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Aesthetic Facial Procedures


In view of changes in the nature of practice of aesthetic medicine and associated regulatory framework of the Singapore Medical Council (Guidelines on Aesthetic Practices for Doctors, 2016 Edition) and the Ministry of Health, the Guidelines on Aesthetic Facial Procedures for Dental Practitioners issued on 3 June 2013 (Guidelines AFP 2013) was amended to reflect changes relevant to Dentistry. This set of Guidelines on Aesthetic Facial Procedures for Dental Practitioners (Guidelines AFP 2017) shall come into effect on 1 January 2017 and shall supersede the Guidelines issued on 3 June 2013. 


The Guidelines on Aesthetic Facial Procedures for Dental Practitioners [PDF, 44KB] was introduced on 3 Jun 2013. This is to ensure that dental practitioners are trained and have attained sufficient levels of competency to perform and manage complications when performing such aesthetic procedures. 

AnAesthetic Facial Procedures Oversight Committee for Dentistry was appointed to:

· to review the criteria for Aesthetic Facial Procedures for dental practitioners and make recommendations to the Council as appropriate

· to assess submissions and accredit courses in Aesthetic Facial Procedures for dental practitioners. 

Aesthetic Practice is not regarded as a specialty or subspecialty. The title of aesthetic oral and maxillofacial surgeon or aesthetic dental surgeon is therefore NOT allowed. All registered dental practitioners are to comply with the Singapore Dental Council’s (SDC) Ethical Code and Guidelines, as well as with Section 31 of the Dental Registration Act when displaying or using any qualification, title, or designation for publicity purposes. 



1.    The removal of the classification of procedures under “List A” and “List B”. Procedures classified under “List B” in the Guidelines AFP 2013 shall not be performed.

2.    Restricting dental practitioners to a defined list of procedures only. The provision for application to perform non-listed procedures is removed. The list of allowed procedures will be reviewed regularly and additional procedures included when deemed appropriate.

3.    Procedures that Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS) are allowed to perform are classified into three categories:

a)      Procedures requiring COC

b)      Procedures allowed conditional on obtaining Level 1 Certification of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine or equivalent or Proof of relevant training/experience

c)      Procedures allowed conditional on showing Proof of relevant training/experience

4.    Replacement of “Notification Forms” with “Application Form” [PDF, 472KB].

5.    The scope of procedures that non-OMS dental practitioners are allowed to performed remains unchanged. However, non-OMS who want to perform procedures beyond the perioral region are strongly encouraged to obtain additional training beyond the requirements of the COC. 


Documents to be submitted

1. For non-OMS, please submit

(a) Completed Application Form [PDF, 472KB]

(b) Copy of Certificate of Competence (COC) where required

(c) Proof of recognition of course by SDC (if any) 


2. For OMS, please submit

(a) Completed Application Form [PDF, 472KB]

(b) Copy of AAAM Level 1 Certificate/equivalent or COC (where required)

(c) Proof of relevant training/experience in the procedure applied for (where required). For example, log book, preceptorship, HMDP attachment, etc 


Processing Time

Minimum processing time is two weeks from the time all documents are received by SDC. 


Approval Period

When approval is granted to practise Aesthetic Facial Procedures in dentistry, the dentist will be given an approval period of 2 years

After 2 years, the dentist will need to apply for re-approval at least one month before the expiry date in order to continue to perform aesthetic facial procedures uninterrupted. 



For renewal - Application Form To Perform Aesthetic Facial Procedure [PDF, 472KB]

Pathways for re-approval

(1) 20 cases per procedure: submit a log of 20 cases for each procedure, e.g. botulinum toxin injection/dermal filler injection using the attached format [PDF, 90KB] or

(2) a course (other than the one originally used for application of COC) attended within the last 12 months of expiry date subject to approval. This course may be another approved COC course or an unapproved course or an overseas course. 

Approval period

(a)    Upon approval, the re-approval period for dentists will be for 4 years.

(b)    Approval of courses as providers of COC is valid for two years. After two years, the respective course organizers will need to re-apply for approval with updated course content. Course organizers are to re-apply to Council one month before the expiry of the validity period.

Last updated: 10 Jul 2018 11:10