Lauded by both men and women worldwide as the “Fruit of Eternal Youth” and propelled by a never-ending quest for a youthful look that belies one’s true age, Aesthetic Medicine has never been more popular than it is now in the 21st century.
With such strong demand and rapid advancement in this medical field, it definitely takes more than just sheer passion and perseverance to helm a successful aesthetic practice for more than 15 years.
The DocDoc team caught up with Dr Benjamin Yim, a locally and internationally respected Aesthetic Medicine Doctor, at his namesake practice Dr Benjamin Yim Aesthetic & Laser Centre to reminisce his budding years and meteoric rise after being cast into the public spotlight.
As the featured practitioner for popular local female magazine Her World’s first editorial on the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Skin Rejuvenation Treatment in 2001, you’ll definitely want to keep your eyes and ears peeled for Dr Yim’s video feature to glean some drops of wisdom on the field of aesthetics.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
What inspired you to pursue Aesthetic Medicine?
It all started with my father. He’s been in general practice for the last 40 years. During his time, he was well regarded by his peers and colleagues for minor surgeries and skin-related work.
What is a common misconception that patients who are looking to undergo aesthetic procedures have?
It is important for patients to understand that aesthetic medicine helps to enhance one’s natural beauty i.e. we don’t try to change too much of a person’s look. This is very important for my patients as they journey and age with us over the years. They start to notice some changes in their face and come to us for help, asking to look 10 – 15 years younger. But there are limitations to some of these procedures and I try to help patients understand these through conversation.
How has your practice grown over the years?
We started off with a small practice across the road at Orchard Hotel Galleria with only one staff. I remember that it was very challenging at times and our breakthrough moment came when we invested in Vasculight, an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system that is versatile and able to perform a lot of skin treatments. Shortly after, it was featured by a Her World editorial writer who underwent the treatment. The response from that was good and patients called in asking for all sorts of aesthetic treatments e.g. blemishes on their skin, fine lines and unwanted hair.
I then realised that there was a demand for such treatments, especially when performed in a medical setting. Since then, we’ve grown and reinvested into the practice, accumulating quite a good repertoire of equipment, upgrading our skills and growing our staff – and here we are today, a successful established practice in the field of aesthetic medicine 15 years later.
What is the secret to running a successful practice?
Basically, we work as a team. The culture we have here is all about teamwork. Everyone is just fantastic at what they do – my longest working staff of 14 years is still with me! I think that’s testament to what a strong family unit we’ve built up over here and I’d like to thank them for their unwavering support for the past 15 years.
What is your clinic’s philosophy?
We believe and want to make everybody happy by helping them feel good about themselves. I hope to reach out to people with simple solutions that are accessible, not too expensive and effective yet with little risk.
About Dr Benjamin Yim
As one of the pioneers in Singapore to practice IPL Photo Rejuvenation, Dr Benjamin Yim’s armamentarium of minimally-invasive procedures has expanded to include cutting-edge services like Botox, skin fillers, peels, fat transfer, thermage, threadlifts and vaser liposuction, and fractional resurfacing via Mosaic laser. He also offers non-invasive body contouring treatments like Endermologie and Liposonix.