The Sloane Clinic's Women's Well-Being & Aesthetics Forum



A day after the national elections, I woke up specially to attend The Sloane Clinic's 1st Women's Well-Being & Aesthetics Forum. Just like the other attendees, I was interested in some of the common women’s health and body beauty issues which affect women in general. This women’s only exclusive event touches on issues such as breast lumps and cancer, breast augmentation surgery, and non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. 


Dr Tan Yah Yuen, Consultant Breast Surgeon, gave an insightful talk on how we can keep our breasts healthy and breast cancer out of our future.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in most developed and developing countries. More women are surviving breast cancer because of early detection and treatment. 

(+) Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Early breast cancer 
  • Painless breast lump, skin dimpling, nipple discharge, nipple rash, abnormal screening mammogram
Advanced breast cancer
  • Skin ulcer, Axilla lump
Some of the breast cancer risk factors include: Age, Hereditary Factors, Lifestyle Factors, Pregnancy, Menopause etc. But risk factors don't tell us everything. Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. Most women who have one or more breast cancer risk factors never develop the disease, while many women with breast cancer have no apparent risk factors (other than being a woman and growing older). Even when a woman with risk factors develops breast cancer, it is hard to know just how much these factors might have contributed.

Some risk factors, like a person's age or race, can't be changed. Others are linked to cancer-causing factors in the environment. Still others are related to personal behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, and diet. Some factors influence risk more than others, and your risk for breast cancer can change over time, due to factors such as aging or lifestyle.

Hence, it is vital that we protect ourselves with breast cancer screening. 

(+) Breast Cancer Screening
Dr Tan pointed out that a large number of women in Asia (70%) don't get regular mammograms. Because breast cancer rates are increasing, Asian governments and healthcare systems will have to work harder to boost awareness of breast cancer risk and the importance of annual screenings.

We should
  1. Undergo regular checks to look for disease before onset of symptoms 
  2. Breast self examination every month 
  3. Clinical breast examination every year after age 40 
  4. Mammogram +/- ultrasound screening after age 40 (may need earlier if family history of cancer)
(+) Self Examination Method

Breast Health is very important for all females and it should never be neglected. 


Moving forward, Dr Low Chai Ling, Medical Director of The Sloane Clinic spoke on the latest technologies for non-invasive feminine rejuvenation. According to statistics, about 76% females are at risk of developing vaginal laxity at some point of their life. While we are constantly bombarded by advertisements to rejuvenate our hair, skin and faces, almost no one is addressing the most important concern affecting women today.What is actually happening to our bodies that nobody seems to be talking about? Vaginal skin is comprised largely of collagen tissue that has the ability to expand, contract and return to its original size, however, after childbirth, many women experience vaginal laxity (a reduction in the resilience, strength and contractability of vaginal tissue) that may interfere with quality of sexual life by reducing the sensation and sensitivity during intercourse. The severity may range from a mild decrease in pleasure to a significant (total loss?) drop in sensation. In some cases, I know of women who cannot even hold a tampon in place after birth!

Traditional treatment options available for vaginal laxity range from pharmacological (hormonal, tightening creams and herbal sprays), through behavioural therapies (Kegel exercise to retrain and tone the pelvic floor muscles), to more invasive surgical procedures. While pharmacological and behavioural therapies are non-invasive, they have limited efficacy. On the other hand, surgical procedures, which involve the narrowing of the vagina along with repair of pelvic floor muscles and fascia, achieve a better final result especially in more severe cases, at the price of higher associated risks such as scarring, infection and painful intercourse post-operation in addition to the recovery time after surgery.

(+) Intima Touch For Vaginal Rejuventation
Intima Touch™ is specially designed to address and restore vaginal laxity in a painless, non-surgical manner. It uses Viveve's patented radio frequency technology to stimulate new collagen production in the treated vaginal tissues, restoring its suppleness and firmness over 30-90 days after the treatment.

Intima Touch™ requires no anesthesia and can be completed in about 30 minutes. At the beginning of the procedure, the doctor will insert a Viveve treatment tip, about the size of your thumb, just inside the vaginal opening. The tip is circumferentially moved around the opening, delivering pulses of painless radiofrequency energy to the collagen fibers that make up the underlying tissues, while also cooling the vaginal surface. 

In two clinical studies, women who reported an increase in vaginal laxity following childbirth underwent the treatment with the following results:
  • Improved and sustained vaginal tightness was shown by 88% of the women at 12 months after treatment
  • Women who were treated experienced a 68% mean increase in their vaginal laxity scores at 12 months
  • Improvement in sexual satisfaction was maintained through 12 months after treatment
  • No serious adverse events were reported in either study


For the final segment of the talk,Dr Tan Ying Chien, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, filled us in on how we can bring out the best of our bosom buddies with the Dream-Lift breast augmentation pioneered by The Sloane Clinic, which goes beyond plain enlargement by focusing on breast enhancement using sophisticated surgical techniques and the latest technology.

(+) Dream-Lift™ Breast Augmentation at The Sloane Clinic
In this day and age,  breast augmentation procedures have improved leaps and bounds; focusing not only on improving the size of breasts but also on correcting any asymmetry and residual sagging caused by age, childbirth and weight fluctuations. Dream-Lift™ Breast Augmentation is designed to address all aesthetic imperfections to create the most ideal aesthetic outcome possible. Pre-operative planning is enhanced by advanced imaging systems like the Vectra 3D imaging which takes out the guesswork by simulating optimal post-surgical results with the chosen implant. The Sloane Clinic is the first and only clinic in Singapore and Malaysia to be equipped with this sophisticated imaging system that sets the new gold standard in breast augmentation surgery.


Dream-Lift™ Breast Augmentation by The Sloane Clinic focuses not only on breast enlargement but also breast enhancement, by ensuring that the final outcome is completely natural and optimal to suit every individual body type and shape. New-generation natural feel teardrop implants are tailored to create the soft, fluid curves of the ideal breast from all angles, while correcting any asymmetry and providing a lift for saggy, deflated breasts caused by ageing, childbirth and weight fluctuations simultaneously. So whether you are looking to upsize your girls or just to restore them to their previous fuller, perkier state, you know what you’ll get is beautifully natural results – so you’ll look naturally beautiful.


The workshop ended with a Q&A session of course.


After the workshop ended, I proceeded to the display booth at the back of the room to find out more about their treatments and services. Oh! They even had breast implant samples on display which are used by the clinic. 

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