Global Health Asia-Pacific Dec 2021-Jan 2022 Dec 2021 - Jan 2022 - Page 102



The Aesthetics Firm was established in 2018 and is currently in the process of expansion locally and across the Asia-Pacific . It is helmed by its medical director and chief executive , Dr Stephen Chu .
Dr Chu comes from a very diversified and international background . Born in Hong Kong , raised in Canada , and trained in Europe and Singapore , he has experienced different backgrounds and cultures around the world .
He began his medical journey by earning his Bachelor of Science degree at McGill University in Canada , majoring in psychology and neuroscience . He subsequently went on to study medicine and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2009 with honours .
During his basic surgical training , he wrote his thesis on the management of burn wounds for his Master of Surgery programme in Ireland . He spent a year ’ s rotation in general surgery and urology , followed by another six years attached to plastic surgery departments in Ireland and Singapore . The years prior to establishing The Aesthetics Firm were spent in aesthetics in the private sector . He has attended multiple international plastic surgery and aesthetic conferences around the world .
The clinic ’ s goal to give patients the most honest , reliable , and competent treatment available .
It is essential for the practicing
Ms Jush & Ms Canise
doctor to have a proper procedure for assessing patients in a structured manner with a bit of “ flair ”. It is also equally crucial to respect the patient ’ s wishes . Dr Chu ’ s first questions to patients are , “ How can I be of service to you ?”, “ What are your priorities ” and “ Tell me what you would like to change ”. Since aesthetic treatments can be a financial burden , it is prudent for the practitioner to prioritise what is most important to the patient .
There is also a need to ensure a balance between a “ natural look ” and a more “ photo-ready ” appearance . This is entirely the patient ’ s preference , and it should not be forced upon or induced by the doctor . A level of autonomy must be respected before deciding on any aesthetic treatments .
Dr Chu says that often aesthetics clinics are just concerned about the company ’ s balance sheets . He believes this is unethical and stresses the need to prioritise the patient .
The clinic offers a wide range of aesthetic services for the face and body , including minor surgery for the treatment of burns , scars , cysts , and cancerous and non-cancerous moles . It is equipped with tele-consultation to cater to overseas patients and provide global medication delivery .
In addition , it offers cosmetic surgery treatments such as face and body contouring using botox , fillers and threads , anti-ageing treatments with serums , facials , and skincare . All aesthetic treatments at the clinic are customisable to the patient ’ s needs , with services ranging from anti-ageing and last-minute skin rejuvenation before an important event to fat-freezing procedures for weight loss .
The Aesthetics Firm is the sole distributor of Elan Skincare products , which have been formulated and designed by Dr Chu .
100 DECEMBER 2021 - JANUARY 2022 GlobalHealthAsiaPacific . com