The Meko Clinic is home to some of the most renowned top-tier plastic surgeons and dermatologists in Thailand. We speak to Dr. Pamela Chayavichitsilp, one of the leading names in the industry.
Going under the knife is a somewhat easier decision when you know you’re in good hands, and at Meko Clinic you really are. Founded in 1982 by Dr. Manat Chayavichitsilp, one of Thailand’s well-respected cosmetic surgeons, the clinic has, for over 38 years, offered services that cater to crafting striking and beautiful faces that highlight the essence and structure of Asian beauty.
Dr. Manat is well-known, especially in more recent years, not only by Thai actresses such as Naowarat Yuktanan, but by the Korean stars who journey to Thailand specifically to benefit from his five-star artistry. As the clinic grew to be trusted, Meko’s team of doctors were invited to participate in Let Me in Thailand: Life-changing Surgery, a very popular surgery and skincare show that originated in Korea. It was the first pairing of its kind between Thai and Korean cosmetic doctors, where they shared their abilities and collaborated to make the beauty dreams of the show’s patient-stars come true. Not surprisingly, the clinic soon shot to fame.
The artistic talent Dr. Manat has for carving and re-creating beautiful faces seems to run in the family. His daughter, Dr. Pamela Chayavichitsilp, always looked up to her father as a role model and was determined to follow in his footsteps. Upon journeying to the US, back in 2000, she started to forge her own path towards becoming a dermatologist, one of less than five in Thailand with board certification by the American Board of Dermatology.
Studying and practising in America – where cosmetic medical procedures are pioneered – allowed Dr. Pamela to learn expert American techniques, and also gave her access to the most cutting-edge new technologies. And, in the truly diverse state of California where she was based, she had the chance to tap into a diversity of skin types, and also to treat ailing skin.
“Because I have seen patients from opposite sides of the world, I have a deep understanding of skin in all ethnicities, and age ranges” she notes, pointing out what sets her apart from other dermatologists. “As luck would have it, my father is one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Thailand. Therefore, I have learned a great amount about treating cosmetic patients from a surgeon’s perspective. In short, I am a dermatologist with international experiences and the skills of a cosmetic surgeon.”
The skin is a window into everything else that is going on beneath the surface and the things that are going wrong inside the body, which is why Dr Pamela sees it as her calling to find out why ailments and abnormalities might occur. “Dermatology is a specialty that is not only skin deep,” she explains. “You see what is abnormal before your eyes, however, you need to know that what you see is only a window to what is deeper. A great dermatologist is able to determine the problems that hide inside the patient by just taking a look at the skin. This is a trait that I wanted to possess, and it is what brought me into dermatology.”
As we sit, gazing into her sincere eyes, we are at first surprised, then moved by the responsibility which occupies most of her time: treating skin cancer. “I was trained to be able to treat all skin diseases,” she says, “however, the most rewarding condition to treat is skin cancer. By treating cancer on the skin, you have the opportunity to save people’s lives, with your own hands.
“Because I specialise in dermatologic surgery, I tend to treat skin cancer quite often. This requires surgical treatment and precision, and a high level of skill to avoid deformities and make the patient look as good as possible, while making sure all the cancers are treated. My background in dermatologic surgery really helps. I am confident in making patients look great with all the tools that I have. Because of this I can treat aesthetic conditions with a high level of confidence. These include, toxins, fillers, laser and other energy-based devices.”
Dr. Pamela also takes her role a step further, to ensure the mental health of her patients. “I have always thought of aesthetic medicine as part psychological counselling,” she shares. “It’s important to make patients understand that to look their best does not mean to become perfect. Imperfections are what make us human. I often counsel patients to accept their own imperfections before moving on to do any type of cosmetic procedures, because if they keep chasing their imperfections, nothing will ever be good enough. The basis of self-satisfaction is to be able to accept your own shortcomings. This is what is most important to emphasise in my consultation sessions with patients.”
With clinics dotted around town, espousing the highest standards and making clients feel like they are visiting a five-star luxury hotel, an experience at Meko is comforting indeed. Run by true experts in the field, these clinics have state-of-the-art operating theatres that utilise top-of-the-line surgical equipment and offer full anaesthesia capabilities. As a one-stop go-to for complete aesthetic mastery, Meko offers every cosmetic service, including surgery, laser treatment, dermatology, face lifts, hair removal, and hair transplantation.
Meko Clinic has received outstanding reviews, and the team of doctors here are widely respected. With clinics in six locations in Bangkok – Chatuchak, CentralWorld, Future Park Rangsit, Rama 2, Thong Lor, and Central Pinklao – Meko is easily accessible to all city residents. Adding to their wide reach, the clinic has also opened a branch in Cambodia.
Find out more about Meko Clinic at mekoclinic.com.