Chinese Plastic Tourists


In 2014, 56,000 Chinese tourists visited South Korea for plastic surgery procedures, an increase of 45 per cent from 25,400 in 2013.

According to industry insiders, the most popular requests for Chinese patients are double eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, fat grafts or transplants, facelifts and double jaw surgery to give a sharper chin.

Often, these patients get all their surgeries done at once. According to Korean plastic surgeons, mainland Chinese patients request for the same surgeries as their local patients. However, they desire different outcomes. Interestingly, many China patients do not want the Korean look. While Korean patients are more conservative, wishing only to enhance their features, China patients want much bigger eyes and taller noses that emulate Western beauties.

In recent years, plastic surgery clinics have sprung up all over China. However, standards vary greatly. Korea is still the trusted destination for such procedures.

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Moody Monday

May you have a great start to the week. Smile and stay beautiful.

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End Of An Era

In December last year, the father of the modern dental implant Per Ingvar Branemark died at the age of 85 in his hometown of Gothernburg, Sweden.

Before Branemark, scientists thought that metallic implants stayed in place because of mechanical retention. This means that implants must be anchored to wide areas of bone with multiple screws. Branemark and his team performed experiments on rabbits. They found that titanium oculars placed into the lower leg bones of rabbits could not be removed from the bones after a period of healing. This phenomenon was named osseointegration. With this understanding, dental implants could be as small as the root of a tooth.

Though many European dentists still swear by it, the design of the original Branemark system with its external hex, is probably outdated. Newer designs are more forgiving and easy to use. In spite of that, Prof Branemark will be remembered and respected as a pioneer in this field of dentistry by future generations of dentists.

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Miss World?

Since young, I’ve wondered why Miss Universe pageants only featured humans. If we’re opening the competition to all living things in the universe, then certainly, participation should be open to all females on Noah’s Ark. Perhaps some Martians too. It’s so easy to exclude worthy contenders.

But seriously (or maybe not), someone by the name of Dr Prem Jagyasi came up with his list of the most beautiful women in the world (by nationality). It seems that the post has gone viral in Thailand. Well, I’m not sure how Dr Prem arrived at the results, but here they are in no order of merit.

1. Ukraine
2. Sweden
3. Thailand
4. Bulgaria
5. Russia
6. Netherlands
7. Lebanon
8. Poland
9. India
10. Brazil
11. Italy
12. Canada
13. Serbia
14. South Korea
15. Croatia
16. Columbia
17. Argentina
18. Ethiopia
19. Romania

It’s all here

Why do I get the feeling that this list was “made up” at random just to create a talking point? I confess that I’ve not been to most of the countries in the list, but the problem is not with his inclusions but his unfair exclusions of countries which are teeming with beauties. Common sense tells us that it’s possible to find beautiful women in any country and with globalisation, nationality may have nothing to do with ancestry. What happened to petite French girls? Not good enough for Dr Prem? It’s also amazing that Dr Prem missed out China – the most populous country in the world. And he probably hadn’t been to Vietnam either.

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Love Boat Illusion?

Many years ago, the navy made a very interesting advertisement showing a scene in a pub with a group of pretty girls chatting with a group of guys from the navy. It was one of model/actress Seraphina Wee’s first public apperance.

Girls: “So what do you guys do for a living.”

Guys: “We’re in the Navy.”

Girls: Something about perks and benefits

Guys: “The sun, the sand and the sea.”

Girls: “Does it pay?”

Guys: “You bet.”

Photo from Facebook.

They didn’t stop there. They’ve featured Zoe Tay as a naval medical officer and the now defunct Mediaworks also had Ann Kok in her white and navy blue. They’re at it again. This time, it’s a real naval officer in the form of ME1 Claire Teo. She was featured in Cyberpioneer over here and this seemed to have created quite a sensation even though Claire is obviously no Serina Wee. Anyway, I’ve been in the navy before and though women were almost non-existent on the ships back then, there were quite a number of beauties at the bases. Some were probably even prettier than Claire Teo if I may say so. I can’t figure out how Claire Teo could have caused such a sensation.

But the really funny part is this. Why is the ad telling us? Are they telling the girls that you can still look good if you join the navy? I hope so. If they are trying to attract the guys to sign on because they may stand a chance to meet Claire Teo, then they must be prepared to welcome a bunch of very horny, desperate and stupid recruits.

There are lots and lots of beautiful women all over the world. Do you need to sign on the navy to see Claire Teo?

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Knowing When To Stop

At one facial aesthetics course I attended, the instructor said something interesting: “Patients won’t notice/remember what you’ve done. They only notice what you have not done.”

It didn’t seem very believable to me back then, but it turned out to be so true. The good thing about fixing teeth is that when one tooth is fixed, anything that is not fixed would be another tooth. For the face, it can be trickier. After you thought you have evened out patient’s wrinkle, she comes to you a week later and complains that the effect is gone. Of course it isn’t. What happened is that the patient forgets about what she looked like before the treatment and when she keeps looking at her face after the treatment and getting used to the new normal, she only sees what else needs to be done. The wrinkle is still visible. Can inject a bit more? What about my eyes? What about my cheek? A bit more for the cheek. I never knew I had such a small chin …

This mentality is not unique to women. While self-injecting on my own face, I was struck by the same thoughts and that’s when I began to understand these patients better. The treatment is “addictive”. For me, there is no “labour cost” when I self-inject fillers. I only need to pay for the filler and I can inject as much into my face as I wish. I can imagine that if I had no training or self control, I would almost definitely have ended up overdoing it.

It’s impossible for 1cc of filler to cause this. I believe it’s a case of DIY lip filler injection. While it’s easy to cringe and say WTF, the person who is doing it on herself really had no idea that she had gone from augmentation to deformation. I believe that fillers are readily available OTC in some countries. No wonder there are so many disasters out there.

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What Happened To That Lump?

Tear Trough Injection

Depending on the depth of the filler injection, the deposit is usually palpable. It tells you the filler is there and it feels like a firm lump. Then, a few days later, the lump gradually softens until it disappears. Has the filler disintegrated? Well, before treatment pictures do not always tell you the answers. If the part that was filled is under the eyes, you can do a spectacle test. For instance, if you have a hollow under your eyes before treatment, you may feel that your cheeks can touch the lower rim of your glasses after the injection. You’ll feel that the cheeks will still touch the lower rim of your glasses after the “lump” is “gone”.

Well, it’s actually not gone. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are actually hygroscopic. This means that they absorb water from your tissues. Like sponges, HA filler deposits will absorb water from your body. Like sponges, they will not swell much, but they will soften and give you the impression that it’s not there anymore.

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Lotus Buds

The lotus bud is used as an offering, a representation of purity.

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Ice Packs For Post Operative Care


Ice packs are very good for reducing swelling after surgery. You don’t need to go to a pharmacy to for that. Just visit your local supermarket.

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Oldies & Goodies


Alamak Patient: “我以前的假牙很好的。戴了什么都能吃。你现在做的就没那么好了。”

Alamal dentist: “Auntie, 你以前拍的照片也比现在拍的好看呀。是不是因为新相机没旧相机好?”


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