If I can quote a quote from the movie, it goes to show that I've watched it a couple of times. Which also means I've seen this scene enough times to develop an impression about Botox:
The famous frozen expression. Probably made more famous by movies that make fun of it, and celebrities who have gone through one too many plastic surgeries. But that was almost 15 years ago, during which I'm sure doctors have found better alternatives and up-ed their game.
A certain social media personality just posted in her instastory a few days ago about how she found the "magic of botox and fillers" that gives her the V-face that everyone wants these days, and that there's no going back for her.
What is Botox and how does it work?
To summarise, basically Botox is a brand name that became a collective term. It stands for Botulinum toxin, and there are other brands such as Dysport and Xeomin (same thing really). It works to temporarily paralyse muscles by blocking the signals from your nerves. This inhibits muscle movement, thereby preventing wrinkles from developing or worsening. The toxin works locally at the point injected (though it may migrate up to 3cm according to one article), so a doctor who is experienced will be able to best identify which part is best for the injection.
It takes a few days for the effects to show after the injection, in which the wrinkles will soften and you'll be happy. But because our body battles the foreign matter, it will begin to repair itself, and the effect lasts between two to six months. After that, the muscles begin to work again, and you'll need to go back to your doctor for a touch up.
So I visited Veritas Medical Aesthetics, which is located at the beautifully renovated Capitol Piazza.
My first impression of the clinic was awesome, in part because I got lost in B2 and was walking around in circles, and Michelle was directing me through the phone. She gave me a very warm smile when I finally reached, and that sort of welcome makes the entire day better.
I then filled up the form which is a standard procedure at all aesthetic clinics, and took the time to reflect about my insecurities and shortcomings. When I was done with the form, Michelle helped cleanse my skin to prepare for consultation.
You can find more information about Dr Chua Cheng Yu here, though it doesn't state that he has Jay Chou eyes and brows.. but you can look at his picture. After a brief talk where he enquired about my concerns and whether I've had procedures done on my face, he used his DSLR to demonstrate what lighting does to my dark under-eye circles. It was very factual, and targeted based on his professional analysis of my skin condition. He was disarmingly frank, which is not a bad thing though you need to be strong. An honest critical analysis rather than a criticise-you-and-kill-your-self-esteem-to-make-you-pay-more kind of analysis.
What I loved about the conversation was the fact that Dr CY Chua wasn't trying to "sell" a certain procedure or product the way some places do, or tell you to get a package with ten sessions in which they will customise the treatment for you - without telling you what those treatments are. I'm sure we've all been subjected to those sales pitches.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu and Veritas Medical Aesthetic review
I was taken very good care of! The plastic pieces were stuck on to avoid the fumes coming off the numbing cream from hurting my eyes, and I didn't take pictures during the procedure because I didn't want my arm to obstruct Dr Chua's way and risk the needle stabbing my eye. Regardless, Michelle was there to distract me by tapping on the other side of my face from the side Dr Chua was injecting, and the sensation really did help with ignoring the pain. You can read a lot more about it here: Botox/ Dysport/ Xeomin.
Decided to log in and blog because of the thoughts that kept chasing themselves around my head like kittens.
Since young we've been told that... girls should be THIS and girls should be THAT.
And why do we care anyway? Most guys don't. But I came to this conclusion that we care because we want acceptance, approval, and affection. All the bad A-things.
Coupled with the fact that I'm the elder child, and when my baby brother was born attention (see, A-words again) shifted away, which made me strive more for said approval. Maybe I'm just messed up ^^v, but whatever.
Regardless, how do you be a strong woman but also a gentle wife.
Be smart and independant, but also compliant and accommodating.
It's like we gotta have the good traits of both genders. Like whaaaaaat.
Resolution for 2018, FOCUS and continue building the company.
TAKE CARE OF MY BODY because health is the most important, without which nothing can be accomplished. That includes trying to keep the negative effects of age at bay because this 1988 Dragon baby will turn 30 this year. Sigh.
CHERISH LOVED ONES because the people that we treasure the most are also the people that we most take for granted.
Going back to work. Ciao.
They're a very open, modern, supportive (with EXCELLENT service) clinic.
They send you SMSes that require you to reply with confirmation, unlike the normal "update/reminder" kind of system SMS, and if you don't reply they'll give you a call to confirm and remind you of the appointment.
Back to why the price list is here, because while I was sitting in the gorgeous velvet-settee waiting room, I kept hearing calls and calls of people calling in to enquire. Most famously perhaps, Melody Yap did her double eyelid procedure with Dr Samuel Ho at Allure Plastic Surgery as well, so I guess that led to even more people enquiring about the price. If you're interested, their phone line number is 6734 9988, and the WhatsApp number is 9623 7836. This price list is only for general reference.
Not that the room is REALLY that important, but it does make a difference to the experience. I thought about it, and I guess the best part of it is that the clients/ patients have utmost privacy. Free from accidental instastories capturing, free from being overheard etc. So that was where I sat in for about half an hour while answering a 2-page medical history form. Very detailed. If you know me, I probably took 2 minutes to fill it up and was left bored for the rest of the time (cue phone scrolling), but Jaslin keeps coming in to check in on me that I never felt "neglected" as you sometimes do while you're waiting for anything.
I considered the double eyelid procedure as well, so we had an in-depth discussion.
I read the entire Allure Plastic Surgery website in DETAIL, and I was asking a lot of reflected questions that I cannot answer myself. Dr Samuel Ho was patient, amusing, sensitive, reassuring, and honestly it wasn't "scary" or "intimidating" at all.
Read more about Epicacnthoplasty/ Double Eyelid Surgery here.
Dr Ho used a MINI VERNIER CALIPER (O LEVEL PHYSICS LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE) to measure my eyes in detail etc, and we did a simulation for parallel and tapered double eyelids. Parallel is more obvious, tapered is more natural, and the trend is going towards tapered :)
The conclusion is that i cannot do the stitching method. Because I have hidden double eye lids (yes, I know. they come out when Im sick), and my eyelids are too thick - I prefer puffy, sounds cuter. That the stitching method has a 70% chance not to last. People like me should use the traditional cutting method instead.
I loved how Dr Ho doesn't push you into deciding quickly and no one in Allure Plastic Surgery hard sells their procedures. I've recently done a lot of reading online about Dr Ho, and he wrote quite a lot of good articles in magazines, online forums etc. There are also a lot of accolades given to him, but you'd never have known just by talking to him, because he is so humble. No, I do not have a crush on him, however good looking he is, but I do like him a lot because he's very very nice :)
Following which we did the consultation for Breast Augmentation, read up about it here.
Facts aside (because you can read up on it), the consultation was very funny.
He told me about all the prejudices, older methods and technologies, how the newest generation of silicon implants have survived having trucks rolled over them, and they honestly look like Ribena Pastilles (haha, imaginative me).
We talked about what girls want (and we are SO in accord), and he shared some stories about the experience he has from other clients who have either done botched operations elsewhere and has to go to him for "repair", how some girls want cleavage right up to their chins, and it all felt so comfortable and non-judgmental. I shared with him my story about weight loss. About how I loved my cleavage and swell was I was heavier, about how I went completely flat chested when I lost 20 kg, and again I asked a lot of questions.
Funny thing is, he said 400cc is A LOT of volume for an implant, but after he measured the symmetry, width, dimensions basically, he RECOMMENDED me to go for 350cc! Okay........
But I have very broad shoulders, and I'm tall, so yeah. volume is ratio also lah. A shorter petite girl who goes for that kinda volume might look like Pamela Anderson or something :X
So the simulation is done by placing the impacts under a bralette or a white t-shirt they have, and Jaslin helped me (from the start she was like there all the time, so you have a familiar face throughout). The 250cc looks how it looks like when I wear push up (so no need to do at all), and the 350cc... will look gorgeous in bikinis. Thats honestly a major selling point.
For girls like me who have a lost a lot of weight, the reduction in cleavage is just, sian. Along with the ultimate sianness of having excess skin at the tummy area after fat loss, and I hate it. Absolute Hatred.
I mean, I look okay in bikinis granted, but okay is just, not ideal :)