Meet Dr Leong [Interview]
Stepping into an aesthetic clinic and putting your trust in a complete stranger can be a daunting experience. So why not discover what our doctors are like? This short Q&A will help you get to know a little about Dr Leong, before you actually meet him in person.
1. Where did you study and what are your qualifications?
I obtained my M.D. from National University of Malaysia. I then furthered my studies with a dermatology training from Academy of Family Physician of Malaysia. I also obtained a diploma and certificate in Aesthetic Medicine from American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, USA.
2. Why did you choose this career path?
I used to have very bad nodular cystic acne breakouts, causing me to develop post acne scars. This condition worsened when I began working in a very busy obstetric and gynaecology department in a government hospital–I was on countless on-calls and had many sleepless nights, spending hours performing normal and cesarean deliveries. When I finally decided to do something about my acne problem, I went to a dermatologist and an aesthetic doctor to seek treatment. It was only after those treatment sessions that my condition improved, and I have never felt better. Because of this experience, I wanted to help those who have been suffering like me. Hence, I left government service and started my journey as an aesthetic doctor.
3. What are you passionate about?
Particularly in aesthetic medicine, I am very passionate in treating acne and acne scars. I have been using various methods to treat them, and I’m still learning and exploring new methods in order to deliver the best results to my patients.
I also spend some time on the weekends joining NGOs–participating in humanitarian activities by providing free medical treatment to those who are in need.
4. What is your favourite pastime?
As I spend long hours in the office, my favourite pastime is spending time with my wife and children when I’m not working. My favourite activity with them is sitting in a circle, playing my guitar, while all of us sing praise and worship songs together.
5. Who is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my father, who is an educator. His dedication and passion toward teaching is enormous. He has never left a poor performing student alone–spending extra time with struggling students during recess and after school to help them catch up. He even led a team to rebuild a school which was abandoned by the government and the local people. He, all by himself, raised the funds and got connected with people who were willing to proceed with the construction at cost price. As a father, he has taught me to be selfless and to extend my arms to those who are in need. Hence why I am involved in humanitarian activities today.
6. What are your thoughts on the aesthetic industry in Malaysia in the next few years?
Aesthetic medicine has been in Malaysia for quite some time. But recently, it is gaining popularity. People these days are more cosmetic conscious, including men–who are coming to us and seeking help in making them look good. Another industry that is blooming these days is anti-aging medicine, which is another subset of aesthetic medicine. Everybody wants to stay young and age gracefully. This has led to numerous anti-aging treatments being introduced into the market, with cellular therapy in high demand.
Dr Leong is one of our two doctors at BeauLife Clinic. If you would like to know more about Dr Teh, you can read Dr Teh Q&A post here!