After researching for almost a year, I've finally decided to go for my DOUBLE EYELID SURGERY!!!!! I'm writing this post to share about my experience because there's really a lack of reviews on the internet for surgery in Asia, especially in Thailand! (I only found Eric's post for Thailand haha). YES I feel you!! The anxiety for searching for more reviews is real 😅 This is a really long post but I hope it will help those of you who's interested.
But before that, let me complain about some unhappy issues. Yes I'm only 17 this year and this is my 1st plastic surgery, but I feel that nobody has any rights to stop me (I'm typing this in annoyance because some particular person from my school is making a fuss of it). First, this is my personal choice so it's 我家的事, nothing to do with school. Secondly, plastic surgery has always been a very controversial topic and I cannot stop you from judging me, BUT whether it's right/wrong is your problem, so please keep that to yourself. Plus I'm not breaking any laws LOL
Why the decision for my plastic surgery?
1. Saves my TIME for makeup!
And by that, I don't mean like 10/20 min. I mean a whole 1 hour or more. Before I had my surgery, I'll usually spend around 2 hours to get my hair + makeup done, because of that FREAKING ANNOYING double eyelid tapes. 😠😡😢 I have natural double eyelids but the crease are really low, like those korean double eyelids (which I personally don't really like). I want really high creases/folds but it's very hard to get it with just tapes because my eyelids have a lot of fat (that's why the creases are low). So I need to do it with glue + tape..
But most of the 2 hours is struggling to put in the right position urghhhh 😣 Like once I accidentally paste it wrongly, I tear of the tape and the glue will become rough and I have to remove my makeup and redo it again! Do you feel me!! 😤😤 And sometimes when the creases of both eyes are not same height...
That means now I will only take around 30 min to get ready. TIME IS PRECIOUS.
2. Saves my skin from tearing
Double eyelid tapes are TAPES no matter what. It hurts the skin of your eyes and of course the skin might get thinner and thinner if you keep pasting them. And then when it finally gets toooo thin... the eyeball drop out?? 😱😱
3. WHY WAIT??
I know I'll get it done sooner or later, because I cannot live with double eyelid tapes forever. Imagine being a piano teacher with double eyelid tapes... LOL. That's just weird...
I thought of doing it in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Japan is a no (even though they're pretty well-known for their surgery too) because their english is really... errr communication issues. 😅Korea rather attractive plastic surgery 'holiday' packages with a translator but I'm not very fond of the korea double eyelids, like those low creases one. I was in a huge dilemma between Singapore & Thailand because even though the price of the surgery in Thailand was no doubt cheaper, but if you add up airfare + hotel accommodation, it's about the same price.
I read many articles and blogs about double eyelid surgery and they say, it's not about the country you choose, more about the surgeon you pick. To me, I feel that if a surgeon dares to show its BEFORE AFTER photos, then it's a clinic that can be trusted. I mean like if you don't even dare to show them, then this means that your results cannot be trusted right? 😰
So I began looking for clinics and surgeons on Facebook and instagram! (Mostly with Instagram). Found tons of accounts and collated them throughout the whole 2016 year. I think I've collated a total of more than 80 clinics from Thailand, and in the end I filter them one after another, by studying their profiles carefully and looking at the reviews. For Singapore, I found only about 3 clinics which I feel can provide me with the double eyelid I'm looking for. 😓
I'm actually super particular about my double eyelid! I want it high crease + parallel (not tapered). High crease is 8mm-9mm, medium crease is 5-7mm.
Singapore plastic surgery is not really my taste (I don't like the results). And, they always go for the tapered eyelids. At last, I settled on Lovely Eye clinic from Bangkok! I'm not promoting this clinic (this is not a sponsored post haha) but the clinic is the only clinic in Bangkok which specialises only on eye surgery. That means they don't provide any procedures like Rhinoplasty etc..
And there's only 1 main doctor for the surgery! Qualified surgeon with quite a lot of certifications (you can research that if you're interested) and the first surgeon in Bangkok to specialise on Epicanthoplasty. Epicanthoplasty is the procedure to "open" the inner corners of your eyes, to make it parallel.
Image from my clinic's website. I've also decided to go for Lateral Canthoplasty together. Since go all the way to Bangkok, must well do all for once mah! Lateral canthoplasty is cut the outer conners of your eye to make it look longer (but just by 2-3mm)
Procedures I went for:
Extensional Lateral Canthoplasty
Let me continue this long post in part 2 :D