The little boy was born in 1968s in a small village at the foot of a mountain called Bekok, in Johor. In those years, the healthcare service of the village was poor. Whenever the villagers suffered from illness, they would first consider the traditional self-treatment methods. If not feasible, they trudged out to seek professional medical treatment. The railway was the most convenient way to the urban areas. Although it only took an hour to get to Kluang to see a doctor, villagers had to spend an entire day from the departure to the clinic and back to the village.
As villagers, the little boy and his family had suffered many times from an illness. The illness was sometimes aggravated by the delay of the golden time of treatment, due to transportation, and that prolonged the rehabilitation period. The ordeal inadvertently sowed the seeds of the little boy's dream of becoming a doctor one day to take away the pain from him and others.
At that time, becoming a doctor was a dream for many. However, for a little boy living in the rural and undeveloped area, it was a distant and fantastic dream due to the lack of healthcare accommodation and education facilities.
At the age of 8, the little boy decided to leave home, to leave the village, and go to school in the urban area. In his opinion, the only way to have the opportunity to chase his dream is to go out of the village.
He left his hometown and was forced to learn to grow. During those hard years, the little boy's soul was lonely, and from time to time, he hoped to receive warmth and care from others. However, it was his choice to leave, hence, wanting to go home was no longer an excuse for him. Painting became a way to strengthen the little boy's soul in those lonely years. Besides killing time, he gained happiness and satisfaction from painting.
After graduating from middle school in Malaysia, he traveled to India to study medicine.
He was nineteen years old at this time, so he was no longer a ‘little boy’. He took off with the blessings and support of his family, along with his own dream.
During his studying days in India, he spared no effort to overcome his academic difficulties. However, he was also admitted to the hospital three times because of an illness. Without the care of his dearest, the boy bravely fought against the disease in the hospital, feeling the pain, helplessness, and the desire to love as a patient.
Finally, in 1996, the little boy fulfilled his childhood dream, formally put on his white coat and earned his title - Dr. Yap. In the same year, Dr. Yap had his own family and career.
In 2001, Dr. Yap established a private clinic in an inland village in Segamat, called Klinik Yap. Since its operation, he had studied hard and wished to be a know-it–all in medicine. He did not want the villagers to face the delays and inconveniences that he had experienced before. He hoped that his clinic could become a one-stop healthcare service for patients of all ages. When specialist treatment is necessary, patients are advised to visit Malacca or Johor Bharu. During that time, the clinics received a wide range of patients, from infants to seniors, from head to toe, and from surgery to medicine.
Since the clinic was located on the edge of a rural area with a poor health history, Dr. Yap later faced some patients with tough skin problems, which motivated him to study dermatology. In 2008, he decided to study at the Department of Dermatology at Cardiff University in England. In the meantime, he had the opportunities to visit hospitals in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom to learn more about skin diseases. Later, Dr. Yap’s career gradually moved from skin treatment to a new field --aesthetic medicine. To enter the field, he participated in the skin beauty cases, ranging from the initial acne treatment to the subsequent elimination of acne scars, and then extended to wrinkle removal and skin contour modification.
Between 2013 and 2014, Dr. Yap’s life was in conflict.
Due to the increased number of aesthetic medicine clients, the operation in clinics was indirectly affected. At that point, he was struggling because there was a lot of new knowledge to practice and a lot of new technology to learn in his new exploring field, and there were so many patients waiting for treatment in the clinic every day. During that time, he was in string feelings of time flies, anxious about not doing everything well and not taking good care of every client.
Of course, the clinic that has been in operation for more than a decade is the main source of his income. He has a stable business relationship and patient base; however, in the field of aesthetic medicine, there are many innovative technologies that inspired his keen interest and eagerness to learn. In many cases, he saw that after his treatment, the customer built self-confidence and became better, and the feeling of the accomplishment made him very happy. He often shared with people: "Aesthetic medicine is a combination of medicine and art.” Every time he finishes his treatment, he feels the same feeling of happiness and satisfaction as painting during his childhood.
The year 2015 is another turning point in his life.
He left Segamat and closed his "Klinik Yap” that he had operated for more than 10 years.
At the right time, he bravely took another step in his life and wished to give himself a special gift.
"Change the existing lifestyle and do the things that I like," he said.
Dr. Yap went to Malacca, where he had always wanted to spend the rest of his life, to develop his "zero" market - Yap’s Clinic.
He said that he came to Malacca with nothing in his pockets. With his simple idea of starting a business fifteen years ago, he emphasized the core value of “starting from zero and doing a good job in the right way.”
He established a platform in Malacca and said, “Let's start from zero and work from the heart.”
Dr. Yap often joked about his 15-year experience with his clients. He shared that during the past 15 years, Klinik Yap had been full of patients and always waiting for his arrival. He had to work all day to fight all kinds of difficult diseases for his patients. He undertook the so-called missions of "bring patients back to life," "excellent doctor," and "benevolent mind and heart" for 15 years. Now, in this new Yap’s Clinic, there are people who visit the clinic just as a result of curiosity. Due to the very few customers, every ring of the doorbell would give him strong motivation and a big surprise!
He cherishes and thanks everyone who comes in because they come for his fame, willing to give him opportunities and trust, and willing to cooperate with him to share his expectations and changes in aesthetic medicine. As time passes, the new clients become familiar guests, and then they become best friends.
The return clients are the source of his confidence, with him cherishing the trust of everyone, this fate, and the unique friendship it brings.
Dr. Yap is also touched by the love and care from his client. Sometimes, clients will bring him souvenirs and share food with him. In his spare time, they will share their life stories with Dr. Yap.
Yap’s Clinic is not only an aesthetic clinic that provides aesthetic medical service, it also gives people a kind of family feeling.
In 2016, due to the increased number of clients, the clinic’s clients gradually developed from Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand; and in the north region, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Thailand, and China. This prompted Dr. Yap to never stop and encouraged him to strengthen the mission of aesthetic medicine. At first, he visited many countries at his own expense, such as Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Singapore. Later, he was invited to Paris and Barcelona to attend seminars in the field of skin beauty, and later, he was promoted to a training speaker.
In 2018, Dr. Yap moved the Yap’s Clinic to a newly purchased building, in hopes of providing clients a more comfortable environment and a convenient parking facility. For a long time, in addition to self-value-added, he would rather have liked to be of benefit to his clients. Although he is also willing to share his customers with more advanced aesthetic medicine efficacy.
He would like to thank all the people who gave him great support, motivation, trust, and encouragement.
Indeed, Dr. Yap showed his passion for his career while dealing with clients.
He said that every treatment, every person he met not only enriched his academic experience, but also enriched his life. He is always grateful to the challenges of his life. Because of those challenges in the past, now he received endurance and perseverance.
He said with a smile: “I am so happy because we are together!”
He is also willing to share his academic knowledge and experience with everyone.
Welcome to Yap’s Clinic.
First started off as a private practice, Dr Yap Hong Keong set up his clinic, "KLINIK YAP in 2001 in northern Johor. During his years of service, he noticed the increasing demands of patients with troubled skin such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, sensitive skin and pigmentation, just to name a few. There was also a lack of experts to fulfil the growing market's demand for dermatological treatments. Although most of Dr.Yap's patients might have certain treatments for functional reasons, aesthetics drives most of the demand today. The era of internet, globalization and popularity of selfie further fuelled the need to look camera-ready at all times. To meet this increasing market demand, Dr Yap pursued a Diploma in Dermatology from University of Cardiff, United Kingdom and trained in hospitals in United Kingdom and Hong Kong after graduation. Furthermore, his experience, knowledge and expertise have carned him a seat as a certified board member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM).
As Dr Yap pursued further in aesthetics, he realized the potential of the modern cutting-edge technologies in aesthetic medicine to treat various skin problems and at the same time provide effective and noticeable results. Fulfilling the increasing demand of non-surgical forms of cosmetic treatments, Dr Yap invested in the P-Nain Intense Pulse Light to effectively eliminate acne inflammation, prevent re-occurrence of severe acne and promote skin rejuvenation. Greatly impressed by the industry's fast-evolving technology, Dr Yap invested in the CO2 Laser, used for skin resurfacing to eliminate acne scars to reveal softer, smoother skin. Next, he moved on to Q-switched Nd:YAG to reduce pigmentation, the solution to many patients who desire fairer and even skin tone. With burning passion and an eye for detail for beauty, Dr Yap delved into the field and expanded his practice to include various facial aesthetic treatments from reducing wrinkles and fine lines to skin toning and lifting, and enhancing the nose, lips and chin in minimally-invasive ways. On par with the changing trends in aesthetics, he offers Korean-inspired blepharoplasty and face lift using innovative threads Dr Yap also explored the use of Platelet Rich Plasma. In addition to treating joint pain, this anti-ageing therapy can be used to treat the face, neck and scalp to strengthen the existing collagen formation and promote the proliferation of growth factors. This treatment gives such encouraging outcome, resulting in it being one of the most used methods for face rejuvenation.
Dr Yap continues to keep abreast with the new advancement of technologies in the field by attending numerous study trips to Korea, one of the world's most exciting and fast-paced beauty markets. During these trips, Dr Yap met a number of global counterparts where they shared experiences and knowledge, and studied the mechanism of the machinery as well as discussed on how to integrate these revolutionary technologies into aesthetic medicine. Besides attending training from local medical instructors, Dr Yap trains abroad from time to time, enhancing his skills from various experts in United Kingdom, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippine, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea.
Dr Yap found that the core of aesthetic medicine is to experience subtle change, improving the appearance in a gradual manner, so much so that others will notice your changes but no one will know how you did it! That's what he means for holding back the years......
The year 2015 brings another excitement to Dr Yap's practice as he expanded his service to Malacca and established "Yap's Clinic" armed with a new aspiration to benefit more people with his expertise by providing customized aesthetics, and skin solutions and treatments.
他到马六甲，一个他一直向往能够度过后半生的地方，拓展他的“零”市场—— Yap’s Clinic。
Dr Yap Hong Keong with 20 years of medical practice is currently the medical director of Yap’s Clinic in Malacca, Malaysia. He offers a full spectrum of advance non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments and general medical treatments.
Dr Yap combines his creative talents with his scientific medical aptitude to provide excellent nature and refined aesthetic result for his patients.