american academy of aesthetic medicine ~ diploma

Just underwent a post-graduate diploma course held by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.

It was a grueling course, expounding deeply into the various aspects of aesthetic medicine, such as botox, fillers, lasers, pigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, cellulite, hair regrowth, etc. Geez, I was tired at the end of it, but I gained so much new insights thereafter! It’s amazing what new perspectives you can obtain when you go through apparently old stuff that you think you already know. As the Chinese saying goes, 温故知新 and 三人行,必有我师。No matter how experienced one is, there is always something new to learn or refresh your knowledge in. :) (Plus, doctors love to get together and share practices. XD)

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I even tried some treatments on myself, such as sclerotherapy for the blue veins I inherited from housemanship and mesotherapy for the bit of hair I lost after pregnancy. :( I must say it’s only day 3 of treatment and my veins already look 90% better. I’ll keep an eye on the hair regrowth and update this space later, since they may take a while to work.

The best thing about it was the people I met there, such as the president of AAAM Dr Michel Delune, Dr Marcelo Suarez from Chicago, a very sweet lady dr whom I also met at a previous AAAM course and many others. :)

dr tiffiny yang with Dr Michel Delune

As a side note, I find my marionette lines shorter in this pic, after my recent Thermage treatment! See here. I didn’t even set the Thermage treatment very high, for fear of the pain since I did it without numbing cream. I think the trick is to repeat the passes many times to obtain better results at lower settings – only thing is that it takes a longer time for the doctor to perform it. Also, if you start early, it works better as the skin is still very much able to respond in new collagen production and tightening.

dr tiffiny yang with Dr Amelie Seghers

And at the end of it, a beautiful certificate as proof of my continual efforts to upkeep and improve my knowledge, for betterment of all my patients! :) It’s important to keep abreast of the latest developments in this fast-changing field of aesthetic medicine, so that I can always recommend the most suitable treatments to help my patients look awesome and regain confidence.

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Finally, what’s life without some selfies? :D

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International buffet lunch @ the new Westin ~

We had our quarterly clinic lunch get-out at the swanky new Westin hotel today. It’s an international spread 32 storeys up with a spectacular view of the bay. :) This eat-out is called Seasonal Tastes.


Only a few of us present today, so we can be real up, close and personal! ;)

View from Westin

The view is breath-taking indeed! Save for the rather messy construction works ongoing next-door. :D

Jane, Lynette

The 2 very lovely ladies in our company… :D


Jon & Tiffy

Selfies rule!!

Aramak. I was so engrossed with the view that I didn’t cam-whore the spread of food! I only knew that I helped myself to an endless flow of salmon sashimi + wasabi/soy sauce. Hee hee. I think I should take a dose of albendazole after this binge of sashimi. There was also other seafood, local delights +++, pasta, desserts and (of course) chocolate fondue. Great place to go for a business lunch meeting, esp if you are a Starwood Preferred Guest cos you get 25% discount. ;)

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I love my Christian Louboutins!!!!!!!! Missed them so much when I was preggie. ~>.<~ Glad I can twinkle-toes around in them once again! :D :D :D

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Thermage is for face slimming too!

Pregnancy made my skin sag!! Esp after losing all that weight (20kg of baby, water and fat, no joke!)… I had to do something about it… so I used my own Thermage 2 weeks ago~ :D

Didn’t even use numbing cream but I set it lower. Usually I would recommend numbing cream for all my clients. :D Anyway, I made a few more passes to make up for the lower settings. It should work just as well. Went through the procedure without much hassle! :)

tiffiny yangI surprised myself – my face looked slimmer in the next few days… :) My hubby commented I look prettier. (Yippee!)

Analysis of the day:

When the skin sags, it droops down by gravity and makes the face look boxier or bottom heavy. That’s how skin tightening can help to slim the face – by restoring the skin back to its original place. :D

Will wait for further improvement in the next 1-2 months too! ;)


What is Thermage?

Thermage is a safe, non-invasive procedure that is clinically proven to help smooth, tighten and contour skin for an overall younger looking appearance. The treatment delivers natural looking results with little to no downtime – on all skin colours, on and off the face, all in a single procedure. Since there is no surgery involved you can generally return to normal activities immediately following the procedure. It has been approved by the FDA since 2002 and available only in the doctor’s office.

How does it work?

A smooth flat tip delivers Thermage’s unique radiofrequency (RF) technology, which safely heats the deep collagen-rich layers of the skin. This heat helps to tighten existing collagen and stimulate the formation of new collagen over time, which reverses sagging, renews contours and improves the texture of your skin.

Each treatment takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour for the face. Only a single treatment is usually sufficient to deliver results.

Who performs the procedure?

Only physicians are trained to use the Thermage effectively for best outcome with minimal side effects.

Which areas of the body can you use Thermage for?

It can be used safely and effectively on the face, eyes, abdomen, arms and thighs. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite.

What results can I expect?

Wrinkled, crepey or saggy skin can appear smoother; bulging skin can be tighter and firmer. The eyes may look bigger and brighter with less hooding.

Immediate result is usually visible and improve over time as the body rebuilds natural collagen. In most patients, measurable tightening and contouring gradually appears in 2 to 6 months following a single treatment session. Results can last for 1-2 years depending on your skin condition and the process of aging.

Results do vary depending on age and skin condition.

Is there any downtime?

There is no special care required and most patients can return to their regular activities immediately after the treatment session.

Does it hurt?

Each time the treatment tip is applied, there will first be a brief cooling sensation, followed by a brief heating sensation and finally by another cooling sensation. The heating sensation is a sign that the deep layers of the skin are reaching effective temperatures for tightening, whereas the cooling sensation protects the topmost layer of the skin so it prevents blisters. You may feedback to your treating physician on the level of heat to help maximize your comfort while maximizing results.

Thermage has an excellent safety record. Side effects are few and may include redness, swelling, blisters.

Can I get a Thermage treatment in place of a facelift?

Thermage can definitely tighten loose skin but it cannot give the dramatic results of a surgical facelift. If you are looking for a modest improvement without the trauma of surgery, then Thermage is right for you.

Can I get a Thermage procedure if I’ve already had other procedures?

Thermage is compatible with most other cosmetic procedures and in fact, may complement some procedures such as botox for wrinkles, threadlift and skin resurfacing laser treatments.

You may read more on Thermage at

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gimme a baby face

Many people have a misconception of what cheek filler augmentation can do for them. They think that filling up the cheeks make the cheekbones wider or make them look fatter, which is absolutely not true!

With the process of aging, especially in slim Asian / Oriental women, the first part of the face to lose the volume of youth is often on the cheeks, particularly medially (i.e. the part of cheeks right next to the nose bridge). You don’t notice it at first, but when the skin starts to droop due to disappearance of the apples of the cheeks, jowling starts and laugh lines form — that’s when it becomes noticeable that age is catching up with you.

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“In a young face, the widest part is at the cheeks but as we age, the cheeks deflate and excess skin falls toward the jawline. . . That makes the triangle flip upside down so that the widest part of the face is now at the jawline.” says dermatologist Dr Marina I Peredo, of the Spatique Medical Spa, New York.

So what shall we do to save face?

A simple cheek filler augmentation procedure is usually good enough to fight off the initial signs of such aging. 1-2cc of a suitable volumising filler is typically sufficient in a younger person. If you have waited too long, you may need up to 3 or 4cc of similar filler to make a good correction. Small measures done early prevent the need for more radical corrective surgery later on, which probably carries greater risk and downtime. I’ll recommend Radiesse or Juvederm Voluma for this purpose.

So seek out your friendly aesthetics doctor today for reshaping and restoring your cheeks, to fight off the signs of age! :)

For more information on cheek filler augmentation:

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oops, I did it again…

You’re never too young to start staying young, so I had to get back to my regular laser facial and repeat my PRP (platelet rich plasma) face rejuvenation treatment, once I was out of confinement. Who knows, there may still be some hormones of pregnancy and possibly stem cells that are still circulating in my blood, which can give an extra boost to my skin’s rejuvenation. ;)

Not to mention, I saw the beginnings of some tiny crow’s feet– to my utmost horror! Not what a little botox cannot solve though. Whew. :D

Thank you, Minami さん, for helping me work towards being forever young. :D

1 week after the faithful treatments…

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See, right little eyebag gone.

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And there’s this after glow that lasts for about 3 months. All without surgery or massive downtime. No, not even a teensy weensy bruise or red mark. I simply love the minimally invasive aesthetics! :D

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Tiffiny’s Secret

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We just created our own line of skincare products, beginning with the best: a youth restoring serum containing the best ingredients for fighting aging or dull skin!

It’s a combination of all the following good stuffs:

1. Retinol, undisputedly proven in countless clinical studies to reverse the signs of aging, reduce fine lines, increase thickness of the skin, etc.

2. Matrixyl, the most recently discovered growth peptide to increase collagen of the skin and reverse aging. It’s the latest craze for maintaining youthful looking skin.

3. Licorice root extract, for brightening of the skin.

4. Antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals that accelerate aging.

After 6 months’ testing on both women and men, we have had great reviews on it! Results as follows:

  • 100% of subjects reported definite visible improvement of their skin.
  • 90% of subjects conceded to reduction in fine lines.
  • 80% of subjects conceded to reduction in pores.
  • 60% of subjects reported brightening and smoothening of skin complexion.
  • 30% of subjects felt their usual acne outbreaks were lessened.

Because I believe in it, it’s now an indispensable item on my night dresser as part of my nightly beauty routine! Certainly helped my post pregnancy skin. ;)

For more information, check out the website here:!science-of-the-secret/cx85


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welcome little one!

After months of baking this little cookie in my oven, he’s finally arrived! :) Welcome to the world, Emmerich. May the Lord be as much your Keeper as He is your Maker.

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In between feeds and diaper changes during confinement — which definition is really, to be imprisoned in a bubble of having only everything hot and smelling of ginger, DOM and sesame oil — I watched this major production by Beijing and Guangzhou: 蘭陵王. It’s a love story between this 战神 and 天女, a descendent of the 巫族 (clan of witches, but I assure you, she ain’t got warts or a hooked nose). Very touching love story — I’d recommend it!

So it is, I’ve favourited a song from the show and posted it below. Enjoy! ;)


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The festive holidays are here!

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Check out my column in December’s issue of FHM:

The festive season is right around the corner and it’s time to start looking great for the parties! Here are some tips to look your best for the fun-filled times ahead.

Start Now

It’s never too early to start grooming. There are facials and mani-pedis to get to, shopping for party wear to do. By now, it’s probably too late to consider a full-blown nose or eye job under the surgeon’s knife, but if you need the last minute quick fix, there’s always a nose or chin filler injection for the great chiseled look everyone envies.

Take Care of Your Skin

This is the season for letting your hair down — long parties, late nights and too much junk food are hard to avoid, but it doesn’t mean you should let the season’s fun take its toll on your skin and make you age twice as fast as you should. Catch up on your sleep when you can, drink lots of water, use skincare products that fight aging (such as the new Tiffiny’s Secret Age Defense serum) and the no-downtime laser skin rejuvenation at your friendly aesthetic doctor’s.

Relax and Have Fun

Last but not least, after you’ve done everything you need to do to look your best, forget the not-so-stellar moments of the past year, let go and have fun! You’ve never looked better than when you are the most confident and comfortable in your own skin, so go on and let that swag shine through.

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the dire truth about jaw cutting surgery

One of my favorite patients asked me about jaw cutting surgery today. She was interested to do it because she wanted to correct her cross bite. Her orthodontist have told her that she is not suitable for correction by braces alone and advised her to consider surgical correction. I’ve always known the high risks of such invasive surgery, but when she asked me for advice, I decided to read up more about it out of concern for her and the information I found was rather appalling. Understandably, she may actually need this kind of surgery to correct her cross bite and it could be her only solution, but it’s actually a rising fad in South Korea as a beauty treatment. That’s grossly understating the dangers of undergoing a procedure of such extent only to look better, without real medical need. Jaw surgery is a surgical procedure carried out to correct facial bone deformities in people who are unable to bite or chew properly, by realigning upper and lower jaws. It takes months to recover from such a procedure and carries 50% risk of complications such as facial numbness or even paralysis. Other potential complications include a skewed jaw, chronic jaw pain, misaligned bite and inability to chew or smile. For a previously healthy and well person who does not suffer any physical ailments until the surgery was done, this is debilitating. jaw cutting surgery in south korea This radical procedure is much more dramatic than minimally invasive procedures such as botox or filler injections – yet people with no real dental flaws are opting to go through it to achieve a small pretty face. There have been incidents of suicides after the surgery due unbearable complications and a significant reduction in quality of life. Deaths from the procedure itself due to excessive bleeding and suffocation are also not uncommon. You hear about it happening here and there but there has yet to be stricter controls for the advocation of such dangerous surgery for purely cosmetic purposes. jaw cutting surgery In my two cents’ worth, unless it is medically indicated for you, such as in maladjusted bite, the risks surely outweigh the benefits. There is nothing wrong if you desire a slimmer face in the name of beauty. Consider safer, less invasive ways to achieve it, such as with botox jaw slimming, chin filler augmentation or skin tightening treatments. Even liposuction for the face or mesotherapy may be better options than radical open jaw shaping surgery. Consult with your friendly aesthetic dr for further and better particulars if you need! :) clip art News articles for your reading pleasure:

A safer, less invasive way to achieve your desired slimmer face: Dr Tiffiny Yang’s V shape face treatment

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tyas clinic retreat 2014

Guess where we went for our clinic retreat this year? 4 days 3 nights in Tokyo, Japan! :) Jane and Lynette had an awesome great time indeed.


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Instead, I attended a charity gala dinner instead. It was a event held in efforts to kick sarcoma. In fact, that’s the title of the event. Sarcoma is a little known cancer that affects many people too, and it’s pretty debilitating because diagnosis of the cancer and subsequent treatment can potentially disable a person for life.

The dress theme was Arabian/Persian/Indian… anything silk. As my dress choices were pretty limited by now, so I went chiffon instead, matched with a scarf that was silk. (Scarf unfortunately not shown in the pic below!)


Pretty much rested for the rest of the time. Hope my staff girls enjoyed themselves thoroughly! We all need a break to refresh and recharge so we can continue to run our engines for a long time to come. As they always say, sometimes you gotta take a step back to take a leap forward! ;)

Cheers to all~


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