Even i find myself looking scary when i was recovering from the surgeries. But 1 month plus after surgery now, everyday i am feeling more sure about my decision to go with it.
Thanks to Dr Oh Myung June from REGEN Medical Group who did such a good job for me.. Sun for arranging everything for me.. And Thank You to the bigger force out there who made all these possible.. I must have been wishing for it hard enough for it to happen =)
Right after surgery.. I only remember.. That i felt like i had to pee damn bad. Hahaha. So i kept whining in my semi-conscious state that i NEED to go to the loo. But actually my urine was drained out during surgery so i don't actually have to pee but it's the after-feeling of the tube insertion i guess.
The roll of tube you see is blood draining out from inside of my mouth cox that's where all the stitches are. So there are no visible scars at all.
Post surgery, you have to take note of a few things lah. So that you won't feel so lost / confused / scared. I know all these cox the nurses advised, consoled, and explained to me.
1. There will be a stuffed and dry feeling at the back of your throat and it leads down to a bruised feeling down your neck. It makes it hard for you to lift your head with your neck muscle on the first day only. This is due to the tubes that goes down your throat during the surgery, for the anesthetics
2. You will feel blood cloaking up the back of your throat and your nose.. It is normal. Cox though the blood is draining out through the tubes there will still be some that gets to the back of your throat. you will feel discomfort and you will find out that you can blow your nose and have LOTSA blood come out but try not to do that or if you have to, try not to blow so hard okay.
3. My friend told me to ask for sleeping pills but my nurses didn't wanna give that to me cox it's important for them to know that i am doing good and okay. The nurses (at REGEN) will check on you every hourly to change your ice pack for you and to take your BP and just to make sure you are doing okay. So without sleeping pills and with all the discomfort, you will find it hard to sleep on the day of surgery. What i suggest you to do is to play soothing music and keep yourself calm.
I had Josh play my favourite oldies.. ='))) And it made me feel better.
The neck pillow (provided by REGEN) is essential. It makes it a lot more comfortable for you to fall asleep in a half-sitting position. Also the towel has ice pack inside. It is to help reduce swelling.
Patient nurses helping me to the restroom..
The little things they do like covering me with blanket and all..
They don't just do it one time and get it over and done with. All the numerous times they change my ice pack, each time they will ask if i am okay and if i need anything..
One thing i am very grateful for after surgery is that the nurses at REGEN are all very responsible and helpful.. I remember in the middle of the night, on shift was a middle age Chinese auntie living in Korea and when she realise i can speak mandarin and was silently tearing cox i just felt a little sad i was in this state lolol. She was really concerned and stayed on after changing my ice pack to talk to me and comfort me T.T Telling me it will be okay and to trust her that the day of surgery is always the hardest but after that it's much much easier..
Now that i've gone through it.. I should have just trusted her 100% and not be emo cox the next day everything was SOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER!!!
Anyway for those who are keen but afraid.. From a person with VERY LOW THRESHOLD for pain.. I am telling you.. The hardest to go through was the day of surgery itself. After that, it's all bearable. But even on the most difficult day, i'd rate..
DISCOMFORT LEVEL: 7 (from the blood drying up at the back of my throat and from not being able to sleep properly)
PAIN LEVEL: 1 (as mentioned, at the neck cox got bruised feeling, but no pain at all on the face)
DAY 1 POST-OP
Woke up feeling a whole lot better. Neck soreness gone off mostly.. Nurses came to clean my nostril and removed like HUGE blood curd from my nostrils hahaha SHIOKKKK!!!
By the way.. This is the ONLY external wound (held together by tacks) from the zygoma-reduction surgery. REGEN does it at the hairline. I know other clinics maybe do it near the ear or sideburn. But i find at the hairline is the best cox really is cannot see!!! I cannot even see where it is after 7 days.
As i would have expected.. I kena drug allergy again hahaha. So my eyes got swollen.. In fact.. Everywhere was swollen. My whole face is swollen hahaha.
Pumpkin soup from REGEN for speedy deswelling ^.^
Me and the BEST SURGEON IN THE WORLD!!! ^.^ His assurance that everything went well instantly make me feel 10000x better!!! ^.^ Also, i tried to smile in that picture.. You can't tell? LOL.
Got back to Big John's Place to rest =) Do note that if you do paranasal implants for less obvious laughlines.. Your nose will swell slightly too okay. Cox the implants are placed near the nose. Another thing is.. Remember to apply vaseline (mine was included with my meds prescription) on your lips!!! You don't need dry lips problem with all the other problems haha!
My first meal was fresh milk =)
You should be on liquid diet for at least.. 5 days! Actually most people say 1 week. But i guess after 5 days you can suck on anything that you can suck through a big straw. Like a bubble tea straw you know lol. Like after the 5th day you can try semi-solid food like scrambled egg.. Or like steamed egg.. Soft food lah. No need to so ke lian only drink milk / yogurt / fruit juice / smoothie.
GET READY STRAWS! Straws of different diametres. I have three different sizes to suck different drinks / food. Thin ones for drinks, medium for smooth porridge.. Large for scrambled eggs and likes.
GET READY FOOD. I regret not getting ready all sort of smooth congee / baby food. In Korea it's soooo hard to find baby food in jars. I think their mums are model mums who don't feed their babies jar food. Lol. But they have lotsa instant porridge that you just need to heat up! Get ready those cox you don't wanna have to keep running out to get them. But then again.. Running out makes me feel better and moving around keeps your blood circulation good.. So.. Your choice!
GET READY COTTON BUDS (QTIPS). You'd have to use them to clean your nose constantly.. Or maybe you can just use your finger if you didn't had a nose job like i did earlier. Hahaha.
Sitting at the balcony of Big John's, drinking pumkin juice from REGEN to help deswelling. And day 1 post-op past by really quickly cox me and Josh were both getting ready for the days ahead. Stocking up instant porridge and stuff.
DAY 2 POST OP
So much food for all guest during breakfast at Big John's T.T
But i am only having soya bean milk T.T
This day you will be able to finally sleep more and sleep longer period. Cox the day of op and day 1 post op you'd find it a bit uneasy to get into deep sleep. So Day 2 post op i slept a lot.
But remember to walk around as much as you can okay! It helps with deswelling.
I decided today that i shall do without any medicine prescribed to me.. Though i don't suggest you to do the same. Cox i have drug allergy to antibiotics. It's not serious, it just gives me swollen eyes.
But becox i don't have any pain too, i decided i don't need the painkiller..
And then also cox i don't remember which one is for deswelling.. I didn't take the deswelling pills too hahaha. SO.. If you took the meds as prescribed.. I am sure you will have a much faster recovery than me. My doctor was surprised to see me on day 7 with all the remaining swelling. I think he expected me to deswell much faster than that.. IF i had taken the meds as prescribed =X Hahah.
DAY 3 POST OP
Josh had all these food and i had cold noodle soup.. THE SOUP ONLY. Which was really bad. Haha. Remember to bring your own straw out!!!
To cheer me up.. Josh brought me to Daiso near REGEN / big John's Place!!! =D I motivated myself to recover faster by buying some of my favourite snacks ^.^ You should do that too!!! Although it's hard not to be able to eat them NOW NOW but you have one more thing to look forward to ^.^
Day 3 post op we had to go back to REGEN to clean up the stitches in my mouth and also the tacks at the hairline. And to remove the bandage holding my chin up.
After today you can go to salons to have your hair shampooed but.. I didn't lah. I damn kiasi one so i waited til days later hahaha. In any case, NO conditioner for a month. What you see at the hairline is not blood ah, it's the solution used to clean the tacks and wound.
Instant porridge ^.^ Try to add more water to it okay. So it's less salty and also easier to suck.
And this is how i look on day 3 post op.
DAY 4 POST OP
Omg day 4 evening after dinner everything went crazy. I had a relatively salty samgyetong (ginseng chicken soup) and then later my lips SWOLLEN UNTILLLL.. Anyway Josh had hotdog hahaha i put that in cox i am insanely jealous. I wanna eat these food when i return to Korea again!!! =DDD
And this is how i look that day omg. The weird thing is i DON'T FEEL PAIN AT ALL!!! Sian to see my lips like that yes.. But not painful at all. It's like i just feel my lips are very stretched.. That's all.
DAY 5 POST OP
Had a bad porridge with no taste and lotsa cucumber chunks that i can't chew on haha.
And this is how i look on day 5 omg...... IT IS THE DAY THE SWELLING WAS THE WORST.
Even without my bandage it was like this swollen. When i put on my bandage, it looks EVEN more swollen. I scare myself omg. 看了我都吓死.
"Are all these surgeries worth it.."
"Couldn't i just live with photoshopping my pictures.."
"Will i ever look better than this.."
But then i quickly stop all these self-doubting thoughts and remind myself that everything will be better.. Cox i have the best doctor.. Best medical group working on me..
And now (1 month 1 week after surgery) i can tell myself.. I AM RIGHT. Everything is worth it. And it's just gonna get better and better everyday =) Rememeber i once said.. Only 3 months after surgery will one look the chioest hahaha. Now i am only 1 month+ post op and i can see great improvement / correction from all the flaws. Especially my zygoma and square jaws! GONE!
Laughline not so obvious anymore =)
All these are happening and my remaining swelling is slowly going off.. In no time i'd be prettier than before again! =DDD So.. If you ever go ahead and feel shitty on some days.. Tell yourself.. IT'S OK.
Wanted to see if there's still potential to look chio in this state.. But started drooling once i go chin down hahahahah. Moral of the story.. 不要为难自己 lolol!
Went on to swing a little to feel better haha.
Josh bought back a REALLY yummy samgyetong for me and for himself ramen T.T So jealous. Literately the whole recovery process.. I had to suck it up. Hahahaha.
As i have my lunch.. I see Sun Young and John airing out the laundry like a sweet couple =)))
Ask to join them for grocery shopping at a huge super market! I was for real drooling at all the fried chicken.. T.T IT GETS HARD FROM HERE ON WITH ALL THE FOOD THAT I CANNOT EAT.
But i'd tell you what you can eat and overdose on!!!!!!!
SUPER YUMMY KOREAN FRUIT JELLY!!!!!!
^.^ They are my must-have snack everyday during recovery! It's cold and refreshing. Cold feels good on the lips and inside the mouth! Soothes the warm sensation going on.
WENT TO WATCH AMAZING SPIDERMAN AT NIGHT WITH JOSH!!!! I damn 痛苦 cox their cinema food bar got sell pizza one!!!! I would love 10 slices to myself thank you!!!
Good news is.. By now you would have lost about 2 - 3 kg already.
Hahaha. But the food monster in you is growing bigger and bigger and you know once you can, you will gobble up any food. ANY GODDAMN FOOD.
DAY 6 POST OP
Woke up to yummy fresh muffins baked by Big John!
Along with fresh fruits T.T
All sorts of cereal and cup noodles for everyone! Feel free to whip up scrambled egg with cheese and toast for your own breakfast if you want! =D
That day i had one muffin soaked in chocolate milk ^.^ IT WAS THE START OF MY SEMI-SOLID DIET!!!!!!!!!
Went further than Gangnam area onto Ehwa Female University area and bought LOTSAAAAA CHEAP STUFF =DDDD This time i mainly went crazy on clothes. Not so much makeup / skincare.
Feel good enough for a OOTD shot haha. Top from Bugis Street.
At night we went to somewhere nice for dinner and i ordered a tomato soup which turns out to be spicy tomato.. So Josh had it.. And this is how i niap my bread to eat.. Haha. Later he also had his own pasta. And then i ordered another soup.. WHICH WAS FREAKING YUMMY!!! But i ask Josh to take the bacon and crouton cox i can't eat them anyway. He say everyone is going to think he abuse me cox he had so much food i only had plain soup. Even the topping also he took and eat. Hahahah.
And this is how i look on day 6 =) My lips swelling abit starting to go down already hor! AND CAN SEE MY JAWLINE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS SQUARE THAN BEFORE!!!
DAY 7 POST OP
Went back to REGEN for final check up before i fly off soon! One picture with sweet Sun and the camera / video team =)))
Went for a rejuvenating facial that helps speed up deswelling + cleanse face properly after so long!!! I feel soooooo much cleaner after the facial! Cox i don't dare to exert much force on my face! Thank you REGEN for arranging this facial treatment for me!!! T.T Much needed and appreciated thank you!!!
Saw this poster of Dr Oh on LET ME IN television reality program ^.^ They need the best when it comes to bone / facial reconstruction, they invite him on the project! He is quite charming being so talented and good at what he does!!!
Had a very good mushroom soup at Dorothy (24hour cafe within REGEN building) for lunch.
After this you may head back to your own country if you wanna have your stitch-removal done in your own country. The threads are self-dissovable but it is recommended to have them removed to avoid any chance of infection.
I meant to come back to Singapore to have them removed on 14th day post-op but later i decided that i'd let them self-dissolve =X Now (1 month+ after surgery) half of them has dropped off.
I stayed on a few days more due to flight options. If not i could fly home today.
Clever girl and her OOTD ^.^ Top from Korea ($6), pants from Japan, shoes from Korea ($2+ i think)
Went back home to see our bed and room tidied up =) Thank you Big John's Place!
How i look on day 7!!! Can immediately see results from the treatment cox you can see all the bruises coming out to be light yellow. They were later gone the next day!!!
Since i had the tacks removed, i went to have my hair shampooed that evening ^.^ SGD25 only lah. It's a Japanese salon right outside Big John's Place. The girl was totally careful not to hurt my wound.
MAJOR YUMMY MUSHROOM SOUP. But super duper salty haha. Cute hor the bowl.
Felt so good that day cox after the treatment facial i can see my face coming back slowly into form hahaha. So i decided to whip up dinner for myself!!! Haha!
Extra milky scrambled egg!!! =DDD
#sian In the end still must suck it up from a cup and straw. Hahaha.
DAY 8 POST OP
Went out for shopping again ^.^
And my OOTD ^.^
Joined Sun and John to some electronic mall and the view at the terrace was magnificent =)))
With the two good people from Big John's Place =)))
With my guardian angel caretaker =)))
Josh also whip up the YUMMIEST MEAL I HAD IN A LONG TIME!!!!!! Steamed egg with luncheon meat!!!! The luncheon meat looks like dog food when it's smashed hahaha.
Also had a chance to know Ida (one of the guests at Big John's Place) from Norway! And i really like her! She's coming to Singapore next and i can't wait to bring her around to good yummy food!!! ^.^
Had my first chicken wing after surgery hahaha. All i can say is.. Day 8 was life-changing. Lol.
And this is how i look on day 8!
DAY 9 POST OP
Went to express bus terminal for more shopping ^.^ There were sooooo many florists there! I think Pearl will go crazy if she was there.
Freaking good and cheap shopping there!!!
While Josh has his lunch.. I am super pleased with how i no longer have protruding zygoma on my cheek level when i do 45 degree profile.
OOTD =D Top from Bugis Street ($5), skirt from Korea ($6)
Went to meet Dorothy at Myeondong ^.^ I AM SOOOO HAPPY TO SEE HERRR!!! We had porridge but the shopkeeper damn mean lah. I down there suck on the porridge until want die, she still keep hurrying us to go off cox she closing soon. What the heck. We got in 8.45pm, she took our order and serve us already then tell us she 9pm close =_=" 要烫死我啊.
HAD THE BEST ICE CREAM EVERRRRRRR!!!! It's organic milk ice cream..
With a chunk of honeycomb that has honey oozing out like mad T.T SO GOOD. SO DAMN GOOD.
Also had one donut that night!!! =DDD Getting more and more flexible with food!
DAY 10 POST OP
Went to try out the must try (according to Dotty) sweet potato latte (which has no tea nor coffee it's just milk and sweet potato, kinda like bubble tea lol) at EDIYA cafe.
If you see my writing.. Say hi ^.^
Us =) And a dozen of donuts hahah!
And this is how i look on day 9 post op.
At night we went for a big feast. And this is John demonstrating how a younger person have to serve a older person hahaha. Ana looking amused haha. I met so many nice people from all over the world.. Staying at Big John's.. =)) Can't ask for more.
VOMIT OMG. Live octopus..... If you follow me on instagram (@bongqiuqiu) you'd have seen the video of them squirming around O.O I cannot. Josh actually say it taste very good.
Everyone attention on the octopus haha.
SAY FLOWERRRRR ^.^ Josh, me, Ida, Magne, Sunyoung, John, Ana, Ethan =)))
For those who are intrigued by the sea penis video i posted on instagram.. This is how it looks like when it's sliced.. All i have to say is.. Do not cheat on your wives. LOL. This thing taste sweet btw.
All the nice people and weird things i've seen in one night =)
Ida and Ana tickled by the boys-club opposite. Hahaha. Apparently girls can go in there and be "entertained" by handsome goodlooking guys.
And then we went KTV til 4am!!! Fun time.. ^.^
DAY 10 POST OP
The next day i proceed to finish up last of my instant porridge stock pile. Haha.
And Josh had his favourite ramen again. With super good dumplings recommended by John!!!
Had dinner outdoor in the house with John and Sunyong =)
They were so nice, all three of them went out to get fish for my dinner T.T And the bottom picture is this fish.. That i've never had in my life before!!! It is fish but the texture is like CRAB!!!! =OOO I LOVE IT LAH!!! I regret not knowing the english name. I wanna go back and have it again!
And this is how i look day 10 post op =))) HELLO SMALL FACE AND CUTE CHIN!!!
Early morning at 6.30am, the VIP limousine van from REGEN came to Big John's Place to pick us up to bring us to the airport =)))
Went for buffet breakfast at the airport that was so affordable and yummy!!! I had like 4 bowls of the tofu soup hahah. And i finished all of these food and 2 more servings!!! O.O I told you about the food monster growing!!!! So i lost a total of 3.5kg.. But i am pretty sure i gain back 2kg after that hahaha.
So i shall leave you here..
If you would, give me some time to recover fully before you place any judgement =) That would be very nice for someone recovering from surgery haha. I know lah it's not like i am sick or anything but a surgery is still a surgery.. Would you go mock at someone who just had surgery and tell him / her that they look better before the surgery =_="
Give it some time lah. How can a swollen, in-recovery face be chioer than a perfectly normal face. I will be back to clear before and after pictures for you to see the difference and also for everyone who say i look better before surgery to eat their words =)
For now if you have ANY enqueries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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A video of the whole recovery process and visits to REGEN for check up.. Sorry i sound a bit retarded cox of the lips lolol. Even got drooling one i didn't notice until i see the video lolol!