By Winnie Chua From Singapore Part 2
'm so happy that I've chosen Lovely Eye Clinic! No regrets!! The clinic looks so atas and clean And the service there is awesome. They are also super considerate to the patients (like they provide free water, slippers to wear in the clinic etc
It's located in a quite atas place too HAHAHA the building reminds me of clarke quay
And my cute mom and dad in the clinic HAHAHA
This is the main blepharoplasty procedure which I will be going to do. Full incision means remove skin, remove the fat (the yellow thing) and throw it away HAHAHA
Then sew it back. Why I chose the full incision and not the surture method, is because I wear contact lens almost everyday and I've read that contact lens may loosen the thread in the surture meathod. Saw some news about the thread breaking if you rub your eyes too hard or in a wrong way, which might cause one to be BLIND!! This just freaks me out
And you need to go back to again after around 2-10 years, because surture method is a temporary procedure. Sure it's much cheaper and healing time is quicker, but I find it quite troublesome. Imagine if the thread suddenly breaks in your eyes, BOOM and you're back to your single eyelid LOL
My eyelids with & without tape.
My appointment for consultation with the doctor is 12.30pm, and my surgery is 1pm. The week before the surgery, I can't put on double eyelid tapes for a week (so no makeup for me ) and I can't eat any supplements (no Vitamin C, no herbs). Also, try not to eat seafood or rubbish food/ junk food because this might affect your recovery time. My time to detox and diet
I was not really scared because I know there will be anaesthesia and I trust the doctor! My pain tolerance is really high too. For me, if ear piercing is 1/10, naval piercing 2/10, tattoo 3.5/10, surgery maybe 5/10.
I went into a locker room where I changed into their patient clothes (it's like Korean hanbok, super cute!!) The staffs there were all super friendly too. They took pictures of me before I went to the locker room with some huge DSLR. I was then given a key for my locker, where I can place my bag and clothes in it.
You have to remove everything (except panties) and all the jewelries, including your bra because there's the wire. This puts me even more to ease because I saw some other clinics who allowed their patients to go in the operational theatre with their earrings (which is dangerous AF)
Then, I was ushered to a room where I had to lie down on a bed. The staff told me to relax and sleep on the bed. At first the staff said like "you can rest" and made that sleeping hand gesture but I thought he was kidding because HOW TO SleEEP WHEN I'M SO EXCITED?? The wait for the doctor was quite long and at last I decided to lie down and sleep. The staff even covered me with a blanket LOL The blanket was so comfortable
After about 20 min, the staff woke me up. They cleansed my face for me like twice and handed me the blue cap. The staffs told me about some medications which I need to consume and some ointment for my eyes after the surgery. I think they know that I will not be able to absorb all the info after my surgery haha! Kinda true because after my surgery, I just wanted to go back to my hotel asap
Surgery - blepharoplasty
Everything was super fast! After the consultation with the doctor to tell her what I want etc, I went into the operational theatre. The operational theatre looks like an ordinary dentist room! It's not scary at all, and there was this super calming jazzy music The doctor asked me to sit on the operation bed and drew some markings to my eyes. She told me my bone structure allows her to do a 9mm eyelid on me!! (She told me 8mm during consultation) I'M SO ELATED!!
I was injected local anaesthesia and that was the most painful part. The needle went quite deep and it was outside + inside my eyes. I think she injected me like 4 times on each eye, or maybe 5 idk. I was lying on the bed just thinking like "WHEN IS THIS GONNA END". The last injection was the most painful one and I felt my nose swell!! Like you know, the feeling you get when you're gonna cry... But still tolerable for me... I think they took around 5 min for the anaesthesia
The rest of it was just operating on my eyes. I CANT EVEN FEEL ANYTHING ON MY EYES!! It's like I know the doctor is working on my eyelid but it's senseless!! I can't even feel her touching my eye. I love this anaesthesia man!! Occasionally I felt a light tug, but no pain. I was fully awake during the surgery and fully sane. The total duration of the surgery was about 2 hours which was REALLY LONG. Halfway through the surgery, I almost slept because the music was quite sleepy... I also had time to daydream and think about what to do when I'm recovering... go shopping to platinum mall blabla
I forgot to add in that before I went into the operation theatre, the staff gave me 2 pills and they told me it's too make me "less excited". I presume it's some kind of light sedatives and painkillers to decrease my heartbeat.
Surgery - Lateral canthoplasty
After the first blepharoplasty surgery, the doctor told me she's going to operate my lateral canthoplasty. And that means additional anaesthesia on the sides of my eye. This time it's not super crazy painful, because the anaesthesia on my upper eyelid is starting to wear off. So half of the time while she did my canthoplasty, I was swearing in my heart... my upper eyelids began to get super sore but I know there's no other choice because the doctor can't inject anaesthesia on my upper eyelid again. Not like I wanna get another shot of that painful injection
Right after the surgery, they injected me with 3 shots of botox on each side (because my cheeks muscle was tense and this botox will help me get a better result from my eyelid surgery, like make it stretch more which is the result I wanted).
I was glad it was finally over. The doctor placed a mirror in front of me to let me see my face and all I saw was a super swollen pair of eyes which was kind of purple/blueish/blackish/reddish I'm not sure. My eyes felt extremely heavy to the point that I could only open 1/4 of my eyes. The soreness I felt was one that was not really painful, but it's like theres something heavy on your eyes which prevents you from opening your eyes.
They led me to a small mini room beside the operation theatre with a big sofa recliner and put ice pack on my eyes, which numbed half of the soreness. If I did only blepharoplasty and without canthoplasty, my anaesthesia would have lasted me till the end and my eyes wouldn't be that sore. But my soreness is still tolerable. After about 15 min, the staffs held me up and brought me back to the front desk where they took some photos of my swollen eyes. The staffs kept saying things like "very beautiful" which made me smile a little despite my sore eyes, but in my heart i was super LOL!! I swear I look like some bloody goldfish
Back in hotel in the evening after the jam and immediately with my ice packs (super important for first 3 days!!!) I'll continue with part 3 on my recovery
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