Wednesday, February 29, 2012

[Plastic Eyes] FAQ #1

Disclaimer 1: This is NOT a sponsored post. I paid for the surgery by myself and will post an honest review of the doctor, the clinic and the surgery solely for the benefit of those girls who commented/ emailed me asking for more details. All these will be my own personal inputs.

Disclaimer 2: If you're expecting a barbie doll to come out of my double eyelid surgery, I'm so sorry I'm going to have to disappoint you!
I think I look more or less the same as I did before, except with double eyelids.
The effect of the surgery is actually just like putting on double eyelid tapes as I used to do!
Except now I won't have to put the tapes so it saves me timeeee!!! :) Love it!

If you want to look at my eyes now, I have a video of it in the previous post! :)

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1. Where did I get the double eyelid surgery done?

I did double eyelid surgery via stitching method.

Novena Medical Center
10 Sinaran Drive #11-33
Singapore 307506
http://www.AndrewTay.com.sg/index.html
phone: (65) 6397 6618
fax: (65) 6397 7076
mobile: (65) 9770 0869
email: andrew@andrewtay.com.sg

2. How did I decide which doctor is trustworthy?

Read a TON of forums (directed from Google search)
Checked out their recommended doctors, especially those people who mention "I did my surgery with Dr XXYYZZ"

Email a few doctors and book appointment for consultation

Some other popular names I've heard of / went for consultation with:

Dr Jonathan Lee

Dr Collin Tham

Dr Wong S. Y. (Gleneagles)

For me, I found Dr Andrew Tay through Google Ads that appear when I searched for "Plastic Surgeon Surgery Singapore"

3. What did I ask the surgeon during consultation?

**by the way, you need to pay for consultation as well. depending on the doctor and the length of the consultation, the fee should be between $5o to $100

I asked about if there would be any scars
I asked if parallel eyelids were achievable (actually I didn't mind tapered double eyelids as long as I had double eyelids, so I guess I got lucky!)
The doctor also used a tool on my eyelids to show me how the eyelids would look like
I asked about the cost$$$ (About $2 to $3k, if I'm not wrong this is the local average market rate)
I asked about recovery time, for me to better schedule the operation so that I won't miss any important things (like exams or meetings etc)
I asked about the risks I've read about online (eg. eyelids flipping back to single eyelids)
I asked about the level of pain so at least I'll be mentally prepared

Okay I think that's all I can remember..
But you really need to ask questions that YOU yourself are really concerned about.
Most importantly, you need to have faith in the doctor that he knows what he's doing and you are comfortable with telling him your concerns or asking questions.

DON'T EVER DO A SURGERY WITHOUT PROPER MENTAL PREPARATION AND BEING WELL-INFORMED.

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Once I have confirmed the surgery..

4. What did I do before surgery?

I avoided seafood, spicy things, black-looking food (soy sauce, bubble tea pearls etc) days before the surgery.
I tried to get sufficient rest but honestly I was too nervous to sleep well haha

5. Day of surgery, how was it like?

I went to the clinic, final checks of the height of the double eyelids I want (high range or low range etc), the doctor measured it and drew markings on my eyelids. I must say Dr Tay was very precise and measured, re-measured, and measured again just to make sure everything was equal.

During the surgery I wasn't fully asleep although my eyes were totally numb and there was no pain at all. The injection was just to make you slightly drowsy, but in-between the doctor MAY ask you to look up to let him see your eyelids etc just to make sure. But it didn't happen for my case so I laid down throughout.

Once the surgery was over, the nurse gave me a cold pack to compress on my eyes to reduce the swelling and I slept for awhile before I was allowed to go home.

TIP: BRING A PAIR OF SHADES! And it'll be good if you had someone to fetch you home, accompany you home or at least take a cab most. If you watched my earlier posts about my double eyelid surgery, you would have heard me say that it was really hard to open my eyes and I felt really sleepy.

6. What did I do after surgery?

I stayed home for a WEEK with ice pack over my eyes 90% of the time, not touching the computer nor television cause I didn't want to strain my eyes, AND I ALMOST DIED.
Okay I'm kidding, just probably bored to death.... So try to get people to talk to you over the phone or accompany you in your room.

I dared not apply ANY make up or put on contact lens, continued avoiding seafood, spicy food, black-food to prevent infection or black spots on the stitching and all. Kiasu, you know?

The nurse will also arrange follow ups after the surgery to make sure everything is going well.
Felt like I was in super safe hands! :)

7. How long did it take for my eyes to heal?

I got worried around the 3rd day cause my eyes were swelling unevenly and asked the doctor but he said it was normal :)
Now it's 2 weeks since the surgery and the swelling has almost completely gone down, except for a bit but the doctor said it will continue deswelling for some time.
Still avoiding seafood but I ate spicy food already lol! I haven't touched contact lens and will only do so when the doctor says it's safe. Else if I screw up my own eyes I will only have myself to blame! *touch wood*

8. How was the bruising, swelling and pain like?

There was no pain for me at all. Probably just felt like I cried too much the night before. I didn't even take any painkillers they provided cause it really didn't hurt at all :)
Bruising and swelling... was really ugly to the extent I asked myself why I even put myself through that shit, cause I'm the kind who bruises easily.
You can check out my previous posts with videos of it.

9. When can I resume my usual activities?

I've read online 3 to 5 days and the doctor said around that range as well but I was kiasu plus I bruised a lot so I rested for about 2 weeks.
If you have any doubts like "Can I put on make up?" etc, please consult the doctor cause it really depends on how quickly your wounds will heal and all and the last thing you want is inflamed eyes!

10. Do I like my eyes now?

Yes, I am extremely pleased. Which is partly why I would like to blog for Dr Tay as well because I feel like he deserves the good review.

I didn't go through any pain at all, but I managed to get the parallel double eyelid effect I've always tried to create with my double eyelid tape, except NOW IT'S PERMANENT :)

It feels like he didn't just do a double eyelid surgery for me, but he mended a really huge gap in my self-esteem. I really feel a lot happier now cause of the surgery and I hope it will stay this way for many years to come!

My eyes are not dolly-ishly huge now, and like I said before the double eyelids are not suppose to change the height of the opening of my eyes, but I really love it! :)

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Final disclaimer: I am NOT promoting plastic surgery or saying that you can't love how you were born to look like, it's just that in my case it's a very personal preference and decision. Do also note that plastic surgery is NOT magic and results are not always guaranteed.
There are always risks involved (although the doctors will try to minimize it) and you must be prepared to bear the consequences should anything happen.

For my case, I was afraid of asymmetry or even going BLIND! But I told myself that I wanted to take the chance, and I did. :)

If you have anymore questions, please comment in the comment box so that I can answer it in a [Plastic Eyes] FAQ #2 post.
I won't be able to reply the emails people sent me one by one regarding the surgery cause a number of them are repeated questions, hope you guys will understand.

I really hope this post is helpful to you all who are interested, and I am so sorry for the lack of pictures.

I will be back to blog with more pictures soon once the doctor says I can put on my lens and make up,
thanks for reading!
Love you all!

2 Random pictures I took from Claire from Nuffnang's 5th Birthday Party :)


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

[Plastic Eyes] 13 Days After Surgery

My eyes 13 days after the surgery!!!! :)



Went for Nuffnang's 5th birthday and many many many famous bloggers were there and it was such a bad day for me to have such light make up on cause I dare not take pictures with them T~T

Maybe some day I finally will get a picture with them... someday...~

Anyway, here're my babies! :)
We sat at the same table together yay!

I'll blog the pictures from my camera of the event soon... if I QC and don't look too bare in them lol :D




Can't wait for my eyes to heal fully and spam eye make up again!!!!! ^~^

Thanks for reading!
Love you all!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bright-Eyed Wonder

Here's a short and simple tutorial for a more mild but eye-catching look :)
I did this tutorial before my double eyelid surgery btw!

First step, the usual foundation, compact powder and contouring.

Next, apply a Matte dark brown eyeshadow all over your lids.

I already have eyelash extensions here so you may choose to apply mascara or false eyelashes later on.


Next, apply a Shimmery Gold/ Bronze eyeshadow under your eyelids to create that doe-eyes effect


Then, use a small eyeshadow brush, line your lower lash line with the same Matte Dark Brown eyeshadow.
Be sure not to cover out all the Shimmery gold/ bronze eyeshadow you applied in the previous step.

This is to create a more 3 dimensional look for your eyes.


Line your eyes with liquid eyeliner

Lastly, apply fake lower lashes :)

I am using Dolly Wink's No. 5



Fill up your brows, apply your usual blusher and lip gloss and you're done! :)

The result




I know this post is quite short but I still hope it was helpful!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rustic Charms

Felt too cooped up at home trying to recover from my post-surgery eyes the other day and decided to be brave and step out of my house for the first time in... a week!

Sweet sweet freedom!
But okay, freedom doesn't last for long, I'm still stuck at home the next few days haha







I love how all the shops at Arab street are all so quaint and full of character! :)





I had to wear shades throughout, even while eating, so that nobody could see my eyes lol!
It's still bruise-y here!



Hi there handsomeeee :)
















Was wearing my favorite new high waist shorts from http://thpaperplane.blogspot.com/ :)



Arab street is known for all the bulk-purchase of swarovski crystals people use to bling up handphones and all so we were there to get some but....
We went too late and the shops were closed :(

So just an advise, if you don't want to make a wasted trip there, make sure you go there early!

Otherwise heading there for the ambiance of their cafes or sheesha's pretty good too.

Thanks for reading, love you all!

CuteLittleStrawberries #1

Can you believe the accessories at CuteLittleStrawberries
Are only at $4 each?

Just like you, I'm super spoilt for choice when I see all these gorgeous accessories laid out in front of me.

But I'm going to share are some habits I have when picking accessories to make your choices easier :)

First of all, look for your favorite symbols!
For me, it's crosses. Definitely crosses :)
Anything with a cross on it probably catches my eye and these are my favorite two picked from CuteLittleStrawberries!


This is the exact same cutting as the one I got from F21 and this is cheaper and more vintage looking! Absolute love!



Also, I'm attracted to Chanel Inspired logos (probably because I can't afford the real deal... someday..... *daydreams*)
And this pair of earrings are definitely my top pick!
Now you can look glam without burning a hole in your pocket ;)



Another thing I look for in accessories will be animal prints (leopard spots especially)
And I would think having the Union flag on my fingers looks real neat too!




So the easiest way to not get overwhelmed by the excitingly huuuuge range of accessories at CuteLittleStrawberries
will be to specially look out for all your favorite prints or symbols!
That will make ordering the prettiest items a lot easier!
Happy shopping, love you all!

[Plastic Eyes] Night of surgery

Uneven swelling of my eyes :(
I was actually super worried and super paranoid if my eyes will end up uneven.......fml

After all, plastic surgery isn't magic and even doctors might make mistakes sometimes.....? T~T
paranoid paranoid paranoid

Thursday, February 23, 2012

InTheHighways

Here's a picture of me BEFORE my double eyelid surgery since I have no pictures of my face yet :(



Anyway, I found a perfect new "formal" top and it's from InTheHighways!
http://www.inthehighways.com/

I love how it accentuates the figure and gives the illusion of a small waist!
Plus, the material's really light and comfortable, double score!



Plus, it looks quite like those Korean Ulzzang fashion, no? :)



Apart from visiting their website,
InTheHighways is also having a Facebook "Like" and "Share" giveaway!
More details on how to win on their Facebook album:

Take a chance and you could walk away with some of these gorgeous pieces from their page!

So far, I think they have one of the best cuttings for leather high waist shorts among many other blogshops I've seen! :)




All these and more, only at InTheHighways!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

[Plastic Eyes] Day of surgery

Here it is!
I finally did my double eyelid surgery!
It was done with the stitching method and I'll blog about the consultation etcetc soon
after I prepare the loooong post cause I'm trying to remember all the important details people might want to know about or need to be informed of.

So here's the video from the day of the surgery!

I RECORDED THE MINUTE I GOT HOME!
Cause I knew I was going to knock out really badly right after, and I did hahah



I know it probably looked like it hurts but trust me it wasn't all that painful :)
SEE I STILL CAN WINK AND POSE LOL!
Will update again soon!

Love you all!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

[Plastic Eyes] Night before surgery

Last peek at my single eyelids before it's gone!
Will continue posting video updates and more details about the surgery so do check back :)

I honestly felt very very nervous and couldn't really sleep, which was why I recorded this..


Anyway, all posts regarding plastic surgery will be done at:
http://pxdkitty.blogspot.com/search/label/plastic%20surgery

Thanks for reading, love you all!

Monday, February 20, 2012

CoutureLane

Haven't been shopping recently? :)

Awesome! Cause CoutureLane has just updated with their brand new collection!
http://www.couturelane.com/
Join their mailing list and quote "pxdkitty" to get 5% off total bill! :)



Favourite piece from their website is this zig zag detachable collar top!
I love how quirky it looks but at the same time, it's totally wearable!
Perfect for days when you feel extremely confident and don't mind the extra attention ;)


Another top I liked is this heart shape two way collar top!
If you don't like the round neckline, you can wear it the other way and it covers up totally like a shirt!
Versatile pieces are always the best cause it'll make you feel like you have a completely new outfit without the extra cost :)


Some of their other pieces from the site, this cutesy triangle motif top as well as the classy and Korean-looking crochet knitted top! :)



So click on their link to visit their latest collection!
http://www.couturelane.com/
Join their mailing list and quote "pxdkitty" to get 5% off total bill! :)

While you're at it, here's a hint.... their SALES are quite insane ;)
I saw a dress going at $8 omg!

And if you'd like to receive their updates, do Like their Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/CoutureLane


Happy shopping!

Plastic Surgery Part 2

After a loooong period (not exactly, it's just a week) of MIA, I'm finally back!

This is me BEFORE surgery!
No after surgery pictures yet~


Anyway in case you're asking why I haven't been blogging or tweeting much, I had to let my eyes rest for several days so I wasn't able to get onto the computer, sorry about it!

If you haven't already read the previous post about Plastic Surgery Part 1, please do first cause this will be a continuation :)

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Apart from double eyelid surgery, I really wanted to do a heck load more to my eyes because I really couldn't stand it being so small initially.

Some other surgeries I've honestly considered:
1) Lateral Epicanthoplasty
2) "Pulling" my eye muscle so my eye opens up bigger (my doctor introduced this to me)
3) Rhinoplasty
4) Chin implants
5) Forehead implants

As you can see, I'm quite greedy (who doesn't want to look perfect?) but obviously I'm not so brave to endure all of that, plus my bank account didn't allow most of it.... so yeah.

1) Lateral Canthoplasty / Epicanthoplasty
I got to know of this surgery because I read Xiaxue's blogpost on plastic surgery previously.

I THINK there are actually several different kinds although the names all look confusingly similar. Please correct me if I'm wrong!

Lateral Canthoplasty: An operation performed at the outer corner of the eye where the upper and lower eyelid join together. (definition and picture credit to this website)



Medial Epicanthoplasty: This procedure focuses on the inner corner of the eye, removing the excess fold to reveal the medial portion of the eyes. Medial epicanthoplasty is designed to make the eye appear larger and more open, and may straighten slanted eyes. (definition credit to this website)

Lateral Epicanthoplasty: In addition to focusing on the fold at the inner eye, this procedure also addresses the outer portion of the eye. Lateral epicanthoplasty is done to lengthen the eye and correct a slant that makes an eye appear droopy or tired. (definition credit to this website)

The one I wanted was the third one, Lateral Epicanthoplasty. It's basically like cutting the inner and outer edges of your eye to make it open bigger.
Think along the lines of the diameter of a circle. The bigger the diameter (the width of your eye), the bigger your eye will become. And obviously I would love to do this!

But along the way I chose not to because while googling about plastic surgery, I chanced upon this blog (pictures credit to her as well) where the blogger blogged about her day to day progress with her eyelid surgery.

And this line in particular made me give up all thoughts of getting Lateral Epicanthoplasty.

"Consequently, there is not much visible lengthening effect when the eye is viewed from the front; the slight widening of 1-2 mm is only noticeable in a side profile view. The widened segment has no lashes and so may call attention to itself if makeup is not used as camouflage."






Because obviously it looked like it hurt damn badly. And obviously I wouldn't choose to go through all that pain if the effect isn't going to be really huge. I even took a ruler to see if 1-2mm was going to make a big difference.. and NOPE!

Plus the scars seem like quite a problem and I'm the kind of person who is damn anal about scars. So if the scars are going to be so obvious and I have to waste extra foundation trying to cover it up.. NO WAY.

So I gave up that thought.
And well, some $$$ saved I guess? Haha!

2) "Pulling" my eye muscle so my eye opens up bigger
I apologize for the extremely clumsy way of phrasing this but I really have no idea what it's called in a more plastic surgery-ish term. During one of my consultations, a doctor introduced this to me and told me that double eyelid surgery will NOT change the opening of my eyes and if I wanted the opening of my eyes to be bigger, I will have to pull the muscles of my eye or something.

Now everyone touch the space between the end of your eyebrows and the outer corner of your eyes and pull up slightly. That's roughly the effect you'll get from this surgery.
It does make my eyes open wider but what I was afraid of is the constant SHOCKED/SURPRISED expression hahaha
Can you imagine when I'm sad, and my eyes are still O.O....
Personally I didn't like it so I didn't go for it but I think some people may like it so yep! More $$ saved!

3) Rhinoplasty
I really really like high nose bridges and I know some people tell me that my nose is quite alright already but..... you know the kind of ang moh / mixed blood nose?
So far I haven't heard of anyone who doesn't want that kind of nose so please don't say I'm trying to act ang moh or super greedy etc.
Nobody will be truly completely 100% satisfied with how they look okay~

I initially wanted to post a picture of my side profile to show you guys a comparison, but after pasting this picture here, I shall not embarrass myself LOL!


But! In the end I didn't go for rhinoplasty and didn't go for consultation regarding it because I don't think I'm ready to have a silicone put into my face yet and I really like to blow my nose violently (admit it, some of you do this too, lol!) and I can't stop squeezing blackheads from my nose...
Can you imagine if I screw up my $xxxx nose job by squeezing my blackheads? Really FML.

Shall suck thumb and be satisfied with contouring my nose for now.
And if I'm really unhappy about it, I will photoshop in future!!!

Yay, again, $$$ saved!

4) Chin implants
This might sound really stupid but I think my jaw is really short and even though I'm not overly obese or anything.... I HAVE A DOUBLE CHIN.
I would love to have a more defined jawline and sharper chin
But again, I don't think I can live with leaning on my hand or sleeping with the fear that i might accidentally push it out of shape.

So that's out for me.
I shall live with my double chin and anyway my boyfriend likes to disturb me about it so I'll give him something to tease me about cause sometimes it's quite funny hahah

5) Forehead implants
I really really liked the idea of having deep set eyes and since my side profile of my face is more or less flat (super asian), unlike eurasians or caucasians, the only way to make it look more 3D is to get forehead implants.
But I heard about the huge scar that will be made somewhere along your hair line and hair will never ever grow out of that place..... O.O

No, just... no.

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Just a disclaimer, I'm not criticizing people who go for the above mentioned surgeries, I'm just saying that I'm not a fan of it and it's my own face so I get to decide what I want to do even if you think this or that might have been better for me.

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Anyway here are some "inspirations" I looked at before I decided what kind of surgery I want to go for.

The pictures below are some of the prettiest famous asian girls (in my opinion) I heard of and obviously they are are good references for girls who are keen in enhancing their looks through cosmetic surgery.

Like you can see what kind of features about them you like and see if it's achievable for your face.
But really, don't go plastic surgery just to look like someone else cause that will be so fucked up.
Can you imagine if you are famous and some girl who looks like you comes up to you and says "I am your biggest fan! I did surgery just to look like you!"?
Won't you feel fucking annoyed by her? Cause I know I would.
Imitation in this case isn't the best form of flattery okay.
So I won't intentionally make myself look like anyone else.
I just want to look like myself but with prettier eyes, nose, mouth, face blahblahblah HAHA

And no matter how much plastic surgery you do, plastic surgery is still plastic surgery, not god.
You WILL still look somewhat like yourself in the end so yeah, gotta be realistic!

So anyway, some eye candies for your reference:

Angelababy

Tsubasa Masuwaka


Lena Fuji


Cheesie (She's a blogger by the way!)

Sandara Park


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In the end, the only surgery I saved enough money for and had enough guts to do was double eyelid surgery.
And I did the stitching method locally, approximately $3k if you consider the medication and whatnot.
I heard it's waaaay cheaper overseas but my parents don't feel safe if they're not with me so yeah!

I will blog about my entire surgery within the next few posts :)

Sorry for the lack of my own pictures for now cause my eyes are still bruised and swelling and I have to wait for it to recover before applying make up cause I'm damn kiasu and scared of complications should my foundation get into the wounds or whatever, LOL! #sosingaporean

Thanks for reading, will update soon!