How Much Do You Know About Xanthelasma?


– It is a lipoprotein.
– It presents as yellowish plaques with fatty content, appearing as slightly raised skin in the eyelid area.
– It can grow in size and causes cosmetic disturbances.
– It is harmless.

What Causes One to Have Xanthelasma?

– Unknown cause
– Can be due to genetics
– Can be due to high cholesterol or high level of plasma lipids
– Can be due to high blood pressure
– Maybe related to a heart disease problem

It can happen to both men and women.

What is the Surgery like to Remove Xanthelasma?

– It is commonly done as a day surgery case under local anaesthesia.

– Surgery time is usually very short, depending on the case’s complexity.

– Stitches are usually removed after 3 to 5 days, and there are minimal swelling and discomfort.

If you suspect you have the above problem or would like to consult for the above problem, do call our clinic at 65-6464 8075 today for your appointment.

Knowing All About Eye Bags/Lower Blepharoplasty

Eye Bags

With the ageing process, the tissue structures and muscles around the eye orbital area weaken. The fat around the eye area can become puffy and swollen due to various factors such as fluid retention, lack of sleep, smoking, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition.

Eye bag removal with transcutaneous method

What does it mean?
This is a very common method used by many plastic surgeons.

Suitable for?
– those with excess skin
– has bulging fats

Where is the incision?/ Where do you place the cut? 
– the incision cut is just below the lower eyelids (following your natural smiling line/ fold just below your lower eyelids)

Will the scar be visible? / How long it takes for the scar to fade?
– the scar may be a bit visible initially but will fade away in time

What is the surgery like?
– it is done as a day surgery case
– can take up to 1 .5 hrs, depending on the complexity

What is the recovery like? 
– minimal swelling and bruising for about 5 to 7 days
– one may resume back to normal routine exercise after 2 weeks

For the eyes bags removal, it can be a stand-alone procedure, or it can be done together with the upper excess eyelid skin removal, or together with a facelift procedure.

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Eye bags removal via the transconjunctival method

Suitable for?
– an individual who doesn’t have any excess skin on the lower eyelids
– better for younger individuals
– shows only the bulge of fat

Where is the incision?
– incision is made in the inner part of the lower eyelid

How is the procedure done?
– is usually done under local anaesthesia
– can be done as a day surgery procedure
– takes around 1.5hrs, depending on the case complexity
– incision cut is made in the inner part of the lower eyelid
– the excess fat is removed, and the cut is closed up with stitches

What is the advantage of this method?
– no visible scar

What is the recovery like?
– minimal swelling and bruising for a few days
– resumed exercise around 2 weeks for most

eye bags thru transconjun

To know more about this procedure, call our clinic today at 65-6464 8075 to speak to our staff for more information.

How Much Do You Understand About Arm Lift?


Arm Lift is also known as Brachioplasty

It is a surgical procedure that

1. Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
2. Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
3. Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

In short, the upper arm is tightened with the removal of excess skin.

Why does the skin on the arms sag?
It can be due to various reasons, including:
– weight fluctuations
– ageing 
– genetics 

Who is a good candidate?
– those who present with very bad upper arm skin laxity


According to Dr Marco, the location of the incision depends on a few factors, such as: 

– Arm flabbiness
– Skin elasticity
– Amount of excess skin
– Amount of fat for removal
– Amount of skin to remove and tighten

Dr Marco said incision placement can be done in the following locations:
– inner arm
– back of the arm 
– within the folds at the armpit

Based on years of experience, Dr Marco prefers doing an inner arm incision since they tend to heal better and the scar is not so visible.

Dr Marco said the main goals are to tighten the arm and to hide the scar along the natural creases/folds in the armpit as well as the inner arm. Based on our body anatomy of our arm muscles, there is a natural line between our biceps and triceps muscles. The trick in plastic surgery is using the anatomical line to dissimulate the scar.

This technique gives a long-lasting result. With this incision, it’s possible to remove a lot of the excess skin and tighten them, while lifting the skin around the elbow area.

After the surgery, patients must maintain their weight and also continue to exercise their arms to maintain strong muscle tone in the arms. For the scar, it will depend on the individual own healing.


To know more about the above procedure, call our clinic today at 65-6464 8075 to consult Dr Marco.

Do You Know What is Brazilian Butt Lift?


Brazilian Butt Lift is also known as BBL 

It is a surgical procedure that uses one’s own fat for transfer to the buttocks to create the desired shape.

Plastic Surgeon Dr Marco commented that it involves suctioning fat from the hips/love handles and outer and inner thighs. The fat collected undergoes meticulous processing before being injected into the buttocks.

What are the benefits of a BBL?

– gives a natural feel and look to the buttocks

– high level of fat retention

– short recovery time

Who can have the BBL? 

– anyone who is fit and healthy and unhappy with their current shape and wishes to have a curvy and perky buttock

– one who has sufficient fat in unwanted areas, such as hips, love handles, or thighs

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What are the Expected Results? 

– buttocks will look fuller and perkier

– the other areas where liposuction is done will be smaller and slimmer

– the body will have more curves, with an improved silhouette

For more information on Brazilian Butt Lift, contact our clinic at 65-6464 8075 to make a consultation appointment with Dr Marco.

Rectus Diastasis Can Happen to Men As Well: Don’t Ignore the Abdomen Buldge

You may have thought that rectus diastasis usually happens to postpartum women, but this condition can also affect men. In fact, it can affect anyone. 

Examples of what a rectus diastasis looks like :

DiastasisRecti rectus diastasis in man

How do you check for rectus diastasis? 

You can perform a self-check following the steps below:

1. Put your fingers where your belly button is. While trying to do a sit-up, you will feel a gap deep in your midline.

2. When doing a sit-up, there is a sausage-like bulge on the abdomen.

3. If you are a fairly lean person and careful with your diet and exercise but have a bulge on your abdomen or a “pregnant looking bulge” that does not go away, these point toward possibly separated abdominal core muscles. You may have a rectus diastasis problem.

The best is still to make a proper consultation with a plastic surgeon to confirm your problem.

So what does rectus diastasis mean? 

Rectus refers to the abdominal or core muscles.

Diastasis means separation gap. 

Rectus diastasis means there’s a gap between the left and right abdominal muscles or a separation in the midline of the core muscles. The separation gap can be larger than 2 cm. 

rectus diastasis diagram

How can this happen to men?

This rectus diastasis can happen to anyone, for example:

  • Improper weight management: It can happen to those who go back and forth in weight gain and loss. 
  • Poor exercise technique: It can also result from improper way of doing exercise or workout routine, particularly strength training exercises. It can also occur from poorly managed sit-ups or weightlifting exercises.
  • Idiopathic: This means anyone can get it at any point in their life.

If you think you might be having this above problem or want to know about the above treatment, call us at 65-6464 8075 for an appointment.

Removing Excess Upper Eyelids Skin/ Upper Blepharoplasty

One of the earliest signs of early ageing in the face is the notice of the droopy upper eyelids. Cosmetic eyelid surgery involves the removal of upper eyelid skin, which can help to dramatically improves one’s appearance of tired and droopy eyes.

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According to Dr Marco, he will typically remove only the excess eyelid skin that is bothering the client. In cases where there are some pockets of fats that make the eyes look puffy, Dr Marco will also remove these fats during the procedure.

In some circumstances, this procedure can also be combined with an Endoscopic Browlift or a Browlift Procedure to give a more rejuvenated look around the eye socket/eye orbital area.

This is a simple and straightforward day surgery procedure typically done under local anaesthesia, and lasting around 45 minutes. There will be some slight swelling and minimal bruises seen. Stitches are usually removed within 3 to 5 days and one can resume back to exercise around 2 weeks.