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In this Doctor’s spotlight series, Singapore’s first South Korean-trained plastic surgeon Shenthilkumar Naidu lets us in on what he had learnt throughout his career and discloses his mission of taking his patience through every step of their journey towards perfection.
Amidst stiff competition in the plastic surgery arena, Shenthilkumar Naidu manages to climb to the top and becomes the first Singaporean plastic surgeon to be awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme scholarship by the Ministry of Health, allowing him to receive further training in reconstructive surgery and aesthetics at South Korea’s Hanyang University Hospital back in 2008.
“Korea ranks very high in the medical aesthetics field with its many new and advanced techniques. It was an honour and privilege to have such a valuable and rare opportunity,” says Dr Shens.
In his years of training in Korea, Dr Shens has acquired more than just a technique for a procedure, but rather, what he took away from that long 17 year stint was something of immense proportions: “In Korea, there’s a wealth of different techniques and no single solution to any cosmetic problem. I learnt from the Doctors there to be versatile and to adapt different styles in order to deliver the best results.”
From a National University of Singapore (NUS) graduate and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, to a consultant plastic surgeon at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and finally starting his own private practice, Dr Shens never deviated from the doctrine that was instilled in him.
Finding his calling
While some people may have to experiment with several career choices before settling for a career path in life, such was not the case for for Dr Shens. Plastic surgery was almost a calling since medicine and helping others have always been a passion of his. Moreover, Dr Shens’ fervor for art and aesthetics, frequently scruntinising dimensions and proportions of things around him, at a tender age, also contributed to his career choice as a plastic surgeon.
Over the years, Dr Shens has adopted many of the surgical techniques that are unique to Korean plastic surgery here in Singapore. Adapting to different techniques to cater to the needs of each individual, Dr Shens strives his hardest to meet his patients’ expectations.
“What drives me is to see my patients satisfied with the outcome of their surgeries. My mission is always to help my patients heal and to allay their worries,” says Dr Shens, who has been a consultant plastic surgeon in private practise for the past two years.
Dr Shens is not only a hero to the damsels in distress; his dexterity has also helped the male gender with their most vulnerable ‘possession’. He candidly reveals one of the more interesting surgeries he has performed: “I’ve had to reattach a severed penis using microsurgery. The procedure took two hours to complete and the patient was very relieved that the organ was able to perform the usual functions post-surgery!”