Before founding Cutis Medical Laser Clinic in 2008, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez was focused on non-profit work and chronic disease management.
It was her husband’s idea to combine her aesthetic dermatology and research- and evidence-based clinical care background with his business and marketing experience to set up Cutis.
“The capital outlay needed to purchase expensive laser machines meant that neither of us could quit our full-time jobs and we worked long hours to keep the clinic going,” adds Dr. Sylvia (pictured left). Stiff industry competition aside, it was also difficult to turn a profit due to the high costs of the aesthetic equipment they needed. But, rather than following aesthetic trends, Dr. Sylvia and her husband focused on the importance of evidence-based treatments, as well as proven, safe US FDA procedures. “Additionally, my training in Harvard and being US-board certified helped us reach out to the expat community, in particular Americans,” she says.
Today, the clinic offers a wide range of dermatological and aesthetic services backed by extensive, rigorous clinical research. “We strongly believe that everyone feels more confident about themselves when they look their best, and it is our goal to give our patients the best treatment outcomes,” says Dr. Sylvia.
Some of its signature therapies include Botox and dermal fillers to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and non-surgical body-contouring procedures such as Vanquish ME, a “contactless” fat-reduction procedure that applies radiofrequency heat energy, designed to breakdown fat cells. However, it is the patient that remains at the centre of Cutis’s approach. “We believe that this emphasis has helped us gain integrity and credibility in a highly competitive market,” says Dr. Sylvia.
Celebrating their own 10 years in business together this year, the couple are planning to expand the clinic – to create new treatment rooms and a bigger space for a growing patient pool – and adding products to the “Dr Sylvia Skin Care” range, with four new items to be released later in 2018.
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
9 Scotts Rd, Pacific Plaza, Scotts Medical Centre, #08-07, 228210
Tel: 6801 4000
From The Finder (Issue 292), June 2018
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