Recently, I came across a research site/blog about plastic surgery. The writer purpose was to understand and investigate the reasons behind, and how does it affect identity of a person who undergoing plastic surgery. Which I find really interesting, cox I had never thought of this questions before nor hearing much people discussing on identity issue.
When I was going through his/her research, I came across a write up on me. Same as well he got the similar questions below for me, which I felt I should really answer that to myself too.
“Most people when they decided on plastic surgery already have an idea what they want to look like afterwards or how they want to change their face/body. Emmeline Ang decided on a well known Asian model to be her inspiration.
I’ve always been curious as to why people looked towards celebrities for plastic surgery inspiration. After reading her post about wanting to look similar or have some aspects that look similar to the model’s features made me question whether if the identity aspect of herself will change too. Although she didn’t answer or talk about any change to her identity but as a reader of her blog and a researcher on this topic, I couldn’t help but question if she is trying to gain someone else’s identity.”
*** Above from : http://engl1102tobecontin.weebly.com/blogs–forums.html
I set AngelaBaby as my inspiration, as I felt her features are almost perfect personally. From there I would roughly know what type of features, I would like to achieve. But as times goes by, slowly I would realize we can never achieve the exact look of somebody else. Who we set as inspiration, is just a reference.
Most people I know would bring photo of celebrities to the plastic surgeon, and tell them they want their certain feature. But the fact is the nose looks pretty on the celebrity, does not mean it will look pretty on us.
There was once a reader of mine show her plastic surgeon a celebrity photo, and told him she want to look exactly like her having the same nose and eyes. Guess what the plastic surgeon replied?
He said :
“In a world. there can be only a few celebrities. I have no magic making everyone a celebrity.”
Somehow you may think, hmmm this plastic surgeon should be not an experience surgeon so he say this. Honestly, this surgeon is a professor in plastic surgery.
We always have the wrong concept, due to most makeover reality TV show. They helps girls who are really deformed in their features, and they went through several major surgeries to achieve what you see after. They show us the before, immediate after surgery, 1 month and after 8 months. Did you really know in between this 8 months, how much they actually went through.
Downtime is the most horrible time for almost all plastic surgeries. Most people have the concept now I step into the clinic, and out I will look like an angel. Yes you may look very much prettier the before, but all these takes time. We can only determine the final result after 6 months for surgeries like, nose job, eye surgery, etc. For major surgeries like facial bone reconstructing, it will takes up to a year or more.
We really have to deal with the downtime, before start complaining our plastic surgeon didn’t do a good job. Which is something that I really cannot stand seeing people doing, cox this shows you are totally not mentally prepared. Even yes our plastic surgeon might failed the surgery, so deal with it. After all, it is our choice.
Basically, most people set too high expectation before they started.
Back to the writer’s question : “Am I trying to gain someone’s else identity?”
Of cox, I wish to look like AngelaBaby if I blindly doing plastic surgeries for the sake or following the trend. I know what I’m doing and what I am expecting, I would say I’m smarter here. If ever a day, I have such a major change that no one could recognized me, I’m very sure I am still me. So I don’t feel I’m gaining someone’s else identity, nor I want to.
Most people also commented that most of my after surgeries photo are with thick make up. Below is my most recent photo without any filter, make up, nor photoshop. In real life, I look exactly what you see in all my photo. I don’t photoshop much, max would be filter for most photo.
Finally some advise to readers, who want to have plastic surgery done.
Do not set high expectation, and prepared yours might be a failed job. Revise when needed.
Be clear of the downtime, Be patient.
Be responsible for your choice, blaming plastic surgeons or clinics is the most irresponsible thing a person could do.
Reading of experiences from bloggers by me or others, it’s just a reference. Do not throw responsibility to anyone of us.
All plastic surgeons are not magicians, who can do wonders.
Guess what’s for today’s post?!?!?! Reviews for clinics, hospitals, surgeons, plastic surgeries?!?!?!?
NAHZZZZ! ALL WRONG!
Something which I guess most of my readers might not be interested, but yet I want to document it down here as it’s one of the special day in my life. I’m getting myself INKED PERMANENTLY!
Many of my personal friends and closed kins, actually questioned me alot when I decided. But I guess nothing stop me, once I decided.
It have been many many years, that I wanted to get myself a tattoo since secondary school I guess. This is something permanent, which have made me hesitating for the longest time ever. During my school day, I was so attracted to the trend of tribal tattoo. Thanks GOODNESS due to I’m too scared of pain, I didn’t make this stupid move. If not I definitely regret for the rest of my life.
In the mids of my life, I even thought of tattoo-ing “bf” name on my body! This is real crazy, when I start thinking back now! If I did that, I guess I would need to laser my tattoo off for at least 5 or 6 times. Haaa… that’s give the figure of numbers of “bf” I had previously.
I have a personal friend, recently she did some touched up to her tattoo and I find it real pretty. I was like hmmm I think I should really get a tattoo I want done. So she intro me to Agus from KingKong Tattoo at Burlington Square. I communicated with him, and told him to design something with butterfly, “Lemonade”, and infinity symbol. And he came out with something which I fall in love at the first sight, it’s really pretty to me.
Why this time I’m so determined? And what does my tattoo meant?
***Tattoo designed by Agus Tan of KingKong Tattoo
1) Butterfly – Honestly I super hate insects, especially insects that fly! But I always think butterflies are very very beautiful insect. I loves seeing colorful butterflies flying around freely, they seem so happy flying without worries and carefree. I felt they are the happiest insect of all.
2) Lemonade – “Miss Lemonade”, my url. WHAHAHA! hmmm… I would say “Lemonade” meant alot to me in my life. This name was not given by me myself only, it was together with someone whom plays a big part in my life. “Miss Lemonade” makes lots of impossible to possible. From an ugly duckling, to a beautiful me now. “She” which is me is an inspiration to myself, the numbers of surgeries she went through, just hoping that she could live better. “Miss Lemonade”(Me) and the real “Emmie”(Me), there’s different. “Miss Lemonade”(Me) is a well confident lady in blog and whenever she step out. “Emmie”(Me) is still struggling hard to reach out to to “Miss Lemonade”(Me).
3) Infinity Symbol – It’s a symbol with it’s own unique meaning, to it’s individual.
Ahhha… I guess I have explained enough, once and for all WHY!?!?! so don’t questioned me, if I will regret and stuff le ok.
Back to my first ever tattoo experience. Seriously, I was all FREAKED before I went! I always hear how painful it was to get a tattoo, especially at the side lower tummy area. But I told myself, no matter what I must get it done.
KingKong Tattoo Studio @ Burlington Square
Agus start to draw and paste the tattoo design onto my skin. While waiting, we were all chatting about plastic surgeries, blogs and gossips. It’s my first time, I quite nervous but glad tat Agus and Jade(another tattoo artist) kept chit chatting with me to make me feel comfortable.
The tracing is so pretty right, can’t wait to start!
Finally, started! I was so damn nervous and freaked out, when the needle touches my skin. Agus tell me to relax, and I know I have to if not my butterfly sure “FLY AWAY”. LOLX… So after a few minutes, I felt totally ok, honestly I can’t describe it as painful. Cox to me I don’t feel those sharp pain, and it was rather bearable too.
Okie I know my face look damn bloodly cramp! LOLX!
Tattoo outline done
Agus focusing, and do I look like I’m crying. I didn’t ok, I feel I’m damn brave!
After near to 2 hours, WOOOHOOOO!!!! I’m done!!! Finally, I got myself a tattoo. CHIO NOT!?!?!
I totally can’t takes my eyes off my tattoo, it’s too pretty. I can’t believe I just did it! Tattoo can be real addictive, I’m already thinking of my next tattoo. Too excited!
This is not a sponsored post! I genuinely felt Agus’s tattoo service is good, and his work’s are good too. Below are KingKong Tattoo address and Facebook Page, you may want to take a look if you are interested.
Finally, I’m back with update! These 2 weeks have been a very busy weeks, but yet very fulfilling one for me.
This the is first trip with my readers to Bangkok, when we say trip it’s does not just include only shopping and eat. Of cox not forgetting, returning back to Singapore more “BEAUTIFUL” ! Heezzz…
I have 2 readers who is travelling together, both of them going for their revision nose job but different doctors (which I blog in a separate post.). One of them who is JJ who had appear in my blog, as guest blogger for her Zygoma reduction experience. If you haven’t read, CLICK HERE! And the other reader, is a very sweet lady from KL who I named her YY. As me for I’m there to purely relax, and learn more things with them.
Most people would ask what interest me most. I always loves visiting clinics or doctors from various countries, finding out very interesting things of how doctors in different countries works.
There’s also a planned trip to Vietnam next year for visiting, which I’m very looking forward to. Hopefully to Taiwan too with my readers end of this year, if I’m able to squeeze in time for it. Basically, I’m fully packed for the second half of the year.
Bangkok here we come !
I will not blog alot in details on the shopping on eating part, cox I’m always not good in that unless I feel that it’s interesting. Haha let’s focus more on clinics, doctors, and surgeries!
Me & JJ
We reached Bangkok at about 12.30pm (BKK time), and we immediately headed to the hotel. YY is flying from KL, so we need to make sure we get to the hotel first so she could get us.
We booked Sukhumvit Avenue Hotel near Nana BTS station, it’s just a few minutes walk which is very convenient. It cost only SGD$40+ per night, no doubt this is a budget hotel but the room was really comfy and clean. Staffs are very friendly and helpful.
After a short rest, YY is here! This is the first time both of us are meeting her, but we all hit off very well. After putting her luggage, we head out for shopping before their surgeries on the next day.
On the night, we went to street food near Central World for dinner.
Our Sumptuous Meal
Me & JJ
Me & YY
After the dinner, 3 of us went for massage beside our hotel.
The next day, which is Day 2 of our trip YY was out very early to her clinic to prepare for her surgery. While me and JJ rush down to Pratunam for the famous WANTON MEE, before her surgery at 2pm!
For JJ surgery part, this will be on another post on her post-ops 1 month. Currently, she’s post-ops 2 weeks for her revision nose job.
Visit to YanHee Hospital – Slimming Pills
Everyone should have heard alot on the miracle slimming pills from Yanhee Hospital, which I took and ended up in hospital. If you haven’t read, CLICK HERE! Sounds scary right, but no doubt this is the only slimming pills so far which I find the most effective. You must be thinking “Hey, you not scared die ar?”. To be honest, I ended up in hospital cox I did not have any regular intake at all for at least 9 days. So the pills, or me is to blame?!?! Everyone can have different view towards this, so up to you to decide.
The weight Control Center, is located at another building beside the main hospital.
They have a counter, specific for patients from overseas who can’t speak Thai. There are some staffs, who can speak chinese too.
For overseas patients, passport is a must for registration.
After registration, I was being issued a card which will be easier for them to retrive my record on my next visit.
Me and JJ was directly to the second level, for some check up and test.
Waiting area to consult the doctors
The consultation, doctors will goes through the result of your test and your BMI. They will advise you what are the possible side effects and important things to take note.
After consultation, we are asked to wait at the payment and pharmacy area to collect our pills.
Taadaaa!!! My miracle pills! I believe most people will think this is real crazy, and I’m taking my life in risk as I’m consider slim. What I can say is, everyone have different expectation for themselves. For myself, my ideal weight is 43kg and this is what I want to maintain. I know clearly the risk, and I’m willing to take it. ^^
It’s been 2 weeks since I have done my Botox V-Lift treatment. I’ve been receiving mails from readers asking me how is the progress, and how much is the treatment. Here’s an update for you all
I’m quite against Botox treatment in the past – from what I know, it actually paralyzed our muscles and eventually we look stiff and un-natural but it isn’t exactly true. Do you all know, Botox have other benefits too, and is widely recommended by doctors in other disciplines (e.g. Dentist).
I have teeth grinding habit during sleep. It really causes quite a distress in my daily life. Whenever I’m out for holiday with my girl-friends who are light sleeper, they curse and swear. Due to grinding of teeth, I used lots of jaw muscles, and eventually they grew stronger and bigger. This condition is called “Bruxism”, and is usually caused by the jaw muscles working excessively in sleep. Stress can worsen this phenomenon. Injecting Botulinum toxin into the appropriate muscle group to alleviate this condition gives very satisfying results.
So two weeks ago, I tried out the famed Botox V-lift at a clinic, after reading about the effectiveness from a popular blog. The clinic was extremely conveniently located, as it is just a few minutes’ walk from Orchard MRT. (For my overseas readers who may not know, Orchard is Singapore’s prime shopping district). When I stepped in, the ambience was very relaxing and cosy.
I was warmly greeted by a staff at the counter who helped to register my appointment. I was rather eager to meet my Doctor…. been hearing lots of good reviews about him from the magazines. So I’m here to have my Botox V-Lift with him.
After a short wait, I was directed to the consultation room. First impression: the Doctor looks very friendly. He greeted me with a very bright smile. We proceeded with the consultation after I settled down comfortably at his desk. He first checked on my jaw by asking me to bite my teeth hard. Apparently, this is to examine jaw muscles to determine if I’m a good candidate for Botox.
I was asked about my expectations from the treatment. I told him I wanted a more defined jawline and a smaller V-Line face. The Doctor explained to me that my face are not symmetrical, but I will look better after the Botox. During the treatment, he will do micro-injections on both sides of the jaw and also on my chin. To achieve even better results, he further injected Botox near the ears to create a lifting effect.
1) Cleansing the face thoroughly, removing all make up before treatment.
2)After cleansing, I was brought to a room for photo taking.
3) Back to treatment room for application of numbing cream.
Need to wait 15 to 20 min for the effects to kick in to minimise discomfort during treatment.
4) Treatment starts. Botox injection onto my jaw.
5) After my jaws, he proceeded to the side of my face near the ears to achieve lifting effect, then ended with micro-injections to my chin.
6) Finally, it’s done!
A very common question you may ask – “Is Botox painful?”
One of my friends who did it said that while the process was almost painless, there were some parts where it hurts a bit (scale of 5/10 for the pain level). For me, the entire process is relatively painless. But I do have a high threshold for pain.
I find the doctor a very friendly and humorous doctor. During the treatment, he was really very gentle and always checking on me to make sure I feel comfortable.
For my readers who are interested in getting the same treatment, do contact my friends email@example.com to find out their member’s price. [Quote “EmmieFA”]
I guess you may be wondering what I have achieved thus far. I have been closely tracking the results, to make sure I got my money worth! Hahaha
I’m feeling much more confident, taking photo from any angles. Especially, when my personal friends commented in Facebook. “Why your face looks so much smaller and V?”
Ahahaha… All thanks to the “Botox V-Lift” treatment.
If you are keen to undergo the same treatment, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org details.[Quote “EmmieFA”]