Oldies & Goodies

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Alamak Patient: “我以前的假牙很好的。戴了什么都能吃。你现在做的就没那么好了。”

Alamal dentist: “Auntie, 你以前拍的照片也比现在拍的好看呀。是不是因为新相机没旧相机好?”

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Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

Stepping On Mines

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One of my filler suppliers A kept asking me to come out of retirement and set up my own practice so that I can market myself and do as many facial aesthetic cases as I can. However, I’m well aware that the potential for problems in facial aesthetics cannot be underestimated. As a semi-retired dentist, I think I should treat facial aesthetics as a “special interest” and not as a primary focus. An interesting encounter this afternoon convinced me of that.

Technically, I’m still on holiday. I’m not bored, but when my supplier P called me up and said that he had a couple of aesthetic cases to refer to me, I decided that I could do with a bit of “exercise”. So I popped down to Ang Mo Kio and thought I could use up some of my stock of cross-linked filler and make somebody very happy.

Two aunties and a little boy were waiting for me in the waiting area. The boy was obviously not a patient and one of the aunties backed out when the word “bruising” was mentioned. The other auntie appeared keen. In fact, she was so keen that she started doubting my credentials. Of course, showing her my annual practising certificate was not too unreasonable a demand, but she went on to ask about the courses I attended, where I practised and even wanted to see my “syringes” and equipment. This made me wonder what sort of objections she would raise after seeing my consent form.

Anyway, she probed further to ask me where I was practising, why I didn’t have my own clinic and even doubted I was telling the truth as I looked too young to be semi-retired. Well, I have to say that I’m not averse to discussing my personal life and choices, but it’s important that it comes out as part of a friendly chat and not an interrogation. But what’s most disturbing, was the fact that she wanted the bridge of her nose raised. On observing her nose, I concluded that it did not need any fillers. Too much will make it too unnatural. I suggested that she should instead, do her tear troughs. As you may be able to infer from what I told you about her so far, she curtly rejected my advice and insisted that she needed a nose job.

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I could have just told the auntie off and/or walked off, but I didn’t want to embarrass P. So I shook my head to indicate to him that this was a confirmed FON case. I was keen on doing something exciting and satisfying on my day off, but I wasn’t prepared to accept any Alamak patients. I would rather waste the afternoon than to waste Buddha knows how much time managing auntie’s complaints.

Fortunately, the two aunties said they wanted to be given 10 minutes and decide. They went outside and just as I expected (and thankfully) they didn’t come back in. I’m quite cool about it. I just hope they don’t think that we’re desperate and disappointed. Maybe I’, a bit annoyed with all that “interrogation”, but I’m actually quite relieved that I didn’t end up stepping on a mine.


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

How Much Chin?

Beauty is not necessarily subjective, but the there are really no fixed measurements that will fit anybody’s definition of beauty. Take a look at this young lady. Her name is Aries and she’s from Hongkong.

Overall, she has a very pleasing look, but do you find her chin a bit too long? Maybe, but so what? As long as she looks good with it, there ought to be no issue at all.

If the overall look is quite pleasing, then don’t go for any major changes.


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

Skin Deep, Impermanent, So What?

People who go for plastic surgery and other aesthetic procedures are often judged or criticised as “vain” and “superficial”. But then, who doesn’t want to look good? Why bother to dress well and decorate your home if appearances are not important at all? More interestingly, what is permanent? So what if the things you pursue are impermanent? We are not permanent. What’s wrong with being happy and pretty before we depart?


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

Li Ying Zhi

Frankly, I had no idea who she is until pictures of an apparent botched “plastic surgery” made the news. What happened to Li Ying Zhi’s face? DIY filler injections?


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

No Pain No Gain

Some people have thin lips and fillers can be injected into the lip to give it a fuller appearance. The lip is probably the most painful part of the face to inject fillers. But then, lips can be numbed without injecting directly into the lips. Dentists know how to do it.


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

Nose Jobs Are Not For Everybody

I don’t think she needs to make the bridge of her nose higher (with fillers). The bridge is too broad and will not look good if it is raised.


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

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To Tell If Someone Had A Nose Job

Can you tell if someone has had a nose job?


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

What Did May Myat Noe Do?

Ms May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World Super Talent 2014, was dethroned for “bad behaviour”. May Myat Noe was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World in Seoul in May 2014. But, according to David Kim, director of media for the Seoul-based pageant, the 18-year-old was a disappointment from the start.

Following her success at the pageant, the Korean organisers said they were arranging singing and video deals for her. Sponsors paid for her plastic surgery, which came to the equivalent of £6,000.

The beauty queen took her mother with her to Seoul for what was supposed to be a 10-day visit, but that quickly turned into three months, incurring extra cost to the organisers, he said.

She “lied” and “never had respect for the main organisation, the national director, the manager, media or fans who made her the winner”, organisers said in a statement. When they told her that they would be stripping her of her title, she got back at them by absconding with the bejewelled Swarovski tiara – valued between £60,000 and £120,000.

Gosh, Ris Low is such an amateur.


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

Facial Anatomy

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Tear trough, nasolabial fold, crow’s feet etc. Do you know where they are?


Dental & Facial Aesthetics By Dr Chan Joon Yee @ Kent Ridge

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