SINGAPORE: Demand for beauty services in Singapore has doubled over the past two years.
And this has seen an increase in the number of physicians attending beauty seminars and courses, and has also given rise to more clinics providing medical beauty services.
Channel NewsAsia understands there were only 40 medical beauty centres about two years ago, and this has now increased to 105.
For general practitioners to provide medical cosmetic services, such as hair removal, Botox and other non-intrusive procedures, they have to complete a series of professional training courses and obtain a certificate of competency that is approved by the Singapore Medical Council.
But some specialists believe the barrier to entry for general practitioners is too low.
And they worry this could affect the overall quality of service.
Dr Joyce Lim, an aesthetics specialist at Joyce Lim Skin and Laser Clinic, said: "As dermatologists, we have so many years of training to really know about the skin before you go in. So a lot of these people may not have the basic, detailed knowledge of the skin. Which means that… to do something is easy, but… most of the time the problem is that they don't know how to manage the complications." - CNA/gn
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