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In this Doctor’s spotlight series, Dr Ivan Puah shares why despite his training in multiple medical disciplines, he chose to focus on aesthetic medicine and how his passion lies in helping people overcome their insecurities.
Attaining a Graduate Diploma in Family Dermatology from the University of Singapore and a Diploma in Acupuncture from Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr Ivan Puah is one of the rare aesthetics doctors who uses his vast knowledge on both Western and traditional medicine to tap on the best of both worlds when it comes to aesthetics.
An ASEAN scholar, he graduated from M.B.B.S, National University Of Singapore, in 1997 and proceeded to undergo surgical and medical postings in various disciplines – General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Accident & Emergency, Neonatology, Urology, Dermatology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Psychiatry and Family Medicine.
Yet his passion always lies in aesthetic medicine.
Dr. Ivan Puah’s zest for body sculpting, gynecomastia surgery and weight management eventually led him to found Amaris B. Clinic, an aesthetic and cosmetic clinic, in 2004.
Believing that he can take aesthetics medicine to greater heights, he engaged in various body sculpting trainings throughout the world such as Laser Lipolysis in Milan, VASER® Body sculpting in Denver and VASER® Hi-Definition Advanced Body Sculpting in Argentina.
He went on to be trained under French plastic surgeon, Dr. Pierre Francois Fournier for liposculpture, fat grafting and thread lift.
Excelling in trainings and having thoroughly honed the skills he had acquired, Dr. Ivan Puah was one of the handful of doctors to introduce Smartlipo and VASER® to benefit patients; a prestigious validation, as only the doctors who have met the stringent criteria set by the Ministry of Health can be accredited to perform liposuction in Singapore.
As a Vaser Certified Physician, Dr. Ivan Puah is often invited to speak and share his knowledge with his peers at conferences and seminars.
His attentive ears and eye for details cement his reputation as a consummate professional.
Each advice and recommendation given is personalised to the specific individual which not only means that the aesthetic goals will be met, but also that their well-being is assured.
Dr. Ivan Puah has also been recently appointed as the Official Trainer for BOTOX® and dermal filler from Allergan Singapore and Merz Singapore.
A skilled aesthetics doctor who seeks nothing less than perfection, Dr. Ivan Puah’s fervour for perfecting his craft is fuelled by a quote from Aristotle – “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” An adage he firmly stands by hitherto.
We spoke to Dr. Ivan Puah to learn more about his journey and motivation behind his career as an aesthetics doctor.
1. Why an aesthetics doctor for a career?
To be able to practise aesthetic medicine is incredibly rewarding.
Patients who turn to aesthetic medicine are looking for personal fulfilment, beyond good health. It allows people to look as young as they feel, to enhance what genetics has bestowed.
2. What do you believe is important as an aesthetics doctor?
In my personal opinion, aesthetic medicine is not about vanity, unless it is practised in vain.
I hold on dearly to this quote by Don Galer, “Integrity is what we do, what we say and what we say we do.” This adage has not changed for me since the day I graduated from medical school.
3. Why the decision to specialise in Lipo focused on surgical body contouring such as liposuction and gynecomastia?
People are constantly looking for ways to lose weight, improve their body shapes and to lead a healthier lifestyle.
However, more often than not, many people are confused by the vast array of over promised but under delivered services.
When Amaris B. Clinic was set up in 2004, the objective was to provide medically-proven, quality and improved minimally invasive surgical treatments to meet the demand.
4. How does Amaris B Clinic differ from other aesthetics practices?
What differentiates Amaris B Clinic from other aesthetic practices is: “Know what your customer wants and what your company does best, focus on where those two meet.”
Our practice offers a comprehensive range of body sculpting and enhancement services since we started in 2004 and we keep improving on the surgical technique, and this USP of ours is non-replicable as the results depend on the doctor’s eyes, skills and approach.
5. Why Dr Ivan Puah for aesthetics enhancement and body sculpting service over others?
When carrying out body sculpting, it is not just about fat removal.
It requires the doctor with relevant experience and an eye for beauty to sculpt and contour the body liken to a sculptor creating a piece of beautiful art piece.
I am also one of the few aesthetic doctors who is accredited by MOH to perform liposuction.
6. Was there a particular procedure that left a lasting impression. If so what was it and why?
Every patient who wants to proceed with a cosmetic enhancement surgery has his or her own story or motivation.
I had a male patient, who was extremely shy and has a lack of self-confidence as he was disturbed by his overly enlarged male breasts for years.
I remembered in the last review, he came into the clinic with a cake in his hand and a big smile on his face to thank us for solving his problem.
Subsequently, he even went on to train for a bodybuilding competition. I am in awe of his determination!
Dr Ivan Puah exhibits brilliance in his craft as an aesthetics doctor. His passion for aesthetics medicine has helped many, who struggle with their insecurities, and his continual pursuit for perfection in his artistry, makes him one of the most sought after aesthetics doctors in body contouring procedures in all of Singapore.