Thursday, February 2, 2017

Double Suture Twist (DST) Double Eyelid Stitching @ MeClinic

Welcome back to this space, everyone! 

Ever since my last post 2+years ago, I never thought I'd be back to blogging simply because I don't have the luxury of time to upload pictures and blog like how I used to. Now that there's Instagram and Insta-story, updates can be seen there insta-ntly of course. However, what I would like to touch on today requires a proper blog post as it answers queries of those who may be interested in getting DST done too. 

Background Info
As many of you may already know, Xuan & I got our double eyelids stitching done with Dr David using DST procedure @ MeClinic

It all started with a conversation between us about how dissatisfied we were with our thin, almost non-existent double eyelids and how we were getting so sick of taping them daily. We have been talking about it for quite awhile but have never put our words to actions mostly because we were concerned about:

  • Level of pain
  • Possibility of getting permanent scars
  • Irreversible procedure if we do not like the outcome 
  • Reputation & skills of the doctor
  • Price 

When we found out about DST (Double Suture & Twist), we arranged for a consultation with Dr David the very next day. Plenty of good reviews led us to want to give it a shot! So wait, what is this DST that I've been talking about?!

"DST is a technique that was invented in 2001 by Dr Akihiro Minami, a renowned plastic surgeon in Japan. Designed to be a minimally invasive procedure, DST does not require significant incisions to be made, hence does not leave behind significant scars on the patient’s eyelids.

As such, DST has become quite a common technique that is used in Japan since its invention. A relatively simple procedure, it can take about 30 to 40 minutes for both eyes."

Yes, that is it. A quick, simple and relatively pain free procedure that leaves no scars on your eyelids! 

Here are some my 'Before' pictures  

See what I mean when I say they were almost non-existent? They 'disappear' when I smile/after drawing eyeliner across. I believe this is what we call 内双眼皮, just like Xuan's.

Double eye lid tape can't help much too as there's only a certain level of 'height' you can achieve.  

On good days/when you take selfies at the right angle, here you go. 

Actual day of DST procedure

Jh drove us into JB and accompanied us throughout. As we were on our way there, Xuan was constantly repeating 'Omg 我很怕 leh I hope everything will be fine'.  I was sleep deprived then and wasn't bothered much about the procedure as I've stayed up for the entire night and feeling more tired than usual. 

 This was taken just before going into the consultation room to meet Dr David. Two tired faces with barely any visible double eyelids. If I had a choice, I'd definitely not post this picture. Ha!

Dr David lightly pressed on my eyelids with a thin wire and assessed if I'm good to go for DST. Do note that not everyone is suitable for this procedure especially those with a lot of fatty tissues under the eyelids. 

Here are the possible results that one can choose to go for. And of course, I'll follow what the doctor feels best suit me. He suggested that I should go for a medium height + parallel lids. Even though I wanted the highest (要就做最高right), I decided to heed his advice. 

Then comes the explanation of the procedure. Remember I was previously pretty cool about this? I swear I freaked out so badly after hearing from Dr David that he will simply 'Flip my eyelids, make 3 small punctures and stitch up to create a fold very swiftly and beautifully'. 

No, I didn't register those last few words. What occupied my mind were gore images and I honestly wanted to chicken out at that instant. My head was nodding with approval to go ahead but my heart wasn't that sure.  

Because ai swee mai mia (direct translation from Hokkien, want pretty don't want life) I decided to go ahead with it.

The nurse first cleansed my face thoroughly and then ensured everything to be used were sterile and clean. Dr David then proceeded and was having a small talk with me throughout to distract me. It really helped a lot when the nurse stayed by my side throughout, grabbing my hand tightly telling me everything will be over before I know it.

As seen from the picture above, all he did was:

  1. Inject local anesthesia at 3 points across the upper eyelid
  2. Weaved the thread through
It all happened within minutes! The injection felt like someone used a sewing needle to give you a small prick on your eyelid for that split second.

As promised, the procedure took no more than 30minutes. All DONE!

The Golden Question: Pain or Not?

For someone like me who possesses a major fear of needles and injections (even the sight of it makes me panic), I felt that the level of pain was minimal and bearable. I would give it a 3/10. It was more of imagining how the procedure is going to be like and recalling the image where Dr David showed me about flipping my eyelids that sent a chill down my spine.

The best thing I've heard from him that day was when he said 'Okay all's good, lids nicely swollen, we're done!'.

 After the quick procedure, I applied cold compress on my eyelids for about 20-30 minutes before leaving the clinic and headed back home. Antiseptic cream was prescribed for me to apply on them every day and night to help with the healing too.

Judging from this picture, it looks gross and painful but I was feeling alright! More effort was required to open my eyes wide for the first night and eyelids felt heavy. To put it simply, the feeling was as though I cried for the entire night before and waking up to puffy, swollen eyes the next morning. 

After getting home, I packed my luggage and rested up early before leaving for my holiday in Vietnam for a week the next morning. It was a good time to be makeup free for more than a week after DST even though I could resume my usual makeup routine after Day 3. I just wanted to ensure it heals well and nice.

Recovery stage in order as shown below - DAY 1, 7, 15 

Pictures taken on Day 1, 7 and 15

More frequently asked Q & As

Q: Difference between DST (Non incisional) and surgery (incisional)?
A: DST is a reversible procedure with minimal downtime and most importantly, scar free! You can resume work routine as soon as after 48hours.

Q: Do I have to make a return trip to remove the thread?
A: No, the thread is safe to remain within. 

Q: How long can this last?
A: 5-8 years depending on individual. As we age, we lose our skin's supportive tissue and that happens not just on face but eyelids too. As a result, one may lose the stitched fold eventually but then again, this doesn't happen to everyone. Therefore only a rough timeline can be given.

Q: Any food items/activities I should avoid?
A: Food and drinks that increase blood circulation such as gingko, alcohol, Chinese medication and strenuous exercises are not advised to be consumed/do within 1 week after the procedure.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: RM4800nett

Q: Why in JB? Trustworthy? 
A: I don't deny that I had such thoughts too! Many must be skeptical about the venue of the clinic and the reliability since it's in JB. I'm personally more concerned about the skills of the doctor. Dr David is trained directly under the founder of this stitching method by Dr Akihiro Minami. The clinic is clean, hygienic and all their staff are professionally trained.

After DST procedure

Day 3: The fact that I just had double eyelids stitched up didn't affect me much during my holiday. Perhaps the only thing I had to be careful and aware of was to apply cream on the wound diligently every day and night.  

Day 4: Though it was still slightly swollen and fold of eyelids much higher than the expected results, I kind of love that look! 

Day 5: With only my tinted sunblock, under eye concealer, loose powder & blusher on my face and I was good to go! Have to give some credits to the 6D voluminous eyelash extensions I did from Eyestalksg too

We went back for our follow up review session with Dr David again on week 5. Have to thank Jenni for being such so efficient, friendly and helpful at all times in the arrangement of time slots (Dr David shuttles between KL & JB's clinic) and answering to any of my queries promptly during the initial recovery stage. Thank you, Jenni! 

Fast forward to 7 weeks later. All's good with just a faint crease of the stitching.

Xuan & I in Taipei, 8 weeks on!

Week 10 (Update as of 28th Jan) : Have since received tons of compliments on my nicely stitched eyelids. Those whom I've met at work for the first time didn't even realise that I went for DST stitching till I told them about it! Didn't expect a minor change like this could create such a major effect. Double eyelids give the illusion of larger, brighter eyes and definitely more awake than before!

Thank you ME Clinic for making this possible! 

Info you might need to know more about this: 

M.E. Clinic (KL)
LG-18, Lower Ground Floor
Berjaya Times Square,
No.1, Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2143 3866

M.E. Clinic (JB)

No.11, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3,
Taman Sutera Utama,
81300 Skudai, Johor.
Tel: +6018-2318122

If you guys have anymore questions, feel free to drop a comment/email me. 

Have a good day! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: My SkinnyMint Experience!

I've been wanting to go on a detox since forever but did not take any actions because I didn't want to go through the hassle of finding formulas and making my home remedies which may or may not work, neither do I want to spend on cleansing juices which cost way beyond my budget. That idea of detoxing somehow died down until I hear about SkinnyMint

So what is SkinnyMint all about?

It's a teatox programme (natural cleansing!) that aids your body in:
  • getting rid of unhealthy toxins
  • boost your metabolism
  • reduce bloating
  • burn fat and calories
  • improve your shape by losing weight.

Sounds too good to be true? I've had my doubts too. I then searched for reviews, view the tags of #skinnymint on instagram and saw plenty of successful results after taking SkinnyMint's teatox. I was convinced to give it a shot. 

My main aim wasn't to lose more weight and look like a pole (strong is the new skinny!) but more of detoxing, reduce bloating and boosting my metabolism. I feel the need to detox pretty badly. Afterall, I'm always eating out (MSG MSG MSG!), I love seafood, barbeque food, fried chicken wings and etc. 

Decided to take on the 28 Day Teatox program and was so stoked about my SkinnyMint journey and of course, the final results!

How does it work?

Start your day with Morning Boost tea for the next 28days. There are no hard and fast rules to follow. Just best to drink it before 5pm! If you ever wondered and was worried about the taste of the tea like I do, fret not. The scent of Morning Boost tea was pleasant and sweet, it taste like any other floral tea! In fact, I prefer this to a normal cup of black tea. 

"This fresh and fruity kick-starter is fuelled with caffeine (green tea, yerba mate), natural energizers (guarana, grapefruit leaves), purifying agents (dandelion, nettle leaves) and vitamins (strawberry, pineapple)"

Occasionally, I start my day with a hearty breakfast, have my daily fix of Morning boost and go for workout a few hours later. Adding the Morning boost to this routine increases my metabolism such that I can burn fat and lose calories more effectively. 

It's like killing two birds with one stone when I get to enjoy the tea and gain effects from it at the end of the day.

For Night Cleanse, drink it before bed every alternate night. The newly improved formula for night cleanse is stronger and hence the laxative effect as well. It usually takes 6-8hrs for the effect to take place depending on individual and you may increase the effect by infusing the tea bag in boiling water for a longer period of time. 

Do not freak out upon reading about the laxative effect! It may not necessary mean rushing to the toilet or give you tummy aches. Results vary from person to person. I do have friends answering to nature's call every morning/ when they reach their office. SkinnyMint is like an alarm clock to them. Haha!

For me, I notice an increase in frequency of my bowel action from 2-3times a week to almost everyday. 

If you love mint, you'll love the scent and taste of the night cleanse tea!

"Night Cleanse is a caffeine-free earthy, lemony purifying blend charged with soothing detoxifiers (ginger, lemongrass), soothing agents (peppermint, hawthorn berries, orange leaves) and natural laxatives (senna leaves, licorice, psyllium husk)."

Day 1 of my SkinnyMint journey! Hoping to get rid of some fat deposits at my waist area.Why is belly fat so hard to lose?

With hard work comes great success
This applies in many different areas when you wish to achieve your goals. I don't think one should expect miracles by doing nothing. I used to be very active in working out during the final few months of uni days because my routine was eat, sleep, mug and/or workout.

I've since stopped working out completely for months after I've started work but I'm trying to exercise whenever I can now. Since I've started on the teatox programme, I felt the need to exercise regularly for better results. 

I personally prefer following workout videos at home than to hit the gym. I love Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred workout and find it very effective. This workout increased my endurance and strength. I've repeated the 30 Day Shred for a few times so I moved on to following Fitness Blender's videos on youtube. I do a variation on cardio, abs butts & thighs or arms & upper back from time to time. Bicycle crunches & squats are some of my favourite exercises!

And hot yoga whenever I can. It's now a bit tough for me to commit and go for classes frequently though :/

Now that I've completed the 28Day teatox program, I've successfully dropped an inch, lost one kg, feeling slightly toned and saw a reduction in bloatedness! 

SkinnyMint really works for me. One teatox, amazing results. 

I wasn't expecting to achieve drastic changes from this teatox because if I do, that would be scary and I'll be wondering why. Another month has passed and there wasn't any weight rebound or seeing myself getting back to how I was before teatox. 

I feel really good, refreshed and energized! Shared this with my friends and I'm glad some of them tried and are seeing results. Though I've completed the teatox, I will still continue my regular workout routine and I might just start another teatox soon! 

Can't thank SkinnyMint enough for this wonderful journey. Check out their official website -> to know more. Try it to believe it. 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CNY in Moscow & Houston

So instead of a white christmas, I spent a white CNY in moscow and houston. It was the first time I wasn't able to be with my family and friends to celebrate one of my favourite festive season of the year. That mixed feelings when my instagram feed was flooded with cny related posts. Have never missed Singapore and all those CNY goodies so much! Thankfully it was a 10 days trip well spent :)

Almost froze my butt off when I first experienced the cold weather in Moscow after touching down. It was MINUS 25 degrees. Did I just 'walk' into a freezer?

Had enough rest, geared up and headed out the next day! What's to Moscow without catching a circus performance? 

The moscow metro was so confusing. We felt so handicapped as there wasn't any English words and the '101 routes' available made it worse. Had to compare the station names to the one we wanted to go letter by letter to figure out our route!

When all else fails, ask the security to guide you to the right platform! 

Finally here! Thankfully the circus was just outside the metro station and easy to spot. 

Some of the secret snaps Sarah managed to take during the show. It was a good experience! There were more acrobatic performances than anything else. I vividly remember the last circus performance I went was 12yrs ago when a circus group came to Singapore and set up a temporary tentage. Anyone of you been to that before? Heh.


My #ootd on the first day of CNY!

Most russians that I've came across barely speaks English. It was so difficult to even try and order a Mac nuggets meal.

I ish can haz steamboat during cny too! 

Sharing the love with Kat. Haha.

There wasn't any snow showers at -25degrees but it did on one of the days when it was -11! Sarah & I was so excited we specially stayed out to take a few more shots. Lol. More than 10 over years since I've last seen snow in Korea!

Too cold to be out at night so we decided to dine in at one of the italian restaurants in the hotel..

Took the hotel's shuttle bus to the flea market! As well known as Ismailovsky market.

You may want to get all your souvenirs here! It's also easily accessible by the metro. Bargaining here is strongly advised. I hate the fact that being a tourist means getting chopped at places like this. The starting prices they quoted me were ridiculous. 

One of the common items seen in the market is nothing but the famous Russian dolls! Most of us will definitely want to collect at least one set of it. Well, the price range can vary from a few dollars to a few hundreds. 

Another commonly seen product here is the Ushanka! I tried my best to bargain and the lowest I offer I can get is one at about $50. They claim that it's 100% sheep's fur and hence the price tag. Will you get it?

We needed a break from the cold and all the walking. Had some chicken kebab and tried hot red wine for the first time. Never enjoyed a glass of hot red wine that much before 'cos I really needed that. It was TOO COLD for me to take it :(

Izmailovsky market is huge and you can spend at least 2-3hrs in this place.

*sings* Do you want to build a snowman~~

St Basil's Cathedral, checked! Borrowed the Ushanka I bought for Amelia. How do I look in it? Lol.

Would really love to try ice skating in the cold but I would prefer finding warmth in front of a fireplace at that moment. 

Continued our journey up to Houston a few days later. And look what's for dinner after settling down in our hotel? Cakes & pasta at The Cheesecake Factory! *squeals in excitement*

Spoilt for choice and I can only leave some space for one slice. I picked the ultimate red velvet cheesecake! It was really sinful, but named the ultimate for a reason. 

Tried the most popular pasta dish, Cajun Jambalya pasta, made up of shrimps, chicken sauteed with onions, tomato and peppers in a very spicy cajun sauce on top of fresh linguini. Made a smart move by sharing it with someone. Almost impossible for one to finish it all alone!

Woke up to a foggy morning, ready for breakfast!

After trying as many dishes as we could, pancakes, breakfast set, crepes, etc, I left feeling puzzled. May I know what's the hype for IHOP about? 

I'll settle for Mac Big Breakfast anytime..

Ready with our wallets and chargeee towards Houston Premium Outlet!

Till the sun set and ready for dinner. LOL. 

No longer named The Boiling Crab, it's now known as LA Fisherman! Only the name changed while all else remains the same.

Let the feast begin!

My fun group of khakis for this trip! Indulged like king and queens when we only forked out about 27usd each. This place deserves a return visit!

The food portions in States' restaurant are insanely huge. Look at ours! We could barely finish half.

Left side driving in states for the very first time and I've never sat on the driver seat with a straight back for the longest time like this before. Lol. It was nerve wrecking and both of my hands were constantly on the wheel. I had to repeatedly tell myself that everything I do must be on the opposite direction because this is USA, not singapore. Abit exaggerating but y'know how scary it was? Nonetheless, given a choice to turn back time, I'd still want to give it a try! Glad I did it anyway. Ended this trip with a bang! :)