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Feel and Look Good Throughout Your Journey to Wellness

Feeling good about the way patients look during or after cancer treatment plays a vital role in the mindful recovery throughout the journey back to normal life.

What’s Unique About Our Aesthetic Treatments For Cancer Patients?

As an aesthetic doctor providing this service, I feel the most important quality that I have is that I am a cancer survivor. If you would like to know a bit more about my personal experience, please read about my skin journey during cancer treatment.

I fully understand the physical and psychological needs that commonly occur to the skin as well as the importance of providing a “safe” space – safe in terms of the frequently sanitised physical environment which is important for immune-compromised patients, and comfortable in a place that patients can feel at ease about their condition.

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Learn more about the changes that you may experience during your treatment, the reasons behind them, as well as the treatments that you can consider to adjust to these changes.

Skin Changes

During cancer treatment, one’s skin goes through a lot of stress and may experience inflammation, acne, redness, irritation and dryness. The ultimate aim of the Aesthetician is to rebuild and restore the barrier function of the skin to promote the growth of new healthy skin cells in recovery.

Acne

Acne during cancer treatment is often caused by a combination of including chemotherapy, or other drugs given along with it such as steroids. Often choosing the correct skincare products and using topical or oral medications can help to treat the acne. There are however some treatments that can be done concurrently to further control and improve acne conditions.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS

A chemical peel clinically shown to reduce oiliness of the skin with minimal side effects of redness and peeling.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

4-6 sessions at least 4 weeks apart, 15 minutes each; Usually no downtime though some may have minor peeling that can last for a few days.

 

A non-invasive laser treatment that is effective in penetrating the skin safely, and selectively destroys overactive oil-producing glands that cause acne without damaging the skin surface.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

3-6 sessions at least 3-4 weeks apart, 15 – 20 minutes each; There is little to no downtime.

 

Blue LED light treats acne by penetrating the pores and reducing activity in the sebaceous glands. Blue light may also kill acne-causing bacteria. As it does not contain ultraviolet rays, the light therapy is safe for regular use.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

Once a week, 30 minutes each; No downtime.

 

A non-invasive, 6-step procedure that uses a patented Vortex technology to deeply cleanse unwanted debris that clog the pores, while restoring skin’s protective barrier and delivering hydration.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

Once every 2 to 3 weeks, 30 minutes each; No downtime.

 

  • Oral Antibiotics & Isotretinoin

For moderate to severe acne, oral antibiotics like Doxycycline may be required to reduce bacteria that is causing the acne. This may be used in combination with other topical acne medication.

Isotretinoin (Oratane®), a derivative of vitamin A, works by cutting down the sebum produced by glands in your skin. It will also help to reduce bacteria, inflammation and open clogged pores.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

As prescribed. You should diligently wear sunscreen as skin will be more sensitive to sun while on oral medications for acne.

Skin Dryness & / Dullness

Dryness of the skin can occur as a side effect of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy. As a result the skin on the face may look dull and dehydrated with worsening of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A good daily moisturizer and cleanser is important to minimise these side effects.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS

A non-invasive, 6-step procedure that uses a patented Vortex technology to deeply cleanse unwanted debris that clog the pores, while restoring skin’s protective barrier and delivering hydration.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

Once every 2 to 3 weeks, 30 minutes each; No downtime.

 

An anti-aging and skin healing injectable treatment containing Polynucleotide (PN), improves the skin by providing anti-inflammatory and wound healing mechanisms. This can help  stimulate collagen, improve skin’s moisture level and restore damaged skin.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

3 sessions 4 weeks apart, 60 minutes each

Tiny bumps may appear at injection sites which can take 12-24 hours to fully disappear. There may also be tiny purple or pink spots that can occur from the injections which may take 5-7 days to resolve.

Avoid excessive heat, sports and exercise a day after the treatment.

 

A minimally invasive injectable treatment that delivers hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the skin, directly into the dermis layer. HA attracts water to hydrate skin, improve skin elasticity and overall skin quality.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

1 session every 9 months, 60 minutes each

Tiny bumps may appear at injection sites which can take 12-24 hours to fully disappear. There may also be tiny purple or pink spots that can occur from the injections which may take 5-7 days to resolve.

Avoid excessive heat, sports and exercise a day after the treatment.

 

  • Skinko-e Microneedling

This facial uses multiple micro-fine needles which reach between 0.5 and 2.5 millimetres into the skin to encourage skin healing and rejuvenation.

Viscoderm® Skinko E is an anti-ageing and antioxidant complex containing more than 50 dermofunctional elements including non-cross-linked hyaluronic acid, minerals, amino acids and vitamins.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

1-2 sessions each week, 60 minutes each.

Little to no downtime. There may be a bit of redness over the treated areas which will disappear within 24 hours.

 

Sylfirm X is an emerging dual wave system that uses pulsed radiofrequency waves to generate an electrothermal effect on the skin, accurately targeting damaged skin cells.

Sylfirm X is clinically proven to safely and effectively address a number of issues that are commonly faced by patients going through cancer treatment, including fine lines caused by dryness of skin, saggy skin, large pores and dullness.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

3-6 sessions, 3 weeks apart, 60 minutes each; There is little to no downtime.

Pigmentation / Hyperpigmentation

There are certain chemotherapy and immunotherapy drugs that can cause darkening or pigmentation of the skin. This can occur 2 to 3 weeks after treatment starts and may go away approximately 10 to 12 weeks later after the treatment is over, although some can be permanent.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS

A safe pigment corrector formulated with 5% Cysteamine Hydrochloride and free of hydroquinone to address conditions of hyperpigmentation such as melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and freckles.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

Recommended to use daily as instructed for at least 12-16 weeks followed by a maintenance of once to twice weekly.

Some may experience mild side effects like redness, dryness and possibly irritation of the skin within the first few days of use.

 

A non-ablative laser that uses ultra-short pulses of 300 picoseconds to treat blemishes on the skin such as acne scars, enlarged pores, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

3-6 sessions, 3-4 weeks apart, 15 – 20 minutes each

Depending on the type of pigmentation treated it can range from minimal downtime to having darkened spots on the treated area which can last up to 7 to 10 days.

 

Sylfirm X is an emerging dual wave system that uses pulsed radiofrequency waves to generate an electrothermal effect on the skin, accurately targeting damaged skin cells.

Sylfirm X is also clinically proven to safely and effectively address a number of issues that are commonly faced by patients going through cancer treatment, including fine lines caused by dryness of skin, saggy skin, large pores and dullness.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

3-6 sessions, 2-4 weeks apart, 60 minutes each.

Saggy Skin

After the completion of your treatment, you may notice loss of elasticity and sagging of the skin. This may be more obvious in patients who experienced drastic weight loss during their treatment. While putting on weight helps, you may need an extra push at specific areas such as your jaws line, arms and tummy.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS

A non-invasive procedure that uses both ultrasound and radio frequency to deliver controlled heat to the skin to stimulate collagen production, enhancing skin elasticity and firmness.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

2-4 sessions, 7-10 days apart, 15-30 minutes each.

No downtime. Skin may look flushed for up to 30 minutes after treatment.

 

Sylfirm X is an emerging dual wave system that uses pulsed radiofrequency waves to generate an electrothermal effect on the skin, accurately targeting damaged skin cells.

Sylfirm X is also clinically proven to safely and effectively address a number of issues that are commonly faced by patients going through cancer treatment, including fine lines caused by dryness of skin, saggy skin, large pores and dullness.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

3-6 sessions, 2-4 weeks apart, 60 minutes each.

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Why Does a Cancer Patient Need Aesthetic Treatment?

When cancer treatment is given, one’s skin goes through a lot of stress and becomes more sensitive. Inflammation, redness, irritation, acne and dryness are some of the many symptoms that a cancer patient can experience in addition to the devastating hair loss side effect.

The ultimate aim of aesthetic treatment is to restore the barrier function of the skin and promote the growth of new healthy skin cells. Of course, the psychological part of the treatment is to have someone share part of the difficult and long journey ahead with you, to rebuild that confidence that may have been lost in the midst of your cancer treatment.

Some of the changes you undergo may just be temporary.

Book an appointment with our doctor to choose the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

Hair Changes

This is one of the side effects feared by most cancer patients. Especially for ladies, losing their crown of glory is something even more significant as compared to the skin changes. Some chemotherapy drugs can cause hair to fall out. Hair usually begins to thin two to three weeks after chemotherapy starts; for most women it will begin to grow back one to two months after treatment ends. However, up to one-third of women will have persistent thinning or loss.

After treatment ends some patients may experience accelerated unwanted hair growth on their face and body.

Hair Loss

RECOMMENDED TREATMENT

  • Calecim® Microneedling with Fotona laser treatment

This treatment includes the insertion of multiple micro-fine needles which reach between 0.5 and 2.5 millimetres into the skin to encourage skin healing and rejuvenation.

The Calecim® Professional Serum contains high concentrations of active stem cell proteins derived from cord lining to accelerate repair and renewal of skin cells.This, together with Fotona laser, stimulates dormant hair follicles and encourage hair growth.

This treatment may not be suitable for people with the following conditions:

  • Susceptibility to hypertrophic scarring
  • Severe skin irritation or allergies
  • Seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis of the scalp

Number of Sessions & Downtime

3 sessions 1 week apart, 60 minutes each.

Little to no downtime. There will be a bit of redness over the treated areas which will be gone within 24 hours.

Excess Hair

RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS

It uses advanced technology over traditional IPL that harnesses powerful and precise laser sources to target shafts/roots of the hair, dramatically reducing hair growth and preventing new ones from growing.

Suitable for both men and women, it is a safe procedure that does not cause any damage to your skin.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

4-10 sessions, 1-2 weeks apart, 15 – 30 minutes each; No downtime.

 

  • Fotona Dynamis (FRAC3)

It delivers high-intensity Nd:YAG laser pulses in less than 2 milliseconds to destroy deep hair follicles while avoiding unnecessary damage to the epidermis. As such, it possesses the ability to permanently reduce hair from the very first session and hence will require considerably fewer sessions than IPL.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

5-6 treatments, at 7-12 weeks interval, 30 – 60 minutes each.

Minimal to no downtime. Occasionally mild redness post-treatment may occur, which usually resolves a few hours after treatment.

General Body Changes

Muscle aches (Myalgia), fatigue and water retention are all possible side effects of cancer and its treatment.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENT

Massage is effective in reducing symptoms such as stress, pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, swelling and fatigue in people who have had chemotherapy or surgery for cancer.

Modifications can be made to adapt the massage pressure or treatment position based on your cancer and treatment-related side effects. You should let our therapist know if you are actively having lymphoedema.

Recommended massages include Swedish massage, Aromatherapy massage, Thermal Meridien Massage.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

Once a week, 60 – 120 minutes each.

Intimacy After Cancer

After cancer treatment patients may experience low sex drive, vaginal dryness and pain during sex. Shrinking and thinning of the vaginal wall can also occur and these are caused by lack of estrogen in the vaginal tissue as a result of the cancer treatment.

The cause very often may be a combination of both psychological blocks and physical changes to the body and our doctors can discuss your suitability for treatments of vaginal atrophy at our clinic. If needed a referral to a support group or therapist can be recommended where you can discuss and learn tips on how to deal with the challenges of intimacy after cancer treatment.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENT

A painless laser treatment that serves to treat common female issues of urine leakage, vaginal looseness and dryness that often occur with hormonal imbalances. It tightens the vagina and relieves vaginal atrophy by stimulating new collagen which in turn relieve symptoms and restores the skin elasticity of the vaginal canal

You will first have a consultation with our doctor to check your suitability for this procedure.

Number of Sessions & Downtime

3 sessions 1 month apart, 15 minutes per session.

No downtime. Sexual intercourse is not recommended for 3 days after the procedure.

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    501 Orchard Rd #04-11, Singapore 238880

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    Fusion Medical @ Fusionopolis

    1 Fusionopolis Link, #01-05 Nexus
    @ One-North , Singapore 138542

    Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

    Sat/Sun / PH :Closed

    About Fusion Medical

    Fusion Medical was set up in the year 2015. Our founders, being passionate about offering one-stop quality healthcare services at affordable rates, decided to set up the first Executive Medical Centre in One-North. This centre is equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide convenience to our patients. Diagnostic and imaging equipment include X-Ray, Ultrasound, ECG treadmill, Spirometry, Tonometry, Mammogram, Electrocardiogram, Audiometry Tests and Bone Densitometry.

    Why Choose Fusion Medical

    We Make Things Easy For You

    Our clinics are centrally located in Wheelock Place and Fusionopolis, giving you easy access to quality healthcare services whenever you need it. Appointments are easy, too. Request an appointment online or call us.

    Female Doctors Who Understand You

    Our female doctors offer a broad range of screening and medical services, personalised just for you. Doctor-patient relationships can last a lifetime, and we believe that it is important to have a doctor who truly understands you. We strive to do the best we can to make you feel comfortable.

    Fully Equipped Clinics

    We are committed to meeting your specific needs at our clinic. Our clinics are fully equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide one-stop convenience for you.

    • Dr Juliana Latif

      After graduating from Guys’, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in the United Kingdom, Dr Juliana went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Family medicine at the National University of Singapore. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Occupational Medicine.

      Qualifications

      • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Kings’ College London, UK
      • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, National University of Singapore
      • Master of Science in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
      • Diplomate in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, American Board of Anti-aging & Regenerative medicine
      • Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Korean Thread Lifting Master Course, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate in competence in Skin Rejuvenation (Fractional Lasers), Chemical peels, Filler injection, Botulinum toxin injection, Laser for treating skin pigmentation and Assisted lasers or intense pulsed light for hair removal awarded by the Aesthetic Dermatology Educational Group, Singapore
      • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom
    GET STARTED

    Request An Appointment

    Got questions? Fill up this form and our clinic staff will revert as soon as possible.

      Visit Us

      Start your skin health restoration journey with us today!

      Fusion Medical @ Wheelock

      501 Orchard Rd #04-11, Singapore 238880

      Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

      Sat :8:30am – 1:00pm

      Sun / PH :Closed

      Fusion Medical @ Fusionopolis

      1 Fusionopolis Link, #01-05 Nexus
      @ One-North , Singapore 138542

      Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

      Sat/Sun / PH :Closed

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