nearly 100,000 times, he gives an insightful low-down on the common causes of back pain, as well as the definitive method of treating it.
In between, he sprinkles plenty of amusing gems, referencing everything from the Star Wars Universe, to how treating back pain came to be a multi-million dollar industry in Singapore.
His original guide is nearly 2000 words long, but for those who prefer the TLDR version, here are the key take-home messages.
Meet Dr Tabitha Chng, the most cheerful paediatric dentist who loves children. She has been creating beautiful smiles for children over a decade!
Before she decided on a specialisation, she was certain that she didn't want treat children. However, a chance encounter with a child patient in her 3rd year changed her perspective.
Through that experience, she realised that she really enjoyed treating children. To her, there's nothing more satisfying than being able to see these children smile, laugh, and grow.
Watch the video to get to know this passionate doctor and learn more about paediatric dentistry.
Meet Dr Tony Ho, a well-recgonised and respected figure in the Singapore ophthalmology and refractive surgery field. He has more than 20 years of experience under his belt!
He knew he wanted to be an eye surgeon very early on in his career because he wants to play a crucial role in helping people to see better. Our eyes are our most important organs of sense!
Being at the forefront of laser vision correction procedures, Dr Ho was the first to set up a dedicated private LASIK facility in Singapore. He is also the pioneer of Epi-LASIK procedures and a strong advocate of the surface-based laser vision correction procedures that his clinic specialises in.
Watch the video to get to know what makes him happy, and find out why he is a strong advocate of Epi-LASIK and TransPRK procedures.
Jpglicious is a Singaporean blogger who specialises in creating travel and beauty content.
Since young, she was always struggling with her less endowed chest area. It hit her the hardest when she fell ill and lost a lot of weight. She was unable to overcome her feeling of inferiority and became depressed. She knew that getting a boob job was the only solution, but she was afraid of all the side effects and complications.
It took her 10 years to find the right clinic and doctor. She describes this as a life-changing experience and would love to share it to everyone.
Join her live AMA on Friday 26 October at 12 pm as she discusses her boob job experience.
Meet Lynn Toh, an experienced podiatrist in Singapore. People often think that podiatrists are only trained to fix ingrown toe nails, or give simple advice on footwear. However, that's untrue! They have to study the entire human body, with an emphasis on the lower extremity.
More often than not, the foot is the first place that shows signs of serious conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes!
Join her live AMA on Monday, 29 October 2018, at 3:30 PM as she answers your questions you have about being a podiatrist in Singapore.
Meet Pauline Khoo, a certified physiotherapist in Singapore. She tore her ACL when she was in JC, and that experience made her discover her passion to pursue physiotherapy as a career.
People often think physiotherapist don't have much medical knowledge, and that they just do massages or teach exercises. The truth is, they have to obtain sufficent qualification and are subjected to regulation by the Ministry of Health.
Join her live AMA on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, at 3:30 PM as she answers your questions you have about being a physiotherapist in Singapore.
Have you ever wanted to ask a health question to a specific renowned specialist in Singapore? DxD Sessions are when these expert doctors answer all your burning questions! This post explains how you can ask real doctors in Singapore any questions for free.
Ask a doctor lets you ask any medical or dental questions to an expert team of doctors and specialists based in Singapore.
Thinking of going for liposuction? Dr Christopher answered questions from readers on:
- Best candidates for liposuction
- Types of liposuction
- Recovery after liposuction
One of the most common knee injuries is an ACL tear. In this post, I will address the most important things you need to know about ACL tears and your treatment options in Singapore.
As an experienced Orthopaedic sports surgeon, I've treated all types of athletes. The young and old, world class to weekend warrior, with ACL injuries. I've distilled my knowledge. I want to help you make the most-informed decision possible regarding the management of an ACL injury.
Some female patients of mine worry about losing fat off the face, breast or buttocks, when all they want is to get rid of that tiny tummy bulge. Fat freeze coolsculpting can target specific fat bulges, and sculpt your body without affecting other non-treated areas. This guide explains how!
DxD Session held on August 31, 2018.
Most people associate orthodontics with adolescence or older children. However, orthodontists recommend that children see an orthodontist as early as age 7. Typically, permanent teeth start to come through around the age of 6 or 7, with adult molars coming through around the age of 10.
If your child displays orthodontic problems that warrant treatment, your orthodontist will recommend the most efficient sound course of action to nip it in the bud.
Join Dr Elaine Tan, an experienced orthodontist from National Dental Centre as she hosts a QnA session where she answers all your questions on early braces treatment in children.
Many of my patients come to my clinic seeking scar removal treatment, so I decided to put together this guide to address some of the most common queries I encounter. It covers frequent types of scars such as keloid scars, acne scars and surgical scars.
Meet Dr Henry Chan, an orthopaedic surgeon who is very passionate about getting his patients moving and enjoying active lifestyles again. He has performed more than 5,000 knee surgeries till date to help his patients put the spring back in their steps!
He knew that he wanted to go into the field of Orthopaedics very early on in his career because he liked the hands on and 'instant' aspect of it. He finds it very rewarding when he retifies a broken bone, straightens a crooked leg, and sees his patients walking freely without pain after surgery.
Watch the video to find out how technology has changed the field of Orthopaedics and what makes him happy.
Did you know that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the world's oldest forms of medicine, with a history of more than 2,500 years?
TCM is currently practiced in more than 140 countries, and the Ministry of Health in Singapore has also acknowledged the importance of TCM. They have taken measures to ensure that TCM practitioners are of professional standards and provided extra funding to support the TCM sector.
Watch the video to learn more about the fundamental philosophy of TCM, and how Eu Yan Sang uses technology to improve their TCM clinics.
Meet Dr Justin Boey, an aesthetic doctor who considers himself as a face architect. He is very passionate about helping all his patients look like the best version of themselves through his expertise in creating, shaping, and restoring features.
His key interests are lasers for pigmentation and acne scars. He has performed more than 5,000 laser treatments till date to help his patients banish pigmentation issues once and for all!
Watch the video to find out what inspired him to become a doctor and why his motto in life is to always make things better.
Meet Dr Julian Tan, a physician and cardiologist with a wealth of experience who likens his speciality to plumbing. Find out what inspired him to a career in medicine and the one motto he lives by.
Got a heart health question for Dr Julian Tan? Ask your question here: http://bit.ly/ask-drjulian.
You can also join Dr Julian Tan as he hosts a DxD session, where he answers all the questions you might have about heart disease.
In 2016, statistics showed that cardiovascular disease accounted for 29.5 per cent of all deaths. This means that nearly 1 out of 3 deaths in Singapore is due to heart diseases or stroke.
Heart disease and stroke combined, is also the leading cause of death among women in Singapore but many are still unaware of the dangers posed by this “silent killer”.
Join Dr Julian Tan, an accomplished cardiologist, as he hosts a QnA session where he answers all the questions you might have about heart disease.
This post by a senior cardiologist explains all your need to know about finding a trusted cardiologist in Singapore for your heart health needs.
Heart disease is amongst the top 3 killers in Singapore. In this comprehensive 2500 words guide, I'll address all the most common questions posed by my patients, such as:
- Why an angioplasty may not be the best treatment for you
- The cost of getting an angioplasty in Singapore
- How to find the best cardiologist for an angioplasty
Gastroscopy is one of the most effective screening tool for stomach cancer. However, there is a negative stigma that surrounds gastroscopies in Singapore. Many people fear the procedure is painful or have misconceptions about how and why it is done.
Dr Jarrod answered readers questions on:
- Reasons for doctors to suggest a gastroscopy
- How is a gastroscopy performed
- Cost of gastroscopy in Singapore
- How to prep for a gastroscopy
- What does a gastroscopy test for
Battling acne scars? Find out exactly how much you need to spend to get rid of these pesky marks from an experienced doctor.
Missing teeth can be an embarrassing problem at best. At worst, they can make life very uncomfortable. One of the solutions to missing teeth is to get dental implants - which can restore your smile and give you back your confidence.
To learn more about dental implants, join Dr Gerald, an experienced dentist, as he hosts a QnA where he answers all your questions on dental implants.
There's an increasing number of aesthetic institutions (clinics, spas, and salons) in Singapore offering face-lifting procedures that don't require incisions. Hence, the term ‘non-surgical facelifts’.
Unfortunately, it seems to me that a lot of these places overpromise what their procedures can deliver. Hence, I’ve decided to write this article to help Singaporeans who are keen on getting their face-lifted without going under the knife. I will explain why your non-surgical facelifts have NOT been effective.
I hope this article can help you find the best non-surgical facelift procedure in Singapore for yourself.
One of the more common question I get from patients is whether their drooping eyelids are a medical condition, or if it’s considered a cosmetic issue.
Hence, I've decided to write this post to help you understand the causes of ptosis, how to treat it, and the factors that affects the cost of ptosis surgery in Singapore.
If you have damaged or decayed teeth, you can consider getting dental prosthetics like crowns, bridges, or veneers to fix them.
Join Dr Steven Soo, an experienced prosthodontist, as he hosts a QnA Session where he answers all your questions on crowns, bridges and veneers.
Corrective jaw surgery is a medical procedure performed when there's a major skeletal and dental irregularity i.e. misalignment of jaws or teeth. While the patient's appearance may be enhance drastically, the procedure is performed to correct functional problems.
Dr Ho answered reader questions on:
- Who requires a jaw surgery
- Cost of jaw surgery in Singapore
- Types of jaw surgery
- Recovery process of a jaw surgery
Many of us are always on the hunt for 'miracle' products that claim to be able to get rid of our dark eye circles. Unfortunately, a lot of these products aren’t effective.
As an experienced aesthetic doctor who has helped many patients improve their dark eye circle conditions, I’ve decided to write this article to share important and personal insights.
This guide will explain all you need to know about dark eye circles treatment in Singapore.
The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee helping to prevent excessive motion of the knee joint. It is most commonly injuried during sporting activities.
The decision to decide on an ACL reconstruction can be a difficult one. Join Dr Alan Cheung as he hosts a QnA session where he answers all your questions on sport injuires and ACL tears.
THERMAGE, ULTHERAPY AND DYSPORT DERMALIFT IN SINGAPORE: COST AND COMPARISON OF NON-SURGICAL FACELIFTS (2018)
I've noticed a trend as a medical aesthetic doctor over the last 5 years - surgical facelifts are waning in popularity amongst Singaporeans, mainly for the following 2 reasons:
- Prolonged downtime is not an option for most patients in Singapore. Facelift surgeries result in a lengthy recovery period of 2 - 4 weeks (sometimes up to 3 months).
- Society attaches a big taboo to “plastic surgery”. The number of people who tell you that they've done plastic surgery on their faces is probably less than the number of times that you've won 4D.
Hence, it's no wonder that the number of options for NON-SURGICAL face-lifts and skin tightening have increased drastically in recent years.
You've probably heard of your friends and family extracting their wisdom tooth. Your dentist might have even recomended this procedure to you at some point. Have you ever wondered why?
For most people, their wisdom teeth tend to erupt at a region where there's a lack of space. These wisdom teeth are often misaligned or angled horizontally. When that happens, they are considered to be impacted. That leads to common symptoms like aching jaws, pain, headache, and swollen gums.
There are also other reasons why your dentist would recommend removing a tooth for the good of your dental health.
Join Dr Ryan Yun as he hosts a QnA session where he answers all your questions on wisdom tooth and surgical extractions of teeth.
Skin laxity is something everyone we will all face at some point in our lives due to the natural aging process. When we grow older, we begin to lose collagen and elastin, and that results in loose or sagging skin.
Many of my patients often come to me to seek non-surgical ways to help them lift and firm their skin.
Watch the video to find out why I often recomend Ultherapy to help my patients firm their skin.
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease. While the causes and risk factors are still unknown, researchers believe the two main culprits are your genes and your environment.
Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments to help relieve symptoms.
Learn more about this chronic and unpredictable disease from Dr Colin Theng, as he hosts a QnA session where he answers all your questions.
In Singapore, colon cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Did you know that 3 in 100 Singaporeans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime?
Unfortunately, many people harbour misconceptions about this dangerous disease. These misconceptions can keep people from accessing the preventive care and treatment they might need.
Join Dr Wong Nan Yaw, an experienced colorectal surgeon as he hosts a QnA where he answers all your questions on colon cancer.
When your kidneys fail, your body is unable to naturally eliminate waste and unwanted water from your blood. Dialysis is an artificial way of removing these substances from the body. There are two different technologies (haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis) used to achieve this.
However, dialysis does not cure your kidney disease. You will need to have dialysis treatments for your whole life unless you are able to get a kidney transplant.
To learn more about kidney dialysis, join Dr Francisco, an experienced nephrologist as he hosts a QnA session where he answers all your questions on kidney issues.
Meet Dr Paul Tseng, an obstetrician, gynaecologist, and fertility specialist with more than 30 years of experience. In the course of his career, he has delivered more than 10,000 babies!
Despite going through a lot of specialities, he still chose to specialise in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He felt that he just had an affinity for it. He enjoys the challenge in the different diversity of problems that he has to work with. Most importantly, he finds it very rewarding when he brings life into this world.
Watch the video to find out how more about water birth (Dr Paul is the default doctor who does this in Singapore), how he feels when a baby is born, and his motto in life.
Many women experience pain during their periods. Most of the pain is a result of the process of the uterus contracting to release the menstrual blood.
However, if the pain you experience begins before the onset of bleeding and interferes with your daily activities, there may be an underlying condition other than the typical uterine cramping. Some of these symptoms might be related to endometriosis, fibroids, an ovarian cyst, which may make periods especially painful.
Join Dr Fong Yoke Fai as he hosts a QnA session where he answers all your questions on menstrual problems.
Always bothered by your gummy smile? Join Dr Marlene Teo, an expert periodontist, as she hosts a QnA session where she gives advice on how you can fix it.
Experiencing bloating, insomnia, unexplained weight gain/loss? A hormone imbalance could be to blame. Find out what these symptoms mean and when do they become a real cause of concern from Dr Marilyn Lee, an expert endocrinologist (a doctor that specialises in hormones) on DxD Sessions.
This article covers all the most popular questions I receive from patients, including:
- The price of double eyelid surgery in Singapore
- Which double eyelid surgery method will achieve the best results for you
- Whether there are any methods to get double eyelids without surgery
- How to find the best plastic surgeon in Singapore for double eyelids surgery
In my years of treating HIV, one of the most important causes of HIV-related deaths is a late HIV diagnosis. Many people are averse to taking the test because they fear the stigmatisation attached to it.
However, it’s important to understand that HIV screening should be part of everyone’s regular sexual health maintenance. Early detection can lead to early treatment and better outcomes. Many people live long, normal lives with early detection and proper care.
In this post, I will explain everything you need to know about getting a HIV test done in Singapore.
Tattoo removal is painful and tedious. If you’re thinking of making the ink on your body disappear, get free medical advice online from Dr Kevin Chua, a tattoo removal expert on DxD Sessions. He has successfully removed the tattoos of more than 2,000 patients in the course of his career!
Dr Kevin answered questions from readers about tattoo removal.
Medical school is tough. It’s rigorous, it’s gruelling, it gets so hard sometimes that you are going to feel like quitting.
Here are some tips on how to survive medical school, for medical students, by medical students.
If you chanced on this post with the question "How to get rid of acne scars?", you're not alone. It's one of the most common skin problems that patients seek me out for. Dealing with acne in your youth is bad enough, but the scars it leaves behind can be a real nightmare.
Don't waste your time and money on treatments that don't work. Before coming to see me, it’s not uncommon for patients to try completely ineffective methods, from DIY home treatments to beauty spa facials and underpowered lasers.
I have to begin this by saying you are not allowed to use your phone while warded in IMH. They get a zero out of five star rating for this.
The negative stigma surrounding colonoscopies in Singapore is unwarranted. In this comprehensive guide, I hope to clear your doubts on its purpose, and explain the possible benefits a colonoscopy can provide you in your journey towards maintaining good health.
We all know that intrinsic aging is a natural part of the aging process that reduces collagen and elastin production in your skin. When the natural elasticity is lost, it causes our skin to sag.
The most common request I get from my patients is to help them keep their complexion looking young and fresh.
I always tell them that to look youthful, tightening the skin on your face and neck is the first place to start. Watch the video to discover how I help my patients customise a treatment plan for their concerns.
“Nose jobs without going under the knife” revolutionised aesthetic treatments many years ago when it came on scene. You now have the option to enhance your appearance without a huge surgical fee or the usual surgical risks. This posts explains how.
Pigmentation is the bane of crystal clear skin. Here's a demonstration of how I help my patient reduce the appearance of the pigmentation on her skin with PicoPlus Laser.
You’ve thought long and hard about getting LASIK done in Singapore, but don’t know where to start. You're also too lazy to sift through all the information on the internet, or to go for one of those LASIK education seminars.
I don't blame you at all - the range of choices in terms of LASIK procedures, pricing and technologies offered by various eye centres here in Singapore can be bewildering.
Almost everyone will experience dry eyes at some point in their lives. Be it after LASiK surgery, after staring at your computer for too long, or after prolonged exposure to winds in cold weathered countries.
We’ve all had that stinging, biting, gritty sensation in our eyes that rather ironically, brings about sudden, excessive and annoying tearing. Our eyes start to well up, and soon enough, our vision blurs.
Eyedrops! We know that’ll do the trick! Unfortunately, for many of us, eyedrops are just a temporary solution and more often than not, putting in the drops consistently can be a mean feat.
One of modern medicine's greatest discoveries, antibiotics have added an average of 20 years to each person's lifespan. They are also one of the most prescribed medications in Singapore.
Widespread misuse of antibiotics has been alarming, resulting in Singapore's development of a national antimicrobial resistance plan in 2016. For example, a study which involved 914 adult patients from 24 GP clinics across Singapore found that half of those expecting antibiotics would see another doctor if antibiotics were not prescribed.
Anyone who has struggled with active acne breakouts knows the frustration these red glaring bumps bring. However, the scars and blemishes and scars they leave behind can even more troubling.
The good news is acne scars can be treated. Depending on the type and severity of the acne scar, there are a variety of treatments that can help.
Watch the video to find out how I help my patients tackle their acne scars efficiently and safely with the PicoPlus PicoScond laser.
We’ve all been guilty of ear digging. Most of my patients say they do it because they can’t stand the thought of earwax in their ear canal. Others will simply say that ear digging feels “shiok”. Imagine their surprise when I tell them that the ear canal is a self-cleansing organ which doesn't need to be cleaned!
Nose jobs, (or rhinoplasties), are one of my favourite topics for discussion. They are also one of my favourite procedures to perform. While it's often said that the eyes are the windows to one’s soul, it's your nose that forms the fulcrum upon which the entire aesthetic harmony of your face balances on.
There are many factors to consider before tailoring the exact type of rhinoplasty for the patient. In fact, planning and performing the surgery can get so daunting, many plastic surgeons simply choose not to perform rhinoplasties in Singapore.
Since the 1st in-vitro fertilization (IVF) baby was born in 1978, the science of fertility has been advancing at breakneck speed. The technology we have today to help couples conceive would have been science fiction to those of our parents’ generation. This guide will explain all you need to know about IVF treatment in Singapore, as well as address the most frequent questions that patients who are trying to get pregnant commonly ask me in clinic.
Prefer to look after your elderly parent or grandparent at home? You're not alone. However, there's a cost to this – mainly in the form of financial and caregiver stress.
It can be extremely tiring to care for an elderly person, let alone one who's also disabled or ill. I've met a patient who had to take care of not one, but two parents with severe dementia. Imagine that!
Fortunately, there are various grants available for home care patients. We've helped you to curate all the must-know subsidy schemes in one place - just to make your life a little easier (:
Do you have problems sleeping through the night? Loud snoring, constantly feeling tired, waking up with a dry mouth; if these symptoms sound familiar to you, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder where a person's breathing is constantly interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.
Dr Lynne answered readers' questions on sleep apnea.
If you don’t like how your teeth looks, you’re not alone! Many Singaporeans are also unhappy with the way their teeth looks. However, thanks to medical advances, there are ways to remedy this.
Invisalign is one of the most popular solution amongst Singaporeans who face teeth alignment issues. Find out everything you need to know about Invisalign here.
Brown spots, discolouration, wrinkles, acne scars, and unwanted tattoos are some of the skin conditions that prevent us from getting clear, young, and beautiful skin.
Here's where the PicoSure laser treatment comes into play. "Laser" stands for light amplified by stimulated emission of radiation.
Watch the video to find out the reasons why I use this particular laser treatment to help my patients unveil their clear skin.
What's wrong with hospital food?
By 2035, 1 in 4 Singaporeans will be prediabetic. It’s time we get acquainted with prediabetes, the precursor of diabetes.
Older patients often ask me if getting a facelift in Singapore is the best way to restore their youthful faces.
This post will address all the most common questions that patients ask me in clinic, and will guide you in your decision-making on the best way to improve aging skin.
This is Part 2 in my 2-part series covering all your non-surgical facelift options in Singapore. Part 1 covers Thermage, Ultherapy and Dysport Dermalift.
“Hair transplant Singapore” is one of the most Googled terms locally, with over 1,000 searches each month. It’s no coincidence that hair transplant-related queries is also one of the most popular treatments that Singaporeans send in a request for.
This guide will address everything you need to know about getting a hair transplant in Singapore.
Have you ever considered skipping pharmacy queues and getting your medication online? Because after all, it's only a refill of the same medication you’ve been taking for ages.
Or have you been in a situation where your doctor just won't give you the particular medication you want, (be it anabolic steroids, antibiotics, or "smart pills"), and you're sorely tempted to turn to Google for "buy X drug online Singapore"?
If your answer is yes, this post is for you!
Specialist Dental Group were hard at work on a busy Saturday morning when we visited.
This review is not sponsored.
There's actually a medical term for hangovers after drinking - "veisalgia". Most of what you feel during a hangover are down to 2 factors - dehydration, and a toxic byproduct of alcohol called acetaldehyde circulating in your system. In fact, there's an anti-alcohol abuse drug (disulfiram) that works by inhibiting the liver enzyme which breakdowns acetyledehyde. This makes addicts who continue drinking feel like shit even faster.
So root canal treatment has a badass rep and is usually associated with all things scary. Luckily, most horror stories are exactly just that – a story! I’m here to bust the most common myths in Singapore about root canal treatment.
But first, let’s cover what root canal treatment is and why you might need one. Bear with me!
Ever considered teeth whitening in Singapore, especially after seeing before/after pictures when someone's teeth magically turns whiter in 15 minutes?
Yes, there's science involved behind that - Teeth whitening is not magic!
Let’s leave the heavy science talk for another day though. It's probably more interesting if I addressed some common teeth whitening myths encountered with patients and friends on a constant basis.
Because our last insider post on Invisalign costs in Singapore proved so popular, we are back with the next article in our series on dental costs in Singapore. This time, we are here to break down wisdom tooth extraction costs and intricacies in Singapore.
GP, or general practitioner, is a term that's truly withstood the test of time in Singapore. All of you will see a GP at least once in your life, and some of you, perhaps rather more frequently for you know what reason.
There's a whole lot more to your friendly neighbourhood GP than meets the eye however. Here are 17 popular myths about GPs in Singapore to tickle your mind.
Free. Yes you heard me right. The cynical Singaporean in you may question - is there anything that's really free in this world?
Well, you can thank me later. Here are 7 free medical services in Singapore to share with your friends and family!
This article is a guest post by Dr T C Phua, President of the College of General Dental Practitioners (Singapore).
Looking to straighten your teeth? Perhaps you've come across cheap "teeth alignment kits" sold on Carousell that look similar to Invisalign, with prices ranging from $8 to $20.
You may also be confused as to whether you need to see a general dentist or an orthodontist for braces treatment in Singapore. This post will hopefully help to clear things up!
Just received your A level results, and set on applying for dentistry?
Job shadowing isn't an actual requirement in your application - but it helps.
Back when I was at your stage, I was fortunate enough to shadow Prof Chung and Dr Lewis Lee of RCOLL Dental Clinic for a week. Both of them were really sweet mentors, and gave me plenty of genuine advice about their lives as dentists. There are pros and cons to every career, and as dentistry is a skilled profession, I strongly believe that it's all the more important you are prepared to do this job for the rest of your life.
In the world of dentistry today, there's a whole lot of unknown factors where dental implant costs are concerned.
When you buy a car, you want to know exactly what you're paying for - be it the car make and country of origin, OMV/COE price, or fuel efficiency. A 4 series BMW coupe, for example, will naturally cost you much more than a Mazda sedan.
Ever been baffled by why some medicines are always cheaper than others, and why some are charged based on the number of weeks, instead of number of tablets?
Or have you never got your head round all the goverment drug subsidy schemes in place, and how to make use of them? If so, this post is for you!
Aesthetic procedures are very popular in Singapore, which is why lots of beauty salons have jumped on the bandwagon. If you’re considering some form of aesthetic treatment, I hope that you first take some time to find out which procedures actually work, and which don’t!
The second consideration is that an aesthetic procedure may be offered at such a low-powered setting that it's practically ineffective (or worse yet, make use of a harmful imitation product, as this Straits Times report on fake Thermage machines highlighted).
When there are a dozen different lasers available in Singapore with wide-ranging prices, it’s confusing even for myself as a doctor, let alone the average Singaporean.
Kids fall sick all the time. It's no surprise, given that they are exposed to the United Nations of Germs on a daily basis (AKA pre-school), even while their immunity is still developing.
This post covers some of the most commonly prescribed medications in Singapore that you should definitely think twice about before giving to children.
Read only if you have a strong stomach.
Just in case you've been spending too much time on Instagram and missed the news, Singapore has declared a war on diabetes in 2017.
Why? Well, for the simple reason that we have 440 000 diabetics, the second highest proportion of diabetics in the world (1st place belongs to the USA). If this rate keeps up, we'll have 1 million diabetics by 2050.
Beyond using diabetes as a running gag about eating too much desserts, I’m frequently astounded by how little my patients and friends know about diabetes.
With 7 out of 10 children in Singapore owning one, smartphones seem to be the new-age pacifiers. This is why it might not be the best idea!
Friends and family often ask me how to find the best dentist and dental clinic in Singapore for their needs.
As a clinician who's headed a dental group over the last 10 years, I've also seen many patients who are frequently confused over their dental treatment options. For example:
- How come dental treatment costs can vary so much from one clinic to the next?
- What are the different "kinds" of dentists and dental clinics in Singapore?
- When should you see a GP dentist, versus a specialist?
In addressing these issues, I hope to share some of my personal insights as an "insider" to help you receive the best dental care for your condition.
Lasers have become an indispensable part of the aesthetic industry, with some beauty salons even importing and operating them without a license.
If you're trying to find a proper laser treatment for your skin condition, this guide will give you the complete low-down of available laser and skin treatments in Singapore.
An interesting observation I’ve made is that the moment I tell people I’m a dietitian, a barrage of assumptions and guilt ensues.
In the hierarchy of foods to eat when I'm training for sports and fitness, protein and healthy fats come right at the top, and carbs stay right at the bottom. The less carbs I get in my meal, the better.
I've been asked - "But, DON'T YOU NEED CARBS FOR ENERGY?"
Here's the TLDR answer: No.
Hello everyone, it’s me, Darren Toh. I suffer from severe depression, and previously wrote about my experience with Electroconvulsive Therapy here. Being renowned for having a refined taste for only the best psychiatric services in Singapore, I'm here today to present my review of 4 different Psychiatric facilities in Singapore:
- The Psych Ward of Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
- The Psych Ward of Mount Elizabeth Hospital (MEH)
- The General Ward of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH)
- The Mood Disorder Unit (MDU) of IMH.
Singapore has one of the world’s highest rates of myopia (or shortsightedness). We spend $311.5 million on prescription glasses each year.
More than HALF of us wear glasses by the time we are 12, compared to less than 20% for rest of the world.
Now here's the deal - the earlier in life you start becoming shortsighted, the higher your final spectacle degree tends to be. High myopia can give rise to other problems, such as an increased risk of retinal detachments, and an earlier onset of cataracts.
Damaged teeth - whether broken or fragmented, do not just look ugly. They may also severely impact your functional capacity to chew and digest food. Installing fixed prosthodontics such as dental crowns and bridges allow for your tooth to be salvaged, instead of extracted.
DxD met up with Gentle Dental's Dr JD Tan late after work at his Tanjong Katong clinic. The outlet had just opened 2 months ago, so everything was still nice and shiny!
This review is not sponsored.
Increasingly, Singaporeans are utilizing the Internet to self-diagnose, look for "doctor reviews", and research recommended treatments. So why the relative lack of medical blogs?
Some may argue this may be so as medical information can be boring to digest, as opposed to food-related websites. Indeed, Dr Meow finds food sites infinitely more palatable than her dental textbooks! (We all know Singaporeans can never get enough of food).
Myth number one: None of us look like Dr Mike. We gathered most of these misconceptions after exchanges with friends, relatives, and taxi uncles. Read on to find out 10 other popular myths about doctors in Singapore.
Yippee! You're finally down to your last few aligners. The end is near, and you can see the light at the end of your Invisalign tunnel.
Before you jump too quickly for joy, here are a few things on your checklist you should go through before you bid adieu to your aligners.
If you're 1 of the 880 people searching for "Botox Singapore" each month - aloha! My patients often ask me why there's such a huge range of Botox pricing between clinics, so I decided to write this article to help clear things up.
Besides revealing the inside scoop on the costs of Botox in Singapore, it will also shed some light on the important things to look out for in choosing a reliable doctor for your Botox.
Found this article by Googling "acne treatment Singapore" or "how to get rid of acne"? Don't worry - I'm not about to promote the XXX acne treatment regimen involving 21 different creams you saw promoted by social influencers.
Instead, I'm just here to tell you about the single most effective method to get rid of acne (based on personal experience), and why you should consider it too.
Patients are frequently confused between Invisalign and Mbrace, 2 of the more popular clear aligner brands in Singapore.
Dr Meow has previously covered the costs of Invisalign in Singapore, and I'm here today to share about Mbrace.
Steroid creams are like the supercharged version of household mozzie bite cream - getting rid of your pesky itchy red patches quickly, almost magically! But magic (as always) comes with some things you should take note of!
Can’t tell your Panadol® from paracetamol, Nurofen® from ibuprofen, or Zyrtec® from cetirizine?
Even though research has shown that generic medications work just as well, there are plenty of Singaporeans who still prefer "brand name" drugs.
If you belong to this group, or have ever felt baffled by the many names a medicine can have, this post is for you!
Podiatry focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with the feet and lower limbs. These conditions include:
- Corns and callouses
- Ingrown toenails
- Skin and nail disorders
- Foot injuries and deformities
- Diabetic foot conditions
Podiatrists also carry out biomechanical analyses, and prescribe customised foot orthoses to address causes for increased stress and injury.
As an orthodontist over the past 10 years, I’ve seen many Singaporeans with misconceptions about Invisalign and clear aligners treatment.
This guide tell will you all you need to know about Invisalign in Singapore, including perennial favourites such as:
- How much you can expect to pay for Invisalign treatment in Singapore
- The different types of Invisalign treatments available
- My opinion on the key differences between Invisalign and traditional braces (as someone who still uses both on a regular basis)
For all mothers and fathers out there, it’s no doubt distressing when your child falls ill. Your main concern might be to combat the illness, and then get him back to school (and out of your hair).
Dentistry. Welcome to the hardest undergraduate degree in Singapore. I’m not kidding you right here. Don’t take it from me, take it from professors who have been running the curriculum, even ones from the Faculty of Medicine in NUS YLLSoM.
Your road to getting a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree is going to be filled with countless hours of sweat and tears.
You will break down, you will cry at some point in time. It's not a matter of “whether” but “when”.
Despite its popularity, many questions, falsehoods and myths about laser vision correction still lingers with regards to LASIK.
As an eye specialist with a special interest and many years of experience in laser vision correction, I would like to bust some common misconceptions about LASIK that I often encounter.
It's no coincidence that "tattoo removal Singapore" is one of the most searched phrases on Google - 1 in every 4 persons regret ever getting a tattoo. Be it removal of a tattoo or fading it for a cover up, these 17 key points about tattoo removal will guide you in your tattoo removal journey.
Always dreaded the long queues at clinics? Wondered how you could save on medical and dental costs? Dreamt of mastering the ins and outs of Singapore's healthcare system?
Below is our list of 16 useful hacks the next time you visit your doctor or dentist in Singapore.
I've been asked over and over again in my life for tips to successfully get into NUS Medicine.
As you can imagine, the number of requests add up very quickly. Therefore I've compiled this post so that I can stop repeating myself :-)
Ever wondered what it's like working as a pharmacist in Singapore? Always getting the stink-eye from your pharmacist friend because you constantly joke that all she does is "count pills" and dispense cough syrup? This post is for you.
Ever ended up with a sore throat after binging on deep fried food, chocolates or durian? You probably attributed this to eating too much “heaty” food.
However, there's actually a medical reason behind this. All these "heaty foods" cause acid reflux, which exacerbate a very common condition I see amongst Singaporeans known as Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR).
Didn’t have that many cups of coffee in the day but still buzzing? Can’t sleep at night? Feeling the jitters?
About 99% of hair loss treatments in Singapore that you see advertised on local media do NOT work at all. You probably know exactly which adverts I'm talking about - they often feature a Mediacorp artiste. Just how much money is wasted on these ineffective treatments? A lot. Hair loss treatment is a whooping $3.5 billion industry.
Hello everyone, I am Darren Toh. I have written for DoctorxDentist in the past about depression and mental illnesses, you can read about them here:
Today, I'm going to talk about something very interesting that I'm certain has crossed everyones' minds: INVOLUNTARY HOSPITALISATION
I'll be breaking down the legal mumbo-jumbo for everyone so that you can have a better understanding of what rights the patient has when it comes to the law.
Maybe you've got no clue what you can give your baby to avoid yet another drive to KKH in the middle of the night. Or maybe your toddler somehow ALWAYS contrives to fall sick on holiday, and you were wondering what medications to pack.
This is a follow up to our previous post about medications you shouldn't be giving your kids. Naturally, it left a lot of our readers scratching their heads, and wondering what the alternatives were.
Fret not, we've compiled the most comprehensive list of kid-safe medications available in Singapore. These medications have a long history of use, and are known amongst doctors to be very safe (I give them to my own kids).
Missing a tooth, and landed here while googling for "dental implant Singapore"? This is the follow up to my first article on dental implant costs in Singapore. I will reveal:
- Who can perform your dental implant in Singapore
- Whether mini dental implants are any good
- Which dental implant brands are known amongst dentists to be reliable
Most importantly, it will also guide you through how to find a reliable dentist for your dental implant.
You landed here searching for some variation of "braces Singapore + treatment + cost". We promise to tell you all there is to know.
Sounds good? Brace yourselves, and read on.
I think it’s high time I spoke up for my specialty and discipline. I've been mistaken for an Orthodontist wayyy too many times. 🙄
I love my Orthodontist friends, but I need to tell the world that other specialities in Dentistry exist as well!!
Orthodontists are dentists that specialise in braces to align teeth, while we Periodontists specialise in treating gum disease. We're a fairly rare specimen in Singapore, but the numbers are growing.
Ever gagged on a pill? Downed a whole glass of water, only to find the tablet still stuck at the back of your tongue? (and worse - that moment when it starts to dissolve and taste all funny, gasp!)
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: A DENTIST’S CASUAL ACCOUNT OF HIS FIRST-HAND TEETH WHITENING EXPERIENCE
I'm a firm believer in walking the talk.
- Undergoing orthodontic treatment later in life than most people (mid 20s) despite the stigma of being an adult adorned with conventional braces.
- Having all 4 wisdom teeth surgically removed in one sitting under local anaesthesia without sedation.
These are just some examples of how I've put myself out there to experience dental treatments first-hand so I can reassuringly tell my patients with full confidence “I did it too, and it's really quite alright.”
Here's the truth behind the 15 most popular myths about being a nurse in Singapore.
Many Singaporeans who come to my plastic surgery practise don't realise that droopy eyelids isn't just a cosmetic problem.
What exactly does a Medical Officer in the SAF do?
How do Medical Officers decide who to "down PES"?
What happens to NSFs who try to "chao keng"?
These questions have probably crossed the minds of many Singaporean males who had to “report sick” to the medical centre at one time or another during their National Service.
I hope to share a bit more regarding this unique vocation in the military.
Thinking of applying to NUS dentistry in Singapore, yet completely clueless about the application process?
I was once a young 19 year old like you, unsure of what course to apply for in university. Thankfully, I managed to get in contact with seniors, who kindly allowed me to shadow them at their workplaces. This enabled a better insight into what life was like as a dentist, and helped me immensely in making my final decision.
If you ever asked a women one thing she would change about being female, it would almost definitely be periods. Not only are periods bloody and painful (or bloody painful), they're also associated with the notorious PMS.
So, is PMS a ploy created by a secret organisation of women designed to give females a free pass for being grumpy once a month? Or perhaps it was a term coined by sexist males who didn’t take females seriously and wanted to put everything down to "hormones"?
You religiously brush your teeth morning and night, and sometimes again after a particularly fragrant meal. You floss as often as you can remember, and use a mouthwash just to be sure. Your last dental check-up didn't reveal any signs of gum disease.
In spite of all that, you still notice a lingering odor, and find yourself inadvertently performing the "cover your mouth, breathe and sniff” check each time you meet your client, loved one or friend.
It doesn’t feel like anything. You’re unconscious while the procedure is being carried out. The end. (Just kidding).
Hello everyone, my name is Darren Toh, and I suffer from Treatment Resistant Major Depressive Disorder (or more commonly known as Severe Depression).
I've been invited by DoctorXDentist to write about my experience living with severe depression. Today, I’ll be writing about Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT, also known as Electroshock Therapy).
Ever experienced sleepless nights next to a loud snorer? It's time to ask your snoring partner to get some help!
Snoring is a common problem, affecting about 15% of Singaporeans. If you've just been brushing it off as a nuisance, here's the deal - snoring may be symptomatic of a more serious health concern.
So you've committed to some form of professional teeth whitening and are the proud new owner of a megawatt smile. You've never been happier flashing those pearly whites for your OOTD Instagram shot. What's the best way to maintain your brand new smile?
Truth be told, it's not so much what you should do, but what you shouldn't! Here are the 5 most important things I tell my patients after teeth whitening:
What do TCM practitioners, Orthopaedic surgeons, Sport medicine doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors have in common? That's right, they all see Singaporeans with back pain.
Back pain treatment is a multi-million dollar industry in Singapore - clearly, the problem afflicts many of us. It's no wonder that tons of marketing money is poured into targeting back pain sufferers.
Sports Medicine is a specialty that involves diagnosing and treating sports or exercise-related injuries.
I became interested in Sport Medicine while still a student because of the diverse nature of the work - you get to work with patients young and old, as well as treat both recreational and competitive athletes!
In Singapore, doctors are trained for a minimum of 5 additional years before they become specialists in the field. It takes a lot of experience to accurately diagnose and properly manage sports injuries.
When should my child put on braces?
What does my child need braces for?
Is there anything that can be done to prevent my child from needing braces?
I often receive these questions from concerned parents. In this guide, I answer all your most common questions about braces in children.
Gum disease happens when there's too much bacteria in your gums from improper brushing.
Combined with a weakened immune system due to stress, smoking, and lack of sleep, the bone and gum around your teeth start to melt away. As a result, your teeth become loose and shakey, and may eventually fall out.
Gum disease is insidious, and sometimes can be pain-free. I've noticed patients tend to live in denial for a long time, and seek help only when it is TOO LATE. By this time, their teeth will have lost all its surrounding bone, and extraction is the only solution :(
1 in 3 women worldwide will have an abortion in their lifetime. This in-depth guide answers all the most common questions about getting an abortion in Singapore.
I hope to help dispel some of the myths surrounding abortions in Singapore by addressing the concerns that women raise at my clinic.
I decided to write this post to share some insider knowledge about Invisalign pricing in Singapore. Special shout out to all you people looking for "Invisalign cost Singapore" or "Invisalign Singapore cost".
Everything you need to know about visiting a chiropractor in Singapore, distilled into 6 points. In order to give you this low-down, we analysed 3 pages worth of Google results for the search term "chiropractor Singapore", including some of the controversies reported in the media.
TLDR: There's zero robust scientific evidence that chiropractic treatment works, and may even be harmful.
So you want to date a doctor in Singapore? I'll spare you the suspense and tell you exactly what you are likely to find out there.
I'm all for doctors meeting other people on Tinder/Coffee Meets Bagel myself - As a matter of fact, I've encouraged a good number of collegues to give it a try.
But having witnessed a doctor try to impress his Tinder date in a rather cringe-worthy manner, I decided to write this post since a large part of a doctor's job is to raise public awareness about important stuff (such as with this anti-cancer vaccine).
Having worked as a dental surgeon in the public and private sector for a good number of years now, I've seen a lot of strange practices in the dental industry.
In particular, social media platforms have seen an explosion of irresponsible dental marketing. Examples include:
- Influencers promoting DIY teeth whitening kits of unknown origin
- Smile therapists offering teeth whitening at beauty parlours
- Aesthetic doctors who open spas and hire beauticians to offer dental treatment to patients
Many Singaporeans are not aware that their symptoms are due to PCOS. In this article, I’ll be addressing the common concerns that women with PCOS may have. The beauty of PCOS (and of most things in endocrinology) is that it's a readily treatable condition.
A doctor who failed to diagnose a rare disease in a child recently drew flak in local news. Comments emerged divided. A kiasu-kiasi Singaporean like me might say “yes we should send everybody for testing so this doesn’t happen again!”
The following took place at Thrive Championship, August 5th 2017, in association with Fight Pro-Motion.
Blood streamed across Steven Le’s face in the closing seconds of the round. The screams of the crowd merged into a collective gasp as the young Vietnamese fighter spun in the air and landed a spectacular cartwheel kick on his opponent Idris Hassan. Moments earlier, Idris, an executive at Thye Hua Kwan, had landed a vicious spear elbow to Steven’s forehead.
I'm writing this post because "recommend me a good dermatologist in Singapore" is one of the questions I'm most often asked by friends - Now I can just direct them to this post.
Incidentally, "dermatologist Singapore" is also one of the most Googled terms in Singapore, receiving over 3700 searches each month - so I figured I'd just help everyone else out by explaining in detail how to find a suitable dermatologist for your condition and treatment needs in Singapore.
If you’re still deciding between having your breast augmentation in Singapore or abroad, this article lays out the pros vs cons for you to make a more informed decision.
You'd probably be surprised that only 12% of Singaporeans have had their HPV vaccination, compared to 80% in the UK and 75% in Australia. Below are 8 important facts that sum up everything you need to know about HPV vaccination in Singapore:
This post will serve as your one-stop destination for all things knee replacement in Singapore. I cover all the most popular questions that patients ask me, such as:
- How much does knee replacement cost in Singapore
- Whether you can avoid having a knee replacement surgery
- What's the best knee replacement procedure
- How to choose the best knee replacement surgeon